The long and winding road

Think a minute… After my teenage son learned to drive, he still did not learn the quickest, shortest route to where he wanted to go. He often ended up turning a 10-minute drive into a 20-minute journey. Taking the long way home cost him a lot of wasted time and money for fuel.

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Daily Christmas gifts

Think a minute…Imagine what it would be like if after Christmas we continued to give gifts every day of the year. I’m talking about gifts that mean much more than something we wrap and put under a tree.

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One Life

Think a minute…He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no formal education, yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

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Christmas Truce (Part 2)

Think a minute...Previously we discussed the famous Christmas Truce of World War I on Christmas Day, 1914. Allied and German soldiers made peace with each other for a few hours…but the very next day continued to kill each other as enemies.

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Christmas truce (Part 1)

Think a minute...It’s known as the Christmas Truce of World War I. Five months after this global, bloody conflict broke out, at dawn on Christmas morning, the opposing German and Allied soldiers walked out of their trenches and approached each other across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native languages.

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Who said life’s fair?

Think a Minute…”Who said life’s fair!” I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once. 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! So my grandmother fought that feeling of rejection and unfairness all her life.

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Charge What You’re Worth

Think a minute… The famous car manufacturer Henry Ford was the first to use the assembly line in his factory for mass production. His company built and sold hundreds of cars each and every day. But one day the big generator that produced all the electricity for Ford’s factory suddenly stopped working.

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Think a minute…Someone said: “A great man never loses his daughter’s heart.” Every daughter has the need and right to receive her father’s love and affection. Dad, one of the ways to build a close, trusting relationship with your daughter is to learn what she enjoys.

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The Right Motivation

Think a minute… A school teacher was complaining about a little boy in her class who was not showing any interest in learning. She said: “David will not do his school work. He’s not even motivated to try!” But that same boy, David, will jump out of bed early in the morning to go fishing or play with his friends. He just needs the right motivation.

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Finding a lost masterpiece

Think a minute… you are not one person but three: the person you think you are, the person others think you are, and the person you truly are.

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Buzzards and Bees

Think a minute… Buzzards and bees are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards fly circling above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it is gone.

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Make Yourself a Success (Part 2)

Think a minute… The first, most important ingredient for success is motivating yourself to act. You must believe every day that your choices and actions are moving you closer to your goal. You are the one who makes or breaks your own success.

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Make yourself a success (Part 1)

Think a minute… ”Any man can be a success, no matter how poor he started in life.” This was said by Clement Stone, a highly successful businessman who began his career as a 16-year-old who sold insurance from door to door.

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Power Shortage

Think a minute…Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to break a bad habit? You determined to finally make that needed change, but after just a few weeks you were back to your same old habits. So you think to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I did not do it!”

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Maid to sing

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

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The Will to Win

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”

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Overcoming obstacles

Think a minute… Jesse Owens was a world-class athlete in track and field in the 1930’s. He was told that because he was a black, African American, there was no way he could win against the white Nazi German athletes at the world Olympics in 1936.

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Time to teach

Think a minute...A policeman stated: “From the violence and destruction of property by kids today, you would think they have no fathers.”

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Make Someone Happy

Think a minute… There were two 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 had to spend all of his time lying flat on his back.

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Open-Door Policy

Think a minute… This is a true story about a 19-year-old girl who rebelled against her parents and ran away from home. Soon she found out that life was not easy on her own. She could not find a job, and her friends grew tired of her living off them so they kicked her out.

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Editorial

A rural electrification program and sharing in Samoa’s wealth

Just four weeks into the new year and 2019 already has the hallmarks of another busy 12 months ahead – if events in recent weeks are any indication. The Government set the agenda in renewable energy in the last fortnight – in Samoa’s strive to become 100 per cent reliant on clean energy 2025 – by commissioning multimillion tala hydro plants on Upolu and Savai’i.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be fooled - Apology in order

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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