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No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”

Charles Dickens


When I went to my 360 home page on Sunday I found the following from Dawn:

I know that it is said a person (or family) will not be given more than they can handle but sometimes I have to wonder.

Two and a half years ago we lost my niece.  She was 5 years old and had been in a comatose state for 3 years.  As sad as that occasion was, it was the years of suffering that took its toll on us all.

My sister is an amazing woman.  She was at that baby’s side everyday of her life.  Never spent a single day away from her.  This same sister is the one who gave birth to my new nephew a few weeks ago.  Refer back several blogs and you will see a picture of him.

He is an absolutely beautiful child.  Has all ten fingers and toes.  By all accounts he looks completely perfect.  Like all children he is an angel.  Comes in and steals the hearts of all who come in contact with him…how could he not?!

On Friday our family received the tragic news that this beautiful child has Downs Syndrome.  Now you can understand why I wonder just how much a person can handle.  My heart is broken for my sister.  This is a woman who has a heart of pure gold and doesn’t deserve this.  She deserves to have nothing but pure joy and happiness. 

I am dedicating this blog to my sister Cammie, who has more strength and perseverance than any woman I know…


My response was:

I sometimes wonder if more often than not it is those with strength, heart and spirit who are chosen to care for those who cannot care for themselves. To each of us they are an inspiration as well as a reminder of our own frailty. It is up to us to hold their hands, provide love and support, and honor their lives.

My love to her and hers,


Too many of us bemoan our lives and yet are never tested to see if we are strong enough to carry the heavy burdens bourn by others. I think we can express our gratitude for not being tested by caring for those who are. If nothing else we can help them with their load once in awhile so that they can stop and catch their breath. Let us never forget what others have done for us and use those memories to inspire us to do the same for others.


“What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this:

I have only my own burden to bear.”

Dag Hammarskjold


A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.

"How are we faring?" asks the king.

"Sire," replies the knight, "I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west."

"What?!?" shrieks the king. "I don’t have any enemies to the west!"

"Oh," says the knight. "Well, you do now."


"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."

Doug Larson


Blonde Caller: "Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?"

Operator: "I’m sorry, I don’t understand who you are talking about". Blond Caller: "On page 1 section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?"


The president of a large corporation opened his directors meeting by announcing, "All those who are opposed to the plan I am about to propose will reply by saying, ‘I resign’."


"He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed."

David Frost


The children begged for a hamster, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one.

They named it Danny.  Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it.

The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, "He’s been around here a long time–we’ll miss him."

"Yes," Mom replied, "But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes."

Another child offered, "Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him."

But Mom was firm. "It’s time to take Danny to his new home now," she insisted. "Go and get his cage."

With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, "Danny? We thought you said Daddy!"


"I have everything I had twenty years ago – except that it is now all lower."

Gypsy Rose Lee


The Chaplain had been assigned to a large carrier in the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take him long to notice how much grief the cooks (Mess Specialists) caught from the crew and how they gave back as much as they got. He talked to the Food Service Officer and decided to talk to the cooks and get them to be more cheerful when they served the meals to the sailors coming down the line. "A smile and a cheerful comment, a willingness to serve them will reap great benefits," he told them.

After his pep talk the Food Service Officer and the Chaplain stood back and watched the food being served. A new sailor aboard walked down the line but he didn’t like anything he saw so he just carried his tray down the line till he got to the desert section. He picked up a saucer containing a large piece of chocolate cake.

The Mess Specialist looked at him, "Is that all you’re gonna eat," he asked.

The sailor said, "Yeah, the rest of it don’t look too appetizing."

The Mess Specialist smiled and said, "Well, in that case would you like two pieces of cake?"

The Chaplain smiled and hit the Food Service Officer in the ribs,

"I told you my talk did them some good."

The kid said, "Yeah, man, I’d appreciate it."

The cook leaned over and cut the piece of cake on the tray in half.


Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.

Thomas Fuller


A woman on a holiday trip stood in awe in front of an enormous tree.

"Oh, marvelous and ancient oak," she enthused, "if you could only speak, what would you want to say to me?"

A woman standing nearby commented, "It probably would say, "Pardon me, madam, I am an elm."


 “The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.”

Arthur H. Stainback


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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