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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“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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Editorial

An independent judiciary absolutely critical

We live in an interesting time, one defined by countless challenges which require every member of our society, to step up to do their part. Everyone has a role to play. Whether you’re the Head of State, Prime Minister, Church Minister, matai or just an ordinary villager, each and everyone of us has a responsibility to make this a better place to live.

Letters to the Editor

Why airport at Tiavea is necessary

Dear Editor, Re: Waste of money Faleolo inter-Samoa flights - They flew the American Samoan airlines from Faleolo because the aircraft were too big to land at Fagali’i. Polynesian airlines eventually re-opened Fagali’i as their planes were the perfect size for the runway there.

Street Talk

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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

E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Who sponsored trip? The Miss Samoa pageant earlier this month ensured all eyes were on the big island of Savai’i. So much so that the checking-in of two ministers, a C.E.O. and an A.C.E.O. into a hotel there raised eyebrows. Their ministry has no connection to the pageant’s administration so just wondering who funded their trip over?

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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