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" THOUGHTS OF THE DAY"
SEPTEMBER 1998 - DECEMBER 1998


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December 30, 1998
" A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."
--- Henrik Ibsen --- Sent to us by Toni Palmer --- England


December 30, 1998
" To reach your dreams, the crucial step is to realize
That you don't know the meaning of the word, NO!"
--- Paul Stuart Wichansky --- New Jersey


December 28, 1998
" If you don't consciously manage and control your time and money
By written goals,
Time and money will control and manage you
By subconscious impulse."
--- Clint Pearman


December 28, 1998
" There is no future
There is no past
I live each moment as my last
There is only us
There is only this
Forget regret or life is your's to miss
No other road
No other way
NO DAY BUT TODAY."
--- Jonathan Larson --- Sent in by Ignacio --- Texas


December 25, 1998
" Life is the first gift,
Love the second,
And Understanding the third."
--- Marge Piercy --- Sent in by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania


December 25, 1998
" In the pursuit of happiness, you need look no further
Than the beating hearts of your family."
--- Chris, Age 20 --- Arizona


December 23, 1998
" The more you live, the less you die."
--- Sarah --- Ohio


December 23, 1998
" I am not free to determine truth...
Truth existed before my birth and will do so after my passing.
What I am free to do is to pursue it, to seek it, to earnestly desire it.
Then, when the Spirit of God reveals it to me...
To hold it, to cherish it, to share it with others."
--- Bruce Bremer, ETC(SS), USN


December 21, 1998
" Good things happen to good people
Who do the right things at the right time all the time."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Brian Houchin





December 21, 1998
" It is easy to complicate the simple.
But a great man can simplify the complicated."
--- WindyG


December 18, 1998
" During childhood we live to prepare for adulthood and eternity.
During adulthood we live to enjoy or regret
What we did during childhood, as we continue preparing for eternity.
During eternity we live to enjoy or regret
What we did to the point of death."
--- Ian Makgabana --- Botswana, Africa


December 18, 1998
" What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
They are but trifles, to be sure; but,
Scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
--- Joseph Addison (1672-1719) --- Sent in by Ray Leduc --- Ontario, Canada


December 16, 1998
" It's not what happens to us,
But our response to what happens to us that counts."
--- Stephen R. Covey --- Sent in by Michelle


December 16, 1998
" Remember God is still on the throne
Even when we think He went to get a midnight snack."
--- Maria Leavens --- Tennessee


December 14, 1998
" Love not only makes the world go round
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
--- F.P. Jones --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington


December 14, 1998
" I saw the angel in the stone and carved to set it free."
--- Michelangelo --- Submitted by Alexis --- Canada


December 11, 1998
" It has begun to occur to me that life is a stage that I am going through."
--- Elle Goodman --- Sent in by Katie, Age 19 --- Kentucky


December 11, 1998
" The greatest people who ever lived would love to be you
Because you have the opportunity to be even greater."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Shannon Marcotte --- New Hampshire


December 9, 1998
" It is easy to love someone. Or it should be, at least.
But loving someone has it's risks - you risk fulfilling God's plan.
You risk enriching your life. You risk making someone else feel special.
You risk being hurt. You risk tears. You risk experiencing life.
And loving someone is not always easy.
For sometimes, loving someone means leaving them in God's hands.
It means watching someone hurting and not being able to hold their hand.
But it can also mean getting a smile or a hug.
Love is so hard and at the same time so easy.
You must risk everything and yet risk nothing to love.
Loving someone is never in vain, it is never wrong.
For just as we can only become real through love, so it is for all people.
We need to love and be loved.
It is never wrong to be real."
--- Copyright © 1998 Angele Gauvreau --- Canada


December 9, 1998
" I need not be somebody else to be a somebody. I need only be me."
--- WindyG --- Singapore


December 7, 1998
" Adolescence is like a house on moving day - only a temporary mess."
--- Julius Warren --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington


December 7, 1998
" It has been suggested that living on the edge of chaos
Is a prerequisite for change,
With change being the driving force of life.
But to affect real change,
A person must take risks that could lead to destruction,
Simply put, if your life isn't a little scary
Maybe you aren't living to your potential."
--- Jewel Kilcher --- Sent in by Rich Long --- Indiana


December 4, 1998
" Be careful what you think
Because your life is shaped by what you think."
--- Jannie Putter --- South Africa


December 4, 1998
" What is now proved, was once only imagined."
--- William Blake --- Sent in by John O'Neill --- Texas


December 2, 1998
" To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
--- Oscar Wilde --- Sent in from Sue --- Australia


December 2, 1998
" Show me a child with a DREAM, and I'll paint you a picture of HOPE.
Show me a child without a DREAM, and I have no picture to paint."
--- Ty Howard --- Maryland


November 30, 1998
" If you try to change or "fix" a persons character,
In most cases, you only cripple their natural beauty."
--- Lori Hard ---- California


November 30, 1998
" Fear always springs from ignorance."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- Texas


November 27, 1998
" Expect people to be better than they are,
It helps them to become better.
But don't be disappointed when they are not;
It helps them to keep trying."
--- Merry Browne --- Sent in by Laura A. Hoof --- Wisconsin
--- Author's name supplied by Jennifer, Age 18 --- Florida --- 7/99

November 27, 1998
" Never keep score in the game of life...
Live happily."
--- Sean Kevin Atabay --- California


November 25, 1998
" We are born with potential, but driven to succeed."
--- Mike Murcia --- Indiana


November 23, 1998
" I believe that we cannot live better
Than seeking to become still better than we are."
--- Socrates --- Sent in by Kristen --- Virginia


November 23, 1998
" If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me,
This ship might as well be closed for any other business.
I do the best I know how - the very best I can;
And I mean to keep doing so until the end.
If the end brings me out all right,
What is said against me won't amount to anything.
If the end brings me out wrong,
Ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
--- Abraham Lincoln - 1866 --- From Marzio Apolloni --- Ontario, Canada


November 20, 1998
" Time is not measured by a watch...
But by moments."
--- Pinksky


November 20, 1998
" No one can control your mind
If you have not put your mind under their control."
--- Samuel O. Adeola --- Nigeria


November 18, 1998
" Practice Integrity until you get it right."
--- Bruce Bremer --- U.S. Submarine Service


November 18, 1998
" Leaders are like kites.
They fly against the wind, not with it."
--- Lucas Melott --- Texas


November 16, 1998
" Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to maintaining life."
--- Virginia Satir --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz


November 16, 1998
" A dream is just a dream, unless you make it come true."
--- Michael Landon Moody --- Tennessee


November 13, 1998
" The journey is the destination."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent to us by Arbie Allen


November 13, 1998
" Let me live today like there is no tomorrow,
regardless of how many tomorrows I may or may not see."
--- David Gethings --- New Jersey


November 11, 1998
" Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take."
--- Josh Billings --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz


November 11, 1998
" Before you give someone a piece of your mind
Make sure you have enough to get by on."
--- Lydia London --- Ontario, Canada


November 9, 1998
" The Six P Principle:
Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance"
--- This was told to me by a Vietnam War Veteran
--- Sent in by Mark Sillars --- Perth, Western Australia
--- Verbiage adjustment compliments of Mike Ziegler --- Indiana


November 9, 1998
" If you work hard 90% of the time, you can beat anyone.
It's the 10% that is the dog fight."
--- Paul Bui, WMAS --- Contributed by Sally Nguyen --- Virginia


November 6, 1998
" People do not attract that which they want,
But that which they are."
--- James Allen --- Sent in Anonymously


November 6, 1998
" We travel to learn...
(To) catch some inspiration from heights above our own."
--- Maria Mitchell --- Contributed by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania


November 4, 1998
" The tragedy of life is not that it is so short...
But that we take so long to begin living it."
--- Anonymous --- Sent in by Randy M. --- California


November 4, 1998
" Life is what we make it,
Always has been,
Always will be."
--- Grandma Moses --- Sent in by Sue --- Australia


November 2, 1998
HOW WE SEE OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN

When will we teach our children in school what they are?
We should say to each of them :

"Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you.
In the millions of years that have passed
There has never been another child like you.
And look at your body -- what a wonder it is !!!
Your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move !
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another,
Who, like you, is a marvel?"
--- Tamara Robinson


November 2, 1998
" The minute is passing ;
No matter how hard you try,
You can never bring it back."
--- Katie


October 30, 1998
" Good enough seldom is."
--- Dan Yovich --- Indiana


October 30, 1998
On Brevity...
" The most valuable of all talents is that of
Never using two words when one will do."
--- Thomas Jefferson --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- Texas


October 28, 1998
" My friends are my estate. "
--- Emily Dickinson --- Contributed by Brandi Nunnery


October 28, 1998
" Being empathetic is more helpful than feeling guilty."
--- Lori Hard --- California


October 26, 1998
" Nothing prevents us from being natural
So much as the desire to appear so."
--- Sent by Jody C. Burnett --- California


October 26, 1998
" To think that anyone can succeed
Without first experiencing some kind of failure
Is completely naive."
--- Pete Zafra --- California


October 23, 1998
On dignity and respect:

" Being treated with dignity and respect is not my God given right.
I have to earn it every day I am on the planet,
Through my attitudes and behavior."
--- Louis F. Marut --- New Jersey


October 23, 1998
" You long for things to be simple,
But if they were, what would you do?"
--- Stacey Haskins --- Ontario, Canada


October 21, 1998
" If you believe that winning isn't everything,
Why is second place the first loser?"
--- Michael Carrel --- Michigan


October 21, 1998
" He who nourishes an individual's growth,
Will harvest wild success."
--- KPhillips --- Pennsylvania


October 19, 1998
" Work to become, not to acquire."
--- Confucius --- Submitted by Troy Moore --- Michigan


October 19, 1998
" Do not ridicule or mock your elders.
Much too soon you will know how it feels."
--- Ron Bechtlofft


October 16, 1998
" One day, there will be no borders,
No boundaries, no flags and no countries,
And the only passport will be the Heart."
--- Tamara Robinson


October 16, 1998
" What you think is what you say.
What you say is what you do.
What you do is who you are.
Who you are is your destiny.
Everyday think your way to your destiny!"
--- Deanette Schmidt


October 14, 1998
" Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories,
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart."
--- Robert Fulghum --- Contributed by Kirk Scherz --- Washington


October 14, 1998
" I have learned that if you must leave a place
That you have lived in and loved,
And where all of your yesterdays are buried deep --
Leave it any way except slow;
Leave it the fastest way you can.
Never turn back and believe that an hour you remember
Is a better hour because it is dead.
Past years seem safe ones, vanquished ones,
While the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.
The cloud clears though, as you enter it.
I have learned this, but like everyone,
I learned it late."
--- Beryl Markham
--- Kindly sent in by Sandi Murdock --- Washington


October 12, 1998
" All the memories are of stopping and staying awhile.
I realize that I have driven too fast through life,
Carrying in my baggage too much impatience and apprehension,
Missing too many chances and passing too many people in the dust."
--- Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt,
--- Sent in by Mark Anderson --- New Jersey


October 12, 1998
Subject: Music within us
" The stone is our heart, the sling is our instrument."
--- By Terry Burton --- Indiana


October 9, 1998
" To acquire knowledge, one must study;
But to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
--- Marilyn vos Savant
--- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia


October 7, 1998
" The key to true happiness is having realistic expectations;
A cigar is just a cigar, and a job is just a paycheck."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent to us by KH KOH --- Singapore


October 7, 1998
" A champion is someone who gets up even when they can't."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Margaret, Age 14 --- Illinois & Wes Wright --- Texas


October 5, 1998
" Love can never be repaid.
It can only be passed on."
--- Pastor Rueben Groeller
--- Contributed by Cary Kent --- Minnesota


October 5, 1998
" Sometimes a hard cookie is worth a chipped tooth. "
--- James L. Chamberlain


October 2, 1998
" The way life treats you is a merciless mirror image
Of your attitude toward life."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by DRLooper --- North Carolina


October 2, 1998
" A smile can brighten the darkest day."
--- Karen Ahrens --- Horssen, The Netherlands


September 25, 1998
" Man is made or unmade by himself;
In the armory of thought
He forges weapons by which he destroys himself;
He also fashions the tools
With which he builds for himself
Heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace..."
--- Doug Robinson


September 25, 1998
" We are all unique in our goals and beliefs.
Diversity brings beauty to our existence."
--- Lori Hard --- California


September 21, 1998
" In the time required on average for you to condemn a person
Who fails to satisfy your religious, moral, or personal expectations,
Another of your brain cells is irreplaceably lost.

Although there isn't a direct relationship between these two facts,
It does make one wonder
If perhaps there might not be something better
You could be doing with the brain cells you have left.."
--- R.B. Fairchild's Misanthropic Philosophy of the Week
--- Sent in by Carly B., Age 16 --- California


September 21, 1998
" I know of no more encouraging fact
Than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life
By conscious endeavor. "
--- H. D. Thoreau --- Contributed by Naomi Sena --- California


September 18, 1998
" More than any other human problem,
Loneliness, the absence of meaningful human connection,
Drains the joy and sense of purpose from our lives.

It explains why people go to shopping centers
Who have no intention of shopping ...
They just need to be somewhere where other people are,
Hoping that among the hundreds of strangers passing by,
They will find one familiar friendly face.

It explains why people come home from work or school
And immediately switch on the television.
They are not interested in the program; much of time,
They do not even know what is on.
But they are desperate for the sound
Of another human voice in their lives."
--- Harold Kushner
--- Submitted by Mark Anderson --- New Jersey


September 18, 1998
" Creativity?
The 'stuff' that happens between the 'hmm' and the 'AHA'."
--- Dan Yovich --- Purdue University, Indiana


September 16, 1998
" You cannot teach people anything.
You can only help them discover it within themselves."
--- Galileo --- Contributed by Meghan


September 14, 1998
" The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement!"
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Fran Sawyer --- Florida


September 11, 1998
" The wise man in a storm prays to God,
Not for safety from danger,
But for deliverance from fear."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
--- Contributed by Laureen M., Age 14 --- Washington


September 11, 1998
" I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy
Than to be a success at something I hate."
--- George Burns
--- Contributed by Ron Obringer --- Pennsylvania


September 9, 1998
" The challenge with raising children
Is that they don't come with owners manuals
And the parts keep changing. "
--- W.H. Mertz III


September 7, 1998
" The means for which we live
Have outdistanced the ends for which we live.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men."
--- Martin Luther King Jr. --- Sent in by Mark Anderson --- New Jersey


September 7, 1998
" War does not determine who is right,
But who is left!"
--- Andrew Goligowski --- Minnesota


September 4, 1998
Luke: "I don't believe it."
Yoda: "That, is why you fail."
--- Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back
--- Sent in by Chris Ducat --- Wisconsin


September 4, 1998
" Next time you're feeling perfect...
Try walking on water!"
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Susanne Duncan --- Germany


September 2, 1998
" Don't just aspire to something better,
BE something better.
Make the change, right now."
--- Chad King --- Texas


September 2, 1998
" Never take a NO from somebody
That is not empowered to say YES."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Roger Mageau --- Ontario,Canada