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Don’t Give Up

Ray’s Daily

December 13, 2021

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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

Jesse Owens

I occasionally run into someone who has given up on life. They find the journey to be too tough. I have learned that while aging is not easy it is still worth living. Those I admire the most are those who not only handle adversity but are strengthened by it.

Here is a story in that vein, I don’t know who wrote it but it reminds me of many of the folks I appreciate.

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.

One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours

as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand:

The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

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“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Gandhi

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She said: I had put in an 18-hour day at work and was upset to find my four-year-old Zack asleep in bed with my husband when I got home. Zack squirms so much it is impossible to get a decent night’s sleep when he is with us. Exhausted, I collapsed into his bed instead, where I slept better than I had in years. The next morning, I asked my husband, “Why was Zack in bed with you?”

“Oh,” he replied, shrugging, “he wet his bed, and I was too tired to change his sheets.”

~~~

To attract men, I wear a perfume called “New Car Interior.”

Rita Rudner

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Early one evening a gentleman scuttled out to his garage and pulled the lawn furniture out onto the driveway.  Shortly after followed the lawnmower, a few gardening tools and a bicycle.

A curious neighbor wandered over and asked if he was going to have a garage sale.

“No,” replied the gentleman, “my son just bought his first car and right now he’s getting ready for a big date.”

“So what’s with all the stuff?” asked the neighbor.

“Well, after years of moving tricycles, toys and sports equipment out of the way every time I came home from work I wanted to make sure the driveway was ready for him.”

~~~

Make someone happy today. Mind your own business.

~~~

Jill: What’s wrong, Mary?

Mary: I’m tired! I’ve been out seven nights in a row. I’m having too much fun!

Jill: Maybe you should get married again.

~~~

Proper attire is required in the cafeteria at the University of Maine. To enforce that rule, the management posted this notice: “Shoes are required to eat in this cafeteria.”  

Next to it, a student added, “Socks can eat wherever they want.”  

~~~

Marriage is like a tango. . .  it takes two, and occasionally one has to bend over backward to keep the dance going.

~~~

OPINIONS ABOUT LOVE FROM KIDS

“I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when ‘The Simpsons’ is on television.” (Anita, 6)  

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8)  

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)  

THE PERSONAL QUALITIES NECESSARY TO BE A GOOD LOVER

“One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” (Ava, 8)  

SOME SUREFIRE WAYS TO MAKE A PERSON FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU

“Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” (Del, 6)  

“Don’t do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain’t the same thing as love.” (Alonzo, 9)  

“One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” (Bart, 9)  

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF TWO ADULTS EATING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ARE IN LOVE?

“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s in love.” (John, 9)  

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food.” (Brad, 8)  

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are…on fire.” (Christine, 9)  

WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE THINKING WHEN THEY SAY “I LOVE YOU”

“The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day.” (Michelle, 9)  

HOW A PERSON LEARNS TO KISS

“You learn it right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the best of you.” (Doug, 7)  

“It might help to watch soap operas all day.” (Carin, 9)  

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

“It’s never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That’s why I stopped doing it.” (Jean, 10)  

HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE

“Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” (Tom, 7)  

“Don’t forget your wife’s name…That will mess up the love.” (Roger, 8)  

“Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.” (Randy, 8)  

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“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you DON’T want.”

Kevin Ngo

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

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