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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 22, 1999

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It's not true that nice people finish last . . . Nice people are winners before the game even starts.

(Addison Walker via E-zine: THE MOTIVATION MAILER Mailto:overcomeunlimited- unsubscribe@listbot.com)


We have had a recent addition to our family. She has beautiful brown eyes and the sweetest temperament. She is affectionate, playful, full of energy and life, and she loves being the center of attention. But, when she doesn't get her way or when she thinks she is being ignored or left out of something she wants to be a part of, she gets angry and down right destructive.

Yesterday, when I sent her for a time out because she was getting in my way as I was trying to do some important work, she went to her corner obediently. Then, when I wasn't looking, she snuck over to my desk, stole papers and books off it and began tearing them apart, spreading the words all over the floor of my study and ripping them into little shreds, scraps of chewed up paper and words destroyed.

By the way, besides being beautiful, with bright eyes and shiny black hair, did I mention that she looks just like her father, a full blood Great Dane?

We love "Puppy," as she was so ironically named. But yesterday, I was angry at her for her destruction of my "works in progress." Muttering to myself as I cleaned up the mess - and asking God for the patience that training her is going to take, I began to pray. It was then, when I was bent down on my knees, picking up the shreds of what was left of my day's writing, that my eyes were opened to a truth that I desperately needed to see in my own life. I suddenly realized that her reaction to not getting her way is not unlike my own at times, only instead of ripping up words and spreading them across the floor, I use words to rip up people, spreading my anger across relationships in ways that are just as destructive.

It is hard, if not impossible, to put the pages and words back into books and journals when they have been chewed up and spit out. And, it is just as difficult to mend the hearts of people when words have been used to chew them up and spit them out as well. Tears came to my eyes as I realized, that people are God's Work here on this earth and that just as I was hurt over my work being destroyed, God must be hurt and saddened when His work in the hearts of people He loves is ripped apart by my words or actions.

Yes, I am learning a lot from our new addition to the family. And, as she is learning obedience, I only hope that I can learn it too.

By Elizabeth Larimer (An aspiring writer currently looking for a job that will support my writing habit, until it can support me.)

(Joseph E Moore)

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

(Written by a woman)

Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.

Marrying a divorced man is ecologically responsible. In a world where there are more women than men, it pays to recycle.

Men are very confident people. My husband is so confident that when he watches sports on television, he thinks that if he concentrates he can help his team. If the team is in trouble, he coaches the players from our living room, and if they're really in trouble, I have to get off the phone in case they call him.

All men are afraid of eyelash curlers. I sleep with one under my pillow, instead of a gun.

Men have an easier time buying bathing suits. Women have two types: depressing and more depressing. Men have two types: nerdy and not nerdy.

Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.

Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I've never seen a man walk into a party and say "Oh, my, I'm so embarrassed; get me out of here. There's another man wearing a black tuxedo."

Most men hate to shop. That's why the men's department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.

If a man prepares dinner for you and the salad contains three or more types of lettuce, he is serious.

No man is charming all of the time. Even Cary Grant is on record saying he wished he could be Cary Grant.

Men who can eat anything they want and not gain weight should do it out of sight of women.

Men accept compliments much better than women do. Example: "Mitch, you look great." Mitch: "Thanks." On the other side: "Ruth, you look great." Ruth: "I do? Must be the lighting."

Impulse buying is not macho. Men rarely call the Home Shopping Network.

All men would still really like to own a train set.

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Dear Mom & Dad,

Nothing much new at camp except two kids got hit by the pitcher when he threw a wild pitch in the baseball game. They had to go to the infirmary.

Love, Jeff.

PS: I'm now playing shortstop instead of pitcher.

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


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