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  Volume 15, # 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February, 2000

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


Being Angelic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"It is easy to be an angel when nobody ruffles your feathers."


Effective Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nido Qubein, NidoQubein.com/
                                                                                                 "How to be a Master Communicator," Insight, # 85

    "Identification is one of the key ingredients of effective communication. In fact, unless your listeners can identify with what you are saying and with the way you are saying it, they are not likely to receive and understand your message."


Magic in Enthusiasm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, via INSPIRE

    "There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."


Being a Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muhammed Ali

    "Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision."


Wisdom Seeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you."
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May God Bless You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"May God bless you with unspeakable joy, not only in the world to come, but in this world also.
May your path be bright and full of light everywhere you go.
May God tell darkness that it must flee at your command.
And, I pray your feet will never stumble out of God’s plan.
May the desires of your heart come true.
And may you experience peace in everything you do.
May goodness, kindness, and mercy come your way.
And may you gain wisdom and grow in the Lord everyday."


On Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abraham Lincoln

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."


Cherish Your Visions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Allen

    "Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."


Test of Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elbert Hubbard, via Positive Press

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."


Get Even . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mae Maloo, Bits & Pieces, 12/13/90

"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."


An Extra Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W.M. Stover, How to Find Inner Peace & Learn to Relax, p. 9

    "According to one survey, 90% of all people who fail in life do so not because of any lack of ability to succeed, but because they quit too soon. They lack the will, the courage, the faith, the mental or moral stamina—whatever it is—to win. Feeling inadequate, they become discouraged just when an extra lunge might take them over the hump."


No-Nonsense Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Sloma

    "Too often, the urge to begin doing something is so compelling that we fail to completely define just what it is that we are about to do. Doing offers an immediate tangible satisfaction—results!

   A fixed amount of time exists between adoption of a program and the target date fixed for goal achievement. Only two functions can occupy that time. First, there’s planning—anticipating problems and defining action for their resolution. Second, there’s implementing. Productive, imaginative planning will always expedite the implementing. It takes time to plan, but its time well spent."


Wisdom Seeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

    "God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily."


Good Manners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salada tea bag

"Good manners are made up of small sacrifices."


Do Something! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, Powerquotes,Vol. 3, # 250

    "You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing…Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something…The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have."


Never to be Silent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elie Wiesel

    "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."


Noble Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carlo Goldoni

"Noble blood is an accident of fortune;
noble actions are the chief mark of greatness."


Aspire Great Things? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Augustine

    "Do you aspire great things? Begin with little ones. You desire to erect a very high building? Think first of the foundation of humility. The higher you intend it, the deeper must the foundations be laid."


The Important Thing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eleanor Roosevelt

    "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage, and with the best you have to give."


An Honest Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Louis Stevenson

    "We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend."


Degradation in Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph De Maistre, FORBES, 1/25/88

    "Every individual or national degeneration is immediately revealed by a directly proportional degradation in language."


The King’s Jackass Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abraham Lincoln

pres-day.gif (17537 bytes)     Abraham Lincoln was noted for the many tales he frequently told when speaking. On one such occasion he told a story about a king who wanted to go on a hunting party. In preparation the king consulted the court’s minister if it was going to rain. He was assured that the hunt would not be dampened, but that it would be a sunny day.

    As the royal party set out through the gate of the castle they met a farmer riding a jackass. The farmer warned the king not to make the journey; that it was going to rain, but the king only laughed at the simple peasant. Very soon the floodgates of the heavens poured forth a torrent that thoroughly drenched the royal hunting party.

    When the king returned to the castle he fired the court minister and sent for the farmer. He asked the simple farmer how he knew it was going to rain that day when the morning sky was sunny and cloudless. The farmer told him frankly, "I didn’t know. My jackass has a way of knowing these things. It puts one ear forward when it is going to rain."

    So the king sent the farmer home to his farm a much richer man, having sold his jackass to the king. The king then put the farmer’s jackass in the position of court minister.

    Lincoln allowed that this was a great mistake on the king’s part. When asked why, President Lincoln replied, "Why, ever since that time, every jackass wants a public office."


 Paganini’s Violin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

    The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his exquisite violin to Genoa—the city of his birth—but only on the condition that the instrument never be played again. It was an unfortunate condition, for it is a characteristic of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little decline in quality. However, as soon as it is set aside in storage, it begins to decay.

    The fabulous, mellow-toned violin became worm-eaten stored in its gorgeous case, valueless now except as a relic. The deteriorating instrument is a reminder that gifts and talents are tools meant to be used, not treasures to be stored up. Likewise, a life withdrawn from love and service to others loses its meaning.

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