With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Well gang this is it. I am off to a day filled with meetings, research and more in anticipation of my special assignment. Tomorrow I will be at the Radio Station at 5:30 AM manning phones for the Salvation Army fundraiser and then I will be packing my foul weather gear, my survival equipment, medical kits and other accessories for my trip. I would tell you more but that will have to wait until my return when Ray’s Daily is again back in business and that will be in about a week if all goes well.
In the meantime your assignment, if you willing to accept it is to help as many as you can while staying well and happy. This will be a great week to greet everyone with a smile, asking them how they are doing and wishing them well. I did that yesterday with a restaurant server that I just met for a moment who then proceeded to ask me if she could help with our Salvation Army fund raiser which she will do this weekend.
I am glad you’re not like so many others who have convinced themselves that they just don’t have the time to do something for others. I truly feel sorry for those folks for they miss way too much of the good things in life. How we use time and set priorities is strictly up to us. Here is what Ralph Marston wrote about time a while back.
There is always time
Does it seem that there’s not enough time? The fact is, at the moment, there is nothing other than now.
Time is something you look back upon or imagine moving through. Now is what you have to work with.
No matter how long you think it might take, what matters is what you are doing about it right now. Now is when you can make the effort, and now is when you can have an influence.
Everything that has ever been accomplished has been done by making use of a succession of present moments. You have just as much time as everyone else because everyone has this same moment right now.
Instead of putting off the effort, now is your opportunity to make it real and to make it happen. By making full use of this present moment, you make the next one more valuable.
Dream big dreams, then jump right in and live those dreams.
There is always time, and it is always now.
Forever is composed of nows.
“Your Honor, my wife is just being ridiculous. Most women would love to have a husband who still believes in chivalry and I was only opening the door for her out of chivalry.”
“Mr. Smith,” replied the judge, “I am granting the divorce. I cannot believe chivalry was your motivation while driving 65 mph.”
“Marriage is the process of finding out what kind of man your wife would have preferred.”
A man goes to consult a specialist about his medical problem.
After the visit the man asks, “How much do I owe you?”
“My fee is five hundred dollars,” replies the physician.
“Five hundred dollars? That’s impossible. No one charges that much!”
“In your case,” the doctor replies, “I suppose I could adjust my fee to three hundred.”
“Three hundred dollars? For one visit? Ridiculous.”
“Well, then, could you afford two hundred?”
“Who has that kind of money?”
“Look, replies the doctor,” growing irritated, “Just give me fifty bucks and get out.”
“I can give you twenty says the man. Take it or leave it.”
“I don’t understand you,” says the doctor. “Why did you come to the most expensive doctor in New York if you have no money?”
“Listen, Doctor”, says the patient, “When it comes to my health, nothing is too expensive.”
“People who never get carried away should be.”
“The Big IQ Test”
Pay close attention. Here is a very simple little test comprised of four easy questions to determine the level of your intellect. See if you have what it takes to be considered “smart.” Your replies must be spontaneous and immediate, with no deliberating or wasting of time. And no cheating!
On your mark, get set, go…
1: You are competing in a race and overtake the runner in second place. In which position are you now?
Answer: If you answered that you’re now in first, you’re wrong! You overtook the second runner and took his place, therefore you are now in second place.
For the next question try not to be so dim.
2: If you overtake the last runner, what position are you now in?
Answer: If you answered second to last, you are wrong once again. Think about it… How can you overtake the person who is last? If you’re behind him, he can’t be last. You would have been last. It would appear that thinking is not one of your strong points.
Anyway, here’s another question to try. Don’t take any notes or use a calculator, and remember, your replies must be instantaneous.
3: Take 1000. Add 40. Add another 1000. Add 30. 1000 again. Plus 20. Plus 1000. And plus 10. What is the total?
Answer: Did you get 5000?
Well, wrong again!
The correct answer is 4100. Try again with a calculator.
Today is clearly not your day, although you should manage to get the last question right…
4: Marie’s father has five daughters:
Question: What is the fifth daughter’s name?
Think quickly… you’ll find the answer below..
Answer: Are you thinking ‘Chuchu’?
It’s obviously Marie! Read the question properly. ‘Oy, what a day I’m having….’
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Kaiser Clark
Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city. One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?”
“Two days ago.”
“Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over. In May, he’ll be an engineer.”
“What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”
“At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”
“No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”
“He’s taking every penny I make.”
“Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”
“He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”
“Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”
“Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”
The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life.
“Why,” I answered without a thought, “now.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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