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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 2, 2000
"The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any." - Katharine Whitehorn
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
TREASURES OF LIFE
- Author Unknown
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Tom Ervin, Professor of Music, University of Arizona tells this story:
I had purchased a talking metronome while I was attending a conference in New York for music teachers. Before my son and I boarded our flight home, I hefted my carry-on bag onto the security-check conveyor belt. The guard's eyes widened as he watched the monitor. He asked what I had in the bag, then slowly pulled out the six-by-three-inch black box covered with dials and switches. Other travelers, sensing trouble, vacated the area.
"A metronome," I replied weakly, as my son cringed in embarrassment. "It's a talking metronome," I insisted. "Look, I'll show you." I took the box and flipped a switch, realizing that I had no idea how it worked, "One... two... three... four," it said. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
As we gathered our belongings, my son whispered, "Aren't you glad it didn't go 'four... three... two... one...'?"
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean. - Mark Twain
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The following quote is from W&W's Trivia, Jan 27, 200: "I thought about being rich and it don't mean so much . . . Just look at Henry Ford, all those millions and he never owned a Cadillac!" One of our readers, John L. Hoh, Jr., adds:
At one time, before the Ford Motor Company days, Henry Ford was a partner in the Henry Ford Motor Co. After disputes with other investors, Mr. Ford went on to create the Ford Motor Company. The dispute? What type of car to build. Henry wanted to build low-cost, affordable vehicles. The other partners wanted to build high-quality cars. Henry left and the remaining investors renamed the Henry Ford Motor Co.--Cadillac Motors! Just about any auto history book will have this info, as well as the Ford biography written in the '70's.
The Dodge Brothers were one of Henry's suppliers to his new company. After a while, they didn't get along either. So, Henry bought out the Dodge Brothers' shares of stock and they went on to form the Dodge Motor Co., which soon became a fierce competitor to Henry.
And you thought Henry only built Model "T"s!
(John L. Hoh, Jr.)