Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2019-44 - Be a Believer...

The professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. 'I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have all worked to prepare for this test. I also know most of you are off to medical school or grad school next fall,' he said to them.

'I am well aware of how much pressure you are under to keep your GPAs up, and because I know you are all capable of understanding this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic 'B' to anyone who would prefer not to take the final.'

The relief was audible as a number of students jumped up to thank the professor and departed from class. The professor looked at the handful of students who remained, and offered again, 'Any other takers? This is your last opportunity.' One more student decided to go.

Seven students remained. The professor closed the door and took attendance. Then he handed out the final exam. There were two sentences typed on the paper:

'Congratulations, you have just received an 'A' in this class. Keep believing in yourself.'
~ Harvey Mackay

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

Wendy Wasserstein

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2019-42 - Sharing...

A husband and wife had been living together for 30 years. On the 30th anniversary of their marriage the wife, as usual, baked a bun – she baked it every morning, it was a tradition. During breakfast she cut it across, buttered both sides, and, as usual, gave the top to the husband, but her hand stopped halfway...

She thought, "On the day of our 30th anniversary I want to eat this rosy part of the bun; I was dreaming about this for 30 years. Finally, I was an exemplary wife for 30 years and I raised good sons for him. I put so much efforts and health for the well-being of our family."

So she made a decision and gave the bottom of the bun to her husband, but her hands trembled – breaking the 30-year-old tradition!

Her husband took the bun and said to her, "What a wonderful gift you have given me today, my dear! 30 years I did not eat my favorite, the bottom-part of the bun, because I thought that it rightfully belongs to you."

~ Author Unknown

Share from your heart, and you'll do just fine.

~ Cathy Burnham Martin

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

2019-41 - Perspective...

Once a group of professors of an esteemed university were given a mandate to conduct a survey in a very specific area of human nature. The professors met and took a few weeks to put together a questionnaire comprising of various questions that delved into the human nature.

Finally, when the questionnaire was prepared, they had to get an approval to proceed from the board of chancellors. Once the go-ahead was given, they put out an advertisement in the local newspaper asking for volunteers.

Among the volunteers selected were a pair of twins who were raised by their alcoholic father.

One grew up to be an alcoholic and when asked what happened, he said "I watched my father."

The other grew up and never drank in his life. When asked what happened, he said "I watched my father."

Two boys, same father, but two widely different perspectives.

~ Author Unknown

Your perspective in life will determine your destination.

~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019-40 - Kindness...

I just found out that there is a kid inn my daughter's school bus that keeps hitting her. I spent the whole evening coaching her on how to defend herself, and to get an adult to intervene.

Today she got home and I asked her how it went... I'm sad and yet also proud to say she didn't do what I told her.

She resolved the conflict her own way. She told the kid "I'll be your friend if you don't hit me."

That was the end of it. Six years of law enforcement, military training, crisis intervention, and two bachelors degrees and I never considered the kid might just need a friend, someone to show him kindness.

My daughter taught me a valuable lesson today.

~ Author Unknown

Love will find its way through all languages on its own.

~ Rumi