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  Volume 14, # 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February, 1999

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


May We Always Have… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pulpit Helps, 12/90, p. 21

"May we always have…
Enough happiness to keep us sweet;
Enough sorrow to keep us human;
Enough faith to give us courage;
Enough wealth to meet our needs;
Enough trials to keep us strong;
Enough failure to keep us humble;
Enough friends to give us comfort;
Enough determination to make each day a good day."

A Common Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Source Unknown

"I've learned that the prayer I say most often is,
‘Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.'"


Sad Truth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hannah Arendt, The Great Thoughts, p. 8

"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil."


On Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town

"Youth is a time of dreams, of high aspirations and enthusiasm. Criticism, neglect, and indifference have a withering effect on the spirit of the growing boy or girl. They take out of them the zest of life which God put under their ribs."


Your Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas A. Edison

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves."


Distilled Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alfred A. Montapert, Books of Value, 1964, p. 1

"There is no philosophy which will help others to succeed when one is always doubting one's ability to do so, and thus attracting failure."


Science of Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barclay's Daily Study Bible, Colossians 3:9

"Max Muller, one of the great experts of the science of language, wrote: ‘Not till that word barbarian was struck out of the dictionary of mankind, and replaced by brother, not till the right of all nations of the world to be classed as members of one genus or kind was recognized, can we look even for the first beginnings of our science of language...This change was effected by Christianity.' It was Christianity which drew men together sufficiently to make them wish to know each other's languages."


Act Better! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR

"You are a bigger and better person than you are presently thinking and acting.
Think bigger; act better!"


Laugh at the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

"Scroll 7: ‘I will laugh at the world.'
And how can I laugh when confronted with man or deed which offends me so as to bring forth my tears or my curses? Four words I will train myself to say until they become a habit so strong that immediately they will appear in my mind whenever good humor threatens to depart from me. These words, passed down from the ancients, will carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance. These four words are: This too shall pass.

And with my laughter all things will be reduced to their proper size. I will laugh at my failures and they will vanish in clouds of new dreams; I will laugh at my successes and they will shrink to their true value.

Never will I allow myself to become so important, so wise, so dignified, so powerful, that I forget how to laugh at myself and my world."


Dare to Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous, via Positive Press

"A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live."


The Lord of Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ulrich Schaffer

"Lift me up when my shadow weighs me down.
Teach me that my fear
Is only the fear of being afraid,
And that you are the Lord of the fear.
Fill the emptiness with your evidence:
A serenity in the midst of fear."


Christian Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus, 1989, p. 48

"When ministers and priests live their ministry mostly in their heads and relate to the Gospel as a set of valuable ideas to be announced, the body quickly takes revenge by screaming loudly for affection and intimacy. Christian leaders are called to live in the Incarnation, that is, to live in the body—not only in their own bodies but also in the corporate body of the community, and to discover there the presence of the Holy Spirit."


On Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Waitley, www.waitley.com

"Winners focus on goal achieving,
rather than tension relieving."


What America Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arnold W. Craft

"America grew great from the seed of the will to do and dare; the will to get up and go on and not to quit after we had erred and fallen; the will to struggle to our feet and plod along and not to give up and lie down when we wavered and stumbled from fatigue.

It grew not form the seed of slumping down and giving in when laden with apparent discouragement and seeming defeat, but from the seed of the will to rise to the occasion, shake it off, stand firm and resolute, and challenge defeat. Yes, it seems what we in America need is to get back to the planting and cultivating of that good old American seed."


Test of the Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song.
But the one worthwhile is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the one that shines through the tears."


Door to Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Nightingale, Earl Nightingale's Greatest Discovery, p. 104

"There seems to be a door on the way to remarkable success that can be passed through only by those willing to persevere beyond the point where the majority stop and turn back."


Speak Kind Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother Teresa

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless."


Behind Every Successful Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bits & Pieces, 1/92

There's a charming story about a successful CEO who was traveling with his wife along an interstate highway when he noticed the car was low on gas. He got off the highway at the next exit and soon found a rundown, one-pump gas station. The CEO asked the attendant to fill the tank and check the oil, then went for a little walk to stretch his legs.

As he returned to the car, the husband noticed that the attendant and his wife were engaged in an animated conversation. The conversation stopped as the CEO paid the attendant. But as he was getting back into the car, he noticed the attendant wave and heard him say, "It was great talking to you again."

When they drove off, the CEO asked his wife if she knew that man. She said, "Yes, in fact we went to high school together and dated steadily for about a year."

"Boy, were you lucky that I came along," bragged the husband. "If you had married him, you'd be the wife of a gas station attendant instead of the wife of a successful chief executive officer."

"Oh honey," replied the wife, "if I had married him, he'd be the chief executive officer and you'd be the gas station attendant."

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