Under the Surface

Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

28 Hits

Don’t Defeat Yourself

Think a minute…Studies show that only one out of three people have healthy self-confidence. That means two out of every three people do not know the ability they already have to be successful. If you want others to believe in you, you must first believe in yourself. Remember, “No one can make you feel inferior unless you allow them.”

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Win for losing

Think a minute…When two wolves fight over territory, they end their fight in an unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he cannot win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking his neck out for the teeth of the other wolf.

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“Talking to the dead”

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare to die, and follow me!” A person walking by added these words underneath: “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went!”

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Win for Losing

Think a minute…When two wolves fight over territory, they end their fight in an unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he cannot win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking his neck out for the teeth of the other wolf.

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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 doesn’t say!”

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Two become one

Think a minute…An African man who had three wives asked the following question of his Irish friend who had just one wife: “Do you like your wife?” His Irish friend replied: “I like her very much!” The African man shook his head and said sadly: “I don’t like any of mine.”

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A great career

Think a minute…Not long ago I watched an amazing true story on television. A family was at the zoo when their little boy suddenly slipped and fell down 15 feet into the gorilla exhibit. He hit his head and landed in the middle of a group of large gorillas.

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A grateful heart

Think a minute…During World War II, churches in the U.S. stayed open 24 hours a day so people could come to pray for their country and family members overseas on the battlefield. A church caretaker noticed a boy who came to pray for 10 minutes every day. One day the boy came and prayed even longer.

59 Hits

Live before you leave

Think a minute…“The greatest risk is not taking one.” Why is it that when we become adults, most of us stop taking chances? Yet at the end of our life, we often regret the things we did not do even more than the things we did.

40 Hits

“No Greater Love”

Think a minute…A four year old girl was seriously hurt in a car accident. She had lost so much blood that she would probably die. Her only hope was for someone else to give her blood.

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“To Die For”

Think a minute…This is a true story about an American teenager named Leo Carter. Leo was from the most dangerous part of the big city of Chicago. He was only 17 years old when he saw another teenager named Elijah shoot and kill a businessman.

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“A smart bet”

Think a minute… In the town of Blackpool, England is a high tower almost 400 feet tall with a clear glass floor on the top. So when you’re up there it looks like you’re walking on air hundreds of feet high above the ground.

40 Hits

“Raise your standard of living”

Think a minute…You’ve heard of people who try to raise their standard of living at almost any cost. They’ll go without many things to get a higher education, hoping it will later get them a higher-paying job and career.

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“Temper your temper”

Think a minute…There’s a story about a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he got angry and lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into the fence!

46 Hits

“The sweat of success”

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he’s been called the greatest speaker of the century. He was also famous for his quick wit. Yet amazingly, he was not a naturally talented speaker.

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“Passion Brings Prosperity”

Think a minute…There’s a best-selling book entitled, Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow. It explains that if you’re passionate and good at your job, then you will be happy and successful at your job.

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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.

76 Hits

“Don’t cheat yourself”

Think a minute…Imagine you’re in school and your teacher gives your class a really hard test. You’re scared and nervous because you didn’t study. But then you see the smartest girl in the class is sitting right beside you and you can clearly see her paper and all her answers.

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“Chance or Choice”

Think a minute…There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful. Then, a big modern hair salon moved to his town right across the street from his little shop.

90 Hits

Editorial

Love remains one of the most powerful forces for change

Royal wedding? Big deal. That’s what I thought anyway as I tried to understand why there was such a big fuss about two people getting married. It happens everyday when people wed, doesn’t it? And some weddings last less than a day, so who cares?

Letters to the Editor

World Rugby picture

Re: Not all idiots are fools There is a picture on the World Rugby site of the expanded council meeting for the first time, and guess what: It is almost exclusively white. This in spite of the fact 30% of the players at the last World Cup were of Pacific Island origin.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Columns

Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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