Ray's musings and humor

Let’s Play Today

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. 

Danny Kaye

 

 

 

Here we go another weekend and I hope you really enjoy it. What concerns me often are the folks who have given up on life and have lost their ability to enjoy the precious days ahead. What is especially sad is that it almost never has to be that way. As I was thinking about what people might do I did a search and came across the following advice. Not bad for being the collective wisdom of a few Wiki followers.

  1. Learn to be positive! If you keep moaning about your life, other people will only notice the bad aspects of your character and categorize you as a person who is ‘Boring’ – or worse! Who wants to spend time with a wet blanket! Go to places where people are positive and support you with positive thoughts.
  2. Be generous. A little generosity goes a long way. Give and people return the favor to you and you will be known as a generous person.
  3. Make a list of all the things you want to do and do them! If you’ve always wanted to audition for theater, then go ahead and do it! This will help to reduce ‘hanging around’ and wishing.
  4. Keep trying. One of the key things that you need to remember is to never be discouraged; failure is a part of life, and it happens naturally. If you are so disillusioned that you never want to try again, at least be comforted by the fact that you made an attempt.
  5. Stop doing things that you do not enjoy. Make a list of the things that you are doing that you don’t enjoy, and try to stop doing them. Naturally, this shouldn’t mean that you should drop out of school if you don’t like studying, but you might consider working for a new company if you are constantly stressed and pressured by your job. If it’s not possible to stop, try to see the positive side of those things and find ways to make them entertaining.
  6. Find a hobby. You might take up collecting stamps or coins, or you might learn more about photography or art. You don’t have to spend your entire life doing it; the whole purpose of the hobby is to vary your routine and do something worthwhile.
  7. Singing is a wonderful way to make life more enjoyable. Try to pick up some of your favorite songs and learn the lyrics by heart. When you feel bored, sing those songs and you would feel much better. Singing karaoke, taking some singing lessons or listening to music would make your life more interesting.
  8. Limit the amount of time you spend watching TV. Enjoyment in life comes from trying and doing things yourself, not watching other people do them. Watching people swim is not the same as swimming.
  9. Ask questions. It’s not bad to ask questions. Ask as many as you can no matter what people say or the relevance of them. Don’t doubt yourself because there’s a good chance somebody else is wondering the same thing.
  10. Enjoy feeling proud. If you’re proud of something be it: an essay, a new deck you built, a promotion, or a song you composed hold on to it for dear life because there’s nothing more important than your pride. Do not let anybody take it by demanding more.
  11. Stay healthy. Make part of your life eating right and exercising because it helps keep the body running at the top of its game.
  12. Be open to change. Changes in your job, friends, and the government. With practice you will be able to anticipate it.
  13. List the items you want to keep. This will help you realize what you have and you are so lucky to have it.

As you know I think enjoyment is about 45% choice, 45% attitude, 8% environment and 2% everything else. To paraphrase a comment from an old friend “if you think you won’t enjoy life, you won’t.” So have fun this weekend and enjoy it all and by all means feel free to do something silly, I do silly things all the time and some people even believe I do it on purpose.

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Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

Grandma Moses

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ANOTHER POEM FOR COMPUTER USERS OVER 50

 

A computer was something on TV

From a Science Fiction show of note

A window was something you hated to clean

And ram was the father of a goat.

 

Meg was the name of my girlfriend

And gig was a job for the nights

Now they all mean different things

And that really mega bytes.

 

An application was for employment

A program was a TV show

A cursor used profanity

A keyboard was a piano.

A Memory was something that you lost with age

A CD was a bank account

And if you had a 3-in. floppy

You hoped nobody found out

 

Compress was something you did to the garbage

Not something you did to a file

And if you unzipped anything in public

You’d be in jail for a while.

 

Log on was adding wood to the fire

Hard drive was a long trip on the road

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived

And a backup happened to your commode.

 

Cut you did with a pocket knife

Paste you did with glue

A web was a spider’s home

And a virus was the flu.

 

I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper

And the memory in my head.

I hear nobody’s been killed in a computer crash

But when it happens they wish they were dead

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I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.

Lady Nancy Astor

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You may have heard the old joke about Shirley, the Jewish mother in NYC, who brought her 6 year old boy to the psychoanalyst, who diagnosed: "Nothing much wrong with your son, just a slight Oedipus complex.

Said Shirley the mom… "Oedipus, schmedipus, the important thing is that he loves his mother"

~~~

Love is blind and it’s not too bright, either.

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Working as a computer instructor for an adult-education program at a community college, I am keenly aware of the gap in computer knowledge between my younger and older students.

My observations were confirmed the day a new student walked into our library area and glanced at the encyclopedia volumes stacked on a bookshelf.

"What are all these books?" he asked.

Somewhat surprised, I replied that they were encyclopedias. 

"Really?" he said.  Someone printed out the whole thing?"

Jeffrey Labonte

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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told:  "I am with you kid.  Let’s go."

Maya Angelou

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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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