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always have to dream up there against the stars.
If I don't dream I will make it, I won't even get close."
~ Henry J. Kaiser...
August 28, 2006
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a simple gesture of kindness what possible difference could
it make? Ah, there lies the mystery and the magic! Do we only give
because we want an ego boost from knowing we "did good,"
or only when we get tangible proof that our gift will be put to
"proper" use? The beauty of unconditional kindness is
that we may NEVER know.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
THE RED MAHOGANY PIANO
years ago, when I was a young man in my twenties, I worked as a
salesman for a St. Louis piano company. We sold our pianos all over
the state by advertising in small town newspapers and then, when
we had received sufficient replies, we would load our little trucks,
drive into the area and sell the pianos to those who had replied.
time we would advertise in the cotton country of Southeast Missouri,
we would receive a reply on a postcard which said, in effect, "Please
bring me a new piano for my little granddaughter. It must be red
mahogany. I can pay $10 a month with my egg money."
old lady scrawled on and on and on that postcard until she filled
it up, then turned it over and even wrote on the front around
and around the edges until there was barely room for the address.
course, we could not sell a new piano for $10 a month. No finance
company would carry a contract with payments that small, so we ignored
day, however, I happened to be in that area calling on other replies,
and out of curiosity I decided to look the old lady up. I found
pretty much what I expected: The old lady lived in a one room sharecroppers
cabin in the middle of a cotton field. The cabin had a dirt floor
and there were chickens in the house.
the old lady could not have qualified to purchase anything on credit
no car, no phone, no real job, nothing but a roof over her
head and not a very good one at that. I could see daylight through
it in several places. Her little granddaughter was about 10, barefoot
and wearing a feedsack dress.
explained to the old lady that we could not sell a new piano for
$10 a month and that she should stop writing to us every time she
saw our ad. I drove away heartsick, but my advice had no effect
she still sent us the same post card every six weeks. Always
wanting a new piano, red mahogany, please, and swearing she would
never miss a $10 payment. It was sad.
couple of years later, I owned my own piano company, and when I
advertised in that area, the postcards started coming to me. For
months, I ignored them what else could I do?
then, one day when I was in the area something came over me. I had
a red mahogany piano on my little truck. Despite knowing that I
was about to make a terrible business decision, I delivered the
piano to her and told her I would carry the contract myself at $10
a month with no interest, and that would mean 52 payments.
I took the new piano in the house and placed it where I thought
the roof would be least likely to rain on it. I admonished her and
the little girl to try to keep the chickens off of it, and I left
sure I had just thrown away a new piano.
the payments came in, all 52 of them as agreed -- sometimes with
coins taped to a 3x5 inch card in the envelope. It was incredible!
So, I put the incident out of my mind for 20 years.
one day I was in Memphis on other business, and after dinner at
the Holiday Inn on the Levee, I went into the lounge. As I was sitting
at the bar having an after dinner drink, I heard the most beautiful
piano music behind me. I looked around, and there was a lovely young
woman playing a very nice grand piano.
a pianist of some ability myself, I was stunned by her virtuosity,
and I picked up my drink and moved to a table beside her where I
could listen and watch. She smiled at me, asked for requests, and
when she took a break she sat down at my table.
you the man who sold my grandma a piano a long time ago?"
didn't ring a bell, so I asked her to explain. She started to tell
me, and I suddenly remembered. My Lord, it was her! It was the little
barefoot girl in the feedsack dress!
told me her name was Elise and since her grandmother couldn't afford
to pay for lessons, she had learned to play by listening to the
radio. She said she had started to play in church where she and
her grandmother had to walk over two miles, and that she had then
played in school, had won many awards and a music scholarship. She
had married an attorney in Memphis and he had bought her that beautiful
grand piano she was playing.
else entered my mind. "Elise," I asked, "It's a little
dark in here. What color is that piano?"
red mahogany," she said, "Why?"
couldn't speak. Did she understand the significance of the red mahogany?
The unbelievable audacity of her grandmother insisting on a red
mahogany piano when no one in his right mind would have sold her
a piano of any kind? I think not.
then the marvelous accomplishment of that beautiful, terribly underprivileged
child in the feedsack dress? No, I'm sure she didn't understand
that either. But I did, and my throat tightened.
I found my voice. "I just wondered," I said. "I'm
proud of you, but I have to go to my room."
I did have to go to my room, because men don't like to be seen crying
Joe Edwards, Springfield, Missouri (Reprinted from www.TheUnleashed.com)
Joe has spent most of his working life
as a jazz pianist in Kansas City nightclubs.
He's now retired but still playing wedding receptions in the Missouri
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Yes You Can!
MANAGE YOUR FEARS,
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a hard time managing
it. Here is a brief list of techniques that you can use to help manage their most
persistent fears and every day anxieties.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with
a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task
into a series of smaller steps.
Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress
more manageable and increases your chance of success.
Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once.
this happens, take a deep breath and try to find something to do
for a few minutes to get your mind off of the problem. You could
get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that
will give you a fresh perspective on things.
Visualize a red stop sign in your mind when you encounter a fear
the negative thought comes, think of a red stop sign that serves
as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something
else. You can then try to think of something positive to replace
the negative thought.
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook
of positive statements that make you feel good.
you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it
down in a small notebook that you can carry around in your pocket.
Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your notebook
and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative
One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative
thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking.
encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge
those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity
and common sense.
For example, you're afraid that if you do not get that job promotion,
then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you
however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact
of the matter is that there are all kinds of jobs available and
just because you dont get this job promotion doesnt
mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs
all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere
if you are unhappy at your present location.
Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out
of bed in the mornings.
this happens, take a deep breath and try to find something to do
to get your mind off of the problem. You could take a walk, listen
to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give
you a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your
mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things.
Sometimes, we can get depressed over a task that we will have to
perform in the near future.
this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For
instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball
game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before
the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind.
Imagine that you're playing in front of a large audience. By playing
the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform "for
real" when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way
to reduce the fear and stress of an upcoming situation.
Learn to take it one day at a time.
Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the
week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different
opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how
to deal with your problems. You never know when the answers you
are looking for will come to your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine
percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for
that one percent to make a world of difference.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you.
possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression
and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional
advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By
talking to a professional, you will be helping yourself in the long
run because you will become better able to deal with your problems
in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
with our persistent fears is not easy. Remember that all you can
do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take things
in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed
in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your
Stan Popovich, author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear,"
a book of techniques for managing persistent fears and anxieties.
For additional information go to: www.ManagingFear.com
Swahili boys near Stone Town on shores of Indian Ocean.
is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. Every African
country is a mix of tribes each with their own unique language
and culture. Countries as small as Uganda have more than 30 tribes.
In Kenya you could be riding a camel in the desert with the Borana
one day, go on a walking safari with the Maasai a few days later
and finish your week exploring old Islamic coastal towns with
the Swahili on the shores of the Indian Ocean. If you are interested
in traditional African cultures there all kinds of cultural tours
available. You could go desert walking in Botswana with San Bushmen,
who are traditionally hunter-gatherers and live in small mobile
family groups. Here you will be shown how to collect veldt
foods (from wild fruits, nuts, berries, leaves, seeds,
roots and barks), track game, collect herbs and participate in
music and dance. You could try herding in East Africa with the
self-sufficient and proud Maasai, who are pastoralists and warriors.
Another unique experience is camel riding in the Sahara with the
Touareg of Mali. The bivouacs are organized with Touareg tents
in their dwellings or nearby. Meals are prepared by a cook based
on local goods mixed with imported ones. Further off the beaten
track there's Timbuktu with its fantastic mosques built of mud,
and the mysterious thousand-year-old Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Sited
on an open wooded plain surrounded by hills, the ruins comprise
the vast Great Enclosure complex, and the Hill Complex, a veritable
castle of interlocking walls and granite boulders. The ruins feature
an array of chevron, herringbone and many other intricate patterns
in its walls. The complex, which wealthy Shona-speaking cattlemen
built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, used no
mortar to bind the stone blocks and may have housed as many as
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you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies...
could give up chocolate, but I'm not a quitter.
cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can.
is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment.
the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
is nature's way of making up for Mondays.
wouldn't be so hard to take if it were chocolate covered.
has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.
"eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That
way, at least you'll get one thing done.
are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and
not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire
garment industry would be devastated!
you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't
eat all your chocolate, what's wrong with you?
covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit,
so eat all you like.
I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced
diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?
is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands
and then eat just one of the pieces.
calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge.
Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the
chocolate to protect themselves.
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