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**The New School Prayer

Power of Positive Thinking Under Debate (920220)

Iíve Learned

10 Habits of Decidedly Defective People© (, 050528)





**The New School Prayer


This was written by a teen in Bagdad, Arizona.

This is incredible!!!!!!!!!!!


Now I sit me down in school

Where praying is against the rule

For this great nation under God

Finds mention of Him very odd.


If Scripture now the class recites,

It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow

Becomes a Federal matter now.


Our hair can be purple, orange or green,

Thatís no offense; itís a freedom scene.

The law is specific, the law is precise.

Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.


For praying in a public hall

Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate,

Godís name is prohibited by the state.


Weíre allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,

And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.

Theyíve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.

To quote the Good Book makes me liable.


We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,

And the Ďunwed daddy,í our Senior King.

Itís ďinappropriateĒ to teach right from wrong,

Weíre taught that such ďjudgmentsĒ do not belong.


We can get our condoms and birth controls,

Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,

No word of God must reach this crowd.


Itís scary here I must confess,

When chaos reigns the schoolís a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:

Should I be shot; My soul please take!




If you arenít ashamed to do this, please pass this on.

Jesus said, ď If you are ashamed of me,Ē I will be ashamed of you before my Father.Ē

Not ashamed. Passing this on.




Power of Positive Thinking Under Debate (920220)


NEW YORK ó While the ďpower of positive thinkingĒ is encouraged as a way to improve health and well being, new research shows that it may be more important to avoid negative thinking.


Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus studied 224 middle-aged and older adults, half of whom were caregivers for a relative with Alzheimerís disease. At one-year intervals for three years, participants reported their degree of optimism and pessimism, negative life events, depression, stress, anxiety and other issues.


The researchers found that optimism and pessimism, previously thought to be linked, are actually independent factors that individually influence stressed and nonstressed people. And one factor is more foretelling than the other.


ďOf greatest interest, we found that pessimism, not optimism, was a prospective predictor of psychological and physical health outcomes a year later,Ē write Susan Robinson-Whelen and colleagues in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


Specifically, pessimism predicted anxiety, perceived stress and self-rated health for the next year, while optimism did not predict anything. The researchers explain that negative life events may not impact caregivers as much as noncaregivers because caregiversí outlook for the future is already influenced by the stress of caring for an ill family member.


Previous research has shown that optimism may affect peopleís success in alcohol treatment programs, with recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery and breast cancer surgery, and in other health-related concerns. This new study, the authors conclude, emphasizes the need to also consider how pessimism affects such outcomes.




Iíve Learned


Iíve learned-that itís not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.


Iíve learned-that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.


Iíve learned-that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.† It may be the last time you see them.


Iíve learned-that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.


Iíve learned-that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.


Iíve learned-that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.


Iíve learned-that no matter how good a friend is, theyíre going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.


Iíve learned-that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when youíre down will be the ones to help you get back up.


Iíve learned-that just because someone doesnít love you the way you want them to doesnít mean they donít love you with all they have.


Iíve learned-that your family may not always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you arenít related to can sometimes take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again.


Iíve learned-that just because two people argue, it doesnít mean they donít love each other. And just because they donít argue, it doesnít mean they do.


Iíve learned-that we donít have to change friends if we understand that friends change.


Iíve learned-that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.


Iíve learned-that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.


Iíve learned-that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.


Iíve learned-that you shouldnít compare yourself to the best others can do.


Iíve learned-that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.


Iíve learned-that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.


Iíve learned-that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences youíve had and what youíve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays youíve celebrated.


Iíve learned-that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.


Iíve learned-that it isnít always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.


Iíve learned-that money is a lousy way of keeping score.


Iíve learned-that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who donít even know you.


Iíve learned-that you shouldnít be so eager to find out a secret.† It could change your life forever.


Iíve learned-that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.


Iíve learned-that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesnít stop for your grief.


Iíve learned-that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.


Iíve learned-that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, youíd better know something.


Iíve learned-that itís taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.


Iíve learned-that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.


Iíve learned-that you can keep going long after you canít.


Iíve learned-that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.


Iíve learned-that sometimes when Iím angry I may have the right to be angry, but that doesnít give me the right to be cruel.


Iíve learned-that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.


Iíve learned-that itís hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting peopleís feelings and standing up for what you believe.


Iíve learned-that either you control your attitude or it controls you.




10 Habits of Decidedly Defective People© (, 050528)


Doug Giles


For people who are finding it difficult to ruin their lives, let me help you with 10 sure-fire ways to ram your chances of success solidly into a brick wall.† Having covered point one, Be a Slacker©, in my last column, I want to continue to build on that foundation and further help the haggard pull down any chance of achievement in any aspect of his life.† What lies ahead are not fluffy little feel-good debilitating ditties, but rather secrets . . . keys to developing The Disaster Master Mind©.


Yes, far from being unsubstantiated little quips for the uncommitted, these 10 Habits of Decidedly Defective People©, namely . . .


1. Be a slacker.

2. Blame others.

3. Embrace hopelessness.

4. Follow others mindlessly.

5. Be a wet blanket.

6. Hang out with morons.

7. Be a self obsessed me-monkey.

8. Stand for nothing.

9. Have an ďitís not my jobĒ mentality.

10.†† Quit when the going gets tough.


. . . are solid and sure road-tested verities for the unsuccessful.


If you believe and obey the above, like a mighty weed . . . The Disaster Master Mind© will begin to grow and start the process of eradicating any chance for greatness in you and will eventually propel youóstratosphericallyóinto the great compost heap of humanity.


Before we plow on, remember: ruining your life is easy. Get it out of your mind that this is difficult stuff.† Success is what is difficult.† You have chosen that which is easy, so . . . letís get busy fleshing out your failure with Habit #2 of Decidedly Defective People©:


Blame Others.


Another way to assure that you never get a life is to continue to blame others for why you havenít accomplished anything yet.† [Losers love this lecture.]† A must in developing The Disaster Master Mind© is to convince yourself that your sad lot in life is because ďthey,Ē ďthem,Ē and ďthe other guyĒ have all conspired against you.† Yes, you have to believe that others have wronged you, and they . . . they are the reason why youíre an unemployed cross dresser who keeps human body parts in your refrigerator.


Blame shifting is a non-negotiable if you want to lock in The Disaster Master Mind©.† For those finding it hard and somewhat silly to affix blame on others, let me assist you.† Try this: If you had a rough childhood, or possibly were even rejected in the womb, then magnify that and milk it for everything itís worth and use it to have people forever pity you and never expect anything from you.†† See how easy you can take something other people have done to you and use it to opt out of life?† [Craving perpetual pity is also a good thing to add to your jacked-up arsenal.† Thatís a freebie!]


Think about how many miles you can get from blaming others.† Float this stool the next time people come around you and expect something out of you.† Tell them your parents neglected you and that they did not pay enough attention to you and your silly antics while you were growing up because they were obsessing on stupid things like putting food on the table and keeping a roof over your goofy head.


Your parents disenabled you and, therefore, you hate them for not orbiting more closely to your little world.† Yes, use your parentís lack of giving you quality time as the reason why you lack quality of life.


Also, your bad behavior may be caused by a chemical imbalance, like low blood sugar. If it is, or if you think that it possibly could be the reason, then ride this little hobbyhorse away from accountability and blame all your bad behavior on the fact that you didnít have your daily Butterfinger.


Are you a Christian?† Well . . . you can be a big time loser, as well.† The under achievers neednít be just in the secular realm . . .† the saints, too, can lead a sucky life.† ďHow?Ē you might ask.† It is easy.† Blame the devil for all your mistakes and failures.† And donít forget, you also have the evil world to fault for all its seductive evilness.


Yes, the world and the devil are the primary cause for your continuous lapsing and lackluster life.† You see, you want to do right, but culture and demons keep you from doing it.† Whew!† What a weight off your shoulders, eh Christian? Itís the cultureís fault and the devilís fault that youíre coerced to live in the warm womb of Wussville. Itís not your fault.† It couldnít be.† Youíre an angel.


Yes, in order to get The Disaster Master Mind© maximized in the religious sphere, the Christian must never believe that he is remotely guilty for being a dipstick, and he must disbelieve the plethora of biblical passages that promise victory over demonic deception and ascendancy over an acidic society.


In wrapping up point two in my godly attempt to help you affix failure to your funk, remember this:† you can never let the thought cross your mind that you actually have a say in what happens to your life.† Commit to your personal credo that you have no capability or responsibility to change yourself and live by your plan and not the prescription of others.† Do not entertain the thought that you can pursue happiness.† Stay away from biographies, movies, music and narratives that show people overcoming way worse crud than you have had to shovel.† Beware of people who have blown off what others have done to them and what others think of them, and have, in spite of all odds, accomplished worthy goalsóbecause that could possibly empower you to quit being a weasel.


Bear in mind that accomplishment is a communicable disease that can transfer from people and can be inspired through film, music and literature.† So beware whom you hang around, as well as what you watch, read and listen to.† You donít want greatness anywhere around you.


Lastly, I need you to say this out loudóand right now: ďI am a victim. I am a butt. I am a casualty.Ē† There you go.† Can you feel your personal power draining from you?† Thatís good.† You must declare this over and over, both out loud and in your mind, until culpability for any personal lack decisively leaves your conscience.


Also, work on a daily basis to convince your friends that youíre an incurable poor dupe so that they can enable you to be more disabled.† Remember: personal power and duty are a detriment to The Disaster Master Mind©, so avoid any thoughts regarding liability for your life.


Additional Habits of Decidedly Defective People© to follow . . .


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