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Acres of Diamond - The Grass Is Greener At Your Side
There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he was content. He was content because he was happy.  One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds.......

It Makes a Difference to This StarFish
There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die.......

Between You and Your Goals
When I read this quote, it make want to stop making excuses and press on with the goals which I have set and have not achieved it.  Yes, I must stop giving excuses, so I am writing this down on my stick it note.......

Everybody Won - The Real Winner
Last night was the last game for my eight-year-old sonís soccer team. It was the final quarter. The score was two to one, my sonís team in the lead. Parents shouted encouragement from the sidelines as the boys.......

Changed Lives - There are Kind Soul in this World
Do you believe in helping to make the world a better place?  When you give your heart out to the world and help those that are in need, you will live forever in their heart. 

Choose How to Start Your Day
Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply.......

Important in the Life of a Child
What do you think is important in your heart that will make a difference one hundred years later?  Is it the car that you drove?  Is it how big a house you have lived in?  Is it how much money you have in your bank account......

The Nail In The Fence
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.  His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.....

The Sands of Forgiveness
A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.  The one who got slapped was hurt.......

Burned Biscuits - Life is full of Imperfect
When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.  I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.......

The Soldier
John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face.......

Lonely Ember Story
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone.......

Something For Stevie
I tried not to be biased in hiring a handicapped person, but his placement counsellor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn't sure I wanted.......

Kindness is Contagious
My 9-year-old daughter and I were flying from our home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to spend a week with my husband in Miami, Florida. Mike had been in Florida for five months working for an Internet start-up company.......

What Will You Be Doing 7 Years From Now
I graduated from Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas in May 1972. Not dressed in white (honors), but I graduated.  That summer like the previous summer, I worked as a longshoreman loading corn.......

The House of 1000 Mirrors
Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs.......

The Story of Appreciation
What it lacking in modern society.  A thought provoking story and definitely a learning lesson for all of us.  One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.......

Are You a Bucket-Filler or a Dipper
You have heard of the cup that overflowed. This is a story of a bucket that is like the cup, only larger, it is an invisible bucket. Everyone has one. It determines how we feel about ourselves, about others.......

You Just Never Know
Bill worked in a factory on a production line, he was a big, awkward, homely guy. He dressed oddly with ill-fitting clothes. There were several fellow workers who thought it smart to make fun of him......

Life Lesson from The TAO TE CHING
One day while working out in the fields the farmer's son fell and broke his leg. The villagers came to the farm and said, "My! That's a great misfortune. Your son has broken his leg: now he can't help you in the fields........ 

Heaven and Hell
One day while walking down the street a highly successful Human Resources Manager was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself......

To A Child. . . Love Is Spelled T.I.M.E
In the faint light of the attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows.   Brushing aside a wisp of cobwebs, he tilted the top.......

A $100 Dollar Bill
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $100 bill. In the  room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $100 bill?"  Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $100 to one of you.......

Shake It Off and Take a Step Up
A timeless lesson for everyone, no matter who you are or where you are in the world and it's my sincere hope that it serves you well.  One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned well. The animal cried piteously.......

Lovely Story - Love In A Paper Bag
It was Molly's job to hand her father his brown paper lunch bag each morning before he headed off to work. One morning, in addition to his usual lunch bag, Molly handed him a second paper bag. This one was worn.......

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, Africa, a country plagued by AIDS and poverty. Like most people in his village, his family subsisted on the meager crops they could grow, living without the luxuries.......

Heart of a Teacher
He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary's School in Morris, Minnesota. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, he had that happy-to-be-alive attitude.......

The Simple Truths of Appreciation
In my keynote speeches and workshops, CARE is an acronym I use for the elements of a caring, creative, joyful workplace and home. The ďAĒ in CARE stands for ďAppreciation for ALL.Ē As I speak about appreciation.......

The Story Behind The Dash
While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a syndicated radio show in Atlanta. Soon after receiving it, the host of this.......

Learning to Dance in the Rain
It was late in the afternoon and I was sitting in my hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky. I was scheduled to speak that evening for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA). I was a little "down in the.......

My Father Story
When I played guitar and piano (neither very well, by the way, and that's the truth, not false humility), I wrote a song about my father - I was remembering how, when I was in second grade, he took me......

How will you spend your 3900 Saturdays
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. Perhaps itís the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe itís the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first.......

The Light Bulb - Touching Story
My Dad could fix anything, cars, houses, airplanes name it.  Over the years my Dad's memory started to go and he started doing strange things. Like the time he bought a bunch of boxes of light bulbs because.......

Chocolate Sings - Be Happy
One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old 'blue hair' about 80 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads......

Charging the Human Battery
According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back.......

Installing Love
No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longerdisrupt other programs. Love will eventually.......

The Story of a Blind Girl
There was a blind girl who hated herself just because sheís blind.  She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. Heís always there for her.  She said that if she could only see the world......

The Best Time Of My Life
My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape......

The Pickle Jar
The years passed. I finished college and took a job in another town. Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom. Sadly, I noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served......

Learn About Our Beliefs By Studying Fish
Get yourself an aquarium.  Divide it in half with a clear glass wall, so now you have a kind of fish "duplex".  Now find yourself a barracuda - we'll call him Barry and a mullet. Put one fish on each side......

No Santa - Santa was Alive and Well
The question, how important is this in the overall scheme of life, compared to all of the things that have happened, are happening, and could happen in my life - how bad is this? Is it something......

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