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Pity the faultless

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.

Shania Twain

 

Before I forget, my wife is taken me out for rest and relaxation tomorrow morning so I will be shutting down the office until Thursday so no Daily. I’ll see you then.

Ray

 

I don’t know about you but I am a little tired of all the negativism that seems to abound these days. I run into more and more people who are quick to blame everyone else but themselves for all of today’s problems. I use to let excessive criticism of my activities get me down, but that was a long time ago. Unfortunately though many people lose confidence and even suffer from what sometimes is almost cruel derision from others. In todays polarized society it seems that more and more folks think it is cute to heap ridicule and scorn on others. For some, facts and accuracy are not as important as their belief that points are scored by the amount of disdain they can heap on others.

Trust me; many people are hurt deeply even when they know that they are the victims of false or half-truths spread by others. Regrettably the rest of us often stand mute for fear of retaliation by the screamers. Me, I long for the civility of the past, the days when we tried to criticize constructively. I know from growing up in Chicago that it was not a bed of roses, but the impolite were the thugs and bullies, not neighbors and fellow workers. Maybe I just see more of it these days because I am out and about. Possibly fear has driven some otherwise good people over into thoughtless behavior while others just stand quietly by and let the tirades flow.

Fortunately I have learned to do the best I can, listening to the critics and accepting what is constructive while ignoring animosity and moving on. Our old friend Ralph Marston had this to say about disapproval, I think he is right on target

 

Accepting disapproval

If you give in to the disapproval of others, you’ll simply encourage them to disapprove even more. If you fight against their disapproval, that will also cause their disapproval to grow stronger. Your most effective response is to gently accept the disapproval, then let it go and move forward. That strategy will dilute and dispense with the resistance you encounter faster than anything else.

Stop needing the approval of others, and you’ll receive more approval and support than ever. Live each moment from your own inspiration, not from your desire to look good in the eyes of others. You can be exceptionally kind, loving, giving and respectful without being a slave to the opinions of others. Accept that other people will disapprove of some things you do, and you’ll free yourself to do truly magnificent things.

Your great value does not derive from the approval of others. You are entirely worthy and able to give much to life, regardless of what anyone else may think. Graciously and enthusiastically accept that others will disapprove, no matter what you do. And delight in the freedom of doing whatever you know is right for you.

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“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

Benjamin Franklin

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A mother was showing her son how to zip up his coat. “The secret,” she said, “is to get the left part of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up.”

The boy looked at her quizzically… “Why does it have to be a secret?”

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A motivational sign at work: The beatings will continue until morale improves.

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Grandma, when you and Grandpa had your first baby, did Grandpa ever handle the middle of the night feeding?”

“No. I always did that.”

“That must have been before you had women’s liberation.”

“No, it was before we had baby bottles.”

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

Germaine Greer

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A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change.

“I’ve got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you,” he announced.  “Will the laziest man please put his hand up?”

Nine hands went up.

“Why didn’t you put your hand up?” he asked the tenth man.

“Too much trouble,” came the reply.

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“To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.”

Josh Jenkins

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At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. “Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”

The witness stared out the window as though he hadn’t hear the question. “Isn’t it true that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated.

The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.”

“Oh,” the startled witness said, “I’m sorry, Your Honor, I thought he was talking to you.”

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Alcohol and calculus don’t mix. Never drink and derive.

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An older lady is making her first visit to her new doctor’s office. Before seeing the doctor she is required to fill-out forms. A nurse in the office offers to help her do this. The nurse starts by asking, “How old are you, Mrs. Silver?”

“None of your business,” she responds. The nurse then says, “But the doctor must know your age for his records.”

Mrs. Silver replies, “Okay. Well, first, multiply twenty by two, then add ten. Got that?”

“Yes.” answers the nurse.

“All right, now subtract fifty, and tell me, what do you get?”

The nurse says, “Zero.”

Mrs. Silver responds, “Right! And that’s exactly the chance of me telling you my age.”

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Good job!

You can’t run away from trouble.  There ain’t no place that far.

Uncle Remus

 

Recently we have seen our friends in the Eastern part of the United States go through some really tough times. Some have suffered the aftermath of an earthquake while millions of others have just survived a damaging hurricane. Unfortunately I heard some of those unaffected complain that the emergency preparedness actions triggered by the hurricane forecasts were way more than needed and never should have taken place. To me that is like saying my life insurance was a waste of money, I didn’t die. Almost up until the hurricane started north along the eastern seaboard it looked like the hurricane might very well hit the US as a category three storm, which would have caused catastrophic damage and undoubtedly even greater loss of life.

I am grateful that we prepared for what may very well have happened and I am even more grateful that it was not as bad as it might have been. I have real problems with people who depend on hindsight in order to pontificate and criticize after the fact. I am most proud of the people who responded so well to the plans that were implemented. It appears we have learned a lot from previous disasters, so good for us. I was especially impressed with the coordination of effort by all involved in the disaster management effort.

I hope I never need it but here are some disaster coping tools that I copied from one of the Coaching Team Newsletters for my use when necessary.

 

Ten Ways to Handle Adversity

We’ve all experienced difficult times in our work or home lives, often through events and circumstances outside our control. But like great trees, humans grow stronger when exposed to powerful winds. Here are 10 suggestions for dealing with the hard times when they happen.

1. Take responsibility. – Assume an “I can do something” attitude rather than pointing fingers. If nothing else, you can control your own response to the situation.

2. Limit the focus. – Don’t let the problem become all encompassing. When you compartmentalize the difficulty, you can focus on a workable solution.

3. Be optimistic. – The ultimate belief in life as positive, even with hard-times and troubles, will result in positive behaviors and positive actions.

4. Think creatively. – Approach the problem from new and different directions. Trust your creativity.

5. Have courage. – Having courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It means that you don’t let the fear get in the way of doing what you need to do.

6. Take action. – Handling the day-to-day details can keep you from getting bogged down in the mud of adversity. Determine what can be done, and do it.

7. Take the long-range view. – Remember that “this too shall pass.” Recount other times when you have overcome challenges.

8. Maintain a sense of humor. – Even in the darkest times, laughter can help ease the pain.

9. Get support. – No need to do it alone. Ask for help.

10. Don’t quit. – Persistence may be the greatest of human qualities that help us overcome adversity. Consider how water smoothes stones and wind sculpts cliffsides.

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I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.

Jewish Proverb

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A friend said: Our five-year-old son went to a church conference with my wife and me. He got restless, so my wife handed him a pad and pencil and suggested he mark down every time the speaker said the word “and.” After a while, he grew bored, and I asked,

“Would you like to listen for a different word?”

“Yes,” he whispered.  “I’d like to listen for ‘Amen’.”

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My neighbor has a circular driveway. He can’t get out.

Steven Wright

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A woman’s husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She thought for a moment and said, “This year I just want cold, hard cash for a change.”

The following day her husband fulfilled her request. He put $40 in nickels, dimes and quarters into a quart jar, then filled it with water and placed it in the freezer.

On her birthday he handed his wife a solidly frozen bottle of change.

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“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

Mark Twain

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Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.

One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognise my pick-up.”

The other replied indifferently, “What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts.”

The first deacon countered, “But God won’t tell my wife.”

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My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her…or something like that.

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A new man is brought into Prison Cell 102.

Already there is a long-time resident who looks 100 years old.

The new man looks at the old-timer inquiringly.

The old-timer says, “Look at me. I’m old and worn out. You’d never believe that I used to live the life of Riley. I wintered on the Riviera, had a  boat, four fine cars, the most beautiful women, and I ate in all the best  restaurants of France.”

The new man asked, “What happened?”

“One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!”

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If we are what we eat; I’m cheap, fast, and easy.

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Out to lunch one day, a couple immigrants were having a fine time until Hymie began to gag.

“I—I think I svallowed a bone,” Hymie gasped.

“Hymie,” said Morris, “are you choking?”

“No, demmit, I’m serious!”

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Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.

Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.

Author Unknown

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Pardon me, it is time for my nap

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

It has been great to get out this past week, I have been full of reasonable pep up to almost 10 AM and then I hear the siren song of my bed calling me home to nap. Unfortunately this has resulted in my missing one afternoon meeting as I never woke up to attend on Wednesday and then yesterday I had to cancel my participation in an important board meeting due to a combination of fatigue and temporary brain power loss. I have more tests and evaluations scheduled over the next three weeks I am depending on the process getting me back to where I was not that long ago. If that doesn’t work I am going to have to try to convince my wife to quit putting sleeping potion into my food.

One thing I have found over the last month or so is just how effective my relaxation techniques really are. I have even become so proficient in my ability to instantly relax (snooze), I can now sit, recline or lay down knowing that my relaxation skills will almost immediately take me to dreamland. I have been surprised to find how many of you hang out there; but don’t worry I promise I will never tell anyone about how you have behaved while there.

Of course my goal now is to relax less, exercise more and fulfill my obligations. For those of you who are not as prone to instant relaxation as I am I thought you might be interested in these helpful tips. I don’t know who wrote them but they sound good to me.

  • Take a Warm Bath − Soaking in a tub full of warm water can work wonders when you’re feeling stressed. The warm water relaxes you physically, loosening tight, stiff muscles. And, as a result, you relax mentally as well.
  • Read a Good Book − One of the best ways to deal with a stressful situation, especially if the stress is caused by something you have no control over, is to not think about it. And one of the easiest ways to get your mind off things that are bothering you is to read a good book.
  • Listen to Some Music − It’s a proven fact that soothing music can be relaxing. The type of music you choose is entirely up to you. Buy a CD or cassette featuring soft, modern ballads, gentle classics, smooth jazz, or New Age music. When you feel stressed, pop the music into the player and let the music carry you away.
  • Take a Deep Breath Something as simple as taking a couple of deep breaths can work wonders. So, the next time you feel stressed, take a few slow, deep breaths. And, if you can, add a full body stretch. Stretching and yawning are also relaxing.
  • Try Visualization − The next time you are feeling stressed, take a moment to close your eyes and imagine that you are somewhere more relaxing, like on a beach. Imagine that you can feel the cool breeze against your skin, and hear the ocean waves.
  • Spend Time Outdoors − Sunlight and fresh air have remarkable abilities to heal our spirit. Often something just as simple as taking a short walk around the block can help reset our priorities.

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If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

Doug Larson

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A man called the undertaker one afternoon and sobbed, “This is Mr. Magillicutty. I need you to bury my wife.”

“Mr. Magillicutty? Sidney Magillicutty?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Didn’t I bury your wife 10 years ago?” the undertaker asked.

“I got married again,” the man sobbed.

“Oh,” replied the undertaker. “Congratulations.”

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A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. I reckon, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, it because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.

Dorothea Kent

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The little boy greeted his grandmother with a hug and said, “I’m so happy to see you, Grandma. Now maybe Daddy will do the trick he has been promising us.”

The grandmother was curious. “What trick is that, dear?” she asked.

The little boy replied, “I heard Daddy tell Mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit us again!”

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“It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.”

James Thurber

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An elderly man was driving down the freeway, and the car phone rings. Answering, he found it was his son’s voice urgently warning, “I  just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on I-285.  Please! Be careful!”

“Hey!” said the senior citizen, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”

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I couldn’t remember when I had been so disappointed. Except perhaps the time I found out that M&Ms really do melt in your hand…

Peter Oakley

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The school of agriculture’s dean of admissions was interviewing a prospective student, “Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.

“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” the student replied.

“Your father made a million dollars in farming?” echoed the dean much impressed.

“No,” replied the applicant. “But he always dreamed of it.”

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“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.”

Oscar Wilde

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A boy, who was a witness in court, was asked by a lawyer: “Did anyone tell you what to say in court?”

“Yes, sir.”

“I thought so! Who was it?”

“My father, sir.”

“And what did he tell you?”

“He said the lawyers would try to get me all tangled up, but if I stuck to the truth, I would be all right.”

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“Statistics Means Never Having to Say you’re Certain”

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Barbara said, I returned to my parents’ home to attend a funeral. At the funeral my mother led me to a man who looked vaguely familiar.  “Barbara, remember Rabbi Green?” she asked as she left me in his company.

I frantically tried to place him, and suddenly it came to me. He must be the kind man who, five years earlier, had officiated at my grandmother’s funeral. “It’s good to see you again, Rabbi,” I said. “Though I wish it weren’t always under such tragic circumstances.  “The rabbi looked perplexed but uttered some words of consolation before he was called away. A few minutes later, I rejoined my mother.

“Imagine,” she whispered, “after all this time, to run into the rabbi who performed your wedding!”

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When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Eternal Youth

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Twain

I mentioned yesterday that I had the good fortune to see Tony Bennett in concert the other day and to say the least I was amazed by the show. His daughter, also a singer was the opening act and did a couple of duets with her dad. They were accompanied by a fantastic quartet, a pianist, a guitarist, a Bass player and a drummer; they were some of the finest instrumentalists I have ever heard. While we were in a large, world class concert hall they conveyed the feeling that we were part of an intimate lounge show.

What was amazing was Bennett himself, he is 85 years old and yet is still a world class performer. He still has the capacity to make the high notes and did an unbelievable job while performing many of the great songs from the past. The combination of his stage presence, his personality and his still wonderful singing ability made it one of the most memorable performances I have ever experienced. He also shared a number of memories of his earlier years and the many close friends he had in the business. There was a standing ovation that only slowed after about seven curtain calls.

I don’t know if he has sipped from the fountain of youth but I do know that he proved that there are many good years still out there if you choose to keep on living life to the fullest. Maybe that is one of the reasons that I seem to be getting back on track.

 

I recently found some tips on staying youthful that you might find interesting. Here they are:

As you age, there will be periods of both joy and stress. It’s important to build your resilience and find healthy ways to cope with challenges. This ability will help you make the most of the good times and keep your perspective when times are tough.

  • Focus on the things you’re grateful for. The longer you live, the more you lose. But as you lose people and things, life becomes even more precious. When you stop taking things for granted, you appreciate and enjoy what you have even more.
  • Acknowledge and express your feelings. You may have a hard time showing strong emotions, perhaps feeling that such a display is inappropriate and weak. But burying your feelings can lead to anger, resentment, and depression. Don’t deny what you’re going through. Find healthy ways to process your feelings, perhaps by talking with a close friend or writing in a journal.
  • Accept the things you can’t change. Many things in life are beyond our control. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems. Face your limitations with dignity and a healthy dose of humor.
  • Look for the silver lining. As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth. If your own poor choices contributed to a stressful situation, reflect on them and learn from your mistakes.
  • Take daily action to deal with life’s challenges. When challenges seem too big to handle, sweeping them under the carpet often appears easier. But ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away; it allows both the problem and your anxiety to build. Instead, take things one small step at a time. Even a small step can go a long way to boosting your confidence and reminding you that you are not powerless.

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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 vigour.  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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Sam Cohen, father of 3 and faithful husband for over 40 years, unexpectedly drops dead one day. His lawyer informs his widow that Stu Schwartz, Sam’s best friend since childhood, is to be executor of the will. The day comes to divide Sam’s earthly possessions, over a million dollars’ worth. In front of Sam’s family, Stu reads the will:

“Stu, if you’re reading this, then I must be dead. You’ve were such a good friend for so long, how can I ignore you in this will? On the other hand, there are my beloved Sophie and my children to be looked after. Stu, I know you can make sure my family is taken care of properly. So Stu, give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself.” Stu then looks at the survivors and tells them that, in accordance with Sam’s instructions, Stu will give fifty thousand dollars to Sam’s widow. The rest he is retaining for himself.

The family is beside itself. “This is impossible! Forty years of marriage and then *this*?!  It can’t be!” So the family sues. Their day in court arrives, and after testimony from both sides, the judge gives his

verdict: “To Stuart Schwartz, I award fifty thousand dollars of the contested money. The remainder shall go to Sophie Cohen, widow of the deceased.”

Needless to say, the family is elated, but Stu is dumbfound. “Your honor, how can you do this? The will made Sam’s wishes quite clear: ‘Give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself!’  I wanted the lion’s share! What gives?”

The judge answered back, “Mr. Schwartz, Sam Cohen knew you his whole life. He wanted to give you something in gratitude. He also wanted to see his family taken care of. So he drew up his will accordingly. But you misread his instructions. You see, Sam knew just what kind of a person you are, so with his family’s interest in mind, he didn’t say, “Give what you want to her and keep the rest for yourself.’  No. What Sam said was, “Give what YOU want to HER; and keep the rest for yourself.”

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Q: What do you instantly know when you see a well-dressed husband?

A: His wife is good at choosing his clothes.

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Stan was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents. When she rang the bell, Stan answered.

“I’d like to talk to your mother or father,” she said.

“Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

“Stan!” she said, “what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” he replied, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again!”

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When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing : either the car or his wife is new.

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Hi Mom. Can I leave the kids with you tonight?

You’re going out?

Yes.

With whom?

With a friend.

I don’t know why you left your husband. He is such a good man.

I didn’t leave him. He left me!

You let him leave you, and now you go out with anybody and nobody.

I do not go out with anybody. Can I bring over the kids?

I never left you to go out with anybody except your father.

There are lots of things that you did and I don’t.

What are you hinting at?

Nothing. I just want to know if I can bring the kids over tonight.

You’re going to stay the night with him? What will your husband say if he finds out?

My EX husband. I don’t think he would be bothered.  From the day he left me, he probably never slept alone!

So you’re going to sleep over at this loser’s place?

He’s not a loser.

A man who goes out with a divorced woman with children is a loser and a parasite.

I don’t want to argue. Should I bring over the kids or not?

Poor children with such a mother.

Such as what?

With no stability. No wonder your husband left you.

ENOUGH !!

Don’t scream at me. You probably scream at this loser too!

Now you’re worried about the loser?

Ah, so you see he’s a loser. I spotted him immediately.

Goodbye, mother.

Wait! Don’t hang up! When are you bringing them over?

I’m not bringing them over! I’m not going out!

If you never go out, how do you expect to meet anyone?

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Oh happy day!

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

Martin Luther

 

Sometimes it takes a little work to stay on the bright side. So far it looks like it might cost me almost $2000 not to cruise next month. Also to date it has cost me hundreds of dollars to find out what is not wrong with my health. And recently our life savings have shrunk a bunch as the stock market moves through the current turmoil, but that at least will keep me from purchasing too many additional cruises or trips for a while so I won’t have to pay not to do what I never bought in the first place.

But all is not lost, as you have heard me say in the past you can’t have mountains without valleys. While I still have a way to go I feel so much better than I did a week or so ago when I was in the valley and seemed to be digging a deeper hole. I’ll tell you this I am loving sticking my head out now and them these days and enjoying what I see. In fact last night I had the good fortune to listen to Tony Bennett sing at our new performing arts center.

I have again found that adversity rewards us by providing us greater appreciation for what we often overlook. In my experience it is always helpful to know and believe that tomorrow is another day and holds the promise that things may very well be better.

I enjoy the wonderful words of wisdom found in the following inspirational poem Promises to Yourself, first published by Christian D. Larson in 1912. Mr. Larson was a writer and a speaker who believed that with a positive attitude people can achieve more than they can imagine. In 1992, Optimist International adopted this creed it is frequently referenced as the Optimist Creed. I find that what he says is a great platform to follow even on the darkest days.

 

Promises to Yourself

Promise yourself….

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind;

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet;

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them;

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true;

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best;

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own;

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future;

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile;

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others;

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble;

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds;

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

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The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Sadie bumps into her friend Rachel at the mall.

“You’re looking very tired today, Rachel. Did you have a late night?”

“Yes,” replies Rachel, “but it was all very strange. While doing some gardening yesterday, I found a lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. He gave me a choice of two wishes.”

“Wow, fantastic,” says Sadie, “so what were the choices he gave you, Rachel?”

“He said he could either give me an excellent, sharp, 100% memory or else he could make my Harry the best lover in the world.”

“So tell me already, Rachel, what did you choose?”

“I can’t remember,” replies Rachel.

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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost

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I don’t remember who sent this to me but I want to go with them. – Ray

To Whom it May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year old again.

I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks. I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to play dodge ball at recess and paint with watercolors in art. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer’s day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible. Somewhere in our youth, we matured and learned too much. There are nuclear weapons, war, prejudice, and abused children. Lies, unhappy marriages, illness, pain, and death. A world where companies poison our water and our soil, and children kill.

What happened to the time when we thought that everyone would live forever, because we didn’t grasp the concept of death? When the worst thing in the world was if someone took the jump rope from you or picked you last for kickball. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to return to the days when children played hide-n-seek outside instead of being glued to a television, when video games were as harmless as Pac-Man…instead of spine-ripping, blood-splattering mind numbers like Mortal Combat, and TV still had some shows on that weren’t about sex, killing, and lies.

I remember being naive and thinking everyone was happy because I was. Afternoons were spent climbing trees and fences and riding my bike. I never worried about time, bills, or where I was going to find the money to fix my car. I used to wonder what I was going to do or be when I grew up, not worry about what I’ll do if this doesn’t work out. I want to live simple again.

I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones. I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So…. here’s my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, ’cause. . .     “Tag! You’re it.”

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Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious.

Virgil

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I am glad I know you!

“To be a friend a man should go more than halfway with his fellow men; he should greet others first and not wait to be greeted.”

Wilferd A. Peterson

During my recent period of medical challenges I realized the therapeutic value of many things we often take for granted. I again savored the medicinal properties of chicken soup, more than normal bed rest, old movies, frivolous reading and the like. But probably the most effective supplemental medicine has been the messages I received from friends.

I again appreciated just how important maintaining a friendship savings account can be. Friends truly enrich our lives, sure they provide warmth and good council but in my case they provide much more. Years ago when I was in the computer industry I loved visiting my hundreds of customers at their workplace for it gave me the opportunity to learn; I saw candy being made, autos being built, books being bound, multi-million dollar financial transactions being made and much more. I recently realized just how the people I meet offer me similar opportunities. I am sincerely interested in everyone I meet, what they like, what they have done, their hobbies, everything. Often, in just a short period of time we become more than just mere acquaintances and too a large extent I think it is because I am more interested in them than I am in promoting myself.

I found the story below that I think offers us the key to building true friendships, I like it well enough that I want to share it with you.

 

An Agreeable Friend

Author: William Lyon Phelps

When I was eight years old and was spending a weekend visiting my Aunt Libby at her home, a middle aged man called one evening and after a polite skirmish with my aunt, he devoted his attention to me.

At that time, I happened to be excited about boats; the visitor discussed the subject in a way that seemed to me particularly interesting.

After he left, I spoke of him with enthusiasm. “What a man! And how tremendously interested in boats!” My aunt informed me he was a New York businessman and that he cared nothing whatever about boats, took not the slightest interest in the subject.

“But why then did he talk all the time about boats?” “Because he is a gentleman. He saw you were interested in boats, and he talked about the things he knew would interest and please you. He made himself agreeable”. I never forgot my aunt’s remark.

 

I truly believe that when we care enough to take a real interest in the people we meet our lives are enhanced by the true friendships that often result.

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“My coat and I live comfortably together. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities , and is complacent to all my movements , and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing.”

Victor Hugo

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Robert calls home to his wife and says, “Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We’re leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas.”

His wife, Rhonda, thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.

Rhonda welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. Robert says, “Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?”

“I did,” Rhonda replies, “they were in your tackle box.”

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Patience is never more important than when you are at the edge of losing it.

O. A. Battista

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As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block. All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust. Suddenly, we realized why………we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them….

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It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.

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After a young couple brought their new baby home, the wife suggested that her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy,” he said, “I’ll do the next one.”

The next time came around and she asked again. The husband looked puzzled,

“Oh! I didn’t mean the next diaper. I meant the next baby!”

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Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

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A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the rest.

Strike while the …………………….bug is close.

It’s always darkest before………………Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of……….termites.

Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.

You can’t teach an old dog new…………..math.

If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.

Where there’s smoke there’s……………..pollution.

Happy the bride who……………………..gets all the presents.

A penny saved is…………………………not much.

Two’s company, three’s………………….the Musketeers.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and….you have to blow your nose.

There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.

If at first you don’t succeed…………….don’t skydive.

When the blind leadeth the blind………….get out of the way.

Better late than………………………pregnant!!!!

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“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; if I can ease one life the aching, or cool any pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”

Emily Dickinson

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Watch out, I am out, and about

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”

Gail Sheehy

Yippee, I got out over the weekend. Saturday I made the Farmers Market and bought a bag of sweet corn fresh from the field. I also picked up some farm made multigrain bread that was outstanding. But the highlight was a short visit with a chef friend where I regularly purchase some of her products; before I left she gave me a good size container of a special crab spread that has been a real treat. She is a reader of the Daily and one of the good things that happened to me this summer was connecting with her.

I also got some long delayed shopping done and even had dinner at a favorite restaurant. I’ll tell you I was ready after being grounded for so long.

There is more medical work to be done but at least I’m mobile. The heart plumbers and electricians have passed me on. My intestinal plumbing is functioning better than it has been and this afternoon I will see the air handler docs to see if my problems are lung related. We are at the point where we need to see about following the doc’s advice and cancelling our cruise scheduled for next month. It is on the largest ship afloat and requires a lot of walking which I cannot do these days without pain and breathing problems so it would be more of a burden than I am willing to deal with. Of course watching my savings plunge with the market has not been the best therapy either.

Don’t get me wrong we are making progress and I am confident the improvements will continue. You are probably tired of all my status reports so I’ll stop and limit the news to positive results.

Here is a poem by Catherine Pulsifer that I especially like and I hope that we all do our best to always make the positive choices

 

Today You Can

 

Today you can choose to count your blessings or you can count your troubles.

Today you can live each moment or you can put in time.

Today you can take action towards your goals or you can procrastinate.

Today you can plan for the future or you can regret the past.

Today you can learn one new thing or you can stay the same.

Today you can seek possibilities or you can overwhelm yourself with the impossible.

Today you can continue to move forward or you can quit.

Today you can take steps towards resolving your challenges or you can procrastinate.

You see today the choices are up to you in deciding what you do today.

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“Positive things happen to positive people.”

Sarah Beeny

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A young Jewish boy starts attending public school in a small town. The teacher of the one-room school decides to use her position to try to influence the new student. She asks the class, “Who was the greatest man that ever lived?”

A girl raises her hand and says, “I think George Washington was the greatest man that ever lived because he is the Father of our country.”

The teacher replies, “Well…that’s a good answer, but that’s not the answer I am looking for.”

Another young student raises his hand and says, “I think Abraham Lincoln was the greatest man that lived because he freed the slaves and helped end the civil war.” … “Well, that’s another good answer, but that is not the one I was looking for.”

Then the new Jewish boy raises his hand and says, “I think Jesus Christ was the greatest man that ever lived.” The teacher’s mouth drops open in astonishment. “Yes!” she says, “that’s the answer I was looking for.”

She then brings him up to the front of the classroom and gives him a lollipop.

Later, during recess, another Jewish boy approaches him as he is licking his lollipop. He says, “Why did you say, ‘Jesus Christ’?” The boy stops licking his lollipop and replies, “I know it’s Moses, and YOU know it’s Moses, but business is business.”

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Is the reason firemen always have Dalmatian dogs with them so that they can find the fire hydrants?

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Future Novelists… These are actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays

•           Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a thigh master.

•           His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

•           He spoke with wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

•           She grew on him like E. coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.

•           He was a tall as a six foot three inch tree.

•           The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge free ATM.

•           The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.

•           McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

•           From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7 pm instead of 7:30.

•           Long separated by cruel fate, the star crossed lovers raced across a grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

•           He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the east river.

•           The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil.  But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

•           “Oh, Jason, take me!” she panted, her breasts heaving like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night.

•           The Ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

•           She was as easy as the TV guide crossword.

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All the good ones, no matter what it is, are taken.

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A father asks his son, now aged 13, if he knows about the birds and the bees.

“I don’t want to know!” the child said, bursting into tears.

Confused, the father asked his son what was wrong.

“Oh dad,” he sobbed, “at age six I got the ‘there’s no Santa’ speech. At age seven I got the ‘there’s no Easter bunny’ speech. Then at age 8 you hit me with the ‘there’s no tooth fairy’ speech! If you’re going to tell me now that grown-ups don’t really have sex, I’ve got nothing left to live for!

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An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.”

Sir Winston Churchill

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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