Ray's musings and humor

Appreciate the little things

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

George Moore

  

For the last couple of days I have suggested that focusing on the good things in our lives and dropping memories of the bad can make our days more enjoyable. I find just doing an inventory of the little things, the day to day experiences and the like increases my appreciation for what I do have. It seems like we get to the point where we just expect the sun to come up, the game to start on time, the car to work, the flowers to grow to the point where we begin to think of the experience as ordinary. Just think what it would be like if we did not have air to breathe, food to eat, people to care for or our ability to be who we are. I think the key life satisfaction may be to pay more attention and appreciate all the little things we have.

Probably better than 99% of our life involves how we live each day with the rest being extraordinary. I don’t mean we should not be thrilled by the big things, we should, what I mean is it is the everyday activities that dominate our existence and that is where we can find happiness. So appreciate what you do have and if you don’t like some of the everyday things change them, for example you can always take a different route to work.

Steve Brunkhorst wrote the following about all we have around us, I like it and I hope you will too.

 

Lifetime of Discoveries

There are discoveries all around us—small gifts of joy that bring moments of peace and renewal.

Yet it is easy to miss the small things of uncommon value and inspiration—the cycles of life in a thriving forest, the perfection of a brilliant flower, the purposefulness of a delicate butterfly, or the spiritual beauty within another soul.

If we would stop for only a moment to marvel at this blessing of life, we would find many heart-stirring discoveries where we least expect them.

A small shift in the way we view a situation can make a life-changing difference.

A purposeful change in perspective can spark a sense of freedom, spiritual vision, and peace of mind. It can uncover a life purpose that has gone undetected. It can heal a hurt that has burdened someone for years.

Take time to listen to the emotion in the voice of a friend, feel the warmth of the sunshine, or view the perfect design in the smallest leaf or a cluster of stars.

Become still.

Listen to the voice inside your heart without judging its message. What does it tell you?

Notice and acknowledge your feelings around any situation that might trouble you.

Then ask yourself, “How could I view this situation differently? What new perspective might turn this into a blessing for me or someone else?”

You will be pleased with the sense of freedom and peace it brings to you.

A lifetime of rewarding discoveries is waiting for all who will stop, look, and listen with faith.

~~~

While on maternity leave, a woman from our office brought in her new bundle of joy. She also had her seven-year-old son with her. Everyone gathered around the baby and the little boy asked, “Mommy, can I have some money to buy a soda?”

“What do you say?” she asked.

Respectfully, the boy replied, “You’re thin and beautiful.”

The woman reached in her purse and gave her son the money.

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“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

The Little Prince

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An attractive older woman is in the bar of a cruise ship and asks for a Scotch with only two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says, “I’m on the cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today!”

The bartender says, “Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.. ”

As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, “I would like to buy you a drink, too.”

The old woman says, “Thank you for your kindness. Mr. Bartender, I’ll have a Scotch with only two drops of water.”

“Coming right up,” says the bartender.

As she finishes her second drink, the man to her left says, “I would like to buy you one too.”

The old woman says, “Thank you for your kindness.. Bartender, I’ll have another Scotch with only two drops of water..”

“Coming right up,” the bartender says. As he gives her the drink the bartender says, “Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?”

The woman replies, “Kid, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Water, however, is a whole different issue.

~~~

Q: How many witches does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Into what?

~~~

She said:

Okay, Okay, it all makes sense now…I never looked at it this way before:

MENtal illness

MENstrual cramps

MENtal breakdown

MENopause

GUYnecologist …… AND ……

When we have REAL trouble, it’s a HISterectomy.

Ever notice how all of women’s problems start with men?

No wonder we men are always in trouble. Ray

~~~

I am in total control, but please don’t tell my wife I said that.

~~~

A man and a woman, who had never met before, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, the two were tired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.

At 2:00 AM, he leaned over and gently wakes the woman, saying, “Ma’am, I’m sorry to bother you, but would you be kind enough to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I’m awfully cold.”

“I have a better idea,” she replied. “Just for tonight, why don’t we pretend that we’re married.”

“Wow! That’s a great idea!!” he exclaimed.

“Good,” she replied. “Come down and get your own blanket!”

~~~

“An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have — the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”

~~~

A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic.  “Here is the situation,” she said.

“A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help. His wife hears the commotion, knows he can’t swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?”

A little girl raised her hand and asked, “To draw out all his savings?”

~~~

He who knows others is learned;

He who knows himself is wise.

Lao-tzu

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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