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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 9, 2002

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. - Henry Ward Beecher

Source: My Daily Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose

Subjects: Planning


A friend of mine had a wife who was chronically late. He had nagged and nagged his wife about her tardiness, to no avail. Finally, he realized he could not change her; he could only change his response to her. Tired of suffering the consequences of her behavior, he decided to give them back to her.

One night they had plans to go to a banquet, and he did not want to be late. In advance, he told her that he wanted to be on time and that if she were not ready by 6:00 P.M., he would leave without her. She was late, and he left. When he came home that night, she screamed, "How could you leave without me!" He let her know that her lateness was what caused her to miss the banquet and that he was sad to have to go alone, but he did not want to miss the dinner. After a few more incidents like this, she knew that her lateness would affect her and not him, and she changed.

These moves are not manipulative, as the other spouse will accuse. They are examples of someone limiting how they will allow themselves to be treated and exhibiting self-control. The natural consequences are falling on the shoulders of the responsible party.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes-When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life, By Cloud, Henry; Townsend, John, Published by Zondervan (Jan 1, 1999), ISBN: 0310224535 http://isbn.nu/0310224535

Subjects: Lateness, Boundaries

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


While replacing some roof tiles, my friend fell from a ladder. His ankle broken, he called out for help - and his neighbor's four-year-old came to his side. "Don't worry," she said, disappearing into her house. Minutes later she returned in her nurse's outfit, carrying a medical bag. -Contributed by Peter Brooks

Billy, our five-year-old grandson, helped do yardwork and was paid $4. Later, his mother brought him to the toy store. Billy looked over a rack of action figures, asked how much they cost, then remarked, "It's a good thing I'm working." - Contributed by Sandra S. Jonaitis

My employment search preoccupied our family for months. One day my husband told our three boys that to make things easier for me, he had a list of jobs for them. They were all silent until our six-year-old spoke up: "When are the interviews?" - Contributed by Brenda Cobb

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) July 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com

Subjects: Work, Nurses, Interviews



Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.

I have suggested that he loosen his pants before standing, and then, when he stands with the help of his wife, they should fall to the floor.

Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.

The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints.

Source: TheJokeDoctor, http://www.thejokedoctor.com/

Subjects: Medical Records

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


Many ancient languages only spelled out the consonants and had no vowels. Hebrew is one such language. Fortunately, with the careful attention given by Masoretic scholars over the years, vowel pointing was added as the Hebrew people went away from speaking Hebrew in their everyday lives and spoke Aramaic, then Greek, then possibly Latin and whatever indigenous language of the land where the scattered Jews lived (where today we have Yiddish - a German-Hebrew hybrid - and Ladino - a Spanish-Hebrew hybrid). The ONLY exception is the tetragrammaton, which are four letters (tetra + grammaton) that constitute the name of God. The Jews were so afraid of breaking the "Do not take my name in vain" commandment that they never spoke it, thus when the vowel pointing was added centuries later no one knew how it was pronounced! A solution? The scribes used the vowel pointing for the plural form of the word "lord" and from THAT we get "Jehovah." (Many modern scholars feel it is pronounced "Ya-way" and spell it "Jahweh.") Today, modern Hebrew - surprise! - does NOT have vowels or vowel pointing (but its fun to try to read anyway!).

Shalom and L'Chaim!

John L. Hoh, Jr., Contract & Free-lance Writing, Author of:
The Church on the Web, http://www.churchgrowth.org
Santa Claus: Is He for Your Child?, http://www.xlibris.com
Immanuel! God is Still With Us!, http://www.greatunpublished.com
Silent Meditations on a Silent Night, http://www.amazon.com

Subjects: Hebrew, Language, God

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