Think a minute…What do you usually do when you make a mistake? If you’re doing a math problem in school and your answer is wrong, what do you do? Don’t you just go back, find your mistake and fix it? Or when you realize you’re on the wrong road to the market, don’t you just turn around and take the right road?
Think a minute…There was a man who was the owner of the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody in town and his business was quite successful. Then, a big modern hair salon moved to his town right across the street from his little shop.
Think a minute…Winston Churchill was 65 years old when he first became England’s Prime Minister. It was May of 1940 and England’s military was not well armed or prepared for war.
Think a minute …Have you ever thought to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I didn’t do it!” How many times have you felt that way? It’s a struggle we all fight—every day! The constant battle between what we know we should do and what we actually do.
Think a Minute…Who said life’s fair? I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once. And there was a reason she said it often. When my grandmother was a little girl, one day her father just left her and her mother—and he never came back!
Think a minute.A wise man I know says: “People can change-but most people don’t!” So sad, but so true. A famous author said: “Even if changing means we will succeed and live our dream, most of us still choose to make excuses rather than to make changes.”
Think a minute…My younger son has always had a terrible fear of fast roller coasters. Those rides at amusement parks and fairs that zip around so fast that the people riding them scream the whole way.
Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.
Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert. But it was actually a group of six women who programmed the computer and made this complex machine work.
Think a minute…Remember the wonderful promises you made on your wedding day? “I promise to always love you, care for you, respect and cherish you, through everything we face in life, whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy.”
Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.”
Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.
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. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.
Think a minute…There once was a village that had a very wise old man who gave the people answers to their problems. One day a farmer came to him and said: “Wise man, my donkey has died and I have no animal to help me in the fields.
Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”
Think a minute…Imagine we are on a large ship out on the ocean. The captain knows that there is a hole in the boat and we’re sinking, but he does not tell us passengers. Instead, he invites us all to go up to first class. All the beer and liquor is free. We’re allowed to party and do basically anything we want on the ship. Naturally, we passengers are loving our freedom.
Think a minute…There were two very sick men who shared a room in a hospital. The man whose bed was by the window was allowed to sit up for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But the other man, who was not able to sit up, spent all his time laying flat on his back. The two men talked for several hours each day.
Think a minute…Have you ever owned something quite valuable and useful, yet you ended up not using it much? There’s a story about a preacher who was talking with the owner of a factory that made soap. The soap maker said to the preacher: “This message about Jesus Christ that you preach cannot be very good, because there are still many bad people around.”
Think a minute…There’s a story about a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he got angry and lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into the fence! But over the next few weeks, as the boy was learning to control his temper, the number of nails he hammered each day gradually became fewer. Soon the boy discovered that it was easier to hold his temper than hammer nails into the fence.
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. Our tongue really does have the power of life and death.
There is always a man of the hour. In this case, there are three men: Reverend Vavatau Taufao, Olo Fiti Vaai and Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, are names to think about today.Just when we thought politics in Samoa has become rather dull given the one-party state nature of our Parliament, along come some interesting developments that should make us all sit down and think.
Dear Editor, Re: Church tax issues Reverend Vavatau and C.C.C.S. Church are the last people in Samoa to be giving advice on controlling spending. Have a look at the mirror Rev. Vavatau and the E.F.K.S. and you will find the huge cost overruns on the Fale Iupeli church ballooning out from what was supposed to be $2 million to having to get a $15 million loan from the people of Samoa (via the N.P.F.) to meet the overblown costs of the church
The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.
It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.
Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.
On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.
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