“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
When they said “It is an ill wind that blows no good,” I agreed. When they said “In every adverse situation there is a complimentary opportunity,” I wondered. But as the years have gone by I have found that it is almost always true that opportunity and often some good can come out of what at first appears to be a calamity.
My most recent example of how this is true has been the result of my need to find another way for some four hundred Google Group subscribers to get their copies of the Daily via e-mail. What I did was offer each of those subscribers the alternative of getting the Daily e-mailed directly from me or to find it on one of the many places where it is posted. That way we could stay connected until I set up another subscription service. What I was unprepared for was the response; here are excerpts from a couple of the notes I received.
This one is from a highly regarded doctor friend who I have not seen for 10 years or more. She is a special person who has worked under the most difficult situations for decades, the world is a better place due in part to Mary’s efforts. Here is what she wrote;
I have recently moved back to Geneva to take up a CDC posting with WHO. So, I will be with WHO for at least 5 years. This time, I am working on issues related to vaccinating children, and establishing surveillance systems that help the countries monitor the level of disease.
Since I have started this job, I have been absolutely stunned to learn how poor the quality of hospital bacterial laboratories is globally. In my work, we usually focus on the major paediatric hospital/s in a country…. and that hospital frequently does not have the capacity to identify bacteria properly. Can you imagine? Children with meningitis and so many bacterial diseases are just not being being treated as properly as possible, because the bacterial laboratories are in such poor shape.
So, as with all things in life, it is a mixed message. On the one hand, I am happy… in that what I am doing via the vaccines work helps to strengthen the general capacity of the bacterial laboratories. That has such far reaching benefits for children (and frequently the adults). But, on the other hand, I am appalled that in the year 2010 (and very soon to be 2011), the bacterial laboratory of so many major hospitals is so poor. How can this be?
How are you doing? I am following your health with a bit of worry.
Take good care of yourself. I really do appreciate your daily. I look forward to it every day. And, I file them away… so if I am having an off day, I can go through the list and pick one out at random and read it. That really does help to lift my mood.
Those of you who know me know how strongly I believe the solution to many of our problems will come from direct communications between people like you and me. Here is a small example of what is possible.
I like your writing. There’s wisdom but also laugh. And I don’t want to stay without it. Thank you.
When I received this message I asked the writer how we first became connected and here was the response:
Im from Croatia. When I was browsing web and kind of investigate google’s groups, just to see what is it, I bump into yours, read few, like it and decide to receive yours Daily. Simple, lol.
I saw on your last mail, that you also have fb profile but it would be a bit weird to sent friend request to someone who wouldn’t know who am I so I choose to send this note cose, like I said, I don’t want to stay without yours Daily. I even share some of your thoughts or jokes with my friends, 🙂
Warm regards from Croatia.
There were other notes of a similar nature. I feel rewarded way beyond my expectations and paid more than I ever thought possible. Thank you all.
“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
A meat counter clerk, who had had a particularly good day, proudly flipped his last chicken on a scale and weighed it.
“That will be $6.35,” he told the customer.
“That really is a little too small,” said the woman. “Don’t you have anything larger?”
Hesitating but thinking fast, the clerk returned the chicken to the refrigerator, paused a moment, then took it out again. “This one,” he said faintly, “will be $6.65.”
The woman paused for a moment, then made her decision.
“I know what,” she said, “I’ll take both of them!”
A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker:
“The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice.”
A guy goes to the psychiatrist. “Doctor,” says the guy, “I feel as if I’m two different people! Two totally different personalities. Do you think I need help? Can you help me? Am I doing the right thing seeing a psychiatrist?”
“Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!” says the doc. “Please, one at a time.”
“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength.
However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go – and then do it.”
Flying home after visiting her daughter in England, she arranged to have her husband meet her plane at the Vancouver, B.C. airport. This meant a stop at the border crossing between the United States and Canada, where her husband was asked: “What is your reason for entering the country?” and “How long are you planning to stay?”
He replied that he was picking his wife up at the airport after her trip to England.
Without missing a beat, the guard asked two more questions in the same businesslike tone: “Is the house clean?” And, “Are there fresh flowers on the table?”
“The word ‘aerobics’ came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it Jumping up and down.”
A bishop discovered a tribe of Indians in the Yukon who had never recorded a baptism, confirmation or marriage.
The bishop soon rectified the situation by baptizing everyone. He also married every beaming couple that walked by.
Later, the tribal chief told the Bishop the tribe had never had so much fun.
The bishop asked the chief which part they enjoyed the most.
“The marriage service,” the chief said, smiling, “We all got new wives!”
Take the mystery out of driving….use your turn signal.
Molly was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist. “Right,” said the shrink, “We’ll just try a few simple tests.” To Morris the boy, he said “Say a few words – anything that comes into your mind.” The boy turned to his mother and asked, “Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words without any split infinitives?”
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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