SOMEONE HAS SAID:
WE ARE NOT WHAT WE THINK WE ARE. . .
WE ARE NOT EVEN WHAT OTHERS THINK WE ARE. . .
WE ARE WHAT WE THINK OTHERS THINK WE ARE.
"For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
MY LUCKY DAY
Garland Chapman, a principal at Robert E. Lee High School
in Midland, Texas relates an experience during his days
as a grade school principal.
A little second-grade boy started out the morning by falling
from the school bus and hitting his head on the concrete --
requiring three stitches to close the gash!
Recess proved a little unfortunate as he and another boy
ran together. Result: two of his teeth were loosened
and a lip was busted. During the afternoon he fell and broke an arm.
Mr. Chapman decided to take the boy home immediately
before anything else could happen. They were riding together
on the country road toward the boy's home when the principal
noticed the little boy clutching something in his hand.
"What do you have?" the principal asked. "A quarter,"
answered the boy. "Where did you get it?" Mr. Chapman asked.
"I found it on the playground today," explained the little boy.
Then he smiled and with an excited voice exclaimed,
"You know Mr. Chapman, I've never found a quarter before.
This is my LUCKY DAY!"
So much is dependent not on how the day looks at us,
but how we look at the day.
Some people miss seeing the roses behind a broken fence.
Every day has its problems but faith can turn them into
blessings. Each beautiful butterfly looks rather uneventful
at its beginning, but what a change the day makes.
You probably wouldn't worry about what people
think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
SOME THINGS ARE BETTER READ BACKWARD
A certain Chinaman, long ago, had one horse and one son.
One day the horse broke out of the corral and fled to the hills.
All of the neighbors came around that night and said,
"Your horse got out, what bad luck!"
"Why," the Chinaman said, "How do you know it's bad luck?"
Sure enough the next night the horse came back to his
familiar corral for his usual feeding and watering,
leading twelve horses with him!
The neighbors heard the news and came excitedly to the farmer,
"Oh, you have thirteen horses, what good luck!"
And the Chinese answered, "How do you know that's good luck?"
A few days later the young son was trying to break one of the
wild horses only to be thrown off and break a leg.
The neighbors came back saying, "Your son broke his leg,
What bad luck!" And the wise farmer said,
"How do you know it's bad luck?"
Sure enough a few days later, a Chinese war lord
came through town
and drafted every able-bodied man,
taking them off to war,
never to return again.
But the young man was saved
because of his broken leg.
A PESSIMIST FEELS BAD WHEN HE FEELS GOOD
FOR FEAR HE'LL FEEL WORSE WHEN HE FEELS BETTER
WHAT TO COUNT
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF YOUR CROSSES;
COUNT YOUR GAINS INSTEAD OF YOUR LOSSES.
COUNT YOUR JOYS INSTEAD OF YOUR WOES;
COUNT YOUR FRIENDS INSTEAD OF YOUR FOES.
COUNT YOUR SMILES INSTEAD OF YOUR FEARS;
COUNT YOUR COURAGE INSTEAD OF YOUR FEARS.
COUNT YOUR FULL YEARS INSTEAD OF YOUR LEAN;
COUNT YOUR KIND DEEDS INSTEAD OF YOUR MEAN.
COUNT YOUR HEALTH INSTEAD OF YOUR WEALTH;
COUNT ON GOD INSTEAD OF YOURSELF.
Quote from "Man's Search for Meaning"
by Victor E. Frankl
"We who lived in concentration camps
can remember the men who walked through the huts
comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number,
but they offer sufficient proof that
everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms--
TO CHOOSE ONE'S ATTITUDE
IN ANY GIVEN SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES,
TO CHOOSE ONE'S OWN WAY."
If your OUTGO exceeds your INTAKE,
Then your UPKEEP will be your DOWNFALL.
BEFORE YOU SPEAK
- T - Is it TRUE?
- H - Is it HELPFUL?
- I - Is it IMPORTANT?
- N - Is it NECESSARY?
- K - Is it KIND?
Men must be taught as if you taught them not,
And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744) English poet.
SO CONVENIENT A THING IT IS TO BE A REASONABLE CREATURE
SINCE IT ENABLES ONE TO FIND OR MAKE A REASON
FOR EVERYTHING ONE HAS A MIND TO DO.
THE WINDS OF FATE
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
One ship drives east and another west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life:
'Tis the set of the soul
That decides the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY
Once upon a time there was a noncomforming sparrow
who decided not to fly south for the winter.
However, soon the weather turned so cold
that he reluctantly started to fly south.
In a short time ice began to form on his wings
and he fell to earth in a barnyard, almost frozen.
A cow passed by and pooped on the little sparrow.
The sparrow thought it was the end. But, the manure
warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy,
able to breathe, he started to sing. Just then a
large cat came by and hearing the chirping,
investigated the sounds.
The cat cleared away the manure,
found the chirping bird and promptly ate him.
The moral of the story:
1. Everyone who poops on you is not
necessarily your enemy.
2. Everyone who gets you out of the poop
is not necessarily your friend.
3. And, if you're warm and happy in a
pile of poop, Keep Your Mouth Shut.
"A man may not be what the world thinks he is.
He may not be what he thinks he is.
But what he THINKS, he is!
"We sow a thought and reap an act;
We sow an act and reap a habit,
We sow a habit and reap a character,
We sow a character and reap a destiny."
"Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life."
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
If there be any virtue, and
If there be any praise,
THINK ON THESE THINGS.
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