Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Bonsai for sale - “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”

You've heard it said that the best things in life aren't things. This truth is illustrated well by Andrea Jaeger.

At age 14 Andrea won her first professional tennis tournament. At 18, she reached the finals of Wimbledon. But at age 19, a shoulder injury brought her career to an end.

Her body was injured, but not her spirit. Andrea Jaeger no longer serves up aces on the court, but she is serving society. She began a nonprofit organization called Kids' Stuff Foundation that brings hope and joy to children who are suffering from cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. She runs the organization full time, year-round, unpaid.

"You get very spoiled on the pro tour," she says. "The courtesy cars, the five-star hotels, all the people clapping because you hit a good shot. It's easy to forget what's important in life." She goes on to say, "I forget a lot less lately."

Her life is an example of what can happen when one concentrates on worthy priorities. She remembers what is important in life. And I'll wager she is fulfilled and happy because of her decision.

It has been succinctly said that the main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment. If the best things in life are not things, what do you want most? Fulfillment? Love? Joy? Happiness? Meaning? Intimacy? Friendship? Spiritual wholeness? Success? Health? Hope? Something else?

What if you traded what you want at the moment for what you want most -- if you remember what is important in life and concentrate only on that. The life you build would be no less than incredible.

From Lifesupport.

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