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The good life

"All the wonders you seek are within yourself."

Sir Thomas Brown

 

 

 

I read an article recently that talked about folks who have lived to be 100 or more. The article reported that the one thing these survivors had in common was resiliency. They each bounced back after medical and/or social problems after they adjusted to their new reality they not only lived they lived with some zest. After reading the information I thought about the people I know who are great role models and I realized that they too exhibit the ability to overcome adversity in order to move on, continuing to enjoy life while doing good work.

I have always regarded resiliency, the ability to bounce back, to be the secret to much of the good that happens to people. When you look into it you find that those who are resilient are those who maintain a positive attitude. I think this piece by author Ted W. Engstrom describes just how important our attitude is to maintaining a life filled with reward.

How Attitude Affects Us

  • Before we can achieve the kind of life we want, we must think, act, walk, talk, and conduct ourselves in ways characteristic of who we ultimately wish to become.
  • Our attitude at the beginning of a job will affect the outcome of the job more than anything else.
  • Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.
  • Our attitude toward others will determine their attitude toward us.
  • Holding successful, positive thoughts in our minds will make all the difference in the world.
  • If we always make a person feel needed, important, and appreciated, he or she will return this attitude to us.
  • Part of a good attitude is to look for the best in new ideas. So look for good ideas everywhere….in books, in travel, out of the innocent mouths of children.
  • Radiate the attitude of well-being. Don’t be embarrassed to share visions, desires, and goals.
  • Treat everyone with whom you come in contact as a fellow member of the human race – with all the rights, duties, and privileges thereof. The Golden Rule still applies: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under."

Charles R. Swindoll

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Happy St. Patrick Day’s

His wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning Finnegan. 

"Did she say anything before she died?" asked the sergeant.

"She spoke without interruption for about forty years," said the Irishman. 

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Have you heard about the Irish boomerang? It doesn’t come back, it just sings songs about how much it wants to.

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Mrs.  Pete Monaghan came into the newsroom to pay for her husband’s obiturary.  She was told by the kindly newsman that it was a dollar a word and he remembered Pete and wasn’t it too bad about him passing away.  She thanked him for his kind words and bemoaned the fact that she only had two dollars.  But she wrote out the obituary, "Pete died."  The newsman said he thought old Pete deserved more  and he’d give her three more words at no charge.  Mrs. Pete Monaghan thanked him and rewrote the obituary:  "Pete died.  Boat for sale" 

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The Irish are a fair people – they never speak well of one another

Samuel Johnson

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A young Irish girl goes into her priest on Saturday morning for confession. 

"Father, forgive me for I have Thinned." 

"You’ve Thinnned?" 

"Yes, I went out with me boyfriend Friday night. He held me hand twice, kissed me three times, and made love to me two times." 

"Daughter! I want you to go straight home, squeeze seven lemons into a glass, and drink it straight down." 

"Will that wash away me Thin?" 

"No, but it will get the silly smile off your face." 

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God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.

Ed McMahon

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Irishman, Englishman and a German are caught in Saudi Arabia drinking.

"Under Saudi law you are sentenced to 30 lashes then deported. Before you begin you are entitled to something on you back, what would you like?" said the prison guard to the Englishman just before lashing him. The English man, being a bit of a cricket fan, asked for linseed oil. When they lashed him on a post and let him go to catch his flight back to London he groaned and crawled to the airport. Next came the German. 

"Under Saudi law you are sentenced to 30 lashes then deported. Before you begin you are entitled to something on you back, what would you like?" said the prison guard "Nothing" said the German and, after receiving his lashes spat on the ground, called the prison guards Schisers and started off towards the airport.

The guards then came to the Irishman. "Under Saudi law you are sentenced to 30 lashes then deported. Before you begin you are entitled to something on you back, what would 

you like?" "Oh", replied the Irishman, "I’ll take the German". 

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Concerning bagpipes: The Irish invented them and gave them to the Scots as a joke, and the Scots haven’t seen the joke yet.

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Three irishmen, drunk as can be come staggering down the street singing Danny boy at the top of their lungs. they stopped in front of Flaherty’s house still singing.

After a few minutes the window flies open and Mrs. Flaherty yells out, why don’t you drunken sots go somewhere else. are you Mrs. Flaherty? Asks one of the drunks. you know dam well I am she says.

Well can you tell us which one of us is your husband so the other two of us can go home. 

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There was this guy who was 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Scottish, he wanted a drink but he couldn’t bring himself to buy one.

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A fellow is talking to his Irish buddy ad says," I gotta stop drinking that Irish whisky" "how come?" asked his friend. "Because every Saturday night I go out and drink a fifth of the stuff, come home, make mad passionate love to the wife, wake up Sunday morning and go to church." "What’s wrong with that?" the Irishman asks. "a lot of good Irishman go out on saturday night, drink a fifth of good Irish whisky, come home do the wife, and go to mass on Sunday" " I know" said his friend, "but I’m Jewish. 

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Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

Irish Proverb

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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.

 

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Concentrate

“Being distracted can be devastating.”

Avi Greengart

 

 

 

I started today’s Daily amidst a desk full of clutter. You know — work in progress, work to be done, work that will never get done and the like. I have this habit of letting too many things not only clutter my work environment but also my mind. I also have the bad habit of being distracted while I am doing something by thoughts of what I plan to do next. Pretty dumb, right? So I stopped everything to read e-mails and lo and behold I got the following from a respected friend at the US Agency for International Development – he must have been reading my mind.

Inhabiting Our Moments

Mary Pipher

Everyone is too busy all the time. We have become a nation of multi-taskers. By definition, multi-tasking means the mind is divided and not fully focused on any one event. A very simple definition of mindfulness is doing one thing at a time. If we are planting some turnips, we are doing it properly. If we are reading to a child, that is all we are doing.

I have a long history of doing two or three or seventeen things at once. I am cooking, but planning my next road trip. I am talking on the phone, but wondering if I have a can of tuna handy for lunch. I am bird-watching, but worrying if I have offended someone. I am walking, but even as I smell the French lilacs in the air and notice the heron on the lake, I am thinking of presidential politics. Yet slowly I am discovering that life is best when I am one place at a time; that is to say that when I am cooking, I am cooking. Well, okay, maybe stirring and listening to the radio, but I am not planning a Father’s Day party for the extended family.Sometimes inhabiting the moment is simple indeed. We hear Louis Armstrong or Chopin on the radio. We taste our lover’s kisses, the pomegranate juice or the salt air. We smell the sage or the jasmine blossom.

Animals can pull us into the moment. One of the reasons pets are so popular is that when we are with them, we share their pleasure in being here now. Pets do not live in clock time, and they allow us to rest from chronological time. We join them in older, animal rhythms.

On winter nights, Jim and I sit in our recliners and look out onto the snow and the lake. We wait for our local fox to appear. When he comes, he runs along our south fence toward the lake. He is the color of a shadow and his fur fluffs out like feathers. He trots onto the dam, runs in tight circles, then pounces on whatever prey is available. Within a few seconds he is gone. Afterward, having seen the fox, we are as giddy as children.

Most people respond to wild animals the way we do. I think it is because, deep within us, we carry something far more ancient than human thoughts. Animal spottings, whether of eagles, grizzlies or dolphins, remind us of our ancient selves. Primordial appreciates primordial. We have a moment to connect to something older than our culture, our history and our short lives.

Because children live in the present, we can join them in fresh experiences. Until they are educated away from living in the moment, that is their natural place. Just recently, I drove my grandchildren to the Ozarks for a family reunion. Eating a chocolate doughnut at our Days Inn and thinking about swimming with her newfound cousins, three-year-old Claire said, "My heart is snuggling inside me." Then she realized this didn’t quite express what she was experiencing in her chest. She said, "My heart feels very big right now." Her life was not so complicated that she couldn’t recognize the physical sensations of joy….

To create moments in our daily lives, we must have a new set of skills for making magic out of the ordinary. The more moments we find, the more we learn to find them.

Mary Pipher is a psychologist best known for her book, Reviving Ophelia.

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“Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.”

Chuck Palahniuk

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She told me that these are the top ten reasons Eve was created….

10. God worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.

9. God knew that Adam would one day require someone to locate and hand him the TV remote.

8. God knew that Adam would never go out and get himself a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him.

7. God knew that Adam would never be able to make a doctor’s, dentist or haircut appointment for himself.

6. God knew that Adam would never be able to remember which night to put the garbage on the curb.

5. God knew that if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle the pain and discomfort of childbearing.

4. As Keeper of the Garden, Adam would never remember where he left his tools.

3. Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.

2. As the Bible says, It is not good for man to be alone!

And finally, the number ONE reason that God created Eve…

1. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched His head and said, "I can do better than that."

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"Love is everything it’s cracked up to be… It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for."

Erica Jong

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A man walked into a bar and ordered a glass of white wine. He took a sip of the wine, then tossed the remainder into the bartender’s face. Before the bartender could recover from the surprise, the man began weeping.

"I’m sorry," he said. "I’m really sorry. I keep doing that to bartenders. I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is, to have a compulsion like this."

Far from being angry, the bartender was sympathetic. Before long, he was suggesting that the man see an analyst about his problem. "I happen to have the name of a Psychoanalyst," the bartender said. "My Brother and my Wife have both been treated by him, and they say he’s as good as they get." The man wrote down the name of the Doctor, thanked the bartender, and left. The bartender smiled, knowing he’d done a good deed for a fellow human being.

Six months later, the man was back. "Did you do what I suggested?" the bartender asked, serving the glass of white wine.

"I certainly did," the man said. "I’ve been seeing the Psychoanalyst twice a week." He took a sip of the wine. Then he threw the remainder into the bartender’s face. The flustered bartender wiped his face with a towel. "The Doctor doesn’t seem to be doing you any good." He sputtered.

"On the contrary," the man claimed, "he’s done me world of good."

"But you threw the wine in my face again!" The bartender exclaimed.

"Yes." The man replied. "But it doesn’t embarrass me anymore."

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The best way to keep your kids out of hot water is to put some dishes in it.

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A group of Americans was traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through a process of cheese making, explaining that goats’ milk was used. She showed the group a lively hillside where many goats were grazing.

These, she explained, were the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produced. She then asked, "What do you do in America with your older goats?"

A spry old gentleman answered, "They send us on bus tours."

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CONSCIOUSNESS; THAT ANNOYING TIME BETWEEN NAPS.

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A woman was at home with her children when the telephone rang. In going to answer it, she tripped on a rug, grabbed for something to hold on to and seized the telephone table. It fell over with a crash, jarring the receiver off the hook.

As it fell, it hit the family dog, which leaped up, howling and barking. The woman’s three-year-old son, startled by this noise, broke into loud screams. The woman mumbled some colorful words. She finally managed to pick up the receiver and lift it to her ear, just in time to hear her husband’s voice on the other end say, "Nobody’s said hello yet, but it certainly sounds as if I have the right number."

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Hypochondriac’s headstone epitaph: "See?"

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When a teenage girl smiles at a boy, he tries to decide what makes him so sexy.

When a young lady smiles at a man in his fifties, he turns around to see who’s the handsome dude behind him.

But when a female of any age smiles at a man of 80, he looks down to see if he’s unzipped.

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“Every time we start thinking we’re the center of the universe, the universe turns around and says with a slightly distracted air, "I’m sorry. What’d you say your name was again?"”

Margaret Maron

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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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Hi, I’m back, I hope all is well with you!

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

 

 

 

Hello everyone, I am back after a quick trip to see my sister-in-law and brother-in-law in North Carolina and who can’t travel much these days because of health issues. These are special folks who are two of my closest friends. We have traveled to various parts of the world together in the past where they added to the pleasure of our journeys. Fortunately I have banked many fond memories of our time together that I revisit often.

After a few days in North Carolina we took a quick trip to New Orleans to meet with favorite cruise friends. If you ever get New Orleans make sure you allow time to visit the National World War ll museum, it is an amazing place. While there don’t miss seeing Beyond All Boundaries the film produced by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg that is an indescribable experience.

Beyond All Boundaries, created exclusively for The National World War II Museum, is a unique and powerful 4-D cinematic experience available nowhere else in the world. Created and crafted with 21st-century technology and utilizing a 120-feet wide immersive screen, the production plunges viewers into the 20th-century’s most titanic struggle. It tells the tale of the Greatest Generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor into the fire of epic battles to America’s final victory in the War That Changed the World in the words of the veterans themselves.

You can learn more at http://www.nationalww2museum.org/

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One of the things I rediscovered during my absence was just how valuable acceptance of my personal reality is to my well being. I am sometimes criticized for sharing with others my medical limitations, my past failures and mistakes, and externally imposed limits. You may have heard the “Why did you tell them that, it is none of their business” comments from others as well. And while I don’t like excuses that provide me a rationale to not change my behavior when I could, I do like the freedom to be who I really am that comes from openness. I don’t have to pretend that I am better than I am, I don’t have to mask my limitations, and I can be the best I can be in the real world I live in. I feel sorry for those who have spent most of their lives portraying someone who is not really themselves. I much prefer a stage that is real and the ability to improvise and to give the best performance I can as I make the best of the life I have been given. Like I have often said, “While I will always do the best I can, this is about as good as I get, so like me if you can but if you can’t I’ll understand.”

I just don’t have the time or the energy to pretend to be someone else or to live in a fantasy world. And you know what? I have learned to really like just being me.

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“There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:

This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me… or leave me. Accept me – or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.

When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad – you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.”

Stacey Charter

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She shares one of her secrets:

How to Start Your Day With A Positive Outlook……

1. Open a new file in your PC.

2. Name it "Housework."

3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN

4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN

5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?"

6. Answer calmly, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly….

7. Feel better? . . . .                        (thought so.)

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It is good to question authority, but not mine.

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As I drove into a parking lot, I noticed that a pickup truck with a dog sitting behind the wheel was rolling toward a female pedestrian.  She seemed oblivious, so I hit my horn to get her attention.  She looked up just in time to jump out of the way of the truck’s path, and the vehicle bumped harmlessly into the curb and stopped.

I rushed to the woman’s side to see if she was all right. "I’m fine," she assured me, "but if that dog hadn’t honked…"

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Public opinion flourishes where there are no ideas.

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This drunk gets on a bus and asks the driver how long the trip is between Limerick and Cork.

"About two hours," says the conductor.

"OK," says the drunk "then how long is the trip between Cork and Limerick?"

The irate driver says to the drunk "It’s still about two hours. Why would you think there’d be a difference?"

"Well," says the drunk, "It’s only a week between Christmas and New Year, but it’s a long time between New Year and Christmas!"

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Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise–then you will discover the fullness of your life.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

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Bloopers from Sunday School Students

The Fifth Commandment is humor thy mother and father.

A Christian should have only one wife. This is called monotony.

The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

When Mary heard that she was the Mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

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Some folks call their banks to get their balance.  I just shake mine.

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Morris Cohen phones a local mental hospital and asks the receptionist if there is anybody in room 36. She goes and checks, and comes back to the phone, telling him, "No, the room is empty." "Good," says Morris. " Unless your lying . . . that means I must have really escaped!"

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Your child has started growing up when he stops asking you where he came from and starts refusing to tell you where he’s going.

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Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals;

cherish the music that stirs in your heart,

the beauty that forms in your mind,

the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts,

for out of them will grow delightful conditions;

of these if you but remain true to them,

your world will at last be built.

James Allen

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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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Have you really looked?

Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.

Wally ‘Famous’ Amos

 

 

 

It seems like I am running into more people everyday who report that they are searching for happiness. Often when I ask them what would make them happy or how are they searching they will tell me that they are not sure what would make them happy or where to search for it. The more I have thought about it the more I am sure what I am hearing is a desire to find alternatives to unhappiness. I think there is a subtle difference between the two. Searching for undefined happiness to me is like going out looking for Aladdin’s magic lamp that we can rub and have a genie provide us answers and results. While if what I really want is to dump my unhappiness I have the ability to go to work to get the job done. I can spend sometime analyzing those elements of my life that generate stress and unhappiness and then work to neutralize or even eliminate them one at a time.

also have found that if I look inward versus outward that I have much to be grateful for and many things to be happy about. Far too often people spend so much time running for the rainbow that they wear themselves down to a point of no recovery and in the process they never stop long enough to see the flowers along the path. They lose the chance to find the greatest happiness enhancers there are, the people they might have met along the highway, people who would enrich their lives through friendship if only they would have given them the chance. There can be joy in all our lives but we must be open to receive it.

Here is something Ralph Marston wrote a year or so ago that can help us discover what we already have.

 

Can you feel the joy in life today? It is wherever you choose to let it be.

Do you see the joy in each new person you meet? Look for the joy that others may be hiding, and make it your job to bring it out in the open.

There is joy to be found in every direction and in each new situation. For no matter how life may unfold, it is always a privilege to experience and explore.

Expect to find joy, and you will indeed find it. Choose to feel the joy, and you will know it.

There’s no need to spend time searching for joy in one place or another. Joy exists anywhere and everywhere you allow it to be.

Make life rich and make life wonderful. Feel the joy, spread the joy and live the joy that is always yours to choose.

 

As I mentioned yesterday I will be on special assignment for the next ten days or so and the Daily will be shut down while I am gone. I fully expect to find joy and new friends along the way, not because I am searching for them, but because they are there waiting to be discovered as I go about my business. Maybe that is part of the secret, rather than running in the search we should stand along the road once in awhile so others can find us as they pass by.

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“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”

George Moore

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Theology, kid style

1. Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Amanda

2. Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce

3. Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet

4. God, I read the bible. What does beget mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison

5. Dear God, how did you know you were God? Who told you? Charlene

6. Dear God, is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his golf words in the house? Anita

7. Dear God, I bet it’s very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nancy

8. Dear God, I like the story about Noah the best of all of them. You really made up some good ones. I like walking on water, too. Glen

9. Dear God, my Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far back do you go? Love, Dennis

13. Dear God, how come you did all those miracles in the old days and don’t do any now? Billy

14. Dear God, please send Dennis Clark to a different summer camp this year. Peter

15. Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother. Larry

16. Dear God, I keep waiting for spring, but it never did come yet. What’s up? Don’t forget. Mark

17. Dear God, my brother told me about how you are born but it just doesn’t sound right. What do you say? Marsha

18. Dear God, if you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Barbara

19. Dear God, is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you just know him through the business? Donny

20. Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God than you. Well, I just want you to know that. I am not just saying that because you are already God. Charles

21. Dear God, it is great the way you always get the stars in the right place. Why can’t you do that with the moon? Jeff

22. Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really. Frank

And, saving the best for last . . .

23. Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool. Thomas

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Where our work is, there let our joy be.

Tertullian

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The service area was located on a main highway leading to the beach. The pump attendant was accustomed to seeing tired and sunburned occupants in the cars that pulled in to tank up.

When a rusty old van containing a very tired looking couple and six screaming children pulled into his station, the attendant tried small talk to cheer the occupants.

"Hope you had a good day at the beach! Nice looking kids there. Are they all yours or is this a picnic?"

Wearily, the driver replied, "Yes they are all mine and it’s NO picnic!"

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Book (n): a utensil used to pass time while waiting for the computer repairman.

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A young scholar from New York was invited to become Rabbi in a small old community in Chicago. On his very first Shabbat, a hot debate erupted as to whether one should or should not stand during the reading of the Ten Commandments.

The next day, the rabbi visited 98 year-old Mr. Katz in the nursing home. "Mr. Katz, I’m asking you, as the oldest member of the community," said the rabbi, "what is our synagogue’s custom during the reading of the Ten Commandments?"

"Why do you ask?" asked Mr. Katz.

"Yesterday we read the Ten Commandments. Some people stood, some people sat. The ones standing started screaming at the ones sitting, telling them to stand up. The ones sitting started screaming at the ones standing, telling them to sit down… "

"That," said the old man, "is our custom."

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But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

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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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Come on, let’s do it!

Before the day begins, you are not yet engaged in any physical activities. And it is only physically that you are constrained by the limits of time and place; mentally, there are no such boundaries.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

 

 

 

I think I mentioned to you yesterday that I would be on special assignment for about ten days starting Thursday; I am also giving Ray’s Computer a short vacation so neither of us will be sending out the Daily. I thought you might benefit from the extra time and use it productively. In order to help I am listing below some of the activities prescribed for us here in the US to do that are unique to March.

March is:

  • Cataract Awareness Month – If you can’t read this you might want to see your eye specialist as you may have cataracts and if you do you’ll be aware.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month – I plan on learning more about this one when I get a little more energy.
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – No one is more aware than I am after my week in the hospital with many blood transfusions as I had a memorable post colonoscopy experience.
  • Craft Month – I can’t claim any special ability although my wife often accuses me of being crafty, but I don’t think that’s the same thing.
  • Deaf History Month – I think is sad that the truly deaf don’t have much oral history.
  • Feminine Empowerment Month – Oh Jeez, not again.
  • Furniture Refinishing Month – If you’re finished with it once why would you want to quit using it again?
  • Humorists Are Artists Month – I know some of them are, they couldn’t possibly have been serious when they did their work.
  • International Hamburger & Pickle Month – I am officially boycotting this one. I think relish, mustard, onion, and ketchup deserve just as much recognition as the pickle.
  • Irish-American Heritage Month – You’d think St. Patrick’s day would be enough for the whole month so you could have the rest of the month off to recover.
  • Music in Our Schools Month – I think our kids need more of this and art as well.
  • Mirth Month – Thith will be fun at least I wisth it is.
  • Poison Prevention Month – I am going to do more, I have decided to avoid poison all year long.
  • Professional Social Work Month – I didn’t even know that professional escorts had their own month, live and learn I guess.
  • Talk with Your Teen about Sex Month – I tried this and learned things I never wanted to know, it is especially troublesome when the kid makes a PowerPoint presentation and gives you a test after.

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“The quality of life is determined by its activities.”

Aristotle

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SHOPPING MATH

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need.

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If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

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Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel director’s  office.  "What is the meaning of this?" the director asked.  "When you applied for this job, you told us you had five years experience.  Now we discovered this is the first job you’ve ever held."

"Well," the young man replied, "in your advertisement you said you wanted somebody with imagination."

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"Now, how many of you would like to go to heaven?" asked the Sunday school teacher.  All the eager three-year-olds raised their hands except Tommy. "I’m sorry, I can’t.  My mother told me to come right home after Sunday school."

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Do not argue with a spouse who is packing your parachute.

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A manager has to take on some sport by his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a couple of weeks his secretary asks him how he’s doing.

"It’s going fine", the manager says, "When I’m on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand! To the net! Smash! Go back!"

"Really? What happens then?" the girl asks enthusiastic.

"Then my body says: Who? Me? Don’t talk nonsense!"

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In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

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A first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a Yankees fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they, too, are Yankees fans. Everyone in the class raises their hand expect one little girl. The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, "Janie, why didn’t you raise your hand?"

"Because I’m not a Yankees fan," she replied.

The teacher, still shocked, asked, "Well, if you are not a Yankees fan, then who are you a fan of?"

"I am a Red Sox fan, and proud of it," Janie replied.

The teacher could not believe her ears. "Janie, why pray tell are you a Red Sox fan?"

"Because my mom is a Red Sox fan, and my dad is Red Sox fan, so I’m a Red Sox fan too!"

"Well," said the teacher in a obviously annoyed tone, "That is no reason for you to be a Red Sox fan. You don’t have to be just like your parents all of the time. What if your mom were a moron and your dad were a moron, what would you be then?"

"Then," Janie smiled, "I’d be a Yankees fan."

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The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore, they attempt the impossible; and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck

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The kids said:

Home is where the house is.  –Age 6

Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot, and a great big bag of money. –Age 13

The only stupid question is the one that is never asked, except maybe "Don’t you think it is about time you audited my return?" or "Isn’t it morally wrong to give me a warning when, in fact, I was speeding?"  –Age 15

If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.  –Age 15

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Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.

Andre Maurois

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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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I got paid!

“Life has taught me that respect, caring and love must be shared, for it’s only through sharing that friendships are born.”

Donna A. Favors

 

 

 

Many of you know that I have been doing the Daily for about ten years now. Sometimes I start to think of it as a burden when there are more things for me than there is time to do them. In the last few years it has often resulted in my reverting to reprints which feel like I am coping out and of course there are those times when hospital stays or recovery periods have kept me away. Lastly there are those periods where I am on special assignment, in fact I will again be on one of those starting this Thursday and I will have to shut down the production for about a week.

In truth I also wonder if my thoughts are worth all that much anyway, but when I feel that way I again realize that composing the Daily is therapeutic. Putting the Daily together requires me to spend time each day in introspective thought, something I might not do if it were not for the continuous need for content. In addition I have collected articles, searched for quotes and the wisdom of others in hopes of helping both you and me with things to help us deal with the good and bad that life presents to us each day. I also enjoy the laughter we share, it brightens my day.

But even with all of that I sometimes waiver and wonder if it would just be easier to close up shop. But then I stop and realize that I am unwilling to give up the payment I get from our readers. The payment over the years has been more valuable then money or material gifts. Let me share one that I got via e-mail just a couple of days ago.

Hey Ray, after reading today’s daily it really solved a problem I’ve been faced with for about a year now, my close friend died, her hubby remarried and I was very bitter with him and won’t let go of her, after reading the daily I let go and gave her hubby a call..Thanks bud!

PS when I saw the subject* above I thought you were doing away with the daily but then I said you wouldn’t have handle it that way so I got the courage and opened it…I was so right 🙂

* The subject was “Good Bye Old Friend,” it included thoughts on managing grief triggered by the passing of a friend of mine.

The letter was from a retired reader who was born in the Caribbean and now lives with her husband in New York. I don’t remember how we connected but she has become a special friend as have so many others. I am always humbled by feedback like this note from Shirley but I do realize it is not the wisdom we share that makes the difference it is that we care. And as I have said many times I am truly grateful to you and the others for you add meaning to my life.

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“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

Margaret Mead quotes

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Something to think about

 

"Grandpa, grownups don’t pay any attention to me," said little Jimmy. Grandpa replied, "They don’t pay any attention to me too."

"Grandpa, sometimes grownups make fun of me. Do they make fun of you too?"

Grandpa said, "Yes, Son… me too."

"Grandpa, some days I get tired and have to rest in the afternoon."

"I know, Jimmy… I do too," said Grandpa.

"I love you, Grandpa," said little Jimmy.

"I love you too, Jimmy," said Grandpa.

"I wish more people told me that," said Jimmy.

"Me too," answered Grandpa.

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"Osborne’s Law"

Variables won’t; constants aren’t.

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Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm — Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.

He calls up and says, "Is Mr. Schwartz in?"

The man says, "No, he’s out playing golf."

Morris says, "All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz."

"He’s not with the firm any more, he’s retired."

"Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz."

"He’s away in Boston, won’t be back for a month."

"Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz."

He says, "Speaking!"

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Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.

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The kid said don’t get me sick: When you go home, you have to stay all alone. You have to stay in bed and not get fed. You miss out on all the fun that’s it, you’re done. So when you sneeze cover your mouth please!!!

Madison F. age 9

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WHY MEN AREN’T SECRETARIES

Husband’s note to his wife…"Doctor’s office called: Said Pabst beer is normal."

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An English professor announced to the class; "There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool."

From the back of the room a voice called out, "So, what are the words?

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Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.

Frederick W. Faber

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When I picked up my Ford Escort at the service station after some minor repairs, I paid by check as usual. A couple of weeks later I came home from work to find my wife quite upset. She gave me the silent treatment until I figured out why she was so angry. She had noticed the canceled check, and on the memo line I had written "Escort Service."

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Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

Plato

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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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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