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“Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.” (John 4:4-6, NIV)

Samaritan Woman

Everyone in town knew her. She had grown up right before their eyes. Five husbands had come and gone. Now she was alone, minding her own business. But one day, as she was drawing water from the well, she met another man. He was different from the rest. He looked worn – as if from a long journey. But he seemed friendly. There was no official introduction. He simply asked her for a drink.

“Why are you asking me for a drink?” she said, surprised he would even bother to talk to her. After all, he…

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The Shepherd's Presence

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples that ye show love one to another.” John 3:35

My neighbor, Patrick, owns five dogs of various sizes and breeds. He is also a very good dog owner. Each morning and evening he walks all five dogs at the same time. Somehow the leashes never tangle. He lives just two houses down from me so I see him often. His dogs were the only dogs I let my dog associate with because I knew his dogs did not have fleas!

Last week one early evening I met Patrick and his dogs as I was walking back from my daughter’s house. We were about a half block away when they saw me. They started greeting me and hurried him along! I stepped up my pace to rescue Patrick. As soon as I became close enough to reach out a loving…

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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 29, 1990

This post may take multiple cups of Coffee….

When you have a little spare time to think, review these interesting and thought provoking questions! Then if you still have a little more spare time, share  your thoughts, answers, and questions!

  1. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  2. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  3. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  4. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  5. Does love equal sex?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  10. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  11. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  12. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  13. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  14. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  15. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  16. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  17. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
  18. If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?
  19. When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
  20. What do you regret most so far in life?
  21. If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked you “Why should I let you in?”, what would you say?
  22. What small thing could you do to make someone’s day better?
  23. What impact do you want to leave on the world?
  24. When was the last time you tried something new?
  25. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
  26. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
  27. What is the difference between living and existing?
  28. If not now, then when?
  29. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  30. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
  31. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
  32. Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong?
  33. What lifts your spirits when life gets you down?
  34. Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do?
  35. Why do we think of others the most when they’re gone?
  36. Is it more important to love or be loved?
  37. If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?
  38. Can there be happiness without sadness?
  39. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?
  40. Is there such a thing as perfect?
  41. What does it mean to be human?
  42. Are you happy with yourself?
  43. Can you think of a time when impossible became possible?
  44. How do you spend the majority of your free time?
  45. How have you helped someone else recently?
  46. What did you learn recently that changed the way you live?
  47. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
  48. What will you never do?
  49. In your lifetime, what have you done that hurt someone else?
  50. When was the last time you were nice to someone and did NOT expect anything in return for it?
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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 29, 1991

 

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

 

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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 28, 1991

Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

Isaac Newton never did well in school.

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything.”…

If you are failing, keep on going. The current obstacles are the foundation of your future success.

 

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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 26, 2013

A small town chamber of commerce invited a speaker to address its annual dinner. The community’s economy was bad, people were discouraged, and they wanted this motivational speaker to give them a boost.

During her presentation, the speaker took a large piece of white paper and made a small black dot at the center with a marking pen. Then she held the paper up before the group and asked them what they saw.

One person quickly replied, “I see a black dot.”

“Okay, what else do you see?”

Others joined in agreement: “A black dot.”

“Don’t you see anything besides the dot?” – she asked.

A resounding “No” came from the audience.

“What about the sheet of paper?” – asked the speaker. “I am sure you have all seen it”, she said, “But you have chosen to overlook it.”

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 27, 2001

A successful businessman traveled to India to spend a month working in one of Mother Teresa’s shelters. He longed to meet the tiny nun, but Mother Teresa was traveling, and it wasn’t until the day before his departure that he received an audience. When he was finally in her presence, much to his surprise, he burst into tears. All the times when he’d been self-centered, busy or focused on his own gain flashed before his eyes, and he felt an enormous sadness that he had missed so many opportunities in his life to give of himself and his resources. Without a word, Mother Teresa walked over to where he was seated, put her hands on his shoulders and looked deeply into his eyes. “Don’t you know,” she said, “that God knows you are doing the best that you can.”

Excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul At Work

© 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maida Rogerson, 
Martin Rutte, Tim Clauss

From the Introduction
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