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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“A bad teacher”

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?

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“The End of the World”

Think a minute…Recently the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Sometimes watching the world’s news is like watching a horror movie, isn’t it? You know that the 20th century had more people killed in wars than all the other centuries of history combined!

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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. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own.

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Creatures of habit

Think a minute…As the saying goes: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Or can we control our thinking, behavior and habits?

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“More than rules”

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us.

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Editorial

Tiavea Airport. Is this a repeat of the failure that is the Satitoa Wharf?

What is going on in Samoa today? What is with the Government’s obsession for these multi-million-tala projects we know will only end up being white elephants, while many poor people of this country continue to suffer from poverty and untold hardship?

Letters to the Editor

“It only takes one dead fly”

Dear Editor, We took a group of visitors from overseas on a sightseeing tour of Upolu on Friday a week ago. Our visitors had been here for a week on business and were to leave that weekend. We started out from Apia and took the road that runs through the Aleisa farmlands, then Lefaga (without diverting to the coast), then Safata, Siumu, Falealili with a stop at Aga Hotel for lunch.

Street Talk

Faaiuga Tusitala 46

Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Columns

NOT POPULAR IN THE PACIFIC: Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel

The tirade by NZ radio 1ZB commentator Heather du Plessis against the Pacific Islands has rightly invited adverse comment, only a small part of which has filtered to us in Samoa I suspect.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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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