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WITandWISDOM(tm) – December 3, 2007
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas Edison
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Beatitudes For Parents
Blessed are those parents who make their peace with spilled milk and mud, for of such is the kingdom of childhood.
Blessed is the parent who engages not in the comparison of his child with others, for precious unto each is the rhythm of his own growth.
Blessed are the fathers and mothers who have learned laughter, for it is the music of the child's world.
Blessed and wise are those parents who understand the goodness of time, for they make it not a sword that kills growth but a shield to protect.
Blessed and mature are they who without anger can say "no," for comforting to the child is the security of firm decisions.
Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it is heart's-ease in childhood.
Blessed are they who accept the awkwardness of growth, for they are aware of the choice between marred furnishings and damaged personalities.
Blessed are the teachable, for knowledge brings understanding, and understanding brings love.
Blessed are the men and women who in the midst of the unpromising mundane, give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and -- in an ever-widening circle -- to their fellow men.
Blessed are those who read these words...but more blessed will be they who follow them!
By Marion E. Kinneman (1895-1985)
From Steve Goodier who is the editor of The Life Support System, a motivational e-newsletter delivered daily to 85,000 subscribers in over 100 nations. His inspirational newsletter and books are available through his website at http://www.lifesupportsystem.com
Source: Life Support System, mailto:LifeSupportfirstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Weddings can be adventures. I will never forget one several years ago that went just beautifully until the very end of the ceremony. In that tender moment when bride and groom kissed, the bride's five-year-old brother, the ring bearer, let out with a "YUK!" The congregation was on the floor laughing. As people left that afternoon, the place glowed with everyone's grins.
And in years to come, when people think of that wedding, the one thing they will remember is YUK!
Dr. David E. Leininger, "This Jesus is Something!"
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
One day after a heavy snowfall, this announcement appeared on the bulletin board in the nurses lounge of my local hospital: "Student nurses will please refrain from ever again using this institution's sterile bedpans for makeshift snow sleds."
Contributed to "All In a Day's Work" by Jill Marie Bonnier
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://www.beliefnet.com/newsletter/step1.aspx
According to a June 25, 2002, news story from Reuters, an Alaskan chicken-hypnotist who cycles around the world with a traveling circus won't be going anywhere for awhile. While she stopped in a charity clothes shop in Scotland and was trying on clothes, the shop attendant sold her bicycle by mistake.
Emily Harris left the $1,800 bicycle leaning on a mannequin inside the British Heart Foundation shop in Edinburgh while she tried on a shirt. By the time she came out the bike had been sold for $15. She said the shop staff apologized profusely but did not give her the proceeds of the impromptu sale.
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/