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Archive for April, 2008

Share the good life!

The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

Bertrand Russell

 

 

It’s another one of those days. I have medical tests, a must-attend seminar and a funeral to go to. So I am going to plagiarize by stealing from some of my old Dailies. Fortunately there are enough new readers from various places in the world and old readers with memory problems that few will know the difference. I did feel I had to let you know though since a few will remember and hold me accountable. So let’s see what I will find from back when.

~~~

April 8, 2002

Life is about whom you love and whom you hurt.

It’s about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully.

It’s about keeping or betraying trust.

It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.

It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.

It’s about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.

It’s about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.

It’s about whom you’ve ignored with full control and intention.

It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.

It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.

But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone. Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life’s all about.

~~~

April 10, 2002

A Friend sent this to me:

Don’t ever be reluctant to show your feelings, when you’re happy, give in to it, when you’re not, live with it.

Don’t ever be afraid to try to make things better, you might be surprised at the results.

Don’t ever take the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Don’t ever feel threatened by the future, take life one day at a time.

Don’t ever feel guilty about the past, what’s done is done, learn from any mistakes you might have made.

Don’t ever feel that you are alone, there is always somebody there for you to reach out to.

Don’t ever forget that you can achieve so many of the things you can imagine, it’s not as hard as it seems.

Don’t ever stop loving,

Don’t ever stop believing,

Don’t ever stop dreaming your dreams.

~~~

The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.

~~~

After a day of grueling maneuvers under the blazing Texas sun, the platoon stood in front of the barracks. "All right, ladies, think about this," bellowed the drill instructor. "If you could have ten minutes alone, right now, with anyone in the world, who would it be?"

Amid much mumbling, one voice was heard from the back row. "My recruiter."

~~~

What if your mother really IS right….. about everything?

~~~

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea: "Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home-cooked meal?"

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

"I was totally humiliated," he moaned. "She insisted on washing the dishes."

"What’s wrong with that?" asked his mother.

"We hadn’t started eating yet."

~~~

You can’t please everyone. But it is possible to make ’em all mad at the same time.

~~~

She said I am a very nervous flyer.  During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems.  Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant.  "I’ll take care of it," she said. Moments later the lights went out.  Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.

A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, "Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines."

~~~

"Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children."

Doris Day

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A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out.

All from the same person.

~~~

Many of our ambitions are nipped in the budget.

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Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life, into joining the Temple.

"Tell me Rabbi," the old lady asked, "Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?"

"Yes I do. I’m positive of it. You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory."

"Really Rabbi?", the old lady replied thoughtfully. "I sure do wish I’d known that fifty years ago."

~~~

The toughest part of a diet isn’t watching what you eat. It’s watching what other people eat.

~~~

When Diane found out she was pregnant, she told the good news to anyone who would listen.  Diane’s 4-year-old son overheard some of his mother’s private conversations. One day when Diane and her 4-year-old were shopping, a woman asked the little boy if he   was excited about the new baby.

"Yes!" the 4-year-old said, "and I know what we’re going to name it, too."

"Really?" asked the lady.

"Yes." said the little boy, "If it’s a girl we’re going to call her Christina, and if it’s another boy we’re going to call it quits!"

~~~

Don’t just count your years, make your years count.

Ernest Meyers

~~~

"Next," the conference emcee announced, "we have the chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, Roger Ledding, who is here with his lovely wife, Beverly."

The chief took his place at the lectern.

"I’m a little nervous," he began, "getting up before this distinguished audience and speaking today. But not nearly as nervous as I will be tonight when I must go home with my wife, Audrey, and explain Beverly to her!"

~~~

“We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”

Herman Melville

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Daily today, none tomorrow, I’ll be away

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Buddha

 

 

A friend and neighbor passed away the other day. I had not known him very well but over the past few years I got to know him better than I had. He had a good heart, a sense of humor, and loved people. As the memories of our few times together surfaced I realized how sorry I was that we had not spent more time together over the 20 plus years we were acquainted. We talked a time or two about cruising together one day, unfortunately that day never came. He leaves a loving wife of many years and I only hope that her countless friends help fill the gap that has been left by the loss of her life partner.

Most of us have one special person who is so close to us that most of the day to day things we do we share together. As I have gotten older I realize that the more we share with others beyond our immediate family the richer life becomes. By broadening our outreach to more people we do not steal from those we hold dear, rather we add to that we already have and everyone benefits. And then when we suffer so great a loss as my friends wife just has we do not grieve alone.

Bernadette Ballezza knows what I mean, here is what she wrote a few years ago:

 

We were meant to share our lives with each other, because life can be painful. We face too many fragile moments standing alone, often unable to contain our sadness, the feeling of staying lost forever. Sharing our sorrow helps us feel protected. We feel hopeful.

We were meant to share our lives with each other because life can be full of joy. It can overflow with each new success, rediscovering an old friendship, winning against all odds, carrying life within us. Sharing the abundance of our joy brings us the pleasure of feeling cherished. We have chosen happiness.

We were meant to share our lives with each other because life can catch us unaware. It can suddenly surprise us with unwanted adventures and the dare-devil risk of starting new jobs, falling out of love, questioning our faith. Sharing this crisis gives our loved ones a chance to hold steady a safety net even if we choose not to jump. They stand by, a proud witness to our courage.

We were meant to share our lives with each other, because we need each other. For our lives to sustain its purpose and continue to hold its profound significance, we need to be connected, appreciated and understood. We need to share and we need to belong.

 

We will never be alone if we share ourselves with others for they will share with us in return.

~~~

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.

James M. Barrie:

~~~

A young minister sitting down to dinner was about to say Grace when he opened the casserole dish that his thrifty bride had prepared from countless refrigerator leftovers.

"I don’t know," he said dubiously. "It seems to me that we’ve blessed all this stuff before."

~~~

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What’s it about?" he asked. "I don’t know," she replied. "I can’t read."

~~~

A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.

He said, "Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind.

The pastor shouted out "CROSS." Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS."

The pastor hollered out "GRACE." The congregation began to sing "AMAZING GRACE, how sweet the sound."

The pastor said "POWER." The congregation sang "THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD".

The Pastor said "SEX!" The congregation fell in total silence.

Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other afraid to say anything. Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing "PRECIOUS MEMORIES."

~~~

We can’t change how we started out but starting now we can change the ending.

~~~

With all the new technology regarding fertility, a 65 year-old woman was able to give birth to a baby recently. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, her relatives came to visit. "May we see the new baby?" one asked.

"Not yet," said the mother. "I’ll make coffee and we can visit for a while first."

Thirty minutes had passed, and another relative asked, "May we see the new baby now?"

"No, not yet," said the mother.

After another few minutes had elapsed, they asked again, "May we see the baby now?"

"No, not yet," replied the mother.

Growing very impatient, they asked, "Well, when CAN we see the baby?"

"WHEN IT CRIES!" she told them.

"WHEN IT CRIES??" they demanded. "Why do we have to wait until it CRIES??"

"BECAUSE, I forgot where I put it…"

~~~

A rabbi took a job at a Duracell factory.

His job is to stand on the production line and as the batteries go by, say, "I wish you long life"

~~~

An evangelist had a great revival camp going.  One night he was up in front of a large audience, speaking on imperfection.  He asked his audience towards the end, "Has anyone ever known anyone who has come CLOSE to the perfection of our lord, Jesus Christ?"

Nobody, of course raised their hand.  So he issued the question again.  "Anybody! Has ANYONE ever known that kind of perfection?"

Finally a guy in the back raised his hand, so of course he was asked to stand up. "Tell us.  Tell us who you knew who was so close to perfection."

The man responded, "My wife’s first husband."

~~~

"We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."

Will Rogers

~~~

Mr. & Mrs. Jones were eating breakfast one morning and Mrs. was reading a letter while she ate.

Suddenly she looked up suspiciously at her husband.

"Henry," she said, "I’ve just received a letter from mother saying she isn’t accepting our invitation to come and stay, as we do not appear to want her. What does she mean by that?  I told you to write and say that she was to come at her own convenience.  You did write to her, didn’t you?"

"Er, yes, honey, I did," said the husband.  "But I couldn’t spell ‘convenience’, so I substituted ‘risk’." (last time we checked, this husband was still recovering from his injuries.)

~~~

I had amnesia once — or twice.

~~~

A colleague was planning a trip to my business office and asked if I could find him a hotel with exercise facilities. I called several hotels, with no luck.

Finally, I thought I had found one. I asked the receptionist if the hotel had a weight room.

"No," she replied, "but we have a lobby. You can wait there."

~~~

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Leo Buscaglia

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are more than 1000 readers from all over the world.
 

Come on! Let’s go!

“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.”

 

 

It seems like I have been pretty serious this week. We have talked a lot about our getting up, getting out and doing something for people. Today is a little bit different, it still is about doing something for people, the people being ourselves. We are going into the weekend and it is time to relax, throw our bonnet up in the air and just have fun.

The great thing is we get to decide what that might be. Recently I asked a friend if they had been dancing on tables only to find out later that the friend misinterpreted what I said as questioning if they had behaved badly. That was unfortunate but it was not what I meant. What I meant was like Zorba in “Zorba the Greek” we should feel free to live life with abandonment allowing ourselves to express our zest and exuberance. There is a latent child buried deep inside all of us that wants to play, to stick its tongue out and give the world the raspberry or sometimes just to roll around in the sand, we need to let the kid out once in awhile.

I think too many of us have become so scripted that we are on stage all the time, trying to be what we think the world expects us to be. The quote above reminds us that we are living our lives now and every day that passes is another page in our story, if we spend all our days in the dress rehearsal we will never be able to act in the play. So let yourself go, if you feel you have to go somewhere to feel free enough to do it, then go there. But please don’t let too much of your life go by missing what it has to offer. Here is how some others said it better:

 

"Did you know…that when you walk past a flower, whether it be in somebody’s garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always smile at you. The most polite way to respond, I’ve been told, is to cheerfully return the smile."

Ron Atchison

 

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods. 

Japanese Proverb

 

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. 

Storm Jameson

~~~

So my friends I’ll leave you with one last thought, it is a quote I got from somewhere but I have forgotten where. “Live life so completely that when death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal.” Most of my life is behind me and I don’t want to waste what’s left, do you?

~~~

My son Earl is a construction foreman. One day he tumbled from a scaffold, managing to break his fall by grabbing on to parts of the scaffold on the way down. He received only minor scratches. Embarrassed by the fall, he climbed back up to continue working. Then he noticed his co-workers holding up hastily made signs reading, 9.6, 9.8, and 9.4.

~~~

The bride, upon her engagement, went to her mother and said, I’ve found a man just like father!"

Her mother replied, "So what do you want from me, sympathy?"

~~~

AUTO INSURANCE CLAIMS TESTAMONY

  • "The accident happened because I had one eye on the truck in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind."
  • "I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought."
  • Q: Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident? A: Travelled by bus?
  • The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were – Q: What warning was given by you? A: Horn. Q: What warning was given by the other party? A: Moo.
  • "On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke."
  • "I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight"
  • "Windshield broken. Cause unknown. Probably Voodoo."
  • "The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again."
  • "I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment."
  • "The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention."
  • "I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way"
  • "A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face"
  • "A pedestrian hit me and went under my car."
  • "In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole."
  • "I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident."
  • "An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished."
  • "I was thrown from the car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows."
  • "Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have."
  • "I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it."
  • "The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him."
  • "My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle."
  • "I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull."
  • "The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth."
  • "The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end."
  • "I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way."
  • "The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him."
  • "The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle."

~~~

Being like everyone else isn’t one of my strengths.

~~~

The local high school has a policy that the parents must call the school if a student is to be absent for the day.

Alice decided to skip school and go to the mall with her friends. So, she waited until her parents had left for work and called the school herself.

"Hi, I’m calling to report that Alice is unable to make it to school today, because she is ill."

The secretary at the high school answered, "I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll note her absence. Who is this calling, please?"

"This is my mother."

~~~

OK, I’m weird! But I’m saving up to become eccentric.

~~~

A rookie pitcher was struggling at the mound, so the catcher walked up to have a talk with him.

"I’ve figured out your problem," he told the young southpaw. "You always lose control at the same point in every game."

"When is that?"

"Right after the National Anthem."

~~~

“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”

Anthony Robbins

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are more than 1000 readers from all over the world.
 

Let’s not wait too long

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.

Rosalynn Carter

 

 

I told you about my friend Charlie’s up coming trip to the Middle East trip the other day. Since I had agreed to give the invocation at a meeting this morning I decided to use what my friend was doing as an example of what we all might do. Here is what I offered:

 

I had lunch with my friend Charlie the other day. You may remember Charlie from when he spoke to our club. We discussed Charlie’s upcoming trip to Syria and Jordan where he will lead a team working to help the Iraqi refugees who are suffering great hardship in the camps where they are forced to live. Charlie believes that while he can’t help everyone he can help someone and he and his friends don’t want to wait to do what they can.

Later I discovered this prayer that reminded me of Charlie and his commitment to humanity.

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.

Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.

Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Charlie is right, we can’t make the world a better place for everyone but we can for someone and just think if everyone decided they could do something for someone how much better our world would be.

 

I am fortunate that I am provided the opportunity to do something for someone by the Salvation Army, Kiwanis International, and other organizations. My life would not be as full if I withdrew and lived in isolation. What about you?

~~~

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"

Aesop

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KID’S INSTRUCTIONS ON LIFE

"Wear a hat when feeding seagulls."

– Rocky, age 9

"Sleep in your clothes so you’ll be dressed in the morning."

– Stephanie, age 8

"Don’t flush the john when your dad’s in the shower."

– Lamar, age 10

"Never ask for anything that costs more than $5 when your parents are doing taxes."

– Carrol, age 9

"Never bug a pregnant mom." – Nicholas, age 11

"Don’t ever be too full for dessert." – Kelly, age 10

"When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer him." – Heather, age 16

"Never tell your mom her diet’s not working."

– Michael, age 14

"Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat." – Joel, age 12

"When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone."

– Alyesha, age 13

"Never try to baptize a cat." – Laura, age 13

"Never spit when on a roller coaster." – Scott, age 11

"Never do pranks at a police station." – Sam, age 10

"Beware of cafeteria food when it looks like it’s moving."

– Rob, age 10

"Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to do what your mom told you to do."

– Hank, age 12

"Remember you’re never too old to hold your father’s hand."

– Molly, age 11

"Listen to your brain. It has lots of information."

– Chelsey, age 7

"Stay away from prunes." – Randy, age 9

"Never dare your little brother to paint the family car."

– Phillip, age 13

"Forget the cake, go for the icing." – Cynthia, age 8

"Remember the two places you are always welcome – church and Grandma’s house."

– Joanne, age 11

"When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents."

– Matthew, age 12

~~~

"Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow inhabitants of this planet."

Wallace Campbell

~~~

A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack.

The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjacks’ door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.

"Just give me a chance to show you what I can do," said the skinny man.

"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said the lumberjack. "Take your axe and go cut it down."

The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack’s door. "I cut the tree down," said the man.

The lumberjack couldn’t believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?"

"In the Sahara Forest," replied the puny man.

"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.

The little man laughed and answered back, "Oh sure, that’s what they call it now!"

~~~

Husband: Darling, will you love me when I’m old and feeble?

Spouse:  You bet I do.

~~~

A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn’t know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said,

"Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

~~~

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson

~~~

She told me that working as a court reporter, she hears a lot of testimony you will never hear on the TV show, Law and Order, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: "Was the child born out of wedlock?"

Mother: "No, sir. Just outside of Louisville."

~~~

When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.

Bono

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are more than 1000 readers from all over the world.

 

What do you bel;ieve?

 

I ran out of time so here is another look back.

April 15, 2005

 

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

Edgar J. Mohn

~~~

Honesty – the quality, condition, or characteristic of being fair, just, truthful, and morally upright

Integrity – the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles.

Perception – an attitude or understanding based on what is observed or thought

Spin – to cast somebody’s remarks or relate a story in such a way as to influence public opinion in a desired way

Cover-up – to try to conceal that something illegal, immoral, or undesirable has happened or how or why it happened

~~~

I have been worried lately by the many people who substitute the management of perception for truth as they use spin to cover-up reality and deny any wrongdoing. Too many times it seems that if they lie often enough, say it often enough, the public starts to believe them even though they should know better.

Everyday we read about Corporate Executives, Politicians, and others who have failed the public through their malfeasance, unethical action, or in some cases outright criminal activity. The sad part is that too many find a way to excuse this behavior. Often many find the fact that the perpetrator failed to delete an e-mail, memo or a taped conversation as being the problem and not the act itself. It seems to me that too many of us are willing to sacrifice our commitment to truth and honesty when a denial will help our cause.

What I find even worse is those who excuse such behavior because the other politician did something as bad or worse, or that the company did nothing different than some others do. It as is if they believe that morality is neutralized by a precedent set by someone else. What would your parents have said if you thought it was alright to break the neighbor’s window because another guy did it first, remember when your mom said “if Harry jumped off a cliff would you do it too?”

It appears that too many of us have lost something really important when we tolerate lies and unethical behavior because it serves our interests or beliefs. When we do we take the risk of our children saying later in life, “It is OK my parents did it.” As always, “the ends justify the means”, is a dangerous slope that often ends up hurting those who practice rationalizing their actions.

~~~

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society.  When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. 

Thomas Paine

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  • One of my favorite college professor friends is a red head; please don’t tell her you got any of this from me.
  • How do you get a redhead to argue with you? A: Say something
  • How do you get a redhead’s mood to change? A: Wait 10 seconds
  • If you love a Redhead, set her free…..if she follows you everywhere you go, if she pitches a tent in your front lawn, and if she puts your new girlfriend in the hospital, she’s yours.
  • How do you know a guy at the beach has a redhead for a girlfriend? A: She has scratched "stay off MY TURF!" on his back with her nails.
  • What do you call a Redhead with an attitude? A: Normal
  • How do you know when your redhead has forgiven you? A: She stops washing your clothes in the toilet bowl
  • Only two things are necessary to keep a redhead happy.  One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

One of my favorite friends is a red headed professor and I know she is not like that (Don’t tell anyone but if I said she was I would be afraid of the consequences).

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Some people are discovered, others are found out.

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A little boy is told by his mother that he has been very bad this year. Thus, he would probably not get anything for Christmas.

"What? Nothing for Christmas?" cried the little boy.

"Well," said mom, "maybe if you write a letter to baby Jesus and tell him how sorry you are, Santa will bring you some presents."

The little boy returned to his room and began his letter. With each attempt at writing he would first apologize and then promise to be good for a certain amount of time. Each letter he crumpled up started again, making the "be good" time shorter with each letter.

Finally in frustration, he gave up and then was struck by a bolt of inspiration! Running to the living room he carefully removed the little Mother Mary figure from the family’s manger scene and just as carefully wrapped it in a sock, placing it in his top drawer. Returning to his desk, he took out a clean piece of paper and began to write:

"Dear Baby Jesus, if you ever want to see your Mother again…"

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You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie

~~~

Wanting to lose weight, a woman placed a picture of a shapely, pinup model INSIDE her refrigerator to remind her of her goal. It worked like a charm as the woman discovered that she had lost ten pounds in the first month of using this method.

The downside to this was that her husband spent so much time going into the fridge to look at the picture that he ended up gaining fifteen pounds!

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You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!"

Dave Barry

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During the Second World War, when many young men were being trained for combat, they were stationed in the south, and it was the custom for some of the local residents to offer some Southern Hospitality to our fighting men.

One day, in a camp that will remain nameless, the phone rang; a woman at a local woman’s school offered to entertain a dozen soldiers at a party being held the upcoming weekend, and would the captain send some of her best behaved men over? The captain agreed, but before he could finalize the agreements, the woman made a request: "Please, suh, don’t send any Jewish boys."

The captain agreed … no Jews.

The day of the party, the soldiers were dropped off at the school, and knocked on the door. The hostess opened the door … to the sight of a dozen Black soldiers, all in dress uniforms.

"Why, th-there m-must be some kind of m-mistake," she stammered.

"No, ma’am," said one of the soldiers, "Captain Rabinowitz, he doesn’t make mistakes."

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"Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."

Richard Buckminster Fuller

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Joe: Why don’t you play golf with Bob any more?

Mike: Would you play with someone who curses after each shot, cheats in the bunkers and enters false scores on his card?

Joe: No!

Mike: Neither will Bob.

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"I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves."

Emo Philips

I think I know who some of them are. Ray

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Read, every day, something no one else is reading.

Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.

Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.

It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.

Christopher Morley

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Blessed are those who……

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro

 

 

I had the good fortune today to have lunch with one of those heroes that you never hear about. My friend has devoted most of his life to others through the work he has chosen to do. He is a recognized expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking. What people don’t know is that he is also much more than that.

While so many of us agonize about the situation in Iraq and the middle East hoping that someone will find answers that lead to peace and an end to the suffering of the innocent, my friend and a handful of others have decided that if everyone waits nothing will happen. He knows that he does not have the power to change the world for everyone. The difference between him and others is that he knows he can make the world better for someone. He and about a dozen of his friends are going to Syria and Jordan to do what they can for some of the Iraqi refugees who are stuck without jobs and adequate food after being driven out of their homes by the death and destruction that exists in their home country.

My friend’s team will build a Habitat for Humanity home and will bring as much medicine and supplies as they can but most of all they will show the people that someone really cares. Just think what could be done if there were thousands like him leaving the U.S. everyday to show what people helping people can do. Shame on us if we let my friend’s demonstration of faith and humanity end with his trip.

At lunch we talked about the differences between people and our propensity to feel that the people we meet are our friends or not. The truth is that we are most often acquaintances who have yet to understand each other. Our only hope in our shrinking world is that we get to get know those we meet and that we find our common ground. We really don’t have to limit our contact to the people of the world to meetings between leaders or even worse to battlefield encounters, we can meet each other over coffee, the work we do together and just spending time together.

A child who is hungry whether it is my child or someone else’s is not hungry by choice, they are not combatants, political opponents, religious fanatics, they are but babies and young people that need some one to care and provide a little nurturing. My friend cares and through his efforts others will know he cares. If we become friends it will be awfully hard for us to become enemies.

So thanks Charlie! I wish I could be with you. But please know this, my heart and my mind will be with you and I am glad that we are friends. God speed, bring back news of your trip and how others may also get involved for you have the ability to inspire.

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“If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be.”

William Allen White

~~~

There was this man who, many years ago, worked for a large business. That was his lifetime employment, but he wasn’t happy there. He wanted to go into business for himself. He saved his money and finally had enough so that he could quit and start his own business.

About two years later, I was on vacation and was going through the town where his business was located, so I stopped by for a visit.

"Hey, John! I heard that the first year is the hardest for a new business."

"Yeah, the first year was pretty rough, but we are doing pretty good now. In fact, I’m getting to where I only have to work half a day."

"Wow, that’s pretty nice. Maybe I should think about going into business for myself."

"Yeah, and the nicest part of it is that it doesn’t matter which twelve hours you work!"

~~~

There are two schools of thought on the leather jacket…one of them from the cow.

~~~

When it comes to tunes, my local music shop prefers the sound of silence.

A sign prominently displayed on a grand piano reads, "The management is not responsible for the actions of its employees if your child plays "Heart and Soul" or "Chopsticks" on this instrument.

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Half the secret of getting along with people is consideration of their views; the other half is tolerance in one’s own views.

Daniel Frohmann

~~~

My English professor was stopped for speeding. When asked why she was driving so fast, she quoted Robert Frost: "I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."

"But Miss," replied the officer, obviously familiar with the poet. "Frost chose the road less traveled and unfortunately for you, this wasn’t it!"

~~~

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Lord Byron

~~~

A visitor to a college campus paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall.

"It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway."

"Actually," said the guide, "it’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation."

"Oh? Was Joshua Hemingway a writer also?"

"Yes, indeed. He wrote a check."

~~~

A synonym is a word you use in place of one you can’t spell

~~~

An investment banker was on the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. His boat was full of beautiful yellow tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch, asking how long it took to catch. The fisherman replied "only a short time." The banker asked why not stay out and catch more. The fisherman replied, "I’ve enough fish to feed my family."

The banker then asked what did the fisherman do with the rest of his time, and he replied, "I will sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening, sip wine with my friends, play my guitar, … I have a full and busy life."

The banker was not impressed. "I have a Harvard MBA and could help you.

You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and from those increased proceeds you could buy several boats and soon have a fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you could control production, processing and distribution by building your own cannery. You could leave this small coastal village and move to the city then to New York where you could run your expanding enterprise."

The fisherman asked, "How long will this take?"

The banker said, "Ten to 20 years. Then you would announce an IPO and sell your stock to the public, making millions and millions."

"But what then?"

"Ah, now you get to the best part", said the banker smiling. "You could retire to a small coastal village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings, sip wine and play your guitar with your friends".

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

Thomas Carlyle

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A woman, her husband and their three rambunctious young sons were in their car waiting at a traffic light. The woman glanced over at the car next to them and noticed a blissfully happy mother with her baby daughter.

Looking at her husband, she said, "As soon as I lose my weight from the last baby, I want to try for a daughter."

The husband reached up to the dash, grabbed an open box of snacks and said, "Here. Have another cookie."

~~~

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Amelia Earhart

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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If you do you’ll be glad you did!

One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.

Ann Radcliffe:

 

 

This afternoon I sent out a copy of my Kiwanis Club’s newsletter to a number of local friends. The newsletter included a number of things going on that result in making life a little bit better for others. I shared with them that my club will be holding a White Elephant Auction this Thursday with the proceeds going to children in need. I asked my friends if they had something they could donate and offered to have them join in the fun as my guest.

The newsletter announced the opportunity to volunteer at the upcoming Central Indiana Special Olympics. Our club has had the good fortune to be selected to run the award ceremonies at this years meet coming up in May. We have been chosen to do this for a number of years and it never fails to reward the volunteers with an unbelievable feeling of goodwill and belief in the dignity of everyone, especially these challenged athletes. We operate a number of awards platforms throughout the venue. The athletes participate in an Olympic style awards ceremony that includes the music, the presentation of medals and an expression of appreciation from their many fans. Fortunately many of my non-Kiwanis friends who cannot join my club come out and help and report it is one of the best things they do each year. If you live in the Indianapolis area I would love to share this experience with you, just let me know.

Even better if you can make it to the Northwest side of Indy some Thursday morning at 7:30 I would be glad to have you join us as my guest. After all we should not keep the good programs, great service opportunities and the many friends waiting to be met only to ourselves. If you can make it I think you will enjoy our hour together.

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If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain.

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson:

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"Didn’t Your Mother Tell You?"

PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER: "I don’t care where you think you have to go, young man. Midnight is past your curfew!"

MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY’S MOTHER: "I don’t mind you having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?"

MONA LISA’S MOTHER: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?"

HUMPTY DUMPTY’S MOTHER: "Humpty, If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!"

COLUMBUS’ MOTHER: "I don’t care what you’ve discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"

BABE RUTH’S MOTHER: "Babe, how many times have I told you — quit playing ball in the house! That’s the third broken window this week!"

MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: "Mike, can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"

NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: "All right, Napoleon. If you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!"

CUSTER’S MOTHER: "Now, George, remember what I told you — don’t go biting off more than you can chew!"

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S MOTHER: "Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can’t you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"

BARNEY’S MOTHER: "I realize strained plums are your favorite, Barney, but you’re starting to look a little purple."

MARY’S MOTHER: "I’m not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you."

BATMAN’S MOTHER: "It’s a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?"

GOLDILOCKS’ MOTHER: "I’ve got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?"

LITTLE MISS MUFFET’S MOTHER: "Well, all I’ve got to say is if you don’t get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there’ll be a lot more spiders around here!"

ALBERT EINSTEIN’S MOTHER: "But, Albert, it’s your senior picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something…?"

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOTHER: "The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"

JONAH’S MOTHER: "That’s a nice story, but now tell me where you’ve really been for the last three days."

SUPERMAN’S MOTHER: "Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we’ve decided you can have your own telephone line. Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?"

THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: "Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"

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Being evil means never having to say you’re sorry.

~~~

One Christmas, a parent decreed that she was no longer going to remind her children of their thank-you note duties. As a result their grandmother never received acknowledgments of the generous checks she had given. The next year things were different, however.

"The children came over in person to thank me," the grandparent told a friend triumphantly.

"How wonderful!" the friend exclaimed. "What do you think caused the change in their behavior?"

"Oh, that’s easy…" the grandmother replied with a chuckle…

"This year I didn’t sign the checks."

~~~

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.

James M. Barrie:

~~~

A gal walked up to the front desk of the library and said, "I borrowed a book last week, but it was the most boring I’ve ever read. There was no story whatsoever, and there were far too many characters!"
The librarian replied, "Oh, you must be the person who took our phone book."

~~~

"I put my air conditioner in backwards. It got cold outside. The weatherman on TV was confused. ‘It was supposed to be hot today, I don’t understand!’"

Steven Wright

~~~

A teacher asked one of her pupils, "What’s the nation’s capital?"

The reply was, "Washington DC."

After the teacher asked the pupil what ‘DC’ stood for, the student added, "Dot com!"

~~~

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

Marian Wright Edelman:

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are more than 1000 readers from all over the world.

 

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