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Vintage Dilbert February 25, 2005

Vintage Dilbert
February 25, 2005

Outside my window a new day I see

And only I can determine what kind of day it will be.

It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay

Or boring and cold, unhappy and gray.

My own state of mind is the determining key

For I am only the person I let myself be.

I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help

Or be selfish and think just of myself.

I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun

Or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.

I can be patient with those who may not understand

Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.

But I have faith in myself and believe what I say

And I personally intend to make the best of each day.

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Vintage Dilbert
July 10, 2000

Teachers strive to care equally about each of the students they teach. For most of us however, some students just stand out and profoundly influenced our lives.

Years ago, I had a young Hispanic boy in my first year chemistry class who I will never forget. Our experiences together impressed upon me the tremendous influence that just a few minutes of attention and affirmation can have on a young life.

Juan came from a very poor, single parent home. Hardship had made Juan’s mother disinterested in his education and in his life in general. All of her time had to be  devoted to a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Throughout the year, I noticed that Juan had an unusual ability to solve equations and to correlate abstract relationships between concepts. Juan picked up new ideas as fast as any student I’ve ever had; maybe faster.

I was shocked when he approached me after school one day to tell me that he liked chemistry, but did not think he was smart enough to attend college. He did not feel that his mother would be interested in helping him with school. What should he do with his life?

I explained to Juan that he was one of my very best students. His face lit up with excitement and he looked at me incredulously. I proceeded to explain to him that he could apply for scholarships, loans and federal grants to pay for college.

I told him I would be glad  to help him find a way to get his degree as it would be a shame to waste such a brilliant mind.

Finally, I told Juan that I would be teaching advanced placement chemistry next year and I was really hoping that he would take the class.

Juan looked as though he would need to re-think his entire life. He told me that he would consider what I had said.

The next morning, I went out for my daily jog around the block. I was startled when Juan appeared from nowhere on my front lawn.

“Hi, Mr. Johnson,” Juan said cheerfully. “I have been thinking about what you told me yesterday and I am going to take your advanced placement class. Did you know that I live just across the street?”

I hadn’t known that Juan was my neighbor. I invited him to jog with me and from then on, Juan would join me before school several mornings each week for a half-hour jog. What I noticed more than anything about Juan was that he was searching for affirmation; that his life had value.

We got to know each other quite well. We were both Dallas Cowboys fans, we both liked the outdoors and we both liked math and science. He was no longer just a student; he was a young life I was given the opportunity to help mold.

Soon, Juan was joining my family for evening games of Monopoly, or Hearts. When I took my own two children fishing, we invited him along and he caught his first fish.

Juan was my best student that year in advanced placement chemistry. His skills and abilities continued to grow and he never tired of mind-bending calculations or homework.

His confidence increased and he literally blossomed before my eyes. Other students wanted to be Juan’s lab partner and he developed into a popular outgoing young man.

As the end of the year approached, Juan stayed after school one day to thank me for my interest in his life. I was profoundly moved when he told me that I had changed his life. He told me that I, more than anyone else, had given his life-value, purpose and direction. [I cried. ]

He got a 5 on the advanced placement chemistry exam and he was awarded enough scholarship assistance that he was able to attend the local university.

I was very proud of him and not surprised when he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

We stayed in touch over the years and eventually, Juan moved into the top management level of an international corporation.

I have often wondered how both of our lives would have been different had our paths not crossed. I maybe would have never learned the true value of a teacher. I have applied it many times since.

When I thought of leaving the teaching profession for a career in medicine several years later, I had a choice to make. I knew I could make a good living in medicine; but would it pay the dividends that teaching did? Juan stood out in my mind.

How important had my encouragement and affirmation really been to him and to the path he would follow?

The life of a teacher is often a life of poverty in the material sense. However, teachers have the unique opportunity to inspire their students to reach for the stars.

What could be a more worthwhile pursuit? Who could have known the importance of such a small investment in the life of a young man?

I was so thankful that I took the time to encourage Juan to reach; to be all that he could be.

My experiences with Juan [and many others since] contributed to my decision to remain in the classroom. My love for my students and for the subject I teach has continued to grow over the years.

I consider myself most fortunate to be a teacher and to have been a part of so many young lives; to encourage their hopes and their dreams.

I may not drive the nicest car on the block and I may not live in the nicest house, but I consider myself very rich in the things that count the most. I get to have a small part in the dreams of the next generation.

A Few Minutes of Kindness By Steve Johnson
[2009 Nevada State Teacher of the Year]
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales
http://www.chickensoup.com/ Changing Lives One Story At A Time
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Vintage Dilbert
April 4, 1999

If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be SMART:

S   “Specific” For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”

M   Must be “Measurable”.  If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

A   Must be “Achievable”.  Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

R   “Realistic”  A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.

T  “Time-bound”  There should be a starting date and a finishing date.

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Vintage Dilbert
April 5, 2003

We all know the story of the greedy king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and the more he had the more he wanted. He stored all the gold in his vaults and used to spend time every day counting it.

One day while he was counting a stranger came from nowhere and said he would grant him a wish. The king was delighted and said, “I would like everything I touch to turn to gold.” The stranger asked the king, Are you sure?” The king replied, “Yes.” So the stranger said, “Starting tomorrow morning with the sun rays you will get the golden touch.” The king thought he must be dreaming, this couldn’t be true. But the next day when he woke up, he touched the bed, his clothes, and everything turned to gold. He looked out of the window and saw his daughter playing in the garden. He decided to give her a surprise and thought she would be happy. But before he went to the garden he decided to read a book. The moment he touched it, it turned into gold and he couldn’t read it. Then he sat to have breakfast and the moment he touched the fruit and the glass of water, they turned to gold. He was getting hungry and he said to himself, “I can’t eat and drink gold.” Just about that time his daughter came running and he hugged her and she turned into a gold statue. There were no more smiles left.

The king bowed his head and started crying. The stranger who gave the wish came again and asked the king if he was happy with his golden touch. The king said he was the most miserable man. The stranger asked, “What would you rather have, your food and loving daughter or lumps of gold and her golden statue?” The king cried and asked for forgiveness. He said, “I will give up all my gold. Please give me my daughter back because without her I have lost everything wo rth having.” The stranger said to the king, “You have become wiser than before” and he reversed the spell. He got his daughter back in his arms and the king learned a lesson that he never forget for the rest of his life.

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Vintage Dilbert
March 23, 2013

All You will leave behind for the world to remember is Your Legacy.

So ask yourself…

Will you have earned the respect of your peers and the admiration of your critics?

Will you have acted humbly at the peak of success and graceful in the face of defeat?

Will you have kept your childlike wonder and reveled in the beauty of the world and the small miracles that each day brought?

Will you be remembered for how often you laughed and brought smiles to the hearts of others?

Will small children and the elderly have been overjoyed to be around you?

Will others have trusted you with their inner most secrets?

Will you have forgiven and offered heartfelt apology?

Will you have looked for the very best, and done your utmost to build worth, in others?

Will you have fed a hungry child or clothed a naked man or given hope to a stranger in dire need?

Will you have left this world a better place by the life you have lived?

Ask yourself… what Legacy will You Leave?

 

-- By Rick Beneteau
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Vintage Dilbert
March 12, 2012

Our generation had to take a civics test in 8th grade.  Can you pass the test?  Click on the Link below to take the test…

Enjoy, and Good Luck!!!   Kenny T   🙂    Comment and share your scores!!!!   I made a 24….

Citizenship Test Link – (double click here)

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Vintage Dilbert
March 4, 1994

I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS.

I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

The lady took out the required information and handed it to me.

In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if she had a weapon in her possession at this time.

She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box.

Something—body language, or the way she said it—made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more
time if that was all.

She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a thing!”

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