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18 Mar

You might have heard of John Wooden. For me, the first time I ever heard him talk, I fell deeply in love with his character. Most people know him by his nick name as “Wizard of Westwood” of college basketball. He was known to be a legendary college basketball coach who had won ten NCAA national championships, a record 88 consecutive games, and was named national coach of the year six times. Although he is deserving of praise with all his accomplishments, it was not his high profile that kept me enthralled. Rather it was his obvious dedication to his wife that manifested through his words, action and character that left my heart fluttering. The first time I ever saw him was through a short clip, John Wooden Love Letters. The short clip was centered around John’s greatest characteristic- faithfulness. He had served at UCLA for 28 years, lived in LA for 61 years, and had been married 54 years to the only girl he had ever kissed at age 14-  his first love and his last. John’s wife passed away on March 21st, twenty four years ago and since then on 21st of each month, he had written her love letters that no one gets to see.

(pictured before the death of his wife)

I can say with confidence that this is the kind of love that everyone desires for, myself included. A love that is ever-lasting, true, and centered around faithfulness and loyalty. For those of you who are lucky, you may have already found someone who will love you the way John loved his wife, Nell. For the rest of you, the search goes on. It really is hard to grasp today’s reality, a society  full of men and women who have the wrong definition of what love really is. Although John Wooden has passed away, I wish people get to spare 3 minutes of their time to watch the clip to understand that love is a powerful revelation that no one should miss out on.

John Wooden died of old age on June 4th, 2010 at the age of ninety-nine. When asked about the idea of dying, he replied,

“Once I was afraid of dying.
Terrified of ever-lying.
Petrified of leaving family, home and friends.
Thoughts of absence from my dear ones,
Drew a melancholy tear once.
And a lonely, dreadful fear of when life ends.
But those days are long behind me;
Fear of leaving does not bind me.
And departure does not host a single care.
Peace does comfort as I ponder,
A reunion in the Yonder,
With my dearest who is waiting for me there.”

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Relationship Quotes

24 Feb

Personally, quotes are powerful tools that evoke inspiration.

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”
-Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence:  The New Science of Human relationships