Ray's musings and humor

They just keep going

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.

keep-going

I have met some really outstanding folks in my lifetime. Everyone from people with modest positions to community and business leaders. I also have been able to meet and sometimes work with people who spend their days helping others while making our world a little better place. Some are thinkers, health workers, teachers, adventurers, international aid workers and the like.

The one thing I believe most have in common is perseverance. My nutritionist friend based in Africa helps to change the world for the better every day. My professor friend who teaches global studies is investing in our future by turning out students who will be the leaders of tomorrow. My friends who work in the food pantries and soup kitchens brighten the day for people who have little hope.

My life has been graced by the people in it and most are special because they don’t give up, they just keep going..

            Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!

 

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure has turned about,

When they might have won had they stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow!

Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering one,

Often the struggler has given up

When they might have captured the victor’s cup.

And they learned too late, when the night slipped down,

How close they were to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint to the clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the task when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem the worst, that you must not quit!

            Author Unknown

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Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

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Long, unproductive meetings are often the bane of corporate life. My very funny boss at the software company where I work has come up with what just might be the perfect way to cut business conferences short before they start rambling out of control. There comes a time when he announces, “All those opposed to my plan say, ‘I resign.'” End of meeting.

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“Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.”

Quentin Crisp

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Joe sets up his chum Michael to go on a blind date with a friend of a friend of his. But Michael is a little worried about going out with someone he’s never seen before. “What do I do if she’s ugly?” says Mike, “I’ll be stuck with her all night.”

“Don’t worry,” Joe says, “just go up to her door and meet her first. If you like what you see, then everything goes as planned. If you don’t just shout ‘Aaaaaauuuggghhh!’ and fake an asthma attack.”

So that night, Mike knocks at the girl’s door and when she comes out he is awe-struck at how beautiful and sexy she is. He’s about to speak when the girl suddenly shouts:   “Aaaaaauuuggghhh!”

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“If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”

Bill Lyon

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Rules for Driving in New York City

* When on a one way street, stay to the right to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

* Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car.

* The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it.

* Never get in the way of a car that needs extensive body work.

* Always look both ways when running a red light.

* Never use directional signals when changing lanes. They only warn other drivers to speed up and not let you in. (Truest of All)

* Making eye contact revokes your right of way.

* Whenever possible, stop in the middle of a crosswalk to ensure inconveniencing as many pedestrians as possible. And if a pedestrian ahead of you steps into the road, speed up, honk or yell loudly and chase him back up on the curb. Pedestrians have no rights.

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“Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.”

Doug Larson

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A lady lived in a small Minnesota town had two pet monkeys that she was very fond of. One of them took sick and died. A couple of days later the other died of a broken heart. Wishing to keep them, the lady took them to the taxidermist. The man asked if she would like them mounted. “Oh, no,” she replied, “Just have them holding hands.”

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“True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.”

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Scott and Glenn who worked together were both laid off, so they went to the unemployment office.

When asked his occupation, Scott said, “Panty stitcher… I sew the elastic onto women’s underwear.”

The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classed as unskilled labor, she gave him $300 a week unemployment pay.

Glenn was asked his occupation. “Diesel fitter,” he replied.

Diesel fitter is listed as a skilled job, so the clerk gave Glenn $600 a week.

When Scott found out he was furious. He stormed into the office to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting double his pay.

The clerk explained, “Panty stitchers are unskilled, and diesel fitters are skilled labor.”

“What skill?!” yelled the panty stitcher. “I sew the elastic and he pulls on it and says, ‘Yep, dese’ll fit ‘er.'”

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A curious ad, placed in THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL:

“LOST:  Orange jacket, lavender shoes, & gray briefcase.  Please don’t ask!  Reward!”

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An elderly parish priest was tending his garden near a convent when a passerby stopped to inquire after the priest’s much-loved roses.

“Not bad,” said the priest, “but they suffer from a disease peculiar to this area known as the black death.”

“What on earth is that?” asked the passerby, anxious to increase his garden knowledge.

“Nuns with scissors.”

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If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.  You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,  for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Mary Pickford

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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