Ray's musings and humor

Are You a Doer?

Ray’s Daily

March 15, 2022


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Maya Angelou

I have learned to really appreicte the doers, they are the folks that go out of there way to get done what needs to get done. They also go out of their way to help others. They become our friends because they care. It is not always easy being the best you can be but it is always worth the effort. I honestly think I am who I am because of the helping hand offered by so many in my past.

I recently got a copy of the following that I think holds the key to finding how we can be the best we can be.

Be Necessary

Success comes from making yourself necessary. It does not come from making a nuisance of yourself, nor from making people feel sorry for you, nor from taking advantage of others.

In whatever arena you seek success, you will attain it by making a useful and substantial contribution. What are you doing right now to make yourself necessary?

How much of yourself do you put into your work, into your life? True, lasting achievement requires effort on your part.

You may be able to lie, cheat or steal your way to a big bank account, but you cannot steal true success and fulfillment. It must be earned. It must come from you. It must come from making your own unique, positive contribution to the world.

You’re a special individual, and the best thing you can do with your uniqueness is to make it available to others. Make yourself necessary. Make a difference. Your own life is the most blessed when the most others are blessed by it.

Written by Ralph S. Marston, Jr


“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

John Wooden


A census taker in a rural area went up to a farmhouse and knocked. When a woman came to the door, he asked her how many children she had and their ages. She said, “Les’ see now, there’s the twins, Sally and Billy, they’re thirty two. And the twins, Seth & Beth, they’re twenty six. And the twins, Penny and Jenny, they’re twenty four … ” “Hold on!” said the census taker, “Did you get twins EVERY time?” The woman answered, “Heck no, there were hundreds of times we didn’t get nothin’.”


Look at the bright side: no matter how old you are, you’re younger than you’ll ever be again.


A little boy took his dog on a “take your pet to school” day. There were prizes for the smallest, the prettiest, the cutest, and the smartest pet.

Determined that his dog win a prize, the boy put his pet through a whole series of tricks. Finally, the boy turned to his dog and asked, “Mindy, how much is two plus two, minus four?”

The dog sat quietly, making no sound, remaining still and silent.

“Right!” exclaimed the boy.

His dog won first prize.


The right time to show your good character is when you are pestered by somebody weaker than you.



Most cartoon characters remain frozen in time. Though they’ve been around for more than 50 years, the members of the Peanuts gang are in some unspecified elementary school holding pattern. But what if they had been allowed to age like the rest of us?

Charlie Brown: Operates Good Grief Counseling Inc., which specializes in manic depressives and people who are just having a bad day. Moonlights as a pitching coach at high school and college levels. Married to Marcie. They have a roundheaded son who wears glasses.

Linus: Developer of Security Blanket Software, which is a hot item on the New York Stock Exchange. Worth millions but is actively involved in charitable causes, including the Great Pumpkin 5K Fun Run every Halloween. The only man who makes Bill Gates nervous.

Lucy: Serving her seventh term in Congress. On her third husband. Claims she hasn’t thought about Schroeder in years, but the background music on her answering machine is Beethoven.

Schroeder: After years on the classical performing circuit, he runs a piano bar in Carmel, Calif. Won’t let anybody lean on his piano.

Sally: Never quite got over being spurned by Linus. Has a cat named Sweet Babboo. Sells Mary Kay.

Peppermint Patty: Women’s athletic director at a Midwest university. Her fashion credo: “Sandals go with everything.”

Snoopy: In dog years, he’d be 350. What do you think would’ve happened to him? Linus has created an endowment at Daisy Hill Puppy Farm in Snoopy’s memory. Awwwww.


It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t remember anything.


A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.

“How are we faring?” asks the king.

“Sire,” replies the knight, “We have been killing and pillaging on your behalf for weeks, burning the towns of your enemies in the west.”

“What?!?” shrieks the king. “I don’t have any enemies to the west!”

“Oh?” says the knight. “Well, you do now.”


People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

Abigail Van Buren


Twelve of the Most Terrifying Things to Hear

 1. The dentist says: “This won’t hurt a bit.”

 2. The IRS announces: “We are simplifying the tax forms.”

 3. Your lawyer says: “This is an air-tight case– you can’t lose.”

 4. Your stock broker says: “This little drop in the market is just a minor correction.”

 5. Your physician says: “You’re in great shape–you’ll live to be 100!”

 6. Your business partner says: “Nothing can possibly go wrong.”

 7. Your best friend says: “Trust me–I’ll never tell a soul.”

 8. The directions on a do-it-yourself kit say: “Even a child can do it.”

 9. Your colleagues say: “We’re behind you 100%–we’ll back you up.”

10. Someone giving you directions says: “You can’t miss it.”

11. The airline pilot announces: “Just a bit of turbulence folks– nothing to worry about.”

12. A voice on the telephone says: “Congratulations! You’re an instant winner!”


Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.


Shelly was complaining about her husband to her friend Kelly again.

“Surely,” said Kelly, “there must be SOMETHING the two of you have in common?”

Shelly replies,

“Well, come to think of it, yes…. we got married on the same day.”


“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you must do.”

H. Jackson Brown


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

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