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See it through

Ray’s Daily

October 18, 2022


Fall seven times and stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

I don’t know about you but I sometimes run out of energy. Like most folks I have things I must do so resting is not the answer. I may have shared the following poem with you before but I needed it today and I thought you might need it too.

See it through

When you’re up against a trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face;

Lift your chin and set your shoulders,

Plant your feet and take a brace.

When it’s vain to try to dodge it,

Do the best that you can do;

You may fail, but you may conquer,

See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you

And your future may seem grim,

But don’t let your nerve desert you;

Keep yourself in fighting trim.

If the worst is bound to happen,

Spite of all that you can do,

Running from it will not save you,

See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,

When with troubles you’re beset,

But remember you are facing

Just what other men have met.

You may fail, but fall still fighting;

Don’t give up, whate’er you do;

Eyes front, head high to the finish.

See it through!

Edgar Guest


A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

B.F. Skinner


The son of a financier bursts into his father’s office and says, “Dad, lend me $5,000.”

“What for?” his father asks.

“I’ve got a sure tip on the market.”

“How much could we make?” his father asks.

“I’d say at least $2,000 — that’s $1,000 for each of us.”

“OK, son. Here’s $1,000,” his father said. “Let’s consider that we have made the deal and it has succeeded. You make $1,000 and I save $4,000.”


“Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.”

Don Herold


Two girls board a crowded bus and one of them whispers to the other, “Watch me embarrass a man into giving me his seat.”

Pushing her way through the crowd, she turned all of her charms upon a gentleman who looked like he might embarrass easily.  “My dear Mr. Wilson,” she gushed, “fancy meeting you here on the bus.  Am I glad to see you! Why you’re almost a stranger.  My, but I’m tired!”

The sedate gent looked up at the girl.  He had never seen her before but he rose and said pleasantly, “Sit down, Mary, my girl.  It isn’t often I see you on washday.  No wonder you’re tired.  Being pregnant isn’t easy.  By the way, don’t deliver the wash until Thursday.  My wife is going to the District Attorney’s office to see whether or not she can get your husband out of jail.”


“When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.”


One day at kindergarten, the teacher says to the class of five-year-olds, “I’ll give $2 to the child who can tell me who the most famous man who ever lived was.”

An Irish boy raised his hand and said, “Please, Miss, it was St. Patrick.” The teacher said, “Sorry, Sean, that’s not correct.”

Then a Scottish boy put his hand up and said, “Please, Miss, it was St. Andrew.” The teacher replied, “I’m sorry, Hamish, that’s not right either.”

Finally, a Jewish boy, Adam, raised his hand and said, “Please, Miss, it was Jesus Christ.”

The teacher said, “That’s absolutely right, Adam.  Come up here, and I’ll give you your $2.”

As the teacher was giving Adam his money, she said, “You know, Adam, you being Jewish, I was very surprised you said Jesus Christ.” “I know, Miss,” Adam replied, “in my heart I knew it was Moses, but business is business.”


“Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy, fat women.”

Marion Smith


A lovely young couple is doing some shopping in town. Having purchased everything they need, they return to the parking lot to drive home. Where’s the car? Good golly, someone has stolen it! They notify the police from a phone booth inside the mall and make a report at the Police station. A young detective drives them back to see if any evidence remains from the scene of the crime. But, what do you know, there is the stolen car, back in the exact spot! A note is on the windshield with two tickets to a concert attached. The note thanks the young couple for the use of their car, but the culprit’s wife was about to give birth and had to be rushed to the hospital. The young couple’s faith in humanity is restored and they go to the concert and have a wonderful time.

They arrive home late that night to find their entire house robbed, with a note on the door reading, “Well, I gotta put the kid through college, don’t I?”


“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

Elbert Hubbard


New Age corporate and investment acronyms…

!CEO: chief embezzlement officer.

!CFO: corporate fraud officer.

!P/E: parole entitlement.

!EPS: eventual prison sentence.

!BULL MARKET: A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius.

!BEAR MARKET: A 6 to 18-month period when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry, and the husband gets no sex.

!MOMENTUM INVESTING: The fine art of buying high and selling low.

!VALUE INVESTING: The art of buying low and selling lower

!P/E RATIO: The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

!BUY, BUY: A flight attendant making market recommendations as you step off the plane.

!STANDARD & POOR: Your life in a nutshell.

!STOCK ANALYST: Idiot who just downgraded your stock.

!FINANCIAL PLANNER: A guy who actually remembers his wallet when he runs to the 7-11 for toilet paper and cigarettes.

!MARKET CORRECTION: The day after you buy stocks.

!CASH FLOW: The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

!WINDOWS 2000: What you jump out of when you’re the sucker that bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

!INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR: Someone who has owned equities for the last two years and who’s now locked up long-term in a hospital.

!PROFIT: Religious guy who talks to God.


I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.


NASA planned a mission that involved three astronauts spending two years in space.  Because of the extended duration, each was allowed to take 200 pounds of baggage, with no restrictions.

The first astronaut decided to take along his wife, the second decided to take along books to learn how to speak German, while the third astronaut decided to take along cigarettes.

Two years later, when the space shuttle landed, there was a big crowd waiting to welcome them home.

First came the first astronaut and his wife and each of them had a baby in their arms.

Next, out came the second astronaut speaking fluent German.

They both gave their speeches and got a rousing applause.

Suddenly out came the third astronaut with a cigarette in his mouth.

He walked up to the podium and snarled to the crowd and asked, “Anyone got a light?”


Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.

Leigh Mitchell Hodges


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

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