“Win over worry” (Part 2)

Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually at the age of 70 died of pneumonia. So she wasted more than half her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we’ll continue our strategy for winning over worry.

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“Win over worry” (Part 1)

Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” And our worrying indeed chokes the life and strength out of us! Our constant worrying is like continually choking ourselves emotionally, taking away our hope and happiness.

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“A valid passport”

Think a minute…Some time ago I took a trip to another country. When I arrived at the airport there was a long line of people waiting to check in. But I wasn’t worried since I already had my ticket with a confirmed seat on the plane.

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Raging bull

Think a minute...The worst shooting massacre in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.

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Recognising royalty

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle.

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Power play

Think a minute…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.

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No greater love

Think a minute…A four-year-old girl was terribly hurt in a car accident and going to die—unless the doctors quickly found a person with her same rare blood type who was willing to give her their blood. Then they discovered the girl’s seven-year-old brother had the same blood type as her.

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Best friends forever

Think a minute…This is a true story about two teenage boys named Kyle and David. Kyle had no friends at school. One Friday afternoon David saw Kyle walking home carrying all his books when some bullies pushed Kyle down in the dirt and his books fell all over the ground.

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Make feelings follow

Think a minute…Do we sing because we’re happy? Or are we happy because we sing? A wise teacher said that it is singing which makes you feel like singing, and it is dancing which makes you feel like dancing.

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Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.

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Wind Beneath His Wings

Think a minute…General George Patton is one of the greatest soldiers and battle leaders in history. He was also an athlete, poet, and historian. This multi-talented man was a mixture of both great character strengths and flaws.

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The big decision

Think a minute…”Whom should I marry?” This decision is so big that it largely determines the life you live and person you become for the rest of your life. Here are seven vital areas that singles need to understand and evaluate before they choose whom to marry.

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Give to live

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying, “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving isn’t a sacrifice, it’s an investment. We actually get back much more than we give. So don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good. 

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Life with people (Part 1)

Think a minute…Have you ever thought how easy life would be if you did not have to deal with people? But it would also be very empty! In spite of our problems with people, they are what make our life worth living. Think about it.

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Under your nose

Think a minute…Years ago in South Africa a man sold his farm so he could spend the rest of his life looking for diamonds. Each year he became more desperate to find these precious, sparkling stones and become rich.

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Have some passion

Think a minute…A woman who had been married 20 years was missing the passion in her marriage, so she asked her husband why he did not tell her that he loved her more often. He replied: “I told you on our wedding day that I love you. If I change my mind, I’ll let you know!”

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Laugh a little

Think a minute…In 1998 an award winning movie called Life is Beautiful dramatically showed the power of humor. In it a father gives his son a beautiful life of joy and laughter, even while they are suffering and starving in a Nazi death camp in World War II.

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Home schooling

Think a minute…Even if your child goes to an excellent school, the most important school your child will ever attend is in your own home. By far, you are the most important teacher your child will ever have.

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Getting in focus

Think a minute…Ever feel like you are running in all directions but ‘getting nowhere fast’? After working long, hard days you still feel like you’ve got little to show for it. It is easy to ‘major on minors’ and spend our time on so many unimportant things that our life becomes a game of ‘trivial pursuit’.

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What drives you? (Part 2)

Think a minute…What drives you? Yesterday we talked about three of the most common motivations that drive and control our lives. Today we will finish with two more. Many of us are driven by our love of money and the material things we can buy with it. We think it will make us happier, more important, and more secure.

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Editorial

Manu Samoa vs Samoa A? Let’s campaign to make it happen

Let’s make it happen. Seriously. While the calls for Samoa A to play the Manu Samoa perhaps started out as a joke, it could actually be one of the best things to happen in Samoan rugby by a long stretch. And not just because of the negativity surrounding the latest selection of the country’s national team, Manu Samoa.

Letters to the Editor

Hoping for cheaper internet

Re: Internet speeds open local job prospects This is a fantastic direction and support led by government. The potential to be unlocked using I.C.T. is not limited to these types of operations and I hope the government lets the private sector share some of the reins on where this industry could be headed for the future.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Columns

CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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