Greetings Monotone – I won’t be able to post regularly for the next while, I’ll  be going here and there twice. I’m hoping to find an occasion to use my new digital camera, but I’m not certain of what to take a picture. I do think that I’ve figured it out sufficiently, for now.  I’d found some e-mail words of wisdom and here they are:


Be ye fishers of men. You catch them … God will clean them.
Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.
Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
He who angers you, controls you!
If God is your co-pilot—swap seats!
Prayer: Don’t give God instructions—just report for duty!
The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
We don’t change the message, the message changes us.


It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose.
When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.
People are funny. They want the front of the bus, the middle the road, and the back of the church.
Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door for years.
Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.
The phrase that is guaranteed to wake up an audience: “And in conclusion.”
God Himself does not propose to judge a man till he is dead. So why should you?
To make a long story short, don’t tell it.
Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
Peace starts with a smile.
We were called to be witnesses.
Outside of traffic, there is nothing that holds this country back as much as committees.


Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
A day without sunshine is like…night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
Seen it all, done it all, can’t remember most of it.
I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted then used against you.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.
You can’t have everything…where would you put it?
Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.
I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal the neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
If you lend someone $20 and never see him again; it was probably worth it.
If you haven’t much education you must use your brain.
Never mess up an apology with an excuse.
Wisdom comes from good judgment and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
Duct tape is like the Force, it has a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together.
I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your mouth is moving.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’re a mile away and you have his shoes.

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Goudy Old Style – I was thinking about that attitude post, but then I realized, how can one maintain such an attitude after anything that can go wrong has? I can look back at any of a hundred times where that attitude would have greatly changed the outcome. Sometimes it’s too difficult to change an attitude after a conflict, especially if you’re right. (Most conflicts do come down to the question of who is right and who is wrong.) Of course, if you’re on the other side of the conflict, you are also right. Then you are left to wonder who is more right and who is less right. It just seems to go on and on. There’s a right way to be in a conflict, and I’ve never found it. (Through trial and error experimentation, I wouldn’t reccomend attempting to look at conflicts as scientifically as I can.) It’s true that it takes two to be in a conflict, and it is very difficult to say, “I guess you’re right (and I guess I’ll have to pay for it.),”, “You’re probably right (and probably wrong, too.),”, and “I was wrong, I apologize for my outrageous behavior.” The key factor is allowing your attitude to cross the line, even if everything that can go wrong has, why not try to get that attitude back into control? I’ve had days that stated off very badly and ended quite wonderfully.

Georgia – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, too! I hope that all is well with each and every one of you. It’s A Most Unusual Day by William Arthur Ward:


TODAY is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have. TODAY can be a healthy unusual day for you—and for others—if you take time to give someone a smile…to express a word of kindness…to lend a helping hand to someone in need…to write a note of gratitude… to give a word of encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with problems…to share a portion of your material possessions with others. LOSE YOURSELF in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!


I’m so excited! There’s lots of stuff to do today, and I’ll be around to help out. We’ll be dipping the buckeyes soon, and there were lots of them. Even if a dozen have been eaten, there’s still well over 150 remaining if I’ve counted them correctly. I’m glad to know that we’ve had a merry Christmas ourselves, just after November when we realized that things may not have been able to go so smoothly, I prayed for it. Needless to say, we’re all pretty happy. Now, I think, I’ll go lend a hand or two.


 


 

For A Reason

 

Author Unknown





Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be; your roommate, neighbor, professor, long lost friend, lover or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength will power or heart.


Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience, they are the ones who create who you are. Even the bad experiences can be learned from, those lessons are the hardest and probably the most important ones.


If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.


If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.


Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.


Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.


Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.


You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.

Pascal’s Wager

Garamond – “Either God is, or he is not. But to which view shall we be inclined? Reason cannot decide this question. [Remember that Pascal’s Wager is an argument for sceptics.] Infinite chaos separates us. At the far end of this infinite distance [death] a coin is being spun that will come down heads [God] or tails [no God]. How will you wager? You have two things to lose: the true and the good; and two things to stake: your reason and your will, your knowledge and your happiness; and your nature has two things to avoid: error and wretchedness. Since you must necessarily choose, your reason is no more affronted by choosing one rather than the other. That is one point cleared up. But your happiness? Let us weigh up the gain and the loss involved in calling heads that God exists. Let us assess the two cases: if you win, you win everything: if you lose, you lose nothing. Do not hesitate then: wager that he does exist. If you are unable to believe, it is because of your passions since reason impels you to believe and yet you cannot do so. Concentrate then not on convincing yourself by multiplying proofs of God’s existence but by diminishing your passions. You want to find faith, and you do not know the road. You want to be cured of unbelief, and you ask for the remedy: learn from those who were once bound like you and who now wager all they have. . . . They behaved just as if they did believe.”

THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE

WE HAVE taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;
we spend more, but have less;
we buy more, but enjoy it less.


WE HAVE bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
we have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgment;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicine, but less wellness.


WE DRINK too much, smoke too much,
spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry too quickly,
stay up too late, get up too tired,
read too seldom, watch TV too much,
and pray too seldom.


WE HAVE multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom
and lie too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living,
but not a life;
We’ve added years to life, not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street
to meet the new neighbor.
We’ve conquered outer space,
but not inner space;
we’ve done larger things, but not better things;
we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;
we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice;
we write more, but learn less;
plan more, but accomplish less.
WE HAVE learned to rush, but not to wait;
we have higher incomes, but lower morals;
more food, but less appeasement;
more acquaintances, but fewer friends;
more effort, but less success.


WE BUILD more computers to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but have less communication;
we’ve become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are the times of fast foods and
slow digestion;
tall men, and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace,
but domestic warfare;
more leisure and less fun;
more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes,
but more divorce;
of fancier houses, but broken homes.
THESE ARE days of quick trips, disposable diapers,
throwaway morality, one-night stands,
and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.


IT IS A TIME when there is much in the show window
and nothing in the stockroom.
INDEED it’s all true.

Post-Modern Proverbs

EwieD –


If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.


Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.


The best vitamin for making friends…B1.


The 10 commandments are not “multiple choice.”


The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.


Minds are like parachutes…they function only when open.


Ideas won’t work unless YOU do.


One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.


One who lacks the courage to start has already finished.


The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge.


Don’t learn safety rules by accident.


We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.


Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise.


A turtle makes progress when it sticks its head out.


One thing you can give and still keep…is your word.


A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.


The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!



Author Unknown