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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 16, 2005
"One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed." -- Bernard Baruch
Source: DailyInBox From the Masters, http://dailyinbox.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Our fifth-grader needed new pants for his school uniform.
After a few minutes in the store where we had always purchased them, I found three pair and placed the neatly folded pants on the checkout counter. The clerk scanned the tags; I paid with my debit card and walked to my car. I rarely look at the receipt after making a purchase, but this time I took the receipt out of the bag. That's when I noticed the clerk had made a mistake - I was undercharged!
According to the world's standards, being over-charged calls for a "go back" response while being undercharged means "take off!" But I try to live my life by God's standards, and so I returned to the store.
"I just purchased these three pair of pants, Ma'am, but you charged me for only two," I said, as I took the pants out of the bag and handed the clerk the receipt. The woman looked at the receipt, then looked at me, surprised and smiling.
"Oh, you are a very honest man," she said in accented English. "I did not see the pants in the middle!" After I paid an additional $12.99, she said, "I would like to give you something. You may choose any item here." She pointed to a rack behind her.
Without paying close attention, I pointed to a small, blue key chain with white lettering. Later, I looked closely at the key chain and gasped in pleasant surprise. The initials read "WWJD" - What Would Jesus Do.
I sat there astonished, feeling a tremendous sense of satisfaction that I had done the right thing - I did what Jesus would have done.
Jesus lived a life of strict integrity - He didn't cut corners, cheat, or sacrifice principle for personal profit. He was always honest - even when no one was watching.
That key chain reminds me of the peace that results from being honest - whether in business transactions or relationships. It reminds me that the best standard to live by is summed up in four letters - WWJD.
By Ray Navarro, Glendale, Arizona
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) August 2004, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. - Dorothy Parker
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. - J. D. Salinger
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then--we elected them. - Lily Tomlin
Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at. - Carlos A. Urbizo
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. - Frank Zappa
The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish. - Virgil Thompson
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A farmer goes into a store to buy chicken wire.....
Farmer: I'd like 10 yards of chicken wire.
Clerk: Haven't you heard? We've gone metric. We sell things by the meter now, not the yard.
Farmer: (Thinks about it) OK, I'd like 10 meters of chicken wire.
Clerk: Right. Is that with the half-inch or quarter-inch holes?
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Source PC World, Copyright (c) September 2004, http://www.pcworld.com