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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 13, 2000
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When I was in junior high, the eighth-grade bully punched me in the stomach. Not only did it hurt and make me angry, but the embarrassment and humiliation were almost intolerable. I wanted desperately to even the score! I planned to meet him by the bike racks the next day and let him have it.
For some reason, I told my plan to Nana, my grandmother - big mistake. She gave me one of her hour-long lectures (that woman could really talk). The lecture was a total drag, but among other things, I vaguely remember her telling me that I didn't need to worry about him. She said, "Good deeds beget good results, and evil deeds beget bad results." I told her, in a nice way, of course, that I thought she was full of it. I told her that I did good things all the time, and all I got in return was "baloney!" (I didn't use that word.) She stuck to her guns, though. She said, "Every good deed will come back to you someday, and every bad thing you do will also come back to you."
It took me 30 years to understand the wisdom of her words. Nana was living in a board-and-care home in Laguna Hills, California. Each Tuesday, I came by and took her out to dinner. I would always find her neatly dressed and sitting in a chair right by the front door. I vividly remember our very last dinner together before she went into the convalescent hospital. We drove to a nearby simple little family-owned restaurant. I ordered pot roast for Nana and a hamburger for myself. The food arrived and as I dug
in, I noticed that Nana wasn't eating. She was just staring at the food on her plate. Moving my plate aside, I took Nana's plate, placed it in front of me, and cut her meat into small pieces. I then placed the plate back in front of her. As she very weakly, and with great difficulty, forked the meat into her mouth, I was struck with a memory that brought instant tears to my eyes. Forty years previously, as a little boy sitting at the table. Nana had always taken the meat on my plate and cut it into small pieces so I could eat it.
It had taken 40 years, but the good deed had been repaid. Nana was right. We reap exactly what we sow. "Every good deed you do will someday come back to you."
What about the eighth-grade bully?
He ran into the ninth-grade bully.
By Mike Buetelle
Source: A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Copyright (c) 1995 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, www.soupserver.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
DICTIONARY DAFFYNITIONS . . .
Part 6 of 6 [May 17,30, Jun 12,22, Jul 3,13]
Compiled by WITandWISDOM(tm) 2000
Secret: Something you tell to one person at a time.
Selfish: What the owner of a seafood store does.
Sherbet: A tip on a horse race or sporting event.
Skier: A person who jumps to contusions.
Skier: Someone who pays an arm and a leg to break them.
Sleep: That fleeting moment just before the alarm goes off.
Sleet: A slipcover.
Stirrup: What you do with cake batter.
Subdued: Like a guy that works on one of those, like, submarines, man.
Subsidy: A town underneath another town.
Sudafed: Bringing litigation against a government official.
Tenure: A year after nineure.
Thursday: How you feel crossing the desert on a hot day.
Tomorrow: One of today's greatest labor saving devices.
Toothache: The pain that drives you to extraction.
Unabated: A fishhook without a worm.
Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
Valorous: A big animal vit tusks vot lives in vater
Vanguard: A person who protects trucks.
Violinist: A high-strung musician.
Warehouse: What you ask when you're lost.
Washable: What a cowboy does very carefully.
Wholesale: Where a gopher goes to buy a home.
Yawn: An honest opinion openly expressed.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Toward the end of our senior year in high school, we were required to take a CPR course. The classes used the well known mannequin-victim, Resusci Anne, to practice. My group's model was legless to allow for storage in a carrying case.
The class went off in groups to practice. As instructed, one of my classmates gently shook the doll and asked "Are you all right?" He then put his ear over the mannequin's mouth to listen for breathing. Suddenly he turned to the instructor and exclaimed, "She said she can't feel her legs!"
From: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c), www.readersdigest.com
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How fast do microwaves travel?
186,282 miles per second - the speed of light - as do all kinds of electromagnetic radiation including radio waves, infrared rays, visible light, ultraviolet light, and X-rays. Or, as somebody once put it "186,282 MPS - it's not just a good idea, it's the law!"
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