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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 30, 2005
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. - Paul Harvey
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
There is an old fable about a puppy that was vigorously chasing his tail. An old dog saw him and asked, “Why are you chasing your tail so?” The puppy answered, “I have mastered philosophy. I have solved the problems of the dog universe, which no dog before me has rightly solved. I have learned that the best thing for a dog is contentment and happiness. I have discovered that contentment is in my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it; and when I catch it, I shall have happiness!”
The old dog said, “My son, I too have paid attention to the problems of the dog universe, in my weak way, and have formed some opinions. I, too have judged that contentment and happiness are fine things for a dog and that happiness is in my tail. But I have noticed that when I chase it, it keeps running from me; but when I go about my business, it comes after me.”
The fabled dog apparently knew a great deal about life. He put his business before his happiness, and his happiness came along. With the human family there can be only one business. Jesus made this clear when He said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. All the things that people feel will make them satisfied and comfortable will come along after they seek the kingdom of God.
By Neal Becker
Source: These Times, Copyright (c) 1955, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
There Is So Much To Know
by Robert Byron
My son is known to say the strangest things right out of the blue. I had just introduced the four-year-old to a friend of mine when he said, "I don't spit in the house. I spit in the grass." On another occasion while at the grocery store, my son told a perfect stranger, "I burp and toot at home but not here."
I wonder what prompts him to blurt out things to people like, "My dog pees in the house sometimes but I don't." We were in the car one day when he yells, "There is so much to know!" It made me wonder whether or not his statements are just random or well thought out profound statements.
I imagine my son as a young man in his twenties trying to impress a young lady with his eloquent speech. "Would you like to go back to my place? I don't spit in the house. I only spit in the grass."
She will say something silly like, "What did you just say?"
"My dog pees in the house but I don't. I use the potty like a big boy."
"However, I do tend to burp and toot at home."
She'll tell him something like, "It's been nice talking to you but please leave me alone."
He will say, "There is so much to know."
As I thinking about all this I begin to chuckle. My son is innocently playing with some cars on the floor of the living room. I look at him and say, "Do you know what, son?"
"I love you," I tell him.
"Then he says, "Daddy, do you know what?"
"My eyes get a twinkle as I ask, "What son?"
My son looks at me with the look that only a child can give to his parent as he says, "The doors at my doctor's office open all by themselves."
© Copyright 2004 Robert Byron
All Rights Reserved
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
As a professional animal trainer, I was disturbed when my own dog developed a bad habit. Every time I hung my wash out on the clothesline, she would yank it down.
Drastic action was called for. I put a white kitchen towel on the line and waited. Each time she pulled it off, I scolded her. After two weeks the towel was untouched. Then I hung out a large wash and left to do some errands.
When I came home, my clean clothes were scattered all over the yard. On the line was the white kitchen towel.
Contributed to "Life In These United States" by Lori E Andersen
Source: Beliefnet Presents, http://www.beliefnet.com/user/newsletter_choose.asp
In 1815 French chemist Michael Eugene Chevreul realized the first link between diabetes and sugar metabolism when he discovered that the urine of a diabetic was identical to grape sugar... ...It was also the first step in realizing he had WAY too much time on his hands.
From: Isaac Asimov's “Book Of Facts”, http://isbn.nu/0517065037
Source: ArcaMax - Jokes, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44