TRAVEL TIP

“Don’t carry a grudge.

While you’re carrying the grudge the other guy’s out dancing.”

Buddy Hackett, comedian

 

Permit me to quote my 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Schiff, who one afternoon made this promise to our class.

“You will be tricked, trapped, and bamboozled.”

Forty-six years after graduating from high school, I’ll be the first to tell you Mrs. Schiff was right.

I did get tricked.

I did get trapped.

I did get bamboozled.

Not just once but a whole bunch of times.

Life is not fair. Read the paper, watch television, or listen to the radio news – it’s no secret that we humans are pretty good at doing some terrible things to each other. You might as well paint a target on the seat of your pants because people are going to kick you in the pants. Mrs. Schiff told us the truth, but I’m only going to give her a grade of B- because she didn’t tell the whole truth.

Forgiveness is necessary every time you get tricked, trapped, and bamboozled. That’s the part she left out. Maybe she didn’t tell us that part because the lesson had to be learned at the famous “School of Hard Knocks.”

I have been hurt and needed to forgive people.

I have also been the one who did the hurting and needed to be forgiven.

Reminding myself of the “Need to Be” has made the “Need To” easier.

Forgiveness in no way justifies the cruel things people do to each other. You may never get the answer to, “Why me?” or “Why this?”

You will, however, always have the answer to, “What now?”

Hate or heal.

During the early stages of World War II, the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands. At a place called The Bataan Peninsula, they took 76,000 Philippine and American prisoners. During what became known as, “The Bataan Death March” the Japanese tortured these men in unspeakable ways. Over a third of them never survived the ordeal.

I know of two who did. A friend told me that his father had been one of the soldiers who had endured this living Hell. Although he lived to be 65, a day never passed that he didn’t vocalize his hate for the Japanese. Until his last breath, bitterness ruled his day.

On the other hand, I read in the newspaper about another man who lived through that same Hell. In what had to be the ultimate act of forgiveness, he was now the proud owner of a Toyota dealership – selling cars made by the Japanese.

Now here’s a travel tip for your lie’s journey. The luggage labeled hate, resentment, and anger is too heavy to carry. Do whatever it takes, be it help from a social worker or group – leave it behind. Take along the suitcase marked FORGIVENESS and you stand a much better chance of enjoying the trip.

 

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will forgive you.”

 Matthew 6:14

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  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

“Make no little plans; They have no magic to stir men’s blood…

Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”

Daniel H. Burnham, architect

 

I heard a story about a lawyer who was cross-examining a little old lady in a robbery case. He tried to take advantage of the fact her eyesight was probably not the greatest.

“Would you please tell the court your age,” he asked her.

“I’m eighty two years old,” the little old lady replied.

“Have you ever worn glasses,”  the lawyer continued.

“I carry a pair in my purse, but I hardly ever need them,” she replied.

“Is that right?” the lawyer said. “How far away from the scene of the crime were you standing?”

“I was down the street maybe sixty or seventy yards,” she told him.

The lawyer said, “Are you sure you can see things clearly that far away?”

“Absolutely,” she said. “We’re 240,000 miles from the moon, and on a clear night I can see it just fine.”

How far can you see?

I’m not talking about your eyesight. I’m talking about your vision. There is a difference. Think about it.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

A common question for most job interviews is, “What do you want to be doing five years from now?”

Do you know?

Once upon a time a teacher was giving his class a lesson on the circulation of blood. He said to his students, “Is it true that if I stood on my head all the blood would rush to it and I would turn red in the face?”

Everyone in the class enthusiastically answered, “Yes!” the teacher continued, “When I’m standing upright in an ordinary position why doesn’t the blood rush to my feet?”

After a long silence, a student offered this explanation.

“Because your feet ain’t empty.”

That’s the way it is for most folks when it comes to setting goals and planning for the future. Their heads are empty.

Someone recently pointed out to me that the greatest wealth in the world is not located in oil fields or bank vaults. It’s located in cemeteries because so many people die without using their gifts. God has a lot to do. I’m sure he would appreciate a little help.

Emerson wrote, “…To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Do you want to find yourself sitting in a rocking chair near the end of your life saying, “I wished I would have…or I’m glad I did…”

 

What Are You Waiting for?

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

“Make no little plans; They have no magic to stir men’s blood…

Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”

Daniel H. Burnham, architect

I heard a story about a lawyer who was cross-examining a little old lady in a robbery case. He tried to take advantage of the fact her eyesight was probably not the greatest.

“Would you please tell the court your age,” he asked her.

“I’m eighty two years old,” the little old lady replied.

“Have you ever worn glasses,”  the lawyer continued.

“I carry a pair in my purse, but I hardly ever need them,” she replied.

“Is that right?” the lawyer said. “How far away from the scene of the crime were you standing?”

“I was down the street maybe sixty or seventy yards,” she told him.

The lawyer said, “Are you sure you can see things clearly that far away?”

“Absolutely,” she said. “We’re 240,000 miles from the moon, and on a clear night I can see it just fine.”

How far can you see?

I’m not talking about your eyesight. I’m talking about your vision. There is a difference. Think about it.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

A common question for most job interviews is, “What do you want to be doing five years from now?”

Do you know?

Once upon a time a teacher was giving his class a lesson on the circulation of blood. He said to his students, “Is it true that if I stood on my head all the blood would rush to it and I would turn red in the face?”

Everyone in the class enthusiastically answered, “Yes!” the teacher continued, “When I’m standing upright in an ordinary position why doesn’t the blood rush to my feet?”

After a long silence, a student offered this explanation.

“Because your feet ain’t empty.”

That’s the way it is for most folks when it comes to setting goals and planning for the future. Their heads are empty.

Someone recently pointed out to me that the greatest wealth in the world is not located in oil fields or bank vaults. It’s located in cemeteries because so many people die without using their gifts. God has a lot to do. I’m sure he would appreciate a little help.

Emerson wrote, “…To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Do you want to find yourself sitting in a rocking chair near the end of your life saying, “I wished I would have…or I’m glad I did…”

 

What Are You Waiting for? 

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  WOODY WAS RIGHT

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”

Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer

I’m from Columbus, Ohio. It’s a town that seems to eat, breath, and sleep Ohio State Buckeye Football. Woody Hayes was head coach for the team from 1951 to 1978. He died in 1987. Other people have assumed leadership of the team, but for many fans, Woody is still the man in charge.

In a 28 year career at Ohio State, Woody created a long list of accomplishments. He won five national titles, 13 Big Ten championships and led the Buckeyes to 11 bowl games. Under his command, the team played in the Rose Bowl eight times. Four of his teams went undefeated and another five lost only once. He was twice honored, “Coach of the Year.”

Woody also rolled up a big score when it came to counting fans. For 21 out of the 28 years he was in charge, the school lead the nation in-game attendance. For the other seven, they ran a close second. He had a passion for military history and when he wasn’t coaching players on the field, he was helping them in the classroom. The graduation rate of his athletes was as important to him as winning a game.

His personal creed was also the title of a book he wrote, You Win With People.

His talent on the playing field made him famous. His love for people made him a legend. Bringing with him as many players as possible, he spent countless hours visiting children in the hospital and helping the handicapped. He made several trips to Vietnam. When he found a soldier from Ohio, he would connect with their family upon his return home. Business people and politicians sought his endorsement. They still do. The Ohio State University Trademark and Licensing Service is frequently asked for permission to use his image or name on products such as T-shirts, ball caps, mugs, plates, puzzles, and pictures.

Woody was right. You win with people. Just ask Matt Berlin. He was in a bowling alley and on his way to rolling a perfect game. As he prepared to roll the 12th and final ball required to accomplish his goal, there was a power failure. The alley went black. Fifty minutes later the lights were still out. Matt recruited a half-dozen of his friends, provided them with flashlights and carefully positioned them along the alley. The ball left his hand, the lights swung and the pins toppled. A perfect game.

James Thurber wrote, “There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.”

Which one are you?

You win with people – if we take turns holding the light for each other than we all win.

 

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