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
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.......
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
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.......
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
The House of 1000
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.......
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
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
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
Shake It Off and Take a Step
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
Lovely Story - Love In A Paper
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
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.......
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 “A” in CARE stands for “Appreciation for ALL.” As I speak
The Story Behind
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.......
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......
will you spend your 3900 Saturdays
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. Perhaps it’s the
quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the
unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first.......
The Light Bulb - Touching
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
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.......
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
There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she’s blind.
She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He’s always there for
her. She said that if she could only see the world......
The Best Time Of
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......
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
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......