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REFLECTIONS





Welcome to the REFLECTIONS page.
A popourri of inspirational thoughts.

One Small Peach Tree


Several years ago I planted a small peach tree in our backyard. I watered and fertilized it until it grew to about half of its full height. Spring came, the tree blossomed, and small buds appeared. Then an unseasonable cold snap froze the buds and blossoms.

That evening I complained about the terrible weather and the loss of the anticipated peaches. Then our young son said, "Wow, Dad, aren't you glad we don't raise peaches for a living?"

Immediately I realized how warped my perspective had been. I felt foolish for denouncing the fate of my one small peach tree while ignoring the problems of the orchard growers in the next county.

At times each of us has looked at life through a microscope. Our vision is often limited by selfish concerns. We tend to ovrlook those in need and forget to be thankful for what we have.

Dennis E. Saylor


Pearls of Wisdom


Each word of yours can be like a pearl that you drop into the secret place of another's heart. In some hour of need, which may or may not ever be known by the giver, the recipient may find the trasure and realize for the first time its value.


What You Can't Buy


You can buy a man's time; you can buy his physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of his skilled muscular motions per hour.
But you cannot buy enthusiasm...you cannot buy loyalty...you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds or souls. You must earn these.

Clarence Francis


Honking or Helping


A driver was waiting in traffic at an intersection when the car stalled. While attempting to get it started, the person behind began honking on the horn every few seconds. Finally the driver of the stalled car got out and walked back to the car behind and said to the driver, "Mister, I'd like to make a deal with you. If you go to start my car, I'll stay here and honk your horn."

The truth of the matter is that it's easier to honk than help, to talk than to assist, to criticize than to work.


Little Pleasures


If we noticed little pleasures as we noticed little pains,
If we looked for people's virtues, and their faults refused to see,
What a comfortable , happy, cheerful place his world would be.


Maturity


Someone once gave this definition for maturity. We all can relate the four statements to ourselves.

1. Maturity is carrying out an assigned job without supervision.
2, Maturity is finishing a job once it is started.
3. Maturity is being able to carry money without spending it.
4. Maturity is being able to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.


A Tiny Little Grudge


I had a tiny little grudge, I held it close to me.
Until it grew a hundred fold and fed my misery.
It crowded out the part of me that charity contained.
And when at last I threw it off the scar of it remained.

I had a tiny little grudge, I threw it far from me.
And filled my mind with better thoughts, thoughts of love and charity.
After that, every day was sunny, and every day was bright.
I'd learned life's oldest lesson, two wrongs don't make a right.

Author Unknown


Take Time.


Take time to think; it is the source of power.
Take time to read; it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play; it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet; it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware; it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved; it is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly; it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream; it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth.

Author Unknown






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