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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 28, 2004
People would worry less about what others think of them if they only realized how seldom they do. – Author Unknown
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I was babysitting for this 4 1/2 year old little girl for the summer. I was out of college for the summer and it was the perfect summer job! Maddie and I would walk to the park everyday after lunch. Maddie loved to swing on the swings and go down the slide. She was a very good hearted little child and she always amazed me at the love she felt for other people. She had such goodness in her little heart. Both of her parents were the same way - - they always had such a peace about them -- I always wondered -- why are they so different?
That day at the park as I was pushing Maddie in the swing, we heard a bunch of kids laughing. We looked over and all the kids were crowded around one of the park benches. Maddie wanted to stop swinging and go over there and see what they were laughing at. We walked over and a little boy ran up to Maddie and said, "Come over here and look at this funny lady! She is dirty and smelly and she is crying!"
Maddie ignored the little boy and walked over to where the woman was sitting on the bench. She looked to be about 50 years old – though she could have been very easily a lot younger. It looked like life had been very hard on her. The little boy was right, she did smell and she was all dirty.
My immediate thought was to grab Maddie by the hand and take her away from this woman. I looked over and Maddie was already sitting next to the woman and was holding her hand. The woman looked down at Maddie and she smiled. For that split second this woman was no longer dirty and smelly, she was beautiful!!! All the other kids finally left and Maddie gave the woman a hug and she too left.
On the way home Maddie was humming a little song and skipping a little bit. Her usual self, she was happy -- not a care in the world. I was waiting for her to say something about the woman, but she didn't. Finally, when we got home I could not wait any longer. I went to Maddie and I asked her, "Maddie, why did you do that?" She said, "Do what Julie?" I said, "Why did you go up to that woman like that and hold her hand Maddie? All the other kids were either laughing at her or they were scared of her. You just went right up to her like that!"
Maddie looked at me and said, "Julie, Jesus wouldn't treat that woman like that. Everyone laughed and treated Jesus that way and look at what He did! He died for us on the cross. Every time I see someone like that being made fun of I always go to them and give them a hug and tell them that Jesus loves them. It always makes them feel better!"
Here I stood -- a 20 year old college student -- supposed to be so smart! And here was this 4 1/2 year old little girl who knew so much more than I did. That's what it was about her!! It was Jesus. Jesus Christ who came to this cold and dirty world, got stepped on, laughed at, spit on and still -- He died for us. I changed that day and the world now looks different to me. All because a 4 1/2 year old little girl showed me what it really means to love.
By Rita Wood
Source: The Inspired Buffalo, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Chicago Mayor James Daley had been reelected for the fifth time and various members of the media were on hand to interview him.
One reporter, a notorious liberal and no friend of the mayor, put forth his question in the most unctuous tone he could manage:
"Mr. Daley," said he, "no doubt you will consult the powerful interests that control you before making official decisions."
"Young fellow," replied Daley, "Keep my wife 'outta this ..."
Source: DW’s Joke of the Day, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
One of my daughter's wedding presents was a toaster oven. Soon after the honeymoon, she and her husband tried it out. Almost immediately, smoke billowed out of the toaster.
"Get the owner's manual!" my daughter's husband shouted.
"I can't find it anywhere!"
"Oops!" came a voice from the kitchen a moment later. "Well, the toast is fine, but the manual is burned to a crisp."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting People Via Web Cam
By Kim Komando
I would like to set up a special birthday present for my mom's 80th birthday. My mom, one of my brothers and I live in Texas, but my other brother lives in Germany, and my sister lives in South Carolina. I would like to set up some type of video connection on my mom's computer, so that she can see and talk to her six grandchildren in Germany and her four grandchildren in South Carolina in real time on her birthday. What do you suggest?
All of this can be done through Web cameras and an instant messaging program.
Most Web cams cost between $50 and $200. I would purchase units in the $100 range. The lower-priced models may provide poor video and the higher-priced ones may be overkill. You'll need a Web cam on each computer for everyone to see each other.
Next you'll need an instant messaging program. Four of the most popular instant messaging programs--AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), ICQ, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger--provide free video services.
All of these services require you to register for a free account.
If you already have an account, just sign in. Or, if you have an e-mail account with the service, you can use that to sign in. For example, if your grandmother has a Yahoo! e-mail account, she simply signs into Yahoo! Messenger with her e-mail name and password.
Your brother and sister also need to sign up for accounts with the same service. For example, if you choose MSN Messenger, they need to be on MSN Messenger as well.
Once everyone is registered with the same instant messaging service, you'll want to add each other to your buddy lists. This way, all you have to do is double-click on a name when that person is online to initiate a chat session.
If I were you, I would probably choose MSN or Yahoo! Messenger. They allow you to enlarge the video more than AIM or ICQ.
If you want to learn more about video messaging, see my column on video instant messaging here:
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Source: Kim Komando's Daily Tip