“Shortcuts to Paradise”

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.

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“Don’t cheat yourself”

Think a minute…Imagine you’re in school and your teacher gives your class a really hard test. You’re scared and nervous because you didn’t study. But then you see the smartest girl in the class is sitting right beside you and you can clearly see her paper and all her answers.

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“Chance or Choice”

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.

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What’s good enough?

Think a minute…Is your voice good enough to sing a solo on T.V. or radio? If you’re like me, you’ll stick to singing in the shower only! So what are you good at? And compared to whom?

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Secret service

Think a minute…A teenage boy learned a life-changing lesson from his father. The boy was sitting listening to music one day when his father looked at him and said: “Son, in 24 hours you won’t even remember what you’re listening to now.

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Are You Crabby?

Think a minute…Crabs are competitive creatures. If you put a group of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out, the other crabs pull him back down. Consequently, none of the crabs succeed in getting out, since they stop each other from climbing higher.

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Problems mean progress

Think a minute…What’s your problem? Not all problems are bad. In fact, certain kinds of problems mean you are successful and making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with a small hardware store.

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The Greatest Job

Think a minute…A Greek philosopher said that when a son behaves wrongly it is the father who should be punished, since he is the one who failed to do his job. When the wealthy man Friedrich Flick died, he had built a fortune of $1½ billion (worth much more today)! He owned 300 companies and was respected as one of the world’s smartest businessmen.

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Decide your destiny

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl watching him said, “My daddy has a special brush like that to clean his car too.” The man responded, “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

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“Don’t Be Crabby”

Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.

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“Friendship on Fire”

Think a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!

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Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

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Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

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No Parking

Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough. Now it’s time to relax, let the others do the work, and enjoy the ride.

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Going Through Hot Water

Think a minute…“A tea bag isn’t worth much until it’s been through some hot water.” There’s a similar saying in boxing: “Everyone’s got a plan till they’ve been hit!” Sooner or later life is going to hit you and knock you down. Whether you get back up or not is your choice.

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Plan in hand

Think a minute…Did the engineers who built the London Eye or New York City’s One World Trade Center do it without a plan? Of course, not! “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Success is not an accident. It does not magically happen.

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Prepare for Landing

Think a minute…There is a book entitled The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said. This is one of those stupid things that was actually said by someone: “If you bought our course, How To Fly An Airplane in Six Easy Lessons, we apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you by our failure to include the last chapter, How To Land Your Plane Safely.

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How to Marry the Wrong Person (Part II)

Think a minute…”Love is blind, but marriage opens the eyes.” Yet there are some simple, important things we can know before we get married that will save us the great pain and problems from marrying the wrong person.

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How to marry the wrong person (Part I)

Think a minute…“People often marry a person to get what they need at an age when they do not know what they need.” In fact, “Some women spend more time choosing their wedding dress than they do choosing their husband.”

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Persistence pays profits

Think a minute…Did you know that overnight success usually takes at least 10 years! One man said: “My overnight success was the longest night of my life. I spent years getting there.” Rome was not built in a day.

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Editorial

Without soil, without land, we have absolutely nothing

And so Samoa is celebrating the importance of the soil this week. Since Monday, the Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and their partners have been drilling home the message that “without soil, without land (there is) no life.”

Letters to the Editor

“Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” Ministers’ taxes, attire, care and the irony of the E.F.K.S.

Dear Editor, When the E.F.K.S. meets every year, at Malua for the annual Fono Tele it is, in acknowledgement of the Death of Jesus and his Resurrection. It is always that time of reflection and contemplation and making whole. So the E.F.K.S. again meets this year.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Columns

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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