the missing 10%

Posted on July 11, 2005

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cleaning up my inbox at work. now full of nice forwarded messages such as these:

the missing 10%

Sometimes in life we are all looking for the missing 10%. Life is never perfect and there’s no such thing as 100%. Most of all, we are far from perfect too!! A good reminder to appreciate life as we have right now!!

Adultery happens when you start looking for what you don’t have.”Wow, this girl in my office is a real looker. But it’s not her Wynona Rider features that got me. I’m crazy about her because she’s also understanding, intelligent, tender – so many things that my spouse is not.”

Somewhere along the way, you’ll find a woman or a man who will be more charming or sensitive. More alluring. More thoughtful. Richer. Have greater sex appeal. And you will find a woman or man who will need you and pursue you and go loco over you more than your spouse ever did.

Because no wife or husband is perfect. Because a spouse will only have 90% of what you’re looking for. So adultery takes place when a husband or wife looks for the missing 10%.
Let’s say your wife is melancholic by nature. You may find yourself drawn to the pretty clerk who has a cherry laugh no matter what she says: “I broke my arm yesterday, Hahahaha . . .”

Or because your wife is a homebody in slippers and pajamas, smelling of garlic and fish oil, you may fall for a fresh-smelling young sales representative that visits your office in a sharp black blazer, high heels, and a red pencil-cut skirt.

Or because your husband is the quiet type, your heart may skip a beat when you meet an old college flame who has the makings of a talk show host.

But wait! That’s only 10% of what you don’t have. Don’t throw away the 90% that you already have! That’s not. Add to your spouse’s 90% the 100% that represents all the years that you have been with each other.

The storms you have weathered together. The unforgettable moments of sadness and joy as a couple. The many adjustments you have made to love the other. The wealth of memories that you’ve accumulated as lovers.

Adultery happens when you start looking for what you don’t have. But faithfulness happens when you start thanking God for what you already have. But I’m not just talking about marriage. I’m talking about life!

About your jobs. About your friends. About your children. About your lifestyles.
Are you like the economy airline passenger that perennially peeks through the door of the first class cabin, obsessed with what he’s missing?

“They have got more leg room! Oh my, their food is served in porcelain!
Wow, their seats recline at an 80% angle and they’ve got personal videos!” guarantee you’ll be miserable for the entire trip! Don’t live your life like that. Forget about what the world says is first class.

Do you know that there are many first class passengers who are miserable in first class — because they’re not riding in a private Jet?

The main message: If you start appreciating what you have right now, wherever you are IS first class!

May your day be filled with blessings
Like the sun that lights the sky
And may you always have the courage

To spread your wings and fly!

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another good one…
THE FIVE FINGER PRAYER
This is so neat. I had never heard this before…This is beautiful – and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives.
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayersby praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest toremember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweetduty.”
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors,and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprisingto many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And, lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
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