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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Table of Contents:

1. A Christmas Greeting
2. My "Freebie" Gift for 2010
3. Give Yourself the Power of the MasterMind
4. Humor: English Is A Crazy Language

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1.  A Christmas Greeting

First, Merry Christmas!

Second, to the thousands of TIPS subscribers who don't celebrate Christmas, my very best wishes for peace, joy, health, happiness and abundance in the months ahead! If you celebrate a different holiday, celebrate it with joy! And, if you would, please light a candle or send good thoughts on my behalf.

I've never sent a special holiday TIPS before, but this year it seems like the right thing to do. So, here we go! (Sometimes you just gotta play a hunch and see what happens!)

The world seems especially cranky this year. I don't know why, exactly. And, maybe I'm just getting old and cranky myself, and rather than admit that it's just me, I'd rather blame "the world" for being irritable and easily upset. If it's just me, please send prayers and all the positive energy you can! I obviously need it!

But if our world does seem more anxious, more stressed and more divided, I hope you'll join me in pausing for a moment. Let's all take a deep breath, shake out the tension and perhaps share a smile with someone. (Oh, heck, be daring! Why not go all-in and actually offer a hug to someone! What can it hurt???)

I don't pretend to have answers for the dozens of wars around the world. Sometimes I'm not even sure I have suggestions. Not to mention the "political" wars that are less bloody, but seem almost as divisive and certainly as noisy. And then there are all the folks with real worries about their family, their jobs, their homes and their health. When you add it up, our small planet is carrying quite a load!

As I say, I don't pretend to have the answers, but I do celebrate Christmas. And I do it partly for selfish reasons—I love the fellowship, the traditions, the food, the family, the lights and of course, the music. But, I also celebrate this holiday for more important reasons.

There's a wonderful story about some Americans and Germans stumbling across each other during the Battle of the Bulge, on Christmas Eve, 1944. In one of the most ferocious battles of the war, they found a way to share a warm hut, enjoy some food and good music, and not kill each other. What a thought!

So here's my request. (Actually I have two of them.) Over the next few days, look for a way to do something kind or nice or friendly for someone, for no particular reason. Let someone else have the parking spot, or put a coin in someone's expired parking meter. Open a door for someone. Help someone with their packages or shovel someone's side-walk. Send a check to your favorite charity. Whatever feels right and makes sense, have fun with it.

My second request is similar, but more selfish. Do something kind or nice for yourself, for no particular reason. You carry enough stress! You do for others, now do something selfish and wonderful for yourself. Take a nap. Rent a good movie and watch it with a friend. Buy flowers for yourself. Or, here's a good one, bake cookies and eat the first few while they're warm and before anyone else gets home!

There are many reasons to celebrate Christmas, but this year, in particular, I'd like to see our celebrations include a few moments of kindness and generosity toward ourselves and toward others. Wouldn't it be interesting if by just being nice and having a little fun, we could actually create a bit of "peace on earth, goodwill toward all?" I think that would be pretty cool!

Blessings to each of you!

2. My "Freebie" Gift for 2010

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Here's a quick reminder to grab your copy of the December "Freebie of the Month." Hundreds of people have asked for it since last Sunday, and if you don't have your copy, you're missing a great opportunity!

As always, it's totally free. That means no-cost. Or let me put it another way, it's complimentary. For nothing! Zip. Nada. Just grab a copy and enjoy!

I have noticed one point of confusion, however. Over 7000 people (Yikes!) have downloaded the Goal-Setting 101™ part of this Freebie and many of them think that since they have that part, there is no reason to request the Freebie. Wrong! So very, very wrong!

This month's report comes with twelve months of follow-up that will last all year long. This is the easiest, most powerful way I could think of to help you DEFINE your goals, and then ACHIEVE your goals in 2010. And it's free, but you have to request it.

Once you do, you'll also have the opportunity to join a group of ambitious, success-minded folks for our monthly calls! BUT you have to request the Freebie to get your name "on the list!" The workbook is free, but you do have to request your copy!

It's sort of like the old joke that "when opportunity knocks, the least you can do is answer the door!" Well, opportunity is knocking. Answer the door. Sign up.    http://PhilipHumbert.com/Free 

3: Give Yourself the Power of a MasterMind

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4. Humor: English Is A Crazy Language

I don’t know who has the time (and talent) to collect these puns and observations, but they always entertain me. Paul Vogt sent this particular collection and I hope you are as bemused by it as I was. Thanks, Paul!

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger ....
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither
a pig nor from Guinea.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth ? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices ?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it ? (Answer-- Is it odd that you have just one?) 
If teachers taught, why don't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.
That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

And finally, why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "Quick"?



   Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and
   have a wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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