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Raoul’s Two Cents: December 29, 2023

As We Enter A New Year

We often greet each other with a “Happy New Year” but there are new years when it’s anything but happy — especially knowing that the coming year isn’t going to get any better. I believe we are in that scenario. I don’t know anyone who is optimistic about the months ahead. Let’s try to remember that even now, there is hope … there is always a silver lining somewhere.

It’s easy to be depressed. The global economy is down. There is inflation. There are wars in Ukraine, Gaza, the Red Sea, and there are threats of war in Asia. New viruses are spreading. Refugees have forced their way into countries by the millions. Crime is up. Drug use is up. There’s a self-focused Karen born every minute. It’s a real nightmare. If you’re a socialist/communist, I’d really want to hear why you think that way.

Did you hear that selfish Mark Zuckerberg and other one percenters are building multi-million dollar underground bunkers and stocking up on food? I don’t get it. Let’s say the rest of the world is wiped out, why would anyone want to live anymore? What exactly will the “last man breathing” win? Who will cheer and hand you your medal, Mark? What do you do for fun when you’re all by yourself? Who are you going to flaunt your wealth to? Your neighbor Bill Gates who lives in the next bunker?

I’m thankful there are people who have such a positive outlook that, come rain or shine, they always find something positive to say.

The Encouraging Captain
I remember a story my grade school classmate shared with me about a captain whose battle weary soldiers were so discouraged because they were low in supplies and had not had a bath in weeks. But, being the encourager that he was, the captain decided to give a little pep talk:

“Don’t be so discouraged men! I bring you GOOD NEWS and BAD NEWS!”

“What’s the good news captain?” they grumbled.

“The good news is: You will ALL have NEW UNDERWEAR!”

“Hurrah!!” They shouted! “Now what’s the bad news?”

“Okay, all of you — exchange underwear!”


In our desperation, even if we don’t exchange our underwear, we can surely laugh about it. TGIF people. I hope the New Year will treat you better than expected.

Raoul.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Martha of Covina, CA

art by Raoul Pascual

Parting Shots

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre. CA

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The Traveling Boy

My good friend (and jokester) Terry and I came up with this.

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4 Comments

  1. Heather

    December 29, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    I laughed!!!! Lately, that’s an amonoly! Happy Everything!

    Reply

  2. Noel

    December 29, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA PPY NEW YEAR!!

    Reply

  3. Tom

    December 29, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Good one Raoul. Tom

    Reply

  4. Oscar

    December 29, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    TGIF. I’m going to stop reading too!

    Reply

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