I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
Over the years I have come to believe the difference between success and failure has been the willingness to go on even when all seems to be lost. There is no doubt we will never get to the end of a journey if we stop moving on. If you are like I am you have undertaken tasks that you thought you might not be able to do, only to find that your tenacity allowed you to successfully get them done.
Over the last few weeks my wife’s medical outlook seemed pretty bleak. My family never let despair set in, they just kept doing all they could to help my wife work her way back to health. She still has a long way to go but she is making progress. It is not easy but she keeps going and for that I am most grateful.
I few years ago I read the following story and continue to believe that Churchill had it right.
Never Give Up
Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.
He arrived with his usual props. A cigar, a cane and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”
Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “Never give up!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform. His commencement address was finished.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Robert calls home to his wife and says, “Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We’re leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas.”
His wife, Rhonda, thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.
Rhonda welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. Robert says, “Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?”
“I did,” Rhonda replies, “they were in your tackle box.”
Patience is never more important than when you are at the edge of losing it.
O. A. Battista
As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust. Suddenly, we realized why………we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them….
It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.
The wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left.
She said, “Hon, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting.”
“It was postponed.” he replied. “The wife of the Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme Potentate wouldn’t let him attend tonight.”
Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the rest.
Strike while the …………………….bug is close.
It’s always darkest before………………Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of……….termites.
Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.
You can’t teach an old dog new…………..math.
If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.
Where there’s smoke there’s……………..pollution.
Happy the bride who……………………..gets all the presents.
A penny saved is…………………………not much.
Two’s company, three’s………………….the Musketeers.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and….you have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.
If at first you don’t succeed…………….don’t skydive.
When the blind leadeth the blind………….get out of the way.
Better late than………………………pregnant!!!!
There is truth in what they say about the sexes. Men like cars, women like clothes. I also like cars because they take me to clothes.
One of our clients brought in his massive Doberman pinscher to be spayed. As a veterinary assistant, I escort the patient into the doctor’s office. But before taking this dog’s leash, I glimpsed those large teeth of her’s and asked the owner.
“Is she friendly?”
“Friendly?” said the man…….”She’s had five litters!”
When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
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