I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
This is going to be my busiest day this week so I’ll be on the run with little time to think much less compose a new Daily for today. Here is an older copy that I hope you will enjoy.
Ray’s Daily from five years ago today.
March 23, 2005
What I like about the following is how positive our view of life can be if we only let it. Not the least of which is our thankfulness for just being here and having the chance to see all that life can be.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum
* He wears the pants in the house – under his apron.
* He has two chances of winning an argument with her – slim and none.
* She leads a double life – hers and his.
* He comes right out and says what she tells him to think.
* She doesn’t have to raise the roof; all she has to do is raise an eyebrow.
* He always has the last word – he says, "I apologize."
* The last big decision she let him make was whether to wash or to dry.
* He married her for her looks, but not the kind he’s getting now.
A new survey shows most American teens are spending a lot more time with their parents.
That’s because in this economy, they’re all working weekends together at McDonald’s.
How old is…. Grandma? Stay with this — the answer is at the end — it will blow you away…
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man had yet to walk on the moon.
Your Grandfather and I got married first and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, "Sir"- – and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong, and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing! Meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.
If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan’ on it, it was junk.
The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent store where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
If you wanted to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother’s lullaby.
"Aids" were helpers in the Principal’s office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn’t even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a woman needed a husband
to have a baby.
No wonder people call us"old and confused" and say there is a Generation gap….. and how old do you think I am ???…..
Read on to see — Pretty scary if you think about it, and rather sad at the same time.
Grandma is Only 59…. She was born in 1946 .
Men who are getting on in years should console themselves with the thought that when they get too old to set bad examples, they can always start giving advice!
It was a beautiful wedding, but the mother of the bride seemed to be taking it too hard. Right after the ceremony, an old friend came up to console her. "Don’t cry," said the friend. "They say girls marry men like their fathers."
"I’ve heard that too," said the mother. "That’s why I’m crying!"
him by forty pounds and he was a coward."
I have my standards. They may be low, but I have them.
The tiresome jury selection process continued, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors. Don O’Brian was called for his question session.
"Yes, I am, Your Honor."
"Married or single?"
"Married for twenty years, Your Honor."
"Formed or expressed an opinion?"
"Not in twenty years, Your Honor."
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.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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