Lessons from an Oyster

There once was an oyster,
Whose story I tell;
Who found that some sand,
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
But it gave him great pain;
For oysters have feelings,
Although they're so plain.
Now, did he berate,
The harsh workings of fate;
That had brought him,
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election;
And claim that the sea should,
Have given him protection?
'No,' he said to himself,
As he lay on a shell;
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do;
And he came to his ultimate,
Destiny ­ stew.
And the small grain of sand,
That had bothered him so;
Was a beautiful pearl,
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral,
For isn't it grand;
What an oyster can do,
With a morsel of sand?
What couldn't we do,
If we'd only begin;
With some of the things,
That get under our skin..
Keep Swimming
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl,
One was an optimistic soul;
But the other took the gloomy view,
"We'll drown," he lamented without much ado...
And with a last despairing cry,
He flung up his legs and said "Goodbye."
Quote the other frog with a steadfast grin,
"I can't get out, but I won't give in;
I'll just swim around till my strength is spent,
Then I'll die the all the more content."

Bravely he swam to work his scheme,
And his struggles began to churn the cream;
The more he swam, his legs a flutter,
The more the cream turned into butter.

On top of the butter at last he stopped,
And out of the bowl he at last hopped;
What is the moral? It's easily found...
Just because you can't seem to get out, don't give in!
 A Time For Everything...
An old farmer had plowed around a large rock in one of his fields for years. He had broken several plowshares and a cultivator on it and had grown rather morbid about the rock.
After breaking another plowshare one day, and remembering all the trouble the rock had caused him through the years, he finally decided to do something about it.
When he put the crowbar under the rock, he was surprised to discover that it was only about six inches thick and that he could break it up easily with a sledgehammer. As he was carting the pieces away he had to smile, remembering all the trouble that the rock had caused him over the years and how easy it would have been to ged rid of it sooner if he had only looked at that same problem in a different way.
Hang In There

  Nicolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted nineteenth century violinist. He was also well known as a great showman with a quick sense of humor. His most memorable concert was in Italy with a full orchestra. He was performing before a packed house and his technique was incredible, his tone was fantastic, and his audience dearly loved him. Toward the end of his concert, Paganini was astounding his audience with an unbelievable composition when suddenly one string on his violin snapped and hung limply from his instrument. Paganini frowned briefly, shook his head, and continued to play, improvising beautifully.
Then to everyone's surprise, a second string broke. And shortly thereafter, a third. Almost like a slapstick comedy, Paganini stood there with three strings dangling from his Stradivarius. But instead of leaving the stage, Paganini stood his ground and calmly completed the difficult number on the one remaining string. The ovation was deafening...
Remember, even if you think you only have one string left... play it.        
Lessons From Seeming Failure
Lord, are you trying to tell me something?
Failure does not mean I'm a failure;
It does mean I have not yet succeeded.
Failure does not mean I have accomplished nothing;
It does mean I have learned something.
Failure does not mean I have been a fool;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.
Failure does not mean I have disgraced;
It does mean I have dared to try.
Failure does not mean I don't have it;
It does mean I have something to do in a different way.
Failure does not mean I am inferior;
It does mean I am not perfect.
Failure does not mean I have wasted my life;
It does mean that I have an excuse to start over.
Failure does not mean that you have abandoned me;
It does mean that you must have a better idea.
Have a great day! 
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Lessons From An Oyster

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