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Ray’s Daily

October 18, 2019

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“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

E.B. White

adversity

I have been somewhat home bound recently as I recover from a cold. I missed some events in the interest of public health but I am now ready to venture back out.

It is not easy staying up when an illness takes you down. In my case I find sleep to be an effective hiding place and that chicken soup helps.

I think that a recent article written by Angel Chernoff is always worth remembering when we are challenged. It is pretty long so I have made major edits but retained her points. Here is what she wrote.

5 Hard Questions that Can Save a Life

Today, I’ve turned these five key principles into five hard questions for you—hard, because following through with what they ask of you is far from easy. If you avoid these questions and make decisions unconsciously, there’s a good chance you’ll end up like the majority of people who tend to be out of shape physically, exhausted mentally, and personally and professionally regretful. But, if you ask yourself these questions on a regular basis, and make your daily decisions consciously, you can literally save yourself from a life filled with needless pain and frustration…

  1. Are you focusing on what’s truly important? – At every moment, millions of little things compete for your attention. All these things fall into one of two categories: things that are important and things that are not. So if you want to be more successful and less stressed, don’t ask how to make something more efficient until you’ve first asked, “Do I need to do this at all?”
  2. Are you focusing more on problems or solutions? – Where your mind goes, energy flows. Which area of your life do you tend to focus on: what you have or what’s missing from your life? Do you take time to feel deeply grateful with your mind, body, heart and soul? That’s where the energy to take positive action comes from. So don’t let negativity and drama get the best of you.
  3. What meaning are you assigning to your challenges? –

When something happens that disrupts your life (an illness, an injury, a job loss, etc.), do you tend to think that this is the end or the beginning? When something negative happens, view this circumstance as a chance to learn something you didn’t know. Don’t wish it never happened. Don’t try to step back in time. Take the lessons learned and step forward.

  1. What will you do next to make progress? – While everyone else is talking about it, successful people are quietly doing it.

Successful people know that a good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed someday. They don’t wait for the “right time” or the “right day” or the “right (impossible) circumstances”, because they know these reactions are based on a fear and nothing more.

  1. What tangible reminders do you need to see to stay motivated? –

Few good things come easy, and when the going gets tough we often take the easy way out—even though the easy way takes us the wrong way. To combat this, many of the happiest and most successful people we know create tangible reminders that pull them back from the brink of their weak impulses. Think of moments when you are most likely to give in to impulses that take you farther away from your ultimate goals. Then use tangible reminders of those goals to interrupt the impulse and keep you on track.

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“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.”

Ana Claudia Antunes

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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.”

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

Anonymous

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One day at kindergarten, the teacher says to the 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.”

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

Elbert Hubbard  ~~

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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?”

~~~

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

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Smile

Ray’s Daily

October 17, 2019

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“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

​– Thich Nhat Hanh

smile

I am so glad that I live among so many warm and friendly folks. These are people that always express an interest in what we are doing and how we are feeling.

My fellow residents go out of their way to welcome new neighbors while offering their friendship. The people I like best are those that seldom complain, often compliment, and just seem to enjoy life.

One of the reasons they are so popular is that they are quick to smile and reach out to others. Isn’t it amazing what a smile can do, a smile can even wipe away tears and moderate concerns. Here is something I picked up years ago that offers us reasons we should concentrate on offering a smile to those we meet.

Smile

  • A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
  • It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.
  • It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
  • None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, but that he can be made rich by it.
  • A Smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.
  • It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble.
  • Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.
  • Some people are too tired to give you a smile; Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Author Unknown

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“Keep a smile on your face and let your personality be your autograph.”

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She said:

Every “Hormone Hostage” knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his hands. This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend or significant other.

DANGEROUS: What’s for dinner?
SAFER: Can I help you with dinner?
SAFEST: Where would you like to go for dinner?

DANGEROUS: Are you wearing THAT?
SAFER: Gee, you look good in brown.
SAFEST: Wow! Look at you!

DANGEROUS: What are you so worked up about?
SAFER: Could we be overreacting?
SAFEST: Here’s fifty dollars.

DANGEROUS: Should you be eating that?
SAFER: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
SAFEST: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?

DANGEROUS: What did you DO all day?
SAFER: I hope you didn’t overdo today.
SAFEST: I’ve always loved you in that robe.

~~~

“I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.”
– Steven Wright

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A out-of-towner in New York at the height of the tourist season decided to revisit an uptown restaurant he’d enjoyed on a previous trip to the city.

Finally catching the eye of an overworked waiter, he said, “You know, it’s been over five years since I first came  in here.”

“You’ll have to wait your turn, sir,” replied the harried waiter. “I can only serve one table at a time.”

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“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

Niels Bohr
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Here are some translations for all the misleading things hotels say.

Old world charm ……………. No bath

Tropical ………………….. Rainy

Majestic setting …………… A long way from town

Options galore …………….. Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway ………….. Impossible to find or get to

Pre-registered rooms ……….. Already occupied

Explore on your own ………… Pay for it yourself

Knowledgeable trip hosts ……. They’ve flown in an airplane before

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Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

George Eliot

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

 

Mistakes

Ray’s Daily

October 16, 2019

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“The greatest mistake a man can ever make is to be afraid of making one.”

Elbert Hubbard

Mistakes

As my life goes on some things never change. In my case I continue to make mistakes and learn that I am not always right. It just goes to show me that I am normal. I have never met anyone who has never made a mistake.

I feel sorry for those who are so narcistic and ego driven that they can never admit they were wrong. These are the folks who will continue on the wrong path rather than correct their error. Most of the good people I know, and the most successful. don’t take themselves so seriously that they can’t admit their errors. I honestly think that our mistakes only prove that we are human.

Here are excerpts from a recent article written by John C. Maxwell that I agree with.

Learning from Your Mistakes

I used to think that as I gained maturity and experience I would make fewer mistakes. I thought, “I’m going to get better at this, because I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning.”

I believed that there would come a day when I wouldn’t make very many mistakes, because I’d get better. What I learned was that as I gained maturity and experience, I would continue to make mistakes, but I would learn more quickly from them.

What I found out was that I didn’t lower my “mistake quota” but I learned better from my mistakes, and it’s because of maturity. Maturity helps us learn more quickly from our mistakes and here are the reasons why:

  1. We become more self-confident. – As we become more self-confident, we’re willing to admit things that we would not admit if we had lower self-image.
  2. We realize that mistakes are not usually fatal. It was a happy day for me when I realized that when I made a mistake, it was seldom fatal. After you make a mistake and say, “Oh, I lived! I’m okay. I’m going to see another sunrise.” Then all of a sudden you say, “They’re not as big of a deal as I thought.”
  3. We find that we make the same mistakes unless we learn from them. – Unless I learn from a mistake, I usually keep doing it over and over again. You see, the question is not how many mistakes have you made; the question is how many of the same mistakes have you made? If I always do what I’ve always done, I’ll always get what I’ve always gotten.
  4. We understand that mistakes are unavoidable. – Look back at your early years. Can you think of the times you tried to avoid mistakes? You know what I’m saying? “Well, I’ll just be careful. I won’t make any mistakes here.” Well, after a while you just plunge in because you know the mistakes are unavoidable.
  5. We see others make mistakes. – Wasn’t it wonderful when you saw all the people that you admired make mistakes? You thought, “Oh, good night! Look where they are, and they blew it!”

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“If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.”

John C. Maxwell,

~~~

Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy,

“Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me.”

The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a 4-iron then a wedge.

The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.

So, giving in the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for.

He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.

Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, “And now for one hell of a putt…”

~~~

“The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.”

~~~

The mail carrier had a registered letter that needed a signature for a party on his route.  Receiving no response to his knock on the front door, he went around to the back door which he found open, except for the screen door.  He knocked. A high pitch voice from inside said, “Come in.”

Upon entering the kitchen, he was confronted by the largest German Shepard he had ever seen. The dog bared his fangs menacingly, forcing the mail man against the wall. The mail man shouted, “Lady, call off you dog before he eats me alive.” The only response he got was that same high pitch voice coming from the next room saying, “Come in.”

Pressing his body against the wall, he slowly worked his way

to the door way leading to the next room. Looking around, he saw the room was empty, except for a parrot in a cage. After the threat from the huge dog, he was becoming quite irate and said to the parrot, “Darn you, don’t you know any words besides ‘come in’?”

Without a moments hesitation the parrot responded, Sic him!”

~~~

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.

~~~

Two guys are out hunting deer. The first guy says, “Did you see that?”

“No,” the second guy says.

“Well, a bald eagle just flew overhead,” the first guy says.

“Oh,” says the second guy.

A couple of minutes later, the first guy says, “Did you see that?”

“See what?” the second guy asks.

“Are you blind? There was a big, black bear walking on that hill, over here.”

“Oh.”

A few minutes later the first guy says: “Did you see that?”

By now, the second guy is getting aggravated, so he says, “Yes, I did!”

And the first guy says: “Then why did you step in it?”

~~~

I sure enjoyed the ads for prescription drugs a lot more when they didn’t tell me the side effects.

~~~

Suffering from a bad case of the flu, the outraged patient bellowed, “Three weeks! The doctor can’t see me for three weeks? I could well be dead by then!”

Calmly the voice at the other end of the line replied, “If so, would you have your wife call to cancel your appointment?”

~~~

“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.”

Richard Bach

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

Farewell

Ray’s Daily

October 15, 2019

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Thank you Mary Shafer and Bob Moorhead

Farewell

I recently learned that a friend who I held in high regard passed after a long battle with cancer. Her death brought memories from ten years ago. Here is the Daily from October 15, 2019.

“I may be here for a short while, gone tomorrow into oblivion or until the days come to take me away. But, in whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy…of sharing dreams and changing humanity for the better. It’s that legacy that never dies”

Author Unknown

The last day or so has included feelings of regret, sadness, remembrance and gratitude as well as mourning. Two important and good people have passed on.

One was Mary Shafer the wife of Past Kiwanis International President Bo Shafer. Mary was one of gods special people, she always exhibited kindness and treated every one with style and grace, always leaving those she met with a feeling of warmth. Mary had been battling cancer for about 10 years and even during periods of debilitating treatments she sustained a positive outlook. Each of us go through life meeting the great, the near great and those who are just good ordinary folks and as we do we sometimes run into someone whose glow lingers after they have moved on and for me Mary’s glow will live forever.

The other loss was Past Kiwanis International Foundation President General Bob Moorhead. Bob was an amazing man, many of us are fortunate to reach the top in one thing while Bob achieved greatness in the Army, Auto Racing, public service and much more. Bob was one of the most important people in my life for he made it possible for me to work with the Kiwanis Foundation and later to have a leading role in the global partnership between Kiwanis International and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Bob was always the kind of guy who went out and did what needed to be done while everyone else sat around talking about it. He had lost most of his eyesight some years ago but it did not slow him down very much as he continued to live one of the richest and fruitful lives possible. Unfortunately he had been very ill for a number of years but now he has found peace, he may no longer be with us in body but his legacy will continue to provide dividends through the folks he has left behind to do the work; people he chose, motivated, pushed and positioned to share in his greatness.

These two are examples of lives well lived and the thing that they have in common was their concern for others. I like to believe that they also enjoyed being able to go home each day with the positive feeling that comes from a job well done.

It is those who just exist each day without much concern for others who deserve our tears while sweet Mary and the General deserve our gratitude.

So good by old friends you did well.

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“The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.”

John Allston

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While I am tempted to end today’s Daily leaving only the above, I don’t think Mary and Bob would want me to as they enjoyed life too much. So please accept it in the spirit of which it is offered as we do need pleasure to offset the pain.

Ray

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A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker:

“The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice.”

GOD

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A guy goes to the psychiatrist. “Doctor,” says the guy, “I feel as if I’m two different people! Two totally different personalities. Do you think I need help? Can you help me? Am I doing the right thing seeing a psychiatrist?”

 

“Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!” says the doc. “Please, one at a time.”

~~~

I began thinking about my own mortality after I became a widow.  One day my daughter called home from college, and I announced to her, “I think it’s time for us to talk about where I would like to be buried.”

“It’s way too soon to even think of anything like that,” she snapped indignantly. Then there was a brief silence.

“Wait a minute, did you say married or buried?”

When I repeated buried, she said, “Oh, okay, sure.”

~~~

“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go –  and then do it.”

Ann Landers

~~~

Flying home after visiting her daughter in England, she arranged to have her husband meet her plane at the Vancouver, B.C. airport.  This meant a stop at the border crossing between the United States and Canada, where her husband was asked: “What is your reason for entering the country?” and “How long are you planning to stay?”

He replied that he was picking his wife up at the airport after her trip to England.

Without missing a beat, the guard asked two more questions in the same businesslike tone: “Is the house clean?”  And, “Are there fresh flowers on the table?”

~~~

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation.  As you grow older, it will avoid you.

~~~

At a small parish in rural New England there lived a priest, and several nuns. One day, one of the older nuns was noticing that the rugs in the church were beginning to fray. She went to the priest and told him “Father, I believe your rugs need to be replaced soon.”

The priest thanked her for bringing it to his attention, and told her that he thought that she had been there long enough to refer to church property as “our” not “your.”

Several days later, the same nun noticed that the hedge needed to be trimmed. She again went to the priest and told him “Father, I’ve noticed that your… I mean our hedge needs to be trimmed.”

The priest thanked her for again bringing something to his attention and this time asked her if she had seen his watch that had gone missing. She assured him she would look for it.

Another few days passed, and the parish received word that the bishop would be coming for a visit.  The whole parish was in a uproar of cleaning, etc.

On the day the bishop arrived, the same nun came down the front stairs yelling “Father, Father, I found your watch!!”

The bishop said, “How wonderful my child.”

After saying ‘hello’ to the bishop, the nun turned to the priest and said “Why, yes, Father, I found it under our bed.”

~~~

“The word ‘aerobics’ came about when the gym instructors got together and said:

If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it jumping up and down.”

Rita Rudner

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Molly was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist. “Right,” said the shrink, “We’ll just try a few simple tests.” To Morris the boy, he said “Say a few words – anything that comes into your mind.” The boy turned to his mother and asked, “Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words without any split infinitives?”

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“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.”

Horace Walpole

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

We can do better

Ray’s Daily

October 14, 2019

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No government is safe unless fortified by goodwill.

Cornelius Nepos

Support each other

It sure seems to me that there is an epidemic of animosity spreading in our country. More and more seem to be more interested in making sure the other guy loses than they are in finding ways we can work together.

I long for the days when we learned to get along and partnered for the overall good. Even hate speech that we thought was behind us seems to be creeping back into the national dialog. Even truth has been set aside as falsehoods are used to defeat adversaries.

I long for the civility that once was the norm, a time when we compromised and worked together for the general good.

I do know that most people are good people, I just wish they wouldn’t stand by and let the rancor dominate the discussions. Just think what it would be like if we turned discouragement into encouragement, wonderful things might happen.

So like the frog in the following story, don’t listen to the naysayers and rise above the negativism.

Ignore the haters

“A group of frogs were traveling through the forest when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs ignored their comrades and proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. However, despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up as they’d never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying and he gave up, jumping even deeper to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the group of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and to just die.

He ignored them, and jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, ‘Did you not hear us?’

The frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.”

~~~

Nothing that I can do or say will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes — good will among men and peace on earth.

Albert Einstein

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“Procrastinator’s Creed”

  1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or to find excuses.
  3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is never exactly zero.
  8. If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.
  9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
  11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
  12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
  13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
  14. I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator’s Society) if they ever get it organized.

~~~

Anything preying on my mind would starve to death.

~~~

Two judges were each arrested on speeding charges.  When they arrived in court on the appointed day, no one was there, so instead of wasting time waiting around they decided to try each other.

One took the stand and the other said, “How do you plead?”

“Guilty.”

“That’ll be fifty dollars and a warning from the court.” The two judges shook hands and changed places.

“How do you plead?” asked the judge.

“Guilty.”

The judge reflected for a moment, and said, “These reckless driving cases are becoming all too common of late.  In fact, this is the second such incident in the last fifteen minutes. That will be two hundred dollars and ten days in jail.”

~~~

A sign in the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau, Alaska, reads:  “If our food, drinks, and service aren’t up to your standards, please lower your standards.”

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Getting away from their high-stress jobs, a couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home.  When they found their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome, visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy.

Now, when they set up camp, they place this sign on the door of their RV: “Insurance agent.  Ask about our term-life package.”

~~~

Visa is everywhere you want to be, except out of debt.

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A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well.

The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?

You’re dehydrated and need more water

~~~

Where people of goodwill get together and transcend their differences for the common good, peaceful and just solutions can be found even for those problems which seem most intractable.

Nelson Mandela

~~~

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

 

They Inspire

Ray’s Daily

October 11, 2019

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama XIV

Optimism

My wife missed lunch yesterday and my usual lunch partners were elsewhere so I ate with three pleasant ladies. They made my day These upbeat women are up in age but you would never know it.

One plays in a band, loves to dance and has more energy than most people I know. She misses the long bike rides she use to take. All she does these days is uses her energy to entertain others. She is the youngest 94-year-old I have ever met.

The other two are up in age too. One I think is a hundred years old. She and I often kid each other and I love her sense of humor.

The third spends her time appreciating what she has and shared why she enjoys living in our community. She brushes off her difficulties and concentrates on what is good about her life.

I have high regard for these spirited ladies and their optimism. They don’t need the tips from this abridged article but some of us do.

We can shift our mindset toward more optimism and happiness.

BY CATHERINE A. SANDERSON

  1. Reframe stressors – Stress is unavoidable. We all experience daily hassles—like long lines, irritating coworkers, and endless to-do lists. While we can’t eliminate all stress, we can choose how we think about the challenges we face and adopt a new, more positive mindset around them.

If positive reframing doesn’t come naturally to you, start by trying to focus on what’s good about your daily life stressors instead of what’s bad about them.

  1. Practice self-compassion – Some people have a tendency to beat themselves up when things don’t go their way—which, not surprisingly, doesn’t make them feel better. To shift our mindset in a more positive direction, we can simply give ourselves a break and treat ourselves with kindness, the same way we’d treat a close friend who’s having a hard time.
  2. Let it go
 – Besides blaming themselves for setbacks, people can also fall into the trap of ruminating on bad events long after they’re over. Rather than accepting what’s happened and moving on, they get stuck in their negative feelings—then, to make matters worse, they beat themselves up for feeling bad!

People who criticize themselves for having negative thoughts and feelings have higher levels of depression and anxiety, and lower levels of psychological well-being and life satisfaction. That’s because when you blame yourself for your feelings, it creates a vicious cycle, where ruminating leads to bad feelings which lead to more ruminating.

  1. Avoid comparisons and practice gratitude instead – There’s a great poem by Kurt Vonnegut about his conversation with author Joseph Heller during a party hosted by a billionaire. When Vonnegut asks Heller how he feels knowing that this billionaire makes more money in a single day than Heller will ever earn from sales of his novel Catch-22, Heller responds that he has something that the billionaire will never have: the knowledge that he’s got enough.
  2. Find some (any) humor – In virtually any situation, it is possible to find some humor, and making an effort to do so can help you adopt a more positive mindset later on. Finding humor helps people cope with the small irritations of daily life, but it is particularly important in coping with serious life circumstances.

If this type of positive mindset doesn’t come naturally to you, don’t despair. Try to find someone who can help you cultivate this skill by being a role model.

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Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.

Richard M. DeVos

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By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.

~ George Burns ~

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Here is a report from the retirement center.

Age         FAVORITE FANTASY

17         tall, dark and handsome

25         tall, dark and handsome with money

35         tall, dark and handsome with money and a brain

48         a man with hair

66         a man

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A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows the corners.

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A large truck was tailing my son as he drove through town with a female classmate.  The truck matched them turn for turn, down every street.

My son’s concern grew to alarm when the menacing-looking driver pulled next to him at a light, leaned out his window, and glared into his car. After a long, hard stare, the man grinned and yelled to his co-worker, “That’s not my daughter.”

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“Virus is a Latin word used by doctors to mean ‘your guess is as good as mine.'”

Bob Hope

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A devout farmhand loses his favorite Bible while he is out mending fences on the dairy farm.

Three weeks later, a cow walks up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The farmhand can’t believe his eyes.

He takes his precious book out of the cow’s mouth, raises his eyes toward heaven, and exclaims with great joy, “It’s a miracle!”

“Not really,” says the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”

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“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.”

– Kathleen Norris

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“Procrastination is my sin.

It brings me naught but sorrow.

I know that I should stop it.

In fact, I will – tomorrow!”

        Gloria Pitzer

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“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.

Bernard Beckett:

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

It is up to you

Ray’s Daily

October 10, 2019

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A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

Positive

I think what we see and how we feel is determined by our attitude. If you are always down in the dumps you will find little happiness. If you expect to see the weeds they will be there and will make seeing the flowers difficult if not impossible.

I don’t think that wearing rose colored glasses is the answer nor are blinders, but a positive attitude lets us see the best of our world. I am amazed by the good spirits of my aged friends, many who are near or past their century mark, what they all have in common is a belief that life can stay

good. Here is a story that reminds me of some of my friends.

Each day is a gift

A 92-year-old delicate but well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and his face shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

‘I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

‘Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’

‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.

‘Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.’ ‘Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.’

‘Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.’ ‘So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.’

Remember these five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred
  2. Free your mind from worries
  3. Live simply
  4. Give more
  5. Expect less

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A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Wade Boggs

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A nervous taxpayer watches with growing unhappiness as an IRS tax auditor goes over his records, making notations on a legal pad.

Finally, the auditor finishes his work. He turns to the taxpayer and says, “We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the United States. As a citizen, you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”

“Thank goodness,” the man says, a grin spreading from ear to ear. “I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash!”

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Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Kelly

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A couples happy married life almost went on the rocks because of the presence in the household of old Aunt Emma. For seventeen long years she lived with them, always crotchety, always demanding. Finally, the old girl died.

On the way back from the cemetery, the husband confessed to his wife, “Darling, if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I would have put up with having your Aunt Emma in the house all those years.”

His wife looked at him aghast. “My Aunt Emma!” she cried. “I thought she was ‘your’ Aunt Emma!”

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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Mark Twain

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An older couple went on a cruise for their anniversary.

Their conversation with the other couples they met tended towards political and international events.

At one point, the husband asked, “Honey, what do you think about the Middle East position?”

She replied, “Oh, I don’t know, dear, you know I’m not into any of that kinky stuff.”

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Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.

Joel Osteen

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

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