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  Volume 13, # 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April, 1998

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


Wisdom Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bulgarian proverb

"From the promise to the deed is a day's journey."


Dream...Discover! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Twain, via Inspire Quotations

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."


Our Lives Are Linked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark, 1969

The remarkable Presbyterian preacher/novelist Frederick Buechner compared humanity to an enormous spider web: "if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling....As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, perhaps, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are setting the great spider web a-tremble. The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked. No man is an island."


Prayer for Generosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Ignatius of Loyola

"Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not count the cost;
to fight and not heed the wounds;
to toil and not seek for rest;
to labor and not ask for reward, except to know
that I am doing your will."


On Feelings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"Feelings can be fraught with folly, and following feelings tends to be foolish.
For feelings are not facts, they are fickle.
Feelings are flimsy, feelings fizzle and, finally, feelings fade."


On Self-Esteem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nathaniel Branden,via Positive Press

"There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity."


On National Character . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Truslow Adams, LEADERSHIP, 3/17/92

"If there is to be a regeneration of the national character, it can come about only by the regeneration of each of us as individuals. It is not a matter of committees, machinery, and organization. It can only come about from subtle change in the heart of the individual man and woman."


On Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anton Chekhov

"Putting a question correctly is one thing;
finding the answer to it is something quite different."


The Wise Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"The wise man doesn't expect to find life worth living. He expects to make it that way."


The Big Leap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale, Insight, # 66

"You'll never make it to second base if you try to keep one foot on first. You'll never achieve the dream in your heart unless you take the big leap and are willing to risk everything--even failure--on the attempt. If it's what is right for you and you've prepared yourself as best you can, the chances are excellent that you'll meet with success."


Purpose of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Robert Schuller

"The purpose of prayer is not to get what "I" want, but to become what I should be."


On Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Colton

"Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight-forward simple integrity in another."


Makes Life Blessed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wolfgang Goethe

"It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed."


Canons of Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Jefferson, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 2

More than a list of maxims, these canons show Jefferson's high regard for perseverance, moderation, patience and respect for others. Cultivating these virtues, today, may be even harder than in the time of this statesman and scholar, but they are still invaluable guides to the good life.


Plant these "seeds" well
and water often!

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