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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 21, 2000
Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it. - Benjamin Franklin
(E-zine: INSPIRE http://www.infoadvn.com/inspire/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
Epilogue. . . .There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy. "Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present."
By Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, Beth Emet the Free Synagogue, firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
AFTER Y2K SALE
200 canned hams
100 lbs. dried beans
2000 gal. fresh water (including underground tank)
5000 watt propane generator
800 assorted canned vegetables
8 cases sterno (24 per case)
18 boxes matches
2000 rounds of 45 caliber bullets
10 cases 12 ga. shotgun shells
50 "D" cell batts.
75 "AA" batts.
47 "AAA" batts.
1 solar powered radio
4 cases powdered protein
1 milk cow
7 laying hens
40x60 underground shelter (with separate livestock quarters)
1 wood burning stove
8 cords wood
43 assorted magazines
8 kerosene lamps
16 military blankets
many other misc. survival items.
All items sold together or separately. Bids will be accepted starting 1/2/00.
Serious offers only.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A friend of mine and her husband were on vacation. They visited an Episcopal Church on Sunday. The pews in this older church were in those little, box-like enclosures that have a "gate" entry to each one.
My friend likes to sit close to the front. So they entered a pew in the second row.
Shortly after settling into the pew, an usher came up to them, tapped lightly on the gate, and said, "This pew is saved."
Her husband replied, "So are WE!"
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Did you know this about ICE?
Water expands as it freezes and contracts as it melts, displacing the exact same amount of fluid in either state. So if the northern ice cap did melt, it would cause absolutely no raise in the level of the ocean. (Land based ice would raise the ocean level.)
In 1845, ice shipped to Tallahassee cost $1 per pound.
The average iceberg weighs 20,000,000 tons.
An inch of snow falling evenly on one acre of ground is equivalent to about 2715 gallons of water.
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