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~~~~~~~ WITandWISDOM™ - April 9, 1999
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others. - Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A SHORT COURSE IN HUMAN RELATIONS
- Author Unknown
The six most important words:
I admit that I was wrong.
The five most important words:
You did a great job.
The four most important words:
What do you think?
The three most important words:
Could you please. . .
The two most important words:
The most important word:
The least important word:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else, whereas the other guys would only catch three or four a day. Sam would come in off the lake with a boat full. Stringer after stringer was always packed with freshly caught trout. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe. So the next morning the two met at the dock and took off in Sam's boat. When they got to the middle of the lake, Sam stopped the boat, and the warden sat back to see how it was done.
Sam's approach was simple. He took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.
Well, you can imagine the reaction of the game warden. When he recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam. "You can't do this! I'll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!" Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden with these words, "Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?"
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Bill does 99% of the dishes in our house . . . virtually every dish! How did I manage this? I am allergic to Joy. Not the experience, the dish washing liquid. (I'm probably fine with Ivory, but I buy Joy.) Cleaning the house was not as easy to arrange. Vacuuming seemed the most "macho" activity, so I took an old lawn mover handle, tied it onto the vacuum cleaner, pointed to the carpet and said, "MOW!" Things were going great until he brought in the Weed Eater." - Liz Curtis Higgs' "Only Angels Can Wing It: the Rest of Us Have to Practice"
How can someone possibly escape "by the skin of her teeth"? . . . The phrase, "by the skin of one's teeth," which means "with the smallest possible margin comes from the Bible. In the Book of Job (19:20), while complaining about his pitiable situation, Job makes a statement that the King James Bible translates as: "My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth."
While we don't have skin on our teeth, Job's vividly poignant phrase, like so many others from the Bible, stuck. So now, whenever anyone narrowly escapes, they're said to have made it "by the skin of their teeth."
Sources: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison and THE KING JAMES BIBLE
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