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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 28, 2003
Show up, pay attention, speak from the heart, and don't be attached to the outcome. - Lynne Borsche
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) November 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I am impressed by an incident that happened during Ignace Paderewski's career. The famous Polish pianist agreed to play a concert organized by two Stanford University students working their way through school. Paderewski's manager said they would have to guarantee the artist a fee of $2,000. The boys agreed and eventually the concert was held.
Though the two student promoters worked hard, they took in only $1,600. Discouraged, they told Paderewski of their efforts and handed him the $1,600 with a note promising to pay him the balance of $400. But the artist tore up the note and gave them back the $1,600. "Take your expenses out of this," he said, "give yourselves each 10% of what's left for your work, and let me have the rest."
Years later, Paderewski was faced with feeding the people of his war-ravaged Poland. Amazingly, even before a request was made, thousands of tons of food were sent to Poland by the United States.
Paderewski later traveled to Paris to thank Herbert Hoover, who headed up the US relief effort. "That's all right, Mr. Paderewski," said Hoover, "I knew that the need was great. And besides, though you may not remember it, I was one of the two college students whom you generously helped when I was in need."
Paderewski reaped a harvest he had sown years before. And so it is. When we give, we receive. Maybe not exactly the thing we gave, and maybe not at the time it was given.
It is also true that when we give from our hearts, when we give in a spirit of love and compassion, we receive even more than we gave. It's a basic law of successful living. Powerful enough to change a life.
(C) 2001 Steve Goodier
Steve Goodier is the editor of The Life Support System, a motivational e-newsletter delivered daily to 85,000 subscribers in over 100 nations. His inspirational newsletter and books are available through his website at http://www.lifesupportsystem.com
Source: Life Support System, mailto:LifeSupportfirstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
On a cardboard windshield sun shade: "Warning: Do not drive with sun shield in place."
On a package of Fisherman's Friend(R) throat lozenges: "Not meant as a substitute for human companionship."
On a piano: "Harmful or fatal if swallowed."
On a palm sander: "Not to be used to sand palms."
On a calendar: "Use of term ‘Sunday' for reference only. No meteorological warranties expressed or implied."
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our friends' two boys were about to eat with the baby-sitter when the six-year-old said, "You can't sit in Daddy's seat."
"Daddy's not home," the baby-sitter replied. "Since I'm responsible for you while he's gone, I can sit here. Today I'm the boss."
The four-year-old quickly piped up, "If you're the boss, you sit over there." He pointed his fork to his mother's chair.
Contributed by Ellen P. Bernard
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) October 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/
Lend a Helping Hand(set)
If you get a new cell phone as a gift this holiday season, your old phone may seem as appealing as a lump of coal. Before you toss it in the trash, consider donating it. Organizations that recycle phones are reselling them, often in developing nations, with part of the proceeds going to charities.
How do you answer the call to put that old phone to reuse? Your local Staples will accept your aging cell phone, PDA or pager and send it off for recycling by CollectiveGood, http://www.collectivegood.com
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Sierra Club. You can also mail your phone directly to CollectiveGood, along with a form earmarking the participating charity you'd like its sale to aid. Other retailer accepting used cell phones include ReCellular's wireless recycling network, http://wirelessrecycling.com
which counts FranklinCovey, Sprint, and Verizon among its partners. Just drop by one of their locations and leave your old phone: ReCellular, http://www.recellular.net
will resell the handset and donate a portion of the proceeds to charities such as Easter Seals and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Source: Computer Shopper, December 2003