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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 13, 2003
"Blessed is the man who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact."
Source: Smile a Day Newsletterę, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A group of scientists and botanists were exploring remote regions of the Alps in search of new species of flowers. One day they noticed through binoculars a flower of such rarity and beauty that its value to science was incalculable. But it lay deep in a ravine with cliffs on both sides. To get the flower someone had to be lowered over the cliff on a rope.
A curious young man was watching nearby, and the scientists told him they would pay him well if he would agree to be lowered over the cliff to retrieve the flower below.
The boy took one long look down the steep, dizzy depths and said, "I'll be back in a minute." A short time later he returned, followed by a gray haired man. Approaching the botanist, the boy said, "I'll go over that cliff and get that flower for you if this man holds the rope. He's my dad."
Oh, that God might give us the faith of that boy! Have you learned to trust the Lord like that, my friend?
Source: Mr. Mom's Mailing List, http://mrmom.amaonline.com/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame, he makes that little boy walk."
They then decided they both would walk! Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey. Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.
The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well... Kiss your "donkey" good-bye.
Submitted by Dave Parker
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
After a flurry of program changes at work, a hand-lettered sign appeared on one desk. It said "If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, only geniuses work here."
Contributed by Karen Herbelin
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) March 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/
How come early American flags don't always look the same?
Until June 24, 1912, no rules were established about the order of the stars on the flag, nor about its proportions. Flags made before that year sometimes show unusual arrangements of the stars or strange proportions. It was entirely up to the flag maker.
Source: DailyInBox: America in Uniform, http://your.dailyinbox.com/aiu/