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  Volume 14, # 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December, 1998

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


Wisdom Seeds

"Our aspirations are our possibilities."
-- Robert Browning
"One can inspire a group only if he or she is filled with confidence and hope for success."
-- Floyd V. Filson
"The language of love is spoken with a look, a touch, a sigh, a kiss and sometimes a word."
-- Unknown

Daily Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Source Unknown

"Confide not in wealth. / Abstain from bloodshed.
Despise ignorance. / Seek wisdom within the self.
Suffer for justice. / Begin no injury.
Feel and live love for all."


Born To Soar! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Even though God is the wind beneath your wings, you still have to do a lot of flapping."


On Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Adams

"They know enough who know how to learn"


Master My Emotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Scroll 6: ‘Today I will master my emotions.'
If I will bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to others then they will react with rain, gloom, darkness and pessimism. If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to others they will react with joy, enthusiasm, brightness and laughter.

Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure—

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new clothes.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel incompetent I will remember past successes.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals."


Reward Of Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Larson

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."


Character Is Revealed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Goethe

"People show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable."


Courage To Fail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John W. Gardner, Insight, # 71

"We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure–all your life."


On Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bits & Pieces, Jan. ‘89

"Best leaders…


On Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Ohaanneson

"If you don't want to change, don't pray."


Christmas Is For Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wm. Freburger, "The Secret of Christmas," Catholic Update, 12/85

"The real reason for celebrating Christmas is that it happened once. And that one time changed the world. The infant born that first Christmas grew in wisdom and age and strength; he suffered and died and rose again; and he saved his people from their sins.

This saving feast, for once and for all, has given birth to a special child who becomes the model and pattern for our human growth and wholeness. The real secret of Christmas–if we must treat it as a secret–is that the feast is for…adults!"


Christmas Eve Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Borman, Apollo 8 space mission, 1968

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"Give us, O God, the vision
which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith
to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge
that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do
to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace."

Praise Not Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Soundings, Feb. ‘89

"One of the greatest incentive's you can give people to do good work is praise not criticism. Praise what is good; help them correct the bad. If you make doing good work a thoroughly enjoyable experience, they will be glad to do it again."


On Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Thomas

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It is what you do for others."


Rekindle The Inner Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Albert Schweitzer, The Prairie Rambler, Sept. ‘97

"In everyone's life, at sometime, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."


Escape While You Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Someone once sent twenty of the more prominent men in London an identical message: All is discovered. Escape while you can!

What do you suppose happened? That's right, all twenty men fled London.

So, I wonder what the effect might be if a similar message was sent to a random group of members of the U.S. Congress?

And, by the way, what would be your response if you received such a message?

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