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The year is going so fast that I simply cannot imagine what tomorrow may bring.  I pray that your year is going well.  May God's blessing be on you and yours!
Cindy

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Thoughts from my mailbox...
 
 
 

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck.  
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and so miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. 
 'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. 
'For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace  the house.'
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very  interesting and rewarding.  
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my crackpot friends and family, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

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The Charles Schulz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.  Don't actually answer the questions.   Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners. 

How did you do?
The point is , none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.  These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.  But the applause dies..   Awards tarnish.  Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. 

Easier?
The lesson:  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials.. the most money...or the most awards.They simply are the ones who care the most. 

Pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life, like I did.
'Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia !' 
''Be Yourself.    Be A Clown!"

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