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  Volume 13, # 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December, 1997

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


Pursuit of Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mortimer Adler, George Seldes, The Great Thoughts, p. 7

"Not to engage in this pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men and women."


True Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helen Keller

"True happiness . . . is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."


We Become. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Todd Ferrier

"We are what we think;
as we desire so do we become!
By our thoughts, desires, and habits,
we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature,
or we descend to suffer and learn."


Three Fears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Waitley, "The Joy of Working," Insight, Nov. ‘86, www.waitley.com

"The major psychological motivation for procrastination is fear. This fear takes three forms: the fear of failure, the fear of imperfection and the fear of inferiority."


The Presence of Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward

"Christmas is not just a season,
Christmas is not just a day,
Christmas is more than a reason
For parties, presents and play.

Christmas is truly the essence
Of joy that the Savior brings;
Christmas is surely the presence
Of Jesus, the Kings of Kings!"


6 Essential Qualities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Six essential qualities that are key to success:
sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom and charity."


The Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leland Kaiser

"The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility."


Forgiveness Sets Us Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Family Walk"

"When we are wronged, we hurt. And hurts have a way of burrowing into our memory banks. Miserably chained to the past, we cannot figure out why we are bitter and unhappy.

Forgiveness sets us free. Bitterness and revenge melt away under its hot fire. But it does not come as a whimsical feeling. It's a deliberate act on our part. Revenge evens the score;
Forgiveness wins the game."


Being Brilliant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear.
Brilliant is when you know which half to believe."


Six W's, H and I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale, Insight, # 56

"The secret is nothing more than developing the knack of asking open-ended questions. It's called the six W's, an H and an I technique. You simply begin your sentences with the words where, what, when, why, which or who--those are the six W's--and the H and I are how and if. . . .

They cause you to ask questions that must be answered fully. They are conversation starters. By beginning your sentences with these words, the person to whom you are speaking can never answer with a simple yes or no."


Transformative Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus, Leaders, 1985

"The new leader . . . is one who commits people to action, who converts followers into leaders, and who may convert leaders into agents of change. We refer to this as transformative leadership."


Grow Great By Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

The question was once asked of a highly successful businessman: "How have you done so much in your lifetime?"

He replied, "I have dreamed. I have turned my mind loose to imagine what I wanted to do. Then I have gone to bed and thought about my dreams. In the night I dreamt about my dreams. And when I awoke in the morning, I saw the way to make my dreams real. While other people were saying, ‘You can't do that, it isn't possible,' I was well on my way to achieving what I wanted."

As Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the U.S., said: "We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day, or in the red fire on a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true."

So please, don't let anyone steal your dreams, or try to tell you they are too impossible. "Sing your song, dream your dreams,
hope your hope and pray your prayer."


 

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