APRIL 1999 - JULY 1999

July 30, 1999
" If you can show me a person who has made no mistakes,
I will show you a person who has achieved nothing."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kelly Paplaczyk
July 28, 1999
" Your hometown is not where you're from.
It's who you are."
--- Arnold Palmer --- Sent in by Chris Nannini --- New Hampshire
July 26, 1999
" We live as long as we are remembered."
--- Old Russian Proverb --- Sent in by The Matheneys --- Texas
July 23, 1999
" More good has been accomplished
By simple people seeking their own honest ends
Than by all the philanthropists of history."
--- Robert Brault --- Sent in by Joan Brault
July 21, 1999
" L.I.F.E.
Life Is Facing Everything
An Infinite Loop We'll Always Be In
Live Today For Your Tomorrow
Live Today Like There's No Tomorrow"
--- Kelvin Soh
July 19, 1999
" The tears of today may be just enough eye water to cleanse
And clear my vision for seeing a tremendously joyous tomorrow."
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky
July 16, 1999
" Talent is God-given, be humble.
Fame is man-given, be thankful.
Conceit is self-given, be careful."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Fonz --- Minnesota
July 14, 1999
" You never have to worry,
About remembering someone you will never forget."
--- John Bafford
July 12, 1999
" In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present."
--- Tao Te Ching --- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia

July 9, 1999
" Forgive yourself for the mistakes you have made.
Forgive others for hurting your heart.
For the things of the past,
you must part.

If you do not,
the present will suffer,
and the future will never start."
--- Stacy Hughes --- Texas
July 7, 1999
" Make others happy and joyful.
Your happiness will multiply a thousand fold."
--- Swami Sivananda --- Sent in by G.Thirunacarasu --- Malaysia
July 2, 1999
" The great thing about being yourself,
Is that if you always do it,
People expect it, and accept nothing less...
No matter how different you may be."
--- Michelle Cole
June 30, 1999
" Looking back you realize,
That a very special person passed briefly through your life;
And it was you.
It is not too late to find that person again."
--- Robert Brault --- Sent in by Joan Brault
June 28, 1999
" I may not be who I want to be
And I may not be who I am going to be
But thank God I am not who I was."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Jennifer Mason --- Massachusetts
June 25, 1999
" Live and create to the point of tears."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Karushka Naidu --- Sydney, NSW, Australia
June 23, 1999
" Don't let anyone think you don't deserve what you want."
--- From the movie '10 things I hate about you' --- Sent in by Lara Holmberg
June 21, 1999
" All men dream: But not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recess of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity: But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."
--- Thomas Lawrence --- Sent in by Rich Swanson --- New Zealand
June 18, 1999
" Make yourself a blessing to someone.
Your kind smile or pat on the back,
Just might pull someone back from the edge."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Alexis Adams --- Massachusetts
June 16, 1999
" Everyone has a talent and a mission
That could change the face of the world
If they were used in a positive and effective way."
--- Pierre Smith --- Haiti
June 14, 1999
" Life is entirely too short to listen to negativity,
Irrespective of how it is packaged.
If it comes in the form of an individual, don't 'Return to Sender'
But rather throw it precisely where it belongs ---
The trash can!"
--- Tanya L. Jett --- Kentucky
June 11, 1999
" In our labor we meet the objective needs and demands of others;
Our employer, the public,
People who are impacted by and through our work.
But in leisure we scratch the subjective itches within ourselves."
--- Charles R. Swindoll --- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia
June 9, 1999
" Life is a pretty precious and wonderful thing.
You can't just sit down and let it lap around you.
You have to plunge into it. You have to dive through it."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Michael Dayes --- Australia
June 7, 1999
" Kisses are words that cannot be written."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Chris Daleske --- South Carolina
June 4, 1999
" Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand,
The spines of others are stiffened."
--- Billy Graham --- Sent in by Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky
June 2, 1999
"What is the real good?"
I ask in a musing mood.

"Order," said the law court;
"Knowledge," said the school;
"Truth," said the wise man;
"Pleasure," said the fool;
"Love," said the maiden;
"Beauty," said the page;
"Freedom," said the dreamer;
"Home," said the sage;
"Fame," said the soldier;
"Equity," said the seer.
Spake my heart fully sad:
"The answer is not here."

Then within my bosom,
Softly this I heard:
"Each heart holds the secret:
'Kindness' is the word."
--- John Boyle O'Reilly --- Sent in by Michael Crawley --- New Hampshire
May 28, 1999
" If you search the world for happiness, you will find it in the end,
For the world is round and will lead you back to your door."
--- Robert Brault --- Sent in by Joan Brault
May 28, 1999
" Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."
--- Thoreau --- Sent in by Melissa Stroupe --- Virginia
May 26, 1999
There may be troubles
There may be challenges
There may be storms, too...

But, listen to yourself
Be free for you are free
Follow what your heart desires.

Seek yourself through me
I am your friend,
I am your reflection,
I am you.

I'll give you a home
A home free from wearies and heartaches
Remember I'll always be here for you

No matter what happens
No matter whoever you may be
No matter what will happen next...

Friends we'll always be.
--- Copyright 1999 Bien Ocampo
May 26, 1999
" Nothing happens until something happens, and then everything happens."
--- Dan Yovich --- Indiana
May 24, 1999

We take a little bit of faith
And we mold it with a lot of care
We use the cement of love
And plaster it with a lot of affection
We build some tall towers of commitment
And we connect them with hands of trust
We drop down some wires of peace
And put in some arches of dreams
Together we build this beautiful structure of strength and endurance
And we call it the bridge of friendship.
--- Copyright 1999 Nirvikar Dahiya --- India
May 21, 1999
" A dream is the essence of your youth, never let it go.
Stay young inside. Never let your dreams go."
--- Adrienne F. Raimer --- Wisconsin
May 21, 1999
" Beginning today,
Treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster,
And do it with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again."
--- Og Mandino --- Sent in by Debbie Bashaw --- New Zealand
May 19, 1999
" Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Laura --- Kansas
May 19, 1999
" Help people reach their full potential.
Catch them doing something right."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky
May 17, 1999
" You get credit for what you finish, not what you start."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Jenn --- Pennsylvania
May 14, 1999
" Don't waste your time worrying about the things you cannot control."
--- Brian Howard --- Sent in by Elizabeth Howard
May 14, 1999
" The early bird only catches the worm, if her beak is in the hole."
--- Glenn Anaiscourt
May 12, 1999
" Freedom, is the choice from the available options."
--- Savater --- Sent in by Patrice Boman --- Portugal, Algarve, Loule
May 12, 1999
" It is something to be able to paint a particular picture,
Or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful;
But it is far more glorious to carve and paint
The very atmosphere and medium through which we look.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts."
--- Thoreau (from Walden) --- Sent in by Frank --- New York
May 10, 1999
" Happiness is a by-product of productive effort."
--- The Flint School --- Submitted by George Tregea Jr. --- Pennsylvania
May 10, 1999
" Today is going to be my day,
I will let no one stand in my way,
If I think like a champion,
Act like a champion,
I will become a champion."
--- Colin Evans --- Australia --- Sent in by Kaleb Sexton --- Australia
May 7, 1999
" It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."
--- Babe Ruth --- Sent in by Jenn --- Pennsylvania
May 7, 1999
" The very substance of the ambitions is merely the shadow of a dream."
--- Shakespeare --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia
May 5, 1999
" Each day comes bearing it's gifts.
Untie the ribbons!"
--- Ruth Ann Schabacker --- Sent in by Anita Caponi --- Michigan
May 3, 1999
" Move - one step at a time, but always forward."
--- From a friend --- Submitted by Anish --- India
May 3, 1999
" It is better to fail at something that will ultimately succeed,
Than to succeed at something that will ultimately fail."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Todd Wielgos
April 30, 1999
" There is a place in this world which no one else but you can fill."
--- Jigsha Desai --- Pennsylvania --- formerly from Zambia
April 30, 1999
" We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Shall be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
--- T.S. Eliot --- Sent in by Whisper --- Australia
April 28, 1999
" Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."
--- Thoreau --- Sent in by Melissa Stroupe --- Virginia
April 28, 1999
" The price of greatness is responsibility."
--- Winston Churchill --- Sent in by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania
April 26, 1999
" You know that you are destined to be successful
When you spend less time dreaming about IT
And more time doing IT."
--- Copyright 1999 Glen Prendergast --- Ontario, Canada
April 26, 1999
" In the giving - Is the getting."
--- David Matoc --- --- Ontario, Canada
April 23, 1999
" The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."
--- William James --- Submitted by Maegen Mac --- Michigan
April 23, 1999
" Keep your eyes on the stars,
and your feet on the ground."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Nora Magnus --- Singapore
April 21, 1999
" You'll never catch anything, unless you put your bait in the water."
--- My Dad --- Sent in by Sean Anderson --- Minnesota
April 21, 1999
" Success is creating a state of mind
That allows you to obtain whatever it is you really want."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by --- Laura M. Ackroyd --- Massachusetts
April 19, 1999
" From the seed of giving - grows a flower of getting."
--- David Matoc --- Ontario, Canada
April 19, 1999
" Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough.
You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it."
--- Sir J.M. Barrie --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia
April 16, 1999
" Once you have experienced excellence,
You will never again be content with mediocrity."
--- Thomas S. Monson --- Submitted by Julia L. Portillo
April 16, 1999
" Look around and find some wonder in the world today.
It's easy, we're surrounded by amazing things.
All you have to do is open yourself up to them...
See what's already there."
--- Chad O. King --- Texas
April 14, 1999
" Everyone has their own 'personal tree' to sit in.
Life's circumstances sometime seem overwhelming,
But we must remember the amazing power of love.
Just as the ripples in the ocean shape and form the land --
From the cliffs to the tiny grains of sand --
So do our actions, words, and thoughts shape and form our reality.
Even more,
Ripples joining one another form tidal waves that change the planet.
If we make sure that our every thought, word, and action are based in love
Then the ripples we create
Will bring about positive change for a positive future."
--- Julia Butterfly Hill --- Sent in by Melissa Stroupe --- Virginia
April 14, 1999
" Make good habits and they will make you."
--- Parks Cousins --- Submitted by Martha Varzaly --- Pennsylvania
April 12, 1999
" Setting a goal is not the main thing.
It is deciding how you will go about achieving it
And staying with that plan."
--- Tom Landry --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia
April 12, 1999
" Faith makes it possible, not easy."
--- Sally Nguyen --- Virginia
April 9, 1999
" Life, what is life?
A newborn baby, a growing child,
A smiling grandma, or is it you and I,
Much, much more, I think,
Greater than merely breathing air,
Far more than merely living what is there,
It is exploring, searching and findings all things,
The vastness of creation,
Relishing in the sunrise, being part of sunset,
Feeling it, living it, breathing it,
Creating life, touching life,
Loving someone, the glory in being loved,
Why do you want more, see what is yours,
Life is appreciation, happiness inside,
Rescuing the bird with the broken wing,
Finding the first brilliant spring bloom and
Leaving it for a butterfly to feed on,
Life is what you are, make or break,
To live is to be life, live it!"
--- Copyright 1997 Teresa Meyer --- Perth, Western Australia
April 9, 1999
" And when you have reached the mountain top,
Then you shall begin to climb."
--- Kahlil Gibran --- Sent in by Melissa Stroupe --- Virginia
April 7, 1999
" Measure success by success,
Not by the number of failures it takes to achieve it."
--- Harvey Mackay --- Sent in by Chad O. King --- Texas
April 7, 1999
" Relationships are the grease that smooth the friction of life."
--- Scott Michael --- Sent in by Al Pipkin --- California
April 5, 1999
" Love is like a piece of canvas.
You as the brush, your loved one the paint.
If two don't work together,
You'll never get the masterpiece."
--- Patricia --- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 5, 1999
" Dream lofty dreams and as you dream, so shall you become."
--- James Allen --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia
April 2, 1999
" Our darkest hour only has 60 minutes."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Meghann Mason --- Texas
April 2, 1999
" There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, no even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

I believe that the most lawless and inordinate loves are less contrary to God's will than a self-invited and self-protective lovelessness...We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armor. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as a way in which they should break, so be it."
--- From The Four Loves, CS Lewis
--- Contributed by Charity --- Singapore