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  Volume 13, # 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May, 1998

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

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Road to Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page."


Practice Hospitality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christophers News Notes, 1/84

"To practice hospitality is to recognize that our possessions are gifts from God, meant to be shared. To practice hospitality is to do what God asks of us."


Only Half-Awake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William James

"Everyone knows on any given day that there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call forth.... Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources....Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits; he possesses powers of various sorts he habitually fails to use."


I Will Persist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Scroll 3: "‘I will persist until I succeed.'

Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."


Threat to Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bits & Pieces, Vol. 21, # 2

"The most serious threat to a person's progress arises from one's efforts to keep safe in one's job, to see to it that one doesn't make mistakes."


To Learn Civility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Scott Peck, A World Waiting to be Born, p.26

"...To become more civil, humans must become ever more conscious of themselves, of others, and of the organizations that relate them together.

...Since children are born as primarily unconscious creatures, we humans are not born civil. We only become civil through development and learning."


Gift of Courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale, Insight, # 62, p. 16

"Emerson wrote: ‘What a new face courage puts on everything!'

And no truer statement was ever written. Wherever it appears, courage changes things for the better....It's the courage to do what needs to be done, when it should be done....And it's the courage to follow the silent voice within you when it means going against the crowd, or speaking when you know what you're going to say will be unpopular with your listeners. It's the courage to stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped."


God's Little Instruction Book II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 67

"To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge,
To find the will of God is the greatest discovery,
To do the will of God is the greatest achievement."


In the Present . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ulrich Schaeffer, Searching for You

"The silence renews me
As I sink into myself
Butterfly graphic from ChurchArt (800-992-2144) And lose the weight of worlds.
Liberated of my feverish mind
And released from the drive
To live by calendars and clocks.

In this time and space,
my life becomes visible and audible
And the everyday becomes significant...
I am here in the present."


Right Now! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Decide right now what nice thing you can do for somebody else."


Power in Laughter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lin Yutang, Reader‘s Digest, Dictionary of Quotations

"There is a purifying power in laughter--both for individuals and for nations. If they have a sense of humor, they have the key to good sense, to simple thinking, to peaceable temper, and to a cultural outlook on the world."


Sign of Growth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Richard Sweeney, CATHOLIC UPDATE, 10/87

"As we become more conscious that faith develops in stages, we also come to some practical conclusions. For example, we may need to learn patience and realize that some things are beyond our control: It may simply take a certain amount of time, and even trial-and-error, to get from one stage to another. We need to trust that God is in the often uneven process of our growth in faith. Therefore, it's okay to feel conflict, fear and doubt or to face hard questions. This may even be our cue to reach out to others for help and guidance, which is already a sign of growth."


Wisdom Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Swift

"Some persons under the notion of weeding out prejudice, eradicate virtue, honesty and religion."


On Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haim Ginott

"Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression."


The Ox and the Mule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

For some time an old farmer had been plowing with an ox and a mule teamed together; working them pretty hard. The young ox said to the mule, "Let's play sick today and rest a little while." But the old mule said, "No, we need to get the work done, for the growing season is short."

But the ox played sick, and the farmer brought it fresh hay and corn and made the ox comfortable. When the mule came in from plowing, the ox asked how it went in the fields. "We didn't get as much done," answered the mule, "but we did a fair stretch." Then the ox asked, "What did the old man say about me?" "Nothing," said the mule.

The next day the ox, thinking it had a good thing going, played sick again. And when the mule returned from the field very tired, the ox asked, "How did it go today?" "All right, I guess," the mule replied, "but we didn't get much done." Then the young ox asked, "What did the old man say about me?" "Nothing to me," the mule answered, "but he did stop and have a long talk with the butcher."

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