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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 23, 2006
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. - Sally Koch
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Steve Reinhard tells a heartwarming story about a little girl who walked home from school every day. The quickest way home for her was through the town's cemetery. It was her favorite time of day. She loved to spend time there, watching the birds or throwing herself down on the grass to watch the clouds turning into different shapes overhead. Sometimes as she skipped around the grave stones, she would whistle a tune or sing a song. Other times, she liked to kneel down and read the names and dates on gravestones, and to glide her fingers across the engraved lettering. She particularly enjoyed those walks. Her friends would ask, "Why do you walk through the cemetery after school?" “That's easy,” she would reply, "because it's the way home."
In an ultimate sense, that is true, isn't it? There is only one way to our heavenly home, and it is always through the cemetery.
Picture someone in the doctor’s office – and they have just been told they have a terminal illness. Their reaction probably would be, “What?!? Me?? I’m going to die?” Well, yes they are – and so am I – and so are you – and you – and you. Statistics reveal that one out of every one of us is going to die someday.
If a doctor gave me a terminal diagnosis, I don’t know for certain what my reaction would be – but I would like to believe I would think, “Well, okay – that’s as good a way as any to go” -- since I know that the way home is through the cemetery. And it doesn’t have to be a fearful passage at all, this way that leads home. It is a trip we can actually look forward to with joy.
Submitted by Rosanne Hall
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Announcements That London Tube Train Drivers Have Made To Their Passengers...
"Do you want the good news first or the bad news? The good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a great time. The bad news is that there is a points failure somewhere between Stratford and East Ham, which means we probably won't reach our destination."
"Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the delay, but there is a security alert at Victoria station and we are therefore stuck here for the foreseeable future, so let's take our minds off it and pass some time together. All together now.... 'Ten green bottles, hanging on a wall.....'."
"We are now traveling through Baker Street... As you can see, Baker Street is closed.
It would have been nice if they had actually told me, so I could tell you earlier, but no, they don't think about things like that".
"Beggars are operating on this train. Please do NOT encourage these professional beggars. If you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity. Failing that, give it to me."
During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl: "Step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gentlemen... Unfortunately, towels are not provided."
"Let the passengers off the train FIRST!" (Pause...) "Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care - I'm going home...."
"Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with 'Please hold the doors open.' The two are distinct and separate instructions."
"Please note that the beeping noise coming from the doors means that the doors are about to close. It does not mean throw yourself or your bags into the doors."
"To the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage -what part of 'stand clear of the doors' don't you understand?"
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Six-year-old Susie came home from school whining, "Mommy, I've got a stomach ache."
"That's because your stomach is empty," her mother replied. "You'd feel better if you had something in it." She gave Susie a snack and sure enough, Susie felt better right away.
That afternoon the family's minister dropped by. While he was chatting with Susie's mom, he mentioned he'd had a bad headache all day long.
Susie perked up. "That's because it's empty," she said. "You'd feel better if you had something in it."
Source: Monday Fodder
Cornell University Researchers wanted to know what people most regret. After surveying university employees, students, retired professors, and nursing home residents, they found that twice as many people were bothered more by what they did not do rather than what they had done. Missed opportunities were the most common of all regrets. Most regrets were from those who were unwilling to take chances. They feared too much the short-term consequence that failure would bring.
Source: Illustrations, http://www.cybersaltlists.org