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  • Judging from some of the things that mankind has done in the last century, we might wonder if the Devil isn’t sitting on the sidelines taking notes on how to improve.


  • Is it possible for there to be any objective approach to art? If art is completely subjective, why do those that claim to be art experts have any reason to believe that what they believe is any more rational than what anyone else’s believes?


  • Some teenagers seem to think that they need to attend a university in order to instruct it properly.


  • If one ever discovers the key to the mysteries of life, there will continue to be more mysteries until the door for that key is also found.


  • If one is accustomed to bluffing, one shouldn’t be surprised if someday, that one falls off of the bluff.


  • Marriages always come with a limited warrenty without ever saying what the limits are.


  • One of the characteristics of an addiction is a strong desire to repeat something that is harmful to oneself in some way. Could mankind’s apparent proclivity for war be some kind of an undiagnosed addiction?


  • When our teams win, it is a great victory; however when losing, it becomes only a game again.


  • From the seeds of success sprouts complacency that then often shrivels into defeat.


  • Few things create as much panic as someone shouting; “Don’t panic!”


  • THE GIFT


  • A little boy was given some money by his mother to make a contribution at Sunday school. On the way there, he stopped by a store and bought some candy with a portion of the money his mother had given him. Somehow, some woman at Sunday school found out what he had done and scolded him for not having contributed all of the money to the church as his mother had intended.


  • However, the contribution that he gave that day, may have been the most significant gift that anyone gave, and was a greater gift than if all of the money given to him by his mother, had been placed in the offering plate.


  • If he had merely placed all of the money in the offering plate, he would have acted only as delivery-boy from his mother to his church. The little boy thus acted as though all of the money was truly his. He chose to buy some candy with only a portion of the money, so he obviously knew the value of the remaining portion that he gave to the church. He alone may have been the only one that Sunday that made a gift instead of a contribution. Because of that day’s scolding, it also may have been the last time that a gift was made by him to the church, even if there followed a lifetime of contributions.


  • A true gift is something that is given without any anticipation of reciprocity by the recipient. If not, then that which was presented was just an attempt at barter.


  • A true gift is something that is presented without concern for censure even if not given. If not, then that which was presented was just a low-level response to extortion.


  • A true gift is something that is presented with the full intention of benefiting the recipient. If not, then that which presented was probably just a result of habit, where no intentions existed at all.


  • A true gift is something that is presented without pressure to conform to any special custom or day of the year. If not, then that which was presented is only a ritual or an effort to be accepted by others.


  • A true gift is something that is presented that has some value to the giver. If not, then that which is presented is no more than a meaningless act to the giver.


  • WALT HASKINS


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