Ray's musings and humor

Kiwanis Youth Soars

Keep true to the dreams of your youth.

Friedrich Von Schiller

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The other day I told some of my fellow Kiwanis members that what I liked most about the High School Kiwanis Key Club members around the world was how fearlessly they undertook even the most difficult tasks. In my experience while the older Kiwanians discuss all the reasons why a new effort will fail the young people just go out and get it done.

Listening to the political discussions these days make me wonder if we have made it fashionable to focus too much on what is wrong and way too little on what we might do to make things better. I worry that the positive attitude and the initiative of the young are lost as they become part of a too pessimistic society. The young may not always win but at least they try.

Here is a pledge offered by Christian D Larson that I wish every young person made before it becomes too late.

Promise Yourself

Promise yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
  • To be enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a kid to take the pledge. It provides a great framework on which to build the rest of our lives.

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Age considers; youth ventures.

Rabindranath Tagore

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 Myrddin sees Jill on the road ahead of him in her little red convertible. He tries to edge his semi past her as she was obviously having difficulty deciding which lane she wanted to be in.  Finally, her mind made up, Jill veered into Myrddin’s lane and jammed on her brakes, which resulted in a slight collision.

Unhurt but obviously harried, Jill rushed over to the Myrddin and started to bawl him out, barking, “You saw I was Blonde and knew I was going to do something idiotic. Why didn’t you stop to wait and see what it was?”

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Missing: Presumed married.

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Martin was a slow worker and found it difficult to hold down a job. After a visit to the job centre he was offered work at the local Zoo. When he arrived for his first day, the keeper aware of his reputation told him to take care of the tortoise section. Later, the keeper dropped by to see how Martin was getting on and found him standing by an empty enclosure.

“Where are the tortoises?” he asked him.

“I can’t believe it” said Martin “I just opened the door and then…..Whooooosh!”

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What’s the most common cause of hearing loss amongst men? Wife saying she wants to talk to him.

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In a high school science quiz, there was the question, “When water becomes ice, which of its physical properties increases?”

Everyone answered, “Its volume increases.”  Except one wise guy who wrote, “When water becomes ice, its price increases.”

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A little boy was overheard praying:

“Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.”

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Nine year old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned at Sunday school.

“Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

“When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.

“Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”

“Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?” his mother asked.

“Well, no. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!”

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A student was asked to list the 10 Commandments in any order. His answer? “3, 6, 1, 8, 4, 5, 9, 2, 10, 7”.

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To pass the time while our plane was being de-iced, the flight attendants played a trivia game with the passengers.  They asked us to guess the total number of years the three of them had worked for the airlines.

After an attendant collected our estimates, we heard the announcement: “The correct answer is 26 years.  For the two people who came closest with 28 years, we have prizes.  And for the passenger in seat 12F who guessed 85 years, would you please step off the plane once we are airborne?”

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George Washington never told a lie, proving that he neither liked to golf or fish.

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I halve a spelling checker,

It came with my pea see.

It plainly marks four my revue

Mistakes I dew knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait aweigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the era rite

Its rarely ever wrong.

I’ve scent this massage threw it,

And I’m shore your pleased too no

Its letter prefect in every weigh;

My checker tolled me sew.

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Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Samuel Ullman

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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