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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 29, 2004
Looking back, we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings. - Dan Millman, Writer
Source: DailyInBox: Bits & Pieces, http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One of the traits that made Abraham Lincoln a great leader was his ability to keep an open mind. This required a basic humility and a willingness to admit his mistakes. Many people react with stubbornness and anger when their mistakes are pointed out.
During the Civil War Lincoln, under severe political pressure, signed an order to transfer certain regiments from one field of battle to another. But Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War, refused to carry out the orders. "Lincoln is a damn fool for ever signing the order," Stanton snorted.
The remark was passed on to Lincoln, who did not disagree. "If Stanton said I'm a damn fool, then I must be one," the President replied. "He is nearly always right in military matters. I’ll step over and find out what his reasoning is."
Stanton, much more knowledgeable in the science of warfare than Lincoln, convinced his commander-in-chief of the folly of the order. Lincoln promptly rescinded it, saving the Union troops from a disaster that otherwise would have cost thousands of lives.
Source: Bits & Pieces, September 15,1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=226
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
By tradition more than need anymore, some smaller commuter airlines still ask passengers their weight to determine flight load. Several of the smaller island hoppers in Hawaii still follow this ritual. The ticket agent asked the man buying his ticket his exact weight, and the guy kind of smirked and said, "With or without clothes?" The agent never even blinked or paused. "Whichever way you intend to travel with us today, sir."
Source: Mostly Clean Humor & Weird List
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I've done it; the lawn I have shorn,
But my muscles are aching and torn.
I could swear there are some
In my legs and my bum
I've not used since the year I was born.
Source: Judy's Jokes for Sunday, mailto:JJs4Sundayfirstname.lastname@example.org
Only one in four heart attack sufferers take an ambulance to the ER, even though it means faster treatment. In a University of Utah study, 75% of victims got their own ride. But the ambulance-riders got EKG or defibrillation in just 6 minutes – nearly 5 times faster than the other patients. Once in the ER, the ambulance riders were treated in about 32 minutes, versus 49 for those who went by car. “An ambulance isn’t just transport,” says study co-author N. Clay Mann. “Paramedics bring a fair amount of the hospital to your door.”
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) May 2004, http://www.readersdigest.com/