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desire and strive to be of some service to the world,
to aim at doing something
which shall really increase the happiness
and welfare and virtue of humankind
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November 24, 2008
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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Tooting Your Horn
Words from the Wise...
In the Life of Another
Yes You Can!...
Relatives from Ringing
Your Holiday Bell
Just for YOU...
Untangling the Web...
Uplifting News Stories...
A Very Rare Jewel:
Doing the Right Thing
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BE the World
You Want to See!
have been so many times in my life when things that looked like disasters were
really incredible GIFTS that served as pivotal turning points for me. We should
all be thankful for situations and people who rekindle our inner spirit.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
HERE TO FIND OUT HOW
... you can help
world without a bit of risk to yourself!
From the Inside Out
A TOUCHING TALE
was just after Thanksgiving. An angry middle-aged man stood at the counter of
the animal shelter, gripping the leash of an aging German shepherd. "Why
won't you take him?" he shouted. "I need to get him off my hands!"
adoption counselor tried once more to explain. "At fourteen, Samson is
too old to be a good adoption candidate," she said.
then just take him and put him down," the man yelled. "I want
to be rid of him."
don't take animals just to put them down," the counselor explained.
"May I ask why you no longer wish to keep the dog?"
just can't stand the sight of him," the
"and if you won't put him down, I'll shoot him myself."
not to show her horror, the counselor pointed out that shooting an animal was
illegal. She urged the man to consult with his veterinarian for other options.
not spending any more money on this animal," the man grumbled and, yanking
the leash, he stalked out. Concerned,
the counselor wrote down the license plate of the man's truck and offered up a
quick prayer for Samson.
few days later, a German shepherd was found abandoned. He was brought to the shelter,
and the staff recognized him as Samson. The town where he had been abandoned was
where his owner lived. The man was contacted by the police and, under questioning,
admitted that distraught over his recent divorce, he had sought revenge through
the shepherd. He hadn't even wanted the dog, but he fought to keep him to spite
his wife. Once his wife was gone, he couldn't bear to see the animal. The man
was charged with abandonment, and Samson came to stay at the shelter.
wife and the couple's son were located in Pennsylvania. They were horrified to
hear what had happened to their dog and agreed immediately to have him come live
was just one problem: The wife was nearly broke after the divorce and their initial
move. She could take no time off from work to drive to New Hampshire and get the
dog, and she couldn't afford any other method of getting him to her. She hated
to have Samson in the shelter any longer but didn't know what to do.
come up with something," the staff assured her, but in their hearts they
didn't know what. They were concerned, as well. Samson had lived with his family
all his life. Within a few weeks, his whole world had been turned upside down.
He was beginning to mope, and the staff could tell by his eyes that if he wasn't
back with his family soon, he would give up.
was only two weeks away when the angel arrived. He came by pickup truck in the
form of a man in his mid-thirties. Through a friend of a shelter staffer, he had
heard about Samson's plight. He was willing to drive Samson to Pennsylvania, and
he would do it before Christmas.
staff was thrilled with the offer, but cautious. Why would a stranger drive hundreds
of miles out of his way to deliver a dog to people he didn't know? They had to
make sure he was legitimate and that Samson wouldn't be sold to meat dealers or
dumped along the interstate. The man understood their concerns and, thankfully,
checked out to be an upstanding citizen. In the course of the conversation, he
explained why he had come forward.
year, I left my dog in my van while I went to do some grocery shopping,"
he explained. "While I was inside, the van caught fire. I heard people
hollering and rushed out to see my van engulfed in flames. My dog meant everything
to me, and he was trapped. I tried to get to the van, but people restrained me.
I heard someone shouting, 'The dog is safe! The dog is safe!' I looked over, and
there was this man I'd never seen before, holding my dog. He had risked his own
life to get my dog out. I'll forever be in his debt.
when you don't think there are heroes any more, one comes along. I vowed then
and there that if I ever had the chance to do someone a good turn when it came
to a beloved pet, that I would. When I heard about Samson and his family, I knew
this was my chance, so here I am."
shelter staff was amazed. They all knew about the van rescue story. It had been
in all the papers, and the shelter had even given the rescuer a reward, but they
had never dreamed that Samson's angel was connected to this earlier good deed.
few days later, Samson and his angel were on their way. The dog seemed to know
he was going home, because his ears perked up and his eyes were brighter than
they had been in some time.
before Christmas, the mail brought one of the best cards the shelter had ever
received. Along with a thank-you note were photos of a deliriously happy Samson
romping with his family in the snow and snuggling with them by their Christmas
tree. Samson was truly where he belonged, and the staff knew he would live out
his days happily there.
also knew that Samson's journey home was a true miracle to be thankful for, and
that angels and heroes may still appear when you need them, even
in the most unlikely forms.
Crystal Ward Kent, who does extensive freelance writing and has written for newspapers,
magazines and books, including Yankee Magazine, Guideposts Books Listening
to the Animals
series; Guideposts Be Not Afraid, Their Mysterious Ways
and A Glimpse of Forever. Her work
also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul
Christmas Treasury for Kids (December 2002).
Visit Crystal's website: www.KentCreativeWeb.com
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IN THE LIFE OF ANOTHER...
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might define a life fully lived? Its a question many of us probably mean
to ask ourselves. But never do. Not with any tenacity. Meet Alison Wood, 93. Registered
blind. Quietly spirited
"A chance encounter with a city gent wearing a pin striped suit and bowler
hat might have gone unnoticed if shed been blind to the subtlety of life.
Could love run unannounced through your life?
My time with Alison had led me to wonder if we all have a part to play in the
life of another."
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Yes You Can!
KEEP RELATIVES FROM RINGING YOUR HOLIDAY BELL
Are you one of those people who dread the holidays? Last minute shopping, decorating
disasters, difficult people to buy for, demanding kids-and most of all the run-ins
you're anticipating a rerun of previous years where your relatives made you crazy
and your holidays were filled with headaches, then you are sure to experience
that again this year.
the energy you put into dreading and anticipating will pave the way for more of
the same. The energy also known as the vibration that you project
in the world will manifest the reality you imagined.
you can begin to change all that just with your thoughts. You can use "personal
frequency management" and visualization to manifest a truly happy holiday
and keep the joy in the holiday season.
Consciously Creating your day juggling work, shopping, cooking, tree trimming,
kids, the management of those pesky relatives etc. you can have the kind
of holiday season you desire effortlessly and without hiccup.
are six tips for creating "Relative Harmony" for the Holidays:
Throw Out the Love Net
before they show up at your door, when you begin planning your holiday, send your
"love net" your high vibration loving energy out to your
relatives, and keep doing it throughout the holiday season.
love toward them even in the most trying times. Know that love is patience and
understanding. Plenty of loving energy can head off, diffuse and transmute negative
energy emanating from your relations. Ask for an unending supply of loving energy
to pass into you from the Universe and through you to your family members.
some quiet time each day and visualize just how wonderful your time with your
relatives will be. In your mind, see them helping you instead of criticizing,
offering support, staying out of the way, picking up after themselves, volunteering
instead of demanding, loving the gifts you have picked for them, finding ways
to make your time together joyful and loving.
the emotions of these wonderful reunions. Thank the Universe in advance for granting
this incredible camaraderie, goodwill, grace and warmth. Then go ahead and visualize
the rest of your day going smoothly, too!
Stay in Your High Frequency Range
happens, do not allow your relations to pull you into the low frequency range
of anger, frustration, bitterness or regret.
in your high frequency states of love, contentment, joy, compassion and generosity
play music and tune out negativity, focus on those who appreciate what
you are offering, do something creative that serves your soul. If you are being
bombarded by negative energy excuse yourself and go do something yummy
just for you-take in a movie, go for a walk, play with your puppy, give yourself
a bubble bath, shoot some hoops.
Redirect Them into Helping you in a Good Way
you know that they are likely to be under foot, in your way or just over-helpful
in the wrong ways, have a list in advance of things you would like them to do
to help you in a "good way."
They'll feel good about being able to help, and making you pleased, and you will
manifest goodwill on all planes.
Monitor Your Own Verbal Expressions with Your Love Bubble
you say anything that you would regret or that will escalate into warfare, encase
yourself in positive, loving energy. Allow your "love bubble" to be
a place where you can breathe deeply and transform your negative energy to positive.
See cool, calming blue light starting at the top and washing over you down to
your toes at the bottom of the bubble.
step out, and say what you need to say in a calm, loving, respectful, constructive,
gracious, but firm way. Call upon the "right" words and tone of voice.
Give Santa Those "Hot Buttons" and Let Him Take Them Back to the North
can do all of the above five things, but if you allow your relatives to push those
"Hot Buttons," you'll be back where you started. Make a conscious decision
that you are giving those Hot Buttons to Santa-as your gift to yourself.
those previous memories of pain and angst with your relations and start fresh.
If they start down the old path, surprise them and don't engage! Let go of the
mind-chatter in your head that gets you crazy and allows them to get your goat.
Just decide NOT to go there. Instead just keep telling yourself, you deserve joy,
peace, goodwill and good, kindly relatives at the holidays! And they just might
turn out to be what you imagined! Now go and have a TRULY happy holiday!
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rays swim in a beautiful elongated arc, migrating as far south as the Caribbean
and as far north as New England.
Like giant autumn leaves floating in a sunlit pond, this vast expanse of thousands
magnificent stingrays animates the bright blue seas of the Gulf of Mexico. Taken
off the coast of Mexicos Holbox Island by amateur photographer Sandra Critelli,
this breathtaking picture captures the biannual migration of thousands of rays
as they follow the current from Mexicos Yucatan peninsula to western Florida.
Gliding silently beneath the waves they turned vast areas of blue water to gold
off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
stumbled across the phenomenon while looking for whale sharks. She said: 'It
was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The
surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked
like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind. It's hard to say exactly
how many there were but in the range of a few thousand. We were surrounded by
them without seeing the edge of the school and we could see many under the water
surface too. I
feel very fortunate I was there in the right place at the right time to experienced
nature at its best.'
up to 6ft 6in across from wing-tip to wing-tip, these golden cow-nose rays migrate
in groups or fevers as they glide their way silently
towards their summer feeding grounds. They have long, pointed pectoral fins that
separate into two lobes in front of their high-domed heads and give them a cow-like
having poisonous stingers they are known to be shy and non-threatening when in
large schools. The population in the Gulf of Mexico migrates, in schools of as
many as 10,000, clockwise from western Florida to the Yucatan.
(Contributed by Jane at www.The-Cats-Meow.com
rays are officially
known as Cow-nosed Stingrays because of their bovine-like high-domed heads ...
no mooing though.
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A VERY RARE JEWEL: DOING THE RIGHT THING...
Above Keith Stetzer and his wife Linda are thanked by Mark Brahms
when they return Susan Brahms' ring. "It
was one of those things -- somebody lost this; they have to be looking for it,"
Stetzer said. Sure, he could use the money, he said. Stetzer is a construction
worker; his wife, Linda, is a payroll clerk, and gas prices are not going down.
you don't have a whole lot, $40 is whole lot," he said. "But you've
got to stop and think about it. If you lost that ring, would you want somebody
to return it? If I lost my wallet, I would want somebody to return it." He
would not find out until days later that the diamond was 3.02 carats and an excellent
cut (photo below) worth about $40,000. He only knew that he should try to find
VA Let's say you're walking through a mall parking garage on the way back
to your car after a long day of maxing out your credit cards when something small
and round glints in the sun temporarily blinding you. When you recover your sense
of sight, you walk over to the shiny object and discover that it is a diamond
ring and not just any diamond, a 3 carat, perfectly cut diamond ring. After
pinching yourself and realizing this is not a dream but yet another typical sweltering
July day in the suburbs, you also realize that you have a decision to make: what
are you going to do with the ring? Now, this is a real question, a real-life "what
if" scenario with you as decision-maker. You hold in your hands the answer
to your grad school loans, your mortgage payment, a shining beacon which you envision
holding up to that nasal-voiced bill collector on the other end of the line and
saying "Not this time, lady! I am the master of my financial destiny!"
Who would know? Who would care? Just some rich folks who don't need the money
as badly as you, that's who! If they can drop this kind of dough on jewelry they
probably have enough stashed away for a new novelty! You rationalize. You justify.
You lie to yourself when you say that you won't feel guilty about this-that this
is your due. But, then, you do the right thing ...
all the ways Keith Stetzer imagined a diamond ring ending up on the ground of
a Tysons Corner parking garage a bad divorce, maybe an insurance scam
the truth was far more simple. After seeing "Mervis" imprinted on the
ring's band, Stetzer and his wife, Linda, enlisted the help of Mervis Diamond
Importers in verifying the owner. Jonathan Mervis, whose grandfather started the
the search daily online. Stetzer said he was on his way home from
his construction job when Mervis called one night to say that the ring probably
belonged to Mark and Susan Brahms and that Mark Brahms was bringing the certificate
to the store. The Stetzers grabbed the ring and drove a long distance out of their
way to meet them there. "He was kind of overjoyed, kind of in disbelief,"
Mervis said of Mark Brahms, adding that his wife was in New York but heard
the confirmation by phone. "He said she was just sobbing on the other
end of the line." Susan Brahms tends to take her rings off to put lotion
on her hands, and it is likely that's how the ring ended up in the parking area.
said that before meeting the Stetzers, he never considered anyone would be honest
enough to return such a valuable ring. That combined with the calls from people
he could NOT help inspired him to start an online lost and found dedicated solely
to rings. For his part, Stetzer said he is relieved that he no longer has to keep
the ring secure and that the calls from reporters will cease. The Stetzers said
the grateful couple gave them a reward, which they plan to donate to a charity
"We didn't earn it," he said. "That's not the way I was
brought up; my wife neither."
... so at family gatherings and other parties when the "what-if"
game presents itself, your friends look at you, some beaming with pride that they
have a friend as generous as you, a few with contempt for what they dub your biggest
mistake in life, but, whether you know it or not, you did the right thing Keith
and Linda Stetzer.
by Matt Kahnert: "It was one of my first days
at Mervis Diamond Importers, a Washington DC jewelry store, and I was somewhat
overwhelmed by the buzz that surrounded the place. We had reporters and media
people swarming the building. It seemed all the reporters kept repeating the same
amazement and admiration for the 'good Samaritans.' ... The great part about this
story is that the Stetzers arent superheroes. Theyre normal people,
like you and I. Anyone can do the right thing: We just have to recognize the opportunities
when they arise.")
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an attempt to find the owner, Linda Stetzer initially took the ring to a jeweler
who cleaned it, noted its value, and found the word "Mervis" imprinted
inside the band. The couple then brought the ring to the Mervis Diamond Center
in Tysons Corner, Virginia (map below). "My
uncle came up to me to say, 'You wouldn't believe what happened,' " said
Jonathan Mervis, whose grandfather started the family company.
Mervis Diamonds, he said, was impressed that the couple returned the ring and
even more so that they insisted they did not want publicity. "I'm not looking
for fame," Keith Stetzer said, "I'm just trying to return something
somebody lost." How easy it would have been to keep it, and rationalize that
theres no way we could ever find the real owner anyway. In fact, many people
admitted on message boards that they would have kept it if they were in similar
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