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  Volume 13, # 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March, 1998

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


On Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lucy Malory

"The wiser a person is, the simpler the language he uses to express his thoughts."


Careful with Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Carleton

"Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds;
You can't do that when you're flying words:
‘Careful with fire,' is good advice we know,
‘Careful with words,' is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead,
But God himself can't kill them when they're said."


On Technical Endeavors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Albert Einstein

"Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors, concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor and the distribution of goods--in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."


Celtic Blessing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

"Deep peace of the Running Wave to you.
Deep peace of the Flowing Air to you.
Deep peace of the Quiet Earth to you.
Deep peace of the Shining Stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you."


Struggles for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Truly, many times have you heard me say that the rewards are great if one succeeds but the rewards are great only because so few succeed. Many succumb to despair and fail without realizing that they already possess all the tools needed to acquire great wealth. Many others face each obstacle in their path with fear and doubt and consider them as enemies when, in truth, these obstructions are friends and helpers. Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in other careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better. . . or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future."


Gifts from God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Living Faith," July-Sept. ‘92

Aug. 7: "Do we not at times suppress our deepest hopes and yearnings, our inner wisdom and unique gifts, in exchange for security, acceptance, reputation?

Our hopes, insights, abilities and intuitions are gifts from God. When we bring them forth, we allow God to be God in and through us. We are created and saved, ever more fully, over and over again. But when we doubt these gifts of ours, when we hide them, fear their power, we forbid God's action in us. We forbid a part of ourselves to live. We die, if only just a little. What is worth the loss?"


Begin Anew! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"No matter what has happened, we can never go back and start over.
Today, however, we can make a decision to begin anew; do it now!"


Miracle Enough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ulrich Schaffer, Surprised by Light

"I will not search for miracles
but become conscious
that I am miracle enough.
I will celebrate myself
as God celebrates me."


Define a Good Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Buscaglia

"Each of us is responsible for creating an environment of warmth and consideration for those we love. I have always tried to define a good day not in terms of one in which all things were made right and comfortable for me but rather, as a day in which I have been able to make another's day more loving and special for them.

We must treat each other with dignity. Not because we merit it but because we grow best in thoughtfulness."


The Challenge of Loving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Christophers, 11-79

"It's in doing that we overcome our fears and worry. There is nothing very special about putting love into the little things of life. In caring about the persons around us, we prepare ourselves for greater challenges."


That Every Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Fischer, Portable Life 101, p. 2

"The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different--to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses."


Patches of Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles C. Colton

"Much may be done with those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most of us throw away."


Lesson from a Terrapin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pulpit Helps, Sept. ‘92, p. 16

"There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle. He started to examine it but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open.

The boy's uncle saw all this and remarked, 'No, that's not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle but you'll not get it to open up with a stick.'

The uncle took the terrapin into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn't but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl. ‘Turtles are like that,' said the uncle, ‘and people, too. You can't force them into anything. But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely, they will do what you want them to do.'"

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