September 6, 2017
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
With all the turmoil that exists around so many of us it would be easy to be so distracted that we lose sight of all that is right in our world. I am sure that the good things that lie ahead for my wife after she regains her health is the driving force behind her effort to recover.
It is worth remembering during the worst of times that these difficulties too will pass. I find it heartwarming to remember that our friends are still here, the places we like are awaiting our return, and best of all our families are there providing caring support.
Fifteen years ago I saved the following piece, I don’t remember if I included it in a Daily at the time but I think it is appropriate to include today.
Something to ponder
If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare, even in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder…you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.
Richard M. DeVos
Signs You’re Going to Have a Bad Day
You know it’s going to be a bad day when:
- your twin sister forgets your birthday.
- you wake up face down on the pavement.
- you put your bra on backwards and it fits better.
- you call suicide prevention and they put you on hold.
- you see a “60 Minutes news team” waiting in your outer office
- your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles
- you want to put on the clothes you wore home from the party, and there aren’t any
- you turn on the TV news and they’re displaying emergency routes out of your city
- you wake up to discover that your water bed broke and then you realize that you don’t have a water bed
- your horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a group of Hell’s Angels on the freeway
- your doctor tells you, “Well, I have bad news and good news…”
- your ex-lover calls and tells you he has 6 days to live, and that you’d better get the Test
- you have an appointment in 10 minutes and you just woke up
Some people grow up and spread cheer; others just grow up and spread.
Two elderly gentlemen were visiting. “I guess you’re never too old,” the first one boasted. “Why just yesterday a pretty college girl said she’d be interested in dating me but to be perfectly honest, I don’t quite understand it.”
“Well,” said his friend, “you have to remember that nowadays women are more aggressive. They don’t mind being the one to ask.”
“No, I don’t think it’s that.”
“Well, maybe you remind her of her father.”
“No, it’s not that either. It’s just that she also mentioned something about carbon 14.”
Being normal is driving me crazy.
This is the transcription of the ACTUAL radio conversation between the British and the Irish off the coast of Kerry, October 1998. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-98.
IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
IRISH: Negative. I say again, you will have to divert YOUR course.
BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS BRITIANNIA! THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE BRITISH ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH. I SAY AGAIN, THAT IS 15 DEGREES NORTH OR COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
IRISH: We are a lighthouse…………….Your Call.
“The thing you have to be prepared for is that other people don’t always dream your dream.”
I wanted to take my kids to the movies but did not want to wait on line to buy the tickets, so I called ahead to the theater to buy them over the phone.
I asked, “How much is a ticket?”
They said, “Seven dollars.”
I asked, “How much for children?”
They said, “Same price, Seven dollars.”
I said, “The airlines charge half fare for children.”
They said, “OK, put your kids on a plane to somewhere, and you come to the movie. You’ll enjoy it a lot more that way.”
Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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