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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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 died of old age. She wasted more than half of her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we will 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.” Worrying chokes the life and strength out of you! Constant worrying strangles us emotionally, gradually taking away our hope and happiness.

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Almost irresistible

Think a minute…During the Korean War a South Korean civilian was arrested by the North Koreans and condemned to be executed. But when the young North Korean leader learned that the prisoner was not a soldier but the head of an orphanage caring for young children, he decided to let him live.

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By its cover

Think a minute…In the year 1830 Joe moved into a small community in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Even though Joe was a kind, honest and good citizen, from the day he moved to town he was rejected and ridiculed. Wherever he went people laughed at him, and when they saw him walking their direction they would quickly cross to the other side of the street.

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Marks of Maturity (Part 2)

Think a minute…It’s been said:”The human race has improved everything except the human race.” Sadly, some of us remain immature all our lives, so we are almost like boys and girls living in adult bodies.

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Marks of maturity (Part 1)

Think a minute…A little boy lost a footrace at school, so he came home angry and jealous of the other kids who won ahead of him. His father saw his son’s bad attitude and said: “Son, anybody can be kind when they win.

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Famous Failures

Think a minute…All of us at times feel like we will never achieve the full success in our career that we want. But it helps us to know that nearly every successful person had to overcome hurdles before they reached his or her goal of success.

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Just a spoonful

Think a minute…In 1919, just after World War I, the cholera disease broke out all over Europe killing many thousands of people. The British government sent doctors all over the world to find a cure for cholera. These doctors later came back and said that the Chinese did not get cholera because they boiled their water before they used it.

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The juggler

Think a minute…There was a young man who moved from his home in Italy to live in America. He studied juggling and soon became famous all over the world. Later in his life, after years of success as a juggler and performer, he decided to return home to Italy and retire. He sold almost everything he owned and bought a big, expensive diamond. Then he boarded the ship for his home in Italy.

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Missing the Point

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!

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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. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim’s parents would not allow to come inside their house.

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Made for love

Think a minute...A medical school examined 260 different studies of young adults to learn what they essentially need in life to be healthy, happy human beings. After studying all the results, they renamed the entire study, Hardwired to Connect.

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Use all you’ve got

Think a minute…Have you ever felt like you did not get a fair start in life? Do you feel that the cards you were dealt have made it impossible for you to win? Listen to this true story.

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Maximize yourself and opportunities (Part 2)

Think a minute…“Everyone wants to succeed. Some are even willing to work for it.” While a humorous statement, sadly this is the attitude of many people today who expect success just to be handed to them.

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Maximize yourself and opportunities (Part 1)

Think a minute…“The reason many people don’t climb the ladder of success is they are waiting for the elevator.” But we cannot “wait” our way to the top, we must “work” our way up. We just need to be sure which steps will get us there, so we don’t waste our life climbing the wrong ladder!

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The Magic is in the Mix

Think a minute…A little boy named John was watching his mother bake a cake. She put all the ingredients on the table: flour, butter, sugar, baking powder, eggs and vanilla. When his mother was not looking, little John sneaked a taste of each ingredient.

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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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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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Master plan

Think a minute…Ben Banneker was a respected African-American scholar who became a brilliant mathematician, designer and engineer. In fact, Ben was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State to a top team of engineers to design the master plan of a modern city.

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Editorial

Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes

And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.

Letters to the Editor

Samoa and our Christianity state

Greetings to you dear brethren once again and to our dear Editor, Following on from my last letter (The 100th anniversary of the visitation by the Immaculate Conception –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 19 September 2017) where I posed various concerns and am fairly interested to learn of a response from Elder Meliula Fata [Area 70] in due course otherwise.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Columns

Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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