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Email No 188       Sunday 16th August 2009

Optimism : A tendency to expect the best outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.
(from New Latin optimum, the greatest good).

"We are the music makers, We are the dreamers of dreams...We are the movers and shakers, Of the
world for ever, it seems."  Ode (1874) by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881)

"What is now proved was once only imagined."-- William Blake (1757-1827) English Poet.* a line from
the song by Sting, "Fields of Gold".

Milford Sound near Queenstown, New Zealand
Far from lives of hectic pace, Another world ~ a pristine place, Mountains rising from the sea, A beauty rare ~ tranquility……..
~ by The Everyday Poet, Helen Dickenson

Dear Friends, Romans & Countrymen,
..... all the way from the Land of the Long White Cloud, I hope this one finds you as happy as a box of budgies*... !  
(*budgies are small parrots
- see definition at : )

Something humorous :
Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas. - Seymour Britchky
I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time", so I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. - Steven Wright
The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it. - Joan Rivers
I have a feeling there's a correlation between getting up in the morning and getting up in the world. - Milton Berle
No human being believes that any other human being has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. - Robert Lynd
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18. - Mark Twain
There is still no cure for the common birthday. - John Glenn
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are ? - Anonymous
I'm so old my blood type is discontinued. - Bill Dana

Someone out of history :
Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) became one of the first two men to reach the top of Mt Everest and return. On 29 May 1953, he and Nepalese Sherpa
tribesman Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of the 29,028 foot (8,848 metres). Hillary wrote his account of the 1953 climb in High Adventure.

Something reflective :
New Zealand has a long tradition of equal rights and benefits for all its citizens. In 1893 it became the first nation to grant women the vote. It was also
one of the first countries to grant social security benefits and old age pensions for its people.
Something defined :
In 1642, the Dutch sea captain Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. The Dutch named it Nieuw Zeeland after a province in
The Netherlands. New Zealand remained a lawless frontier country until 1840.

Animal of the Week :
The Kea, a playful bird of NZ.....................
Something said :
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. -- Aldous Huxley (1864-1963) English Novelist
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.--William Arthur Ward
The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.-- Lee Iococca
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  -- Norman MacFinan
I will make love my greatest weapon and none on who I call can defend against its force....My love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose
rays soften the coldest day.  -- Og Mandino
It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.   -- Chinese proverb
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.-- David Viscott
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.-- John F. Kennedy

Lots of love, Cecile
"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make
a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. - Rabindranath Tagore

"Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you disengage the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks
and shut off the burglar alarms, it's too late." - Rita Coolidge

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller

"Each of us makes his own weather, determines the colour of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits." -
Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979) Roman Catholic clergyman, broadcaster Optimism emails are brought to you by Cecile
Vowles of Sydney.

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