Ray's musings and humor

The best time is now!

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill

 

 

 

Most of us in the U.S. have a three day weekend starting tomorrow; Monday is Labor Day, a national holiday. Yesterday morning a friend asked me what I had planned for my three days. While I do have a few appointments I really have mostly available time, time I can use leisurely or time I can put to good use. As I thought about it I remembered something someone sent to me years ago about our propensity to put off what we might do until another time. Unfortunately too many of the “might do’s’ become “never do’s” and as we realize what we missed we are left only with regrets. Please read what she sent me and let it sink in. Now is a good time to think about what you really would like to do and then make it a priority. Life can be pretty good if you keep up with it and pretty sad if you let it pass you by.

Priorities

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It’s Monday." …She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I’m going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We’ll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

~~~

“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow,

but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”

~~~

A guy was down on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco when he saw a seafood restaurant and a sign on the Specials Board which read, "Big Lobster Tales, $5 each." Amazed at the great value, he said to the waitress, "$5 each for lobster tails … is that correct?"

"Yes", she said, "It’s our special just for today."

"Well", he said, "they must be little lobster tails."

"No," she replied, "It’s the really big lobster."

Are you sure they aren’t green lobster tails – and a little bit tough?"

"No", she said, "it’s the really big red lobster."

"Big red lobster tails, $5 each?", he said, amazed. "They must be old lobster tails!"

"No, they’re definitely today’s."

"Today’s big red lobster tails – $5 each?", he repeated, astounded.

"Yes", she insisted.

"Well, here’s my five dollars," he said, "I’ll take one.

She took the money and led him to a table where she invited him to sit down. She then sat down next to him, put her hand on his shoulder, leaned over close to him and said, "Once upon a time there was a really big red lobster …"

~~~

A direct quote from the Boss: "We passed over a lot of good people to get the ones we hired."

~~~

Early in the semester, a student stops by during the professor’s office hours. He bids her enter. She glances up and down the hall, steps in, closes the door and says, "I would do anything to pass this class." She steps closer to his desk, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes.

"I mean," she whispers, "I would do…anything."

He returns her gaze. "Anything?"

"Anything," she replies.

The professor’s voice drops to a whisper and he says, "Would you…study?"

~~~

"I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up."

Tom Lehrer

~~~

Tim was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. "Give me one last request, Dear," he said.

"Of course, Tim," his wife said softly.

"Six months after I die, he said, "I want you to marry Lawrence."

"But I thought you hated Lawrence," she said.

With his last breath, Tim said, "I do!"

~~~

Photographer: The best shots are attempted through the lens cap.

~~~

She said, I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless woman told me.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?"

"No, I don’t waste time shopping. I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?"

"Are you nuts?! I haven’t had my hair done in twenty years!"

"Well, I am not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."

The homeless woman was shocked. "Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty and I probably smell pretty disgusting."

"That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after twenty years without shopping, hair appointments and wine."

~~~

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

W. M. Lewis

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NOTE: Since Monday is a holiday there will be no Daily published, I’m giving the computer the day off.

 

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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