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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 18, 2005
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Jaren had a history of asthma and he wasn't a good athlete, but he badly wanted to earn a letter in distance running. He worked hard trying to build endurance and speed so he could make his high school team and earn a letterman's jacket. Though some members of his family urged him to try something else, his mom consistently supported his dream. "If you want it enough," she said, "you should go for it. I believe in you. Besides, just trying will make you stronger in every way."
As a tenth grader he qualified for the team but he didn't get into enough competitions to earn his letter. The next year he wanted to try again, but his mom contracted cancer. She urged him to keep after his goal and Jaren ran hard in the off-season, wanting to justify her confidence. Each day he'd tell her his times and she'd say, "You're getting better. I believe in you." His running improved and he made the team and though he wasn't the top runner, he was a sure thing to earn his letter.
Sadly, Jaren's mom died a month before the awards banquet. When it was time for the presentations the coach gave Jaren an envelope with a note in his mother's handwriting: "I knew you would do it. I'm so proud of you." Then the coach handed Jaren a beautiful leather letterman's jacket. "Your mom bought this last year and asked me to hold it for you," he said. Inside was embroidered: "I believe in you. Now, it's time for you to believe in you."
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
By Michael Josephson of Character Counts, © 2005 Josephson Institute of Ethics; Michael Josephson, one of the nation's leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character education program, Character Counts! For further information visit http://www.charactercounts.org
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying Burger King's New Meat'Normous Sandwich...
10. "How dangerous is four-digit cholesterol?"
9. "Am I comfortable using the word, 'meat'normous'?"
8. "Do I have $3.49 and a death wish?"
7. "Is that bigger than meat'gantic?"
6. "Does a massive coronary qualify as 'having it my way'?"
5. "Is this gonna spoil my breakfast dessert?"
4. "Should I ask my doctor about Lipitor?"
3. "Why do I have to sign a waiver?"
2. "Can I get it with egg whites?"
1. "Did Cheney like it?"
[Courtesy of the Late Show with David Letterman]
Submitted by Bruce
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The sign on the escalator door read, "This escalator is out of whack."
By the next day someone used a crayon to add "More whack is on order."
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists say they are developing super-charged tiny lithium batteries that really keeps on going and going and going .....
Designed to be extraordinarily reliable and work continuously for years, the tiny batteries are indispensable in everything from pacemakers to the electronic stimulators that help restore function in the brains of Parkinson's patients. Unlike regular lithium batteries that have a limited lifespan and require replacement (via surgery), Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Robert West and colleagues say their new lithium battery technology is capable of making batteries smaller, last longer and, soon, accept a charge from outside the body without the need for surgery. Using organosilicon compounds, West's team has developed a generation of rechargeable lithium ion batteries with lifetimes more than twice as long as current medical device batteries - projected to be more than 12 years.
Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble