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We Are Not Alone

Ray‘s Daily

December 4, 2020

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If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.

Paul Cezanne

Because of my age, where I reside and the high level of Covid infections, I hav been somewhat locked down for weeks now’ I especially miss not being able to visit my wife in her long term care section of our senior facility.

During these trying times I work to stay focused on thengs I can do to stay positive. Besides thinking about what I might offer in the blog I publish most days, I do sommunicare with family and friends via phone and text. I also try to see fellow residents here when I can. I find it is important to find ways to stay involved during my extended lock down.

I recently abridged the following article that I think offers ways in which we can deal with today’s isolation.

5 Ways to Fix Your Focus During Lockdown

Tips for Life by Rana Alfalaki

Focus on the feeling – At the moment, it’s difficult to visualize abundance or a perfect career or perfect home when you can’t quite fathom how to create it. My suggestion is not to focus on the material aspects of things, but consider the feeling that that ‘thing’ would give you.

Engage in that feeling and carry it with you throughout the day. In reality, it’s the feeling we are truly seeking – be that freedom, fearlessness, fun, or anything else, so this technique will take you there even faster.

Focus on your wins – I challenge you to list three wins at the end of each day and see how they make you smile and drive you forward as the days go on. You may start with something small, like the win being 20 minutes of exercise, or getting a good night’s sleep, or having a constructive phone conversation. Dig deep – and once you get started, the successes will start to flow.

Focus on routine – Now, more than ever, when the world as you know it is in chaos, is the time for you to create order in your surroundings. Get up at the same time on weekdays. Go to bed at a reasonable time. Eat at the same time as you would have if you hadn’t been at home. It is all too easy to lose a routine and spend so much more time on unproductive behaviours, rather than productive ones that will leave us feeling good.

Focus on helping – We all have a purpose and we all have value and gifts to offer, even if it may be challenging to engage in them with the same passion right now. It may simply be acknowledging who you are, the responsible role you are playing by staying home and how this is helping so many. Whatever the specifics may be, focusing on how you can help and how you can serve will help you feel better.

Focus on gratitude – It is understandable if, at first glance, you think that there isn’t much to be grateful for right now. You may be experiencing loss in an aspect of your health, freedom, finances, relationships or professional life. Having said that, there is always something to be grateful for. It may be the time you now have to start a new project, the time you have with your partner or family, or the time you have to exercise. It may be the space you have to think about things or it may be the richness of connection with your loved ones. These are just a few possibilities to help your creative juices start flowing.

The feeling of gratitude is highly energetic. It allows us to focus our attention on the good that is around us. By doing this, we energetically resonate at a higher frequency which then attracts even more of what we want to us.

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No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.

Daisaku Ikeda

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Sitting at the kitchen table after dinner one night, my son-in-law was telling us that he’d finished his training for volunteer firefighting and was showing us his beeper. As he spoke, the beeper let out a shrill “there’s a fire” message. Bryan nearly jumped over the table getting to the door. We watched him as he raced for the car and sped up the block to the fire hall. “It’s wonderful to know our firemen are trained to respond instantly,” I said to my daughter. “I didn’t know Bryan could move so fast.” “I hate to burst your bubble, Mom,” she replied, “but the first guy there gets to drive the truck.”

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Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. It merely moves from their faces to their hearts.

Martin Buxbaum

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My wife has a lead foot, so I was not surprised when a state trooper pulled us over as we were driving through Georgia. Hoping to get off with a warning, she tried to appear shocked when he walked up to the car.  

“I have never been stopped like this before,” she said to the officer.  

“What do they usually do, ma’am,” he asked, “shoot the tires out?”  

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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx

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** Defining Different Heights **

** Height of Isolation:

Two people sitting side by side using e-mails to communicate with each other.  

** Height of Cowardice:

Two persons fighting through e-mails.  

** Height of Helplessness:  

Receiving no e-mails for a week.  

** Height of Frustration:  

The email server being down.  

** Height of Carelessness:  

Writing a love mail and doing a ‘Send All.’  

** Height of Achievement:  

A person sending email to a girl wanting to become friends and getting a reply.  

** Height of Timepass:  

A person sending email to himself.  

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The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.

Everett Mámor

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“This is Captain Sinclair speaking. On behalf of my crew I’d like to welcome you aboard United Airlines flight 602 from New York to Punta Cana. You are currently flying at a height of 35,000 feet going South over the Atlantic.  

“If you look out of the windows on the starboard side of the aircraft, you will observe that both the starboard engines are on fire.  

“If you look out of the windows on the port side, you will observe that the port wing has fallen off.  

“If you look down towards the Atlantic ocean, you will see a little yellow life raft with three people in it waving at you.  

“That’s me, your captain, the co-pilot and one of the stewardesses. This is a recorded message.”  

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Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost part of your life.

Michael Leboeuf

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** WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF **

Amnesia?…What did you just ask me?  

Apathy?…I don’t care.   

Bigotry?…I’m not going to tell someone like you.  

Egotistical?…I’m the best person to answer that question.  

Evasive?…Go do your homework.  

Flatulent?…That question really stinks!  

Ignorance?…I don’t know.  

Indifference?…It doesn’t matter.  

Influenza?…You’ve got to be sick to ask me that question.  

Insomnia?…I stayed awake all last night thinking of the answer.  

Irreverent?…I swear to God, you ask too many questions!  

Narcissism?…Before I answer, tell me, don’t I look great?  

Over-Protective?…I don’t know if you’re ready for the answer.  

Paranoid?…You probably think I don’t know the answer, do you?  

Procrastination?…I’ll tell you tomorrow.  

Repetitive?…I already told you the answer once before.  

Self-Centered?…Well, I know the answer, that’s all that matters.  

Suspicious?…Why are you asking me all these questions?  

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Have you had a kindness shown?

Pass it on;

‘Twas not given for thee alone,

Pass it on;

Let it travel down the years,

Let it wipe another’s tears,

‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –

Pass it on.

Henry Burton

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I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of aloneness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone.

Franz Wright

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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 twenty 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.

WeAre Watched

Ray’s Daily

Deceber 3, 2020

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“Being a role model…is equal parts being who you actually are and what people hope you will be.”

Meryl Streep

We really have no choice, we are role models if we want to be or not. Our children, friends and even strangers are always watching. How we act and behave defines who we are in the eyes of others. Also we often influence the behavior of others who decide to emulate what they see us do.

Of greater importance is how we see our selves. It is up to us to be worthy of respect or to fail as a caring role model. Here is an article that is a good reminder of how we are always watched.

When you thought I wasn’t looking

A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favourite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.’

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend) influence the life of a child. How will you touch the life of someone today?

Written by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

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“But a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, ‘Yes, someone like me can do this.”

Sonia Sotomayor

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Dwyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains” I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice-versa.” Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500,” figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match. This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer. Now, it’s the blonde’s turn.

She asks the lawyer: “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?” The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps into the Air phone with his modem and searches the Net and the Library of Congress.

Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his coworkers and friends he knows. After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $500. The blonde politely takes the $500 and turns away to get back to sleep.

The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, so what IS the answer!?” Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep!

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“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”

Pablo Casals

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A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups.

The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man’s face.

“What did you do that for?!” the man screams.

“Well, you don’t have the hiccups anymore, do you?”

The man says, “No, I don’t, but my wife out in the car still does.”

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The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

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Every morning during our coffee break, my co-workers and I listened to the culinary disasters of a newlywed colleague. We then tried to share some helpful hints and recipes.

One day, she asked us for step-by-step instructions on cooking sweet potatoes, one of her husband’s favorites.

“I’ve finally been able to make them sweet,” she said, “but how do you make them orange?”

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It’s never crowded along the extra mile.

Wayne Dyer

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How Undressing Reveals Your Personality  

Psychiatrist Dr. Frank Caprio gives the following breakdown:  

HAPHAZARD UNDRESSER:

If you throw your clothes all over the house, you are a friendly, life-of-the-party type. You are free with your thoughts and opinions, not caring much about what others think of you.  

METICULOUS UNDRESSER:

If you remove each piece of clothing and put it away carefully, you are a serious person who likes life very calm. You are comfortable with routine and you believe that the best way to deal with life’s problems is to prevent them in the first place.  

SHOES AND SOCKS FIRST UNDRESSER:

You are perfectionist, very shy, observant, dependable, intense and think before making decisions. You go about your tasks methodically, with concentration. You know how to pay attention.  

SLOW UNDRESSER:

If you take off the shirt and ten minutes later get around to the pants, you are extremely self-confident, intellectual, a deep thinker and don’t like to be hassled. Usually you like a lot of free time for yourself.  

FAST UNDRESSER:

If you get out of your clothes as quickly as possible, you are concerned about others and what they expect from you but you’re worried about your own needs. You are family-oriented and stay extremely busy.  

JEWELRY OFF FIRST UNDRESSER:

If you take off your rings, watch, etc. before anything else, you are warm, thoughtful, sensitive and romantic.  

NEVER THE SAME WAY UNDRESSER:

If you never do it the same way twice, you are a very curious, interesting person and you enjoy a broad range of activities. You take risks and enjoy fun and adventure.  

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“The idea of possibility, the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully, will show to other folks that it’s possible.”

Laverne Cox

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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 twenty 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.

Better Future Ahead

Ray’s Daily

December 2, 2020

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Two words will help you cope when you run low on hope: accept and trust.

Charles R. Swindoll

If you are like I am you are going to be glad for 2020 to end. These truly have been trying times and while we still will have many months before we see the end of Pandemic it appears the end is in sight.

In my case I have also have had to learn to live alone with my wife now permantly living in an extend care facilty. Right now I can only speak to her on the phone, which I do twice daily. I look forward to the time when things loosen up so I can again visit her daily.

The one thing we all have in common is our need to learn to live with todays reality. Here is an abridged copy of how one mother is dealing with todays challenges.

What can we do to help us manage in these trying and uncertain times? I’m afraid I don’t have answers to this very difficult question. I do, however, wish to offer some suggestions:

1. Let go of your expectations. – This is uncharted territory, in every imaginable way. Do what you can and be prepared to let some things go. Not for good, but for a time. Some things can wait. The sooner we understand and accept that, the better.

2. Simplify your needs – Attempting to have every food item and toiletry on hand for an indefinite period is futile. Yes, we must be prepared, but we need not be paranoid.

3. Be grateful – The moment I shifted my perspective from what I couldn’t control and focused on the opportunities that I suddenly had at hand, I began to feel peace. Yes, I am overwhelmed by the quick escalation of events and the uncertainty that continues to unfold, but I look around me and I see the chance to connect. The opportunity to spend the time that I once thought I didn’t have in ways that I once thought I never could. The space to slow down and to meditate on what truly matters; on what life is really about. And this gratitude must go beyond the present moment and carry over into our future perspectives.

4. Love, Love, Love – Some of us are being called upon to operate in extenuating circumstances. The stress, angst and general overwhelm that we feel can quickly be reflected in our responses. By realizing that we are all working through feelings of uncertainty and fear, we are better equipped to measure our response.. When this is all over, I want those closest to me to remember being loved fearlessly when fear abounded.

5. Have faith – In times of great fear, there must be even greater faith. Faith that we are loved beyond measure. Faith that we have a future and a hope. Faith brings peace that defies understanding. Faith brings perfect rest. While the race is on to find a vaccine for this current pandemic, we must recognize that there is another plague that will seek to persist long after this virus settles, the plague of fear. I have learned that faith is the antidote to fear.

Angelina Lee

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When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Peter Marshall

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Morty arrives home from work and as soon as he sets foot in the house, Sadie is on to him, telling him that their friend Marvin has finally quit smoking. “Imagine that, Morty,” she says, “someone who smoked 3 packs a day for 20 years has stopped smoking all of a sudden. Now that’s what I call will power – something that you definitely don’t have.” But Sadie hadn’t finished. “And that’s not all. I hear that Bernie, that drunken friend of yours, is finally giving up drinking – another example of the kind of will power that you don’t have.”

“OK, Sadie,” said Morty, “you want to see will power, do you? Well here’s will power. I am going to sleep in the spare room from now on. I am going to prove to you that I won’t be affected at all by not sleeping with a woman.”

Morty keeps to his word.

One night, when he had been sleeping alone for a week, there is a knock on his bedroom door.

Morty shouts out, “What do you want?”

Sadie replies, “Marvin has started smoking again.”

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“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

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  Senior Citizen Song

Are you lonesome tonight,

Does your tummy feel tight?

Did you bring your Malox and Tums?

Does your memory stray,

To that bright sunny day…

When you had all your teeth and your gums?

Is your hairline receding, are your eyes growing dim?

Hysterectomy for her, and its prostate for him.

Does your back give you pain…

Do your knees predict rain?

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Is your blood pressure up,

Your cholesterol down?

Are you eating your low-fat cuisine?

All that oat bran and fruit,

Metamucil to boot,

Keeps you like a well-oiled machine.

If it’s football, or baseball…he sure knows the score.

Yes, he knows where it’s at…but forgets what it’s for.

So, your gall bladder’s gone, and his gout lingers on.

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

When you’re hungry, he’s not.

When you’re! cold, then he’s hot.

Then you start that old thermostat war.

When you turn out the light, he goes left, you go right.

Then you get his great symphonic snore.

He was once so romantic, and witty and smart.

How’d he turn out to be such a cranky old fart?

So don’t take any bets, this is as good as it gets.

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight ???

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There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

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Bill:    I love to drive to the seaside and the mountains with my girlfriend. What about you?

Doug:    I love to drive my mother-in-law to the airport.

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During the jury-selection process, the judge asked a prospective juror some questions.

“Have you formed any opinion about the guilt or innocence of the man on trial, Mr. Ferguson?”

“None whatsoever,” Ferguson answered.

“Are you opposed to capital punishment?” the judge asked.

“Certainly not in this case.”

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If women can have PMS, then men can have ESPN.

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A fifth grader looked downcast, so her teacher asked, “What’s the problem, Carol? I hope it’s not homework again.”

“Well, uh, yes, it is.” replied Carol. “I was stupid and made my homework paper into a paper airplane.”

“Carol, you’re right, that wasn’t a very bright thing to do,” said the teacher, “but this once I’ll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in.”

“Oh, but that won’t work,” said Carol, looking even sadder. “You see, the plane was hijacked.”

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Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize, or laugh.

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It is what it is. Isn’t that how these things always go? They are what they are. We just get to cope.

Mira Grant

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty 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.

We need each other

Ray’s Daily

December 1, 2020

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There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with.

Seneca

Here we are, the first of December during one of the most challenging years in our history, It is ironic that the stock market is at record highs when millions are unemployed, many with little food.

One of the things I will miss the most this year was my ability to participate in my Kiwanis Clubs sharing activities. My club has provided winter clothes to needy children for many years. We also have been one of the soponsors of the Salvation Army Christmas Radiothon as well as providing volunteer bell ringers manned red kettle locations.

It would be easy to stay so focused on our own woes that we fail to do what we can for others. Here is a story that reminds us of the value of sharing.

The Stone Soup Story

Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village.

The villagers, suffering a meagre harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders.

‘Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have – the secret of how to make soup from stones.’

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town’s greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones.

‘Now this will be a fine soup’, said the second soldier; ‘but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!’

Up jumped a villager, crying ‘What luck! I’ve just remembered where some’s been left!’

Then off she ran, returning with an apron full of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends.

In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village’s best breads and cheese. ‘You have given us the greatest of gifts – the secret of how to make soup from stones’, said an elder, ‘and we shall never forget.’

The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: ‘There is no secret, but this is certain, it is only by sharing that we may make a feast’, then off the soldiers wandered, down the road.

Author Unknown

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Sharing empathy is one of the most wonderful aspects of the human experience.

Christine Rose Elle

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After spending 3-1/2 hours enduring the long lines, surly clerks and insane regulations at the Department of Motor Vehicles, I stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for my son.

I brought my selection – a baseball bat – to the cash register.

“Cash or charge?” the clerk asked.

“Cash,” I snapped. Then apologizing for my rudeness, I explained, “I’ve spent the afternoon at the motor-vehicle bureau.”

“Shall I gift wrap the bat?” the clerk asked sweetly. “Or are you going back there?”

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Elections: Things that are held to see if the polls were right.

Yasha

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I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day, I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, “The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

He responded, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time”?

Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, “Uh, Pacific.”

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“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”

Ray Goforth

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You are no longer “cool” when …..

  • You find yourself listening to talk radio.  
  • You daughter says she got pierced and you look at her ears.  
  • The pattern on your shorts and couch match.  
  • You fondly remember your powder blue leisure suit.  
  • Your wife buys a flannel nighty and you find that sexy.  
  • You turn down free tickets to a rock concert because you have to work the next day.  
  • When jogging is something you do to your memory.  
  • Rocking all night means dozing off in your rocking chair.  
  • Getting a little action means your prune juice is working.  
  • All the cars behind you flash their headlights.  
  • You bought your first car for the same price you paid for your son’s new running shoes.  
  • You actually ASK for your father’s advice.  
  • You don’t know how to operate a fax machine.  
  • When someone mentions SURFING you picture waves and a surf board.

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Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook.

It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.

Dalai Lama

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Driving to a new restaurant, Margaret took several wrong turns. When she finally found the right road, she asked her husband, “Why didn’t you tell me I was lost?”

“I thought you knew where you were going,” he replied. “You always know where you’re going when I’m driving.”

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Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau

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A SECRETARY’S RULES FOR WORK

1.  Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then bring it to me.  The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.  

2.  If it’s really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it’s going. That helps. Or even better, hover behind me, advising me at every keystroke.  

3.  Always leave without telling anyone where you’re going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.  

4.  If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books, or supplies, don’t open the door for me.  I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be injured and lose all use of my limbs.  

5.  If you give me more than one job to do, don’t tell me which is priority. I am psychic.  

6.  Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.  

7.  If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.  

8.  If you don’t like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.  

9.  If you have special instructions for a job, don’t write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.  

10.  Never introduce me to the people you’re with. I have no right to know anything.  In the corporate food chain, I am plankton.  When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.  

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Life is filled with treasures, if you’re a lucky one. Be grateful and be humble, and share them with someone.

Julie Hebert

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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 twenty 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.

Doing our best

Ray’s Daily

November 30, 2020

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“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

Ayn Rand

Our days do not seem to get aby better as we wait for the end of the pandemic. I know I miss being with my wife and cuildren. I also miss getting to cocialize with griends and my fellow residents as I continue to stay isolated in my apartment.

It has never been more important for us to doall we can to stay happy. The worse thing that can haapen will be if we let our remorse make things even worse. It may not be easy but our happiness is up to ourselves. Here are a few ideas I picked up from the internet that can help us to stay upbeat.

Positive Tips to Be Happy NOW

  • Sit down and create a list of things you love and then go ahead and actively engage yourself in one or two of the items on your list..
  • Please accept yourself and love yourself – unconditionally. Practice extreme self-care and set healthy boundaries.
  • Just Stop resurfacing and rethinking the past. Don’t invest your energy in things you can’t go back and redo.
  • Do not make the mistake of comparing your life to others. Keep your feet in your own shoes and follow your own path. Discover your own life’s purpose.
  • Schedule something enjoyable: listen to your favorite music, call a friend, order a pizza you love, play with children. When you schedule a fun time, you will stick to it and have fun.
  • Oh please oh please, don’t waste your precious time and energy on idle gossip.
  • Take a really good look around you. Who are you spending time with? Are they draining your energy? Clear out your heart space and physical space to make room for positive, like-minded people who will contribute to your life – not take away from it.
  • Laugh a lot, smile a lot and lighten up. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Life is more fun when we greet it with a smile.
  • You need to realize that there is only one person responsible for your happiness – and that person is YOU. No one can make you feel sad or down unless YOU let them.
  • Being right is not a necessity. You don’t always have to be right. It’s perfectly fine to agree to disagree. Its freeing.
  • Firmly practice mindfulness – in everything you do. Be IN the moment you are IN and not somewhere else.
  • Considerably reduce your expectations and change your perceptions. Don’t try to change things you can’t control.
  • You don’t have to have what everybody else has. Don’t long for what everybody else has. Its boring really. Know that you have everything you need and carve your own path. Envy is a wasted emotion.
  • Say NO to hatred and revenge. Life is too short to waste on these negative emotions. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It will eat you up inside. Forgive. Then Drop it…let it go like a balloon in the sky forever.

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“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

Carl Jung

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A friend was lecturing in Latin America.  He was going to use a translator, but to identify with his audience, he wanted to begin his talk by saying in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”  He arrived at the auditorium a little early and realized he did not know the Spanish words for ladies and gentlemen. Being rather resourceful, he went to the part of the building where the restrooms were, looked at the signs on the two doors, and memorized those two words.  

When the audience arrived and he was introduced, he stood up and said in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”  

The audience was shocked. He didn’t know whether he had offended them or perhaps they hadn’t heard him or understood him.  So he decided to repeat it.  Again in Spanish he said, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”  

One person in the audience began to snicker.  Pretty soon the entire audience was laughing.  Finally, someone told him that he had said, “Good evening, bathrooms and broom closets!”  

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She said: All Desirable things in life are either ILLEGAL, BANNED, FATTENING, OR MARRIED TO OTHERS.

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Tim: I hear you just got married again.  

Sam: Yes, for the fourth time.  

Tim: What happened to your first three wives?  

Sam: They all died.  

Tim: How did that happen?  

Sam: My first wife ate poison mushrooms.  

Tim: How terrible! And your second?  

Sam: She ate poison mushrooms.  

Tim: And your third ate poison mushrooms too?  

Sam: Oh, no. She died of a broken neck.  

Tim: I see; an accident.  

Sam: Not exactly. She wouldn’t eat the mushrooms.  

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Little Johnny said to Suzi, “We’re going to have a GREAT time Saturday. I’ve gotten three tickets for the big game.”

“Why do we need three?” asked Suzi.

Little Johnny gave her an evil grin and said, “They’re for your Father, Mother and kid sister!”

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My wife will buy anything marked down. Yesterday she came home with an escalator.

Henny Youngman

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If Men Got Pregnant…

* Maternity leave would last for two years…with full pay.  

* There’d be a cure for stretch marks.  

* Natural childbirth would become obsolete.  

* Morning sickness would rank as the nation’s number one health problem.  

* All methods of birth control would be improved 100 percent effectiveness.  

* Children would be kept in the hospital until they were toilet trained.  

* Men would be eager to talk about commitment.  

* They wouldn’t think twins were quite so cute.  

* Fathers would demand that their sons be home from dates by 10:00pm.  

* Men could use THEIR briefcases as diaper bags.  

* They’d have to stop saying, “I’m afraid I’ll drop him.”  

* Paternity suits would be a line of clothes.  

* They’d stay in bed for the entire nine months.  

* Menus at most restaurants would list ice cream and pickles as an entree.  

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It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

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A golfer asked his friend, “Why are you so late?”

The friend replied, “It’s Sunday. I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf and it took 25 tosses to get it right!”

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

Buddha

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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 twenty 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.

Making the best of each day

Ray’s Daily

November 27, 2020

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“We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives- right here, right now.”

Peter Russell

My Thanksgiving is past, it was done in isolation so I missed not being with family. I am busy today paying bills and doing other tasks. I hope you are doing well. Here is another Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on November 27, 2012

I know I have written a lot about being grateful lately but it is only because I am so grateful for all I have been given. It is only lately that I have understood that the events that have triggered my gratefulness these days have always been there but were mostly overlooked. I am pleased that I have finally found out how much better life is when we pay attention to what it has to offer. Taking time to examine the moment and where appropriate appreciate it can make a world of difference in our day-to-day lives. I think the thing I like most about paying attention is that it allows me to say thank you, thank you to friends, thank you to servers, thank you to contacts and best of all thank you to strangers. When I thank those who seldom get thanked their pleased response further brightens my day.

I recently found this article on the web that I like, I hope you will also. I don’t know who wrote it, if I did I would tell her thank you.

 The first thing I do each morning is take a deep breath and thank God for the start of a brand new day. As a nurse, I’ve seen people with lung diseases and terminal diseases struggle for each breath and this taught me to fully appreciate the fact that the ability to simply breathe is a blessing which most take for granted.

Florence Nightingale said, “Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift.” Nurses are more aware than most of the fragility and preciousness of this thing we call the life force. One moment we’re here, and in the next breath we could be gone. Various faiths explain what happens after death in different ways and those who have only their own personal beliefs may feel all existence ends at the time of death. Such things may be up for debate and no one knows for sure what happens when we die, but we all know that our time on earth is limited. The wise among us, celebrate life as a splendid gift to be savored, not wasted.

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” I am grateful that I have the ability to plant seeds of joy wherever I go and make a conscious effort to do so whenever possible. Spreading smiles, love, kind words, kind thoughts and actions costs nothing and brings great joy into my own life and I’ve found that it’s a natural antidote to depression. When I focus on helping others I am less focused on my own problems or worries.

In this regard, we can learn from the bees whose work ensures the beauty in our world by pollenating flowers:

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.”

Saint John Chrysotom.

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A wise schoolteacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school: “If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.

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Martha Stewart did not dine with us this Thanksgiving.  Since Ms. Stewart did not come, we made a few small changes:

Our sidewalk was not lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries.  After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

The dining table was not covered with expensive linens, fancy china or crystal goblets.  We used dishes that match and everyone got a fork.  Since it was Thanksgiving, we did not use the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.

Our centerpiece was not the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised.  Instead we displayed a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper.  The artist assured me it was a turkey.

We dined fashionably late.  The children will entertained you while everyone waited.  They shared every choice comment I made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline.  Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 AM upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.  As accompaniment to the children’s recital, I played a recording of tribal drumming.  If the children mentioned that I don’t own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them.  They are lying.

We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast.  In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method.  We’ve also decided against a formal seating arrangement.  When the smoke alarm sounded, everyone gathered around the table and sat where they liked.  In the spirit of harmony, we did ask the children to sit at a separate table.  In a separate room.  Next door.

Now I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers.  This did not happen at our dinner.  For safety reasons, the turkey was carved in a private ceremony.  I stress “private” meaning: No one, under any circumstances was allowed to enter the kitchen and laugh at me.  I used an electric knife.  The turkey was unarmed.  It stands to reason that I would eventually win.  When I did, we ate.

Instead of offering a choice between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we served a traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. 

Martha Stewart did not dine with us this Thanksgiving.  She probably won’t come next year either.

I am thankful.

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“What are the three words guaranteed to humiliate men everywhere? “‘Hold my purse.'”

Francois Morency

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A young woman meets her old, retired, parish priest and when he asks her how she is, she bursts out crying. “What’s the matter child?” he asks.

“Oh, Father,” she says, “it’s my boyfriend. He won’t marry me because I’m Roman Catholic.”

“There, there child. Here’s what you do. Explain to him the faith of the Church, the traditions, the ceremonies and the rites. That’ll bring him around.”

Tearfully, the young woman says she’ll try it. About a year later, they meet again, and again she bursts into tears when he asks how she is doing.

“Is it your boyfriend, child?” he asks. “Yes, Father.”

“Did you explain about the Church as I suggested?”

“Yes, Father,” she says, “but that was the problem. He was so taken by it that he’s now studying to be a priest.”

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“The foolish seek happiness in the distance; the wise grow it under their feet.”

James Oppenheim

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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 twenty 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.

Having Thankful Thoughts

Ray’s Daily

November 25, 2020

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“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

I don’t know about you but I will miss being with my family during Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is easy these days to let our troubles influence our thinking to the point it makes us miserable. It does us no good to let that happen.

During these trying days I prefer to concentrate on what is still good in my life. My family remains well and I am thankful for that. I am well taken care of by my retirement residency staff and I am thankful for that. So tomorrow I plan on concentrating on what I still have.

I like rhis list that I got from the Life on Purpose blog, it reminded my about what I should appreciate.

14 Soothing Thoughts to Give Your Brain—Instead of Your Usual Stressful Ones

  1. I have everything I need in this moment.
  2. I have survived all of my hardest days.
  3. I am open to the lessons life is teaching me.
  4. I don’t judge or demean my own feelings. I let them in.
  5. I’m both a masterpiece and a work in progress.
  6. I have enough, I do enough, I AM enough. (via Shawn Fink)
  7. I am strong, calm, and stable.
  8. I’ve done hard things before. I can do it again.
  9. I love and accept myself just as I am.
  10. Everything will come together as it’s meant to.
  11. Mountains don’t rise without earthquakes.
  12. May I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else.
  13. There’s no emotion I can’t survive.
  14. I’m doing the BEST I can with what I have, and it is enough.

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“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”

Gerald Good

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Ridding Yourself of Telemarketers

<RRRrrrrinnggg!>

“Hello?”

“Hello! Mr. Michaels?”

“Speaking.”

“How are you today?”

“OK so far…”

“My name is Debbie from Pointless Industries, and I’m calling to offer you a fabulous new offer that we are offering….”

“Who is this really?”

“My name is Debbie from—“

“How did you get this number?”

“Well.. you are on our list of preferred—“

<urgent whisper> “Listen to me, and listen good! You tell Hugo and his goons I lived up to my end of the deal!  I cut up the bodies like he said, I ditched the car like he said, now I’m out of it, understand? You tell him he bothers me or my family again and I take everything I know to the Man, and don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!”

<hang up>

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“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

Helen Keller

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Martin, a trendy dresser, fancied himself quite a lady-killer, and was delighted to find a note pinned inside a new shirt. It contained a girl’s name and address, and asked the recipient to send a photograph. “How romantic,” he thought to himself, very taken with the idea of this mystery woman so eager to meet him, and promptly mailed off a note and a photo.

Heart aflutter, he opened her response. It read, “Thanks for writing. I was just curious to see what kind of guy would buy such a goofy shirt.”

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Law of Location: No matter where you go, there you are.

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A grandmother was pushing her little grandchild around Walmart in a buggy. Each time she put something in the basket she said “And here’s something for you Diploma” and “there’s something for you Diploma”. And this carried on.

Eventually a bewildered shopper who’d heard all this finally asked “Why do you keep calling your grandchild Diploma?”

Replied the grandmother, “I sent my daughter to college and this is all she came back with!”

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Thank you for holding. This call may be monitored for quality purposes.

Of course, if we really cared about quality we’d hire more people to answer the phone.

~~~

Bernie and Faye, a wealthy couple, are coming up to their 50th wedding anniversary and Faye has been thinking for some months about how they should celebrate. Then she comes to a decision.

“Bernie,” she says, “I’m going to book us a wonderful 6 weeks cruise. I know you don’t like ships because you got sea sick last time, but trust me, this one will be perfect for us. It’s called ‘Bubbeh of the Sea,’ an intimate seven-star luxury liner with everything kosher we could ever want to eat made available. Let’s give it a go.”

Bernie certainly isn’t pleased with Faye’s decision, but who is he to argue – he could never win. So he says, “OK dear.”

On the day of the cruise, Bernie and Faye drive up to the dock in their Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Captain Cohen is on the bridge as they pass by and calls in the purser. “Find out who they are and invite them to dine at my table tonight.”

Later, the purser knocks on the door of the Royal State Room. When Faye answers the door, the purser says, “Compliments of Captain Cohen, madam. He would very much like you both to dine with him this evening.”

Bernie comes to the door and says, “Who is it Faye, is there a problem?”

“This man says that Captain Cohen wants us to eat with him this evening,” replies Faye.

“I told you we shouldn’t have come,” says Bernie, “seven-star or no seven-star, we have only been on this boat half-an-hour and already we have to eat with the crew.”

~~~

She said: “Stop asking me for more details. I already told you more than I heard.”

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“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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 twenty 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.

Join With Me

Ray’s Daily

November 24, 2020

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So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.

Marian Wright Edelman

Another busy day today so here is another reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on November 24, 2008

For those of us in the United States this is the week that we set aside a day of thanksgiving. I hope those of you in the other parts of the world will join us at least mentally as we reflect on what we have at a time that is difficult for so many people.

What I would like for all of us to do this week is not let ourselves be dragged into depression by our problems but rather rise in appreciation of what we do have. I believe that almost all of us are much better off than the majority of the people in the world.

I may not eat at fancy restaurants as I use to but I eat and I eat pretty well. I may not be able to buy as much as I once did but I already have more than enough to meet my needs. While I have lost friends that I will always miss, they have been replaced by others who enrich my life. I am blessed by my family who while having problems as most do, find joy in each other.

I can go on and on listing what is right in my life and hopefully I will continue to do so between now and Thanksgiving Thursday, I know I will not have time think about what I don’t have. And you know what? At the end of the week I am going to build on all I have to be thankful for and waste no time trying to find out who to blame for today’s challenging times.

It is time to look ahead with hope and not back in desperation. In fact I would love for you and me to always concentrate on being thankful for our life as it is while working to make it and the lives of others even better.

So please take sometime to be thankful this week and then on Thursday when you spend the day with others let them see that you truly appreciate them and the opportunity to share what is right in your life. Just think what the day would be if everyone decided to celebrate what they have rather then covet what they don’t have.

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To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us. Such a life provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more balanced. We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given, thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in some concrete way for what we are receiving.

Gregg Krech

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She told me that parenthood changes everything. But parenthood also changes with each baby. Here are some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first:

Your Clothes

-1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.

-2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

-3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

The Baby’s Name

-1st baby: You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.

-2nd baby: Someone has to name his or her kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.

-3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.

Preparing for the Birth

-1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

-2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.

-3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette

-1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

-2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

-3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Worries

-1st baby: At the first sign of distress — a whimper, a frown you pick up the baby.

-2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.

-3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

Going Out

-1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.

-2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

-3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home

-1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

-2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

-3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

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If you want to make people angry, lie. If you want to make them livid, tell the truth.

~~~

Boy is this true or what?

When a man needs a suit, he and his wife go to the store. The salesman and the wife make selections from the rack. The husband tries them on. The wife and the salesman discuss the fit, remarking on the fullness, thinness or any asymmetry of the husband’s body. The jacket and pants are pulled, tucked, pleated and bunched in assessing the need for tailoring.

Once a suit is chosen, the wife and the store’s tailor repeat the fitting procedure and then negotiate a date when the suit will be ready.

On leaving the store, the husband may talk if he wishes.

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To belittle is to be little.

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A cowboy rode into town and stopped at a saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on strangers, which he was. When he finished his drink, he found his horse had been stolen.

He went back into the bar, flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling. “Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered.

“All right, I’m gonna have another beer, and if my hoss ain’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m gonna do what i dun in texas! And I don’t like to have to do what I dun in texas!”

Some of the locals shifted restlessly. He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled-up and started riding out of town.

The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say pardner, before you go… what happened in Texas?”

The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home.”

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What’s the difference between a boyfriend and a husband?

About 30 pounds.

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One night a wife found her husband standing over their baby’s crib. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, skepticism.

Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, with eyes glistening she slipped her arm around her husband.

“A penny for your thoughts,” she said.

“It’s amazing!” he replied. “I just can’t see how anybody can make a crib like that for only $46.50.”

~~~

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

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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 twenty 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.

We will be OK

Ray’s Daily

November 23, 2020

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For every single dark night there is a brighter day.

Tupac Shakur

Things are not getting better. The Covid pandemic continues to infect record numbers of folks with a staggering amount of deaths, and the predictions for the days ahead are dire. Too many of us do not do much to protect ourselves from infection which makes things worse. In my case I chose to protect myself and others by mask wearing and only venturing out for doctor appointments. Our city has restricted visitors to senior faciliries like mine so I only briefly encounter fellow residents.

It would be easy for us to let the current situation get us down. I know if I start down that path it will result in nothing but regret and unhappiness. I prefer to make the best of my days. I have found that if I expect I will be unhappy, I will be, but if I expect my days to be well they will, While I am isolated from my wife I talk to her a couple of times a day. While I don’t venture out, my I do spend hours reading, and my many TV options provide me news and entertainment. So I am grateful for being safe and virus free and look forward to better days ahead.

What you ask for

The world around you is whatever you sincerely ask of it. Your life is precisely what you ask of it, with your thoughts, your actions, and your attitude. All things and events may come and go. Yet, reality is what you choose to do with it all.

The value you look for, and the value you expect, is the value you will find. What you decide to make of anything will ultimately define for you what it is. What you truly expect to see, you will most certainly see. The way you genuinely expect to live is the way your life will surely proceed.

When you know without the slightest doubt that it will happen, it will happen. Expect the very best, in every moment, with every thought, every action, and it will be.

Author Unknown

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Are you looking for answers, to questions under the stars? If along the way you are growing weary, You can rest with me until a brighter day It’s okay

Dave Matthews

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She said: One evening, two girlfriends and I went to a nightclub, only to find the place packed with young people. At 50, we felt old, but before we could make a dignified exit, a tall, handsome man approached us.

“Perhaps we were being a little hasty in leaving,” I thought.

Then with a big smile, the man extended his hand to one of my friends and said, “Hello. Remember me? You taught me in third grade.”

~~~

Happiness sometimes comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

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Things You Wish You Were Told

Try to gain a few pounds.

You’re flossing too much.

It was only a loose wire; there’s no charge.

You can retire right now.

I think you need a smaller size, Ma’am.

Let’s go to lunch.  I’ll treat.

I found this hundred-dollar bill right at your feet. It must be yours.

No, Sir, I’m not a telemarketer.  I’m with the prize division, and you’ve just won a new car.

No, I don’t think we should get married.  In fact, let’s keep separate residences.  I’ll pay all the bills for both of them.

No, Honey, you control the remote tonight.  It’s too big a burden on me.

I’m with the IRS.  We found an error on your return. It seems we owe you a lot of money.

No, your check didn’t bounce.  In fact, you have plenty of money in your account.

I know we just met, but would you consider going to the Bahamas with me for two weeks?

You’ve lost weight!

Your house sold for twice what you thought it would!

~~~

We cannot adjust the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

~~~

I was listening to a lady who called a radio pastor.  The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear.  The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life.  I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.”

The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white canes?”

“Yes I do,” she replied.

“Then the next time someone says that hit them over the head with the cane,” He said.  “Then tell them ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”

~~~

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese Proverb

~~~

Bill received a bill from the hospital for his recent surgery, and was astonished to see a $900 charge for the anesthesiologist. He called his office to demand an explanation.

“Is this some kind of mistake?” he asked when he got the doctor on the phone.

“No, not at all,” the doctor said calmly.

“Well,” said Bill, “That’s awfully costly for just knocking someone out!”

“Not at all,” replied the doctor.

I knock you out for free. The $900 is for bringing you back around.”

~~~

Law of the Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.

~~~

His mom got mad at his dad the other day and went shopping to relieve her irritation.  When she returned home she informed him that she had purchased ten new dresses.

“Ten!” he hollered, “What could any woman want with ten new dresses??”

She calmly replied, “Ten new pairs of shoes.”

~~~

Why do men’s hearts beat quicker, go weak in the knees, get dry throats and think irrationally when a woman wears leather clothing?

BECAUSE SHE SMELLS LIKE A NEW TRUCK!

~~~

One should remember that calling 911 is sometimes a public service, done for the benefit of others.

One elderly male called 911 and reported, “There’s a woman over here doing some yard work in one of those thong bikinis.”

“Sir,” said an exasperated dispatcher, “911 is an emergency number. What do you expect the police to do about a woman in a thong bikini?”

“Nothing,” the guy said, “Just thought you fellows would like to know.”

~~~

Our greatest strength isn’t our ability to imagine brighter days ahead, it is that we are empowered-in every present moment-to effortlessly dismiss any dark thought or feeling that, left unattended, diminishes our happiness.

Guy Finley

~~~

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 twenty 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.

I Trust You

Ray’s Daily

November 20, 2020

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”The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.”

Henry L. Stimson

Ray’s Daily first published on November 20, 2006

Trust definitions:

  • Confidence in and reliance on good qualities, especially fairness, truth, honor, or ability 
  • Responsibility for taking good care of somebody or something
  • Position of somebody who is expected by others to behave responsibly or honorably

Trust is cool as far as I am concerned. There is far too much distrust in the world for us to be part of the problem. I often fail, but trust me I don’t mean to, fortunately most tolerate my failings and trust my motives. I have found that when I offer my trust to those that I meet they almost never let me down and they return my trust, and I like that.

Just think of those you know who are distrustful almost to the point of paranoia, they really are not much fun to be around. Just think how bad it must be for them since they are always around themselves. Sadly they often take others down with them to the point that there is so much suspicion that life loses some of it’s luster.

The only thing I know that may be worse is when we don’t even trust ourselves. How sad it is when people’s confidence is sapped by their fear of failure. We all can trust our ability to do our best, and if that is not good enough so be it; at least we did what we could. As I have often said “This is as good as I get, take me or leave me, it is up to you,” Unfortunately there are those who so distrust themselves that they leave the person they might have been. I am so glad you are not like that.

~~~

”Self-trust is the first secret of success.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

~~~

Two guys in a bar…One says “Did your hear the news – Mike is dead!”

“Wooo, what the hell happened to him?”

“Well he was on his way over to my house the other day and when he arrived outside the house he didn’t brake properly and boom – He hit the pavement and the car flips up and he crashed through the sunroof – went flying through the air and smashed through my upstairs bedroom window.”

“What a horrible way to die!”

“No no, he survived that, that didn’t kill him at all. So, he’s landed in my upstairs bedroom and he’s all covered in broken glass on the floor. Then, he spots the big old antique wardrobe we have in the room and reaches up for the handle to try to pull himself up. He’s just dragging himself up when bang, this massive wardrobe comes crashing down on top of him, crushing him and breaking most of his bones.”

“What a way to go, that’s terrible!”

“No no, that didn’t kill him he survived that. He managed to get the wardrobe off him and crawls out onto the landing, he tries to pull himself up on the banister but under his weight, the banister breaks and he goes falling down on to the first floor. In mid air, all the broken banister poles spin and fall on him, pinning him to the floor, sticking right through him.”

“Now that is the most unfortunate way to go!”

“No no, that didn’t kill him, he even survived that. So he’s on the downstairs landing, just beside the kitchen. He crawls in to the kitchen, tries to pull himself up on the cooker, but reached for a big pot of boiling hot water, whoosh, the whole thing came down on him and burned most of his skin off him.”

“Man, what a way to go!”

“No no, he survived that, he survived that ! He’s lying on the ground, covered in boiling water and he spots the phone and tries to pull himself up, to call for help, but instead he grabs the light switch and pulls the whole thing off the wall and the water and electricity didn’t mix and so he got electrocuted, wallop, 10,000 volts shot through him.”

“Now that is one awful way to go!”

“No no, he survived that, he …”

“Hold on now, just how the hell did he die?”

“I shot him!”

“You shot him? What the hell did you shoot him for?”

“He was wrecking my house.”

~~~

Nobody can be just like me. Even I have trouble doing it.

~~~

A woman was determined to get her newly retired husband some attractive leisure clothes. She went into a men’s clothing store and told the salesgirl, “I’m looking for something youthful, something wild in a men’s pair of slacks.”

“Oh,” sighed the salesgirl. “Aren’t we all?”

~~~

”As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~~~

My 50-something friend Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the Internet.  Our first move was to acess the popular “Ask Jeeves” site, and we told her it could answer any question she had.  

Nancy’s mother was very skeptical until Nancy said, “It’s true, Mom. Think of something to ask it.”  

As I sat with fingers poised over the keyboard, Nancy’s mother thought a minute, then responded, “How is Aunt Helen feeling?”  

~~~

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elizabeth Foley

~~~

The strangest mystery of all is a woman’s bladder. X-rays prove that the female bladder is proportional to the woman’s size, yet they always have to pee.

Driving in a car seems to irritate the problem. It also irritates the guy she’s driving with.

The big question is: How is it that women pee every 10 to 15 minutes; yet they are always retaining water?

~~~

There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.

Ugo Betti

~~~

He said: About five years ago the battery in my beat-up VW beetle had died because I left the lights on overnight . I was in a hurry to get to work on time so I ran into the house to get my wife to give me a hand to start the car.

I told her to get into our second car, a prehistoric oversized gas guzzler, and use it to push my car fast enough to start it. I pointed out to her that because the VW had an automatic transmission, it needed to be pushed at least 30 MPH for it to start. She said fine, hoped into her car and drove off.

I sat there fuming wondering what can she be doing. A minute passed by and when I saw her in the rearview mirror coming at me at about 40 MPH, I realized that I should have been A LOT clearer with my directions.

~~~

”Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.”

David Armistead

~~~

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 twenty 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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