My way

Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”

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Give an ear

Think a minute…A guy was complaining to his friend about his wife’s nagging. He said: “All my wife does is talk, talk, talk, talk.” His friend asked: “Well what does she talk about?” He answered: “I don’t know, she don’t say!”

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A great woman

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on.

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How to change others

Think a minute…Someone said: “You can always get what you want, if you help other people get what they want.” Frank Bettger started selling life insurance as a young man.

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Return to your roots

Think a minute…In recent decades millions of people have wanted to know their racial roots and ethnic heritage. Some family reunions are so important that family members travel thousands of miles across oceans to meet their relatives.

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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. He felt that his past lifestyle of worry, fear and anger had partly caused his disease, so he wondered: “If sickness can be caused by negative, bad thinking and emotions, can good health be caused by positive ones?”

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What drives you? (Part 2)

Think a minute…What drives you? Yesterday we talked about three of the most common motivations that drive and control our lives. Today we will finish with two more. Many of us are driven by our love of money and the material things we can buy with it.

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Untold what drives you? (Part 1)

Think a minute…Everybody is driven by something. It could be ambition (good or bad), 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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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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My way

Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”

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The unlocked door

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home.

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Natural high

Think a minute…Imagine there was a safe, legal drug that not only made you feel good, but was actually good for you. And best of all, it was free! A former drug addict named William Burroughs says: “Every feeling you get on drugs you can get without drugs.”

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Born on purpose

Think a minute…Ever hear parents say that one of their children was an “accident”?

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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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Untold suffering

Think a minute…It has been called the worst tragedy in the history of the U.S. state of Illinois, yet most Americans have never heard of it.

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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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Don’t follow your conscience

Think a minute…Some young children were asked this question: “What is a conscience?” A 6-year-old boy said he thought it was “the bad feeling you get when you kick girls and puppies.” A 9-year-old said your conscience is “a voice inside that says ‘No’ when you want to beat up your little brother.”

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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. He used both praise and punishment, but he knew when to use each.

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Good Directions

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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Editorial

An open letter to the Minister for Revenue and the H.R.P.P. government

To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”

Letters to the Editor

Blame it on the rain? Yeah Yeah

Dear Editor Re: Use of Police vehicle questioned This Police Toyota Truck was received as part of Australia’s Aid and paid for by the Australian taxpayers. Now the police have abused this vehicle for personal use the day it arrived.

Street Talk

What should become of the Vaitele market?

The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.

Columns

SHADOW ON THE HEART

We’re in a hospital going around touch the ground

Between the Lines

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dream

The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.

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