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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 12, 2006
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.
Submitted by Barbara Ervin-Weymouth
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In February of 2006, an autistic high school senior named Jason McElwain taught his entire school a lesson on the reality of joy. Jason had served as the basketball team manager for three seasons, diligently fetching water, catching rebounds, and mopping up sweat.
However, for the last game of the season, Jason's coach decided to reward the young man's efforts by allowing him to suit up. Then, with the team ahead by 20 points and only four minutes to go, the coach put Jason in the game.
Jason badly missed his first two shots, but his third was a charm—a 3-point swish. As soon as the ball went through the net, the entire gymnasium erupted with applause. But Jason wasn't done yet. He went on to hit a total of six 3-pointers—a Greece Athena High School record—to finish with 20 points in just over four minutes.
With each basket, the crowd became more enthusiastic. By the time Jason hit his last shot, everyone was jumping up and down in a frenzy of excitement, happiness, and disbelief. As soon as the game ended, the bleachers emptied onto the court as the crowd gathered around Jason, and his teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders.
Speaking after the game, Jason's mother said: "This is the first moment Jason has ever succeeded and could be proud of himself. I look at autism as a Berlin Wall, and he cracked it." But Jason's success touched many more lives than his own, as those who celebrated with him experienced the selfless joy of delighting in others.
See video: http://tinyurl.com/jwszf
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
At the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, there is a full-size mockup of an F/A-18 fighter.
A ramp allows visitors to climb into the cockpit and get a sense of what the pilot sees and feels.
A guide at the top of the ramp points out the various controls and gauges in the cockpit and gives information about the aircraft's capabilities to each visitor who gets in.
When my two-year-old son sat down in the plane, he seemed fascinated by all he saw and heard.
Then he looked out at us and said, "Grandma, could I have a quarter?"
Source: Clean Humor Digest, http://www.jokesnstuff.net/digest
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
John was adjusting his tie in front of the mirror tonight before this awards dinner and he asked his wife, "Honey, how many great men do you think there are in the world today?"
"One less than you think," his wife replied.
Submitted by Jerry
Here's one for you from South Africa: On the twentieth of June this year at six minutes past eight in the evening it will look something like this: 20-06-2006 20:06
- Submitted by Holly
At 6 seconds and 6 minutes after 6 on June 6, it will be 06:06:06 06/06/06.
– Submitted by B Dillon
Another interesting one which happens next month, on May 4th at precisely one second after 3:02 a.m. (using the ISO 8601 time notation) is 2006-05-04 03:02:01.00. (Two-thousand-six, five, four, three, two, one, zero?) [My understanding is that, according to ISO 8601, a capital "T" should be placed between the date and time when using this notation as a data string to avoid the use of a "space."]
– Submitted by Justin