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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 11, 2002
For every problem
Under the sun
There is a solution
Or there is none.
If there's a solution
Go and find it.
If there isn't,
Never mind it.
Source: Bits & Pieces, September 12, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
By Cheri Pape
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud mother-in-law of my best friend, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
Maurine Jones is the most lovely, gracious, dignified woman that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. While I have never aspired to attain her depth of wisdom, I do pray that I will learn from her vast experience.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. "I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room ... just wait."
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it ...
"It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away ... just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account ... you withdraw from what you've put in ... So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories."
By By Cheri Pape, mailto:email@example.com
- This story first appeared in "The Park Cities People," a weekly publication in Dallas, Texas, http://www.peoplenewspapers.com/
Submitted by Richard Walters, Shirley Ralf
Subjects: Attitude, Aging, Happiness
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man called Bishop Potter. "He was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, 'It's all right, bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!'"
Source: My Daily Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
Subjects: Judging, Appearance, Trust
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A clergyman had just enjoyed a hearty chicken dinner at the home of a rural parishioner. Gazing out the window, he remarked: "That rooster seems a mighty proud and happy bird." "He should," the host replied. "His oldest son just entered the ministry."
Source: Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com
THE EYES DON'T LIE
A team of scientists claims to have developed an instant lie detector technique which picks up mini hot flushes around the eyes and could lead to truth tests becoming standard at airport check-ins.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota uses a high definition thermal-imaging camera that scans a person's face to see if they blush when answering a question. In theory, blood should rush to the eye area of liars, while the innocent remain coolly and calmly unaffected. The infrared camera can measure temperature changes of as little as .025 Celsius.
To test the theory, eight volunteers were asked to stab a mannequin, rob it of $20 and then profess their innocence, while twelve others were kept in the dark about this simulated crime. The thermal camera correctly picked out 75 percent of the 'guilty' individuals and 92 percent of the 'innocents', a hit rate comparable to that of a conventional lie detector.
One word of advice, don't try to check in if you have a fever.
Source: Nybble http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble