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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 21, 2002
"Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1." - Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr
Source: Inspiration A Day!, http://www.joshhinds.com/myezines.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Keith had a difficult time returning money to others when they had loaned it to him. He wasn't broke." He wasn't selfish. He was just forgetful. He had little awareness of the discomfort he caused those who lent him money.
One afternoon a friend who had loaned him money several months before dropped by his office.
"Keith," his friend said, "Several times I've asked you about the money I lent you. I still haven't heard from you. I don't think you're intentionally ignoring my requests. At the same time I wanted to let you know that your forgetfulness has been hard on me. I had to cancel a vacation because I didn't have the money. Your forgetfulness is hurting me, and it's hurting our friendship."
Keith was astonished. He hadn't had a clue that such a little thing to him might mean so much to a close friend. Deeply remorseful over the loss his friend had suffered, he wrote a check immediately.
In a non-condemning, non-nagging manner, Keith's friend had helped him become more aware of his self-boundary problem. He used the empathy Keith felt for him as a close friend. True godly remorse for causing his friend pain was a powerful motivator for Keith to become more responsible. When others in our support system let us know how our lack of self-boundaries hurts them, we are motivated by love, not by fear.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes-When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life, By Cloud, Henry; Townsend, John, Published by Zondervan (Jan 1, 1999), ISBN: 0310224535 http://isbn.nu/0310224535
Subjects: Loans, Boundaries
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A SKIER'S DICTIONARY DAFFYNITIONS
Condensed from "Skiing: A Skier's Dictionary" Henry Bread and Roy McKie
Part 1 of 2 [March 21, 22]
ALP: One of a number of ski mountains in Europe. Also a shouted request for assistance made by a European skier on a U.S. mountain. An appropriate reply: "What's Zermatter?"
AVALANCHE: One of the few actual perils skiers face that needlessly frighten timid individuals away from the sport. See also: Blizzard, Fracture, Frostbite, Hypothermia, Lift Collapse.
BINDINGS: Automatic mechanisms that protect skiers from potentially serious injury during a fall by releasing skis from boots, sending the skis skittering across the slope where they trip two other skiers, and so on and on, eventually causing the entire slope to be protected from serious injury.
BONES: There are 206 in the human body. No need for dismay, however: two bones of the middle ear have never been broken in a skiing accident.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Traditional Scandinavian all-terrain snow-traveling technique. It's good exercise. It doesn't require the purchase of costly lift tickets. It has no crowds or lines. It isn't skiing. See Cross-Country Something-Or-Other.
CROSS-COUNTRY SOMETHING-OR-OTHER: Touring on skis along trails in scenic wilderness, gliding through snow-hushed woods far from the hubbub of the ski slopes, hearing nothing but the whispery hiss of the skis slipping through snow and the muffled tinkle of car keys dropping into the puffy powder of a deep, wind-sculpted drift.
EXERCISES: A few simple warm-ups to make sure you're prepared for the slopes:
-Tie a cinder block to each foot with old belts and climb a flight of stairs.
-Sit on the outside of a second-story window ledge with your skis on and your poles in your lap for 30 minutes.
-Bind your legs together at the ankles, lie flat on the floor; then, holding a banana in each hand, get to your feet.
GLOVES: Designed to be tight enough around the wrist to restrict circulation, but not so close-fitting as to allow any manual dexterity; they should also admit moisture from the outside without permitting any dampness within to escape.
GRAVITY: One of four fundamental forces in nature that affect skiers. The other three are the strong force, which makes bindings jam; the weak force, which makes ankles give way on turns; and electromagnetism, which produces dead batteries in expensive ski-resort parking lots. See Inertia.
Submitted by Scott and Bonnie Peterson
Subjects: Skiing, Definitions
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again." - Joan Rivers
Source: Great Speaking http://www.GreatSpeaking.com
After having lost both legs in an air crash, British fighter pilot Douglas Bader rejoined the British Royal Air Force with two artificial limbs. During World War II he was captured by the Germans three times - and three times he escaped.
A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, By Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor, Published by Health Communications, Inc. Copyright (c) April 1995, ISBN: 1558743316, http://isbn.nu/1558743316/price
Submitted by Alice Bryan
Subjects: Pilots, Handicaps, Disabilities