If I Had My Life to Live Over

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

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The Fox Hunter

There is a story about an old fox hunter. He had been extremely successful, but he finally decided to retire and go south for the winters.

Before he left for his first winter in a warmer climate, an energetic young man came to him and asked how to become as successful as the old

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Empty Your Cup

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!”

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Our wedding was on October 14, 1966. But our marriage began three weeks later. We were dressed up and on our way to the swankiest restaurant in town. We had saved all week for the big splurge.

One problem–my bride was wearing the most horrible perfume ever manufactured. Smelled like a mixture of mustard

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Broken Dreams

As children bring their broken toys With tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God Because He was my friend.

But then instead of leaving Him In peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help With ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back

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The Beggar & the Bread

A beggar came and sat before me. “I want bread,” he said.

“How wise you are,” I assured him. “Bread is what you need. And you have come to the right bakery.” So I pulled my cookbook down from my shelf and began to tell him all I knew about bread.

I spoke of

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Be Careful

Be careful of your thoughts for your thoughts become your word. Be careful of your words for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character for your character becomes your

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“Bake sale” said the sign over the door. Joe’s mouth watered.

He could imagine all the treats inside. He opened the door and walked in.

Joe couldn’t believe his eyes. As far as he could see in the building there were rows of tables with signs over each table to describe its specialty. Cakes,

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The Bum and the Brown Bag

On a dark winter’s night as the chill wind blew on a park bench an old man there lay

Tattered and torn, tired withered and worn he’d not eaten for more than a day

Heartache and fears and much sadness and tears was his life – fate had dealt a poor hand

He thought

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About Attachment

Two Zen monks, an older monk and a young student monk had been sent to town for provisions, and here now journeying back to their ashram. Presently they came to the banks of a fast-flowing river, here they found a young woman huddled on the bank, unable to cross the current by herself. Immediately

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