A QUIET WORD Handy hints for happy life

Spray USE­FUL SUG­GES­TIONS AND WARN­INGS FROM CHIL­DREN

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Ge­orge Dee­ble

Euroa Chris­tian Fel­low­ship

I wrote this 10 years ago, but I want to in­dulge my­self and re­peat it sim­ply be­cause I en­joyed it.

The fol­low­ing state­ments have been at­trib­uted to pri­mary school stu­dents: ● Never trust a dog to watch your food. ● When your dad is mad and asks, ‘‘Do I look stupid?’’, don’t an­swer. ● Never tell your mum her work­ing. ● Stay away from prunes. ● When your mum is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. ● Don’t sneeze in front of your mum when you are eat­ing bis­cuits. ● Pup­pies still have bad breath even after eat­ing a Tic Tac. ● Never hold a dust­buster and a cat at the same time. ● You can’t hide broc­coli in a glass of milk. ● If you want a kit­ten, start ask­ing for a horse. ● Felt pens are not good to use as lip­stick. ● Don’t pick on your lit­tle brother when he is hold­ing a cricket bat. ● When you get a bad mark from school, show it to your mum when she is on the tele­phone. ● Never try to bap­tise a cat.

You may be think­ing that this has lit­tle

AS WELL AS LAUGH­TER BE­ING ONE OF THE MOST CON­TA­GIOUS OF ALL OUR EMO­TIONS, MY BI­BLE TELLS ME THAT ‘A CHEER­FUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE’, AS WELL AS MAK­ING CON­STANT REF­ER­ENCES TO JOY AND HAP­PI­NESS.

diet’s not to do with be­ing en­cour­aged or spir­i­tu­ally up­lifted.

I can only re­spond by say­ing that as well as laugh­ter be­ing one of the most con­ta­gious of all our emo­tions, my Bi­ble tells me that ‘‘a cheer­ful heart is good medicine’’, as well as mak­ing con­stant ref­er­ences to joy and hap­pi­ness.

Through all the doom and gloom we are con­stantly bom­barded with, we need peo­ple who bring a bit of light and joy into our lives.

So, go on, be one of them.

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