October 14, 2019
No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.
It sure seems to me that there is an epidemic of animosity spreading in our country. More and more seem to be more interested in making sure the other guy loses than they are in finding ways we can work together.
I long for the days when we learned to get along and partnered for the overall good. Even hate speech that we thought was behind us seems to be creeping back into the national dialog. Even truth has been set aside as falsehoods are used to defeat adversaries.
I long for the civility that once was the norm, a time when we compromised and worked together for the general good.
I do know that most people are good people, I just wish they wouldn’t stand by and let the rancor dominate the discussions. Just think what it would be like if we turned discouragement into encouragement, wonderful things might happen.
So like the frog in the following story, don’t listen to the naysayers and rise above the negativism.
Ignore the haters
“A group of frogs were traveling through the forest when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.
However, the two frogs ignored their comrades and proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. However, despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up as they’d never make it out.
Eventually, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying and he gave up, jumping even deeper to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the group of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and to just die.
He ignored them, and jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, ‘Did you not hear us?’
The frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.”
Nothing that I can do or say will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes — good will among men and peace on earth.
- I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
- I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or to find excuses.
- I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
- I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
- I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
- I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
- I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is never exactly zero.
- If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.
- I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
- I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
- I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
- I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
- I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
- I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator’s Society) if they ever get it organized.
Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.
Two judges were each arrested on speeding charges. When they arrived in court on the appointed day, no one was there, so instead of wasting time waiting around they decided to try each other.
One took the stand and the other said, “How do you plead?”
“That’ll be fifty dollars and a warning from the court.” The two judges shook hands and changed places.
“How do you plead?” asked the judge.
The judge reflected for a moment, and said, “These reckless driving cases are becoming all too common of late. In fact, this is the second such incident in the last fifteen minutes. That will be two hundred dollars and ten days in jail.”
A sign in the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau, Alaska, reads: “If our food, drinks, and service aren’t up to your standards, please lower your standards.”
Getting away from their high-stress jobs, a couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home. When they found their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome, visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy.
Now, when they set up camp, they place this sign on the door of their RV: “Insurance agent. Ask about our term-life package.”
Visa is everywhere you want to be, except out of debt.
A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well.
The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?
You’re dehydrated and need more water
Where people of goodwill get together and transcend their differences for the common good, peaceful and just solutions can be found even for those problems which seem most intractable.
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