My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
I hope that the last four days were as good for you as they were for me. My Christmas with family and friends was especially meaningful as we spent even more time together than in the past. In I even got to spend some quality time with two of my young adult grandchildren which I always find to be stimulating, they are pretty smart guys. When I was a young boy it was fashionable to have children stand against a wall and use a pencil to mark their height as a permanent record of their growth. We don’t do that anymore but I do mark my grandchildren’s intellectual growth at each setting and I am always impressed with how interesting they continue to be as they mature.
I am proud of the accomplishments of each of my children but nothing they have done has equaled the successes they have had in raising their own children. I just wish that the young folks were not being burdened by the huge challenges they face in today’s world. At least they have the wherewithal to afford an education at good schools and that they all continue to do well. I wish all children had the same educational benefits as my grandchildren have for they will need all the wisdom they can garner to deal with the heavy burdens being left by their elders. Soon we will enter a new decade and with it an opportunity to translate hope into reality through the efforts of a new generation of leaders. I pray that they will have the wisdom to look beyond the polarization and often selfish actions so often exhibited by us, their forefathers.
Christmas every year brings with it a spirit of caring and human spirit; a time when those so moved by the season that they see today’s society not as a permanent condition but rather as something that can be changed for the better. Sadly too often the vision soon fades and we fall back to a feeling of resignation that it was only a dream and we are powerless to make a difference, and you know what?, that is why we make so little difference, we just give up. Let us make a resolution not just for this upcoming New Year but also for the new decade, let us commit to being on the playing field and not a spectator on the sidelines for it is only by good people like yourselves getting in the game that we will ever have a chance of giving our kids something better than what we have built for ourselves. We may not be able to do everything but in the aggregate we can do more than you might think we can.
The critical responsibility for the generation you’re in is to help provide the shoulders, the direction, and the support for those generations who come behind.
Gloria Dean Randle Scott
Since I won’t be with you for New Years I thought you might benefit from the following advice.
If you are sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:
I want to gain weight. Put on at least 30 pounds.
Stop exercising. Waste of time.
Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.
Drink. Drink some more.
Take up a new habit: smoking.
Spend more time at work.
Take a vacation to someplace important: like to see the largest ball of twine.
Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more.
Start being superstitious.
"My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married and I didn’t want him to."
A woman and a man are involved in a car accident; it’s a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt.
After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you’re a man, that’s interesting. I’m a woman.
Wow, just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but fortunately we are unhurt. This must be a sign that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days."
The man replied, "I agree with you completely. This must be a sign!"
The woman continued, "And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn’t break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune."
Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.
The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.
The man asks, "Aren’t you having any?"
The woman replies, "No. I think I’ll just wait for the police."
Steven Wright saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.
It was a small town and the Catholic Priest, the Protestant Minister and the Jewish Rabbi were very good friends. Of course, there was a lot of kidding and joking between them all year long.
To their surprise, the Catholic Priest and Protestant Minister received a Christmas card from the Rabbi.
Roses are reddish
Violets are bluish
When the Messiah really comes
You’ll wish you were Jewish.
A crisis is when you can’t say "Lets forget the whole thing".
Mr. Smythe was giving his second-grade students a short lesson in science. He explained about magnets and demonstrated how they pick up nails and other bits of iron. And now it was question time…
"Class," said Mr. Smythe, "My name begins with the letter ‘M’ and I pick things up…. What am I?"
A little boy in the front row said, "You’re a mother!"
Is it because light travels faster than sound why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?
A loaded mini van pulled in to the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils.
A nearby camper marveled to the youngsters’ father, "That, sir, is some display of teamwork."
The father replied, "I have a system; no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up."
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
John M. Richardson, Jr.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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