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Here is a list of action words for describing processes with people, activities with things, and transactions with data.

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      quote It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. —Charles Darwin

      Scripture “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” —James 1:22

      “Knowing is not enough; we must act.
      Willing is not enough; we must do.” Goethe

      “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” —Abraham Lincoln

      “Esse quam videri = To be rather than to seem —Latin motto of North Carolina

      “Well done is better than well said” —Benjamin Franklin

      quote “People may doubt what we say, but they always believe what we do.” —Don Galer

      quote The big shots are only the little shots who keep shooting. —Christopher Morley

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      Only actions give to life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm. —Jean Paul Richter


      advised, articulated, communicated, demonstrated, described, documented, drafted, expressed, labeled, lectured, proposed, recorded, translated, wrote,


      arranged, assembled, built, collected, drove, handled, lubricated, measured, mixed, operated, polished, shipped, sorted, stocked, trimmed, typed, unloaded, washed,


      assisted, delivered, maintained, prepared, repaired, routed, served,

      Creative Research

      analyzed, defined, designed, diagnosed, expanded, forecasted, formulated, improved, initiated, marketed, observed, prevented, projected, programmed, solved, summarized, synthesized, tabulated,


      assigned, audited, checked, conducted, consulted, coordinated, delegated, directed, evaluated, examined, focused, guided, hired, inspected, interviewed, judged, justified, led, moderated, monitored, negotiated, organized, planned, reviewed, scheduled, tested,


      bought, budgeted, calculated, invested, weighed

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    achievements, accomplishments, committees, competitive, documents, decisions, demands, requests, documents, ideas, knowledge, memos, people, plans problems, opportunities position, production projects results research schedules standards strategies teams timing

    “Let all you do, be done in love.”
    I Corinthians 16:14

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    Set screen Negative Action Verbs

      Annoy, Torment, Pester, Nag, Bug, Plague, Molest, Upset, Worry, Rankle, Vex, Bullyrag, Pique, Beleaguer, Harass, Taunt, Diddle with, Heckle, Persecute, Torture, Hassle, Badger, Bother, Goad, Tease, Nettle, Irk, Perturb, Disturb, Provoke, Irritate, Chafe, Trouble, Harry, Disquiet, Gall, Aggravate, Beset, Grate, Mistreat, Fret, Abuse, Tantalize, Rag, Rattle, Bedevil, Fluster, Ruffle.

      quote What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

      quote “If you are going through hell, keep going” —Winston Churchill

      quote “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” —Wayne Gretsky


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      Events with data are called transactions. To put a name to an accounting process or transaction, choose from the table below an item from the first column (a verb), an item from the second (a qualifier), and an item from the third (an object).
      Action Verb Qualifier Object
      Accrue Accumulated Assets
      Amortize Common Cash
      Apply Current Cost
      Credit Direct Debts
      Debit Fixed Deposits
      Defer Gross Earnings
      Deplete Indirect Equipment
      Depreciate Long Term Expenses
      Finance Net Goodwill
      Incur Ongoing Income
      Issue Operating Expenses Liabilities
      Pay Off Retained Payments
      Sell Short Term Revenue
      Withhold Total Stocks
      Write Off Variable Taxes
      Adapted from MAKE YOUR OWN TRANSACTION NAME written by: Jay W Zylstra

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    Set screen Be An Angel

    In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket. Their father was gone.

    The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two. Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds. He did manage to leave 15 dollars a week to buy groceries. Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either. If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it.

    I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress. I loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job. The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town. No luck. The kids stayed, crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince whomever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job. Still no luck.

    The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop. It was called the Big Wheel. An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids. She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning. She paid 65 cents an hour and I could start that night.

    I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night. She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep. This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal.

    That night when and the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job.

    And so I started at the Big Wheel. When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money — fully half of what I averaged every night.

    As the weeks went by, heating bills added another strain to my meager wage. The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home.

    One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires! There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires. Had angels taken up residence in Indiana? I wondered.

    I made a deal with the owner of the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office. I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires.

    I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough. Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids. I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning. Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys' pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.

    On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. These were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe. A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up. When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning I hurried to the car. I was hoping the kids wouldn't wake up before I managed to get home and get the presents from the basement and place them under the tree. (We had cut down a small cedar tree by the side of the road down by the dump.)

    It was still dark and I couldn't see much, but there appeared to be some dark shadows in the car — or was that just a trick of the night? Something certainly looked different, but it was hard to tell what. When I reached the car I peered warily into one of the side windows. Then my jaw dropped in amazement. My old battered Chevy was full — full to the top with boxes of all shapes and sizes.

    I quickly opened the driver's side door, scrambled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat. Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box. Inside was a whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans. Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes: There were candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was a whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items.

    And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.

    As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude. And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning.

    Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop.

    Have you been a secret angel to anyone in need?

    Did you give for the praise of men or the praise of God?


    I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. —William Penn [from]

    “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave—Calvin Coolidge

    “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Set screen Do It

      © Barbara Smallwood and Steve Kilborn

      Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve. Dream great dreams and make them come true. Do it now.

      You are unique. In all the history of the world there was never anyone else exactly like you, and in all the infinity to come there will never be another you.

      Never affirm self-limitations. What you believe yourself to be you are. To accomplish great things you must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

      If you have built castles in the air, your work not need be lost - put foundations under them. Yes you can. Believing is magic.

      You can always better your best. You don't know what you can do until you try. Nothing will come of nothing. If you don't go out on a limb, you’re never going to get the fruit. There is no failure except no longer trying.

      Hazy goals produce hazy results. Clearly define your goals. Write them down, make a plan for achieving them, set a deadline, visualize the results and go after them. Just don't look back unless you want to go that way.

      Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.

      Wishing will not bring success, but planning, persistence and a burning desire will.

      There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract all the necessary ingredients.

      Success is an attitude. Get yours right. It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.

      Now show us the color of your rainbow.


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