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Teamwork!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn't injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help.

"Warwick can get you out of that ditch," said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating, "Yep, old Warwick can do the job." The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins, he shouted,


"Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!"
And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch.

The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, "Why did you call out all of those names before you called Warwick?"

The farmer grinned and said, "Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he's part of a team, he doesn't mind pulling."

  


Setting Goals is Easy

Saturday, September 19, 2009

From a Spark People e-mail

The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca



The sweetness of reflecting on a dream

Setting goals is easy. The tough part is putting time and hard work into realizing those dreams. The energy you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams is directly related to the probability of achieving them. Above all, be patient with the situation and with yourself. Don't lose your way by being blinded by disappointment, frustrations, and failures. Ponder the goals in your life and the obstacles you might face. Make appropriate plans to overcome those roadblocks even before they occur. Think of the reward of reflecting on a goal you have reached, rather than one you failed to see through. Most big dreams involve big effort!

  


Another week in the books.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday has come and another week has gone. It was a week well lived and thus is full of good memories.

Returning from a cruise had the usual post-cruise problems but through a concentrated effort, I have returned to my pre-cruise weight in just four days. My record for cruising was in 1989 when we went to Florida for a softball tournament, followed by a week at the beach and then a week on a cruise and I came home 19 pounds heavier than I left, a mere 18 days earlier. I was lucky I had any clothes that fit! Admittedly, I had been super dieting prior to the cruise and was about four or five pounds below "playing weight" when we left and once I reduced the regimen of daily twelve ounce curls, the pounds did melt away (slowly) but twenty years has the effect of slowing down the ability to shed the pounds.

  
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Shining your light on a friend's shade

Thursday, September 17, 2009



From an old Spark People e-mail:

Shining your light on a friend's shade

You can't turn on a country music station without hearing a song about someone down on their luck. But what about those around you? Think about how much it means to you to receive a note in the mail from a caring friend when you're going through a hard time. Use those warm feelings to compel you to spread the love to others. We all need such encouragement and often we forget that it's okay not to be the pillar of strength when life has us by the tail. Throw your arms around someone today who might need a good squeeze, send a card to a co-worker who needs cheering up, or bake a special treat for your ill child. Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.

  


It's Not What You Are That Holds You Back...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


From Zig Ziglar's Daily Insight:

It's Not What You Are That Holds You Back...

A while back I spoke to a group in Houston and I showed them pictures of some very famous people.

They included Thomas Edison, Cher, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and my hero Winston Churchill.

Then I asked the audience what they all had in common.

Can you guess?

There were quite a few answers from the audience and they were all wrong. It was only after I pulled out $100 and offered it as a prize that a person in the back overcame his fear of being wrong and volunteered the correct answer....

....they were all dyslexic!

I pointed out that the role that made each of them famous also required a lot of reading. Do you know how hard it is for a dyslexic person to read?

But not a single one of those great people that I cited let dyslexia keep them from being all they were created to be.

That's why one of my most favorite quotes is, "It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you're not."

  
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