Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thoughts-The Touchstone

When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.
The book wasn't very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the "Touchstone"!
The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.
So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles. He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold - throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.
The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.
So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it's easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand and it's just as easy to throw it away.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sex quotes-Three

"As the French say, there are three sexes-men, women and clergymen."
- Rev. Sydney Smith

Sarcastic Quotes-Dumb

"Gerry Ford is so dumb that he can't fart and chew gum at the same time."
- Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thought for the day-Practice

Isn't it scary that doctors call what they do "practice?"

Famous quotes-Better

When you meet someone better than yourself,
turn your thoughts to becoming his equal.
When you meet someone not as good as you are,
look within and examine your own self
-Confucius

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Humor quotes-Presidents' lunch

"Now here's something historical. In January, all five living presidents are scheduled to have lunch together. Clinton suggested the VIP room at Hooters."
-David Letterman

Motivational thoughts-Limitations

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Love Quotes-Measles

Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.
- Jerome K. Jerome

Funny thoughts-Err

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Famous quotes-If

If not us, who? If not now, when?
-Kennedy, John F.

Quotes by musicians-A long time

"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
-Miles Davis

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thoughts-Excellence

A gentleman was once visiting a temple under construction. In the temple premises, he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he saw, just a few meters away,
another identical idol was lying. Surprised he asked the sculptor, "Do you need two statutes of the same idol?"... "No", said the sculptor, "We need only one, but the first
one got damaged at the last stage".
The gentleman examined the sculpture. No apparent damage was visible. "Where is the damage? " asked the gentleman. "There is a scratch on the nose of the idol"...
The gentleman asked again "Where are you going to keep the idol?".
The sculptor replied that it will be installed on a pillar 20 feet high.
"When the idol will be 20 feet away from the eyes of the beholder, who is going to know that there is scratch on the nose?", the gentleman asked.
The sculptor looked at the gentleman, smiled and said "God knows it and I know it!!!"
The desire to excel should be irrespective of whether someone appreciates it or not.
Excellence is a drive from "Inside" not "Outside".

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quotes-Average

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
-Andy Rooney

Deep thoughts-Human freedom

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one's attitudes.
- Victor Frankl

Friday, May 22, 2009

Funny thoughts-Famous last words!!

-> I'll hold it and you light the fuse.
-> What's that priest doing here?
-> You look just like Charles Manson.

Sexual quotes-Pickpockets

"If it weren't for pickpockets I'd have no sex life at all."
-Rodney Dangerfield

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Humor quotes-Rescue Bill

The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even thicker. They had to include pictures.
-Jay Leno

Love Quotes-Imagination

Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden - it's something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.
- Joyce Cary

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thought for the day-Key to happiness

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
- Rita Mae Brown

Funny thoughts-Wise investment

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Inspirational quotes-Reward

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Famous quotes-God;s love

God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, May 18, 2009

Deep thoughts-Within

Funny thoughts-Spiderman

"I saw Spiderman last night, awesome movie. But I kept thinking how lucky Peter Parker was to have those web shooters form in his forearm instead of his ass like every other spider on the planet."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thoughts-Lessons from Noah's Ark

Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark...
ONE: Don't miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Love quotes-Play on

If music be the food of love, play on.
- Shakespeare

Sarcastic humor quotes

I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any e mails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it
- Jay Leno

Friday, May 15, 2009

Funny thoughts-Odds

An actuary is someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because the odds are so slim that there will be two bombs on the same plane.

Motivational thoughts-Peace with past

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sarcastic quotes-Facts

Deep thoughts-I can

I am only one, but still I am one
I cannot do everything
but still I can do something
and because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
-Helen Keller

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Famous last words!

* What do you mean, "I'll be back"?

* I've seen this done on TV

* These are the good kind of mushrooms

Thoughts on life-Help others by helping yourself

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thought for the day-An honest day's work

Nothing motivates a man more than to see his boss putting in an honest day's work.

Inspirational quotes-Courage

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother’s Day Quotes

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
- Tenneva Jordan

All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington, U.S. President

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
- Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

All mothers are working mothers.
- Unknown

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
- Jewish Proverb

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.
- Unknown

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
- Chinese Proverb

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
- Aristotle

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
- Rajneesh

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill.
- John Erskine

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
- William Goldsmith Brown

Thoughts-The Sandpiper

She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sandcastle or something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea.
"Hello," she said.
I answered with a nod, not really in the mood to bother with a small child.
"I'm building," she said.
"I see that. What is it?" I asked, not caring.
"Oh, I don't know, I just like the feel of sand."
That sounds good, I thought, and slipped off my shoes. A sandpiper glided by. "That's a joy," the child said.
"It's a what?"
"It's a joy. My mama says sandpipers come to bring us joy." The bird went gliding down the beach.
"Good-bye joy," I muttered to myself, "hello pain," and turned to walk on. I was depressed; my life seemed completely out of balance.
"What's your name?" She wouldn't give up.
"Robert," I answered. "I'm Robert Peterson."
"Mine's Wendy... I'm six."
"Hi, Wendy."
She giggled. "You're funny," she said. In spite of my gloom I laughed too and walked on. Her musical giggle followed me.
"Come again, Mr. P," she called. "We'll have another happy day."
The days and weeks that followed belonged to others: A group of unruly Boy Scouts, PTA meetings, and an ailing mother. The sun was shining one morning as I took my hands out of the dishwater. "I need a sandpiper," I said to myself, gathering up my coat. The ever-changing balm of the seashore awaited me. The breeze was chilly, but I strode along, trying to recapture the serenity I needed. I had forgotten the child and was startled when she appeared.
"Hello, Mr. P," she said. "Do you want to play?"
"What did you have in mind?" I asked, with a twinge of annoyance.
"I don't know, you say."
"How about charades?" I asked sarcastically.
The tinkling laughter burst forth again. "I don't know what that is."
"Then let's just walk." Looking at her, I noticed the delicate fairness of her face. "Where do you live?" I asked.
"Over there." She pointed toward a row of summer cottages. Strange, I thought, in winter.
"Where do you go to school?"
"I don't go to school. Mommy says we're on vacation." She chattered little girl talk as we strolled up the beach, but my mind was on other things.
When I left for home, Wendy said it had been a happy day. Feeling surprisingly better, I smiled at her and agreed.
Three weeks later, I rushed to my beach in a state of near panic. I was in no mood to even greet Wendy. I thought I saw her mother on the porch and felt like demanding she keep her child at home. "Look, if you don't mind," I said crossly when Wendy caught up with me, "I'd rather be alone today."
She seems unusually pale and out of breath. "Why?" she asked.
I turned to her and shouted, "Because my mother died!" and thought, "My God, why was I saying this to a little child?"
"Oh," she said quietly, "then this is a bad day."
"Yes," I said, "and yesterday and the day before and-oh, go away!"
"Did it hurt?" she inquired.
"Did what hurt?" I was exasperated with her, with myself.
"When she died?"
"Of course it hurt!" I snapped, misunderstanding, wrapped up in myself. I strode off.
A month or so after that, when I next went to the beach, she wasn't there. Feeling guilty, ashamed and admitting to myself I missed her, I went up to the cottage after my walk and knocked at the door. A drawn looking young woman with honey-colored hair opened the door.
"Hello," I said. "I'm Robert Peterson. I missed your little girl today and wondered where she was."
"Oh yes, Mr. Peterson, please come in. Wendy spoke of you so much. I'm afraid I allowed her to bother you. If she was a nuisance, please, accept my apologies."
"Not at all - she's a delightful child," I said, suddenly realizing that I meant what I had just said.
"Wendy died last week, Mr. Peterson. She had leukemia. Maybe she didn't tell you."
Struck dumb, I groped for a chair. I had to catch my breath.
"She loved this beach; so when she asked to come, we couldn't say no. She seemed so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days. But the last few weeks, she declined rapidly. Her voice faltered, "She left something for you ... if only I can find it. Could you wait a moment while I look?"
I nodded stupidly, my mind racing for something, to say to this lovely young woman. She handed me a smeared envelope, with MR. P. printed in bold childish letters. Inside was a drawing in bright crayon of a yellow beach, a blue sea, and a brown bird. Underneath was carefully printed: "A SANDPIPER TO BRING YOU JOY."
Tears welled up in my eyes and a heart that had almost forgotten to love opened wide. I took Wendy's mother in my arms. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," I muttered over and over, and we wept together.
The precious little picture is framed now and hangs in my study.

Six words - one for each year of her life - that speak to me of harmony, courage, and undemanding love. A gift from a child with sea-blue eyes and hair the color of sand - who taught me the gift of love.

NOTE:
This is a true story sent out by Robert Peterson. It serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to take time to enjoy living and life and each other.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Love quotes-While young

"Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life."
-Joseph Conrad

Quotes-People who don't drink

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."
~Frank Sinatra

Friday, May 8, 2009

Humor quotes-Stocks

Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are ?? Wall Street is now being called Wal Mart Street
- Jay Leno

Motivational thoughts-Believe

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Famous quotes-Accomplish

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
-Anatole France

Funny thoughts-Panties

Panties: Not the best thing on earth, but next to the best thing on earth.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quotes by musicians-Expose

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear..after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."
-Jim Morrison

Political quotes-Money and power

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Deep thoughts-Past & Future

If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions.
If you want to know your future - look into your present actions.

-Buddhist Saying

Philosophy of Charles Schultz

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Justify Full2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Thoughts-Flaw

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a Pole Which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always Delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot Arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only One and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable That it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the Woman one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak Out all the way back to your house."
The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side Of The path, but not on the other pot's side?"
"That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower Seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water Them."
"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate The table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Humor quotes-New weapon

The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing. Its called the stock market
- Jay Leno

Quotes on Dogs-Wash

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones