Sunday, October 08, 2006

INSPIRATION: You Were Meant For The Skies

This story reminds us how important a healthy self-image really is.

A man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he thrashed his wings and flew a few feet in the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong, golden wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. "Who's that?" he asked. "That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor. "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth - we're chickens." So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that is what he thought he was.

You were meant for the skies - not the chicken coop. Who will believe in you if you do not believe in yourself?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Top 10 Greatest Players Who Shook Anfield


The official Liverpool site,, have been running the impressive 100 Players Who Shook The Kop series since the start of the summer, and the series ended on Friday with the top five Reds, as voted by fans, revealed.

Not surprisingly, Kenny Dalglish was named first, with current club captain Steven Gerrard in second.

Third place went to legendary goal scorer Ian Rush, with the man who succeeded him in the Anfield number 9 shirt, Robbie Fowler, in fourth. In fifth was winger John Barnes who lit up Anfield in the late 80's and early 90's.

110,000 supporters registered their votes and it seems the large majority where younger Reds - with all except Dalglish in the top having played a big part at Liverpool within the last 15 years.

Older legendary players such as Kevin Keegan, Billy Liddell, Ian Callaghan, Ron Yeats, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Emlyn Hughes, Ian St. John and Jan Molby ranked lower down the list which also featured the likes of more recent heroes and legends Gary McAllister, Vladimir Smicer, Michael Owen and Titi Camara.

The top 10 was:

10 - Emlyn Hughes
09 - Graeme Souness
08 - Kevin Keegan
07 - Jamie Carragher
06 - Billy Liddell
05 - John Barnes
04 - Robbie Fowler
03 - Ian Rush
02 - Steven Gerrard
01 - Kenny Dalglish.

I am Thankful For ...

The partner who hogs the covers every night, because he is not out with someone else.
The child who is not cleaning his room, but is watching TV, because that means he is at home and not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay, because it means I'm employed.
For the mess to clean after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing, because that means I have a home.
For all the complaints I hear about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the lot, because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with a car.
For my huge heating bill, because I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church who sings off-key, because that means I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing, for it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, for it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning, because it means I am alive.
And finally, for too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of GOD." 1 Thessalonians 5:18