An angel appears at a meeting of religious
leaders and tells their leader that in return for his unselfish and
exemplary behaviour, God will reward him with his choice of infinite
wealth, wisdom, or beauty.
Without hesitating, the leader selects
'Done!' says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of
smoke and a bolt of lightning.
Now, all heads turn toward the
leader, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light.
One of the
others whispers, 'Say something.'
The leader sighs and says, 'I
should have taken the money.'
Get Rich Now
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put
it back in your pocket.
To do is to be - Descartes To be is to do -
Voltaire Do be do be do - Frank Sinatra
A Story Written by a Wise Man
A story for people of all
religions and, indeed, none.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamt
he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed
scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints
on the sand: one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When
the last scene had flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints
and he noticed only one set.
He also noticed that this happened
during the lowest and saddest times of his life. This bothered him and
he questioned the Lord. 'Lord, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you would walk all the way with me, but I noticed that during the
most troublesome times of my life there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you deserted me.'
The Lord replied, 'My precious child, I love you and would never
leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only
one set of footprints, those were the times when I carried you in my
A flock of wild geese had settled to rest on a pond. One of the flock
had been captured by a gardener, who had clipped its wings before
releasing it. When the geese started to resume their flight, this one
tried frantically, but vainly, to lift itself into the air. The others,
observing his struggles, flew about in obvious efforts to encourage him;
but it was no use.
Thereupon, the entire flock settled back on the
pond and waited, even though the urge to go on was strong within them.
For several days they waited until the damaged feathers had grown
sufficiently to permit the goose to fly.
Meanwhile, the unethical
gardener, having been converted by the ethical geese, gladly watched
them as they finally rose together and all resumed their long flight.
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out.
Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the
well was dry anyway, so it just wasn't worth it to try and retrieve the
donkey. So the farmer asked his neighbours to come over and help him cover
up the well. They all grabbed shovels and began to shovel dirt into the
At first, when the donkey realized what was happening he cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down and let out some happy brays.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was
happening and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that
hit his back, the donkey was shaking it off and taking a step up.
As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal,
he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to everyone's
amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
Will and Guy consider that the moral of this tale is: Life is going to
shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off
and take a step up. Through applying wisdom every adversity can be
turned into a stepping stone. The way to get out of the deepest well
is by never giving up but by shaking yourself off and taking a step up.
What happens to you isn't nearly as important as how you react to it.
Funny Words of Wisdom
The early worm gets eaten!
To cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having
lots to do and not doing it. Mary Wilson Little
Here are an international collection of laws which have never been
repealed, and thus are probably still in force. Our favourite
is: 'Royal Navy ships that enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of
rum to the Constable of the Tower of London'. Will has applied for the
post of Constable of the Tower, just so that he can ensure this perk
Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned in Britain.
In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear
In Germany it is illegal to wear a mask.
In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk. In
Alaska it's illegal to get as drunk as a fish - you cannot win them all.