motivation to succeed

“One day, a student of Socrates asked his venerable teacher how to become wise. Socrates led the student to a nearby lake and the two entered the water. Then, he held the student’s head under the surface as the frantic young man fought wildly. Finally, Socrates freed him. The young man gasped and gulped. Socrates watched calmly and said, “When you desire wisdom with the same intensity that you desire to breathe, then nothing will stop you from getting it.”

Socrates is right, the motivation to succeed comes from within us.

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A Sticky Communication Problem

The staff at an old people’s home were puzzled when one of their residents suddenly began gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash. They asked her why but all she would say was that something had happened at the post-office.

This is what actually occurred: 

The old lady, who rarely ventured out, had visited the post office to post a letter.

She bought a stamp, and since there was a long line of customers behind her, she stepped aside. She put her change in her purse, licked the stamp and put it on her letter. Despite pressing and thumping and licking it again, the stamp failed to stick.

“Excuse me, this stamp won’t stick,” said the old lady.

“You need to peel the paper off the back,” explained the clerk.

The old lady put on her spectacles, fiddled for a few seconds to peel off the backing paper – and then licked the stamp again.

“It still won’t stick,” interrupted the old lady again.

“It’s a self-stick stamp,” said the assistant.

“Well this one isn’t sticking at all – there’s something wrong with it,” demanded the Continue reading

A Spirit to Know You

A Spirit to Know You

by St. Benedict of Nursiaca 480-547

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon Continue reading

An Advent Lesson ~ Foolishness

The Ants and the Honey

There once lived a little ant that was no one very special. It was just one of those worker types that would go out from the Nest with the rest and join in the stream of ants, the Way. Like every worker it would find some choice little bits of food and then struggle with its load to carry back to the Queen.

Everyday from dawn to dusk the same.

Then one day the ant noticed something strange. It seemed as though while many were leaving in search of food as usual, fewer appeared to be returning as the day progressed. It shrugged this observation away immediately and went out into the Way with its fellow workers.

As it scurried along with its antennae waving about, out of the corner of its eyes it saw a huge tunnel appear from out of the sky, touch the ground to its left where several other ants had been scurrying.

Then it disappeared, along with the other ants.

In a panic it stopped several of its mates and said: ‘Stop! There is something wrong here.’

Just as the others were about to ask what exactly it referred to, several ants came marching up with golden droplets in their pincers.

’Wrong!?’ said the leader of this group. ‘Only a fool would say there is something wrong here. Look at all this honey we have. We have hit the Mother Lode! The Queen will be so pleased.’

‘But I saw something come out of the sky and the next moment a bunch of us were gone,’ said the ant.

However, no one stayed to listen; off went its companions to get some of that honey, while the others raced back with their sweet prize.

‘Well, maybe I was just imagining it,’ the ant reasoned to itself.

And off it raced to reach the honey.

Yet no sooner had it began, again it saw the tunnel from the sky come down and its shadow fall over another group of ants. And then the tunnel and the ants were gone.

With great panic the ant tried to stop the others racing ahead. Yet now the Way flowed with excited ants that Continue reading

An Advent Lesson ~ Acceptance

I showered and shaved……….I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat……….in a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer………as I closed my eyes.
I saw the shoe of the man next to me…..touching my own. I sighed.
With plenty of room on either side……I thought,’Why must our soles touch?’
It bothered me, his shoe touching mine……but it didn’t bother him much.
A prayer began:’Our Father’………I thought,’This man with the shoes, has no pride.
They’re dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!’
‘Thank You for blessings,’ the prayer went on.
The shoe man said……….a quiet ‘Amen.’
I tried to focus on the prayer…….but my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren’t we supposed to look our best when walking through that door?
‘Well, this certainly isn’t it,’ I thought, glancing toward the floor.
Then the prayer was ended……….and the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud…… sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters………his hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear the shoe man’s voice from Continue reading

The Christian and The Pagan

A Christian and a Pagan, that had been old acquaintance and fellow-travellers, had several discourses upon the way together, about religion; and coming into Italy, the Christian advised the Infidel, for his better safisfaction, only to go to Mass once, and then tell him what he thought of it. The Pagan accordingly went to chhurch, and being afterwards asked his opinion of the ceremonies and solemniry of the office, his answer was, “that he saw but one thing there that he disliked; which was, that it looked a little uncharitable for one man to eat and drink by himself, and all the rest to look on.”


The poison of this fable, in the liberty of jesting with holy matters, would need an antidote to go along with it, if it were not that it is a Pagan’s conceit, and consequently suitable enough to the character and humour Continue reading

Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

Noah was bringing the animals into the ark in pairs as he had been commanded by God. He brought in the elephants, the giraffes, the cows, and the bears. Then came the lions, the aardvarks, the monkeys and the rhinoceros. There were the dogs and the cats, and the zebras. In fact, almost all the animals were loaded into the ark when Noah finally tried to take in the donkey and his mate. He told the donkey to go in but the donkey would not go in. He tried pushing the donkey in but the donkey would not move. He tried pulling the donkey in but the donkey would not move. As he was getting exasperated he said to the donkey, “Get in you wicked devil!” Eventually after many more attempts he succeeded in enticing the donkey Continue reading