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작성일 : 12-10-18 14:25
우리는 언제 어른이 되는 것일까?
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상하고 찢긴 심령들의 몸짓은 각자의 아픔을 드러내고 있는데,
진정한 변화와 치유는 언제나 일어날 것인지...



-- 오래전에 올렸던 글에서 --






홍종철 12-10-18 14:27
 76.♡.150.139 답변 삭제  
Some say love it is a river
that drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razor
that leaves your soul to bleed

Some say love it is a hunger
an endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
and you its only seed

It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance

It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance

It's the one who won't be taken
who cannot seem to give
and the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong

Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun's love
in the spring
becomes the rose
홍종철 12-12-03 23:27
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The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know
someone we didn't already know.
I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up
her entire being...

She said, 'Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, 'Of course you may!'
and she gave me a giant squeeze...

'Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?' I asked.

She jokingly replied, 'I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married,
and have a couple of kids...'

'No seriously,' I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this
challenge at her age.

'I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class
together and talk nonstop.    I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine'
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me...

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends
wherever she went.    She loved to dress up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon
her from the other students.  She was living it up!

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet,
I'll never forget what she taught us.  She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said,
'I'm sorry I'm so jittery...I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me!
I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.'

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began,
' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.
You have to laugh and find humour every day.  You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing,
you will turn twenty years old.  If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year
and never do anything, I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older.  That doesn't take any talent or ability.
The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change...Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do.
The only people who fear death are those with regrets...'

She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.'

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman
who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.


REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.  GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

'Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.'




The Rose
Some say love, it is a river
that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
and you it's only seed.
It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dyin'
that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been to long,
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snow
lies the seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes the rose.
홍종철 12-12-24 12:25
 76.♡.150.139 답변 삭제  
General Comment:This is one of my favorite songs.
It really isn't just the cheesy, over-the-top 80's love tune that so many make it out to be.

In fact, I really don't think it is a song that is necessarily about ROMANTIC love.
Rather, it is a poem on how one should approach and live life.
Only YOU can determine whether or not there will be love in your life.
This is what she means when she says "I say love, it is a flower... and you... it's only seed."
Only YOU have the power to fill your world with love. TRUE love, not romantic love.
Romantic love, as beautiful as it is, is too often an illusion of Hollywood.
True love is lasts forever, regardless if you receive any back.

Furthermore, it teaches us that just because there is suffering doesn't mean we should run from it.
In fact, the five or six most powerful lines in the song are dedicated to making this point.
It is suffering, hardship, and not getting what we want that ultimately teaches us how valuable life is
and how deeply it should be appreciated.  Instead of running from these things under the naive
illusion that life is supposed to be perfect, it is better to accept them (not in a defeatist way, of course).

Anyway, thats my two cents.
FlagTheDesertFoxon February 02, 2009