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Humanity by the Numbers
Leave It To Beaver
On Self Importance
The Golden Rule Revisited
Do It!
Y2k Solution Found
Give Up!
The Measure Of A Man
Things We Can Learn From A Dog
Without Love
We pray for children
24 Golden Hours
You've Come Far
Impossible Things
Enough Time
Problems
Preach
Be A Good One
Come To The Edge
If you always do
What you know
Results
Good guys
Footprints
A Most Amazing Thing
Changing Direction
The Goal
I Do Not Choose To Be A Common Man...
A Hunter's Poem
Attributes of Those Who Made the 10th Grade History Book
Blame
Victory
Success
Labor

The Cost of Freedom
Foolish Things
Warning
Timing
A Good Chance

Something To Do
Choices
Stand proud, America!
The Entrepreneur's Prayer
High And Mighty
A Memo From The Boss
Work Is Love Made Visible
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for ......
The Rules for being Human
More Impossible Things
GOD ALWAYS ANSWER PRAYERS
"One Nation Under God"
If Jesus had a dog...
Two Wolves
I asked God
Did You Know?
Measuring Life
Words Of Wisdom From A Former President
Noah's Ark
FIVE (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

 

Humanity by the Numbers
If we could shrink the Earth's population to 100 people, with all existing human ratios
remaining the same, it would look like this:

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South) and 8 Africans.
51 would be female; 49 would be male
70 would be non-white; 30 white
70 would be non-Christian; 30 Christian
50 percent of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only six people and all six would be citizens of the United States
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
Only 1 would have a college education
No one would own a computer
Anonymous

Leave It To Beaver
"There are 75,000 dams all across America. Think about that number. That means
we have been building, on average, one large dam a day, every single day, since the
Declaration of Independence."
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt

On Self Importance
It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
Anonymous

The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is the most succinct and all-embracing description of how individuals and nations
should act towards their neighbors. Every religion considers The Golden Rule to be the highest expression
of spiritual thought. The founders of every major world religion - among them Jesus, Buddha, Krishna,
Confucius, and Muhammad - all taught that following The Golden Rule is the surest way for mankind
to fulfill its most cherished ideals.

Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you, for this is the law and the
prophets.
Christianity

What is hurtful to yourself do not to your
fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah
and the remainder is but commentary.
Judaism

Do unto all men as you would wish to
have done unto you; and reject for others
what you would reject for yourselves.
Islam

Hurt not others with that which pains
yourself.
Buddhism

Tzu-Kung asked: "Is there one principle
upon which one's whole life may proceed?"
The Master replied, "Is not Reciprocity
such a principle? - what you do not
yourself desire, do not put before others."
Confucianism

This is the sum of all true righteousness -
Treat others, as thou wouldst thyself be
treated.
Do nothing to thy neighbor, which
hereafter
Thou wouldst not have thy neighbor do
to thee.
Hinduism

Do It!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do
than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore.
Dream.
Discover.
Mark Twain

Y2k Solution Found
Subject: FW: Y2k Solution Found

Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 06:08:55 -0500

Y2K SOLUTION
Corporate has determined that there is no longer any need for network or software applications support. (See below)

The goal is to remove all computers from the desktop by Dec, 1999. Instead, everyone will be provided with
an Etch-A-Sketch. There are many sound reasons for doing this:

1. No Y2K problems
2. No technical glitches keeping work from being done.
3. No more wasted time reading and writing emails.

Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Etch-A-Sketch Technical Support:

Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has all of these funny little lines all over the screen.
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I turn my Etch-A-Sketch off?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What's the shortcut for Undo?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I create a New Document window?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I set the background and foreground to the same color?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What is the proper procedure for rebooting my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I delete a document on my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I save my Etch-A-Sketch document?
A: Don't shake it.

Give Up!
Give up complaining and focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism and become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments and think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry and trust divine providence.
Give up discouragement and be full of hope.
Give up bitterness and turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred and return good for evil,
Give up negativism and be positive.
Give up anger and be more patient.
Give up pettiness and become mature.
Give up gloom and enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy and pray for trust.
Give up gossiping and control your tongue.
Give up sin and turn to virtue.
Give up giving up and hang in there!

The Measure Of A Man
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Unknown

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers

Things We Can Learn From A Dog
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience
Let others know when they have invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If something you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit nearby and nuzzle him or her gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout.
Run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
Author unknown

Without Love
Obligation without love makes one bitter
Accountability without love makes one merciless
Justice without love makes one hard of heart
Truth without love makes one critical
Intelligence without love makes one sly
Friendliness without love makes one hypocritical
Order without love makes one narrow-minded
Honor without love makes one proud

We pray for children
We pray for children
who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safety blanket to drag behind them,
who can't find any bread to steal,
who don't have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
whose monsters are real.
Ina J. Hughes, Knoxville News-Sentinel

24 Golden Hours
Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world
that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour.
What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once.
Once wasted you cannot get it back.
Unknown

You've Come Far
"You've come far pilgrim."
"Feels like far."
"Were it worth the trouble?"
"Eh? ...   What trouble?"
Robert Redford, in Jeremiah Johnson

Impossible Things
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lewis Carroll, in Alice In Wonderland

Enough Time
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day
that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci,
Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
H. Jackson Brown

Problems
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein (1875-1955)

Preach
"Preach the gospel at all times -- If necessary, use words."
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Be A Good One
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

Come To The Edge
Come to the edge.
   We might fall.

Come to the edge.
   It's too high!

COME TO THE EDGE!

So they came and he pushed ---

And they FLEW.
Christopher Logue

If you always do
"If you always do what you always did, then you'll always get what you always got,
'Til something or someone forces a change, whether you like it or not."
Unknown

What you know
"If what you know about the problem isn't helping you to solve the problem,
Then what you know about the problem is the problem."
Unknown

Results
"If you keep doing things the same way,
then why do you expect different results?"
Einstein

Good guys always finish last
"The reason some people think good guys always finish last is they don't stay around long enough to see the finish."
Robert G. (Goss) Coffee

Footprints
"Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down."
Unknown

A Most Amazing Thing

Changing Direction
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
Chinese Proverb

The Goal
To make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation,
without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.
Buckminster Fuller

I Do Not Choose To Be A Common Man...
It is my right to be uncommon...if I can.
I seek opportunity...not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I wish to take the calculated risk...to dream and to build, to fail and succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to a guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence...nor my dignity for a handout.
I shall never cower before any master...nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect; proud and unafraid...to think and act for myself...
to enjoy the benefits of my creation and to face the world boldly and say...
"This I have done!"
All this is what it means to be an American!
Unknown

A HUNTER'S POEM
A hunter shot at a flock of geese
That flew within his reach.
Two were stopped in their rapid flight
And fell on the sandy beach.

The male bird lay at the water's edge.
And just before he died
He faintly called to his wounded
mate and she dragged herself to his side.

She bent her head and crooned to him
In a way distressed and wild
Caressing her one and only mate
As a mother would a child.

Then covering him with her broken wing
And gasping with failing breath
She laid her head against his breast
A feeble honk then death.

This story is true though crudely told
I was the man in this case.
I stood knee deep in the snow and cold
And the hot tears burned my face.

I buried the birds in the sand where they lay
Wrapped in my hunting coat
And I threw my gun and belt in the bay
When I crossed in the open boat.

Hunters will call me a right poor sport
And scoff at the thing I did.
But that day something broke in my heart
And shoot again? God forbid!

Lem Ward Crisfield, M.D

Attributes of Those Who Made the 10th Grade History Book
Committed
Determined to Make a Difference
Focused
Passionate
Irrational About Their Life's Project
Ahead of Their Time/Paradigm Busters!
Impatient/Action Obsessed
Made Lots of People Mad
Flouted the Chain of Command
Creative/Quirky/Peculiar/Rebels!/Irreverent!
Masters of Improv/Thrived on Chaos/ Exploited Chaos
Forgiveness>Permission
Bone Honest
"In touch" With Their Followers' Aspirations
Damn Good at What They Did!

Blame
Blame Nobody!
Expect Nothing!
Do Something!
NY Post 9/99

Victory
"Sometimes when you lose in the fray, it is a lesson that needs to be
learned; and a temporary loss may mean the ultimate victory, for the lesson
that is gained is a measure towards perfection."
Mark L. Prophet

Success
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal
of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
That is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson  (Thanks to Jaci at Preston Engineering)

Labor
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.  
(Psa 127:1-2 NIV)

The Cost of Freedom
Independence Day

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before
they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their
sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the
Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their
sacred honor.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men
of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships
swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties
to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move
his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his
family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and
poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton,Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British
General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He
quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and
Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed
his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13
children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to
waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning
home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he
died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These
were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of
means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing
tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this
declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine
providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes,
and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books
never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We
didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we
fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they
paid.

Foolish Things
"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
Colette

Warning
"It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a
warning to others."
Unknown

Timing
"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."
Unknown

A Good Chance
"Never miss a good chance to shut up."
Unknown

Something To Do
"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do
which must be done, whether you like it or not.

Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you
temperance, self control, diligence, strength of will, content and a
hundred other virtues which the idle never know."
Charles Kingsley  1819 - 1875

Choices
"You cannot remain neutral.  For to fail to render a decision, to fail to
make a choice, is in itself a decision.  It is a choice, although a
not-choice."
Unknown

Stand proud, America!

TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
America: The Good Neighbor.

Widespread but only partial news coverage was given
recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from
Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television
commentator. What follows is the full text of his
trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional
Record:

"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the
Americans as the most generous and possibly the least
appreciated people on all the earth.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and
Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the
Americans who poured in billions of dollars and
forgave other billions in debts. None of these
countries is today paying even the interest on its
remaining debts to the United States.

When the France was in danger of collapsing in 1956,
it was the Americans who propped it up, and their
reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets
of Paris. I was there. I saw it.

When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the
United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59
American communities were flattened by tornadoes.
Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped
billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now
newspapers in those countries are writing about the
decadent, warmongering Americans.

I'd like to see just one of those countries that
is gloating over the erosion of the United States
dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country
in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo
Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?
If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the
International lines except Russia fly American Planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider putting
a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese
technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German
technocracy, and you get automobiles.

You talk about American technocracy, and you find
men on the moon - not once, but several times -
and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs
right in the store window for everybody to look at .
Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded.
They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless
they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American
dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India
were breaking down through age, it was the Americans
who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and
the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an
old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced
to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name
me even one time when someone else raced to the
Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside
help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one
Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get
kicked around. They will come out of this thing with
their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled
to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating
over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of
those."

Stand proud, America!

The Entrepreneur's Prayer

As I awaken with the gift of yet another day and prepare
for the tasks at hand, I offer up this most ardent prayer:

I pray for continued clarity of purpose so that I may hold
my vision steady and keep my focus on the needs and success
of others, which in turn shall bring me my success.

I pray for the wisdom to expect abundance in my life, that
it surrounds me and is available for the taking and to be
shameless and unapologetic upon its receipt, for I deserve
abundance.

I pray for a cheerful countenance, be it clear or cloudy
skies and that I may radiate and infect others with my
positive attitude.

I pray for the trust of others that they may recognize my
sincerity and true intentions so that we may move forward
together.

I pray for the strength to fend off adversity and use my
desire and determination as both weapon and shield.

I pray for the courage to carry forth my convictions during
the battle of business and to resist temptation to a
quicker monetary result when such temptation compromises
these things for which I stand.

I pray that I may be used as a lightning rod to collect the
amazing ideas already present in the universe and when
blessed with such inspiration that I may be able to apply
my talents and abilities to turn the power of thought into
measurable advancement of my goals.

I pray to retain my childhood wonder so that I can
recognize and revel in the small miracles of each day that
others may miss.

I pray for an infinite supply of self-confidence for it
alone fortifies faith, strengthens my resolve and conquers
the largest enemy I will ever face - fear.

I pray for a compassionate spirit and the patience to offer
those who seek my advice and my help, my full and undivided
attention.

I pray for good health and a feeling of well being, and the
continued desire to improve those areas of my physical life
I may be neglecting in the name of my spiritual and
entrepreneurial advancement.

I pray that today is a day of excellence and at its
conclusion I can acknowledge and be grateful for the
forward motion I have made and the growth I have
experienced.

I pray most of all for the understanding and support of
those closest to my heart, my family, that they will equate
what may seem like endless hours of apparent preoccupation
with affairs of business to what is at the very core of my
being, that which drives me, for once I achieve what I
have set out in its fullest, I will become that more
complete being I strive to be.

It is for these things that I pray, for I am an
entrepreneur.
Rick Beneteau

 

A Memo From The Boss

To: YOU
Date: TODAY
From: THE BOSS
Subject: YOURSELF
Reference: LIFE

I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that
I do not need your help.

If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not
attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do)
box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed
into the box, do not hold onto it.
 
If you find yourself stuck in traffic;
Don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard
of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved
in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a
week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance;
Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about,
asking what is my purpose?
Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the
opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance,
smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse. You could be them!!!!

You can't direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails.
(Thanks to Michelle Schulman)

 

WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE

No one can succeed in any endeavor that they don't like.
If you don't love what you're doing, then don't do it.

Your chances of success are directly proportional
to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do.

Do something that you have a deep personal interest in.
Do something you'd enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day
working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.

Don't set compensation as your goal.
Find work you like and the compensation will follow.

Work is not your punishment.
It's your reward, your strength and your pleasure.

Real success is achieved when you like what you do.
When your vocation becomes your vacation,
you never work another day in your life.

 

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for ......

The partner who hogs the covers every night,
because he is not out with someone else.

The child who is not cleaning his room, but is
watching TV, because that means he is at home
and not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means
that I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because
it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug,
because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because
it means I am in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that
need cleaning, and gutters and need fixing,
because it means I have a home.

For all the complaints I hear about the
government, because it means that we have
freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of
the parking lot, because it means I am capable
of walking and that I have been blessed with
transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I
am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings
off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because
it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end
of the day, because it means I have been
capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes of in the early
morning hours, because it means that I am
alive.

And finally.......

For too much e-mail, because it means I have
friends who are thinking of me.

 

The Rules for being Human

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it's the only thing
you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school
called, "Life on Planet Earth."

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of
experimentation. "Failures" are as much a part of the process as
      "success."

A lesson is repeated until learned. It is presented to you in various
forms until you learn it -- then you can go on to the next lesson.

If you don't learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems
are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner
obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe
gets your attention.

You will know you've learned a lesson when your actions change.
Wisdom is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

"There" is not a better place than "here." When your "there" becomes
a "here" you will simply obtain another "there" that again looks better
than "here."

Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something
about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting.
Take charge of your life -- or someone else will.

You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightfully determines
what energies, experiences, and people you attract -- therefore, the only
foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have.

There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing
doesn't help. Judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best.

Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as
we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You
know more than you have heard or read or been told. All you need to do is
to look, listen, and trust.

You will forget all this.

You can remember any time you wish.

 

More Impossible Things
"Those who claim a thing is impossible should not interrupt those that are doing it."
-- old Chinese proverb

 

GOD ALWAYS ANSWER PRAYERS
God Answers Prayers in three ways...
He says YES and gives you whatever you want,
He says NO and gives you something BETTER,
or He says WAIT and gives you the BEST of everything...
(Thanks to Joey at RGTS Group)

 

"One Nation Under God"
The Pledge
     

If Jesus had a dog...
There are times when we have experiences that are so poignant,
so significant, so intense, that they can forever change our attitudes,
our responses, or even our core values.   As a young boy, I had
such an experience that would forever change the way I saw other
people.

My childhood was spent in a small farming community in the South
(United States) a bit north of Birmingham, Alabama.   In the early
sixties, the political climate was changing.   Civil Rights legislation had
been enacted, racial segregation was abolished, and tensions were high.
But laws are easier to change than people.

In our little town, we had a small local grocery store owned by a man
named Henry, and the store was known simply as "Mr. Henry's".  
Mr. Henry's was situated just below a double railroad track and depot.

If I was there at the right time, I could sit on the wide concrete steps of
Mr. Henry's and watch the fright trains go by, counting the cars, listening
to the staccato "clackity clack" of the rails, amazed that something so large
could move so fast.

One day, I was sitting on the steps drinking an "RC" and watching a long
train go by.   After the train had passed on, I saw two boys of another
"race" coming across the railroad tracks with a dog.  That was not an
unusual. But what happened next would change my life forever.

As I watched the boys come closer, I noticed their dog.  I had a dog too. 
As I was watching the dog cross the tracks, a thought flashed into my mind
from seemingly out of nowhere. The thought was simple, yet profound.  A
thought I had never heard before.   A different thought.  More than a thought.
This thought became an observation.   Then a concept.   Then a value. The
thought was:  "Their dog looks just like mine."

I had never thought about this before.   I suppose that in my little child's mind
(and hearing all the racially prejudiced things I had heard as a child) that "their"
dogs should somehow look different than "our" dogs. But that day was different.
That day changed a little boy's life.  That simple thought started a cascade of
reasoning, life-changing observations, and formation of new values. They were
just little boys with a dog, just like I was a little boy with a dog.   So, what was
the difference?   Why couldn't they sit on the steps of Mr. Henry's and drink
an "RC" like I did?   Why were they hated and I was not?   I didn't "get it".

From that day on, I didn't want to "get it".   I never wanted to "get it" again
for the rest of my life.   I saw no reason to hate "them" without a cause.   They
were just boys, and I was a boy, and "their dog looked just like mine".  So,
what WAS the difference? None.    (I "got" that!)

I believe God "spoke" to me that day.   He did it in such a wonderful and
profound way.  There was no "thunder and lightning".   There was no mystical
or supernatural experience. He just whispered a simple thought in little boy's
mind and heart that would change his life forever. That simple thought planted in
me the desire to look beyond outward appearance and seek to understand the
deeper things of people and situations.   It communicated to me that I should
not accept what someone else says just because they say it, but that I should ask
"Why?".

As I grew older, that simple understanding expanded.   I came to understand
that  "their" blood looked just like "mine".   I came to understand that "their"
tears looked just like "mine".   I came to understand that "their" pain hurt just
like "mine".   I came to understand that "their" love was just as deep and true
as "mine". And I came to understand that God makes no distinction between
any of us.

You see, when Jesus was crucified, His blood looked just like ours. His pain
felt just like ours.  His tears flowed just like ours.   His rejection hurt just like
ours.  And He died.  Just like us.

But that is not the end of the story.    Jesus rose from the dead, and He is alive
today.  He became "just like us", so that we could become "just like Him".
I encourage you to love others deeply, passionately, from the heart, and without
prejudice or reservation.  That is how Jesus loves us. And I want to be like Him.

Because if Jesus had a dog, it would look just like mine.
G. Randall Vaughn

 

Two Wolves
An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same
fight is going on inside you - and inside every other
person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then
asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

 

I asked God
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.   
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.   

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.   
God said, No.   
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary   

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.   
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.   

I asked God to give me happiness.   
God said, No.   
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.   

I asked God to spare me pain.   
God said, No.   
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.   

I asked God to make my spirit grow.   
God said, No.   
You must grow on your own! But I will prune you to make you fruitful.   

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.   
God said, No.   
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.   

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

 

Did You Know?
Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water
temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in
May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to
smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence
the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house
had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men,
then the women and finally the children; last of all the babies. By then the
water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it - hence the saying,
"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs (thick straw piled high), with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other
small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery
and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof - hence the saying
"It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real
problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up
your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts with a sheet hanging over
the top to afford some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the
saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the
winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the
door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway
- hence, a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung
over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate
mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner,
leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.
Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while -hence the
rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors
came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was sign of wealth that a man
"could bring home the bacon." "They would cut off a little to share with guests and would
all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused
some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This
happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes
were considered poisonous!!

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf,
the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes
knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would
take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen
table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink
and wait to see if they would wake up - hence, the custom of "holding a wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to
bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a
"bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out
of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string
on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground
and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night
the ("graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be
"saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth... (and whoever said that history was boring?) 

 

Measuring Life
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."
Unknown

 

Words Of Wisdom From A Former President.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms
is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the
hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more
than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine,
fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a
half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed
8000 people. This I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity
hanging from a cross of iron."

President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953

 

Noah's Ark
All I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark !

1.      Don't miss the boat
2.      Remember that we are all in the same boat.
3.      Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
4.      Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something big.
5.      Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
6.      Build your future on high ground.
7.      For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
8.      Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
9       When you're stressed, float a while.
10.    Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

 

FIVE (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.
1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a
conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the
last one:

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was
some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was
tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class
ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz
grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor." In your careers, you will meet many
people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if
all you do is smile and say" hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on
the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car
had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided
to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in the conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped
her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was
attached..

It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.
The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came
along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside
just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly
serving others."

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of
water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing
impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied

The little boy again counted his coins.

"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked
away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the
waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There,
placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to
leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around
it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none
did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching
the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to
the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a
purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many
gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what
many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a
little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her
only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year
old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained
the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be
willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
"Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay
in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color
returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start
to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was
going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.


Most importantly................."Work like you don't need the money, love
like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching."

NOW more than ever - Peace...Pass It On.....Pay It Forward

 

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