"THOUGHTS OF THE DAY"<br />JANUARY 1999 - MARCH 1999 | Motivating and Inspiring

JANUARY 1999 - MARCH 1999

March 31, 1999
" The classic example of tactless humanity, I'm disappointed to declare, is the abrasive Christian who feels it is his or her calling to fight for the truth with little or no regard for the other fellow's feelings. His favorite plan of attack is either to overlook or strongly demand, and the backwash is a back alley strewn with the litter of broken hearts and bitter souls. Let's be gentle and sensitive when we are touching the tender feelings of others."
Charles R. Swindoll --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

March 31, 1999
" Common sense is not so common."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Wayne Crouch --- Texas

March 29, 1999
" Follow your heart. There are no rules."
--- Robin Williams --- Sent in by Meghann Mason --- Texas

March 29, 1999
" Love mends a broken heart in the softest of ways
And the gentlest of manner.
A heart healed by love bears no scars for life!
The next time you see a broken heart stop by and apply a little love to it...
You will never regret it my friend !"
--- Nirvi --- India

March 26, 1999
The Difference between Manager and a Leader

Manager administers
Leader innovates and duplicates

Manager is a copy
Leader is original

Manager maintains things
Leader develops
Manager focuses on system and structure
Leader on people

Manager relies on control
Leader on trust

Manager has short term view
Leader has long term perspective

Manager knows how and when?
Leader knows what and why?

Manager keeps his eyes on bottom line
Leader keeps his eyes on horizon

Manager imitates
Leader originates

Manager accepts status
Leader challenges status

Manager is a soldier
Leader is own person
Manager does right things right
Leader does right things
--- Naresh Shenoy --- Michigan

March 26, 1999
" It is good to have an end to journey toward,
But it is the journey that matters, in the end."
--- Ursula K. LeGuin --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia

March 24, 1999
" We must either find a way or make one."
--- Hannibal --- Sent in by Rob Weeks --- California

March 22, 1999
" The light and love that is within me,
Acknowledges the light and love that is within you.
When we experience this connection.
Then we will truly connect to the ONENESS we ALL share."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Garry Hansford --- Australia

March 22, 1999
" True friends accept the fact that you changed and love you anyway."
--- Mandy, Age 19 --- Michigan

March 19, 1999
" Don't go backwards, you've already been there."
--- Ray Charles --- Sent in by Jason Engel --- Kentucky

March 19, 1999
" That twinge of anxiety and possible dread prior to the beginning of the work week need not ruin our Sundays. Keep praying about and pushing towards that career or job wherein your talents will be most utilized. Working in an area that you most enjoy and effect will reduce anxiety, likely increase your financial where with all, and most importantly, take the dread out of those Sundays we will never be able to re-live!"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

March 17, 1999
" A real friend is like a diamond,
We should always learn to treasure them.
Not so real friends are like cubic zircons,
They can fool even the best of us."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Casey Chateauneuf --- Ontario, Canada

March 17, 1999
" The way some people find fault you would think there was a reward."
--- Cassandra Zenzo Ncube --- Harare, Zimbabwe

March 15, 1999
" Remember four simple words:
live, love, laugh, bloom."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Stela Plaku --- New York

March 15, 1999
" The horizon is nothing more than the restriction of our own vision."
--- Source Unknown --- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

March 12, 1999
" The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth
If you lost all your money."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Angelica Leigh ---Missouri

March 12, 1999
" Life is like a coin,
You may spend it anyway you wish
But you may only spend it once."
--- Robert Garth NMSU Football player --- Submitted by Jon Cook --- Michigan

March 10, 1999
" There is one time in your life when you will have the strongest feeling of regret and the most willingness to change all the wrongs in your life. You will want to mend all your fences and tell the important people that they really mattered, unfortunately that moment will probably be the last few minutes before death...so do it now!!"
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Andy van Dijk

March 10, 1999
" People change and forget to tell each other."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Laura --- Kansas

March 8, 1999
" If we could read the secret history of our enemies,
We should find in each man's life
Sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
--- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --- Sent in by Wayne Hebb --- Canada

March 8, 1999
" Your opinion of me is not as important as mine is."
--- Fidelis Mnkandla --- Zimbabwe

March 5, 1999
" When faced with what you consider a problem or dilemma in your life,
Ask yourself these two questions:

1. In the grand scheme of life, does this have any effect on the outcome?
2. Will people live or die based on the decisions I make about this?

If the answer to these questions is NO,

Then quickly deal with the problem and LET IT GO!
Why waste your time and energy on something that is nothing more
Than a speck of dust on a pinhead in the universe of your life?
The only thing you get by 'sweating the petty stuff' is a wet shirt."
--- Stacey Charter

March 5, 1999
" I want to learn to live each moment
And be grateful for what it brings,
Asking no more."
--- Gloria Gaither --- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

March 3, 1999
" If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging."
--- Molly Ivins --- Sent in by Jen --- Illinois
--- Author's name supplied by Ken Baird 5/3/99

March 3, 1999
" Dead fish go with the flow, but I'm not dead yet."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Jessica --- Oklahoma

March 1, 1999
" Every generation gets their chance, the Internet is our's."
--- Markus Eberli --- Switzerland

March 1, 1999
" In the absence of a reason, Life loses the mystery it generates."
--- Dr. Nirvikar Dahiya --- India

February 26, 1999
" Knowledge is one thing that does not become second hand,
When used."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Tracey Robinson

February 24, 1999
" A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
--- Walter Winchell --- Sent in by Laura --- Kansas

February 24, 1999
" We turn not older with years, but newer every day!"
--- Emily Dickinson --- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- Western Australia

February 22, 1999
" Leaders are made, they are not born.
They are made by hard effort,
Which is the price we all must pay
To achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
--- Vince Lombardi submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan

February 22, 1999
" Compliment often that person who is currently unable or unwilling
To be complimentary towards others.
Without fail, within a month
You will hear him or her say something complimentary."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

February 19, 1999
" To achieve positive results, think and talk only of positive."
--- Bruce H. Liu --- California

February 19, 1999
" The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
--- Henry Boye --- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

February 17, 1999
" To enjoy the world without judgement is what a realized life is like."
--- Charlotte Joko Beck --- Sent in by Jeremy Walker --- Michigan

February 17, 1999
" Sometimes in a relationship, going through hell isn't that bad,
If you come out a little stronger.
I guess its the same about friends."
--- Unknown --- Lindsey Brooks --- Mississippi

February 15, 1999
" If the truth causes an offense,
It is better an offense be caused than the truth be denied."
--- Cassandra Zenzo Ncube --- Harare, Zimbabwe

February 15, 1999
" Justice is what we get when the decision is in our favor."
--- John W. Raper --- Sent in by Sandy Stump --- North Carolina

February 12, 1999
" What really matters is what no one can see."
--- Tyler Jacobson --- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan

February 10, 1999
" Those who have the largest hearts have the soundest understanding;
And he is the truest philosopher who can forget himself."
--- William Hazlitt --- Sent in by Jeremy Walker --- Michigan

February 10, 1999
" Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Becky Volpe --- California

February 8, 1999
" What do you need to be the best?
Confidence, Concentration, and Preparation!"
--- Lenny Dykstra --- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan

February 8, 1999
" Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends."
--- H. L. Mencken --- Sent in by Amit P. Shirodkar --- Maharashtra, India

February 5, 1999
" If you always tell the truth,
You do not have to remember anything.
You only need a short memory!"
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa

February 5, 1999
" When the law of an eye for an eye operates,
All the people will end up blind."
--- Bishop Desmond Tutu --- Sent in by Harland Schuster --- Kansas

February 3, 1999
" You cannot hold back a good laugh any more than you can the tide.
Both are forces of nature."
--- William Rostler --- Sent in by Ron Obringer --- Pennsylvania

February 3, 1999
" I have found that most people want to go to Heaven,
But very few of them are willing to meet the requirements to get there."
--- David Sees --- Florida

February 1, 1999
" The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
Is for good men to do nothing."
--- Edmund Burke, English Barrister
--- Sent in by John O'Neill --- Texas

February 1, 1999
" I must study War and Politics,
So my children may study Science and Engineering
So their children may study Literature and Music."
--- John Adams --- Submitted by Tony DePasqual --- Michigan

January 29, 1999
" If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting
But I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything."
--- Allyson Jones --- Sent in by Tracey Robinson

January 29, 1999
" We are surrounded by visionaries sacrificed on the altar of tradition."
--- Chip Darius

January 27, 1999
" Experience is always the hardest teacher,
Because you take the test before you learn your lesson."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Jennifer Lemieux --- Ontario, Canada

January 27, 1999
" The way you make your entrance into any business,
Project, idea, job, relationship is going to determine the way you exit:
So the way you enter determines the way you exit."
--- Pat Paradowski --- New Jersey

January 25, 1999
" At the end of the game,
The king and the pawn go back into the same box."
--- SRW

January 25, 1999
" Live deeply, and suck the marrow out of life."
--- Anonymous --- Hong Kong

January 22, 1999
" Breaking up maybe hard to do,
But moving on is often harder."
--- P.M.F., Age 18 --- Washington

January 22, 1999
As I was walking past a store
I saw a sign hanging on the door
The sign, it said, both bright and clear
That help was wanted, needed here

I thought about help in many ways
As I have seen it in my days
I remember help as when you cry
And someone wipes the tears from your eyes

Or when you suddenly slip or fall
And someone picks you up, yes I recall
Or when your life is at a low
And someone makes you laugh, I know

Or when you think you may go crazy
From staying home or being lazy
And the sparkle you find in someone's eye
Makes you want to get up and try

But here it was clear that in this way
Help was wanted for more than one day
They wanted help to run the store
So they hung the sign out on the door
--- Copyright © Erica Lynn Dager --- New Jersey

January 20, 1999
" There are some who limp,
But very few out of choice.
The majority have a reason.

Before we criticize them,
We should try on their shoes.
It might give us an education that a university cannot provide
A feeling that a sermon could not invoke.

The critic would be more tolerant of another's limp,
If he had to wear, for a little while,
Those nail-piercing shoes the other fellow has to wear all the time.

What a change in tone and pace,
If society were to swap shoes.
Faces which now smile would have tears."
--- Mike Harrison

January 20, 1999
" The power of vested interests,
Shall yield to the gradual encroachment of ideas."
--- JM Keynes --- Sent in by Tony DePasqual --- Michigan

January 18, 1999
" There is nothing the body suffers that the soul may not profit by."
--- George Merideth --- Sent in by Toni Palmer --- England

January 18, 1999
" The challenges of life are like the eye of a storm.
There is turbulence as you move towards the eye of the storm,
But the reward is the calm you find inside.
You cannot stay inside of one storm forever.
There will be other storms to enter; other rewards of calm.
To enjoy the calm of the storms you will face,
You must endure the turbulence of the storms."
--- Derrick Jordan --- Florida

January 15, 1999
" Triumph is just a little umph added to try."
--- Earl Nightingale --- Sent in by Sean Swisshelm

January 15, 1999
" Nothing lasts forever-not even our troubles."
Arnold H. Glasow --- Sent in by Annice LeGrande --- Maryland

January 13, 1999
" Your words are continually educating others around you.
Let them create a portrait of enthusiasm and faith."
--- Terry Hogenson --- Elementary School Principal -- Iowa

January 13, 1999
" Don't judge those who try and fail.
Judge only those who fail to try."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Kevin M. Clear --- Ohio

January 11, 1999
" The gravity of the situation is inversely proportional
To your sense of humor."
--- Chris White --- Colorado

January 8, 1999
" The most important quality in a person....honesty above all else.
How can we grow to be better people
If we are always being told that we are great already?"
--- Chris --- Arizona

January 8, 1999
" It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid
Than to open it and remove all doubt."
--- Mark Twain --- Sent in by Lina

January 6, 1999
" I felt sorry for myself for I had no coat,
Then I met a man with no arms.
I was sad that I had no shoes,
Until I met a man with no feet."
--- Unknown --- Harland Schuster --- Kansas

January 6, 1999
" Don't focus on changing someone's mind,
Love them unconditionally and you'll likely change their heart!
This is your only requirement as one's heart leads the way!"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky

January 4, 1999
" To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men."
--- Ella Wilcox --- Sent in by Ignacio --- Texas

January 4, 1999
" Yes or No ?
Two of the easiest words in the dictionary
Yet they are sometimes the hardest ones to say."
--- Claire Woodbridge --- British Columbia, Canada

January 1, 1999
" Vision is the art of seeing things invisible to others."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Dalton Marshall --- Alberta, Canada

January 1, 1999
" If you were placed in a courtroom and accused of being a Christian,
Would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
--- Carrie P. Boston --- Ohio