“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
I have found myself a little down lately. I am running into too many folks that seem to think that they are the center of the universe. These are those that love to find scapegoats that they can use as whipping boys in order to absolve themselves of any responsibility for their own well being. Some of them seldom have a good word to say about anybody or anything. I have found it fascinating to listen to people and then count how many negative comments they make and how many positive comments. I have found that I don’t relate at all well with those that score high in the negative column.
What I find interesting is how many act as if they were superior to everyone else. Their golden rule is different than mine; theirs seems to be one of treat everyone you meet as an inferior who owes you while you owe no one. In many of their minds there is only one religion, theirs and all others are not to be tolerated. I get too much hate mail from people who find anyone different than they are to be inferior and who suggest that those others should be isolated and ostracized.
I know that these folks are the exceptions but unfortunately there are also many others who just sit back and watch as our problems continue unchecked.
Lately I have even had hard working concerned folk’s walk away feeling that no one really cares so why should they. I am glad that I know more who do care so much that they continue to do all they can, including making personal sacrifices to help others. They volunteer, they contribute and most of all they are concerned and do whatever they can to help others.
I was with a young man the other day where we talked about how each day provides us the opportunity to do something that we can feel good about. The conversation did me some good for I needed to be recharged. I still need a motivational boost so I will concentrate on more soul reinforcement in the next few days and a little less on windmill tilting.
Here is a story I like that has meaning for me, I hope it does for you as well.
When Does Night End?
The story is told of a rabbi in ancient times who gathered his students together very early one morning, while it was still dark. He put this question to them: "How can you tell when night has ended and the day has begun?"
One student made a suggestion. "Could it be when you can see an animal and you can tell whether it is a sheep or a goat?"
"No, that’s not it," answered the rabbi.
Another student said, "Could it be when you look at a tree in the distance and you can tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?"
Again the rabbi answered, "No."
After a few more guesses the students said: "Well, how do you tell when night has ended?"
The rabbi answered, "It is when you look on the face of any man or woman, and you see them as your brother or sister. If you cannot do this, then, no matter what time it is, it is still night."
It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Great Truth About Life Adults Have Learned
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2) There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles do not hurt.
3) One reason to smile is that every seven minutes of every day, someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.
4) Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly payment is due.
5) The best way to keep kids at home is to make a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of their tires.
6) Families are like fudge . . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
7) Laughing helps. It is like jogging on the inside.
8) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
9) My mind not only wanders; sometimes it leaves completely.
10) If you can remain calm, you just do not have all the facts.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct
After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up."
"That’s okay with us, but what made you decide that?"
"Well, I’ll have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell than to sit down and listen."
"Wherever you are is the entry point."
When visiting us in Los Angeles, my mother decided to explore a trendy shopping area. After window-shopping, she entered a store with unique table displays. Each table was laid out with distinctive linen, fine china, silver and crystal. Mom was the only customer. The young woman behind the cash register initially asked if she could help, but Mom declined and said she was only browsing.
Mom was a bit put off by the glances the young woman kept giving her, but nonetheless, she spent almost an hour examining the different makes of china and silver.
It was only after thanking the shopkeeper and leaving that my mother discovered she had been inspecting the tableware at a chic restaurant.
A person with six children is better satisfied than a person with $6 million.
Reason: The one with $6 million wants more.
A husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up.
"Oh, we’ll never need that. My husband and I have a great relationship," the wife explained. "He was a communications major in college and I majored in theater arts.
He communicates real well and I just act like I’m listening."
Middle age is that difficult period between adolescence and retirement when you have to take care of yourself.
A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, "Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today."
The mother, more that a little surprised, asked fearfully, "That’s interesting. How do you make babies?"
"It’s simple," replied the girl. "You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’."
"Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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