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Keith Wommack: Why A Dirty Old Wicker Basket Can Clean Up your Mind

A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point:A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way.One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?
 
”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, yet all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him to try again.This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and that he would use a bucket instead. The man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough.” Then the man went out the front door to watch the boy try again.
 
The boy, now, knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would still leak out. So, the boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.Out of breath, he said, “See, it’s useless!” The man said, “Look at the basket.”The boy looked at the basket and, for the first time, he realized that the basket looked different. 
 
Instead of a dirty, old, wicker coal basket, it was clean.The man said, “That’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”He continued, “Take time to read a portion of God’s Word each day; it will change you even if you don’t think you are retaining a word.”
- by Stormy Becker Falso
 
Read the Bible. Read inspiration. Read about the Truth. Fill your heart and mind with goodness  and purity and we are washed of any resentment, distrust.  We are renewed in hope and joy.   Keep reading and happy cleaning!!
 
Love, Pamela
 
Keith Wommack is a Christian Science expert that specializes in spiritual healing. Wommack started his career by giving lectures around the United States inspiring listeners to focus on their own health and faith and the connection between these things. He is now a syndicated columnists whose work can be found in the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, and the Hawaii Reporter. When he isn’t spending time with his family, he encourages other to live a life of love, health, and spirituality.
 
Stormy Becker Falso is also a teacher and practitioner of Christian Science. A mother of two, Stormy lives in Atlanta Georgia with her husband where she has found her way to Christian Science through many different life experiences– from teaching in her children’s schools to working as a news reporter. She now leads a life of love, thriving in the connection between health and spirituality.  

Everyone Should be Excellent

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.”

—Steve Jobs

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Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent.  Don’t take an endeavor lightly: 

  • Either you are building a company or watching TV.
  • Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car. 
  • Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine.
  • Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up. 
  • Giving the postman a smile, or ignoring her.  
 
Everything COUNTS.  Every one of your activities can reflect excellence!

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Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco—my own “home sweet home”. He was the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was incredibly influential in the technology sector, revolutionizing how we interact with technology and computers. Although Jobs started his adulthood with little direction, he soon discovered that he could be truly excellent in the field of technology and business. After traveling the world and working for Atari, Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. The duo created a product and business model that allowed the average American to have access to a computer. Tragically, Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 at 56 years old. He has left us with a legacy of hard work, creativity, and dedication to one’s goals. 

Patrick Henry: “Find the Peace so Sweet that You will Purchase it”

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
 
We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.
 
We paid the price.  He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our own life today, in a beautiful and free country. 
 
What liberty will you fight for? What is so “dear and sweet” to you– that you must preserve for your future children?  
 
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Born in 1736, Patrick Henry became governor of Virginia and an American leader in the struggle for freedom. He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress. This quote came from a speech he gave in 1775 that appealed for citizens’ rights to bear arms. Patrick Henry dedicated his life to securing total freedom for the American people. He was instrumental in the adoption of the Bill of Rights so that individuals’ rights across America would be protected so that future generations would know freedom. 

Whistle from the Loquat Tree

WHISTLE FROM THE LOQUAT TREE

She was running around underneath the loquat tree, searching, searching. She could hear the sound and she knew he was nearby. But where was he? She looked underneath the bushes by the side door; she ran by the bedroom window, but when she scampered across the lawn to the black walnut tree, the whistle would call her back. She had gone too far, and knew to return.

Whistle, whistle. Ever so softly. It was comforting, familiar. Dad could whistle from his mouth without puckering his mouth into an “o.” No one knew how to whistle like him, and certainly the kids at school didn’t because they only knew the “o” way. It was out of the side of his mouth and was not too strong but always the same, sure tone.

Around and around she still couldn’t find him! Under every bush, behind every tree… and finally she heard a voice, “Look up.” And there he was, standing near the uppermost parts of the branches of her beloved loquat tree, looking down lovingly, laughingly, at his seven year old daughter. She sensed a flooding of relief, at last of knowing where he was. And boy was he smart, she thought. She had never thought to look up…

And that’s how I think of you now, Dad. You’re watching over me. You’re smiling and watching me grow and learn and strive…. and when I seem to get off track a little bit, or confused, or even downcast, or get a little too far out near the black walnut tree, I hear your whistle in my mind. I look up. I can see you smiling. “You’re doing O.K.”

Thanks, Dad, for watching over me. You have given me the inspiration to pursue…

I hope I make it to the top of the loquat tree. I bet the views are marvelous up there. It’s a lot easier to see up there, isn’t it? You climbed the tree and you know what it is like. But Dad, I don’t feel as if I have even started climbing yet! I’m still running around on the ground trying to decide which tree to climb. That’s the hardest decision! But I know when I do start climbing it will be very natural for me, I think…. I hope I follow your way. Not your career, but the way you pursued your career, and life. I do hope I see your view someday. But really, I know too to enjoy swinging upside down on that extended branch, eating up my loquats with abandon, realizing the climb, is, the joy. I know it’s beautiful up there. It’s also beautiful to swing….

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addition 4-29-94, Manhattan Beach, LA

“Charming is the Word for Alcoholics” – Fulton Oursler (1940)

Rarely do I send out parts of a full article, but here is a good example of seeing great qualities in someone who is struggling.  No matter what someone seems to be tied up in, they have so much good in their minds and hearts. Find the good amidst the challenge!

“Charming is the Word for Alcoholics” By Fulton Oursler 

Down at the very bottom of the social scale of AA society are the pariahs, the untouchables, and the outcasts, all known by one excoriating epithet-relatives.

Such is my considered opinion. As a journalist it has been my fortune to meet many of the people who are considered charming. I number among my friends stars, and lesser lights of stage and cinema; writers are my daily diet. I know the ladies and gentleman of both political parties; I have been entertained in the White House. I have broken bread with kings and ministers and ambassadors and I say after that catalog, which could be extended, that I would prefer an evening with my AA friends to any person or group of persons I have indicated.

I ask myself why I consider so charming these alcoholic caterpillars who have found their butterfly wings in Alcoholics Anonymous. There are more reasons than one, but I can name a few.

They are imaginative, and that helps to make them alcoholics. Some of them drank to flog their ambition on to greater efforts. The AA people are what they are, and they were what they were, because they are sensitive, imaginative, possessed of a sense of humor…

And they are possessed of a sense of universal truth. That is often a new thing in their hearts. The fact that this at-one-meant with God’s universe had never been awakened in them is sometimes the reason why they drank. The fact that it was at last awakened is almost always the reason why they were restored to the good and simple ways of life. Stand with them when the meeting is over, and listen while they say the “Our Father.”  They have found a power greater than themselves which they diligently serve. And that gives them a charm that never was elsewhere on land or sea. It makes you know that God, Himself, is really charming, because the AA people reflect His mercy and His forgiveness.

Liberty Magazine© – 1940

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Charles Fulton Oursler (January 22, 1893 - May 24, 1952) was an American journalist, playwright, editor and writer. Oursler grew up in Baltimore, the poor son of a city transit worker. His childhood passions were reading and stage magic. While still in his teens, he got a reporter’s job for the Baltimore American and married Rose Karger. They had two children, but the marriage ended in divorce.

He was Supervising Editor of the various magazines and newspapers published by Bernarr MacFadden from 1921-41. Macfadden urged him to drop the “Charles” from his name. He became editor of “Liberty” after Macfadden acquired it in 1931. Oursler left MacFadden Publications shortly after Bernarr MacFadden was ousted from the company and Ourler’s tenure with the company was continuous from 1921-41, except for a brief period following the success of “The Spider” (1928). In 1925, Oursler married Grace Perkins, who was a former actress, prodigious contributor to the Macfadden magazines. Several of her novels were made into films

Writing as Anthony Abbot, he was a notable author of mysteries and detective fiction. His well known works are “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, “The Greatest Book Ever Written”, “A Skeptic in the Holy Land”, and “The Spider”.

Source: Wikipedia