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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 26, 2000
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
Source: Useless Digest, Copyright (c) 2000 All Rights Reserved, www.uselessknowledge.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Our church has a Friday night coffeehouse for people in recovery. We started making meals and it was enthusiastically greeted - in fact, some even help out when they can! I used to help serve but not join in the meal. After all, I thought, I have a full time job and can afford food, I didn't think I could justify "taking" food from someone who potentially needed it more than I (or was I just rationalizing to keep myself "separate?").
Anyway, one time I ran late and, between leaving work and getting to church didn't have time to eat supper. So I joined in. Soon after, their hearts warmed up to me and I began to know them better. Eating with them didn't mean I was taking food from someone who needed it (the food is easily obtainable with the number of food pantries in town). Eating with them was a sign of fellowship, of seeing their human-ness.
I have since made many friends and a number have attended Bible classes I teach - that is, if they don't have to go to choir practice - but they also became a part of the choir.
One never knows what will happen when you sit down and share soup - or an apple fritter - with someone.
By John Hoh, Jr., Contract & Free-Lance Writing, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: John Hoh
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
SIGNS IN FRONT OF CHURCHES
Come in and let us prepare you for your finals.
A miser is a rich pauper.
Ask about our pray-as-you-go plan.
We hold sit-in demonstrations every Sunday.
Everything you always wanted to know about heaven and hell but were afraid to ask.
Pray up in advance.
What on earth are you doing for heaven's sake?
Will it take six strong pall-bearers to bring you back?
Source: Teresa's Jokers, email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I got a package in the post today. On the outside was printed: PHOTOGRAPHS, DO NOT BEND. Across the bottom was scrawled, "Oh yes, they do!" - Source unknown
Source: Peter's Pearls, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
It has been proven again and again that fifteen minutes a day devoted to one subject will make a person a master of it in five years. Instead of thinking in terms of days, or even hours, plan your schedule in term of short periods of productive activity. Then, when someone is ten or fifteen minutes late for an appointment your time is not wasted. You have a plan for those moments.
Many people, for example, are overwhelmed at the thought of writing a book, but if they take a few minutes to write just a half page - about 150 words a day - they will have a manuscript of 50,000 words in a year.
By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2000, www.neileskelin.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org