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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 23, 1999
Note: The following quote from 8-20-99 was listed as Author Unknown. "We see things not the way they are but the way we are." Thanks to V A Kennedy we now know the quote is by Ben Weininger and Henry Rabin in their book, Sayings of the 5c Psychiatrist, New York: The Guild of Tutors Press, 1979, p. 13.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Author Unknown - Bits & Pieces, June 24, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
THE ROAD OF LIFE
At first I saw God as my observer, my judge,
keeping track of the things I did wrong,
so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die.
He was out there sort of like a president.
I recognized his picture when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him
But later on, when I met Christ,
It seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride,
but it was a tandem bike,
and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal
I don't know when it was that he suggested
that we change places,
but life has not been the same since.
When I had control,
I knew the way.
It was rather boring,
but predictable. . .
It was the shortest distance between two points
But when he took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
and through rocky places
at breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, ‘Pedal'
I worried and was anxious and asked,
‘Where are you taking me?'
He laughed and didn't answer,
and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life
and entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say ‘I'm scared,'
He'd lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed,
gifts of healing, acceptance and joy.
They gave me gifts to take on my journey,
my Lords and mine.
And we were off again.
He said, ‘Give the gifts away;
they're extra baggage, too much weight.'
So I did, to the people we met,
and I found that in giving I received,
and still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first,
In control of my life.
I thought He'd wreck it;
but he knows bike secrets,
knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
And I am learning to shut up and pedal
in the strangest places,
and I'm beginning to enjoy the view
and the cool breeze on my face
with my delightful constant companion
And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says . . . 'Pedal.'
(Wendell Calkins, Walt Groff)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THINGS CHILDREN SAY & DO:
When my nephew Michael was 4, his dad tried to explain to him why it was healthy to be a vegetarian. After being told that hamburgers were made from cows, Michael gasped, "Daddy, when we get to heaven, I'm gonna tell Jesus what they've been doin' down here!"
- By Dave Gerstle
And this particular four-year-old prayed: "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
(E-zine: FAST EDDIE'S FUNNIES http://recommend- it.com/l.z.e?s=154533)
When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandma," he advised. "Mine says I'm four."
(E-zine: HEADSCRAPS(tm) Mailto:headscraps- firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Some things that perplex me:
Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?
Why do we say things are out of whack - what is a "whack?"
Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
(E-zine: E-CHEER, An Excellent Daily Devotional http://www.e- cheer.com)
KITCHEN TIPS (Part 1 of 2) [Pt 2, 9-3]
- Authors Unknown
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling and start them in cold water.
To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake.
If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato -- it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.
(E-zine: MICHELLE'S MIRACLES Mailto:Michelles__Miraclesemail@example.com)