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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 7, 1999
"There may be hundreds of little joys in your day. Take a look because they all count." - Sharon House
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Zig Ziglar tells the story about an elderly man playing an organ in a cathedral in Europe. He was playing sad and melancholy music. It was sad because this was his last day as organist of the cathedral. He was being replaced by a younger musician.
At dusk, somebody stepped into the cathedral. Seeing the younger man, the organist stopped playing, locked the organ and slipped the key into his pocket. He was approached by the young man, who simply said, "Please, the key."
On receiving the key, the young organist went to the organ and began to pay.
While the old man had played beautifully and skillfully, the young man played with sheer genius. Music such as the world had never heard came rolling out of that beautiful old organ.
This was the world's introduction to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The old man, with tears in his eyes, said, "Suppose - just suppose - I had not given the master the key!"
Have you given the Master the key - the key to your heart and to your life?
(E-zine: DAILY ENCOUNTER http://www.actsweb.org/encounter.htm)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
On the campus of Harvard University is a statue with the following inscription: "John Harvard, Founder 1638." Guides tell visitors that this statue is known as "the statue of the three lies."
First, the artist commissioned to sculpt the statue could not find a clear picture of John Harvard, so he just chose a picture of a respectable-looking gentleman from the proper era.
Second, John Harvard was not the founder of Harvard University - he just donated a lot of money in its early days.
Third, the date on the base of the statue does not represent John Harvard's death, as one might suppose, but the year he donated his library and most of his fortune to the college.
To top it off, on the side of the statue is the Harvard emblem, emblazoned with the school's motto: "Veritas." (Truth)
-Edited. Original story by Maria C. Morog, Reader's Digest, December 1980
(E-zine: THE TIMOTHY REPORT http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com/contact3313.html)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Morris was removing some engine valves from a car on the lift when he spotted the famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager.
Morris, who was somewhat of a loud mouth, shouted across the garage, "Hey DeBakey . . . Is dat you ? Come over here a minute."
The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris was working on a car. Morris in a loud voice that all could hear, said argumentatively, "So Mr. fancy doctor, look at this work. I also take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish this baby will purr like a kitten. So how come you get the big bucks, when you and me are doing basically the same work?"
DeBakey, very embarrassed, walked away, and said softly, to Morris, . . . "Try doing your work with the engine running."
(Wayne Waggoner via E-zine: MONDAY FODDER Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder)
Have a friend think of any number under ten. Tell him, without revealing the number, to multiply it by three. Then tell him to add one. Next multiply it again by three. Finally add the number to the first number he secretly selected.
For the last step in the puzzle, ask the friend to tell you the final number he arrived at after the mathematical applications. Put both hands against your forehead as if you are in deep thought. Then tell him the number he first thought of. It will always be the left-hand digit in that final number.
Source: Bits & Pieces, July 22, 1993, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org