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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 6, 2000
"People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle." - Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, author and teacher.
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary to his people in India. Late one afternoon Sadhu was traveling on foot through the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt like sharp blades slicing into their skins. Night was fast approaching when the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.
Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep precipice, they heard a cry for help. At the foot of the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk looked at Sadhu and said, "Do not stop. God has brought this man to his fate. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we, too, perish."
But Sadhu replied, "God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot abandon him."
The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow, while the missionary clambered down the steep embankment. The injured man's leg was broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket and tied the man on his back. With great difficulty he climbed back up the cliff, drenched by now in perspiration.
Doggedly, Sadhu made his way through the deepening snow and darkness. It was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered, though faint with fatigue and overheated from exertion. Finally, he saw ahead the lights of the monastery.
Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell. But not from weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road. Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It was the body of the monk, frozen to death.
Years later a disciple of Sadhu's asked him, "What is life's most difficult task?"
Without hesitation Sadhu replied: "To have no burden to carry."
Submitted by: Curtis Jenkins via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
I can read your mind and you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
Drive carefully, we need every taxpayer we can get.
Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.
What is a "free" gift ? Aren't all gifts free?
Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
When there's a will, I want to be in it.
Who put a "stop payment" on my reality check?
If you are psychic - think "HONK"
For people who like peace and quiet: a phone-less cord.
Submitted by Walt Groff
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Looking down at the sick man, the doctor decided to tell him the truth:
"I feel that I should tell you that you are a very sick man. I'm sure you would want to know the facts. I don't think you have much time left. Now, is there anyone you would like to see?"
Bending down toward his patient, the doctor heard him feebly answer, "Yes."
The doctor replied, "Who is it?"
In a slightly stronger tone, the sufferer said, "Another doctor!"
Source: Clean Hewmor, email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
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2000 1 vote, your vote, can make the difference November 7th
In America, 1 vote does matter.
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