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#249814 - 09/16/08 07:56 AM "THE"
terpprm Offline

Registered: 06/15/07
Posts: 312
Loc: Clifton Park, New York
here is a little motivational speech that i came up with just for everyone on this site!

have you ever thought of the word, "the"? i mean, such a little word and yet has so much importance behind it. have you ever tried to go throughout the day, and not use the word "the"? it is impossible!!!! try it sometime!

"The" is the ONLY definite article of the English language!!!! "the" makes things happen here and now!!!!

the application:

how we live our life is important. we may seem so little, and so un-important, but really think about your life! how many things wouldn't happen, if you were not in existence? could your family, place of work, your church, your friends, your support groups, could they "happen" without you?

if not, then perhaps, we are doing something wrong. we should live with such a life, that we leave that impression of good character and uniqueness in our life. i mean, if i miss work? i want them to say, "OH NO!!!! he's the hardest working person i have!!!! what will i do????? i need "THE"!!!!!!!!!"

it is also said that the English language is the only language that has a definite article!

we should live our lives with absolutes! some definites! meaning, in our lives, there are things that we should KNOW, and that will not change! things like, i personally have the Lord Jesus Christ, i KNOW that He will NEVER change....or, my brother! i know! that no matter what! i will always have him! i know that my parents are an absolute in my life!!!!

"the" makes things happen here and now:
do you make things happen "here and now"? or do we live with the mindset that, "eh, i am a survivor, i have my struggles, they can go on without me"? or going through life, not caring, or just not doing things because, "we aren't 'normal' anyway? why not live as "the"?

we could take so many lessons from such a little word in the English language!

something we need to think about often, is how are we living our life? they say that life is like a vapor. how are you living your vapor? it happens quick you know! how many of you are old enough, or maybe have seen, the old tea kettles, when your mother's would make tea? and coming out of the spout, was a vapor. and almost as soon as it would appear, it would disappear. our lives are the same way! they happen, but oh so quickly!!!!

here's another way to put it. on tombstones, there are 2 dates. the day you were born, and the day you died. in between those dates, is a dash(-). that dash represents a period of time. for some it is short, and others long, but, none-the-less, it represents a period of time. this period of time, what will your represent? when people visit your graveside, will they look at your dash and say good things about it? or will they say bad thigs about it?

this is just a few things to think about. and i would really like y'all to think about them. a simple punctuation mark like "-", and a simple article like "the", and a little bit of heat and water, and the relation to our lives.

i have a few challenges for everyone:

1) try to look around you and think of your own life applications we can learn from the world around us. it is amazing how things were placed here, and they seem so minute, but they have so much to teach us!

2) reply to this post with things in this life that can't go on without you! this could be a little bit of an encouragement and an eye opener for some, to see just how important you really are!

i also encourage any other replies to this post as well.......


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#249877 - 09/16/08 09:32 PM Re: "THE" [Re: terpprm]
josef^61 Offline

Registered: 09/11/08
Posts: 41
Loc: lancaster Pa.
You know to be honest i cant really think of anything The only thing is i can think of is my daughter I would believe that is enough to say she would need me Other then that I don't see myself all that important that anyone would really miss me I am sure once i die i would soon be forgotten.

#249914 - 09/17/08 03:51 AM Re: "THE" [Re: josef^61]
Teddy Bear Offline

Registered: 05/11/08
Posts: 22
Loc: El Paso, Texas
Speaking of words.

It's improper to use a double negative.

Here are some examples of double negatives, → and proper usage.

* I donít need none. → I donít need any.
* I donít want to go nowhere. → I donít want to go anywhere.
* ďI canít get no satisfaction.Ē → I canít get any satisfaction.
* Iím not gonna do no homework today. → Iím not going to do any homework today.
* I barely got no sleep last night. → I barely got any sleep last night.
* It was so hot, I couldnít hardly breathe. → It was so hot, I could hardly breathe.

There are also occasions in which triple negatives are used to evoke an even greater sense of negation:

* I ainít never gonna do no homework.
* I ainít gonna take nothing from nobody.
* You ainít never gonna go nowhere with me if you act like that.

the meaning is construed differently: adding a negative before a word with one of these prefixes is understood to neutralize the negative and create a positive. These particular examples of the double negative construction, separate from those above, are considered to be a literary trope called litotes. In litotes, one uses a double negative to understate an affirmative. Here are some examples:

* That person is not unfamiliar to me. → That person is familiar to me.
* This essay is clearly not nonsense. → This essay is clearly sensible.
* I receive a not insufficient allowance. → I receive a sufficient allowance.

When you use a double negative, the result is positive statement. It's like multiplying or dividing a negative number by another negative number. You'll get a postitve number as an answer.

My English teacher once said that there are no examples in the English language where a double positive implies a negetive.

To which I responded by saying . . . . .


We are all God's children, but we fat people are God's babies!

#249919 - 09/17/08 04:17 AM Re: "THE" [Re: Teddy Bear]
terpprm Offline

Registered: 06/15/07
Posts: 312
Loc: Clifton Park, New York
love it Teddy Bear!!!!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!

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#249920 - 09/17/08 04:31 AM Re: "THE" [Re: Teddy Bear]
blueshift Offline

Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 1242
Loc: infinity
I'm with you on most of that. Something I realized though a while back when just being in the right place at the right time allowed me to make a big difference in someone's life: no one can really guage their worth because no one can know what will happen next or how far reaching the results of their actions might be.

Sorry I guess I tend to be suspicious of motivational speeches. There's a tendency for them to motivate by making me feel bad about myself which for me has the opposite effect of just making me depressed.

I believe we are all valuable so long as we live among others and try to help when needed.

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