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Cartoonized Bambi and Thumper ......

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Hi Folks,

Oh I do hate the cold ! do you ? mind you, there is always something to be grateful for - especially at this time of year ...... talking about being grateful, I'm still up to my elbows in paint, we could have build the flippen house by now - I wonder how long other folk take to paint their houses?

By the way I 'did' tell you that my lounge carpet was ivory didn't I ? Rob and I are being a bit wary of each other this morning - the reason? We have a ruddy foot mark on our beautiful new carpet - OK! OK! I should have known ... an ivory coloured Lounge carpet ...... Arrrgghh !

What gets me is that my sister in law has had the same pattern and colour of carpet on her stairs for about 3 years ... Why is it that Rob and I can't manage 3 weeks without his ruddy great footmark on ours ? Oh ta hang, if that's all we've only got that to worry us we are doing fine ... right ?

I think I'll practice my yoga or yogi or summat ..... Hey Braja! please give me a thingy to repeat so I can calm down pleeeaasee .

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Oh what about one of my Walk the Talk entries - Enjoy !

Zig Ziglar wrote,
“You never know when one kind act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever.”

Over the years, I’ve witnessed many moments when lives were impacted because of small, simple inspiring words or deeds. From the confidence a child gains when a teacher gives special recognition to the way I feel when a stranger performs a random act of kindness on my behalf, the world is a better place when we lift up one another. In David McNally and Mac Anderson’s book Even Eagles Need a Push you’ll find inspirational stories about how kindness can change lives. I hope the excerpt I’ve selected to share with you today will inspire you to offer your own encouragement to others.

So as you go about your day, think about the power of your words and the influence of your actions. Go ahead and be an inspiration to those around you. You never know who might need a pick-me-up today. After all, even eagles need a push.

Eric Harvey Founder and President,
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Excerpted from Even Eagles Need a Push
From the chapter titled A Life-Changing Experience by Gail Pursell Elliott

We touch the lives of others in ways we often never know. People sometimes come into our personal world for fleeting moments and can leave us forever changed. We have more power to create or to destroy than we can imagine. We can leave things or individuals better or worse than we found them. A look, a word, a gesture has a tremendous impact and frequently we blither along blind to the effect every communication wields.

I learned this in a powerful way: It was a rainy, humid day: the mother of all bad hair days. I was riding on a bus downtown to go to work. Everyone was wilting. I was sitting next to a man in a business suit and didn’t pay him much attention until we both got off at the same stop and walked to the same newsstand to get a morning paper.

The man running the stand was obviously among those having a bad day. He was rude, abrupt and unsmiling as we purchased our papers, which served to add only more gloom to my day. The businessman caught my eye and smiled. He then proceeded to smile even more brightly, thank the newsstand proprietor for the paper and for being open on such a morning to make sure we were able to get our papers. In short he expressed his appreciation for something most of us would take for granted.

The man running the newsstand responded only with a grunt and a sour expression. The businessman then pleasantly wished him a pleasant day. As we turned away, I asked this man why he had continued to be pleasant to the newsman when he obviously didn’t care about and didn’t respond to his expression of appreciation and friendliness. The businessman grinned at me and said, “Why would I let someone else control what I say and what I feel or what kind of day I’m going to have?”

I never saw the businessman again, even though I looked for him on the bus on other days. He appeared briefly in my life and disappeared just as quickly. I don’t even remember what he looked like. But I’ve never forgotten the words he said, or the way his smile seemed like a shaft of light on a gloomy day.

That was a good 25 years ago, but the impact this had on my life has lasted. I never had a chance to thank him personally, but the way in which I choose to look at life as a result of those words is his legacy to me and my thanks to him.

Our interactions with the people we encounter can impact at least the next five people they encounter. A smile and words of simple appreciation multiply themselves geometrically.

We cannot control people and situations that come to us, but we can always control our responses to them. In each of our decisions lies our power to make a positive difference. It’s something anyone and everyone can do. How true !

Copyright Simple Truths, LLC, all rights reserved and reprinted with permission.
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Idiots in Food Service ...
My daughter went to a local McDonalds and ordered a burger. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg. (Happened in Surfers Paradise !!!)

Idiot Sighting ...
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask." (Happened in Melbourne.)

Just an Idiot ...
When my husband and I arrived at a car dealer's to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked."Hey," I announced to the technician, "its open!" His reply, "I know - I've already done that side." (This was at the FORD dealership Dubbo.)

Cheers from the land of the Tartan, Love Kate xxx.