InspirEmail No 61 - June 6, 2005
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Making the best of what you get!

This is a story of identical twin boys. One was a hope-filled optimist. 'Everything is coming up roses!' he would say. The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy's Law, was an optimist.

The worried parents of the boys took them to the local psychologist. He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins' personalities. 'On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure.'

The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

When they peeked in on their pessimistic son, they heard him audibly complaining, 'I don't like the colour of this computer. . I'll bet this calculator will break . . . I don't like this game . . . I know someone who's got a bigger toy car than this . . .'

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their optimistic son gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling. 'You can't fool me! Where there's this much manure, there has to be a pony!'

Author Unknown


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The Hassle of the Heavy Bag

A teacher once told each of her senior students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they had refused to forgive in their life's experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving to school, next to their desk at school.

The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places.

Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity!

Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves!

Author Unknown

What Forgiveness Will Buy

Think of the time and energy a little forgiveness could buy you. Being frustrated, annoyed or angry uses up your precious time, energy, thoughts and actions.

Certainly there are situations worth getting angry about, but do you truly wish to give over even a little bit of yourself to the petty little things which really don't matter?

When someone does something to annoy you, consider how much of your valuable time you could save by forgiving that person, in your own mind, right then. When you forgive before you've even shown any anger, the matter will die and you can quickly move on.

Expect the best from those around you, and you'll very likely get it. Yet when someone falls short of your expectations, don't aggravate the problem by letting it sap your time and energy. Look for a way to quickly forgive and forget.

The more little things you can forgive, the more big things you can accomplish.

Author - Ralph Marston

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