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  Alphabet of Happiness

As I walk Through Life

A Wonder Message by George Carlin

Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

Here are the Positives

Obituary Notice 

Opening Session in the Senate-Prayer

The Americans Creed

 

 

 

 

Here are the Positives  

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves,

God has a positive answer for each one...

You say: "It's impossible." God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired." God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me." God says: I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: "I can't go on." God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out." God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it." God says: you can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able." God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say "It's not worth it." God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself." God says: I FORGIVE YOU (I John 1:9 &Romans 8:1)

 

 

 

You say: "I can't manage." God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid." God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I'm not smart enough." God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone." God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

If you pass this on, you never know who may be in need of encouragement today!

 

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As I walk Through Life

 

  I've learned-

 

that you can do something in an instant

that will give you heartache for life.

 

I've learned-

that it's taking me a long time to

become the person I want to be.

 

I've learned-

that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.

It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned-

that you can keep going long after you can't.

 

 I've learned-

that we are responsible for what we do,

no matter how we feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I've learned-

that either you control your

attitude or it controls you.

 

I've learned-

that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship

is at first, the passion fades and there had

better be something else to take its place.

 

 I've learned-

that heroes are the people who do what has to

be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

 

 I've learned-

that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

  

  I've learned-

that my best friend and I can do anything

or nothing and have the best time.

 

     I've learned-

that sometimes the people you expect to kick you

when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      I've learned-

that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be

angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

 

    I've learned-

that true friendship continues to grow, even over

the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

 

I've learned-

that just because someone doesn't love you the

way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

   

 I've learned-

that maturity has more to do with what types of

experiences you've had and what you've learned

from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

 

 

I've learned-

that your family won't always be there for you. It may

seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take

care of you and love you and teach you to

trust people again. Families aren't biological.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I've learned-

that no matter how good a friend is, they're going

to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

  

 I've learned-

that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others,

Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.   

  

I've learned-

that our background and circumstances may have

influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

   

 I've learned-

that just because two people argue, it doesn't

mean they don't love each other. And just

because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

 

I've learned-

that we don't have to change friends

if we understand that friends change.

  

  I've learned-

that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret,

It could change your life forever.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 I've learned-

that two people can look at the exact same thing

and see something totally different.

   

 I've learned-

that your life can be changed in a matter of minutes,

by people who don't even know you.

  

  I've learned-

that even when you think you have no more to give,

when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

   

 I've learned-

that credentials on the wall do not

make you a decent human being.

 

 I've learned-

that the people you care about mostin life are taken from you too soon.

 

 

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Alphabet of Happiness...

 

A--Accept

Accept others for who they are and for

the choices they've made even if you have

difficulty understanding their beliefs,

motives, or actions.

 

B--Break Away

Break away from everything that stands

in the way of what you hope to accomplish

with your life.

 

C--Create

Create a family of friends whom you can

share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and

happiness with.

 

D--Decide

Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may,

and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E--Explore

Explore and experiment. The world has

much to offer, and you have much to give.

And every time you try something new,

you'll learn more about yourself.

 

F--Forgive

Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh

you down and inspire unhappiness and

grief. Soar above it, and remember that

everyone makes mistakes.

 

G--Grow

Leave the childhood monsters behind.

They can no longer hurt you or stand in

your way.

 

H--Hope

Hope for the best and never forget that

anything is possible as long as you remain

dedicated to the task.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I--Ignore

Ignore the negative voice inside your

head. Focus instead on your goals and

remember your accomplishments. Your

past success is only a small inkling of

what the future holds.

 

J--Journey

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities,

by remaining open-minded. Try to learn

something new every day, and you'll grow.

 

K--Know

Know that no matter how bad things

seem, they'll always get better. The

warmth of spring always follows the

harshest winter.

 

L--Love

Let love fill your heart instead of hate.

When hate is in your heart, there's room

for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

M--Manage

Manage your time and your expenses

wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry.

Then you'll be able to focus on the

important things in life.

 

N--Notice

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless,

weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance

when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

 

O--Open

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty

around you. Even during the worst of

times, there's still much to be thankful for.

 

P--Play

Never forget to have fun along the way.

Success means nothing without happiness.

 

Q--Question

Ask many questions, because you're here

to learn.

 

 

 

 

 

R--Relax

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your

life, and remember that things always

have a way of working out in the end.

 

S--Share

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and

time with others. Everything that you

invest in others will return to you many

times over.

 

T--Try

Even when your dreams seem impossible to

reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

 

U--Use

Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's

used will bring unexpected rewards.

 

V--Value

Value the friends and family members

who've supported and encouraged you, and

be there for them as well.

 

 

 

W--Work

Work hard every day to be the best

person you can be, but never feel guilty if

you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise

offers a second chance.

 

X--X-Ray

Look deep inside the hearts of those

around you and you'll see the goodness

and beauty within.

 

Y--Yield

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track

and remain dedicated, you'll find success

at the end of the road.

 

Z--Zoom

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories

or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing

interfere with your goals. Instead, focus

on your abilities, your dreams, and a

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A Wonderful Message by George Carlin  


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet
more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read
too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied
our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too
seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not
a life. We've added years to life not life to years.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing
the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner
space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up
the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our
prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish
less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to
hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

 

 


 


These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days
of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These
are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night
stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to
quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window
and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter
to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to
just hit delete.

 

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up
to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your
side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that
is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but
most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes
from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment
for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give
time to speak and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

 

 

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Opening Session in the Senate-Prayer

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the

opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.

 

When Minister Joe Wright (of Central Christian Church in Wichita) was asked

to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the

usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

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"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to

seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who

call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done.

 

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that.

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery,

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare,

We have abused power and called it politics,

We have killed our unborn and called it choice,

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable,

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem,

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition,

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of statement,

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. 

Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the

center of Your will and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son,

the living

Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

 

The response was immediate!!

 

 

A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church (in Wichita), where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "TheRest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called "one nation

under God."

 

 

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Obituary Notice

 

 

 Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense.

Common Sense lived a long life but died in the United States

from heart failure on the brink of the new millennium.

No one really knows  how old he was, since his birth records

were long  ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals,

 homes, factories helping folks get jobs done without

 fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules,

 silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power  over Common Sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was credited with

 cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to

 come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the

 worm, and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial

 policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable

 parenting strategies (the adults are in charge,

 not the kids), and it's okay to come in second.

 A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great

 Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common

 language, and "new math." But his health declined

 when he became infected with the

 "If-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In recent decades his waning strength proved no

 match for the ravages of well intentioned but

 overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good

 people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His

 health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly

 implemented zero-tolerance policies.

 Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual

 harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended

 for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch,

 and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly

 student only worsened his condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It declined  even further when schools had to get parental

 consent to administer aspirin to a student but

 could not inform the parent when a female student

 was pregnant or wanted an abortion.

 Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the

  Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became

 businesses, criminals received better treatment than

 victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in

 everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.  

 Finally, when a woman, too stupid to realize that

 a steaming cup of coffee was hot, was awarded a huge

 settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.

 

 

 

 

 As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out

 of logic but was kept informed of developments

 regarding questionable regulations such as those

 for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, and stepladders.

 Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,

 Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,

 Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He

 is survived by two stepbrothers:  My Rights, and  Im a Whiner.

 Not many attended his funeral because so few

 realized he was gone.

 

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The American's Creed

"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people,

for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;

a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,

and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.  

I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution;

to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."  

Historical Notes: The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded

upon things fundamental in American history and tradition.

The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin,

Commissioner of Education of New York State. Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. James H. Preston, the mayor of Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the

commissioner of education of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional

Record of April 13, 1918. It was a time when patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue. The United States had been a participant in World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.

 

 

 

The author of the American's Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page,  who had come to America in1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia.   Another ancestor,Carter Braxton , had signed the Declaration of Independence.

 Still another ancestor, John Tyler, was the tenth president of the United States. William Tyler Page had come to Washington at the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page.

Later he became an employee of the Capitol building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years. In 1919 he was elected clerk of the House. Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created for Page the office of minority

clerk of the House of Representatives. He held this position for the remainder of his life.  

Referring to the Creed, Page said: "It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions,

and its greatest leaders." His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution,

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster's reply to

Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.

 

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Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

by Red Skelton

As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class.

Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.  

I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.  

Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance - - My love and my devotion. 

To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.

United - - That means that we have all come together.  

States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

 

And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.  

For which it stands 

One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.  

Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.  

And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.  

For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.  

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic,

for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God.

Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

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