Ray's musings and humor

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.

Charles Dickens

 helping-hand

I have had the good fortune over the years to work with or be near some really terrific people. Folks who are sometimes well recognized for their achievement and many others who do not get the recognition they deserve. These are the people who give so much to so many of us. Often they have schedules and obligations that would stager most of us and yet they are always there when we need them. I have often heard in the past that if you want something done right and on time give it to the busy man for he has learned over the years the secret of real accomplishment.

I am as impressed with the guy or gal who volunteers to help patients at the local hospital as I am of those I know who have helped solve our greatest problems. They seldom complain and are always ready with a helping hand, they are my heroes.

Here is a story that reminds me of what so many of these good people have done for others, I hope you like it as much as I do.

 Burden Of My Own

A Monarch of long ago had twin sons. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair way to designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young men thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a trait in one which was not shared by the other.

Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, “My sons, the day will come when one of you must succeed me as king. The weight of sovereignty is very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to bear them cheerfully, I am sending you together to a far corner of the kingdom.

One of my advisors there will place equal burdens on your shoulders. My crown will one day go to the one who first returns bearing his yoke like a king should.”

In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together. Soon they overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far too heavy for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to help her. The other protested: “We have a saddle of our own to worry about. Let us be on our way.”

The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to the aged woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also needed help. A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man slowed him to a cripple’s walk.

Eventually he did reach his father’s advisor, where he secured his own yoke and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he arrived at the palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with dismay. He said, “I don’t understand. I told our father the weight was too heavy to carry. However did you do it?”

The future king replied thoughtfully, “I suppose when I helped others carry their yoke, I found the strength to carry my own.”

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“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

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More from the friendly skies:

·       And from the pilot during his welcome message: “Delta airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”

·       Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, “That was quite a bump, and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault…it was the asphalt!”

·       Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!”

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I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.

Marie Corelli-

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Mistakes

If a barber makes a mistake, It’s a new style…

If a driver makes a mistake, It is an accident…

If a engineer makes a mistake, It is a new venture…

If parents makes a mistake, It is a new generation…

If a politician makes a mistake, It is a new law…

If a scientist makes a mistake, It is a new invention…

If a tailor makes a mistake, It is a new fashion…

If a teacher makes a mistake , It is a new theory…

If our boss makes a mistake, It is our mistake……

If an employee makes a mistake, It is a “MISTAKE”

~~~

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

~~~

An old man was relaxing at his hundredth birthday party when a reporter went up to him.  “Sir, what is the secret of your long life?”

The man considered this for a moment, then replied, “Every day at 9 PM I have a glass of port.  Good for the heart I’ve heard.”

The reporter replied, “That’s ALL?”

The man smiled, “That, and canceling my voyage on the Titanic.”

~~~

He is so old that when he was in school, history was called current affairs.

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A man returns to the U.S. from Africa feeling very ill. He goes to see his doctor, and is immediately rushed to the hospital, to undergo a barrage of extensive, expensive tests. The man wakes up after the tests in a private room at the hospital, and the phone by his bed rings. “This is your doctor. We’ve had the results back from your tests and we’ve found you have an extremely nasty virus, which is extremely contagious!”

“Oh my gosh,” cries the man. He’s in a panic now. “What are you going to do, doctor?”

“Well we’re going to put you on a diet of pizzas, pancakes, and pita bread.”

“Will that cure me?” asked the man hopefully.

The doctor replied, “Well no, but … it’s the only food we can get under the door.”

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She said that a baby is: Her husband, when he gets a cold.  Her youngest child, even if he’s 42.

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A teacher was asking her class what their fathers did. When she asked little Johnny, he said, “My father’s dead, Miss.”

“Oh, I am sorry, Johnny. In that case, what did he do before he died?”

“He went blue, held his chest and moaned aaaaarrrrrrggg, and collapsed.”

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The burden which is well borne becomes light.

Ovid

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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