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Archive for September, 2008

Got a few minutes?

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Mark Twain

 

 

I had the good fortune yesterday to lunch with two special friends after which we visited a community event that included displays of various organizations that do good work in our city. As we walked and stopped and talked it again became obvious to me that there is something extraordinary about both my friends and the people we met, they all care for others. Of course my pals are always warm, outgoing and caring, I think it is their nature to understand that life can be happy. But now I also think they, like the people we met benefit by the spirit of giving and helping others.

We had eaten our lunch in warm sunshine outside a city market and enjoyed one of my favorite things, watching the world go by. The day was beautiful, the food good, the companionship outstanding but it got even better when we had walked the few blocks to visit the circle in the center of our city where so many were waiting to greet us and others. The smiles and enthusiasm of the people we met sharing with us the opportunities they were offering to people like you and me to do something of value made the day even brighter.

After being there I again understood just how doing something for others can add to our lives and we can even do it without a lot of time and effort. In fact here are some tips offered by author, philosopher, and former Sandra Day O’Conner’s Supreme Court clerk, Gretchen Rubin on doing something nice in only a few minutes

Six tips for good deeds that take less than five minutes.

“Do good, feel good” is one of the great truths of happiness — but you may be thinking, “Sure, good deeds would make me happy, but I barely have time to get through the essentials of my day. I don’t have time to do any good deeds!” Wrong. Here are some ways that you can help other people—and make yourself feel great, at the same time—in under five minutes.

1. Be friendly. I’ve decided that there are five degrees of social interactions with strangers: hostile, rude, neutral, polite, and friendly. I find it very difficult to be downright friendly to strangers, but I always find myself energized and cheered by a friendly interaction. It only takes an extra minute to exchange a few pleasant words, but it makes a real difference.

2. Say “yes.” If you can, and if you should, say “yes.”

3. Say “no.” My sister, who is a TV-writer in Hollywood, once told me, “’Yes’ comes right away; ‘no’ never comes.” Meaning, for example, that when she’s pitched an idea, if she doesn’t hear “yes” right away, it means they don’t like the idea. I’ve found this precept to be widely true. In many circumstances, we find it hard to say "no" — partly because it will hurt someone’s feelings, partly because it closes a possibility that could otherwise remain open. But waiting to hear "no" saps people’s energy by keeping them hoping for an answer they aren’t going to get. If someone is waiting for your “No,” put them out of their misery.

4. Sign up on the national organ-donor registry. This takes no time at all, and the consequences could be HUGE! Tell your family that you signed up, too. Remember, the one minute that someone takes, right now, to sign up on the registry might save YOUR life six months from now. And vice versa.

5. Lead them not into temptation. It can feel generous, friendly, and fun-loving to urge people to take another piece of cake, to drink another glass of wine, or to make an extra purchase, or to urge them to give themselves a break by skipping the gym, skipping class, or quitting smoking next week instead of today. But when you see people truly trying to resist temptation, encourage them to stick to their resolutions.

6. Do someone else’s chore. Don’t you sometimes wish that someone would do one of your little jobs? If nothing else, to show an awareness of the fact that you faithfully do it, day after day? Emptying the diaper pail or starting the office coffee-pot, even though it’s not “your” job, helps people feel appreciated and cared for. One of my Twelve Commandments is to “Spend out,” which reminds me not to keep score, not to focus so much on everything coming out even – like chores.

Just think how much better our days would be if we all followed Gretchen’s advice be caring for ourselves by caring a little bit more for others.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Openheim

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JOB SEEKERS FROM THE PAST

Julius Caesar: My last job involved a lot of office politics and back stabbing. I’d like to get away from all that.

Jesse James: I can list among my experiences and skills: leadership, extensive travel, logistical organization, intimate understanding of firearms, and a knowledge of security measures at numerous banks.

Pandora: I can bring a lot to your company. I like discovering new things.

Lady Godiva: What do you mean this isn’t business casual?

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"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future."

Sidney J. Harris

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My sister had been ill, so I called to see how she was doing. My ten-year-old niece answered the phone.

"Hello," she whispered. "Hi, Honey. How’s your mother doing?" I asked.

"She’s sleeping," she answered, again in a whisper.

"Did she go to the doctor?" I asked.

"Yes. She got some medicine," my niece said softly.

"Well, don’t wake her. Just tell her I called. What are you doing, by the way?"

Again in a soft whisper, she answered, "Practicing my trumpet."

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One is not rich by what one owns, but more by what one is able to do without with dignity.

Immanuel Kant

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To make it possible for everyone to attend church on Sunday, we are proposing to have a special "No Excuse Sunday."

1. Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "But, Sunday is my *only* day to sleep in."

2. They will have steel helmets for those who say, "The roof will cave in if I ever came to church."

3. Blankets will be furnished for those who say it is too cold and fans will be furnished for those who say it is too hot.

4.There will be hearing aids for those who say, "The pastor speaks too softly," and cotton for those who say, "He preaches too loudly."

5. Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

6. Some relatives will be in attendance for those who like to go visiting on Sunday.

7. There will be TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner too.

8. Golf clubs will be available for practice swings for those who like to golf on Sunday.

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“What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”

Mary Ann Evans

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A doctor told Mrs. Stone to give her husband one pill a day and one drink of whiskey to improve his stamina. A month later when Mrs. Stone came in for another visit, the doctor asked, "How are we doing with the pill and the whiskey?"

Mrs. Stone answered, "Well, he’s a little behind with the pills, but he’s about six months ahead with the whiskey."

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I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

Helen Keller

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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it’s not too late

I will be leaving at 6:30 AM this morning for meetings, a United Way not for profit community event and a multi-hour stint in a dental chair. It is just as well as I find it difficult to find much humor on September 11th and haven’t for seven years. It has become a time for me to reflect not only on the loss of life that took place with the terrorist downing of New York’s Twin Towers but also all of those who needlessly perish each year due to war, terror and natural disaster. In that spirit I am resending last years daily.

 

WASHINGTON (AFP)  September 11, 2007

Six years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, most Americans view the plane hijackings that killed around 3,000 people as the most significant historical event of their lives, according to a poll released Monday.

 

 

September 11th is really hard for me, it is not just the pain I feel for the loss of so many lives in the Twin Towers on that fateful day six years ago, it is also the lives that have been lost since, both military and civilian. As I was thinking about writing something appropriate today I decided to look back at what I wrote years ago. I know the following will anger some of you and I am sure it did many when I first put it in the daily. I guess if I had to describe myself both then and now it would be that I am a Lugar Republican. I have always found Senator Dick Lugar to be the voice of reason. What follows is my heartfelt feelings of four years ago and I feel much the same way today, I just wish I had been wrong.

 

You do not have to respond. Each of us deals with 9/11 in our own way, I just wish we would have stuck to chasing the terrorists instead of getting bogged down in Iraq. Anyway here is what I wrote in the 9/11, 2003 Daily.

 

We will never be the same as a result of the tragic events of two years ago. I am saddened that it now appears that the legacy of those who lost their lives is one of continued tragic events. We have seen the erosion of our traditional liberties, a concern recognized by both conservatives and liberals alike. We see the continued effect of an airline industry struggling for survival due in part to so many people being afraid to fly. We have entered into a war that now appears can only be won by buying victory with our citizen’s tax dollars. It now appears that Iraq will be the breeding ground for a much larger threat to our future, a whole new army of terrorists. I am afraid we have been the victims of leadership that overstated our problems and grossly underestimated the price of their policies, and there is no way to turn back. I wish the events of 9-11 had not been used to rationalize what has been done in haste.

 

I wish the legacy of those who died was our turning to each other during these difficult times as we redirect our energy to the building of a better world for future generations. Just imagine what could have been done for education, healthcare, infrastructure repair, and more if we did not have to spend even more than we have already to stabilize Iraq. We might have seen a world where we built allies through a demonstration of our values, and not one where we have gone so far backwards that we now have to buy our friends.

 

It is not too late. Each of us can contribute to a living memorial to the 9/11 victims by helping to build the society in which they would have liked to have lived. Each of us, conservative, liberal, Christian, non-Christian, all of us, can in our small way build our personal memorial to the great loss we have experienced. If we do the victims of 9/11 will not have died in vain.

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Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.

T. S. Eliot

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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There are folks waiting to meet you

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.

Jean de Boufflers

 

 

I have noticed lately when I open my memory album in one of my dreams that some of the people’s pictures have started to fade and others have turned to no more than grey silhouettes. As I believe I mentioned in the past I have been fortunate to have had a life filled with wonderful heroes, friends and acquaintances. They all are preserved in memory each standing still in time at the age we last met. Their images bring up remembrances of shared experiences, good times, and overcame adversity.

Lately I have noticed that those from the distant past don’t stand out as vividly as they once did. Many are no longer with us, more passing each year while others have moved on and we have lost touch. Yet in spite of this my memory album continues to be filled with bright new additions. I now realize that one of the reasons that my life gets better each year is that I am always meeting new people, many who have become friends while others are acquaintances but all enrich my life. And I really appreciate how many of you have added luster through the friendships you have offered.

As I have mentioned in the past much of my time is spent with people who have decided to move to a new phase in their lives that will give them the opportunity to have full and happy time during the years they have left. They often ask me why I am willing to spend so much time with them when there is nothing in it for me. I do the best I can to let them know there is plenty in it for me; I have a new bright memory to add to my scrapbook, one more person has a better shot at life and often they will include helping others through volunteerism in their new life plan.

It seems to me we all have a choice as we age, we can live in the past revisiting the memories we have saved or we can take advantage of every opportunity to add to them. In my experience lonesomeness is more a personal choice than forced isolation.

Here is something Ralph Marston wrote that can make all our lives even better.

Today will soon be over. Yet the value you create while it is still here will be with you for a long time to come.

Today, there are hurts that you can heal. Today, there are disagreements that you can transform into understanding.

Today, there are challenges and problems that can, through your efforts, become positive achievements. Today, there are weaknesses that can, through your attention and persistence, become strengths.

Today, there are visions that can be forged into reality. Today, there are small moments that can become treasured memories.

Today, there are joys that can be brought to life. Today, there is love that can grow ever stronger.

Today is a day that is filled with possibilities. See how many of the best of them you can bring to life.

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To live in hearts we leave behind

Is not to die.

Thomas Campbell

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A grandma and grandpa were busy telling their little granddaughter what their own childhood was like: "I used to ice skate outside on a pond during the winter," Grandpa said.

"I had a swing made from a tire," Grandma added. "It hung from a tree in our front yard."

"I rode our pony bareback," Grandpa said.

"My brothers and sisters and I used to pick wild raspberries in in the woods," Grandma said.  "We would eat them right off the bush, staining our mouth and fingers in the process."

The little granddaughter was wide-eyed, taking all this in.  At last she said, "Wow…..I sure wish I’d gotten to know you two sooner!"

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"A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."

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Memory of an accident in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:

            Here lies the body

            of Jonathan Blake

            Stepped on the gas

            Instead of the brake.

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You Know Your In Trouble When

A black cat crosses your path and drops dead.

The bride’s family throws rocks instead of rice.

The candles on your cake set off your smoke alarm.

You take an assertiveness training course and you’re afraid to tell your wife.

You’re so lonely that you invite the peeping Tom in… and he says no.

Your children’s school calls to surrender.

Your mother approves of the person you’re dating.

Your plants do better when you don’t talk to them.

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Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.

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Little Johnny and Little Mary were talking one day. Little Mary asked "what is the highest number you have ever counted up?" "I counted up to 1,279 once" Johnny answered. "WoW!

Really? Why did you stop at 1,279?"

Mary asked. "Because church was over."

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Skier: Someone who pays an arm and a leg to break them.

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A devoutly Christian couple felt it important to own an equally Christian pet. So, after careful inquiry, they went shopping at a kennel specializing in Christian dogs.  They found a dog they liked quite a lot.  When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash.  When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied eagerly, using his paws with dexterity. They were impressed; they immediately purchased the animal, and went home (piously  of course).

That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new Christian dog and his religious skills, they called the dog and began showing him off.  The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well. This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn’t thought about "normal" tricks.

"Well," they said, "let’s find out."   Once more they called the dog, and they clearly pronounced the command, "Heel!"  Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up, put his paw on the guest’s forehead, closed his eyes, and began to pray.

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Our policy is to always blame the computer.

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An expectant mother was being rushed to the hospital, but didn’t quite make it.  She gave birth to her baby on the hospital lawn.

Later, the father received a bill, listing "Delivery Room Fee: $500."

He wrote the hospital and reminded them the baby was born on the front lawn. A week passed, and a corrected bill arrived: "Greens Fee:  $200."

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Clock: A small mechanical device to wake up people without children.

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On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules:

"The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students.

Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time."

He continued,  "Anybody caught breaking this rule a second time will be fined $60.  Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $180.  Are there any questions?"

At this point, a male student in the crowd inquired, "How   much for a season pass?"

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"Be forever a student. He and he alone is an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more knowledge."

Sivananda

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Be Yourself

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

e.e. cummings

 

 

Hi all, it is another one of those days. First a visit with one of my ‘ists, this time my urologist, then off to register for some upcoming classes and soon of for a “State of the City” briefing from our Mayor. So rather than write something of little value I am sending something of probably little value that I rote some time ago. See you tomorrow after I spend three hours in a dental chair.

Ray

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Written on September 9, 2004

Almost a century ago William James said, “I have often thought that the best way to define a man’s character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: “This is the real me!””

I wonder how many of us are free enough to have such moments. It sometimes seems that too many of us live our lives as actors who must not deviate from an externally imposed script. Unfortunately I run into less and less free spirits, people who have enough self confidence to say “convention be damned, I am going to do what I believe is right.” Are we ready to recognize “the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him?” or would we be afraid to use it as the trigger to become “most deeply and intensely alive?” I really think it is worthwhile to once in awhile to say to yourself “this is what I am and people are just going to have to take it or leave it, it is up to them.” I honestly believe that our trying to conform to what others think we should be, is the source of much unhappiness; not only that, if you are like I am you always like the real people and dislike the phonies.  So how about it, are you ready to run through the daisies or are you just going to sit there and let another day go by?

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The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.

David Riesman

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A note from Bob:

Dear Friends,

It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did when they were younger.  When men notice this, they should try not to yell. Let me relate how I handle the situation.

When I got laid off from my consulting job and took "early retirement" in January, it became necessary for Nancy to get a full-time job, both for extra income and for health benefits that we need. She was a trained medical transcriptionist when we met twenty-eight ears ago and was fortunate to land a job at a local transcription house. It was shortly after she started working at this job that I noticed that she was beginning to show her age.

I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper. I try not to yell at her when this happens. Instead, I tell her to take her time. I understand that she is not as young as she used to be. I just tell her to wake me when she finally does get supper on the table.

She used to wash and dry the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after supper. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they aren’t cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.

Our washer and dryer are in the basement. When she was younger, Nancy used to be able to go up and down the stairs all day and not get tired. Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly. Sometimes she says she just can’t make another trip down those steps. I don’t make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening I am willing to overlook it.

Not only that, but unless I need something ironed to wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday’s or Saturday’s poker club or to Tuesday’s or Thursday’s bowling or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some of those odds and ends things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting. Also, if I have had a really good day fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace.

Nancy is starting to complain a little occasionally. Not often, mind you, but just enough for me to notice. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite of her complaining, I continue to try to offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won’t have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn’t hurt her any, if you know what I mean.

When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods than she used to have to take. A couple of weeks ago she said she had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I over look comments like these because I realize it’s just age talking. In fact, I try not to embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. I tell her that as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me and take her break by the hammock so she can talk with me until I fall asleep.

I could go on and on, but I think you know where I’m coming from. I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a daily basis. I’m not saying that the ability to show this much consideration is easy.

Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible. No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they get older. My purpose in writing this is simply to suggest that you make the effort. I realize that achieving the exemplary level of showing consideration I have attained is out of reach for the average man.

However, guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was worthwhile.

Bob

P.S.   Bob’s funeral was on Saturday, June 15th. Nancy was acquitted Monday, June 17th.

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There aren’t any rules around here! We’re trying to accomplish something!

Thomas Edison

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A couple of hunters are out in the woods in the deep south when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, and his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator, in a calm and soothing voice, says, "Alright, take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead."

There is silence, and then a gun shot is heard.

The hunter comes back on the line. "OK. Now what??"

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You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.

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Like a lot of husbands throughout history, Webster would sit down and try to talk to his wife.  But as soon as he would start to say something, his wife would say, ". . .And what’s that supposed to mean?"

Thus, Webster’s Dictionary was born.

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A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

William Shedd

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Tomorrow is today!

“You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says. It’s your life.”

Ethan Embry

 

 

We have often talked about those folks who have missed the opportunity to enjoy their lives because they kept putting it off until tomorrow. As many of you know I spend lots of time with old and new friends that are going through career and life transition. Often they convince themselves that the time of life transition is not the time to invest in their personal happiness and I think that is tragic. I find that there is no better time to decide how our lives could be improved than at a time when we are forced to deal with a change.

Please don’t you be one of those who says later in life “If only I would have….,” after missing what might have been. Trust me you are worth reaping the rewards of a happier life but it is doubtful that it will ever come if all you do is wait for it to happen.

Here is something offered by Robert Holden that explains what I mean.

After years of studying stress, I have concluded that one of the biggest causes of stress is that we wait for happiness to happen! We think happiness is not for now; rather, we see it as a reward we work to, struggle after and suffer for in the hopes that one day it will happen. Following this erroneous train of thought, today becomes a day for well-behaved hardship, noble suffering, mild martyrdom and quiet desperation; and tomorrow, maybe, we might be happy.

Well, it’s official. The news is out: "There is no future!" Please understand, this is not a message of despair; it is simply a statement of truth. I repeat, "There is no future"! Save not, therefore, your best for the future. Do not WAIT to give your best to the next job, the next time, the next person, or, the next opportunity. Give your best NOW!

Some things never change: your greatest opportunity for happiness has been, will be, and still is, NOW! Unfortunately, you are often too busy "pasturising" and "futurising" to see that everything is here already right now. Give up the past, give up the future, and give in to happiness NOW! It really is all here. It must be, because you are here.

The one piece of good news that is true forever is, The present is here, now!

When in search of wisdom, linguists often refer to roots and connections of words from pre-historic civilisations. They explore ancient languages like Sanskrit, Aramaic and Latin, for instance, to unearth forgotten gems of wisdom. Well, much closer to home and to present time, it is helpful to note that in the English language, the word "present" has three distinct meanings: "here", "now" and "a gift".

Is this only a coincidence, or could it be that, the greatest gifts of life are always available to you here and now! The word "present" also links to "presence", "being" and "being present". Here is another clue. Give yourself to NOW! The future is not your answer – it has no true power. Now – right here – is good enough for you. All you need remember is, nothing is missing within you and nothing is missing here now.

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“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”

Stacey Charter

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Master Sergeant Alfie was a thirty-year Army veteran now assigned to a training battalion and tough as nails. He seemed to have no thought whatsoever about how others responded to his cut-and-dried military manner. One day he assembled the training battalion and announced, "Private Monroe, take one step forward." Private Monroe took one step forward, and the sergeant bellowed, "Private Monroe. Report to the chaplain; your mother just died." Monroe just crumbled and fainted dead away from shock. Later that day, the battalion commander chewed out the master sergeant: "You’re going to have to learn something about TACT.

You just can’t yell at a man and tell him his mother just died. The next time you’re called on for this duty, you’d better do it in a more compassionate way." It just so happened that the very next day, another soldier’s mother died, and the MSGT assembled the troops again. "All you whose mother is living" he shouted, "take one step forward. NOT SO FAST, TAYLOR!"

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"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

William Shakespeare

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The lady lawyer approached the jury box and began an eloquent plea for her client: "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I want to tell you about this man.  There’s so much to say that is good: he never beat his mother; he was always kind to little children; he never did a dishonest thing in his life; he has always lived by the golden rule; he is a model of everything decent, forthright, and honest.  Everyone loves him and. . . "

Her client leaned over to a friend and said, "How do you like her? I pay her good dough to defend me, and she’s telling the jury about some other guy."

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My wife dresses to kill. She also cooks the same way.

Henny Youngman

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Two blondes are racing down a bumpy back road in a pretty beat up car down to a bank they’re going to rob.

"Drive slower," pleads the one in the passenger seat, "I don’t want all the dynamite in the trunk to explode."

"Relax," the driver replies. "Even if it did, I’ve got a spare box under the passenger seat."

~~~

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."

Ingrid Bergman

~~~

Mr. Smith was a traveling salesman and frequent flyer, so he was always very, VERY careful to mark his luggage so that no one would mistakenly take his bags.  He always did this with bright ribbons and tape, so he was quite surprised to see his bags grabbed by a well-dressed man when he got to the luggage carousel.

Mr. Smith walked over to the fellow and pointed out the colored ribbons tied to the handle, and the fluorescent tape on the sides.

"I believe that luggage is mine.  Were your bags marked like this?" he asked.

"Actually," the man replied, "I was wondering who did this to my luggage."

~~~

"Don’t worry," a patient told his psychiatrist. "I’ll pay every cent I owe or my name isn’t Alexander the Great!"

~~~

Love is holding hands in the street. Marriage is holding arguments in the street

Love is dinner for 2 in your favorite restaurant. Marriage is Chinese take-out.

Love is cuddling on a sofa. Marriage is deciding on a sofa.

Love is talking about having children. Marriage is talking about getting away from children.

Love is losing your appetite. Marriage is losing your figure.

Love is a flickering flame. Marriage is a flickering television.

Love is 1 drink and 2 straws. Marriage is "Don’t you think you’ve had enough?!"

~~~

Speak softly and carry a cellular phone.

~~~

Morris had proposed to young Sarah, and was being interviewed by Sam, his prospective father-in-law.

"Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?" the older man asked Morris the suitor.

"Yes, sir," replied Morris, "I’m sure that I am."

"Think long and carefully now," said Sarah’s father. "There are twelve of us…including Uncle Izzy"

~~~

"Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine."

William Feather

~~~

 

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Ray is on the run

“Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.”

Garrison Keillor

 

 

I am in a rush. It is a day full of appointments and a volunteer assignment at a Greek Festival since I only have a few minutes I am sending you a classic daily. Enjoy the weekend and I’ll see you Monday.

Ray

~~~

September 7, 2001

It must be a holiday today in mythical Lake Wobegon, MN, as today is the 59th birthday of one of America’s greatest humorists, Garrison Keillor. If you have never listened to the Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, you have missed something very special.

~~~

It takes courage

To refrain from gossip

When others delight in it,

To stand up for the absent person

Who is being abused.

~~~

My doctor grabbed me by the wallet and said "Cough!"

Henny Youngman

~~~

Odd Signs From England

IN A LONDON DEPARTMENT STORE: Bargain Basement Upstairs

IN AN OFFICE: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

IN ANOTHER OFFICE: After the tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

ON A CHURCH DOOR:: This is the gate of Heaven. Enter ye all by this door. (This door is kept locked because of the draft. Please use side entrance)

OUTSIDE A SECOND HAND SHOP: We exchange anything – bicycles, washing machines etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain.

QUICKSAND WARNING: Quicksand. Any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council.

NOTICE IN A DRY CLEANER’S WINDOW: Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.

IN A HEALTH FOOD SHOP WINDOW: Closed due to illness.

SPOTTED IN A SAFARI PARK: Elephants Please Stay In Your Car

SEEN DURING A CONFERENCE: For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a day care on the first floor.

NOTICE IN A FIELD: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

MESSAGE ON A LEAFLET: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.

~~~

Every time I get the urge to exercise, I lie down till the feeling passes.

~~~

A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer. The barman says, "Hey, you’re a duck."

"Nothing wrong with your eyesight," observes the duck.

"Yeah, but I mean — you can TALK," says the barman.

"Guess your ears are fine, too," answers the duck. "Now, can I have a beer, please."

The barman serves the duck a pint and asks him, "So, what brings a duck like you to these parts?"

"Oh," says the duck, "I’m working on the building site across the road. We’ll be here for a couple of weeks, and I’ll most likely be in every lunch hour for a pint." The duck slurps down his beer, wiggling his tail happily. Just as he said, the duck waddles over from his job at the building site every day and has his lunch-time lager.

The next week, the circus comes to town on its annual rounds. The Circus owner wanders in for a pint and the barman tells him about the talking duck. "You should get this duck to join your circus," he says. "For a little consideration, I could hook you up with this duck, and you could make lots of bucks. Everyone would love to see a talking duck, I think. Don’t you?" The circus man nods his agreement excitedly while sipping his beer, and the barman agrees to talk to the duck about the circus.

The following day, the duck comes in as usual for his pint. The barman says to the duck (with dollar signs in his eyes), "You know, the circus is in town, and yesterday I was chatting to the owner about you. He’s very interested in you."

"Really?" says the duck.

"Yeah. You could make a lot of money there. I can fix it up for you easily."

"Hang on," said the duck. "You did say a CIRCUS, didn’t you?"

"That’s right."

"You’re talking a big tent, right?

"Yeah!"

"That’s canvas, isn’t it?" said the duck.

"Of course," replied the barman, "I can get you a job there starting tomorrow. The circus owner’s dead keen on the idea."

The duck looked very puzzled, "What does he want with a plasterer?"

~~~

She said:

What do you do with a bachelor who thinks he’s God’s gift to women? Exchange him.

~~~

A professor of chemistry wanted to teach his 5th grade class a lesson about the evils of liquor, so he produced an experiment that involved a glass of water, a glass of whiskey, and two worms.

"Now, class, closely observe the worms," said the professor while putting a worm into the water.

The worm in the water writhed about, happy as a worm in water could be. He then put the second worm into the whiskey. It curled up and writhed about painfully, then quickly sank to the bottom, dead as a doornail.

"Now, what lesson can we learn from this experiment?" the professor asked.

Johnny, who naturally sits in back, raised his hand and wisely, responded confidently, "Drink whiskey and you won’t get worms."

~~~

By the time you find greener pastures, you can’t climb the fence!

~~~

A telephone repairman was working late in a big office building and became lost. After a long search of the rambling first floor to find an exit, the spotted a woman at the end of a corridor.

"How do I get outside?" he asked.

"Dial 9," she replied.

~~~

Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child. Smiling sweetly the teacher said, "Johnny, when I was a child, I was told if I made ugly faces I would stay like that."

Little Johnny looked up and replied, "Well you can’t say you weren’t warned."

~~~

Mom, I’ll always love you, but I’ll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky.

~~~

The stockbroker received notice from the IRS that he was being audited.  He showed up at the appointed time and place with all his financial records, then sat for what seemed like hours as the auditor scrutinized their every detail.

Finally the IRS agent looked up and commented, "You must have been a tremendous fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."

"Why would you say that?" wondered the broker.

"Because you’ve made more brilliant deductions on your last three returns than Sherlock Holmes made in his entire career."

~~~

Pollution is getting so bad, magicians complain there’s no more thin air to make people disappear into.

~~~

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."

Dr. Denis Waitley

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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What’s on your list?

Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.

 

 

As some of you know I spend many hours each week with folks who are at a point in their lives when they take inventory and decide how they will spend the years ahead. For many it is a time when they ask themselves “Is this is all there is” or is there more that they want out of life than they get now.

Fortunately our futures are not locked in stone and we each have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves if we wish to do so, unfortunately many of us do not have the self confidence or courage to walk a different path. Of course there are some of us who are exactly where they want to be and the review just reaffirms that all is well. But in all honesty many of us just follow the path laid out by others without ever stopping to see if we are headed where we want to go all the time hoping there is something better. In my view one of the hardest things to do is to define our own success and then decide to go for it.

The truly happy successful people I know do not necessarily make a lot of money or even get much recognition; rather they reward themselves by doing what they want to do. I don’t know if I’ll ever do everything I would like to do but I do know I am much better off collecting positive memories than I was collecting dollars, titles and recognition.

 

I think I may have already sent you John Follis’ definition of what success means to him but even if I did it is worth repeating.

 

What "Success" Is To Me.

To have the ways, means, time and guts to choose and follow my own path.

To dissolve the line between who I am and what I "do."

To make decisions based not on fear, guilt, money or politics but rather what truly feels right.

To have much love, passion and fun in my life.

To be healthy in body, mind and spirit.

To have enthusiasm when I wake up, and peace of mind when I go to bed.

To use my unique gifts in a way that makes a positive difference in many peoples’ lives.

To inspire and motivate others.

To be able to make people laugh — including myself.

To know that I’m on the right path and not alone in my journey.

To live with the understanding that "getting there" isn’t half the fun, it’s most of it.

To make the most with what I’ve been given.

To take advantage of every opportunity and face every fear.

To live having true friends and die having no regrets.

To be able to experience death not as a "grim reaper", but rather as a welcomed sleep after a good, long day.

 

What about you? Have you put together your personal success check list? If not you might want to consider using his for it outlines a path that will result in a full and enriched life.

~~~

Success:  To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

~~~

   A husband was worried about the decline in the quality of his marriage so he discreetly went to a marriage counselor to discuss the problem.

   The counselor asked, "Do you kiss your wife when you get home from work, remind her every now and then of how much you love her, and show her all the little attentions that you did during the first few years of your marriage?"

   "Uhh, no, I guess not," the husband replied.

   "That happens with many married couples," the counselor replied.  "I suggest that you begin starting today to do all those little nice things for her…fuss over her, buy her flowers, bring candy home to her, and try to be a lover again instead of just a husband."

   "That sounds good to me.  You’re right.  I’ll start this evening."

   So when the husband got home that night, he presented his wife at the door with a dozen long-stemmed roses, gave her a big hug and kiss and said, "We’re going out on the town tonight, sweet lips, just the two of us and we’re going to have a *good* time.  I’ve reserved a table at the Hilton, two seats for a great musical to see after dinner, and that’s only the beginning!"

   His wife stared at him, then burst into tears.  "What!  What’s wrong, honey? Tell me what’s the matter?" the husband cried.

   "Well, Susie came home from high school today and told me that she’s pregnant. Then our bank called us today to tell us that five checks have bounced and that we should immediately make a deposit.  Then our cat, Mittens, got run over by a car and poor little Katie is in her room sobbing her eyes out right now.  And I totally wrecked the car while I was trying to rush Mittens to the animal clinic.  And now…(sniff) (sniff)…now…" she broke off and sobbed deeply.

   "Now what, honey, tell me.  Please tell me." the husband begged.

   "And now, *you* come home drunk!!!!"

~~~

Procrastination avoids boredom; one never has the feeling that there is nothing important to do.

~~~

A drummer, tired of being ridiculed by his peers, decides to learn how to play some "real" musical instruments. He goes to a music store, walks in, approaches the store clerk, and says "I’ll take that red trumpet over there and that accordion."

The store clerk looks at him a bit funny, and replies "Well, okay, I guess you can have the fire extinguisher. But the radiator’s got to stay.

~~~

Flo Capp’s Observation:  The next best thing to doing something smart is not doing something stupid.

~~~

I think I’ve found inner peace. My therapist told me a way to achieve inner peace was to finish things I had started.

Today I finished 2 bags of potato chips, a lemon pie, a fifth of Jack Daniels and a small box of chocolate candy.

I feel better already!

~~~

Is it possible to feel gruntled.

~~~

"Men are very confident people. My husband is so confident that when he watches sports on television, he thinks that if he concentrates he can help his team. If the team is in trouble, he coaches the players from our living room, and if they’re really in trouble, I have to get off the phone in case they call him."

Rita Rudner

~~~

A new missionary recruit went to Venezuela for the first time. He was struggling with the language and didn’t understand a whole lot of what was going on. Intending to visit one of the local churches, he got lost, but eventually got back on track and found the place. Having arrived late, the church was already packed. The only pew left was the one on the front row.

So as not to make a fool of himself, he decided to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate. He chose to follow the man sitting next to him on the front pew. As they sang, the man clapped his hands, so the missionary recruit clapped too. When the man stood up to pray, the missionary recruit stood up too. When the man sat down, he sat down. When the man held the cup and bread for the Lord’s Supper, he held the cup and bread. During the preaching, the recruit didn’t understand a thing. He just sat there and tried to look just like that man in the front pew.

Then he perceived that the preacher was giving announcements. People clapped, so he looked to see if the man was clapping. He was, and so the recruit clapped too. Then the preacher said some words that he didn’t understand and he saw the man next to him stand up. So he stood up too. Suddenly a hush fell over the entire congregation. A few people gasped. He looked around and saw that nobody else was standing. So he sat down.

After the service ended, the preacher stood at the door shaking the hands of those who were leaving. When the missionary recruit stretched out his hand to greet the preacher, the preacher said, in English: "I take it you don’t speak Spanish."

The missionary recruit replied: "No I don’t. It’s that obvious?"

"Well yes," said the preacher, "I announced that the Acosta family had a newborn baby boy and would the proud father please stand up."

~~~

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Christopher Morley

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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It’s up to us

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

Aristotle

 

 

I worry sometimes that we have been so into what is in it for me that we have forgotten that we are part of a society that is dependent on its people. If we no longer think of the “we” and only the “me” we will have abandoned our only hope to save what we have and improve on it. It is more obvious everyday that if we stand still we will be left behind. Why is it that so many of us think it is someone else’s responsibility to solve today’s problems so that we can enjoy our lives.

We want more but we don’t want to pay for it. We complain about today’s youth but we don’t want to invest in improving their education. We want public safety but we don’t want to raise the taxes needed to pay for it. We demand excellence in our elected officials and then drive away our best and brightest because of how badly we treat our leaders. We have a ten trillion dollar national debt that is getting larger all the time and some believe that it is not a problem since it will be future generations that will pay it. Many also think that we can reduce the cost of public services by eliminating fraud and abuse and such things as pork barrel spending yet even the total elimination of major programs will not get us even close to balancing the budget.

Those of us who are doing OK find it too easy to look the other way I just hope that when we turn our heads and finally look it won’t be too late. I know some of you get upset when I don’t report on the bright side but in this case there can be a bright side. It is what we will find if we just decide that we are going to start to do what we can to change the current situation. It appears that we all are going to have to back off a materialistic centered life and start to think about our children friends and neighbors and start to rebuild the American dream. The great thing about doing so is the great people we are going to meet along the way.

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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

John F. Kennedy

~~~

A Jewish family invited their gentile neighbors over for holiday dinner. The first course was set in front of them and the Jewish couple announced, "This is matzo ball soup."

On seeing the two large matzo balls floating in the broth, the Gentile man was hesitant to taste this strange looking brew. Gently the Jewish couple pressed the Gentile man. "Try it; if you don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it."

Finally he agreed. He dug his spoon in, first picking up a small piece of matzo ball with some soup in his spoon, and tasting it gingerly. The usual "Mmmmmmmmm" sound could be heard coming from deep within his chest, and he quickly finished the whole bowl.

"That was good" the man said. "Can you eat any other parts of the matzo?"

~~~

Blessed are the pessimists, for they have made backups.

~~~

A Toddlers Creed…..

If it is on, I must turn it off.

If it is off, I must turn it on.

If it is folded, I must unfold it.

If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.

If it a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.

If it is high, it must be reached.

If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.

If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.

If it has leaves, they must be picked.

If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.

If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.

If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.

If it is closed, it must be opened.

If it does not open, it must be screamed at.

If it has drawers, they must be rifled.

If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor, or table.

If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.

If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.

If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.

If it is stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest.

It must be pushed by me instead. If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.

If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried.

If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.

If it is paper, it must be torn.

If it has buttons, they must be pressed.

If the volume is low, it must go high.

If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.

If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.

If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.

If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.

If it is a phone, I must talk to it.

If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.

If it doesn’t stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.

If it is not food, it must be tasted.

If it IS food, it must not be tasted.

If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.

If it is a car seat, it must be protested with arched back.

If it is Mommy, it must be hugged.

  I am toddler!

~~~

Teenagers express their burning desires to be different by dressing exactly alike.

~~~

A guy walked into his friend’s office, he found him sitting at his desk, looking very depressed.

"Hey, what’s up with you?", he asks.

"Oh, its my wife," replied the man sadly. "She’s hired a new secretary for me."

"Well, nothing wrong in that. Is she blonde or brunette?"

"Neither, He’s bald."

~~~

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.

Thomas Sowell

~~~

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.

~~~

Adversity introduces a man to himself.

~~~

She said: I was in New York’s Grand Central Terminal on my way to visit friends in Connecticut. I had never taken the trip before and was wondering if I needed to switch trains in Stamford. Walking to the train, I saw the conductor and asked, "Do I need to change?"

"No," he replied immediately. "You’re fine the way you are. Your bag matches your shoes and your earrings are the same color as your outfit. Very coordinated!"

~~~

"Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world…No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble."

Bowman, Isaiah

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Take it easy!

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

 

 

I read a column the other day that asked why so many people were complaining about the economy. The author quoted statistics that showed that the GDP was still on the positive side and other information that showed things were really OK and that there was something wrong with people who thought otherwise.

I didn’t really care what he said as I am spending time with far too many people who have lost their jobs and in some cases even their homes. Others have had to use their life savings just to stay afloat. It is easy to be complacent when we are doing well but sadly during these times too many have seen their world deteriorate.

What makes it really tough on many families has been how we have conditioned ourselves to look for happiness in the toys we buy, the cars we drive, and the things that cost us money. As I thought about the plight of so many of these good people I realized that while I have not lost anywhere near as much as others I have had to live more frugally. I know longer can afford season tickets to our football teams games, my wife and I drive older cars, we don’t eat in fancy restaurants as often as we use to and I no longer buy the latest gadget or toy as I have in the past. What surprised me was that I do not miss the things I no longer have, in fact I have found the things that I do have are much better. I find happiness in the time I spend with the people I meet and the things I do. Every day is filled with new discoveries and experiences and almost all of it is because my time is not consumed with the material things that I use to buy and play with or spending time doing things that really had no special meaning.

I just wish I had a way of sharing what I have found with children who feel deprived because their families no longer can buy them anything they want, and with the adults who count losses and ignore the gains that can be had with a simpler life. Thoreau was too much of a hermit as far as I am concerned, I like people far too much to live in isolation, but I think he had the right idea as he lived a simpler life.

Tell you what; how about trying taking it easy for one day. You might even want to follow the lead of the youngster who is asking us to take a day of rest. Here is what she is offering:

A Day of Rest (ADOR) was founded in 2008, by Jennifer Sekar, an 8th grade student at Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont, California, with the support of friends and family.

The main goal of this non-profit organization is to encourage people across continents to take rest, a true rest, for at least one day a year and spend time with friends and families. True rest means, not driving any type of powered vehicle on that day. Our long term goal is to make first Saturday of October of every year to be A Day Of Rest. A True Day Of Rest. This year we are celebrating A Day Of Rest on October 4, 2008.

The near term goal of ADOR is to get at least 1 million families who own and operate powered vehicles normally, to take true rest on October 4, 2008 and get 1 million cars off the road on October 4, 2008.

Why not visit Jennifer’s website at http://adayofrest.org/ and find out more.

~~~

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time”

John Lubbock

~~~

She wrote:

Dear Tide,

I am writing to say what an excellent product you have! I’ve used it all through my married life, as my Mom always told me it was the best.

Now that I am in my fifties, I find it even better! In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to berate me about how clumsy I was, and generally started becoming a pain in the neck.

One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with a lot of his blood on my white blouse. I tried to get the stain out using a bargain detergent, but it just wouldn’t come out. After a quick trip to the supermarket, I purchased a bottle of liquid Tide with bleach alternative, and to my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I would no longer be considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband.

What a relief! Going through menopause is bad enough without being a murder suspect! I thank you, once again, for having such a great product.

Well, gotta go. I have to write a letter to the Hefty bag people . . .

~~~

We have enough people who tell it like it is; now we could use a few who can tell it like it can be.

~~~

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.

~~~

One reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

~~~

A zoning board had just been set up in a new community. A householder went to the office to request permission to build a small toolshed in his backyard.

"Have you a plan?" asked the director.

"Oh, yes," said the householder, who showed him a map of his neighborhood, the dimension of his yard, and a sketch of the shed.

"That looks fine," said the director. He pulled out a piece of paper, wrote a few words on it, Xeroxed it, and said, "Here’s your permission."

A month later, a neighbor in almost exactly the same situation also wanted permission for a shed in her yard. She went to the director, got as far as a secretary, and made her request. "Thank you, Mrs. Smith," said the secretary, taking the documents. "Telephone me in two weeks and I’ll let you know what the director’s decision is, or what further steps are necessary."

"But," groaned Mrs. Smith, "a month ago my neighbor got permission right away."

"Oh, yes," said the secretary, "but that was before we finally got organized."

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They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Carl W. Buechner

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My neighbor was attempting to build a patio for the first time.. .He purchased 100 cement blocks. Laying them out in a pattern, he discovered the chosen area was too small. He stacked the blocks against the house and cleared more space.

The next day he put the cement blocks back down, only to find that the ground was too hard, thus, he could not make the patio level. So he ordered a truckload of sand to be delivered the following morning. Again he stacked the 100 blocks against the house.

Observing all this, I called him up and said, "Hey, Roy, are you planning to put your patio away every night?"

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Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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