Thoughts 


Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts.It's what you do with what you have left. - Hubert Humphrey. 



Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street. - Denis Waitley



Strong people make as many and as ghastly mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them, learn form them.This is how they become strong. - Richard Needham


Abraham Lincoln
Below are seven of his quotes.

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's
character, give him power.

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see
it tried on him personally.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

 

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. - Phillips Brooks 

 



As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

 - John F. Kennedy

 

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to
do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time,
that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right
thing. You may never know what results come from your action. - Mahatma Gandhi 
 

 

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them." 

- Malcolm Forbes

 

 

"Don't wait for an employer, friend, or mentor to show appreciation for yourwork. Take pride in
your own efforts on a daily basis." - Denis Waitley


"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for 

them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes 

 

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
 - Ambrose Redmoon
 
 


"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your 
own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe." - Winston Churchill 
 
One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, howbig my house was, or what kind of car I 
drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child. - Forest Witcraft 

Inspirational Stories

THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY WORTH YOUR READING

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside."Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night, the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.
"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she answered."No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?"

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just 

wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed. I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name?"

The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered, Mr. William Grey…………

The next time someone needs you … just be there… Stay





It was a busy morning, about 8.30, when an elderly g

entleman, probably in his 80s, arrived to have stitches removed from his

thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. 

I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another

patient, that I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and re–dress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him for five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?"
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is."


I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,
"That is the kind of love I want in my life."


True love is neither physical, nor romantic…It is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.


An old man lived alone in Minnesota, He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation: Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison. Lover, Dad.
Shortly, the old man received this telegram: ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’
At 4 a. m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next. His son’s reply was: 'Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’
MORAL: No mater where you are in the world, if you have decided to do something deep from your heart, you can do it. It is the thought that matters, not where you are or where the person is.




On the edge…
There will be moments when the only thing left is for you to question your existence. Life can be so damned hard for each of us.
There are always days when we get so lonely and depressed. When we cry. When the world has lost its colors. When the rest of the world is happy and you are not.
There will be times when we lose all reasons for living; and problems will seem so hard that we wish there was no such thing as tomorrow.
But then again, we should also know, that they are just another bitterness in life trying to twist the personage in each of us; and corrupt our perceptions about life.
When these times happen, do not succumb to the temptations of giving up. Yes, to live is to suffer and the only way to be happy is to suffer willingly.
Often, the worst of times yields the best lessons in life. We have to go on in life’s extremes. We don’t have to give up. As the famous poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran said,
"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight."


On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle–aged, well–off white South African Lady has found herself sitting next to a black man. 
She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.
"What seems to be the problem Madam?" asked the attendant.
"Can't you see?" she said" You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!"
"Please calm down Madam." the stewardess replied. "The flight is very full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do-I'll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class."
The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin:
"Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class."
Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues…
"It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person."
With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said:
"So if you'd like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you…"
At which point, apparently, the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black man walks up to the front of the plane.
Remember:
… people will forget what you said…
people will forget what you did…
but people will never forget how you made them feel …


Discouragement – A Tool of the Devil

Once upon a time it was announced that the devil was going out of business and would sell all his equipment to those who were willing to pay the price. 

On the big day of the sale, all his tools were attractively displayed. There were Envy, Jealousy, Hatred, Malice, Deceit, Sensuality, Pride, Idolatry, and other implements of evil display. Each of the tools was marked with its own price tag.

Over in the corner by itself was a harmless looking, wedge–shaped tool very much worn, but still it bore a higher price than any of the others. Someone asked the devil what it was, and he answered,"That is Discouragement." The next question came quickly,"And why is it priced so high even though it is plain to see that it is worn more than these others?" 

Because replied the devil,"It is more useful to me than all these others. I can pry open and get into a man’s heart with that when I cannot get near him with any other too Once I get inside, I can use him in whatever way suits me best. It is worn well because I use it on everybody I can, and few people even know it belongs to me."

This tool was priced so high that no one could buy it, and to this day it has never been sold. It still belongs to the devil, and he still uses it on mankind.




The frogs and the tower

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs…… who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants… The race began… Honestly, no–one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: "Oh, WAY too difficult!!" "They will NEVER make it to the top".

"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!" The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one … Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher… The crowd continued to yell "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up… …But ONE continued higher and higher and higher… This one wouldn't give up! At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal? It turned out… that the winner was deaf.




Love and Time 
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left except for Love. 

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment. 
When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, " No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you." Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!" "I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered. 

Sadness was close by so Love asked, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh … Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!" Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her. 

Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come, Love, I will take you." It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder, Love asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" 

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is."



The Socrates Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?" Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test." 

Triple filter?" That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. 

The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?" 
No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..." 

All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?" No, on the contrary..." 

So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?" “No, not really." 

Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?" 

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. Use this triple filter each time you hear loose talk about any of your near and dear friends.