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1. Help the other fellow to help himself
In the Henry Ford archives there is a small card on which one reads these printed words: Help the other fellow." And under it Ford had written: To help himself."
2. AJA: Analysis-Judgment-Action, and not Action-Judgment-Analysis.
On the door of a classroom for inmates at Camp Sampaguita in Munlinlupa Penitentiary, is written in bold letters A-J-A. It is an acronym of Analysis-Judgment-Action. It became a motto to the residents in this minimum security compound. And they would jogged reciting AJA, AJA, AJA.
As their teacher, I was delighted by the enthusiasm of the inmates who were enrolled in a special course sponsored by a foundation.
One morning an inmate approached me. He was very sad and told me what a big mistake he committed. "Napagpalit ko po, ang dalawang A."
He exchanged the last A with the first A. Action-Judgment-Analysis.
"Kaya sir, naandito ako sa pihitan." That's how he got into trouble and imprisoned.
3. More than Open Sesame!
"He who wants to do good
knocks at the gate;
he who loves
finds the gate open."
The great German philosopher, Goethe, gave this recipe of happiness. "There are nine requisites for contented living:
Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
- health enough to make work a pleasure;
- wealth enough to support your needs;
- strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them;
- grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them;
- patience enough top toil until some good is accomplished;
- ]charity enough to see good in your neighbor;
- love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
- faith enough to make real the things of God;
- hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future."