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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 16, 2007
"Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury." - E. H. Chapin
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When I was young, my mother was going to read me a story, but she had to wax the bathroom floor and there wasn't time.
When I was young, my grandparents were going to come for Christmas, but they couldn't get someone to feed the dogs and my grandfather did not like the cold weather and besides they didn't have time.
When I was young, my father was going to listen to me read my essay on "What I Want To Be When I Grow Up," but there was Monday Night Football and there wasn't time.
When I was young, my father and I were going to go hiking in the Sierras, but at the last minute he had to fertilize the lawn and there wasn't time.
When I grew up and left home to be married, I was going to sit down with Mom and Dad and tell them I love them and would miss them, but my best man was honking the horn in front of my house so there wasn't time.
Sermons for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Based on Gospel Texts for Cycle C: Deep Joy for a Shallow World, By Richard A. Wing
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Perks Of Being Over 50!
1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run--anywhere.
4. People call at 9 pm and ask, did I wake you????
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
8. You can eat supper at 4 pm.
9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.
14. Your eyes won't get much worse.
15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
19. You can't remember who sent you this list .
Forward this to every one you can remember!
Submitted by Sinja
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
According to a new study by the University of Washington, 90 percent of children under the age of 2 are couch potatoes.
You know what you call these kids?
- Jay Leno
Source: Peninsula Daily News, May 15, 2007, http://peninsuladailynews.com
Ogden High Schoolís wrestling team showed up for a wrestling meet at Humboldt High School. The home coach greeted them with the news that one of his wrestlers had Downís syndrome. "He has no skill but loves to compete. You can pin him in seconds. He knows heíll lose; he just wants to roll around on the mat for a little bit. Would anyone on your team be willing to wrestle with him?"
First, there was silence. Then a lone voice on the Ogden team replied, "Iíll do it," and wrestler Lane Brueland stepped forward to grapple with the boy named Brent.
The gesture alone was commendable, but what Brueland did next was exemplary. Instead of doing what the Humboldt coach requested, Brueland wrestled with the boy for the full six minutes. Not only that, he let the youngster score enough points to win the match.
When Brentís hand was raised and he looked up in wonder and said, "I won?" There wasnít a dry eye in the gym. Both boys got a standing ovation.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
© 2007 Josephson Institute of Ethics; reprinted with permission. Michael Josephson, one of the nation's leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For further information visit http://www.charactercounts.org