July 1, 2022
“Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.”
Today is the beginning of a long weekend that celebrates our countries Independence Day. It is a good time to take stock of ourselves. I am afraid that too many of us are so sure we are always right that our pride closes our minds to any alternatives to the point we miss a lot in our lives.
The Proud Teak
This is one of those inspirational stories that talk about pride and how it can lead to one’s downfall.
There was a proud teak tree in the forest. He was tall and strong. There was a small herb next to the tree.
The teak tree said, “I am very handsome and strong. No one can defeat me.” Hearing this, the herb replied, “Dear friend, too much pride is harmful. Even the strong will fall one day.”
The teak ignored the herb’s words. He continued to praise himself. A strong wind blew. The teak stood firmly. Even when it rained, the teak stood strong by spreading its leaves.
During these times, the herb bowed low. The teak made fun of the herb. One day, there was a storm in the forest. The herb bowed low. As usual, the teak did not want to bow.
The storm kept growing stronger. The teak could no longer bear it. He felt his strength giving way. He tried his best to stand upright, but in the end, he fell down. That was the end of the proud tree.
When everything was calm again, the herb stood straight. He looked around. He saw that the proud teak had fallen.
Inspirational stories like this one want to warn us about the dangers of showing too much pride. Do not let your pride get in the way of overcoming great difficulties. The teak was filled with too much pride. He thought he was stronger than the howling wind. His inability to yield eventually caused his downfall.
“Pride builds walls between people, humility builds bridges.”
Laws you should know
“The Law of Volunteering” If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead.
“The Law of Avoiding Oversell” When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.
“The Law of Common Sense” Never accept a drink from a urologist.
“The Law of Reality” Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose.
“The Law of Self Sacrifice When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.
“The Law of Motivation” Creativity is great, but plagiarism is faster.
“Boob’s Law” You always find something in the last place you look.
“Weiler’s Law” Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.
“Law of Probable Dispersal” Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
“Law of Volunteer Labor” People are always available for work in the past tense.
“Conway’s Law” In any organization there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.
“Iron Law of Distribution” Them that has, gets.
“Law of Cybernetic Entomology” There is always one more bug.
“Law of Drunkedness” You can’t fall off the floor.
“Heller’s Law” The first myth of management is that it exists.
“Osborne’s Law” Variables won’t; constants aren’t.
“Main’s Law” For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
“Weinberg’s Second Law” If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would have destroyed civilization.
We the people have much to enjoy, share, love, ponder, appreciate, learn, celebrate, anticipate, admire and contribute. Gets you to wondering why we squander so much time and energy on fighting, cheating, killing, envying, hating, torturing and killing each other.
She said: I returned to my parents’ home to attend a funeral. At the chapel, my mother led me to a man who looked vaguely familiar. “Barbara, remember Rabbi Green?” she asked as she left me in his company.
I frantically tried to place him, and suddenly it came to me. He was the kind man who, five years earlier, had officiated at my grandmother’s funeral. “It’s good to see you again, Rabbi,” I said. “Though I wish it weren’t always under such tragic circumstances.”
The rabbi looked perplexed but uttered some words of consolation before he was called away. A few minutes later, I rejoined my mother. “Imagine,” she whispered, “after all this time, to run into the rabbi who performed your first wedding!”
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails
Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook
He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire. The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, ”Let’s go!”
The tense man sitting in the pilot’s seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically. ”Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, ”and make several low-level passes.”
”Why?” asked the nervous pilot.
”Because I’m going to take pictures!” yelled the photographer. ”I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures.” The pilot replied, ”You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”
A husband is a man who wishes he had as much fun when he goes on business trips as his wife thinks he does.
A man was showing his friend a new set of matching golf clubs he had just bought.
“Doctor’s orders,” the man told his friend. “My wife and I have been gaining too much weight and we went to see the doctor about it. He said we needed more exercise, so I joined the country club and bought myself this set of golf clubs.”
“What did you buy your wife?” the friend asked.
The man said, “A new lawn mower.”
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
Sydney J. Harris
Charley, a new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10. sometimes 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean shaven, sharp minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older person friendly” policies.
One day the boss was in a real quandary about how to deal with it. Finally, he called him in the office for a talk. “Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-on job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”
“Yes. I know boss, and I am working on it.”
“Well good, you are a team player. That’s what I like to hear. It’s odd though, your coming in late. I know you’re retired from the Arm Forces. What did they say if you came in late there?”
“They said, “Good morning, General. Tea or coffee this morning, Sir?”
“Pride and excess bring disaster for man.”
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