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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Finish well

Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It is easy to get caught up with both “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat.”

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Fight by the rules

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.

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From Russia with love

Think a minute...This is a true Russian love story. Nadya von Meck was the wealthiest woman in Moscow. But all of her money and fortune could not comfort her after her husband died. She then escaped inside her luxurious home and tried to heal her broken heart by playing the music she loved on her piano.

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Shortcuts to paradise

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.

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Win over worry (Part 2)

Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually died of old age. She wasted more than half of her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we will continue our strategy for winning over worry.

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Win over worry (Part 1)

Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” Worrying chokes the life and strength out of you! Constant worrying strangles us emotionally, gradually taking away our hope and happiness.

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Almost irresistible

Think a minute…During the Korean War a South Korean civilian was arrested by the North Koreans and condemned to be executed. But when the young North Korean leader learned that the prisoner was not a soldier but the head of an orphanage caring for young children, he decided to let him live.

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By its cover

Think a minute…In the year 1830 Joe moved into a small community in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Even though Joe was a kind, honest and good citizen, from the day he moved to town he was rejected and ridiculed. Wherever he went people laughed at him, and when they saw him walking their direction they would quickly cross to the other side of the street.

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Marks of Maturity (Part 2)

Think a minute…It’s been said:”The human race has improved everything except the human race.” Sadly, some of us remain immature all our lives, so we are almost like boys and girls living in adult bodies.

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Marks of maturity (Part 1)

Think a minute…A little boy lost a footrace at school, so he came home angry and jealous of the other kids who won ahead of him. His father saw his son’s bad attitude and said: “Son, anybody can be kind when they win.

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Famous Failures

Think a minute…All of us at times feel like we will never achieve the full success in our career that we want. But it helps us to know that nearly every successful person had to overcome hurdles before they reached his or her goal of success.

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Just a spoonful

Think a minute…In 1919, just after World War I, the cholera disease broke out all over Europe killing many thousands of people. The British government sent doctors all over the world to find a cure for cholera. These doctors later came back and said that the Chinese did not get cholera because they boiled their water before they used it.

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The juggler

Think a minute…There was a young man who moved from his home in Italy to live in America. He studied juggling and soon became famous all over the world. Later in his life, after years of success as a juggler and performer, he decided to return home to Italy and retire. He sold almost everything he owned and bought a big, expensive diamond. Then he boarded the ship for his home in Italy.

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Missing the Point

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!

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Recognising royalty

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim’s parents would not allow to come inside their house.

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Made for love

Think a minute...A medical school examined 260 different studies of young adults to learn what they essentially need in life to be healthy, happy human beings. After studying all the results, they renamed the entire study, Hardwired to Connect.

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Use all you’ve got

Think a minute…Have you ever felt like you did not get a fair start in life? Do you feel that the cards you were dealt have made it impossible for you to win? Listen to this true story.

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Maximize yourself and opportunities (Part 2)

Think a minute…“Everyone wants to succeed. Some are even willing to work for it.” While a humorous statement, sadly this is the attitude of many people today who expect success just to be handed to them.

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Maximize yourself and opportunities (Part 1)

Think a minute…“The reason many people don’t climb the ladder of success is they are waiting for the elevator.” But we cannot “wait” our way to the top, we must “work” our way up. We just need to be sure which steps will get us there, so we don’t waste our life climbing the wrong ladder!

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Editorial

Playground politics as the P.M. returns

The return of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has not come a moment too soon for most of us who have interests in life outside of playground politics. The reports of alleged and unseemly plotting, the forming of factions and jockeying for positions while the leader of our country was receiving medical treatment in New Zealand is rather tacky, to say the least.

Letters to the Editor

Laws enable the wealthy

Dear Editor Re: Exploitation hurts You are so correct. Of course you have seen this from your place in the world. I have seen this in Latin America. It is despicable what the wealthy nations do to the poor nations.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Columns

The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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