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Inspirational writings and humor I have collected 
for when you need a lift


The most aggravating thing about the younger
generation is that I no longer belong to it.

                   Albert Einstein


Cool Women
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up for injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better
They go without new shoes so their children can have them.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when
they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes.  They'll drive, fly,
walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!
Women do more than just give birth. They bring joy and
hope. They give compassion and ideals.  They give moral support to their
family and friends. Women have a lot to say and a lot to give.
This has been sent to you from someone who respects you as a
woman......pass it along to your women friends to remind them how amazing they are.


: . . . a young girl will feel the pride of being someone special as she
:            carefully puts on her uniform for the very first time
: . . . a girl can move to a new town and have  "instant friendships" with
: girls she might never have met
: . . .      parents will experience that special pride when they listen to
: their daughter say the Girl Scout Promise for the first time
: . . . bright eyes will become a little brighter with excitement as the
: kindling finally catches on the first campfire
: . . .nervous giggles will emit from tents as girls try to fall
asleep their first night of camp
: . . . the community and the world will be richer because a girl has
learned the importance of caring for her environment, and the warm feeling that
: comes from giving service to someone less fortunate than herself
: . . . a parent will find a gold trefoil carefully tucked away in a drawer
as their daughter packs to leave home for her first adventures as a young
: . . . a young women will contact Girl Scouts one day and say "I had so
much fun when I was a Girl Scout, I'd like to try being a leader"
I printed this poem out on pretty parchment paper the size of a post card and wrapped it scroll like around a "Thank You" pen from council and tied
each with a pretty satin ribbon.  I gave one to EACH of my parents as a
Thank You for allowing their girls to be in the troop.  After all it is
"because they said yes" and supported their daughters in growing strong
that we get to lead them at all.

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell
into a deep pit.  All the other frogs gathered around the pit.  When they
saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit
with all of their might.  The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they
were as good as dead.  Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the
other frogs were saying and gave up.  He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the
crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.  He jumped even
harder and finally made it out.  When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you
not hear us?"  The frog explained to them that he was deaf.  He thought they
were encouraging him the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1.  There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word
to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the

2.  A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to
kill them.  Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your

The power of is sometimes hard to understand that an
encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend
to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.

 Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.
Be Special to others.


: by Laura Hollenzer
: Perhaps when she came home today
: you asked, "What did you do at Girl Scouts?"
: When she replied, "Nothing but play",
: you were filled with doubts!
: The weeks went by, you asked again,
: still she had no craft to show.
: Then you began to wonder,
: why didn't they glue or sew?
: For after all, it's dues each week,
: and driving here and there.
: The uniform, permission slips,
: and cookie sale to share!
: Ah... but she brought home much better things,
: that no glue or craft could make.
: If only to lend a helping hand,
: when needed for someone's sake.
: You see, although we think of Girl Scouting now,
: it really isn't "today"!
: It's the Girl Scouting for tomorrow,
: and to help them explore a new way.
: It's the caring, sharing, learning, growing,
: the Golden Rule is our thumb.
: For she'll be the one with the helping hand,
: in the future years to come.
: So, when she comes home the next time please,
: you can rest with a brand new start.
: For the craft that she brought home today,
: is molded in her heart.

Why Am I a Girl Scout Leader?
: I'm not a Girl Scout Leader for the easy hours,
: high pay, parents' gratitude,  power or prestige.
: I'm a Leader because I want the world
: for your Daughter and mine.
: A world she can share and help shape:
: A world of love and laughter
: where she can show
: compassion.
: I want to help her learn to finish anything she starts
: and do it well and to guide her to know
: her worth with deeper understanding of herself.
: I want to help shape women who have strength of character
: and are sensitive to the needs of others.
: I want them to be the best they can be-
: whether as career women
: or as homemakers, wives and mothers
: who are the hearts of the family.
: In giving of my time and myself I reap rewards
: far beyond what I give.
: I receive a better world for my children
: and future generations.
: I'm a Girl Scout Leader because I care!
: ~Author Unknown

  "True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known
  until it be lost."
    - Charles Caleb Colton

  "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks

  "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I
 may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend."
   - Albert Camus.
 "Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life."

  "Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
   - Mencius

 "If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with
  them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them"

  "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best
  friends listen to what you don't say."

  "Hold a true friend with both your hands."
  -Nigerian Proverb

 "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it
 back to you when you have forgotten the words."

         Let me be a little kinder,
         Let me be a little blinder
         To the faults of those about me.
         Let me praise a little more.
         Let me be, when I am weary,
         Just a little bit more cheery;
         Let me serve a little better
         Those whom I am working for.
         Let me be a little braver
         When temptation makes me waver;
         Let me strive a little harder
         To be all that I should be.
         Let me be a little meeker
         With the person who is weaker;
         Let me think more of my neighbor
         And a little less of me.
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                         On Today
              Learn from the
              Live in the
              Plan for the
    Cited in BITS & PIECES
    There are many fine things that you mean to do someday,
    under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. 
    But the only time that is surely yours is the present, so
    this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and
    sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a
    thoughtless friend, to sacrifice a little more for others.
    Today is the day to express your noblest qualities of mind
    and heart, to do at least one worthy thing that you have
    long postponed.  Today you can make your life significant
    and worthwhile.  The present is yours to do with as you
    Grenville Kleiser
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The Oyster
: There once was an oyster whose story I'll tell,
: Who found that some sand had got into her shell.
: Just one little grain - but it gave her a pain,
: (For oysters have feeling, for all they're so plain).
: Now did she berate the working of fate,
: That had brought her to such a deplorable state?
: Did she curse out the government?  Call for an election?
: Cry that "the sea should be given protection"?
: No! she said to herself as she lay on the shelf.
: "Since I cannot remove it I'll try to improve it."
: The years rolled by, as the years always do,
: And she came to her ultimate destiny - stew.
: And the small grain of sand that had bothered her so,
: Was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow.
: Now this tale has a moral; for isn't it grand,
: What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand?
: What couldn't we do, if we'd only begin,
: Improving the things that get under our skin?
: Author unknown.


The Old Girl Scout Leader
: The old Girl Scout leader had lived longer in the service unit than any
: of the others.  She was so old that her patch jacket was filled - even on
: the sleeves, her mess kit was dented, her sleeping bag was flat and she
: had a special room in her house just for her Girl Scout supplies.
: She was wise, for she had seen three generations of Girl Scouts roar
: through the schools and she had seen other leaders break their
: mainsprings, lose their buttons and miss too many service unit meetings.
: But Girl Scout magic is strange and wonderful, and the wise old leader
: wanted to share that magic with others!
: "What is a REAL Girl Scout leader?" asked the new Brownie leader one day.
:  "Does it mean being the best camper or selling the most cookies or
: planning the best craft project?  Does it mean wearing my uniform?  Does
: it mean marching in parades?"
: "A REAL Girl Scout leader is more than cookies, crafts, camping, uniforms
: and parades," said the wise old leader.  "Leadership is something that
: you work at every day.  It's relationships that you build with girls and
: their families.  But you feel like a REAL leader when you come to realize
: that the girls in your troop love you, not just for meetings and good
: times, but they REALLY love you.  And you come to love them, too.  Then
: you know in your heart the joy of Girl Scout leadership."
: "Does it hurt?  Will it take lots of time?"  asked the new leader.
: "Sometimes," said the wise old leader.  "Being a Girl Scout leader is a
: big commitment.  You listen to the girls and try things that may seem new
: and strange to you.  You attend training, fill out forms, meet deadlines,
: and challenge the weather for field trips, campouts and cookie sales.
: You help girls to learn how to make decisions and be responsible - and
: it's not always clear that you're going to succeed!"
: "Generally, by the time you feel like you're a REAL leader, your hairdo
: doesn't matter quite so much as comfortable shoes; your friends keep
: asking you how you can think about taking 17 girls to the city; and
: you've shed a proud tear over the first event the girls planned and
: carried out by themselves - never mind the spilled punch or the candle
: that fell out of the ceremony log and nearly started a fire.  These
: things don't matter because once you know you're a Girl Scout leader, you
: know you're making a difference in the world."

A Cracked Water Pot
:A water bearer in India had two large pots.  Each hung on either end
:of a pole which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a
:crack in it, while the other pot was perfect.  The perfect pot always
:delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the
:stream to the master's house, while the cracked pot arrived only half
:For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
:only one and a half pots full of water in his master's house.  Of
:course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to
:the end for which it was made.  But the poor cracked pot was
:ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to
:accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
:After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke
:to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself,
:and I want to apologize to you."  "Why?" asked the bearer. "What are
:you ashamed of?"  "I have been able, for these past two years, to
:deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water
:to leak out all the way back to your master's house.  Because of my
:flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value
:from your efforts," the pot said.
:The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
:compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you
:notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
:Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of
:the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path,
:and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt
:bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot
:apologized to the bearer for its failure.
:The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers
:only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side?
:That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took
:advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and
:every day while we walked back from the stream, you've watered
:For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
:decorate my master's table.  Without you being just the way you are,
:he would not have this beauty to grace his house."
:Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.  But if
:we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's
:table.  In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid
:of your flaws.  Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of
:     Author Unknown


 Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate.
 He is always in a good mood and always
 has something positive to say.

When someone would ask him how he was
doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I
would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day,
Michael was there telling the employee how to
look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious,
so one day I went up to Michael and asked him,
"I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time.

How do you do it?"

Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say
to myself, you have two choices today.

You can choose to be in a good mood or ...
you can choose to be in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood.

Each time something bad happens,
I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it.
I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining,
I can choose to accept their complaining or...
I can point out the positive side of life.
I choose the positive side of life.
Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Michael said. "Life is all about choices.
When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.

You choose how you react to situations.

You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.

The bottom line:
It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what Michael said.
Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business.
We lost touch, but I often thought about him
when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Michael was involved in a
serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care.
Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw Michael about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied,
"If I were any better, I'd be twins.
Wanna see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had
gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being
of my soon to be born daughter," Michael replied.
"Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices:
I could choose to live or ...I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Michael continued, "...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine.
But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw
the expressions on the faces of the doctors
and  nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes,
I read "he's a dead man. I knew I needed to take  action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,
said Michael. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.

"Yes, I replied."
The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.
I took a deep breath and yelled,"Gravity."

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live.
Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors,
but also because of his amazing attitude.
I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude is everything.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

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