Pathways of Life...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Who Among Us Should Lead? Hummm...= )

I thought that the following lesson is sooo great. Life (and God) always has a way of surprising us from time to time. We like to 'think' we know at least a few answers to daily ups and downs...yet sometimes....we just simply 'miss the mark'. I hope you enjoy the following...that it gives you inside, renewed inspirations and a smile to your we all have to contend with life and's surprises...both the bad....AND, thank God, the GOOOD!!!!! = ) Blessings,

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to dosomething different. He called all the young executives in his companytogether. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.

I have decided to choose one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. Shehelped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have aplant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he hadkilled his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however, he just keptwatering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes.

Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back.

"My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

"How could he be the new CEO?" the others said.

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!"*

The moral of the story....

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust * If you plant goodness, you will reap friends * If you plant humility, you will reap greatness * If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment * If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective * If you plant hard work, you will reap success * If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Highest of Golden Dreams for Miss Potato Princess....;-)

Well, as the story goes...a Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, And finally they got married, and had a little sweet Potato, which they Called 'Yam.'

Of course, they. as the most loving of parents, wanted the very, very 'best' for Yam....after all she was so beautiful, so charming, so talented,....hummm, SO SWEET!!!

When it was time, they told her about the facts
Of life.They warned her about going Out And Getting 'Half-baked', so she wouldn't get accidentally 'mashed', and Get a bad Name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and
End up with a bunch of Tater Tots .....

Yam said not to worry, 'no Spud' would get Her into the 'sack'.... and Make a 'rotten potato' out of her!
But on the other hand she Wouldn't stay home And become a "Couch Potato" either.
She would get Plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring Cousins.

When she went off to Europe , Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam To watch out
For the "hard-boiled"... guys from Ireland ..And the "Greasy" guys from France called the "French Fries". And When she went out West,....To Watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped.. After all, didn't she have 'good EYES'

Yam said she would 'stay on the straight and Narrow' And Wouldn't Associate With
Those high class "Yukon Golds", or the ones from the 'other Side of the tracks' who advertise their trade on all The trucks that say, 'Frito Lay.'

Mr. And Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ) so that when she graduated she'd really Be In the Chips. But in spite of all they did for
Her, one-day Yam came home And announced she was Going to marry Tom Brokaw.

Tom Brokaw! Mr and Mrs. Potato were very upset. They Told 'Yam she couldn't Possibly
Marry Tom Brokaw Because he's just.......

*Are you Ready for this?
Are You sure?

OK! Here it is!

*he is just a......just a........justa A ....COMMONTATER!!!!!
(I hope you have a great day...laugh a lot...forget your troubles, share this with someone else ....make their day brighter!) hugs

Friday, January 7, 2011

Apology to followers....

I must make an apology to you....since I started Facebook blog has bombed out. I really don't seem to find time to 'blog' and I used to love doing it. Many of my friends have now pledged that they are going to be 'blogging the 365 days of the year' and I think that is neat...but I can't seem to find time to blog for months at a time. I greatly admire 'blogger' because it is a means of speaking openly and at far more length/depth.... on any given subject than space allowed on Facebook. It's a great way to reach/teach/preach/meet/gripe/snipe whatever. ha ha ....and we LEARN from other people as well. Wow...some good...some great....some er ...err...not so good. ha ha

I love Facebook very, very much...because you can CHOOSE the people that you communicate with each day....while Blogs...are open to any/all types of wierdoes to send comments and virus' if you try to trace their comments. So, for the present....I am 'into' Facebooking to the known friends...not people that I do not know....and occasionally I may come back to blog from time to time. Either way, thank you for stopping by and my prayer is that today is a blessing to you and life bids you the greatest of JOY. This is my wish, my prayer and Glorious Expression! (smile) ;-D