A Heavy Load

   I was reading my grandkids a new book the other day and I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing lesson at the end. I can't remember the title but I remember the lesson.

   In a town of Chinese rats, a rich empress dressed in fine silk stood in the middle of a crowd of simple town-rats scurrying in the muddy pavements left after a heavy rain. She would not budge from her little mound for fear that mud would stain her beautiful garb. She barked at the other rats to carry her but the more she fumed the more obnoxious and the less inclined any of the rats felt about carrying her.

   Along comes an elderly rat with his young son in tow. Without saying a word, the father picks up this prideful rodent and carries her to dry land. All the while the empress does not say a word but with her nose up high you can see her satisfaction to be finally treated as the special citizen she believes to be. Behind them is the son who glares with contempt that his father decided to encourage her disdainful attitude. The father puts her down. She walks away without even a hint of appreciation.

   The father and son go on their way. The son holds his anger for several hours. Finally, by evening, the son confronts his father and asks why he allowed that empress to treat him in such a publicly embarrassing way. The father looks at his child. He smiles and says "My son, I stopped carrying the empress hours ago. Why are you still carrying her?"

   Ohhh, the hurt we carry in our lives ... we see injustice... so we demand justice ... and we gather people to join our crusade and we draw the lines. An eye for an eye ... that's the law of the land. And when embittered people turn into leaders, they sow their "justice" to their enemies and the cycle expands..

   Have you been dealt unjustly? Are you still carrying the weight? Forgive. Let it go and start living again. TGIF people!

Wisdom from Deb of Moreno Valley, CA
Words of Wisdom

Happiness isn't
where you find it.
Happiness is
where you create it.
--- Anonymous

Thanks to this week's winners:
Deb of Moreno Valley; Mike of New York; Rodney of Manitoba; Peter Paul of S. Pasadena; Charlie of New Jersey and Norm, the Arcadia Accountant.

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
--- Romans 5:8

Contributed by Mike of New York
Warning: A tad bit risque

A Russian and Ole the Norwegian wrestler were set to square off for the Olympic Gold Medal.

Before the final match, the Norwegian wrestling coach came to Ole and said, "Now, don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'pretzel' hold he has ... Whatever you do, do not let him get you in that hold! If he does, you're finished.". Ole nodded in acknowledgment.

As the match started, Ole and the Russian circled each other
several times, looking for an opening.

All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing Ole and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold. A sigh of disappointment arose from the crowd and the coach buried his face in his hands, for he knew all was lost. He couldn't watch the inevitable happen.

Suddenly, there was a scream, then a cheer from the crowd and the coach raised his eyes just in time to watch the Russian go flying up in the air.

His back hit the mat with a thud and Ole collapsed on top of him making the pin and winning the match.

The crowd went crazy. The coach was astounded.

When he finally got his wrestler alone, he asked, "How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!"

Ole answered, "Vell, I vas ready to give up ven he got me in dat hold, but at da last moment, I opened my eyes and saw dis pair of testicles right in front of my face ... I had nuttin' to lose so wid my last ounce of strength I stretched out my neck and bit dose babies just as hard as I could."

So the trainer exclaimed, "That's what finished him off?!?!"

"Vel not really. You'd be amazed how strong you get ven you BITE YOUR OWN NUTS!"

Stoned Nudists
Contributed by Rodney of Manitoba, B.C.

Videos of the week:

Too Helpful
Norm the Arcadia Accountant

Hysterically Historic

Sometimes people get too eager to help. Just watch.

Cute Sheriff Owl on Horse
Mike of New York

Mozart Group

I think I might have shared this before but I gotta tell you ... this little guy's the cutest owl ever.

Releasing a Dangerous Full Grown Cougar
Charlie of New Jersey

Cougar release

This is a pretty long video but if you love nature/animals, you can appreciate this magnificent creature and the respect these 2 rangers give him --- giving him more than an arm's length. At one point, one of them runs away. It must be really different to see one of these specimens up close and personal.

Yelp: The Billion Dollar Bully
Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

Crushing Car

Some people believe the reviews in Yelp. I don't. I think they're "cooked" --- almost as bad as the stuff you read in the rest of the internet and in the skewed media. Finally, here's a team of film makers exposing the lies. CLICK HERE for Part 2. Being in marketing, I've heard several stories and I know of Yelp extortion methods. Even when you pay, the negaitive reviews stay at the top. Wake up and smell the hypocrisy.

Two Kids Play Star Wars Theme in Composer's Home
Charlie of New Jersey

Star Wars Trumpeter

Do you live near a celebrity who you never talk to? These kids live near John WIlliams' home and they honor him by playing one of the composer's music and lo and behold, their famous neighbor comes out to greet them. Pretty cool, huh?
  A business associate of mine told me his daughter just got a job in Newport Beach as a nurse. First day of work she meets a pregnant woman coming for a checkup --- last name was Bryant. A few seconds later, Kobe stoops down to enter the door. Welcome to Los Angeles!! TGIF people! Olympics here we come!

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