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Service

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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.   Muhammed Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

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Old Friendships

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Friends, the word conjures up so many images.  When asked about a friend a stranger may ask “how long have you two been friends?”, or “Where did you meet your friend?”  This second question also has an inherent time question as well; if you answer “We met in college.”  It also answers the time question if you are now approaching your fiftieth birthday.   So time is a big factor in friendships. 

Recently I have been reconnecting with old friends.  I don’t mean people who are older than me, but friends I knew a long time ago and have recently reconnected with.  I am at a hard time in my life, so much has changed, my marital status (from a long term marriage to unsought bachelor)  from homeowner to renter  (with a move to another rental property in the next six months), to my daughter becoming an adult and stretching her wings and living abroad. 

I took a trip to Baltimore recently to spend time with college friends and along with all the great things we created, the time just sitting around their dining room table, or talking in the kitchen was one of the best interludes in my life in a long time.

Old friends, that your grew up with are like comfort food.  If you have ever been on a long, dark, winter journey and you came into a place that was warm and someone has some spaghetti and nice warm garlic bread ready for you; then you know the feeling I am talking about.   They knew you when you were young before the gray hairs came into your goatee, heck even before you could grow a goatee.   They ask what you have been doing in the twenty years to thirty years since you last saw them, and you get to rediscover the free and easy way you used to talk to people but with a better vocabulary and knowing what is truly important.  Old friends are on your side, because to them there is only one side in your life, you. You shared your life with them before everything got complicated, with spouses, careers, mortgages, and the things the buffet  and pummel you in life.   

Maybe I am the exception, maybe you did not have those type of warm, affable, kindly and gracious people in your life, but I did and I let life move me away from a lot of them.   Do not get me wrong, I have so far had a wonderful adventure  in life and look forward to many more, but I wish I had realized how important old friendships were earlier in my life then I probably would not have let so many people drift away.  I see my old friends through the eyes I had back then, hopeful, not cynical, and hopefully with some earned wisdom (and through bifocals for some of us) that the mistake you made back then are trivial and nothing compared to the blunders  you have made recently.

If an old friend calls you to meet them at a diner, sit down with them and order an open faced  meatloaf sandwich with brown gravy, fries or mash potatoes and hopefully you get a nice waitress who doesn’t mind you taking up a booth, where you sit for a long, warm, comfortable time.   Go and talk about yourself, rediscover old stories, tell of your accomplishments and maybe share some pie.           

Posted in Movie Speeches

Hope – Speech

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The Goonies,  1985 In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure.

Mikey: Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.

Nice little speech by a young Sean Astin, who would later play the miniature football player Rudy and a Samwise the Hobbit.

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Vacuum

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There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.   Blaise Pascal  

19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal’s earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

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Deliberately

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Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.  John Gunther (August 30, 1901 – May 29, 1970) was an American journalist and author whose success came primarily through a series of popular sociopolitical works known as the “Inside” books (1936-1972). He is best known today for the memoir Death Be Not Proud about the death of his teenage son, Johnny Gunther, from a brain tumor.

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Every picture I find of the man he appears to be smoking, I think he had a problem.

 

Posted in Movie Speeches

Perfect – Speech

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From the movie Friday Night Lights, 2004 with Billy Bob Thornton.  Based on H.G. Bissinger’s book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Coach Gary Gaines: Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didnt let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasnt one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect! 

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Fortune Tellers

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Only simpletons go to fortune-tellers. Who else would be in such a hurry to hear bad news?    Issac Asimov, Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

Isaac Asimov born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov; (circa January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification

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