With the year 2000 getting closer, we hear so much about making sure we have a millennium survival kit. And, depending on where you live, it's the season for preparing your hurricane survival kit as well. I guess that's why this daily survival kit caught my eye when it was e-mailed to me by my in-laws. I got a kick out of it, and learned some things, too. The first line after each tool came with the e-mail; my comments follow.

A daily survival kit includes the following:

Toothpick -- To pick out the good qualities in yourself and others.

Sometimes you have to really pick hard, but they are there.

Rubber band -- Reminds us to be flexible.

Which is stronger, the oak tree or the willow tree? Depends on what the task is. When snow piles up on the branches of the oak tree, the branch will eventually break when the load becomes too heavy. When snow piles up on the branches of the willow tree, the branches bend and the snow falls to the ground. Sometimes we have to bend to keep from breaking.

Band-aid -- Reminds us to heal hurt feelings.

Others' feelings, by noticing and sometimes just being there. Our own feelings, by forgiving and moving on.

Pencil -- Required to list our many blessings.

List a few right now, and enjoy how it lifts your spirits and changes your focus.

Eraser -- To remind us that mistakes are okay.

As a matter of fact, a mistake is evidence that we're trying to achieve something. We may just need a little extra coaching. We make mistakes because we are all FHBs -- fallible human beings.

Chewing gum -- Reminds us to develop a stick-to-it attitude, that allows us to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

You just can't beat the person who sticks to it, no matter what.

Mint -- Reminds us of our worth to our creator -- we each are worth a mint. Discover and develop your uniqueness. You may even be able to market it!

Candy kiss -- Reminds us to give a kiss or a hug every day because we seldom receive that which we do not give.

There's the story of the traveler who comes to a new city and is greeted at the gate.

The traveler asks, "What are the people like in your city?" The gatekeeper replies, "What are the people like in the city you left?"

Traveler: "The people there are all selfish and mean and are only for themselves."

Gatekeeper: "And that is the kind of people you will find here as well."

The traveler moves on, and soon another traveler approaches the gate and asks, "What are the people like in your city?"

Gatekeeper: "Tell me about the people in the city that you have left."

Traveler: "Well, the people there are kind and giving and make the very best kind of friends."

Gatekeeper: "And those are the kind of people you will find in this city as well."

It's a law in life: We get pretty much what we give. So if you want a lot, give a lot.