Food For Thought For Monday, October 31st, 2011


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church … a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.   I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react.  And so it is with you … we are in charge of our attitudes.

Charles Swindoll


Food For Thought For Friday, October 28th, 2011


Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up – you’d better be running!

– Unknown


Food For Thought For Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

A lesson from a Mad Hatter

One of the first steps to accomplishing great things in your life is to cease dwelling on the negative things in your past. Carefully assess your present strengths, successes, and achievements. Dwell on those positive events in your life, and quit limiting your potential by constantly thinking about what you have done poorly. Alice and the Mad Hatter in Wonderland had a conversation that illustrates this concept:

Alice: Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.

Mad Hatter: We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?

Alice: Well, grown-ups tell us to find out what we did wrong, and never do it again

Mad Hatter: That’s odd! It seems to me that in order to find out about something, you have to study it. And when you study it, you should become better at it. Why should you want to become better at something and then never do it again? But please continue.

Alice: Nobody ever tells us to study the right things we do. We’re only supposed to learn from the wrong things. But we are permitted to study the right things other people do. And sometimes we’re even told to copy them.

Mad Hatter: That’s cheating!

Alice: You’re quite right, Mr. Hatter. I do live in a topsy-turvy world. It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn from what not to do. And then, by not doing what I’m not supposed to do, perhaps I’ll be right. But I’d rather be right the first time, wouldn’t you?


Food For Thought For Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


In a study done at Harvard University more than 40 years ago, researchers polled the graduating class of 1953 to find out how many students actually had clearly written specific goals and a plan for achieving them.  This being a class of highly intelligent people at one of the world’s most renowned universities, you’d expect the answer to be most of them, right?

Not even close.  In fact, only 3 percent of the class had taken the time to write down their goals.
 Now here comes the really interesting part.  Some 20 years later, researchers polled this same group of graduates to see how they had fared in life.  It turned out that the 3 percent who had written down their goals had accumulated more wealth than the other 97 percent of their class combined!  Researchers reported that these people also seemed healthier and happier than their classmates.

I was in college when I first heard about this study, and I wondered if achieving your goals could really be that easy.  "Put in writing what you want and focus on it daily"?  Well, it may not be easy, but over the years I definitely have seen it work.

David Bach
 Smart Women Finish Rich


Food For Thought For Tuesday, October 25th, 2011




Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round
Or listened to rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?” do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow,”
And in your haste not seen his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die,
’Cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life is not a race, so take it slower,
Hear the music before your song is over.