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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 21, 2001
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out. - Sydney Smith
Source: Quote A Day, firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
SEIZE THE MOMENT
Part 1 of 2 [Sep 21, Oct 1]
I have a friend who lives by a three-word philosophy: "Seize the moment." Just possibly, she may be the wisest woman on this planet. Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched Jeopardy! on television? I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gasp and stammer, "I can't . . .
. . . . I have clothes on the line.
. . . . My hair is dirty.
. . . . I wish I had known yesterday.
. . . . I had a late breakfast.
. . . . It looks like rain.
. . . . And my personal favorite: "It's Monday."
She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Attributed to Erma Bombeck, 1991
Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/brandedhand/, Alice Bryan, Thurman C. Petty, Jr.
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME 50 YEARS TO LEARN.
Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.
Never lick a steak knife.
Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant.
There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
Your friends love you, anyway.
Submitted by Braxton Hagele
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Johna, 4, was sitting on the back porch, sipping lemonade with her grandparents, who were discussing their impending retirements when she asked, "Grandma, when you get recycled will you be able to spend more time with me?" -- Charlie Schneider of Menomonie, Wisconsin
Submitted by Kimberley B. :o)
Almost everyone knows that Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's long-standing home run record, but almost no one knows that Hank Aaron's record was broken by Sadaharu Oh of the Japanese leagues. In his inspiring autobiography, A Zen Way of Baseball, Sadaharu Oh, arguably the greatest home-run bitter of all time, tells of his thoughts in the locker room before the last game of his playing career:
"I am a professional ballplayer, I told myself. A professional. The word has meaning for me as few others in my vocabulary do. There is a standard of performance you must maintain. It is the best you are able to give and then more - and to maintain that at a level of consistency. No excuses for the demands of your ego or the extremes of your emotions. It is an inner thing. I held myself to that standard for 22 years. It is my proudest achievement."
For more information you can visit: http://www.pe.net/~jnes/jnesa0.html
Source: Bits & Pieces, August 15, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com