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  Volume 14, # 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October, 1998

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


What is a Dreamer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Burkdoll

"A dreamer looks beyond the limits of today to the possibilities of tomorrow, and sees what can be instead of settling for what is. A dreamer imagines the most wonderful new things and then finds a way. A dreamer knows that stars were made to wish upon and that wishes really do come true!


Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much."


Talent Takes Courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erica Jong

"Everyone has a talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the far place where it leads."


21st Century Illiterates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alvin Toffler

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."


God and Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous,
found on a wall in a German Opera House

"Bach gave us God's word,
Beethoven gave us God's fire,
Mozart gave us God's laughter,
God gave us music so that we may pray without words."


On Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Latin proverb, via Inspire

"If there is no wind, row."


Do Something Worthwhile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewis F. Powell, US Supreme Court Justice (ret.)

"The really important thing is to be somebody and do something worthwhile in this one life each of us is given by God. This doesn't mean making the headlines or the most money. Many who succeed in both of these are actually quite contemptible.

It does mean using your ability in some profession or calling in a way which contributes something to your generation. It also means being a man of honor, character, patriotism, civic consciousness--and some leadership of your fellow men."


Get Involved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Albert Schweitzer

"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me."


Peace In Your Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Francis of Assisi, The Wisdom of St. Francis, pp. 31-32
"St. Francis taught his companions to use the greeting: The Lord give you peace!
When you proclaim peace by your words, he told them, you must carry an even greater peace in your hearts. Let no one be provoked to anger by you, or be scandalized, but let your gentleness encourage all men to peace, good will and mutual love. For our calling is to heal the wounded, to tend the maimed and to bring home those who have lost their way."


Coaches' Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knute Rockne, 1929

"I think it would be a wonderful thing if a coach could just forget about all the high-school and prep-school wonders of the world and develop a team from among the students of his institution who came to his school because they like it best and not because of any attractive offers made for athletic ability."


To Be Genuinely Vital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Donovan, Preparing for Worship--Cycle B, p. 75

"To be alive, to be genuinely vital, is to have a sense of one's capacities and to use them. It is to know and love, to be creative and open; it is to have an enthusiasm for life and the world and to want to be actively engaged in them."


On Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irving S. Shapiro

"There is no way you can lead a large organization unless your people have independently come to the judgment that you are trustworthy, have a good sense of humor, and don't hand them a lot of baloney."


Destructive Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Destructive characteristics are:


Maximize Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barry L. Johnson, Choosing Hope, pp. 84-85

"Halfway through a banquet address, Woody Hayes, former coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, took off on the evils of the forward pass. He explained the horror of the trajectory of the ball between the passer and the receiver. If it's perfect, the result is a completion. If not, two of three possible effects of throwing a forward pass result: an incompletion, or perish the thought, an interception.

Woody explained why some defensive backs get more interceptions than others. It's a matter of courage and position. As soon as the quarterback drops back to pass, the tension is on. The defensive back has two choices. He can play it safe and simply stay far behind the receiver so as to make the tackle after the catch. Or, he can do the job right by positioning himself as to appropriately step between the receiver and the ball at precisely the right moment.

The first choice minimizes risk.
The second maximizes opportunity.

Which one the player chooses depends on the degree of his security. In my opinion, this is also the difference between All-Americans and also-rans. The All-American believes in himself, and not fearing failure in pursuit of excellence, he'll opt for courage and position every time.

The same principle applies to maximizing the gifts and talents God has given us. We can play it safe and stay the same, or choose courage and risk to excel."

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