Working Very Hard

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I

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What I Have Learned (sometimes the hard way)

I’ve learned- that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned- that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned- that it takes years to build up trust, and

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My dad gave me one dollar bill ‘Cause I’m his smartest son, And I swapped it for two shiny quarters ‘Cause two is more then one!

And then I took the quarters And traded them to Lou For three dimes– I guess he didn’t know That three is more than two!

Just then, along

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My Greatest Friend

It used to amaze me what people really think about you, With all the time invested in them and other things you do. The listening, the caring, the encouragement you give them everyday; Those things are not always appreciated in any kind of way. The overtures of friendship offered, the ear you give to

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The Magic Pebbles

“Why do we have to learn all of this dumb stuff?”

Of all the complaints and questions I have heard from my students during my years in the classroom, this was the one most frequently uttered. I would answer it by recounting the following legend.

One night a group of nomads were preparing to

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Never too old…

As I grow older, occasionally some person even older than I will tell me I remind them of my mother.  On the other hand my sisters are convinced that I look exactly like our paternal aunt whose very name had a jolly sound.  For purposes of anonymity I will refer to her by another

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Lesson of the Goose

As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird behind it. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range than if each bird flew alone. Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and

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Learning the Hard Way

The son of a master thief asked his father to teach him the secrets of the trade. The old thief agreed and that night took his son to burglarize a large house. While the family was asleep, he silently led his young apprentice into a room that contained a clothes closet. The father told

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Information, Please

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother

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If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or

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