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WITandWISDOM(tm) – October 26, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening. - Dorothy Sarnoff

Source: Monday Fodder by Dave Aufrance, Missionary in Hongkong


I met a man who had been a skydiver until, on his nineteenth jump, his parachute failed to open fully and his emergency chute wrapped itself around the partially collapsed main chute. He slammed into a dry lake bed at sixty miles an hour. Doctors thought this broken remnant of a man would never leave his hospital bed. They told him so, and he sank into black despair.

But in the hospital he had frequent visits from another patient, a man whose spinal cord had been severed in an automobile accident. This man would never walk, would never, in fact, move a finger again. But he was always cheerful. "I certainly don't recommend my situation to anyone," he would say. "And yet I can read, I can listen to music, I can talk to people . . . ."

And yet: those two words shift the focus from what has been lost to what remains—and to what may still be gained. They gave such hope and determination to the skydiver that he came through his ordeal and today walks without a limp.

Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.

Source: A Touch Of Wonder, by Author Gordon, http://isbn.nu/0800756029

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Ten Reasons To Study Geography:

10. You'll know the way to San Jose.

9. History will make a lot more sense.

8. You'll actually know where those coffee beans come from!

7. One of the most admired women in history, Mother Teresa, was a geography teacher.

6. Michael Jordan was a Geography major so you can be like Mike and make millions of dollars.

5. You might get to meet Alex Trebek.

4. You won't buy an Amtrak ticket from California to Hawaii.

3. You will be able to "find your way out of a paper bag".

2. You can catch all sorts of geography mistakes.

1. "Lost"? No way!

Submitted by Lorraine


Recently, I had the following exchange with my 7-year-old daughter Carolyn:

"Daddy, why do you have such hairy arms?"

"I don't know, honey. I guess God just wanted to give me a lot of hair on my arms."

"Well, He sure didn't do much with your forehead."

By William H. Ross, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Source: Today's Christian, http://tinyurl.com/oqyrc

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Is it a car or is it a plane?

A US company have developed a car that can easily beat traffic jams - it can fly.

At the touch of a button the Transition from Terrafugia four-wheeled car extends a pair of wings either side of its main body.

Chief operating officer, Anna Mracek Dietrich, said: "It will take just a few seconds to transform and will be fully automated after the command is given in the cockpit. We're currently sold out for at least the first year, approaching the first two of production".

The Transition will use low-cost electronics and feature GPS and auto-pilot weather radar.

The prototype, which runs on super unleaded petrol, cruises at 120mph and lands at 65mph.

The estimated hourly fuel burn of four gallons equates to 30mpg in flight. Terrafugia - which means escape from the earth - are selling for £74,000.

The company hopes the first car will be ready by next December.

Source: Ananova (10-24-07) http://www.ananova.com

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