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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 7, 2005
Note: Friday’s quote is by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee and needed some editing. You can see the edited quote at: http://witandwisdom.org/archive/20050204.htm
A long life may not be good enough but a good life is long enough. - Benjamin Franklin
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Margaret Sangster Phippen wrote that in the mid 1950s her father, British minister W. E. Sangster, began to notice some uneasiness in his throat and a dragging in his leg. When he went to the doctor, he found that he had an incurable disease that caused progressive muscular atrophy. His muscles would gradually waste away, his voice would fail, his throat would soon become unable to swallow.
Sangster threw himself into his work in British home missions, figuring he could still write and he would have even more time for prayer. "Let me stay in the struggle Lord," he pleaded. "I don't mind if I can no longer be a general, but give me just a regiment to lead." He wrote articles and books, and helped organize prayer cells throughout England. "I'm only in the kindergarten of suffering," he told people who pitied him.
Gradually Sangster's legs became useless. His voice went completely. But he could still hold a pen, shakily. On Easter morning, just a few weeks before he died, he wrote a letter to his daughter. In it, he said, "It is terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to shout, 'He is risen!'-- but it would be still more terrible to have a voice and not want to shout."
-- Vernon Grounds, Denver, Colorado. Leadership, Vol. 8, no. 1
Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Sunday school teacher was telling the youngsters about Daniel and the Lions Den. She had a picture of Daniel standing, brave and confident, with a group of lions around him. One little girl started to cry.
The teacher said, "Don't cry. The lions are not going to eat Daniel."
The girl said, "That's not what I'm crying about. That little lion, over in the corner, isn't going to get any food."
A Sunday school teacher said to her children, "We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?" One child blurted out, "Aces!"
Three-year-old Johnny went with his dad to see a litter of kittens. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother there were two boy kittens and two girl kittens.
"How did you know?" his mother asked.
"Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied.
"I think it's printed on the bottom."
A visiting minister waxed eloquent during the offertory prayer.
"Dear Lord," he began with arms extended and a rapturous look on his upturned face, "without you we are but dust..."
He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening carefully for a change!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what is butt dust?"
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The speaker at my bank's drive-through window had been broken for weeks, and we tellers had to resort to miming or writing notes to communicate with our frustrated customers. One day a sweet elderly lady whom I would see every week pulled up to the window, leaned out of her car and smacked the glass in front of my face. "Hope this is bulletproof," she yelled. There had just been a robbery at another bank nearby, so I was touched by her concern. "It is," I yelled back. "Good," she continued, "because someone is going to shoot you if you don't get that speaker fixed."
Contributed to "All In a Day's Work" by Sarah Banakowski
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com
Eat Smart: Choosing between "low fat" and "reduced fat"
By Jean Carper
About 60% of us check nutrition labels on food packages. But confusing terms can derail your efforts to be a smart eater. Here's how the FDA defines some common terms:
Fat-free - Less than 0.5g fat per serving
Low saturated fat - 1g or less per serving
Low fat - 3g or less per serving
Reduced fat - At least 25% less fat than regular version
Light in fat - Half the fat (or less) of regular version
Sodium-free or salt-free - Less than 5mg sodium per serving
Very low sodium - 35mg or less per serving
Low sodium - 140mg or less per serving
Low-sodium meal - 140mg or less per serving
Reduced or less sodium - At least 25% less sodium than regular version
Light in sodium - At least 50% less sodium than regular version
Unsalted or no salt added - No salt added during processing
Source: USA Weekend, August 6-8, 2004, http://usaweekend.com