4 January 2015

posted 1 Jan 2015, 20:44 by C S Paul

4 January 2015

Quotes to Inspire

  • "When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us." – Alexander Graham Bell
  • "If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • "It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes." – Louis Pasteur
  • "God does not ask your ability or your inability. He asks only your availability." – Mary Kay Ashe
  • "The human race is divided into two classes—those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way?'" – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • "The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands." – Robert M. Pirsig
  • "To fly we have to have resistance." – Maya Lin, architect
  • "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." – Orison Swett Marden
  • "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." – Napoleon Hill
  • "The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none." – Thomas Carlyle
  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." – W. Somerset Maugham
  • "Evaluation of the past is the first step toward vision for the future." – Chris Widener

Make This An Adventure
By Charles F. Kemp (in The Disciple)

A young man was faced with a difficult job. He was anxious and concerned. 

An older friend, who was both wiser and more experienced, gave him this advice, complete in four words: "Make this an adventure."

It changed his whole perspective. What had been a problem was now a challenge. What had been a source of anxiety now became a source of excitement. 

He said he applied this bit of advice through the years to many different situations. It almost always gave them new meaning. 

The Donkey
-- Author Unknown

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

NOW... Here's the Epilog...

The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

And... here's the Moral to the story...

When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.

The Chinese Farmer
-- Author Unknown

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer's neighbours sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?'

Then, when the farmer's son was attempted to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'

Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg they let him off. Now was that good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

-- Author Unknown

Robert the Bruce became king of Scotland in 1306, when Scotland was at war with England—and not doing too well.

Legend tells how Robert took refuge in a cave to hide from the armies of England. While lying on a bed half dozing, he saw a spider trying to attach its web to a ceiling beam. 

Time after time, it tried and failed. However, on the seventh try, the spider succeeded. Inspired by this display of spider power, Robert went on to engage the English in a series of battles. They climaxed in the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn, at which Scotland won its independence. (Glad Tidings of Good Things)

Thought: Maybe like Robert the Bruce, you're in a cave of defeat. If so, then remember: "Let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).

Did you Know ?

  • The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  • The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
  • Every drop of blood in your body is filtered by your body over 300 times a day.
  • Babies are born with pink lungs but they darken in color as we breathe in polluted air.
  • Your right lung is bigger than left lung! The left lung is small so as to adjust heart in that part ! .
  • Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
  • You burn more calorie while sleeping than watching TV.
  • Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attack is greatest. Yet another reason to loathe Mondays! A ten year study in Scotland found that 20% more people die of heart attacks on Mondays than any other day of the week. Researchers theorize that it’s a combination of too much fun over the weekend with the stress of going back to work that causes the increase.
  • Humans can make do longer without food than sleep. While you might feel better prepared to stay up all night partying than to give up eating, that feeling will be relatively short lived. 
  • Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors. Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing.

Just for Laughs


A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages. 

'Momma, look what I found,' the boy called out.

'What have you got there, dear?' his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: 'I think it's Adam's suit!'


Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together during church services. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had enough. 

'You're not supposed to talk out loud in church.'

'Why? Who's going to stop me?' Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, 'See those two men standing by the door? 

They're hushers.'