Friday, October 27, 2006
“It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.” (Lorimer) What are those valuable things money can’t buy? Why not scribble a list now and “Post-It” by your computer. ;-) Jack
No Winning Words NEXT WEEK!
G. S. COMMENTS: money definitely isn't the answer, but rather the legacy we leave for others to follow
N. R. BURR HAS THIS TO SAY: Having lots of money is like carrying a box of snakes...it's just too much trouble keeping control of it.
FROM D. S.: Brings to mind the saying, "how much is enough".
WHAT DO YOU THINK? aside from food and shelter-can $ really buy anything? (From M. L.)
I LIKE THIS FROM D.S.: The Blind Man ...One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: "I am blind, please help."A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it.He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it.The publicist responded: "Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently." He smiled and went on his way.The new sign read: "Today is Spring and I cannot see it."
Thursday, October 26, 2006
“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” (Wm Penn) Keep this in mind as you plan to cast your vote in the coming election. The question is: Who decides what is right and what is wrong? You are the one! I turn off the sound on the political TV ads. ;-) Jack
"Never follow the crowd." (Bernard Baruch)
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” (Silent Cal) Is there something pending in your life that should be taken care of? Do you know who Silent Cal is without looking it up? ;-) Jack
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.” (Hannah Arendt) My personal precept includes two of the three, even though I can’t argue with Hannah’s idea. Being a German Jew during the Nazi era, no doubt, influenced her weltanschauung. ;-) Jack
FROM L. H. IN WI: That reminds me of what I always tell my daughter and my son; Over estimate costs/expenses, under estimate income, and you will not have any surprises.
A. W. COMES UP WITH THIS THOUGHT: You’ve got to believe that God is in control of your life. It may be a tough time but you’ve got to believe that God has a reason for it and he’s going to make everything good.
Monday, October 23, 2006
“To him who is in fear…everything rustles.” (Sophocles) This Greek dramatist lived about 500 BC. Evidently they had terrorism in his day, too. I like the word, rustle. The word, fear, is too negative for me. What positive words can replace it? ;-) Jack
How about uncertainty? It seems that fear is really not knowing what to expect, or when...
FROM GOODDEBT JON: Action is the best replacement (antidote) for fear or worry.
I LIKE THIS ONE FROM N. R. BURR: To those who wear taffeta...everything rustles.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event" (Brian Tracy)
Friday, October 20, 2006
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our he-roes and she-roes!" (Maya Angelou) Who are your roes? ;-) Jack
DAZ SEZ: And sing from our hym-nals and her-nals
Thursday, October 19, 2006
“Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.” (Malcolm Forbes) I hope that you have a somebody in your life and that you are a somebody to someone yourself. ;-) Jack
FROM J. B. (RETIRED)
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups -porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite -telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professorsaid: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of yourproblems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to
the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee,
not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups...
And then you began eyeing each other's cups. Now consider this:Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are thecups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type ofcup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy thecoffee life has provided us. Life brews the coffee, not the cups..........
Enjoy your coffee!
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything."
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
“My future starts when I wake up in the morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” (Miles Davis) Miles was one of the great jazz composers and trumpeters of all time. He did something creative with his life. Every day we have the opportunity to make a difference in our corner of the world. If Miles did it, we can do it, too! ;-) Jack
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
“There’s nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.” (Santayana) Basically, sympathy means to put your self in the other person’s place. Is there someone in the circle of your life to whom you can be sympathetic? ;-) Jack
HERE'S WHAT N. R. BURR SAYS: We often express sympathy for others in difficult circumstances, wanting to show our support, but truthfully, I don't believe we can genuinely feel that other person's depth of concern.
A QUOTE FROM HUGH ELLIOTT: All people want is someone to listen.
GOOD DEBT, BAD DEBT JON EXPLAINS: I think empathy is putting yourself in the other person's place, sympathy is sharing another's feelings.
Monday, October 16, 2006
“If you done it, it ain’t bragging.” (Walt Whitman) The Tigers have won the American League Championship and are going to The World Series! Of course Walt never saw the Tigers, so I wonder what caused him to say these words. St. Paul (in the Bible) would credit his accomplishments to God. Any thoughts? ;-) Jack
Friday, October 13, 2006
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind. Thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude.” (Shakespeare) I know, I know. It’s two days in a row of Shakespeare. But the quote fits, since we had our first snow today, along with a winter wind. But, as the bard put it, man’s ingratitude is worse. What are you thankful for these days? ;-) Jack
Thursday, October 12, 2006
“A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry, But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.” (Shakespeare) I know that this is an extra long quote today, but please take the time to reread it and see if there’s someone (or some cause) whose burden you might help to ease. ;-) Jack
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
“The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.” (Rabelais) Have you checked your speedometer lately? Maybe it’s time for you to slow down and enjoy the scenery. ;-) Jack
NEWSNOTE....One of our innercity freeways is increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph, because nobody was obeying the lower limit.
FROM B. G. IN F.H.
Remember "Life in the fast lane" by the Eagles? Life in the fast line, guaranteed to blow your mind...I think Don Henley sang that one when he was the band.
Have a good one. Fast, but not too fast to look around.
EAGLES LYRICS "Life In The Fast Lane" He was a hard-headed man He was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty She held him up, and he held her for ransom in the heart of the cold, cold city He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude .... They went rushin' down that freeway, messed around and got lost They didn't care they were just dyin' to get off And it was life in the fast lane Life in the fast lane
FROM D. Z. IN W. B.: Sort of like-- "take time to smell the roses along the way." --Too many exhaust fumes in the fast lane.
FROM B. D., THE CORVETTE GUY: What scenery, at 120mph's you don't see anything but poles flying by !!!!!! Going on a four day Corvette road tour starting Friday. I bet if I keep it under 80mph I'll see a few things. This is a perfect winning word for me.
SOME STUFF ON RABELAIS...
The bus that runs late at night in Montpellier - his university town - is named "Le Rabelais" in his honour.
Rabelais is mentioned in the Meredith Willson musical The Music Man. In Act One the ladies of the town tell Professor Harold Hill that Marian the Librarian advocates "dirty books" (Chaucer, Rabelais, Balzac); in Act Two the ladies admit to Marian, "The Professor told us to read those books, and we simply adored them all!"
The title song on Donald Fagen's 2006 album Morph the Cat refers to the Cat as a "Rabelaisian puff of smoke".
FROM J. S., NEWLY RETIRED:....I'm getting both knees replaced on Friday. I definitely will not be in the fast lane for a while.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
“Better one timely squawk than constant talk.” (Folk Wisdom of Mexico) Look for that one timely occasion when you can let out a pertinent squawk. Squawk is an interesting word, isn’t it? ;-) Jack
QUESTION FROM P. O.: I'm blocking --- what is the term for a word whose sound (pronunciation) is also the definition?
ANSWER FROM JACK: ONOMATOPOEIA
Monday, October 09, 2006
“They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of him as somewhat of a recluse.” (Emily Dickinson) E. D. was obsessively private and withdrew from social contacts when she was 23. Maybe that’s why she wrote words like this quote. Is God a recluse in your life? ;-) Jack
Friday, October 06, 2006
“Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.” (Frank Tyger) There’s so much noise hitting our ears these days that we are apt to miss the soft stuff. Is there an opportunity waiting outside your door today? Don’t let it go unanswered. ;-) Jack
Thursday, October 05, 2006
“A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.” (Herbert Hoover) It’s a frightening world that we live in with so many things happening beyond our sight and beyond our control. Having said that, I like the slogan of The Christophers: “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” ;-) Jack
THE WORD FROM N. R. BURR....Maybe more shocking are the many things happening in this world in broad daylight.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to him positive results.” (NVP) There is a power in positive thinking…and putting it into action. Let’s try to focus in on this today rather than on negativism. I think that the people around us will appreciate it. ;-) Jack
SOME WORDS FROM M. L. IN ILL:
reminds me of a song i learned a long time ago and share with many pre-schoolers each year.
"love isn't love until you give it away, give it away, give it away.
oh, love isn't love until you give it away, and it comes right back to you".
children are such great vehicles for spreading goodness...jesus knew that.
ANOTHER PEALE ACCOMPLISHMENT...Norman Vincent Peale also co-founded “The Horatio Alger Association,” with educator Kenneth Beebe in 1947 dedicated to recognizing and honoring contemporary Americans who have achieved success and excellence in the face of adversity.
Do you know of any persons who could be honored with this award?
THESE LYRICS SEEM TO FIT
A song is not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is notput there to stay. Love is not love until you give it away. Oscar Hammerstein
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
“Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope….a slight change and all patterns alter.” (Sharon Salzberg) Is the kaleidoscope an art object, a toy, or a teaching aid to explain how rapidly life can change? We’ve probably used one for all three. But, for now, I’m sure you know of current examples of the latter. Do you have a kaleidoscope? ;-) Jack
I LIKE THIS RESPONSE....When the kaleidoscope is stationary, the pattern is static and monotonous. It's the twists and turns that create interest. It seems that "life" is pretty much the same way
Monday, October 02, 2006
“We must believe in free will. We have no choice.” (Isaac Singer) One of the great gifts from God is Free Will. It also gives relevance to God’s Grace. I hope that you choose to make good choices today. ;-) Jack
J. S.'s COMMENT ABOUT MY COMMENT....Are you related on your mother's side to Erasmus?
The good or ill of a man lies within his own will.
FROM M. L. IN ILL...choice is key. it gives opportunity to be responsible to one's self. sadly, it seems to be endangered at times. have a great day if you choose to!
DO YOU LIKE TODAY'S WWs?
I like quotes like this that have conflicting statements. (From D. F. IN MN)
FROM SOMEONE NAMED, ANONYMOUS...I always like choosing to look at your WW each day. They are so thought-provoking and stimulating of daily meditation. But I actually wonder if I have choice in the matter because I have such curiousity if you put WW on in the morning and, if I didn't look at them, the rest of my day is spent wondering. I have a very hard time choosing not to be curious. Even the ones filled with conflict are welcome ones to think about.