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William Arthur Ward:

The mediocre teacher tells

The good teacher explains

The superior teacher demonstrates

The great teacher inspires


Warning Signs of Cancer

Change in bowel or bladder habits

A sore that does not heal

Unusual bleeding or discharge

Thickening or a lump anywhere in the body

Indigestion or difficulty swallowing

Obvious change in a wart or mole

Nagging cough or hoarseness



This is a story about 4 people… Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody did what Anybody could have.




- Denial

- Anger

- Bargaining

- Depression

- Acceptance



Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.



Compensation – making up for weakness in one area

Daydreaming – imagining pleasant things

Denial – refusing to accept reality

Displacement – shifting from one to another

Idealization – copying someone you think highly of

Projection – seeing your faults or feelings in someone else

Rationalization – making excuses for or justifying behavior

Regression – reacting in a childlike or immature manner

Repression – blocking out painful thoughts/feelings

Sublimation – redirect negative into positive behavior




- A positive stress that energizes one and helps one reach a goal

- Makes you feel alert and lively

- You will appear confident and in control


Managing Emotions 

- Sing/play a musical instrument

- Write down how you feel

- Talk to a friend

- Exercise/ play a sport

- Let go of what you can’t control

- Draw/paint a picture


Confucius: If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as to continually be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others


Grayson Kirk: The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life.



Until you accept who you are, you will never be happy with what you have


W.B. Yeats: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire


Buddha: To live a single day and hear a good teaching is better than to live a hundred years without knowing such teaching


Albert Einstein: It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge


Philo: Learning is by nature curiosity






Speaks up for self

Feels insecure 

Respects self and others

Disrespects self and others

Has confidence

Vulnerable to peer pressure

Tries new things

Does not feel valuable

Feels valuable to society

Feels depressed

Adjusts to change

Fears failure

Feels optimistic

Uses alcohol and drugs

Makes decisions based on values

Feels pessimistic


Behaves destructively



Types of Pressure











Role Models


Popular people


Famous people




Give thought to the problem

Review your choices

Evaluate the consequences of each choice

Assess and choose the best choice

Think it over afterward




Solomon Ibn Gabirol: In seeking knowledge,

the first step is silence,

the second step is listening,

the third step is remembering,

the fourth step is practicing, and 

the fifth step is teaching others




1. Physical: Diet, exercise, avoid tobacco, alcohol, drugs, free of disease

2. Emotional: Constructive expression, asks for help

3. Social: Respect, supportive relationships, expresses needs of others

4. Mental: High self-esteem, enjoy trying new things, free of mental illness

5. Spiritual: Sense of purpose in life, follows morals and values, unity with other humans

6. Environmental: Access to clean air/water, clean and uncrowded living space, recycles


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar… and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before her philosophy class and had some items in front of her. 

When the class began, wordlessly, she picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it up with golf balls.

She then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

She shook the jar lightly. 

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. 

She then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled in everything else.

She asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced 2 cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your Deity, family, children, health, friends, and your favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.” 

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” she continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. 

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your partner out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled.

“I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”





Humility leads to strength and not to weakness.

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.

  • John J. McCloy




Failure is not fatal.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.

It should always challenge us to new heights of accomplishments, not pull us to new depths of despair.

From honest failure can come valuable experience.

  • William Arthur Ward



Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. 

  • Theodore Roosevelt




Fall seven times, stand up eight.

  • Japanese Proverb












The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically.


This virus us called Weary Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever – DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, you should immediately leave the premises.


Take two good friends to the nearest grocery store and purchase one or both of the antidotes – Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.


You should immediately forward this medical alert to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have been infected and WORK is controlling your life.





Welcome aboard Flight #2024.
We are preparing for an on-time departure into the New Year.
Please make sure that your Attitude and Actions are secured and locked in an upbeat and upright position.
All self-destructive thoughts should be turned off at this time and remain off forever.
Any negativity, hate, and discouragement must remain completely stowed.
In the unlikely event we lose Attitude while under pressure, simply reach up and pull down a Prayer.
Prayers will automatically activate if you have Faith.
With Faith, you will be able to assist other passengers.
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight.
Now, Captain God has cleared us for takeoff.
Our first destination is Love, with continuing stops at Peace and Joy.
Before you deplane make sure you don’t leave any of your Hopes and Dreams behind.
Once these are lost, they cannot be reclaimed.
If there’s anything we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please do the same by paying it forward.
We wish you a pleasant flight!
Have a Happy New Year

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