Ray's musings and humor

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.

Author Unknown

 

In a couple of days I will have completed three quarters of a century of life. I am at the age where my contemporaries really get interesting. Some get more set in their ways while others start to lose their way. If you overhear our conversations you might find as much discussion about aches and pains, medications and off the wall opinion as anything else.

Unfortunately there are some who focus more on their infirmities and fear of the future than they do on today and all it has to offer. The other day a friend told me she reads about so many whose lives have ended at an age younger than she is that she sometimes worries that she will become a burden on others. I shared with her that I might end up a burden but I hoped I would not but I will not worry about whatever destiny may have in store for there is too much to do and too much fun to be had each day to worry about things I can’t control.

Today an old friend e-mailed me that he was now 78 years old and that he has lots of years left before he reaches his target age of 104. I think he has the right idea.

Everyday is a new day where we are given the opportunity to live it to its fullest, but that will only happen if we free ourselves from worry and make the best of what we have and hopefully even have some fun.

Years ago Pope John XXIII suggested how we could live a better life, day to day, here is what he wrote:

1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5. Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

So my friends how about joining with me only for today, and lets you and me make today all it can be. And you know what? tomorrow is another day that we can live to the fullest. In fact I am confident if we start to string each of these good days together we will find the best years of our lives are still ahead of us.

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You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

Douglas MacArthur

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At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. “Big breaths,” I instructed. “Yes, they used to be,” remorsed the patient.

Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Edward Gibbon

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A young man is playing golf with a priest. At a short hole the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole son?”

The young man says, “An eight iron, father. How about you?”

The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his eight iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7 iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, “I don’t know about you father, but in my church when we pray, we keep our head down.”

~~~

If nobody measures up, check your yardstick.

~~~

An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing. A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.

“All set back here, Captain,” came the reply, “except one lawyer who is still going around passing out business cards.”

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I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.

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A husband visited a marriage counselor and said, “When we were first married, I would come home from the office, my wife would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years it’s all different. I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking.”

“Why complain?” said the counselor, “You’re still getting the same service.”

~~~

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous!

~~~

Mother had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to my father, “Just think, Fred, we are five dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand.”

“Good,” my dad quickly replied. “Wash it again!”

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The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.

Judith Regan

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Before Linda became engaged, she was quite the beauty, and didn’t mind letting her boyfriend know it, too.

“A lot of men are gonna be totally miserable when I marry,” she told him.

“Really?” asked the boyfriend, “And just how many men are you intending to marry?”

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Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

Chili Davis

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A man goes into a cinema with his dog to watch a film. It’s a romantic comedy and when there’s a funny scene the dog starts laughing. A little later on there’s a sad part and suddenly the dog starts crying.

This goes on throughout the entire film, laughing and crying at all the right places. A man sitting a few rows back has witnessed the entire thing and decides to follow the man out.

In the foyer, he approaches the dog owner and says, “That’s truly amazing!”

“It certainly is” The dog owner replied, “He hated the book!”

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Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.  With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Charles Dickens

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

 

Indianapolis, Indiana

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