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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 26, 2002
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. - Erica Jong
Source: DailyInBox: Daily Reflections, http://MailRoom.DailyInBox.com/dr/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
While recuperating from her second open-heart surgery at Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, my six-year-old daughter, Kelley, was moved from the intensive care unit to the floor with the other children. Because a section of the floor was closed, Kelley was put in the wing reserved for cancer patients.
In the adjacent room, a six-year-old boy named Adam was fighting a battle with leukemia. Adam stayed at the hospital for a portion of each month while receiving chemotherapy treatments. Every day Adam sauntered into Kelley's room to visit, pushing the pole that held his chemotherapy bag. Despite the discomfort of the treatments, Adam was always smiling and cheerful. He entertained us for hours with his many stories. Adam had a way of finding the positive and the humor in any situation, however, difficult.
One particular day, I was feeling tired and anxious for Kelley's release from the hospital. The gray, gloomy day outside only fueled my poor mood. While I stood at the window looking at the rainy sky, Adam came in for his daily visit. I commented to him on what a depressing day it was. With his ever-present smile, Adam turned to me and cheerily replied, "Every day is beautiful for me." From that day on I have never had a gloomy day. Even the grayest days bring a feeling of joy as I remember with gratitude the words of wisdom spoken by a very brave six-year-old boy named Adam.
From: Every Day Is Beautiful For Me, By Patti Merritt; from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul; Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty Hansen.
Source: Laugh & Lift, http://www.premiumhealth.com/laughlift/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Due to the budget constraints, the following policies are announced regarding employees traveling on official business. These policies are EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
All employees are encouraged to stay with relatives and friends while on business. If weather permits, public areas such as parks should be used as temporary lodging sites. Bus terminals, train stations and office lobbies may also provide shelter in periods of inclement weather.
Hitch-hiking is the preferred mode of travel, in lieu of commercial transport. Luminescent safety vests will be issued to all employees prior to their departure on such travel. Airline tickets will only be authorized in extreme circumstances and the lowest fares will be used. For example, if a meeting is scheduled in Seattle, but a lower fare can be obtained by traveling to Detroit, the travel to Detroit will be substituted for travel to Seattle.
Expenditures for meals will be limited to an absolute minimum. It should be noted that certain grocery and specialty chains, such as Hickory Farms, General Nutrition Centers, and Costco Club stores often provide free samples of promotional items. Entire meals can be obtained in this manner.
Travelers should also become familiar with indigenous roots, berries, and other protein sources available at their destination. If restaurants must be utilized, travelers should utilize all you can eat salad bars. This is especially effective for employees traveling together - as one plate can be used to feed the entire group. Employees are also encouraged to bring their own food on official travel. Cans of tuna, Spam and Beefaroni can be consumed at your leisure without the unnecessary bother of heating or costly preparation.
All employees are encouraged to devise innovative techniques in an effort to save our budget dollars. One enterprising individual has already suggested that money could be raised during airport layover period, which could be used to defray expenses. In support of this idea, red caps will be issued to all employees prior to their departure, so that they may earn tips by helping other travelers with their luggage. Small plastic roses and ball point pens will also be made available to employees so that sales may be made, as time permits.
Source: Have a Nice Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
With this being the beginning of the school year my fourth and fifth grade class is pretty good for the most part, but they have not done well with bathroom breaks. We did not take any bathroom breaks one day because of their poor bathroom behavior all week. I told them we would try again on Monday, but for today they would have to go one at a time through the day. In the afternoon, they wanted another chance, and I asked, "Why should I think you would be more responsible today than you were yesterday?" One child responded, "We're older now." I love it! - Rosanne
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Source: DailyInBox: Site of the Day, http://dailyinbox.com/gh/