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WIT & WISDOM - January 4, 1999
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. - Leonardo Da Vinci 
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Suppose you're in a romantic relationship and your partner says "I love you." That would probably make you feel pretty good. Now suppose your partner says, "I love you and I want to marry you." That would probably make you feel even better. But suppose your partner says "I love you and I want to marry you AND let's get married on February 24, 1998." How does that make you feel? All of a sudden, you are taken out of the world of romance and emotion and into the world of reality and commitment.
It's sort of like when you say "Let's do lunch sometime." If your friend says, "Good idea." There's no commitment there. But if your friend takes out his or her date book and offers, "How about next Wednesday at 12:30 p.m." That's entirely different. Now you're called upon to make a commitment.
It's the same with New Year's resolutions. Are your resolutions nice "wandering generalities" like "I want to lose weight this year," or "I want to start exercising soon," OR, are they "meaningful specifics" that demand a commitment like "I am going to lose a pound a week," or "I going to hire a personal trainer and work out every day."
No matter what area of your life you want to change "meaningful specifics" demand commitments while wandering generalities are usually just nice platitudes. So if are you want to get results from your New Year's resolutions, don't just fall in love with them . . . marry them! - Unknown 
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
CHOCOLATE TIPS AND FACTS
~ If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
~ Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
~ Problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. . . Solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
~ Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
~ A nice box of chocolates provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?
~ If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. . . . But if you can't eat all your chocolate, it may be a sign of a deeper problem.
~ If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. . . Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.
~ Equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is a balanced diet.
~ Two phrases: Money talks. Chocolate sings.
~ The preservatives in Chocolate make you look younger.
~ Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? . . . Because no one wants to quit.
~ If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated.
~ Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. 
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
While working on a report about Jonah for a religion class, the following thought came to mind. . . . "I can just picture Jonah sitting on the beach, with a sign hanging around his neck stating, 'If swallowed, induce vomiting.'" 
Yes, it's hard to believe, but this year, 1999, Barbie will turn 40, just in time to greet the new century. And they've been 40 full, rich years. She began as a glamorous airline stewardess when she was introduced at Toy Fair in 1959. She soared into space as an astronaut in 1974, ran for president in 1992, and, in 1997, she bore disability bravely, folding her first-ever bending legs into a wheelchair to become a role model once again for a newly identified market. 
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