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  Volume 14, # 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November, 1998

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

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Make Peace With Self . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doris Mortman, via INSPIRE

"Until you make peace with who you are,
you'll never be content with what you have."


On Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel J. Boorstin

"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know."


God is Whispering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faber

"There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear, because of the noise, hurry and distractions which life causes as it rushes on."


What Makes a Saint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miriam C. Hunter, Guidewords

"Why were the saints saints?

Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful; patient when it was difficult to be patient. And because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still; and kept silent when they wanted to talk. And because they were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable.

That was all. It was quite simple, and always will be."


Tell More Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . National Storytelling Festival

"Listen more carefully • Notice the seasons change • Hold hands with someone you love • Give more hugs • Watch more sunsets • Take walks • Sing out loud more often • Square dance a little • Have more picnics • Make friends wherever you go • Feel good about yourself • Daydream a little • Laugh as much as possible • Take your shoes off • Use your imagination • Tell more stories."


Being Able to See . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Fleming, SJ, Human Development, Vol. 10, # 4, p. 28

"Teilhard de Chardin, introduced his masterful study The Phenomenon of Man with the statement, ‘All life is tied up in the verb to see.' Seeing--being able to see, to focus--is most important for the creative life and activity of humankind."


On Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edith Wharton

"If we'd only stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time."


A Daily Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Vincent de Paul

"My dear Lord,
You are using me as an instrument; if you are not careful, I will spoil it all.
I beg You to give me the grace and the power that I will not interfere with Your holy will. Protect Yourself from me."


Live With Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H. Ross Perot

"H. Ross Perot commenting to the midshipman at Annapolis on applying the academy's ethics code to their lives said, ‘Don't run your life by what's legal or illegal. Run your life based on what's right or wrong.'"


Live This Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Scroll 5: ‘I will live this day as if it is my last.'
And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping? I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday's misfortunes, defeats or heartaches, for why should I throw good after bad?

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time. When I waste one I destroy the other. If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return."


Risk Taking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Only those risking to go far will ever know how far they can go."


Dormant Abilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alfred A. Montapert, Distilled Wisdom, p. 1

"Too many of us strive for new abilities instead of striving to develop abilities we already have lying dormant within us."


Sow/Reap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale

"It seems that one of the most difficult ideas for people to grasp and fully understand is that each of us is responsible for his or her own life, its successes or mediocrity. We become what we think about, and what we think about is strictly up to each of us."


In Praise of a Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"When Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was president, he invited writer James Michner to an occasion at the White House. Mr. Michner replied, ‘Dear Mr. President, I received your invitation three days after I had agreed to speak a few words at a dinner honoring the wonderful high school teacher who taught me to write. I know that you will not miss me at your dinner, but she might at hers.'

With understanding, the President answered, ‘In a lifetime a man can live under 15 or 16 presidents, but a really fine teacher comes into his life but rarely."

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