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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 31, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results." - James Allen

Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/


A teacher asked her fifth graders, in the midst of Virginia's standards of learning (SOL) tests the children were taking, "What are some things that give you stress?" Here are some of their answers:

Things That Make Stress
1. S.O.L.s (not surprisingly)
2. Too much work to do
3. Too busy a schedule
4. When somebody makes fun of me
5. Death
6. An essay assignment
7. Striking out in a baseball game
8. Friends: one day they're smiling at you and the next day they're in a fight with you
9. Movies
10. When I miss my parents
11. Fitness training
12. My next-door neighbors
13. Being with or talking to my mother
14. Thinking about my uncle who has cancer and had a stroke on Easter Sunday
15. Girls
16. Boys

Pretty good list, but the teacher didn't stop there. She asked the children to write down, "How do you get rid of stress?" These children had a wonderful list of practical ideas.

How To Get Rid of Stress:
1. I try to think of something else
2. Thinking about the good times
3. Ride my bike
4. Play with my bird
5. Read a good book
6. Take a walk in the woods
7. Break pencils into pieces
8. Go to sleep
9. Watch TV
10. Go to my room and do something quiet
11. Stick my thumb in the top of my mouth
12. Squeeze something squishy like a stress ball
13. Take a deep breath
14. Talk to my parents
15. Mow the yard
16. Go out by the pond
17. Work on one thing at a time
18. I let out a big scream and calm down
19. Draw
20. Call my friend on the phone and talk
21. Listen to music
22. Spend time with the people I love

Source: Mr. Mom's Mailing List, http://mrmom.amaonline.com/

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Here are a few examples of bad reasoning causing bad conclusions. Though humorous, the principles are based somewhat in truth.

Ignoring the Advice of Experts Without Good Reason:
Example: Sure, the experts say you shouldn't ride a bicycle in the eye of a hurricane, but I have my own theory.

Following The Advice of Known Fools:
Example: Uncle Horace says eating pork makes you smarter. That's good enough for me.

Reaching Bizarre Conclusions Without Any Information:
Example: My car won't start. I'm certain the spark plugs have been stolen by rogue clowns.

Failure to Recognize What's Important:
Example: My house is on fire! Quick, call the post office and tell them to hold my mail!

Blinding Flashes of the Obvious:
Example: If everyone had more money, we could eliminate poverty.

Blaming The Tool:
Example: I bought an encyclopedia, but I'm still ignorant.

Taking Things to Their Illogical Conclusion:
Example: If you let your barber cut your hair, the next thing you know he'll be lopping your limbs off.

Judging the Whole by One of its Characteristics:
Example: The sun causes sunburns. Therefore, the planet would be better off without the sun.

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


Seen on a Bumper Sticker: You're driving a car. It isn't a telephone booth,
a beauty parlor or a restaurant.

Source: Today's Verse and Quote, http://www.net153.com/best.htm

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Is a tip actually an acronym?

The word "tip," meaning a gratuity, was originally an acronym standing for "To Insure Promptness."

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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