Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a full agenda today a couple meetings and an NGO board luncheon. So here we go again another Daily from years past. It is hard to believe but this is now Ray’s Daily’s eleventh year.
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Ray’s Daily first published on January 27, 2004
I have an architect friend who not only designs excellent buildings and complexes, but who is also well known for his restoration of aging monuments, buildings, and those things that are part of our heritage. Years ago he showed, me and a few others, slides of what we missed as we walked between meetings in Downtown Indianapolis. He asked us to take a moment and look around once in awhile. His advice had amazing results, now when I am there I see beautiful things I never saw before. It may be the cornice of a building, a garden, or a small sculpture, things that are there all the time for us to enjoy, but only if we look. I think it is the same with the things around us in our lives, often we ignore so much that is worthwhile just because we don’t pause long enough to see them.
Recently someone sent me the following list of things that have the ability to give us pleasure, but only if we let them.
a.. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
b.. A hot shower.
c.. A special glance.
d.. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
e.. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
f.. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
g.. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
h.. A good conversation.
i.. The beach
j.. Laughing at yourself.
k.. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
m.. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
n.. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
o.. Playing with a new puppy.
p.. Road trips with friends.
q.. Making eye contact with a stranger.
r.. Holding hands with someone you care about.
s.. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
t.. Watching the sunrise.
u.. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
v.. Getting a hug from someone.
w.. Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
A traveling evangelist always put on a grand finale at his revival meetings, when he was to preach at a church, he would secretly hire a small boy to sit in the ceiling rafters with a dove in a cage. Toward the end of his sermon, the preacher would shout for the Holy Spirit to come down, and the boy in the rafters would dutifully release the dove. At one revival meeting, however, nothing happened when the preacher called for the Holy Spirit to descend. He again raised his arms and exclaimed: “Come down, Holy Spirit!” Still no sign of the dove.
The preacher then heard the anxious voice of a small boy call down from the rafters:
“Sir, a yellow cat just ate the Holy Spirit. Shall I throw down the yellow cat?”
What we see depends on mainly what we look for.
A life-long city man, tired of the rat race, decided that he was going to give up the city life, move to the country, and become a chicken farmer. He found a nice, used chicken farm, which he bought. It turns out that his next-door neighbor was also a chicken farmer. The neighbor came for a visit one day and said, “Chicken farming isn’t easy. Tell you what. To help you get started, I’ll give you 100 chickens.”
The new chicken farmer was thrilled. Two weeks later, the new neighbor stopped by to see how things were going. The new farmer said, “Not too good. All 100 chickens died.”
The neighbor said, “Oh, I can’t believe that. I’ve never had any trouble with my chickens. I’ll give you 100 more.”
Another two weeks went by, and the neighbor stopped in again. The new farmer said, “You’re not going to believe this, but the second 100 chickens died too.”
Astounded, the neighbor asked, “What did you do to them? What went wrong?” “Well,” said the new farmer, “I’m not sure. But I think I’m not planting them far enough apart.”
All general statements are false, except this one.
Scott and Glenn were walking down the street, when Glenn turned to Scott and said, “Scott, if you had two of those top-of-the-line Mercedes Benz cars with all the gear, electric windows, CD player and all that, would you give me one?”
Scott replied, “Glenn, how long do we go back? Thirty years? We’ve been best friends since school, and if I had two of those Mercedes, top-of-the-line cars with all the trimmings, yeah, I would give one to you.”
They continued walking. After a couple of minutes, Scott turns to Glenn and asked, “Glenn, if you had two of those luxury, playboy-type yachts—you know, with all the modern conveniences—would you give one to me?”
Glenn replied, “Scott, you and me are like brothers. You were best man at my wedding. If I had two of those luxury playboy yachts with all the modern conveniences, then yeah, Scott, I really would give one to you.”
They kept walking. A couple of minutes later, Glenn turns to Scott and says, “Scott, if you had two chickens…”
“Now hold on there! Glenn, you know I’ve got two chickens!”
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
George Bernard Shaw
New Testament: Many are called, but few are chosen.
Marie Dolan: Many are called, but most are e-mailed.
Ron Morse: Many are called, but few actually switch long-distance carriers.
Ed Wintermantel: Many are called, but they face another wait in the examining room.
I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
The trooper said that this excuse is the most effective because it’s believable and any officer can relate: When you get pulled over and the officer comes up to the driver’s window, look at them with desperation in your face and say, “I’m sorry. I know I was speeding but I have to go to the bathroom sooooo badly that I’m about to explode!” You could also add, “Do you know of a restroom really close by that I can get to in the next 60 seconds?”
Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he’ll never move.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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