A MountainWings Moment — Click - Click - Click‏

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Click - Click - Click
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We had finished eating at an oriental restaurant in Barcelona.

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I learned in Spain, at least in Barcelona, they don’t hurry with
your check after your meal. Actually, they don’t bring it at
all until you ask for it. Quite different from America where
your dishes are often removed while you are still chewing and
your check is plopped down before you’ve swallowed.

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So we sat talking, no check in sight.

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Click - Click - Click

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What was that sound?

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I looked around. It was emanating from the cash register.
There was an elderly Chinese woman standing there. She was
adding up the day’s receipts as she passed receipts from one
pile to another like playing cards.

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The Click - Click - Click was the sound of the beads hitting
each other on an abacus. The receipts moved by with amazing
speed as her hands swiftly and expertly manipulated the ancient
adding machine.

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I watched - she added.

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In case you don’t know, an abacus is an ancient mathematical
machine. It looks like a picture frame with wire rods running
through it with beads the size of marbles on it.
It looks like a child’s toy.

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Click - Click - Click

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No power cord. No batteries. No plastic.
No LCD’s, LED’s, FET’s, LSI’s, or CRT’s.
No DOS, Linux, Palm OS, Android, iOS, Windows 98, 2000, ME, CE,
NT, XP, 7 or 8.

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Just wood, wire, beads, fingers,
and an old lady with focus and skill.

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Click - Click - Click

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The receipts flew by. I watched.

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I wondered, “could I add faster with a modern calculator?”

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I watched one pile of receipts shrink as the other grew.

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I type fairly fast. I can add on an adding machine fairly fast.
I’ve run a cash register and worked in an accounting office.

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I estimated my speed with the benefits of the latest silicon
technology against the old lady with wood, wire, and beads.

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As I watched the receipts fly, I knew I couldn’t keep up.

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Years ago, the army tested the electric calculator and it’s best
operator against a trained abacus user. Guess who won?

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The abacus was not only faster, but produced less mistakes.

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So what’s the point of Click - Click - Click?

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I have the latest gadgets, the most up to date electronics.
The phone on my belt has a calculator that would perform all
types of calculations with lightening speed. There was no way
the abacus could compare with the speed of my high-powered
megahertz processor.

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Then why did I feel I would lose in a contest with the abacus?

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Because the limiting factor was not the machine, it was me.

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We are conditioned to think in terms of the limiting factors in
life as the things around us. We want faster computers, faster
cars, faster internet connections, faster flows of information,
better stuff, better this and better that.

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We think, “If I can just get better stuff around me, stuff will
be better in me.”

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The limitations in life are not external, they are internal.

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The old lady took a simple device but used it with skill and
focus. You will be amazed at what you can do with the simple
things of life with skill and focus. You will be amazed that
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FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ~ THOUGHT FOOD!

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“Love
is like a friendship caught on fire.

In the beginning a flame,
very pretty, often hot and fierce,

but still only light and flickering.

As love
grows older, our hearts mature

and our love becomes as coals,

deep-burning and
unquenchable.”

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An Obituary for A Dear Friend - I Really Miss Him

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 An Obituary

 An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly true..

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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, *Common Sense*, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

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- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn’t always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

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Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults - not children - are in charge).

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His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

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Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children..

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It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

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Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

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 Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

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Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded Read More

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!!

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BE  THANKFUL

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

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Be thankful when you don’t know something.
For it gives you the opportunity to learn

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Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

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Be thankful for your limitations.
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

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Be thankful for each new challenge.
Because it will build your strength and character.

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Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

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Be thankful when you’re tired and weary.
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

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It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
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A MountainWings Moment — Bloom Where You’re Planted!

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Bloom Where You’re Planted!
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In an effort to be cordial, I asked a certain young man how he
was doing one day. Instead of hearing the common curt response
of “Fine,” he said, “I feel like I have dug myself in a hole.

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My response to him was, “The only place you start out on top is
when you are digging a hole!” Immediately he retorted,
“I didn’t think I was digging a hole; I thought I was laying a
foundation!”

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Well, the truth of the matter is that everything is a matter of
perception. Your outlook determines your outcome!

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It’s better to be in a hole than in a rut.

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A rut is simply a grave with both ends kicked out! The hole
that this young man dug for himself was his foundation.

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This is a process of life.

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You lose before you gain.

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You give before you get.

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You follow before you lead.

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You establish a solid foundation before you build.

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Before a farmer sows his fields, he first digs holes.

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Every beautiful flower starts out as a seed in a hole.

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Every fruit-bearing tree gets its start in a hole.

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Most of us are in a hole of debt before we can graduate from
college, but we don’t have to stay there!

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While digging a hole is dirty work and frustrating at times,
it is necessary. Thomas Edison aptly stated, “Restlessness and


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A Scripture A Day…

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He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats,
let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat,
let him do likewise.

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(Luke 3:11)

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