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  Volume 13, # 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October, 1997

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


On Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Bryce

"The worth of a book is to be measured
by what you can carry away from it."


To Maximize Luck . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bits & Pieces, Vol. 23, p. 16

"Luck almost always plays some sort of role in an individual's success. If you want to maximize your luck, follow these rules:

Work hard. If you fail, find out why and act accordingly. Avoid negative thoughts and have positive, optimistic ones. Take reasonable risks, and experiment with new opportunities. It's surprising how lucky you can be if you really try."


On Genius . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lao-Tzu

"To see things in the seed, that is genius."


Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong;
not what we gain but what we save that make us rich;
not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned;
and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us Integrity."


Not Smart Enough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Noel Brown

"We may become the only species gifted enough to understand our own extinction and yet not smart enough to avoid it."


More Persistence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bits & Pieces, Feb. ‘90

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed a hopeless failure may turn into a glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose."


St. Francis of Assisi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrence Cunningham

"[St.] Francis' capacity for a very specific love for others was rooted in his apprehension of two fundamental biblical ideas. The first is the statement in Genesis that every person is made ‘in the image and likeness of God' (Gn 1:26). The second is in the New Testament refinement of that idea deriving from the fact that Jesus was the Son of God. The consequence of the Incarnation is that every person is ennobled and dignified by the fact that Christ became human and took on flesh. Every person is an image of Christ. To honor an individual is to honor that Christ who said that ‘whatever is done to the least is done to Himself.' (Mt. 25:40)."


Word of Kindness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miriam C. Hunter, Guidewords

"A genuine word of kindness is often the best means to raise a depressed spirit to its natural level."


Parents Provide... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edward Herr

"Parents today are so anxious to provide their children with the things they had to do without that they often forget to give them the far more vital things they did have."


Dangerous Dreamers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T.E. Lawrence

"All men and women dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the rusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous individuals, for they may act on their dream with open eyes to make it possible."


Most Glorious Moments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gustave Flaubert, Christophers New Notes, May ‘85

"The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise within you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments."


Character is Built . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winning Words of Champions

"People often say that a person has not yet found himself; but the self is not something one finds. It is something one creates."


Wings to Soar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Best of Success

"We become like our environment, and our environment becomes like us. Everything around us molds us and shapes us. So it is important to choose our environment with care: one that is positive, one that lifts us up and gives us wings to soar."


Tires for Life's Rough Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emphasis, July-Aug. ‘91

"To learn how to grieve, to let go and to move on think about automobile tires.

The first tires were made of solid rubber. They were made to be tough and hard so that nothing one encountered on the road would damage them. As you can imagine not only was the ride rough, but the tires were very soon torn to shreds. Then they adopted another approach and made the tires soft and pliable, filled with air. They receive the shocks into themselves and then spring back. Those are the kind of tires we ride on today.
Men and women may appear soft and vulnerable, but it is a strength that can take life's blows and spring back again."


Overflowing Gratitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Here's a thought based on Oprah's book club: Sit down at the end of each day and write out 5 things for which you are grateful.

We go through life each day so unaware, and take for granted so many things. There are those persons, unseen and unknown, to whom we need to be grateful. We take for granted turning on a light switch. We assume electricity will light the lamp, but how about the people that keep the system running? Same for the water, and the supermarket. We walk in and everyday it's filled with food. How did it get on the shelves; how did it get to the stores; how did it get out of the fields; how did it first get planted?

Everyday we need to overflow with gratitude. Looking at life from such a perspective will begin to change our daily attitude towards all life, and, quite possibly, even towards ourself and others."

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