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  Volume 14, # 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April, 1999

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Plant these "seeds" well and water often. Enjoy!


Great Art of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William James

     "To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life."


Attitude of Expectancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allan Cox

     "Washington Irving once wrote: ‘Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.' His insight leads to the realization that without expectancy, we lack purpose. Achievers, in particular, exhibit this attitude of expectancy. …Achievers expect to succeed. When combined with desire, expectancy produces hope. And hope makes all things possible. Living the expectant life is simply an act of good judgment."


Contributions to Make . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stan Cottrell, INSIGHT, # 86

     "Measure yourself against your dream. Don't be afraid to think that you are better, faster, smarter, more intelligent than you think you are presently. You are capable of doing great things and achieving goals you never thought possible. All of us have gifts, unique talents and abilities. All of us are important! No matter who we are or where we live our lives, we have important contributions to make to the world!"


Attitude is 100% . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Source Unknown

     Giving each letter of the alphabet a number, a = 1, b = 2, etc. If you add up the letters of the alphabet in the word Attitude this is the result:
            A    =     1
            T    =    20
            T    =    20
            I     =      9
            T    =    20
            U    =    21
            D    =     4
            E    =     5
                      ______
                      100%……Attitude is 100%

Creeping Immorality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

     John Steinbeck wrote to Adlai Stevenson:
     "There is a creeping, all-pervading gas of immorality which starts in the nursery and does not stop until it reaches the highest offices, both corporate and governmental."


To Inspire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Desire to aspire to inspire!"


Purpose of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo C. Rosten, via Positive Press

     "I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.


Music: a Fair & Glorious Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Luther

     "I wish to see all arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. I would not for all the world forego my humble share of music. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry, and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art that can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart."

Bearers of Reconciliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roberta C. Bondi, WEAVINGS, Vol. V, # 1, p. 9

     "Peace is a deep disposition of the heart. It is humility, an ability to let go of the need to be right in our own eyes or the eyes of others, an ability based on the knowledge that our rightness or wrongness in any issue is totally irrelevant to God's love for us or for our neighbor. The peace that comes with claiming our self in God is the foundation of our ability to carry God's reconciling love to others in the most humble places and humble everyday ways."


Act Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Scroll 9: ‘I will act now,'
     My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.
     Action, alone, is the tinder which ignites…my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force.
     I know that to conquer fear I must always act without hesitation and the flutters in my heart will vanish. Now I know that action reduces the lion of terror to an ant of equanimity. With these words I can condition my mind to meet every challenge which failure avoids."


Words of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

     "Words merely read are a waste of time. Words read and understood are pure potential. Words reflected upon until they bring us to a point of choice are words of life. And choices are the forward motion of life."


Keep the Artist Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roger von Oech, Creative Whack Pack

     "When you're young, your imagination is cultivated in fairy tales, storytelling and make-believe games. Then you're told to grow up, quit dreaming, and get your feet on the ground. As Picasso put it, ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after the child grows up.' How can you keep the artist alive in you?"


Find Each Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother Teresa

     "Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody–I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat…We must find each other."


Organizational Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Aikman, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION

     "The body of every organization is structured from four kinds of bones. There are the wishbones, who spend all their time wishing someone would do the work. Then there are the jawbones, who do all the talking, but little else. The knucklebones knock everything anybody else tries to do. Fortunately, in every organization there are also the backbones, who get under the load and do most of the work."


Lesson in Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 27, June 3

     On consecutive days, playing at the Long Point Golf Course, at Amelia Island Plantation, FL, Margaret Waldron made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole. By any standard, that was a remarkable achievement. Making it even more remarkable was that Mrs. Waldron, an avid golfer, was 74 at the time and legally blind. Limited to peripheral vision, she relied on her husband for direction and distance.

     Unable to read or drive because of her vision, she confessed that she didn't believe it when those she was playing with began celebrating her second hole-in-one. She thought they were teasing.

     A 22-handicap golfer, Mrs. Waldron had been playing golf for years and had hit holes-in-one on two occasions before scoring her unique double. Only a week before she had taken a lesson in alignment from a club pro. Mrs. Waldron used a 7-iron to drive the 87 yards…a good poke for an older woman.

     Was it luck? Perhaps. But then, why do some people seem to have more luck than others? It seems that "luck" is something that happens to people who are consistently hitting the ball in the right direction.

     In life as in sports, set your sights on the goal and keep hitting the ball in the right direction. Then "luck" will take care of itself.


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