The Strawberry Patch

Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross

The Best Gifts

 The best gifts are not those we buy, wrap in colored paper and adorn with tinsel, but those we give from the treasures of our hearts and wrap in the intangibles of grace and goodwill:

 To little children -- Smiles of encouragement and words of cheer as they step, a little bewilderingly, into the first experiences of life;

 To youth -- A helping hand in their quest for good romance and adventure, without which youth cannot live;

 To old age -- Some opportunity for dreaming dreams;

 To life and the things of life -- Some measure of devotion which will enliven the common ways and ennoble the common tasks;

 And to posterity -- The legacy of a good name and good work well done!

A prominent salesman summed up his success in three simple words --- "and then some." "I discovered at an early age," he said, "that most of the difference between average and top people could be explained in three words. The top people did what was expected of them - and then some. They were thoughtful of others; they were considerate and kind - and then some. They met their obligations and responsibilities fairly and squarely - and then some. They were good friends to their friends, and could be counted on in an emergency - and then some."

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