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  Volume 15, # 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November, 1999

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


On Greatness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward

    "Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character."


Excellence Can Be Attained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Excellence can be attained if you…
Care more than others think is wise.
Risk more than others think is safe.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible."

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Look…See . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter M. Leschak via INSPIRE

    "All of us are watchers—of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway—but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing."


Prove Your Ability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."


Awakening is Dynamic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taitetsu Unno

"Awakening is dynamic,
Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities—
Unfolding from ego-self to compassionate self,
From enclosed self to open self,
From foolish self to enlightened self."

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The Seasons of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Rohn, with permission from Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine

    "This strange, but all-knowing God gave to us a delicately balanced sphere called earth. On it, he placed the intelligent human who would either develop it or destroy it. How terribly fascinating that a God would leave both projects—earth as well as humans—unfinished! Across the rivers and streams he built no bridges; he left the pictures unpainted, the songs unsung, the books unwritten, and space unexplored. For the accomplishment of those things, God created the unfinished human who, within his heart and mind, had the capacity to do all these things and more, depending upon his own choice.
    Attitude determines choice, and choice determines results. All that we are, and all that we can become has indeed been left unto us. For as long as you continue to draw breath, you have the chance to complete the work in and for the earth and for yourself that God has begun for you. In the cycles and seasons of life, attitude is everything!"


No-Nonsense Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Sloma

    "Good management, effective management, means that you must be ready to state what to do and when to do it, but you must studiously avoid assertions of how to do it."


How to Create Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gerhard Gschwadtner, Personal Selling Power, Vol. 12, # 8, p.21

    "6. Persistence & Concentration: Twin Drives For Winning—Many people fail in their quest for success because they are unwilling to develop the power of persistence or they are unable to concentrate on their goal until they’ve achieved what they wanted to achieve.
    Thomas A. Edison was once asked for the secret that could best explain his continued success. He answered, ‘The ability to apply my physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary…The trouble lies in the fact that people do not have an object, one thing to which they stick, letting all else go.’
    …[I]f you want to create success, you have to persist, you have to resist distraction and concentrate on your goal."


Power In Your Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. James Keller, The Christophers

"God has put some of His own power into your hands,
for He has work He wants you—and no one else—to do."


Feeling Confident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Little, You Are Somebody, p. 27

    "A first step to becoming more confident is to accept yourself. Feeling confident is like freedom. It doesn’t happen overnight. It builds as you learn to keep trying, even when you don’t feel confident. It’s important to remember confidence comes from little successes, no matter how little. These little successes can lead to bigger successes and increased confidence in yourself."


Challenges We Face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, THE PRIEST, Jan., 1987, p. 16

    "Each of us experiences the weakness and limits of our own personhood, feels the forces that oppose what we affirm and encourage us to be less than we would like to be. We know that sin is real—not merely in others but also in ourselves. But we also know that we dream of becoming the full person God intended us to be and living in a better world."


Mark of an Educated Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A.L. Lowell, Distilled Wisdom, p. 1

    "The mark of an educated person is the ability to make a reasoned guess on the basis of insufficient information."


Forming Habits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William James

    "As we become permanent drunkards by so many separate drinks, so we become saints in the moral, and authorities and experts in the practical and scientific spheres, by so many separate acts and hours of work. Let no youth have anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he may safely leave the final result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation in whatever pursuit he may have singled out."


O Divine Providence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Napoleon Hill

    "I thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me. I ask not for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I desire."


Begin to Understand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norvin C. McGranahan

"When a person begins to understand oneself he or she begins to live.
When one begins to live one begins to understand others."


On Democracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people."


Civics to Civility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Scott Peck, A World Waiting to be Born, p. 4

    "By civics, our leaders two hundred years ago meant something far broader than a simple intellectual knowledge of the Constitution and legislative processes. Primarily they meant a deep-seated set of values that would be a foundation for responsible citizenship—values encouraging interest and involvement in large social issues as opposed to mere self-centeredness, values necessary to maintain the health of democracy.
    Closely allied to civics is another word: civility."


Hope & Joy fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale, INIGHT, # 78, p. 26

    "When a person stops and stands still—either in the desire to keep what he or she has or because of a poverty of ideas or interests—hope and joy begin to fade from one’s life."


On Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOUNDINGS, Vol. D, # 4

"Recognize good work and you give a person the will to do better.
Don’t recognize it and you feed one of the biggest gripes people have—lack of recognition."


On Learning & Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony de Mello, SJ

    The Master was an advocate both of learning and of Wisdom.
    "Learning," he said when asked, "is gotten by reading books or listening to lectures."
    "And Wisdom?"
    "By reading the book that is you."
    He added as an afterthought: "Not an easy task at all, for every minute of the day brings a new edition of the book!"


Squanto and the Pilgrims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Panati, Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, p. 64

    "The Pilgrims…landed at Plymouth on December 11, 1620. Confronted with severe weather, and a plague thatpumpkins.gif (4325 bytes) killed hundreds of local Indians, they had by the fall of 1621 lost forty-six of their [102] members…The survivors, though, had something to be thankful for. A new and bountiful crop had been harvested. Food was abundant. And they were alive, in large part thanks to the assistance of one person: an English-speaking Pawtuxet Indian named Squanto, who was to stay by their side until his death two years later.
    "As a boy, Squanto had been captured by explorers to America and sold into slavery in Spain. He escaped to England, spent several years working for a wealthy merchant, and, considerably Anglicized, returned to his native Indian village just six months before the Pilgrims landed. He helped them build houses and to plant and cultivate crops of corn and barley. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims elected an new governor, William Bradford, and proclaimed a day of thanksgiving in their small town, which had seven private homes and four communal buildings."

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