“Cease-fire”

Think a minute.In June, 1969, the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then, these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins.

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Don’t defeat yourself

Think a minute.Recent studies show that only 1 out of 3 people have healthy self-confidence. That means 2 out of every 3 people simply don’t know the ability they already have to be successful, even though it’s right there in their hands!

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“The wealthy poor”

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect.

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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.

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Shopping spree

Think a minute…On a TV game show I watched a woman win a shopping spree in a supermarket. She had just five minutes to fill her cart with anything she wanted in the store. In those few minutes, she had to be smart enough to find the most valuable things to fill her cart. Our life is just like that shopping spree. Life is short—so we are given only a limited amount of time to get the most valuable things we can.

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Give to live

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying: “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving is not a sacrifice, it is an investment. We actually get back much more than we give.

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Make your job work for you

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.

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Agree with your critics

Think a minute…Do you usually agree with people when they criticize you? Probably not. But just for fun, try it sometime. Agree with the criticism that people might give you. At first, it won’t feel natural or fun because when people criticize us, our natural reaction is just the opposite.

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Under the Surface

Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Don’t Defeat Yourself

Think a minute…Studies show that only one out of three people have healthy self-confidence. That means two out of every three people do not know the ability they already have to be successful. If you want others to believe in you, you must first believe in yourself. Remember, “No one can make you feel inferior unless you allow them.”

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Win for losing

Think a minute…When two wolves fight over territory, they end their fight in an unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he cannot win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking his neck out for the teeth of the other wolf.

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“Talking to the dead”

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare to die, and follow me!” A person walking by added these words underneath: “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went!”

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Win for Losing

Think a minute…When two wolves fight over territory, they end their fight in an unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he cannot win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking his neck out for the teeth of the other wolf.

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Give an ear

Think a minute…A guy was complaining to his friend about his wife’s nagging. He said: “All my wife does is talk, talk, talk, talk.” His friend asked: “Well, what does she talk about?” He answered: “I don’t know, she doesn’t say!”

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Two become one

Think a minute…An African man who had three wives asked the following question of his Irish friend who had just one wife: “Do you like your wife?” His Irish friend replied: “I like her very much!” The African man shook his head and said sadly: “I don’t like any of mine.”

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A great career

Think a minute…Not long ago I watched an amazing true story on television. A family was at the zoo when their little boy suddenly slipped and fell down 15 feet into the gorilla exhibit. He hit his head and landed in the middle of a group of large gorillas.

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A grateful heart

Think a minute…During World War II, churches in the U.S. stayed open 24 hours a day so people could come to pray for their country and family members overseas on the battlefield. A church caretaker noticed a boy who came to pray for 10 minutes every day. One day the boy came and prayed even longer.

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Live before you leave

Think a minute…“The greatest risk is not taking one.” Why is it that when we become adults, most of us stop taking chances? Yet at the end of our life, we often regret the things we did not do even more than the things we did.

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“No Greater Love”

Think a minute…A four year old girl was seriously hurt in a car accident. She had lost so much blood that she would probably die. Her only hope was for someone else to give her blood.

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“To Die For”

Think a minute…This is a true story about an American teenager named Leo Carter. Leo was from the most dangerous part of the big city of Chicago. He was only 17 years old when he saw another teenager named Elijah shoot and kill a businessman.

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Editorial

Government and Church Ministers tax law threat

Two Sundays ago, the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, issued a thundering warning to Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.

Letters to the Editor

An awful mess

Re: China, U.S.A. and tariff law How your President has achieved so much with his MAGA agenda is unbelievable. He’s getting over 90% of negative press, he’s being derided and ridiculed by the entertainment industry, academia, his own party and now coming to light the Intelligence Community especially the F.B.I. an D.O.J. seeming to ex/implode.

Street Talk

Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Columns

“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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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