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\\\WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 11, 2002
How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself -- so always think positively. - Norman Vincent Peale
Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://MailRoom.DailyInbox.Com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It was a very hot day, sweat and irritation was in abundance. Traffic was hectic and the A/C in my car was not cooperating either. I had to run so many errands and since the baby sitter was on leave, I had to take a day off and take my 4 year old son wherever I went. I was just hoping that he behaved well the entire day because I was definitely not in a good mood.
I had to pickup a book for my friend who was celebrating her birthday the next day, so I ran to the bookstore, (Remember I was literally dragging David, my son along with me) and the check out line was very very very long. I did not want to drive to another bookstore to avoid the long line because I did not want to get fried in the heat again.
The checkout line looked like a giant snail to me. I looked at my watch so many times that I thought that even the watch looked like a snail. I could not smile at anybody nor could I interact with my son because "I WAS TOO IRRITATED', I wanted to finish all my errands. Everyone around me also had a tired and irritated look on them. My son who was trying to get my attention by talking to me about his school, his friends, the beautiful sun, butterflies, a little girl, sounded too boring to me. (How rude can I get huh!!!!????!!!)
I finally had it, I turned towards my son to tell him to just be quiet because his joyful chatter was giving me a headache, but he just smiled at me and started singing "JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW........YES! JESUS LOVES ME, YES! JESUS LOVES ME - by now he was LOUD. I was first embarrassed, because people turned their heads towards us, but then I noticed that the heat, the long line or my mood did not affect my boy, but the joy of the Lord, made him sing. Everyone turned and looked at David and smiled at him. Everyone were smiling, (even I was), the line seemed to get shorter, the checkout person was wishing everybody so sweetly.
My errands list looked shorter, my mood was better, I picked up the book and hugged my son who reminded me that Jesus loves me and I need to pass on His Love and not my irritation on others, because He is there to take care of me, I should just enjoy all the situations and keep praising Him. When I stepped out I thought I saw a cool cloud passing by.
The joy of the Lord can change any bad situation into a pure joy, next time you are down with depression or just irritation, just start humming, Jesus Loves Me.....(it worked for David, it will work for you too, because Jesus is definitely there to take care of us).
By Caroline Naoroji
So urce: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Soon after I left college, I was hired as an assistant manager in a department-store men's clothing section. Since we were never allowed to take our suit jackets off, I would usually iron only the collar, cuffs and front of my shirt.
The president of the company happened to come through our branch one day, and he and the store manager were standing next to me when a woman walked up. "You're the same size as my son," she told me. "Would you try this sweater on for me?"
Turning beet red, I said, "Ma'am, you're not going to believe this, but..." I removed my suit jacket, exposing a very wrinkled shirt.
"That looks just like something my own son would do!" she said. She bought the sweater, I got a promotion -- and from that day on I ironed the whole shirt.
Contributed to Reader's Digest "All In a Day's Work" by Jim Hood
Source: DailyInBox: Reader's Digest CyberSmiles, http://dailyinbox.com/rd/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Doctor: "Ever had an accident?"
Doctor: "Never had an accident in your whole life?"
Rancher: "Well, last spring I was out in the pasture and a bull tossed me over the fence."
Doctor: "And you don't call that an accident?"
Rancher: "No. I think the bull did it on purpose."
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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Diamonds
By Julia Scheeres
LifeGem Memorials, http://www.lifegem.com/ a Chicago company, caused quite a stir last month after it announced plans to turn dead people into diamonds.
Company spokesman Mark Bouffard said the business concept was simple: Humans are made of carbon, diamonds are made of carbon. Why not make diamonds out of humans? Using a patented process, they tested the concept on a pig, got dazzling results, and started taking orders for people.
"The average person has enough carbon in them to produce between 50 and 100 diamonds," said Bouffard, adding that the company has gotten "hundreds" of requests for information from people interested in turning themselves, their relatives or their pets into jewels. The company expects to finish its first human diamond in 11 weeks.
LifeGem's least-expensive product is a $3,950 quarter-carat diamond. At the moment, the company is only taking orders for blue diamonds, which are irradiated in a lab to achieve the same hue of the famous cerulean Hope Diamond. And if Grandma gets lost or stolen, don't worry: The company stores extra carbon so she can become a gem again.
Used by Permission
Source: Wired News, http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,55231,00.html
Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/hohjohn/