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Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

E.P. Powell

 

 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the USA and Friday is known as Black Friday, a day when millions will crowd the shops starting in the wee hours of the morning searching for bargains. The reason they call it Black Friday is that stores everywhere deeply discount their goods in an effort to sell enough that they will have a profitable Christmas season. Unfortunately the economy will probably limit sales but I am sure it will not limit the crowds. While my wife and daughters will be out and about I’ll be staying home avoiding the madness.

While tomorrow is the National Holiday Friday is also a day off for many. In that spirit I have told my computer and all its attached devices that they can take off until next Monday. They have preformed well and deserve the rest. So Today will be the last Daily until next week. Oh yes and please do me a favor, enjoy the next few days. I am thankful that we are connected I hope you are as well.

I think the following message from Ralph Marston is worth thinking about as we enjoy our day of thanks:

How often do you stop to count your blessings? In your daily struggle for more, how often do you feel joyful and thankful for the many, many things you already have?

In your ambitious quest to better your life, be careful that you don’t overlook the wealth that you already have. Wealth? Yes, wealth that is very real and very accessible to you.

Did you know that you already have abundant wealth? Perhaps you don’t feel like it if you’ve just paid the bills. Yet each and every one of us has an abundance that is almost beyond comprehension. The secret is to tap into that abundance and use it to do whatever we want to do.

And the process starts with counting your blessings. Taking stock of the things you have, the things you know, the people in your life, your spirituality, your skills, your opinions, your special perspective on life, your family, your hobbies, your sense of humor, your appreciation for beauty, your caring for others, your concern for those less fortunate, your ability to see opportunity. The list of possibilities is endless, and these things all have value beyond anything you can imagine.

I challenge you to take a good hard look at yourself and to count your blessings. Think of as many of them as you can. Think of the beauty and richness of your life. These things don’t require money or power or position. They all spring from your attitude, the way you react to situations, the way you value others, the way you value life itself.

Right now, within yourself, you have the ability to do anything you want with your life. You have complete control of your behavior, your actions from minute to minute. Look deep inside yourself and tap into the wealth that lies hidden within you. It is there if only you will look, and the best way to find it is with an attitude of thanksgiving and joy.

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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I wrote this on this day six years ago, I feel the same way today.

Have you noticed that all the nay-sayers and negative people are seldom grateful. They always think they deserve more and others deserve less. It is sad that they go through life without realizing all the important things that we have. Melody Beattie had it right when she said:

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

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

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After years of scrimping and saving, a husband told his wife the good news: "Honey, we’ve finally saved enough money to buy what we started saving for in 1979."

"You mean a brand-new Cadillac?" she asked eagerly.

"No," said the husband, "a 1979 Cadillac."

~~~

Q: How many witches does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Into what?

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Max fell in love with Maureen, but the pretty Irish lass wouldn’t marry him unless he converted from Judaism to Catholicism. Love being stronger than any other emotion, Max undertook the studies that would make him a good Catholic.

Some months later, Maureen ran into her friend Paula, who asked, "When’s your wedding?"

Maureen answered, "There’ll be no wedding."

"Why not?"

"Max studied so hard he now wants to be a priest!"

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DIPLOMAT: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

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It was a stifling hot day and a man fainted in the middle of a busy intersection. Traffic quickly piled up in all directions, and a woman rushed to help him. When she knelt down to loosen his collar, a man emerged from the crowd, pushed her aside, and said, "It’s all right honey, I’ve had a course in first aid."

The woman stood up and watched as he took the ill man’s pulse and prepared to administer artificial respiration. At this point she tapped him on the shoulder and said, "When you get to the part about calling a doctor, I’m already here."

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Being a husband is like any other job.  It helps a lot if you like the boss.

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A drummer on a big band was having trouble with his time. He kept getting behind the beat and the band is getting fed up and goes to the leader and says he should be fired.

However, the leader says he’s known the guy forever, he’s always been a good drummer, and he’ll talk to the guy and see what the problem is. He goes to the drummer, who admits he’s having problems and who says he’s working on it and to please not fire him.

But things get worse. He keeps slowing down the beat and coming in late and finally the whole band threatens to quit.

The leader has to fire him.

The drummer is so depressed that he goes down to the railroad tracks and throws himself behind a train.

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A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw

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Nina and Rosey shared the chores and on this day Nina went to the grocery store. In addition to the healthful items on their carefully prepared shopping list, she returned with a box of sugar-laden cookies.

Nina noticed Rosey’s glare and said, "This box of cookies has one-third fewer calories than usual."

"Oh really?? Why is that?" Rosey asked.

"I ate a third of the cookies on the way home," Nina replied.

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.
 

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You’ll be glad you did!

“What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things.

But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

I have found that we can bank a whole lot of good days by spending time helping make a difference and you know what, most of it can be done at no cost. Recently I stumbled across the following edited list written by a neat lady named Anolia "Leah" Orfrecio Facun. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and read what she offers.

 

The TIME has come… We say ‘No more to gloom and doom!’ It is time to rise to our true potential… to experience total wellness in every area of our lives, contributing to solutions to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in our communities. This is the time that we need each other most, to work together, joining our hands together in making a difference.

For YOURSELF:

  • Smile more often! Be amazed of how many will be happy to smile back at you. Besides, this is the best facial exercise you can make to delay aging signs — so smile!
  • Read and learn more. Devote time and money for self-improvement, the best investment you can make that truly pays off.
  • Love, care, give, and share more. This practice is the very purpose of your life.
  • Keep believing. Pray. Nurture your spirit. This won’t cost you any, but help or answer to your needs can be just a prayer away.

For those YOU CARE ABOUT:

  • If you love them, then say it and show it! Do not take them for granted. They need both to hear and see you care.
  • Spend more quality time with them. It is what they’ll remember most.
  • Visit, write, call those you haven’t for a while.

For our CHILDREN or YOUTH:

  • Walk or create programs for youth to benefit them and rally for their good future.
  • Give them more opportunities to explore and develop their natural gifts and talents, express their dreams and goals.
  • Encourage our children more by your words and example. Stay positive!

For our VOLUNTEERS: (For helping us make things happen.)

  • Big "thank you!" note or anything to show your appreciation of them.
  • Join them and be prepared to do a random act of kindness anytime.
  • How about "volunteers appreciation day" to celebrate them and have a good break?

For our ENVIRONMENT: (We only have one planet, so we must take care of it.)

  • Clean and plant trees with your workmates, neighbors, etc. anywhere permissible.
  • Recycle consciously, not just plastics and papers, but clothes and others you can share. Clean up your closet, garage, or storage for everything that you don’t need. Do a yard sale or simply drive to or call local charities for pickup. This is one recycling to meet needs of others.

For ALL of US:

  • Sing, dance, be happy no matter what. Brighter days are yet to come!
  • Speak the truth. Seeking the truth can set someone free.
  • Notice and say something good or positive to someone, and mean it.
  • Learn survival techniques. Always be prepared for any emergency.
  • Accept yourself. You are gifted and blessed more than you know.
  • Be forgiving and understanding as you seek forgiveness and understanding.
  • Be involved in your community in making good things happen!

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Coming together is a beginning.

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.

Henry Ford

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A guy once wandered into a Jewish restaurant and ordered roast chicken. It arrived complete with potatoes and a few sundries, and the diner looked at it without much favor. He said to the waiter, "Don’t I get a green vegetable?"

And the waiter said, "And what color is the pickle? Purple?"

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Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

Rita Mae Brown

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A Mom and Dad went to a restaurant one evening. Dad was about halfway finishing his meal when took a hard look at the potato.

He called the waitress and said, "This potato is bad."

The waitress picked it up, smacked it, and put it back on the plate, then said,

“If that potato causes any more trouble just let me know.”

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"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking."

Henry Louis Mencken

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One day, a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, chemical engineer, and computer engineer were driving down the street in the same car when it broke down.

The mechanical engineer said, "I think a rod broke."

The chemical engineer said, "The way it sputtered at the end, I think it’s not getting enough gas."

The electrical engineer said, "I think there was a spark and something’s wrong with the electrical system."

All three turned to the computer engineer and said, "What do you think?"

The computer engineer said, "I think we should all get out and then get back in."

~~~

"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them."

Robert Frost

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Coming through the door after school one day, Little Johnny hollers out, "Okay, everyone in the house, please be advised that I, Little Johnny, have on this date made a complete fool of myself in sex education class by repeating stories concerning storks as told to me by certain parties residing in this house!"

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A mother may hope that her daughter will get a better husband that she did, but she knows her son will never get as good a wife as his father did.

~~~

A Sunday school teacher was teaching her class about the difference between right and wrong.

"All right children, let’s take another example," she said. "If I were to get into a man’s pocket and take his billfold with all his money, what would I be?"

Little Johnny raises his hand, and with a confident smile, he blurts out, "you’d be his wife!"

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Small deeds done are better than greater deeds planned.

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As a young married couple, a husband and a wife lived in a cheap housing complex near the military base where he was working. Their chief complaint was that the walls were paper thin and they had no privacy. That was painfully obvious one morning when the husband was upstairs and the wife was downstairs on the telephone. She was interrupted by the doorbell and went to greet her neighbor.

"Give this to your husband," he said, thrusting a roll of toilet paper into her hands. "He’s been yelling for it for 15 minutes!"

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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."

Henry Vandyke

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.
 

Join Us?

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

Marian Wright Edelman

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gregg Krech

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

Your Clothes

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

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

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

The Baby’s Name

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

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

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

Preparing for the Birth

-1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

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

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

The Layette

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

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

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

Worries

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

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

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

Going Out

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

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

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

At Home

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

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

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

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

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Boy is this true or what?

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

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

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

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To belittle is to be little.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About 30 pounds.

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

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

"A penny for your thoughts," she said.

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

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

Melody Beattie

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.
 

Make it easy

We all have obligations and duties toward our fellow men. But it does seem curious enough that in modern neurotic society, men’s energies are consumed in making a living and rarely in living itself. It takes a lot of courage for a man to declare, with clarity and simplicity, that the purpose of life is to enjoy it.

Lin Yutang

 

 

My brother and my sister-in-law are visiting for two days. Yesterday we talked some about changing lifestyles to fit the challenges of today. My brother is currently living on a boat on the West Coast after 25 years or more of life at sea, he has lived on uninhabited islands, spent years in the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, actually every part of the world. In fact traveled around the world over the years with just he and his wife on a relatively small sailing boat. These days they are wintering based in California and summering on their river barge in Europe.

So as you can imagine they are experts on living the simpler life, sometimes living off of the sea and food stuffs that they have found where they happened to be. The following is the result of my looking for something that we could use to make our lives simpler. I extracted it from an article on the Zenhabits webpage.

  • First, take a step back and think about what’s important to you. What do you really want to be doing, who do you want to spend your time with, what do you want to accomplish with your work? Make a short list of 4-5 things for your life, 4-5 people you want to spend time with, 4-5 things you’d like to accomplish at work.
  • Examine your commitments. A big part of the problem is that our lives are way too full. We can’t possibly do everything we have committed to doing, and we certainly can’t enjoy it if we’re trying to do everything. Accept that you can’t do everything, know that you want to do what’s important to you, and try to eliminate the commitments that aren’t as important.
  • Do less each day. Don’t fill your day up with things to do. You will end up rushing to do them all. If you normally try (and fail) to do 7-10 things, do 3 important ones instead (with 3 more smaller items to do if you get those three done). This will give you time to do what you need to do, and not rush.
  • Eliminate as much as possible from your to-do list. You can’t do everything on your to-do list. Even if you could, more things will come up. As much as you can, simplify your to-do list down to the essentials. This allows you to rush less and focus more on what’s important.
  • Now, slow down and enjoy every task. Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s a work task or taking a shower or brushing your teeth or cooking dinner or driving to work, slow down. Try to enjoy whatever you’re doing. Try to pay attention, instead of thinking about other things. Be in the moment. This isn’t easy, as you will often forget. But find a way to remind yourself. Unless the task involves actual pain, there isn’t anything that can’t be enjoyable if you give it the proper attention.
  • Single-task. Do one thing at a time, and do it well.
  • Eliminate stress. Find the stressors in your life, and find ways to eliminate them
  • Create time for solitude. In addition to slowing down and enjoying the tasks we do, and doing less of them, it’s also important to just have some time to yourself.
  • Do nothing. Sometimes, it’s good to forget about doing things, and do nothing.
  • Sprinkle simple pleasures throughout your day. Knowing what your simple pleasures are, and putting a few of them in each day, can go a long way to making life more enjoyable.
  • Make frugality an enjoyable thing too. Instead of delayed gratification, try enjoying life now while saving for later.

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Affluence without simplicity is a giant trap. Every saint who ever lived, lived simply- not because he was holier, but because he was smarter.

Christian Science Monitor

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She said:

I wish I were a bear.

If you’re a bear, you get to hibernate.

You do nothing but sleep for six months.

I could get used to that.

And another thing; before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.

That wouldn’t bother me either.

IF you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business; you swat anyone who bothers your cubs.

If your cubs get out of line, you swat them, too.

Your husband expects you to growl when you wake up.

He expects you to have hairy legs and excess body fat.

He likes it.

I wish I were a bear.

~~~

I just read a report that stated that last year 4,153,237 people got married.

I don’t want to start any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?

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A foursome teed off on the long par-3 eighth hole. The green on this hole lay behind a large bunker, so any shot that made the green would disappear over the top ridge of bunker. You couldn’t tell where your ball landed until you arrived on the green. After the last player hit his shot, the first golfer to hit charged off down the fairway, without waiting for the others. He disappeared over the bunker and seconds later came running back down the fairway to the other three, yelling and screaming, "I got a hole-in-one! I don’t believe it!"

"You’ve got to be kidding," said the other golfers in the foursome. "You run ahead of us down the fairway. Then you vanish over the rise, where you know we can’t see you, and, all of a sudden, you start hootin’ and hollerin’ about a hole-in-one. Do you actually expect us to believe you? How stupid do you think we three are?"

"No, no. It’s true. I swear it," he said crossing his heart. "Go look. I left it in the hole to prove it."

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A pessimist mourns the future.

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Millions of years ago, there was no such thing as the wheel; the only way to move things was by carrying or dragging. One day, some primitive guys were watching their wives drag a dead mastodon to the food preparation area. It was exhausting work; the guys were getting tired just watching. Then they noticed some large, smooth, rounded boulders, and they had an idea: They could sit on the much more comfortable boulders and watch! This was the first in a series of breakthroughs that ultimately led to watching football on television.

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There’s more to life than increasing its speed.

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When entering a hotel where she and her husband were staying, Gladys, a devout Baptist, noticed a shabbily dressed man lounging idly in front of the newspaper stand in the lobby. She noticed that several men stopped to talk to him and gave him a little money. He seemed so cheered by the encounters she impulsively put ten dollars in an envelope, wrote ‘God Bless" on the outside, and handed it to him.

The nest day the man stopped her on the street. "Here’s your $250," he said cheerily. "God Bless won 28 to 1!"

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To make the world a friendly place, one must show it a friendly face.

James Whitcomb Riley

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Arnold was a ventriloquist, and not a good one at that. In fact business was so bad that he was trying his luck as a medium. One day, a widow came into his office and said that she wanted to contact her dear departed husband and asked Arnold what he charged.

"If you only want to hear him speak," said Arnold, "I charge $30. If you want to have a conversation with him, I charge $50. But I charge $100 if you want a conversation with him while I’m drinking a glass of water."

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“Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life — not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving — not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness — not by our seeming greatness.”

William Arthur Ward

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

At Last

“Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow”

 

 

It looks like my reduced life style may be a blessing in disguise since now I’ll have time to do things I have put off over the years. I will have time for that book I never read, the movie I never saw, the issue I never researched, and of the greatest importance time for the people I respect. The list is long and it might take me awhile before I get to that book or study that subject since there are so many people who I never should have drifted away from. So if you find me on your doorstep, in your mail box or on your computer in the days ahead it is only because I want you to know how much I value you.

I was going to write about something else today but I stumbled across the following poem that reminded me that I have not told too many people how important they are in my eyes.

 

Tomorrow

Tomorrow-I’ll tell him just what he means,

That living and loving with him is in my dreams

Tomorrow-I’ll give a big hug to mum,

Say a quick thank you for all that she’s done.

Tomorrow-I’ll call or even drop by,

I’ll say ‘I love you’ state all the reasons why.

 

Tomorrow-I’ll go about getting in touch,

With forgotten friends I miss so much.

Tomorrow-I’ll take the first step to my goal,

That I’ve always thought would make my life whole.

Tomorrow-I’ll count all my blessings in life,

Consider it privilege to be a midwife …

 

But what should I do if that day never comes,

And all good intentions come undone.

If life should spin a crazy dance,

All these things and you never got the chance.

If you woke up tomorrow to find that they’d gone,

Looked at your list, realized you’d done none.

 

All the things you were going to do today,

A million things you never got to say.

Would you be confident that you’d given your all,

Or guilty that you didn’t make that call?

Could you be at peace, content that they knew,

Just how much they all meant to you?

 

So, to avoid that nightmare never becoming real,

Love life, love others and show how you feel.

~~~

“Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today. So don’t you sit upon the shoreline and say you’re satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.”

Author Unknown

~~~

Two lawyers went into a diner and sat down at the counter. They ordered two sodas, took sandwiches out of their briefcases and started to eat them.
The owner saw what was going on and approached the men. "You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here," he complained.
The two lawyers stopped, looked at each other, and then swapped their sandwiches.

~~~

A rock <– me –> A hard place

~~~

More of my plans for when I become overlord, notwithstanding what we have learned from the movies.

·      I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to usurp power would easily fail, it would provide a fatal distraction at a crucial point in time.

·      I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil, but one look at the hero’s rugged countenance and she’d betray her own father.

·      Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it’s too easy to miss unexpected developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.

·      I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.

·      No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.

~~~

I’m just moving clouds today. Tomorrow, I’ll try mountains.

~~~

Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her minister. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I had a DREADFUL fight!"

"Calm down, my child," said the minister, "it’s not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight!"

"I know, I know!" said Joanna. "But what am I going to do with the BODY?"

~~~

A customer called our airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card. My co-worker asked him, "Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?"
The customer replied, "V-I-S-A."

~~~

Stress is when you wake up screaming & you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.

~~~

Once upon a time there was a woman married to an annoying man named Steve. He would complain about everything. That day he went to their creek with his mule. He complained so much that the mule got annoyed and kicked him to death. At the funeral, when all the men walked by the wife she shook her head yes and every time the women walked by she shook her head no. The minister asked ”Why are you shaking your head yes for men and no for women?” Her response was, ”The men would say how sorry they felt for me and I was saying, ‘Yes, I’ll be alright.’ When the women walked by, they were asking if the mule is for sale . . . "

~~~

Ohgreat,nowthedernspacebarwon’twork!

~~~

A college physics professor was explaining a particularly complicated concept to his class when a pre-med student interrupted him. "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" one young man blurted out.

"To save lives," the professor responded before continuing the lecture.

A few minutes later the student spoke up again. "So how does physics save lives?"

The professor stared at the student for a long time without saying a word. Finally the professor continued. "Physics saves lives," he said, "because it keeps certain people out of medical school."

~~~

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melodie Beattie

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.

Where will you be?

If things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Roger Babson

 

 

I find as I implement a more frugal lifestyle that I am learning more about myself. I have been especially looking forward to a cruise that I had booked for next spring since it was going to be my first trip on that cruise line and be on a ship that I wanted to sail. But as I started to feel remorse that I had to cancel the booking I realized that I already had cruised more times than almost anyone I know so I really had no right to complain. I felt the same as I reluctantly decided not to renew many of my memberships in cultural institutions, community organizations and the like. I decided if I was not making an active personal contribution to what they were doing they would not miss me. I unfortunately had to also prioritize my charitable contributions; I don’t have as much in total to contribute as I have in the past so something has to give. I want to give all I can and even more to those who are helping people through these hard times the others will just have to wait until another time.

Many of my friends and family are worried about the future and the possibility that they face even further losses in net worth. While I face the same possibility I am more fortunate than most since I usually don’t worry until I have to do something to solve the problem. So right now rather than worrying about what might happen I am dealing with what is happening and laying contingency plans for handling what’s ahead. I know it is hard not to worry but it can be done. Here are some thoughts that I found in an article by Beth Tabak that are worth considering.

1~ Know that you can be worry-free- What we think about is a choice. It seems hard to stop because we develop a habit. The brain likes short cuts, but we can change those patterns with conscious effort.

2~ Explore the source of your concern- Is there a limiting belief or perception in the way? Is it legitimate or an over active imagination? Is it warning you of impending danger or is it the reaction of an over active habitual thought pattern?

3A~ If legitimate, shift into action, then trust- Gather information/ resources on the situation. Prepare. Take action, mentally and physically, to make the best of the situation. Stay in a place of trust (in yourself, others, God) that you are capable of handling the situation. Get the help you need. Be open to see all choices. Talk with others.

3B~ If over exaggeration, shift to a new positive place- Shift habitual thought patterns by choosing to stay in the present, stay in a place of trust, or wait until there is good reason to worry. Take action to become prepared. Remember, thoughts are a choice.

4~ Follow Intuition- Once the chaos is out of your head pay attention to your intuition, inklings, gut feelings, etc. that are guiding you to make the choice you can feel good about.

There is way too much in life that we can’t change, we can either spend our time complaining and hoping for miracles or we can adapt and find a new and often better way of life. Oh and by the way I will not be joining the moaning and groaning choir this weekend, I’ll be in the hills listening to the sound of music, I hope to see you there.

~~~

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.

Dean Smith

~~~

More signs of the times:

Podiatrist’s Window:    Time wounds all heels.

Butcher’s window:       Let me meat your needs.

Used Car Lot:           Second Hand cars in first crash condition

Sign on Fence:          Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive."

Car Dealership:         The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.

Muffler Shop:           No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you coming.

Hotel:                  Help!" We need inn – experienced people.

Butcher’s Window:       Pleased to meat you.

Auto Body Shop: May we have the next dents?

Sign in an office:      We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.

~~~

No one ever says "It’s only a game," when their team is winning.

~~~

"College Tidbits"

*"Eight long years of college." moaned the budding Yuppette. "And just who has it gotten me?"

* One of the professors at Vassar requested medical leave for the day. In the space listing reason for request, she put, "Perrier on the knee."

* Father: "Son, I’m very worried about you being at the bottom of your class."  Son: "Don’t fret Dad. They teach the same stuff to both ends."

* In a way, colleges & insane asylums are both mental institutions.  The major difference being you have to show some improvement to "graduate" from an asylum.

* A student comes back to the dorm & finds his roommate near tears. "What’s the matter, pal?" he asked.  "I wrote home for my parents to send money so that I could buy a laptop, and they sent me the laptop." he moaned.

*The college President hired a new Admissions Administrator.  At the conclusion of the interview he said, "Please don’t tell anyone what we’re paying you." "Don’t worry Sir." the new bureaucrat replied.  "I’m as ashamed of my salary as you are."

~~~

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

Morris West

~~~

A North Carolina man, having bought several expensive cigars, insured them against… get this… fire. After he had smoked them, he then decided that he had a claim against the insurance company and filed. The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigar normally. The man sued. The judge stated that since the company had insured the cigars against fire, they were obligated to pay. After the man accepted payment for his claim, the company then had him arrested ….. for arson.

~~~

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping."

~~~

The preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church.

"Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out to shake Joanthan’s hand.

As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan’s hand. "What’s this?" the preacher asked.

"Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It’s for you!"

"I don’t want to take your money, Jonathan," the preacher answered.

"I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you’re the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you."

~~~

Half the people you know are below average.

~~~

The kids said:

WHAT IS THE PROPER AGE TO GET MARRIED?

"Eighty-four. Because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other." (Judy, 8)

"Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife." (Tommy, 5)

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." (Mike, 10)

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, ’cause she’ll want to have videos of the wedding." (Jim, 10)

"Never kiss in front of other people. It’s a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." (Kally, 9)

~~~

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.
 

He did it again

I just got a call from the editor of the Daily who left this morning for a breakfast meeting at 6:30, he was supposed to come back but the meeting was with a good friend of his and took more than two hours. That meant he had to go directly to a funereal to say good bye to a different friend who recently passed away. He than made a stop and went to another meeting. Soon he’ll be going to a seminar on Afghanistan at a local college.

I hate it when he is so unreliable but I don’t get to complain. He told me to find a previous Daily that I liked and send it to you so I will. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll get his act in order.

Ray’s Computer

(The real brain in the outfit)

 

Reissue of November 18, 2003 Daily

 

 

Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly debuted "See It Now" on this day in 1951.  Viewers were treated to the extraordinary (for then) sight of live shots of the Statute of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge.  We are pretty blasé about such things, but the world shrunk a lot that year. I saw many of the See It Now shows at the time and they truly educated the people of America.

Murrow was one of the first journalists to provide news broadcasting with a sense of integrity and societal responsibility. In 1937 Murrow became head of the CBS European Bureau. He won acclaim as a news commentator during World War II (1939-1945), with his on-the-scene radio reporting. His live reports from London as it was being bombed are classic radio moments that made the horror of the war in Europe real to the people of America. He also was responsible for recruiting some of the great names in radio and television news. I am sorry so many of you missed the era when the news was seriously presented by journalists. We did not have sound bites, news was news, even if a reporter did not have a building to stand in front of in order to do a live report. News was serious business and not fun and frolic.

The See It Now documentaries were notable for their realism and bold approach to controversial issues. The show’s most notable episode aired in 1954, when Murrow exposed the abusive tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy in McCarthy’s investigations of alleged Communists in the United States government. It was the beginning of the end for McCarthy.

Maybe the difference was that we all watched the same shows, you were lucky to have TV three stations in your city. We did not have thousands of choices, nor the ability to watch only those that agree with us. We shared the experience, we talked about what we saw, and often did something because of what we learned. Sure society had lots of problems of all kinds at the time, but we also had the ability to focus on important issues. I wish we did as well today.

~~~

There are, however, people in this world who seldom pick up a newspaper, people who, when watching television, sneer in displeasure and change channels at the first glimpse of an anchorperson. While such willfully uninformed citizens are rare, emerging from seclusion only to serve on juries in trials of great national significance, they do exist.

Joe Keenan

~~~

A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies. It was his first time approaching a field during the night time. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said:  "Guess who?"

The controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where!"

~~~

Sound travels slowly.  Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don’t reach them till they’re in their 40s.

~~~

Bumping into a woman on the sidewalk, the Tom Cruise look-alike apologized, "Pardon me!"

"That’s quite all right," the woman replied.  "You look just like my fifth husband."

"Wow!" he said.  "How many times have you been married?"

"Four," she answered.

~~~

"What is popular isn’t always right, and what is right isn’t always popular."

~~~

It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Pete was beginning his preshot routine. As he was visualizing his upcoming shot, a voice came over the loudspeaker, "Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please back up to the men’s tee, please!"

Pete was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement, "Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up to the men’s tee!"

Pete had had enough.

He yelled, "Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!"

~~~

I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought:  What good would that do?

~~~

The new Ensign was assigned to subs, where he’d dreamed of working since a young boy.  He was trying to impress the Master Chief with his expertise learned in Sub School.

The Master Chief cut him off quickly and said, "Listen, ‘sir’, it’s real simple.  Add the number of times we dive to the number of times we surface.  Divide that number by two. If the result doesn’t come out even, don’t open the hatch."

~~~

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

~~~

Office Rules

1) If it rings, put it on hold.

2) If it clanks, call the repairman.

3) If it whistles, ignore it.

4) If it’s a friend, take a break.

5) If it’s the boss, look busy.

6) If it talks, take notes.

7) If it’s handwritten, type it.

8) If it’s typed, copy it.

9) If it’s copied, file it.

10) If it’s Friday, forget it!

~~~

"Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."

John Kenneth Galbraith

~~~

Jack, a lawyer, lies dying with his partner of 40 years by his bedside. "Mike, I’ve got to confess. I’ve been sleeping with your wife for 30 years and I’m the father of your daughter. On top of that, I’ve been stealing from the firm for a decade."

"Relax," says Mike, "and don’t think another thing about it. I’m the one who put the poison in your martini."

~~~

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

~~~

The Judge admonished the witness, "Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?"

"I do."

"Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?"

"Sure," said the witness. "My side will win."

~~~

He who is outside the door has already got a good part of his journey behind him.

Dutch proverb

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://starkreality.ning.com/profile/Ray currently there are about 1500 readers from all over the world.
 

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