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40 Nuggets to conquer this new Year!

  1. Now and then, break out the fancy china and drink the good wine for no reason at all.
  2. Dance at weddings until your feet are sore.
  3. Tell your partner you love them every night before falling asleep. Someday you’ll find the other side of the bed empty and wish you could.
  4. Don’t fear sadness, as it tends to sit right next to love.
  5. Treat you body like a house you have to live in for another 70 years.
  6. Never raise your voice, except for at a ballgame.
  7. Do one good deed every single day, but never tell anyone about it.
  8. Time doesn’t heal anything when it comes to relationships. Don’t delay difficult conversations.
  9. Find the things that make your eyes light up. Do more of those.
  10. Always remind yourself that your track record for making it through your bad days is perfect.
  11. If something has a minor issue, repair it. Minor issues become major issues over time. Applies equally to love, friendships, health and home.
  12. The most damning lie you can tell is the lie you tell to yourself.
  13. No one has ever argued their way to happiness.
  14. If you’re going to lose a fight, make sure the other person thinks twice before fighting you again.
  15. Getting old is no picnic, but it’s much better than the alternative.
  16. You may occasionally disappoint others, but make sure to never disappoint yourself.
  17. Never let a good friendship atrophy. Send the text, make the call, plan the trip. Good friendships must be treasured.
  18. When you meet someone, look them in the eye, give a firm handshake, and call them by their name.
  19. Give everybody a second chance, but never a third.
  20. The ‘good old days’ are always happening right now.
  21. Whenever you hug someone, make sure they are the one to let go first.
  22. If it’s raining on a warm summer evening, go outside and dance in it.
  23. Taking no risk is the biggest risk you can take. Regret from inaction is always more painful than regret from action.
  24. It doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be wonderful.
  25. When in doubt, love. We can always use more love.
  26. Looking presentable is a matter of self-respect.
  27. When you’re feeling down, smile at yourself in the mirror for a full minute.
  28. Travel as much as you can. Collect one token from every trip to remember it by.
  29. If there’s something bothering you, ask yourself whether it will matter in one month. If not, let it go right now.
  30. Stop trying to change people who don’t want to be changed.
  31. You many win the argument, but if you lose the friend, what was the point?
  32. Stubborn pride is the downfall of many men and women. Learn to forget the slight hurts and avoid grudges.
  33. Do one thing that challenges your mind every single day. A crossword puzzle, math problem, anything. Daily “exercise” will keep your mind sharp for the long haul.
  34. If something isn’t working and your gut tells you to try harder, first ask whether there’s just an easier way to do it.
  35. Allow your kids to fail. You will hat it, but it’s so important.
  36. There’s nothing wrong with shedding old relationships as you grow and change.
  37. No amount of money is ever worth trading for your peace of mind.
  38. If your kid wants to dance in line at the store, join them.
  39. Smile and say good morning to strangers on the street.
  40. Laugh loudly and unapologetically whenever you feel like it.


Three things in life that once gone, never come back;
Three things in life that can destroy a person;
Three things in life that are never certain;
Three things that make a person;
-Hard work
Three things in life that are most valuable
-Family and Friends
Three things in life that you should never lose;

Transmuting Adversity Into A Benefit

Every adversity, every unpleasant experience, every failure, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. Search for this seed when you meet with any form of defeat. Examine every adversity carefully. You will discover that it has a potential benefit for you far in excess of that which you lost through the experience. Explore this benefit, make the most of it, and you will discover one of the most profound of all the success principles. You will have learned how to convert stumbling blocks into stepping stones.


  • You Need To Start

This is your only life

It’s too short to keep putting off doing what you want to do

Live your life for you, not anyone else.

  • Your Environment Is Crucial

Regardless of how disciplined or motivated you are

If you’re in the wrong environment you’ll never get anything done.

  • Be Ready To Pivot

Things change, plans fall through and life happens.

Be ready and willing to pivot when chasing your goals according to the feedback you’re getting.

  • Be A Book Worm

I love reading, I love learning

But too much reading and not enough doing is just like binge-watching YouTube.

Read, apply, and repeat.

  • You Need To Be Selfish

You can’t pour from an empty cup

So be selfish, fill your cup first and then you can be selfless and pour into others.

  • The Gym Is Preparation

In the gym, your mind is telling you to quit the whole time

By not quitting, you’re building your mental fortitude and resilience in preparation for life.

  • You Can’t Stop Learning

The moment you stop learning, you stop progressing

Acquire new knowledge, learn new skills, apply, progress, and repeat.

  • Not  Everyone Wants You To Win

Learn to recognize those that truly want the best for you and those that don’t.

Cut out the latter.

  • Risk Is A Part Of Life

Whether you’re taking a new job, starting your own business or moving to a new country

Anything that has the potential to improve your life involves risk.

Embrace it.

  • Challenge Your Beliefs

Why do you belief something? Because your parents told you? Because the news told you?

Challenge what you believe, be willing to listen to opposing opinions and always be ready to learn.

  • Money Can Buy Happiness

Money can buy you time freedom,

Location freedom and most importantly/

The opportunity to do what actually makes you happy.

  • You Need Discomfort

Whether it’s physical discomfort in the gym or mental discomfort when chasing your goals.

Embracing discomfort is the key to long- term fulfillment.

  • Failure Isn’t Final

Failure is nothing but a sign telling you which direction not to go.

Stop treating it like a never – ending red light.

  • Consistency Always Wins

Talented but not consistent?

You’ll fail

Hardworking but not consistent?

You’ll fail

So long as you have consistency – You’ll win Eventually.


• Failure helps you to realise that most people around you just love what you have and not who you are.

• When you loose your position of influence , riches, marriage, job etc, you will realize that failure is an orphan and success is a child of all. You will experience the trinity of loneliness :- i.e *(you,/yourself/alone).*

• When you hit your lowest point in life, most of your friends and relatives will be glad that you’ve dropped from grace to grass and that you’re no longer competing with them. In this life everyone around you is competing with you except your biological parents.

• Some people will pretend to render you help but their help will never be meaningful to change your situation for the better.

• Don’t stand still and look down at your low point. Failure spawns creativity, motivation and tenacity. Arise and shine, put your head up, shake off the dust and take small steps forward in the direction you know you must head. “For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: ….”Proverbs 24:16. “ *_My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure_ .”   Abraham Lincoln.*

• Make the decision to confess and repent of your sins.

• The big brother will always be there to remind you of your past, please just remind him of your future. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”.John 3:17

• Our heavenly father loves you with an everlasting love “… *I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” — Jeremiah 31:3*

• Failure can also help you to discover yourself, and to know who are your true friends (A friend in need is a friend indeed ).

Finally, always be motivated by some of these best and greatest minds to have ever existed Hakainde Hichilema the current president of Zambia, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Colonel Harland David Sanders , Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Strive Masiyiwa, to mention but a few, at some point they all had their share of failure.

The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Amen.


“If you quit on the process, you are quitting on the result.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
In the past few years, I have encountered several young men and women with unreasonable and unrealistic expectations in life.
There appears to be some level of impatience in several young men and women. They want to reach the top fast. They want success now, not later……
There is something wrong somewhere.
The other day, I participated in buying a Motorcycle to a relative. We were concerned that he was being misused by paying 300 Bob per day to the owner, and reasoned that it would be better if he had his owner bike. We chanced upon a second hand Motorcycle that was used by a company, paid for it, and went for repairs. When we called him to come pick it up. He rejected it. He said that the number plate was old and he wanted something new like the one he was riding.
He wondered why we were driving new cars and wanted to gift him kitu Mzee ime oza.
He walked off in a huff, leaving us astounded.
We thought we were helping, kumbe….. There was an attitude problem.
Two years ago a friend of mine asked whether there was a vacancy in order to help her sister who had tarmaced for five years. We were just opening up a new Branch opposite Yaya Center, and all positions were filled, apart from that of a receptionist. With a pay of 20k, I thought it was a good opening for the graduate relative to my friend.
When she came she bluntly told us “Mimi ni graduate, siwezi fanya kazi kama hiyo”, she said in an accent that she didn’t come far from a certain big Lake. She had just a degree, no post graduate certification, nothing. That is when we did a full interview after advertising in the Papers.
I have given the testimony of the lady from Karatina who got the job, she had a Masters in Finance, a BCom and a full CPA(K).
The Karatina Lady saw this as an opportunity to bridge a gap. She served as a Receptionist just for nine months before settling on a Job in the finance department in a multinational. She used the receptionist job to sell herself better and meet potential employers in person. We knew that she would not last, but were touched by her Humility.
These, and many more incidences bring me to the my Thought for today….. Something called Process.
Many people just see the end product. They have no idea what you went through to become what you are.
Many see people driving big cars, but have no idea what you went through to buy it.
Many people see fellows living in mansions they have no idea what went into the building.
That is why many young people believe fake stories about Illuminati and Freemasonry.
Two of the founding directors of Health TV are leading Neurosurgeons in Germany and United States respectively. They are extremely successful. But if you listen to their stories about how they survived early in their lives in Europe, you will be shocked. They had to become Taxi Drivers in order to make ends meet. They had to contend with open racism and bias as young Doctors.
Same story to many people with relatives in Diaspora. You get someone wearing oversize American clothes, using IPhone sijui what, driving the latest model of BMW…. All sent by relatives in the Diaspora, who work like 18 hours a day in order to send such luxuries home to their parents.
I have met some fellows who want to write, but they want to be like Kwendo Opanga on day 1.
Many young people simply lack the ability to to see through the process. They are used to finding things done for them.
This is why I always tell people to appreciate the value of hard times.
I believe everyone has to go through some extreme hard times in order to remove kaujinga kana kuwanga kwa kichwa.
Without going through tough times, you will never grow up to appreciate the value of the process. You will still be throwing tuntrams at 30 years.
This is one area I see Indian families beat African Families. They ensure that their children are involved in the process and appreciate the value of every shilling.
Africans pamper their children, and teach them how to consume, instead of the process to create.
My plea to parents :ensure that your children are fully grown up by teaching them the process…..
Have a year full of Process….. Not just the end product.

The Mountain !!!

There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains. The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain. They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain. Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home. The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another. After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet. Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below. As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them. They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb. And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be? One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?” She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby

Here’s to the crazy ones-a tribute to Steve Jobs


Here’s to the crazy ones. 

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,

disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent.    They imagine.    They heal.

They explore.    They create.    They inspire.

They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The anatomy of millionaires

Well, while one or two millionaires may be described in some of these words, the stuff the average millionaire is made of baffles. A peek into their lives reveals a different story: hard work, sacrifice, frugality, sheer devilry risk taking coupled with a steely determination to succeed.

We would like to say luck was on their side or some tall or well heeled relative put them in ‘the stead’ hence they had a head start in life unlike most of us, but yet a keener look at them reveals the stunner stuff they are made of.

In terms their outlook, they are a different breed altogether that sees the glass as half full; and never half empty, hence their resounding success.

They are persistent and focused, bold, entrepreneurial, patient, creative, disciplined among other attributes. And their stories run the gamut from inventors, celebrities, industrialists to struggling entrepreneurs who over years built enviable business empires.

And while few became millionaires from their fast lane jobs, nearly all of them rose from the low-rated jobs.

Warren Buffet, for instance, started as an itinerant supplier delivering newspapers to people using a bicycle. Today, his business empire is valued at around $47 billion.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest and powerful women in the world and whose net worth hovers around $2.7 billion, started off in a humble way as a grocery store clerk.

Girgio Armani, the eccentric Italian billionaire, whose net worth today stands at $5.3 billion was a photography assistant.

Even stories of our very own is a portrait of a humble beginning. The late Gerishon Kirima was a carpenter then a butcher and this confirms that there is something: a rare business acumen that propels millionaires from the bottom end of society. At the time of death this year, Kirima had built an empire worth more than Sh750 million.

And it is this rare trait coupled with ‘smart thinking’ devoid of even impressive college certificates that probably saw Njenga Karume manage to pull himself up and build a massive business empire from the unenviable lowly-rated menial job of a charcoal seller, according to his biography: Beyond Expectations; from Charcoal to Gold.

But perhaps one of the most outstanding traits of millionaires is their clenched teeth determination to pursue whatever they focus on, and do not care about the opinions of others, and without fearing any failure.

When asked about how people reacted to his intention to resign from teaching a few years ago, the late Kenyan poultry millionaire Henry Muguku said: “my principal thought I was crazy because my job was stable. But I was determined.”

It is this ‘craziness’ coupled with steely determination, traits common with all millionaires, that saw him build the biggest hatchery in the country estimated to be worth more than Sh3 billion.

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group of companies epitomises how determination to pursue one’s passion regardless of one’s weakness (he was dyslexic can take a person far.

As a teenager school drop out, Branson started with his passion: starting his own newspaper. Today, he is a quintessential billionaire, with over 400 companies under his arm and ranked as the 254th richest person in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2011.

But as the number of self-made millionaires seems to rise even amidst the worst global financial crisis in recent times, scientists are weaving another strand in the whole question about the stuff millionaires are made of.

A June 2006 article published in The Mail Online quotes a research done in Britain and the US on entrepreneur-millionaires, which found that self-made millionaires’ success could actually lie in their genes.

This is contrary to the generally held notion that family environment and upbringing influence going it alone.

Stacy Kiruthi, an entrepreneurship consultant, argues that it’s a combination of factors such as planning, thinking big, superb management acumen, and the people one associates with, chance and fearlessness that make the millionaire tick.

“They are penny-wise. They combine frugality and always live below their means. They seem to fully ascribe to the rule ‘look after your cents and the shillings will look after themselves.”

What of education? A peek into most of their resumes, such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Richard Branson, Michael Dell (the University of Texas drop out who has built the world known, Dell, a computer company and is today a magnate estimated to be worth about $13.5 billion), Apple’s Steve Jobs, and off course some of the local millionaires shows they went through the ‘school of hard knocks’ or street school but emerged wiser than most of us in the subject of money and wealth making.

But there is never a shortage of ‘eccentrics’, even crazy few within this class, perhaps a tipping point of the genius bubbling in them.

Graham Pendrill, a British millionaire traded his £1.2 million mansion in his native town Almondsbury for a Maasai mud hut in Kenya last year having been adopted by the Maasai as an elder.

Karl Rebeder, a French millionaire who grew up in poverty decided to give out his entire fortune valued at £3 million claiming the money “did not give him happiness” as he had thought when he was poor. He opted to retreat into a small wooden hut into the mountains from a luxurious Alpine retreat.

Stacy says that this is unexpected from this ilk “as at they are first and foremost ordinary human beings like everybody else. The fact that they are millionaires is because they concentrate more and unrelentlessly on investing and the experience has made them wiser.”

Too many descriptions and conjectures as to what makes millionaires exist, yet no single word or as compelling explanation exists apart from probably the horse’s mouth.

Richard Branson says many people ask him what his secret is and what they can do to be millionaires. The reply: “I always tell them the same thing. I have no secret. There are no rules to follow in business. I just work hard and, as I always have done, believe I can do it. Most of all, through, I try to have fun.”

Around the turn of the century, in the area of Texas,there was a farmer selling much of his land.

He was having to sell it simply because times were so tough he couldn’t feed his family.

One day an oil company representative came along and said “Sir,we think there might be oil on your property

Let us drill for it and if we discover any, we will pay you royalties on every barrel  that we pop out”

He had nothing to lose and a great deal to gain so he said lets do it

They drilled for the oil and found an abundance of oil underneath it was the most productive  oil well in history-Three oil companies came out of that field

The man became an instant millionaire-or did he?


The reality is he had been a multimillionaire ever  since he acquired the property but until they had drilled for the oil, discovered it, and brought it to the surface and took it to the marketplace it really had no value.

We at found out that a lot of businesses around the entire globe are pretty much that  way, they have got an awful lot underneath the surface, but until they bring it out and take it to the marketplace, they will never realize even a small fraction of the financial benefits that they can bring to themselves,their family, their friends, their community and everyone else.

The Core purpose of  is not only to help you bring to the surface  the products and services that you offer but also to take it to the worldwide marketplace where it will bring in the much needed revenue.

Visit  and allow us to help you discover

 your Oil Well.

It Isn’t Costly

Does the grouch get richer quicker than the
friendly sort of man?
Can the grumbler labour better than the cheerful
fellow can?
Is the mean and churlish neighbour any cleverer
than the one
Who shouts a glad “good morning,” and then
smiling passes on?

Just stop and think about it. Have you ever
known or seen
A mean man who succeeded, just because he
was so mean?
When you find a grouch with honours and with
money in his pouch,
You can bet he didn’t win them just because
he was a grouch.

Oh, you’ll not be any poorer if you smile along
your way,
And your lot will not be harder for the kindly
things you say.
Don’t imagine you are wasting time for others
that you spend:
You can rise to wealth and glory and still pause
to be a friend.


Time to Breathe

If you only knew the reason, For the sudden change in season. For the trouble that was caused, And the life you put on pause. Halting this life in such a way, Made it hard to see a new day. Burning this day in my skull, Made it hard to reach even for a pull. Almost losing all of my grasp, Not much to grab on to nothing to clasp. And in the end the message is clear, With much to lose but nothing to fear. Even though at times with nothing to see, Strong perseverance will set you free.

It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quitting,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


Success is more than arriving – it is also attempting; more than realizing -it is also reaching.
Happiness comes not from having much to live on but having much to live for.
Success never resides in the world of weak wishes, but in the palace of purposeful plans and prayerful persistence.
Pessimism achieves no success over persistence.
Temporary defeat never spells total failure; one victory never assures permanent success.
A real success is one who makes his mark in life without smearing others.
Excellence without effort is as futile as progress without preparation
Work can be our friend or foe, or joy or our woe.
Success, like happiness, is more than a destination – it is a venture; more than an achievement – it is an attitude.
The greatest failure is the failure to try.
Alter your attitude and you will change your life.
Who seeks success, let him prepare.
Improvement is the son of discontent; success is the offspring of preparation.
To emphasize the positive – the affirmative – is to travel the high road of joy.


The Power of Trust

“In the Indiana Jones movie, The Quest for The Holy Grail, Indy finds himself at the precipice of a bottomless chasm. On the other side of the abyss stands the sacred temple in which the cup of Christ awaits him. Indy has searched the entire world for the Holy Grail, defied all kinds rats, skeletons and villains, nearly lost his father, and risked death many times to come to this point.   Now he is so close and yet so far. Standing alone, looking down into this endless gorge, he remembers the instruction that was foretold to help him when he reached this point in his journey: Faith. Indy takes a deep breath and steps out over the chasm. He sees nothing to stand on, but he decides to follow the advice to *Trust*. As soon as he leans out over the abyss, a bridge appears and he finds himself fully supported on a solid mass. The entire chasm, which seemed quite impossible to mortal eyes, was but a test of Faith. The bridge was there all along, but it could only be seen by those who stepped onto it. Faith is the vision of things unseen. Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. Jesus instructed, Blessed are those who see and believe, and even more blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” How many bridges have you not crossed because you couldn’t see them? How can you view things differently this time and notice the hidden gold within every fear or obstacle? Will you give yourself the permission to leap across the chasm of your fears?, knowing that when you do, you’ll transform not only yourself, but your world as well? How many missed opportunities for joy and fulfilment are waiting for you, right now as you read this? Can you see the possibilities of daring to Dream a bigger Dream for yourself, your family, your community, your world? The possibilities are endless! As you become the co-creator of your world, you’ll realise how incredible your power really is. As you share your Dream with others, you’ll liberate them as well! Dare to Dream my friend, DARE to Dream! and you’ll build a bridge to your Dreams and in ways you haven’t imagined! 


Statue of John Harvard, founder of Harvard Uni...

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the president of Harvard’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods country folks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Cambrigde. She frowned. “We want to see the president, “the man said softly. “He’ll be busy all day,” the secretary snapped. “We’ll wait,” the lady replied. For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. “Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they’ll leave, “she told him. He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn’t have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham and homespun suits cluttering his office. The president, stern-faced with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, “We had a son that attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard, and was very happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him somewhere on campus. “The president wasn’t touched, he was shocked. “Madam,” he said gruffly, “we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.” “Oh, no” the lady explained quickly, “we don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would give a building to Harvard.” The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, “A building!! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard!!” For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don’t we just start our own?” Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, CA where they established the University that bears their name…a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about. “You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”

Always Remember Those who Serve

ice cream van

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.   “How much is an ice cream sundae?” “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. “How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she said brusquely. The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies – her tip

Keeper of the Spring!!

The late Peter Marshall was an eloquent speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate. He used to love to tell the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps.

The old gentleman had been hired many years earlier by a young town councilman to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt that would otherwise have choked and contaminated the fresh flow of water. The village soon became a popular attraction for vacationers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal clear spring, the mill wheels of various businesses located near the water turned day and night, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was picturesque beyond description.

Years passed. One evening the town council met for its semiannual meeting. As they reviewed the budget, one man’s eye caught the salary figure being paid the obscure keeper of the spring. Said the keeper of the purse, “Who is the old man? Why do we keep him on year after year? No one ever sees him. For all we know, the strange ranger of the hills is doing us no good. He isn’t necessary any longer.” By a unanimous vote, they dispensed with the old man’s services.

For several weeks, nothing changed.

By early autumn, the trees began to shed their leaves. Small branches snapped of and fell into the pools, hindering the rushing flow of sparkling water. One afternoon someone noticed a slight yellowish-brown tint in the spring. A few days later, the water was much darker. Within another week, a slimy film covered sections of the water along the banks, and a foul odour was soon detected. The mill wheels moved more slowly, some finally ground to a halt. Swans left, as did the tourists. Clammy fingers of disease and sickness reached deeply into the village.

Quickly, the embarrassed council called a special meeting. Realizing their gross error in judgment, they rehired the old keeper of the spring, and within a few weeks, the veritable river of life began to clear up. The wheels started to turn, and new life returned to the hamlet in the Alps.

Never become discouraged with the seeming smallness of your task, job, or life. Cling fast to the words of Edward Everett Hale: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. ” The key to accomplishment is believing that what you can do will make a difference.