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  Volume 26, # 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 2011

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Recognize the Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

    "It takes so little to let others know they are appreciated, but such acknowledgment is greatly valued. A thank you, a phone call, or a card can brighten someoneís entire day.

    Make a point of recognizing the good that others do and telling them about it. Showing appreciation is a great habit to develop."


Look Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Thurber

"Let us not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness."


Trials Endured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Buckham, PositivePress.com

    "Trials, temptations, disappointments Ė all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."


Character . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Rohn (JimRohn.com)

    "Character is not something you were born with and canít change like your fingerprint. In fact, because you werenít born with it, it is something that you must take responsibility for creating. I donít believe that adversity by itself builds character and I certainly donít think that success erodes it. Character is built by how you respond to what happens in your life. Whether itís winning every game or losing every game. Getting rich or dealing with hard times. You build character out of certain qualities that you must create and diligently nurture within yourself."

Do the Right Thing



Real Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donald A. Adams

    "To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."


Do Something . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Hall

    "Youíre alive. Do something. The directive is life, the moral imperative, is so uncomplicated. It can be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounds like this: Look. Listen, Choose. Act."


We Are the Beloved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Blanchard, p. 80

    "When God gets our attention and we accept His grace and forgiveness, our feet are set on a new path. My brief prayer inviting God to enter my life was really only the beginning of my journey. It gave me new priorities and a new way of looking at myself. Although Iím still the same person with the same talents He gave me, I now see that I can use those talents to bring glory to His name. And in the process, I am able to become the best person I can be.

    "Your new destination, then, is really a new purpose in life. By purpose, I mean your reason for being Ė something toward which you are always striving. A purpose is different than a goal in that it does not have a beginning or an end Ė it is ongoing. It gives meaning and definition to our lives."


Eternal Vigilance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woodrow Wilson

    "Eternal vigilance is the price, not only of liberty, but of a great many other things. It is the price of oneís own soul."


Walk Through Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pope John XXIII

"Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage."


Avoid Collisions in Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B.C. Forbes

    "I have often had this thought: More than half the tragic number of fatal accidents every year are due to lack of kindness, lack of courtesy, lack of consideration. If drivers elected, under any and all circumstances, to defer politely to the other, collisions could, more often than not, be avoided. And so could collisions in other phases of life. Be kind!"


Earth Day Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fydor Dostoevsky

Earth Day: Go Green

"Lord, may we love all your creation,
     all the Earth and every grain of sand in it.
May we love every leaf, every ray of light.
For we acknowledge to You that all is like an ocean,
     all is flowing and blending,
     and that to withhold any measure of love
     from anything in Your universe
     is to withhold that same measure from You."


Token of Greatness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elbert Hubbard

    "A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forgive and forget is the true token of greatness."


Task of Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Buchanan

    "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there."


Lifeís Adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Anatt

    "Adventure isnít hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life Ė facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential."


Dare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seneca

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."


A Sense of Wonder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ernest Kurtz, The Spirituality of Imperfection, p. 120

    "At the heart of all spirituality is a sense of wonder and surprise, the awe that accepts that it can only marvel and delight Ė whether at the magnificence of a landscape, the sublimity of a symphony, or the incomprehensible beauty of self-sacrificing love."


Plank in My Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. Robert Cueni

    George was a relatively new member in his parish. The pastor knew he was still recovering from a very painful divorce, but had known none of the details. For whatever reason, George thought it important for his new pastor to hear the story.

    "As you know, I teach history at the university," he began. "My education has shaped me as a very open-minded and tolerant man. I encourage my students to open their minds to new ideas, and even open their hearts to people who are different from them. I pride myself on being an understanding, tolerant person.

    "Unfortunately, what I discovered during my divorce and the counseling which followed, is that there is nothing so narrow as believing you are open-minded; nothing so misunderstanding as assuming you are an understanding person; no one so unaccepting as the one who is absolutely convinced he or she is accepting.

"Iíve had to face the fact that I was a very difficult man to live with. The very fact that I thought I was so loving toward my wife blinded me to my unloving behavior."


To Achieve Sanctity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Source Unknown

    Thereís a folktale about a young man who aspired to great holiness. After working some time to achieve it, he went to see his village priest.

    "Father," he announced, "I think Iíve achieved sanctity."

    "How so?" asked the priest.

    "Well," answered the young man, "Iíve been practicing virtue and discipline for some time now, and Iíve become quite proficient at them. From the time the sun rises until it sets, I take no food or water. All day, I do hard work and sacrifice for others.

    "If I have temptations of the flesh, I roll in thorn bushes or in sorrow. And at night, before bed, I practice the ancient monastic discipline and administer lashes to my bare back."

    The priest was silent for a time gazing out a window. Slowly he turned toward the young man and pointed out the window to a mule hauling a tinkerís wagon.

    "Iíve been watching that mule pull that wagon," said the priest. "It doesnít get fed or watered from morning to night. All day long it works hard for people. Sometimes Iíve noticed it brushing against bushes or rolling in the snow when unharnessed, and Iíve frequently seen lashes of the whip strike its back.

    But I ask you, "Is that a saint or a mule?"

Ps. 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Bird on a flowering plant

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