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Jokes and Humor / Joke,joke,joke!
« on: June 27, 2009, 08:15:12 PM »
Little Susie was not the best student in Catholic School .
Usually she slept through the class.

One day her teacher, a Nun, called on her while she was sleeping.

'Tell me Susie, who created the universe?'

When Susie didn't stir, little Johnny who was her friend sitting
behind her, took his pencil and jabbed her in the rear.

'God Almighty!' shouted Susie.

The Nun said, 'Very good' and continued teaching her class.

A little later the Nun asked Susie, 'Who is our Lord and Savior?'

But Susie didn't stir from her slumber. Once again, Johnny came
to her rescue and stuck her in the butt.

'Jesus Christ!!!' shouted Susie.

And the Nun once again said, 'Very good,' and Susie fell back asleep.

The Nun asked her a third question...'What did Eve say to Adam
after she had her twenty-third child?'

Again, Johnny came to the rescue. This time Susie jumped up and
shouted, 'If you stick that damn thing in me one more time, I'll
break it in half!'

The nun fainted.
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Bible Study / Give God Your Hurts
« on: June 27, 2009, 08:09:43 PM »
In your life, you will be hurt by others; sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. How you handle that hurt determines your happiness. When you bottle up hurt in your life and hold onto it, that is called resentment. If somebody hurt you years ago and you're still holding onto it, it will poison your life. For your own health and happiness, you must learn to forgive.

The Bible says forgive and be forgiven. In fact, Jesus says, "If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done" (Matthew 6:15 TEV). They're inter-related. It reminds me of the story where someone told John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, "I just can't forgive that person! They hurt me too badly." Wesley's response was, "Then I hope you never sin."

For your own sake, let go of the past. If somebody hurt you, let go of it, release them. That's one of the values of prayer. It helps you unload. Forgiveness is the only way to get rid of the past. Forgive them and let it go. Get on with life. Forgiveness erases the videotape of that hurt memory that keeps playing over and over in your mind.

In my own marriage, the times I've felt closest to Kay, the times of most intimacy and oneness, have been times after a major blow up. We've worked the thing through, we've both confessed to each other and asked forgiveness, and then we pray together. The oneness that comes out of that kind of experience just can't be explained.

When we let go of our hurts and forgive others, we are reflecting the grace of our heavenly Father who forgave us and continues to forgive us. It means we've given God our love; we've given God our lives, and, in doing that, we worship God.

 
 
 

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Bible Study / When You Pray,Give God your Guilt
« on: June 27, 2009, 12:23:51 AM »
We all make mistakes. We all have regrets. I don't measure up to my own standard for myself, much less God's standard of perfection. It's not very hard to admit you're not perfect. So what do we do when we fall short?

I was listening to a psychologist on the radio recently. A guy called in and was pouring his heart out about how guilty he felt for things he had done wrong. He asked, "How can I get rid of my guilt?" This psychologist said: "You can't. You've got to learn to live with it." I almost shouted at the radio: "Wait a minute! Give me that guy's phone number! He doesn't have to go through life filled with guilt!"

There is no reason in the world you have to live with guilt. God has given us a way to get rid of guilt. It's called confession. God promises that when we confess, He forgives us instantly, totally, completely, freely, and continuously. If a Christian is carrying guilt around, it's because they're not taking advantage of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. Give God your guilt. Doing this, asking for pardon, is the next step in making contact with God.

God wants to forgive you. You don't have to beg for forgiveness: "God, please, pretty please with sugar on it!" You don't have to bargain: "God, if You forgive me, I will never do it again." You don't have to bribe: "God, if You'll forgive me, I promise to always read my Bible." You simply believe you are forgiven.

If you ever run out of things to pray about, just get specific about your sins and weaknesses. When I talk with God about my weaknesses and sins, I never lack for subject matter. In fact, I'm always coming up with new material! There's plenty of things to talk about in my life that need to be changed.

You worship God through prayer when you give Him your love (praise), your life (purpose), and your worries (provision). And also when you ask Him for forgiveness (pardon) of your sins.

 
 
 

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Family & Parenting / Couple marries, wants divorce on same day!
« on: June 26, 2009, 09:29:56 PM »
Pair had a huge argument right after civil ceremony, wanted annulment



BERLIN - A Polish couple living in Germany fell out after tying the knot and decided to end their marriage on the same day.

"He said he never wanted to see her again and wanted an immediate annulment, and she said the same thing," a spokesman for police in the northern city of Hanover said Thursday.

Right after the civil ceremony Wednesday, the 50-year-old man began rowing with his bride and tried to cut her hair with a kitchen knife, police said.

The 34-year-old woman called police, who issued the man with a restraining order, which he readily accepted, police said.

Two attempts at a rapprochement later that evening by telephone ended in more shouted exchanges before the man went to spend his wedding night in a local shelter for homeless people.


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Bible Study / When You Pray,Begins with Praise
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:53:36 PM »
This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven: May Your holy name be honored'" (Matthew 6:9 TEV).
 
 
When Jesus' friends asked Him how to pray, He gave them a model prayer. Today we call it the Lord's Prayer, and it gives us a great outline for making contact with God.

The first idea Jesus gives us for making contact with God is captured by the words: "Our Father in heaven: May Your holy name be honored" (Matthew 6:9 TEV). Jesus is talking about praise. You begin making contact with God by praising him, by worshiping him.

What is praise? Praise is thanking God for who and what He is. It means to value Him, to esteem Him. It means bragging on him: "God, You are good! There's no one as good as You!"

Why should I praise God? Because it gets my focus off myself and onto God so I can talk to Him and not at Him. That's why we start with praise. If you want help learning how to praise God, read through the Psalms. Many of them were written simply to praise God. If you read them aloud, you'll learn a lot about praising God in prayer.

Notice Jesus talks about God's name being holy. Did you know God has many names? In the Old Testament there are many different names of God. In the Bible, a name was a clue to a person's character. The Bible reveals the character of God through the names it uses for Him. Through these names, we learn that:

• God is present with me.
• God is my Shepherd.
• God is my Provider.
• God is my Healer.
• God is my Peace.
• God is my victory in conflict.

Praying the names of God reminds you of who He is and what He has done for you, and that will stir up love in your heart for Him. You begin worshipfully praying by giving God your love.

 
 
 
 
 


 

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Anonymous Diary Blog / Tsinelas Campaign
« on: June 21, 2009, 01:13:06 AM »
Usa sa mga programa sa Rated-K show hosted by Ms. Korina Sanchez ang pagpanghatag ug tsinelas sa lain-lain lugar sa Pilipinas.

How I wish na mabisita pod niya ang Bohol ilabi na sa amo na isla kay daghan intawon mga bata na wala'y tsinelas, kun naa man magkalain-lain og pares o guba na.

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Bible Study / God Wants You to Be Real
« on: June 21, 2009, 01:05:46 AM »
We worship God when we're honest with God.

In New Testament times, the Pharisees were pros at pretentious prayers. It became quite a source of pride. They were showing off, trying to impress people with their prayers.

The problem is, they weren't impressing God. God wants us to be honest when we pray. Being genuine when we approach God and talk to God is part of worship.

Jesus taught that prayer is not something you do to be seen. Here are two suggestions for helping you to get real with God:

Don't try to impress others with your prayers. Have you ever heard a prayer prayed and when the person finished you wanted to go, "Wow! What a performance!" It sounded so good and you thought that it was great.

Or, have you ever been in a prayer group and everybody's praying around a circle and you're thinking, "There's only three left until me . . . only two left . . . only one . . . I'm next! What am I going to say that hasn't already been said? What are they going to think?" When you stop worrying about what other people will think about your prayer life, then you'll be released to enjoy prayer. God doesn't care how you say it.

Don't try to impress God with your prayers. Often we do this unconsciously. We pray things that we think God wants us to say, rather than praying what's really on our hearts. God made you the way you are, so He wants you to be real when you talk to Him. He already knows the real you; He knows all the great things about you and He knows all the bad things you've done—and He still loves you!

 
 
 

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General Topic / Happy Father's Day!
« on: June 14, 2009, 02:05:05 AM »
Happy Father's Day sa tanan Amahan!

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Inspiration & Hope / The Four Lover
« on: February 18, 2009, 07:16:47 PM »
Once upon a time there was a Queen who had four lovers.

She loved the 4th lover the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the Best.

She also loved the 3rd lover very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her 2nd lover. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever the Queen faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The Queen's 1st lover was a very loyal partner and
had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first lover. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him.

One day, the Queen fell ill and she knew her time was
short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, I now have four lovers with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone.

Thus, she asked the 4th lover, "I loved you the
most! , endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

'No way!' replied the 4th lover, and he walked away without another word.

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.

The sad Queen then asked the 3rd lover, "I loved you
all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

'No!' replied the 3rd lover. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to love someone else!'

Her heart sank and turned cold.

She then asked the 2nd lover, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me.
When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"

'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!' replied
the 2nd lover. 'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.'

His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the Queen was devastated.

Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.'

The Queen looked up, and there was her first lover.
He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the Queen said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"

In truth, you have 4 lovers in your life:


Your 4th lover is your body. No matter how much time
and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die?


Your 3rd lover is your possessions, status and wealth.
When you die, it will all go to others.


Your 2nd lover is your family and friends. No matter
how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the Grave.


And your 1st lover is your Soul, often neglected in
pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.


However, your Soul is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it
is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and ! continue with you throughout Eternity.


Thought for the day:
Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees,
You're in the perfect position to pray.


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Tribute to Orchids (Aya) / Orchid...we miss you!
« on: September 26, 2008, 04:37:34 PM »

We miss you Orchids


Angel Teardrops
by Kathleen Sheppard
My guardian angel, once careless and free,
flew into the clouds and lost touch with me.
Her tears were cold and wet, falling on my face.
Her smile had left us without a trace.

Her angelic lips quivered, frozen and scared,
I felt rain clouds visiting, and had to prepare.
I knew that angels, often content,
were very special presents that God had sent.

To see one so sad,
so afraid,
so alone,
had made me weep while the cold winds had blown.

Her wings lost feathers,
comforting and soft,
falling from the stars,
floating aloft.

Her pain was felt throughout the land,
to feel true misery is impossible to stand.
I prayed so that when her hurting stops,
I'll be able to taste the angel's teardrops

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Help & Support / Help!
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:55:37 PM »
Help! Dili ko ka open ug kabasa sa ako messages.

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Inspiration & Hope / Never Say AMEN
« on: September 03, 2008, 06:56:32 PM »
Never Say Amen
by Jon Walker



Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. Matthew 26:40 (NIV)


Today’s guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker –


Read this devotional as a prayer:


Help me, Lord, to develop a strong prayer life. I know you desire intimacy with me, and you want me to watch with you and pray (Matthew 26:40).


Yet, I never seem to find the time to pray in a deep, fervent, consistent, persistent way. What draws me to my knees the most is when I have a problem, when I want something from you, when I need your help.


I’m flipping through my calendar, stressing with commitments, and you just want to hang out – with me. Help me turn my prayers into conversations with you that keep flowing throughout the day, an on-going communication where I never say “Amen.”


Keep me close to you, no matter what it takes. I’m not sure I really want to pray that; I have bruises and scars from “whatever it takes” discipleship, but, then again, I confess the crush of these moments have taught me to throw myself on the stone before the stone falls on me.


And that has moved me closer to the love that compels my obedience, closer to becoming one with your heart. So, I’m asking that you change me until my deepest want is to be with you.


With this I pray that you will create me worthy of my calling and that your power will fulfill every good purpose you plan for me and energize everything I do in faith.


My prayer is that your life will emerge in my face and in my hands, in my thoughts and in my words. I know your grace will make it so (paraphrase of 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, NIV).


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Inspiration & Hope / Only One You
« on: September 15, 2007, 10:41:33 AM »
Mister Rogers was right after all: There is only one you. But this information is much more important than to just be boosting your self-esteem. It is to help you better serve others by being more confident about your God-given role in life.


No one else fits your shape. No one else has your blend of gifts, talents, and natural abilities – making you very important in the whole scheme of things. “God made our bodies with many parts,” wrote Paul, “and he has put each part just where he wants it.” (1 Corinthians 12:18) And as it is with the human body, so it is with the Body of Christ – the corporate collection of all who believe.


But this uniqueness goes beyond giftedness; it reaches as well into the depth of each of our experiences in life. No one else has your life. No one else has your pain, your hardship, your joys and sorrows. Everything in life shapes us and we are shaped by everything for a reason – so that we can touch others in a unique way based upon who we are and what we’ve been through. God doesn’t waste anything in our lives.


Every piece of our lives and experiences can be used of Christ to touch someone else. We were made for each other; we live for each other; we even die for each other. We die with hope so that others who live might see the reality of Christ in even the darkest of hours. God uses everything.


Are you just getting by, or are you living for a reason? Think about your unique gifts and ask yourself how those gifts are benefiting others. What specific way is God using you to touch others in the Body of Christ? Do you seem to have an extra measure of wisdom, or mercy, or discernment, or knowledge, or administration, or desire to serve? These will help determine how you can look for opportunities to help others.


And then think about the things you have gone through so far in your life – especially the difficult or challenging things where God has met you with his presence and power. That information is not just for you, it’s for you to empathize with and encourage others who have encountered similar struggles.


God isn’t messing around here. There are no accidents with our lives. Whatever we have received and experienced has shaped who we are, and because of that, we are qualified servants. There is truly no one else like you … for a reason.


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Love Talk / An Inspiring Story
« on: September 14, 2007, 04:28:07 PM »
a forwarded messages

Carla and Jun was almost 10 years together. She was on a flower
business
and he was a military. Everyday they travel together to their work.
They
> love each other like it was the first time they met.
>
> "Mahal na mahal kita," she said.She always say it to him the moment
> she open her eyes and see him beside her. They spend their time
> together as much as they could. Kahit nga sa pagtotoothbrush
magkasabay pa
> rin sila. They are like kids, nag aasaran , nagkukulitan... both of
them
> are jolly person, caring, loving, hardworking...especially to have
kids.
> Sa tagal nilang magkasama hindi pa rin sila nagkakaanak until now.
>
> After a long walk they sat on the bench and wait for the bus to come.
> It was early 7 in the morning. They're holding cup of coffee in their
> hand. "Inaantok pa ko, pwede bang matulog muna sa balikat mo
habang
> wala pa ang bus, Mr. Handsome," Carla inquired smiling at him.
>
> These was their daily routine, wake up at 4 am, clean up, eat
> breakfast, fix themselves and wait for the bus together.
>
> But abruptly everything change when an accident happened to Carla.
> She was hit by a car along the street when she going to the shop.
>
> "Wala akong makita, everything was black. Jun are you there?"
> crying and hopelessly she said reaching for the hand of Jun.
>
> The first 3 months was hard for her. Jun guide her with her stuff
> and... in every minute that she have to move her body.
>
> "I can't be with you everytime, you have to practice yourself doing
> your own work. Hindi na ko nakakapasok sa trabaho. Hindi kita
kayang
> bantayan habang buhay. Ihahatid kita sa bus stop, from this day
kailangan
> mong pag aralan lahat  ng daan at kabisaduhin ang bawat hahakbangan
mo,"
> Jun said in a tone that you know she wouldn't like.
>
> Napilitan si Carla na pumasok sa trabaho on her own. Mula sa pag aayos
> ng gamit, sa pagkain, sa paghihintay ng bus. She felt that her husband
> was starting to dislike her dahil sa bulag na sya. "Dahil ba
sa
> pabigat na ko sa kanya."
>
> She went to the flower shop on her own, daily. Make her own coffee.
> Fixed her own clothes to wear. It was like a new world without
her
> loving and caring husband. She started to think na hindi na sya mahal
ni
> Jun. Na time will come na iiwan din sya nito at maghahanap ng iba.
Dahil
> yung dating love ngayon ay awa na lang.
>
> But onetime, habang pasakay na sya ng bus. "Miss can we ask you
> something? Why does everytime na sumasakay ka sa bus namin there is
this
> man right next to you? And to add...
>
> He was wearing a fatigue like he was a military."
>
> Tears on her eyes.
>
> End....
>
> See, hindi naman sa lahat ng oras tama ang iniisip natin. Madalas kasi
we
> only give importance sa kung ano lang yung nakikita natin. Kung ano
lang
> yung sinabi. Pero may mga bagay na di sinasabi at pinapakita hindi
para
> saktan ka lang.  Kung hindi para turuan kang makita ang hindi nakikita
ng
> mata.

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Fashion Trend / Color Me Bad
« on: August 22, 2007, 03:54:56 PM »
When wearing the right colors you will naturally feel more confident.

If you think you already know your best colors, it can’t hurt to re-assess them and see if they are still pleasing on you. Your skin can become more sallow with age, and your natural hair color may change, too. It may be time to “tweak” your colors a bit.

The color-by-season theory is not an exact science, but it is a useful tool. These questions will help you select your "seasonal" colors:

1. The two main undertones that exist are cool undertones and warm undertones -- or yellow and blue-based. Which undertones match your natural skin tone the best?

2. The next thing to keep in mind when selecting your complimentary colors is the depth of the colors. How intense are the colors? Do you look better in deep colors or are lighter colors better on you?

3. Is your appearance overwhelmed by bright shades or does your skin really come alive with brighter shades? Bright, clear coloring is found on women with a high contrast in hair, skin and eyes. If you are muted, you are fair and there is less contrast with hair, eye and skin color, and your coloring is softer and muted.

4. Should you listen to others? The good news is most people naturally select colors that appeal to them and also look good on them. Don’t let the fashion industry or your mother’s favorite colors dictate your choices. Pick the colors you instinctively like!

There are not always straight-forward answers to these questions. Sometimes you can be a bit of two seasons. For instance, you can be primarily a “winter,” but also be able to successfully wear some of the summer shades that are deeper in color. However, you may not be able to wear the lighter “summer” muted shades without looking dull. In other words, it is common to have some overlap.

When trying to find your season and color intensity, ask yourself while holding up different colors (one with warm undertones and another with cool undertones) next to your face: Do the warmer seasons (spring and autumn) suit me, or are the cooler seasons (winter and summer) more pleasing next to my face? Also, to determine your colors, ask yourself if bright colors or softer tones are better on you.

How to tell if you are a warm seasons -- autumn or spring?
If your coloring is warm and clear, you are a spring. Springs have golden undertones and creamy white or peachy complexions. They have strawberry blonde, straw-colored hair, or they are redheads with freckles, rosy cheeks and green or blue eyes.

Springs can wear warm and light colors such as salmon, coral, lime, light moss green, apricot, bright yellow, light aqua, light gray and camel.

If your coloring is warm and muted with deep, rich shades, you are an autumn. Autumns have golden undertones and often are redheads or brunettes with brown eyes with golden flecks (their eyes have more contrast compared to the fairer springs).

Autumns do best with yellow undertones and rich, earthy colors such as camel, most browns, golden yellow, moss green, olive, mustard yellow and terracotta.

Are you a cool season -- winter or summer?
If your coloring is cool and clear, you are a winter. Winters have blue or pink undertones with fair skin -- olive or dark. Winters are often brunettes with dark eyes. Most African-Americans and Asians are in this category.

The primary colors and vibrant jewel tones are what winters look best in: black, navy, charcoal gray (for neutrals), hot pink, fuchsia, purple, periwinkle blue, icy blue, pure white, clear or blue-red and royal blue. Avoid oranges, medium browns and camel.

If your coloring is cool and muted, you are a summer. Summers have blue or pinkish undertones. They have pale, pink skin and have natural blonde hair or are brunettes with fair eyes.

Colors that are not overwhelming and strong are best for summers. Pick pastels such as soft pinks, rose, light blue, periwinkle blue, soft white, grey, lavender, peachy pink, clear red, chocolate brown. Avoid black next to the face.

Finding your seasons can take some experimentation, but it is well worth it. Instead of impulsively buying clothes, you'll know if a color is right before you bring it home. Selecting your wardrobe in the right styles along with the right colors will help you stand out.


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Inspiration & Hope / God Spoke You Into Existence
« on: August 22, 2007, 03:38:47 PM »
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” (Jeremiah 1:5, NLT)



Dear one, you were started as an idea in the mind of God! Wow! You exist because the God of the universe thought you up.


The God who spoke the world into existence, the God who hung the moon and the stars, the God who set the sun in the sky – this creative Creator thought about you, was pleased by his thoughts and so he spoke you into your mother’s womb in the same way that he spoke the world into existence.


As my friend, Rick Warren, says in “The Purpose Driven Life,” you are not an accident. You were created by God at just the right time, in just the right place, with just the right SHAPE to serve God in this moment (“… For such a time is this …” Esther 4:14, NIV).

You are NOT a product of God’s assembly line; rather you are a unique creation, like a priceless painting from a grand master: “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)


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Jokes and Humor / Salary Increase
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:26:42 PM »
Be contented with what you are doing and getting now.

After 2 years of selfless service, a man realized that he has not been promoted, no transfer, no salary increase no commendation and that the Company is not doing any thing about it. So he decided to walk up to his HR Manager one morning and after exchanging greetings, he told his HR Manager his observation.The boss looked at him, laughed and asked  him to sit down saying;  My   friend, you have not worked here for even one day.  The man was surprised to hear this, but the manager went on to explain.

Manager:- How many days are there in a year?
Man:- 365 days and some times 366
Manager:- how many hours make up a day?
Man:- 24 hours
 
Manager:- How long do you work in a day?
Man:- 8am to 4pm. i.e. 8 hours a day.
 
Manager:- So , what fraction of the day do you work in hours?
Man:- (He did some arithmetic and said 8/24 hours i.e. 1/3(one third)
Manager:- That is nice of you! What is one-third of 366 days?
Man:- 122 (1/3x366 = 122 in days)
Manager:- Do you come to work on weekends?
Man:- No sir
Manager:- How many days are there in a year that are weekends?
Man:- 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays equals to 104 days
Manager:- Thanks for that. If you remove 104 days from 122 days, how many days do you now have?
Man:- 18 days.
Manager:- OK! I do give you 2 weeks sick leave every year. Now remove that14 days from the 18 days left. How many days do you have remaining?
Man:- 4 days
Manager:- Do you work on New Year day?
Man:- No sir!
 
Manager: - Do you come to work on workers day?
Man:- No sir!
Manager:- So how many days are left?
Man:- 2 days sir!
 
Manager:- Do you come to work on the (National holiday )?
Man:- No sir!
Manager:- So how many days are left?
Man:- 1 day sir!
 
Manager:- Do you work on Christmas day?
Man:- No sir!
 
Manager:- So how many days are left?
Man:- None sir!
 
Manager:- So, what are you claiming?
Man:- I have understood, Sir. I did not realise that I was stealing Company money all these days.

Moral of the story-   NEVER GO TO HR FOR HELP!!! 
HR=HIGH RISK

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Love Talk / A Mouse Story
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:23:29 PM »
A mouse
looked through the crack
in the wall
to see the farmer and his wife
open a package.

"What food
might this contain?"
The mouse wondered -
he was devastated
to discover
it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard,
the mouse
proclaimed the warning.

"There is a mousetrap
in the house!
There is a mousetrap
in the house!"

The chicken clucked
and scratched,
raised her head
and said,
"Mr. Mouse,
I can tell
this is a grave concern to you
but it is of no consequence to me.
I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse
turned to the pig
and told him,
"There is a mousetrap
in the house!
There is a mousetrap
in the house!"

The pig sympathized,
but said,
"I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse,
but there is nothing
I can do about it but pray.
Be assured
you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said,
"There is a mousetrap
in the house!
There is a mousetrap
in the house!"

The cow said,
"Wow, Mr. Mouse.
I'm sorry for you,
but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse
returned to the house,
head down and dejected,
to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone.

That very night
a sound was heard
throughout the house --
like the sound
of a mousetrap
catching its prey.

The farmer's wife
rushed to see
what was caught.
In the darkness,
she did not see
it was a venomous snake
whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake
bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer
rushed her to the hospital
and she returned home
with a fever.
Everyone knows
you treat a fever
with fresh chicken soup,
so the farmer took his hatchet
to the farmyard
for the soup's
main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness
continued,
so friends and neighbors
came to sit with her
around the clock.
To feed them,
the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife
did not get well;
she died.
So many people came
for her funeral,
the farmer
had the cow slaughtered
to provide enough meat
for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all
from his crack in the wall
with great sadness.

So, the next time
you hear someone
is facing a problem
and think it doesn't
concern you,
remember --
when one of us is threatened,
we are all at risk.

We are all involved
in this journey
called life.
We must keep an eye out
for one another
and make an extra effort to
encourage one another

One of the best things
to hold onto in this world
is a friend

19
Jokes and Humor / Lighter Side of some Poems
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:15:33 PM »
Roses are red; violets are blue 
Monkeys like you should be kept in the zoo.
Don't feel so angry, you will find me there too
Not in a cage but laughing at you.     

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Twinkle twinkle little star
You should know what you are
And once you know what you are
Mental hospital is not so far. 

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
The rain makes all things beautiful.
The grass and flowers too.
If rain makes all things beautiful
Why doesn't it rain on you?   

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I wrote your name on sand it got washed.
I wrote your name in air, it was blown away.
then ~ I wrote your name on my heart And I got a heart attack straight away   

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
God saw me hungry, HE created pizza.
HE saw me thirsty, HE created Pepsi 
HE saw me in dark, HE created light
HE saw me without problems, HE created YOU.
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
When your life is in darkness, pray to God
ask him to free you from darkness
and if after you pray,
you're still in darkness,
Please pay your ELECTRICITY BILL!
 

 




20
Love Talk / The Cab Ride
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:07:02 PM »
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, and then drive away.

But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself.
So I walked to the door and knocked. "Just a minute", answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

"Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then I returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly to ward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. "It's nothing", I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated".

"Oh, you're such a good boy", she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"

"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly.

"Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice".

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. "I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long." I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

"What route would you like me to take?" I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now."

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.

"Nothing," I said

"You have to make a living," she answered. "There are other passengers," I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said.

"Thank you."

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?

What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT ' YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL ' .

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