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Let’s help Francine today!

“We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other.

If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”





Last Friday I got the following e-mail from my friend Francine that I want to share with you. She is one of our Canadian readers of the Daily. She is special to me as she often sends me notes on how she is doing as well as attachments and messages that make my day.


Hi Ray,

Would you be willing to send me a couple of your favorite emails / presentations / you know the kind that has beautiful pictures and music.

My group at work is very depressed, we are going through a lot of stress and feeling criticized from every direction and I think that if I send them something that is beautiful and uplifting it will help a lot.

Some of the people in the group work in India and have different faith that we do, so I want to send things that are appropriate but if you have anything that you think would put a smile on our faces or make our hearts feel a little lighter – then please send them to me.

Thank you,



I did send her a couple of things but they were not adequate so I will keep looking and I am hoping that some of you will send me what you think might help. Her note is typical of her concern for others and again underlines the fact as suggested in the quote above that we truly need each other. She also recognizes that while it is the season of hope and joy in the Christian world the world is made up of folks with a wide variety of beliefs, cultural backgrounds and other things that on the surface make us appear to be different when in reality we are more like each other than we realize. We all want health, love, happiness and wellbeing and more times than not we need others to help us find our peace.

There is no reason that you, I and our hundreds of reader friends can’t decide that we are not going to be part of the problem. Let us find reason to praise instead of criticize. Let us greet one and all with warmth and a smile. Let us communicate to all who will listen that we know that they are worthy and deserve the best.

Over the years I am sure you have run into folks who were always angry, constantly complaining and blaming everyone else for their faults. I have learned over the years that most did not want to be that way; they just had become so lost that they could not find their way up out of their misery. Every once in awhile I found that if I overlooked their surface behavior and did what I could for them to help them see something more they often changed their outlook on life.

Yes, we do need each other, but in order for things to get better it takes people like you and I to answer the need. So my friends please let the season’s goodwill spill over into your days and then share your positive feelings with others.

And oh yes, please send me something I can send on to our friend Francine.


“We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.”

Leo F. Buscaglia


The boyfriend said, "We’re going to have a GREAT time Saturday.  I’ve gotten three tickets for the big game."

"Why do we need three?" asked the girl.

"They’re for your Father, Mother, and kid sister." he replied.


In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

~ Thurgood Marshall ~


The officer pulled me over for speeding.  I explained that I was rushing home to be with my wife on our first anniversary.

But rather than letting me off, he wrote out the ticket, handed it to me, and said, "Congratulations.  The first year is paper, right?"


When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.

Jessica Lange


Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee. "Hoot mon," he said, "in Scotland it wouldna ha been more than $20."

"That might be true," said the travel agent, "but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked."

"Well, at $50/hour for a boat," said the Scotsman, "it’s no wonder he walked."


Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.


A little son of a Baptist minister was in church one morning when he saw for the first time the rite of baptism by immersion. He was greatly interested in it, and the next morning proceeded to baptize his three cats in the bathtub.

The first kitten bore it very well, and so did the young cat, but the old family cat rebelled. It struggled with him, clawed and tore him, and got away.

With considerable effort he caught it again and proceeded with the ceremony. But she acted worse than ever, clawed at him, spit, and scratched his hands and face.

Finally, after barely getting her splattered with water, he dropped her on the floor in disgust and said: "Fine, be an Atheist."


“The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?"”

Simone Weil


Those of us who worked at the front desk of a convention hotel in Houston, Texas prided ourselves on making the guests feel special. When someone arrived at reception, credit card in hand, we would sneak a quick peek at it and address him by name.

Once, during a check-in, one of our guests presented a corporate credit card. "Welcome to Houston, Mr. Bell," the desk clerk said.

"Oh, please," the man replied, "call me Taco."


On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was…surrounded by trees and bushes.


Two elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, "AMEN, BROTHER!"When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "PREACH IT, REVEREND!"

And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS… AMEN!"

But when the preacher condemned the sin of gossip, the two got very quiet. One turned to the other and said, "He’s quit preaching and now he’s meddlin’."


As you look to finish selecting the rest of your holiday gifts you might want to consider these from an unknown author.

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To every child, a good example.

To all, charity.

To yourself, respect.


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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