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Cebu : Philippines | Dec 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM PST
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Skooter reports 12/15/12

None will improve your lot, if you yourselves do not. Do you believe this statement? Yes, I do. Let me tell you a story. Years ago, in Monterey, California, a crisis arose. Monterey had become a paradise for pelicans. After cleaning their fish, the fishermen would toss the pelicans the entrails. The birds soon became fat and tardy.

Eventually, a new market was found that could use the entrails commercially. The pelicans no longer had a free meal. Yet, the pelicans made no action to fish for themselves. They just waited, and waited, for the nadouts that didn’t come. Many starved to death. They appeared to have forgotten how to fish for themselves.

The opposite approach was taken by an elderly woman waiting for a bus. She was crippled with rheumatism and loaded down with packages. As the bus door opened, the bus conductor offered her a helping hand. The woman grinned and shook her head saying, “I’d best manage alone. If I get help today, I’ll want it tomorrow.”

George Bernard Shaw once noted, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

Study to shew thyself approved unto God… 11 Timothy 2:15

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Fisherman's Wharf and downtown rooftops, seen from Monterey Bay
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