Take your medicine

Think a minute…A successful writer named Norman Cousins became terminally ill. He was told he had only six months to live and that his chance of surviving was only 1 in 500.

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“Who said life’s fair?”

Think a Minute…Who said life’s fair? I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once. And there was a reason she said it often.

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What Drives You? (Part 1)

Think a minute…Everybody is driven by something. It could be ambition, greed, pride, shame, fear, insecurity, love, lust, debts, and other desires or needs. Today and tomorrow we will talk about some of the most common motivations and needs that drive us.

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Born on purpose

Think a minute…Ever hear parents say that one of their children was an “accident”? In other words, they had not planned to have a baby at that time. The genius scientist Albert Einstein, after his lifetime of studying the universe, said: “God does not play dice.”

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Stay in season

Think a minute…Have you eaten a fruit ‘out of season’? It does not taste nearly as sweet and good as a ripe one ‘in season’! It is so true: “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose.” In life, it is vitally important to ‘stay in season’ so that you are doing the right thing at the right time.

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Your life’s work

Think a minute…Vince Foster was appointed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to an important position in the national government. Yet not long after he achieved this success, Foster reportedly committed suicide on July 20, 1993.

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“Better late than never”

Think a minute…Harlan was only 5 years old when his father died. When Harlan was just 14 he quit school and started working on farms. At 16, he lied about his age and joined the American army. After serving only 1 year as a soldier he left and tried becoming a metal worker, but he failed at that too.

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Justice for All

Think a minute…Ever feel like it does no good to be good? The saying seems true: “No good deed goes unpunished.” You work hard, you are honest, kind and generous, yet you do not get the success you feel you have earned.

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Make the Most of Your Assets

Think a minute…Steve Morris was different than the other children. But he did not want to be different. He wanted to be just like everyone else, so they would accept and like him. Yet while Steve just wanted to be ordinary, he had a teacher who gave him the courage to be extraordinary.

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Where Do I Begin?

Think a minute…A mountain climber ended up lost, so he stopped to ask directions. He was told: “You cannot get there from here. You must start from the other side of the mountain.” The path the mountain climber was on was leading him to a dead end.

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Praise and punishment

Think a minute…John Wooden is one of the most successful sports coaches in U.S. history. In fact, psychologists have studied how Coach Wooden taught and motivated his players to become their best.

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Crime pays pain

Think a minute…This is an amazing true story about a Colonel in England. Although the Colonel was married, he also had a mistress. He, in fact, was planning to leave his wife for the other woman.

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“Win with words”

Think a minute…A famous man said, “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. Words are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges—or heal hearts.” It just depends on how you use them: as a weapon to hurt or a tool to help

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“The wealthy poor”

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect.

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The Real Competition

Think a minute…Did you have to compete with someone else to get the girl or guy you wanted? Whether we like it or not, competition is part of life. Usually there are other people besides you who want that job, scholarship, business, or title.

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“Balancing Act”

Think a minute…You remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It can be quite tricky. The bike shakes and wobbles everywhere until you finally learn how to balance your weight. Balance is important in everything.

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“How to Debate with Your Mate”

Think a minute…A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!”

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You are an answer

Think a minute…There is a story about a man who walked along the beach every day. Along the way he picked up starfish and threw them back into the sea one-by-one.

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Mistakes make money

Think a minute…A young man bought a plane ticket to Auckland, New Zealand. Later when he got home and looked closely at his ticket, he saw the travel agent had sold him a ticket to Oakland, California.

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“Give to live”

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying, “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving isn’t a sacrifice, it’s an investment. We actually get back much more than we give. So don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good.

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Editorial

Time for P.M. to introduce law to deal with Ministers’ private business interests

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued an impassioned plea to Members of Parliament, particularly Cabinet Ministers and Associate Ministers. In light of recent controversies involving Cabinet Ministers and their business interests, Tuilaepa’s call was quite simple. He wants them to stay far away from their family businesses, telling them to focus on their public duties instead.

Letters to the Editor

An open letter to leaders of Samoa

Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Columns

CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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