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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 5, 2003
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. - George Bernard Shaw
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Connie Mack was one of the greatest managers in the history of baseball. One of the secrets of his success was that he knew how to lead and inspire men. He knew that people were individuals. Once, when his team had clinched the pennant well before the season ended, he gave his two best pitchers the last ten days off so that they could rest up for the World Series. One pitcher spent his ten days off at the ball park; the other went fishing. Both performed brilliantly in the World Series. Mack never criticized a player in front of anyone else. He learned to wait 24 hours before discussing mistakes with players. Otherwise, he said, he dealt with the goofs too emotionally.
In his first three years as a major league baseball manager, Connie Mack's teams finished sixth, seventh, and eighth. He took the blame and demoted himself to the minor leagues to give himself time to learn how to handle men. When he came back to the major leagues again, he handled his players so successfully that he developed the best teams the world had ever known up to that time.
Mack had another secret of good management: he didn't worry. "I discovered," he explained, "that worry was threatening to wreck my career as a baseball manager. I saw how foolish it was and I forced myself to get so busy preparing to win games that I had no time left to worry over the ones that were already lost. You can't grind grain with water that has already gone down the creek."
Source: Bits & Pieces, December 13, 1990, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=226
Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2003 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A tale is told about a small town that had historically been "dry," but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly there-after lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.
The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible. The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that "no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians do not."
J.K. Johnston, "Why Christians Sin," Discovery House, 1992, p. 129
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2003, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Sign on a church bulletin board: "You aren't too bad to come in, You aren't good enough to stay out." - Sunday Side- Up
Submitted by Larry Reed
In Missouri, in its zeal to cut costs, a newly proposed state budget inadvertently eliminated the job of state budget director.
Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) May 29, 2003, http://www.oregonian.com/
Submitted by Barbara Henry