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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 23, 2000
"In practical terms of how we live our daily lives, our actions and our beliefs react on one another. We are as likely to act ourselves into a way of thinking as to think ourselves into a way of acting. Individuals are as likely to believe what they have stood up for as to stand up for what they believe." - By Robert S. Folkenberg, Satan's Ditches and Dog-Faced Baboons, (Boise, ID: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1995), p. 46. via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: John L. Bechtel
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
People follow those who walk with a spring in their step, not shufflers and plodders. They move toward faces with smiles on them and avoid frowners. They appreciate folks who can have a little fun at their own expense. They pick up on the zest for life that makes these endearing traits possible. They tap into the confidence of these people and follow them.
Dr. Karl Menninger tells of a time when President Thomas Jefferson was traveling on horseback with a group of friends. When they came to a river and found the bridge had been washed away by a flash flood, the only way across was to have their horses swim the treacherous currents. It would be risky as each rider took his life into his hands to cross the river.
A man traveling on foot came upon the group just then, walked up to Mr. Jefferson, and asked if he might ride across with him. The president agreed, and they made it across safely.
As the man slid off the horse on the river's opposite bank, one of the riders asked him, "Why did you select President Jefferson when you asked this favor of us?" Obviously stunned, the man admitted that he hadn't known it was the president. "All I know," he explained, "is that on some of your faces was written the answer 'No,' and on some of them was the answer 'Yes.' His was a Yes face."
Gideon farmed, Paul made tents, and Dorcas sewed. Moses was a shepherd, Luke a physician, and Joseph a statesman. If you had access to their performance evaluations, I'll bet you'd find high marks not only for competence and hard work but also for attitude.
Why not start this new week by putting on your "Yes face"? Meet whomever and whatever comes with an energetic, positive, enthusiastic spirit. It will lift you above the ordinary and allow the presence of God to touch others through you.
- From: Off the Church Walls firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Sermon Fodder, Sermon_Fodder- email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Professors Define, "What is a kiss?"
Here's how the professors of different subjects define the same word, "kiss", in different ways:
Professor of Algebra:
Kiss is infinity because two divided by nothing.
Professor of Geometry:
Kiss is the shortest distance between two lips.
Professor of Physics:
Kiss is the contraction of mouth due to the expansion of the heart.
Professor of Chemistry:
Kiss is the reaction of the interaction between two hearts.
Professor of Dentistry:
Kiss is infectious and antiseptic.
Professor of Accountancy:
Kiss is a credit because it is profitable when returned.
Professor of Economics:
Kiss is that thing for which the demand is always higher than the supply.
Professor of English:
Kiss is a noun that is used as a conjunction; it is more common than proper; it is spoken in the plural and it is applicable to all.
Professor of Computer Science:
What is a kiss? It looks to be an undefined variable.
Source: The Funnies, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A teacher was trying to impress her first grade pupils that good penmanship was important.
"Remember," she said, "if you don't learn to sign your name, you'll have to pay cash for everything when you grow up."
Source: Bits & Pieces, August 17, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
How fast, in miles per hour, did the Wright brothers' Model A biplane fly in test flights conducted for the U.S. Army in 1909?
42 mph - the price the army paid for the plane was based on its speed in the test flight. The base price was $25,000 plus a ten percent bonus for every mile per hour over 40, so the Wright brothers were paid $30,000.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, www.arcamax.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org