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If Needed, Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious Marine to the bedside.

“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

StayShe had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine… (more…)

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Warren Buffett’s 25-5 Rule

On a flight Warren Buffett was talking with his pilot and jokingly said “The fact that you’re still working for me, tells me I’m not doing my job. You should be out going after more of your goals and dreams.”

buffett255-1x3Buffett then asked Steve to list the top 25 things he wanted to do in the next few years or even during his lifetime. Buffett then asked him to review each item and circle the top five that were most important to him. Steve was hesitant because to him they were all massively important.

But Buffett insisted that he could only pick five. So Steve spent some time with his list and after some deliberation, made five circles. He then asked Steve… (more…)

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Know Where You’re Going

In January 2000 church leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham who had just turned 80 to a luncheon in his honor. Billy150Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said,

“We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.” So he agreed. After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said,

“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when… (more…)

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It Costs Nuthin’ to be Nice

At an Alabama Touchdown Club meeting Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant told the following story:

“I had just been named the new head coach at Alabama and was off in my old car down in South Alabama recruiting a prospect who was supposed to have been a pretty good player and I was havin’ trouble finding the place. Getting hungry I spied an old cinder block building with a small sign out front that simply said “Restaurant.”

BBI pull up, go in and every head in the place turns to stare at me. Seems I’m the only white fella in the place. But the food smelled good so I skip a table and go up to a cement bar and sit. A big ole man in a tee shirt and cap comes over and says,

“What do you need?” I told him I needed lunch and what did they have today? He says,

“You probably won’t like it here, today we’re having chitlins, collared greens and black eyed peas with cornbread. I’ll bet you don’t even know what chitlins [small intestines of hogs prepared as food in the deep South] are, do you?” I looked him square in the eye and said… (more…)

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