Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Road to Success

What causes it to happen?

The end of a rainbow.

The end of a rainbow?

A variety of "low value" coins, including an Irish 2p piece and many U.S. pennies.

A lucky penny?

A hand-drawn water well in Chennai, India

A penny cast into a wishing well?

The Pleiades, an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus. NASA photo

The first star seen at night?

A four-leaf clover


Or . . .
  • Dreaming, then . . .
  • hard work
  • perseverance
  • more hard work
  • faith--believing in yourself
  • using your abilities, talents, training as much and as well as possible
  • believing that its better to have tried and never succeeded, as to never try and wish you had

What is success?

A big career?
Your company listed on Nasdaq?
Many books published? Listed as a best seller?
Fortune? Cars, homes, condos, private schools?

Or, is it . . .

  • the love of a wife/hubby
  • the admiration in your child's eyes
  • the simple word of approval from your boss
  • that bouquet of flowers as a thank you
  • the smile that lights up a face
  • freedom to worship
  • a warm hearth, comfy clothes, those we love about us, a friendly pet, and a song in our heart
  • satisfaction at the end of a day that you've done all you can

Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me.

The road to success is not straight.
There is a curve called failure,
A loop called confusion,
Speed bumps called friends,
Red lights called enemies,
Caution lights called family.

You will have flats called jobs.
But, if you have a spare called determination,
An engine called perseverance,
Insurance called faith,
A driver called Jesus,
You will make it to a place called Success.

Ach! That, my friends is success!

June will be here before you know it; and that means lots of weddings. Here's a cute idea (if you're creative!) for the bride (or/and groom):
  • Begin with an ironing board to be the body of the Maid or Mate.
  • Tie an apron with pockets around the middle to make a waist. Fill them with smaller kitchen items, utensils or tools.
  • Attach a plunger on one side of the back of the ironing board as an arm and a toilet bowl brush or feather duster as the other arm.
  • Add a dustpan at the wide end of the ironing board for feet or set the ironing board on top of a vacuum and bind with several elastic cords under the apron (as we did in the photo).
  • Secure a string mop as the head of hair to the back of the ironing board with the mop portion flopped over the top narrow end of the ironing board.
  • Create a face with nylon net scrubbies for the eyes, a small sponge for the nose and a nailbrush for the mouth.

Use your imagination to make this an amusing, but useful, addition to the wedding shower party. Just remember to make the Kitchen Maid or Mate with anything you think the bride or groom will need for their new life together.

In sunshine and sorrow, we look for those who will always stand with us. --Lois Wyse


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