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Kindness Pays

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Seneca

 

I just got back from my first Cardiac Rehabilitation session since my going down with a cold last week. I did better than the staff and I thought I could but I am worn out and a little brain dead. I have to leave again pretty soon for a lunch meeting with the head of our cities leading leadership organizations. Rather than mess up you again are going to be taken back to yesteryear via a previously published Daily. Have fun today!

Ray’s Daily first published on January 11, 2005

“The Wise Woman’s Stone,” Author Unknown

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

 

I think “Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone,” is the kind of question we should stop and ask more often. Some of us don’t even notice the good works of others, many take them for granted, and there are even some who ridicule those that don’t put themselves above everyone else. Just think how great it must be to be able to unselfishly give to others without thought. Especially when we have so much we can give. We can give our time, we can give our friendship, we can give our understanding, and we can give our hearts. It is those who are open to others without malice, self-interest, or hidden agendas that go through life reaping the rewards that come from caring for others no matter who they might be. Most will never know about your kindnesses, but you will. In my estimation it is not wealth, title or prestige that is the true measure of man or woman, it is ones kindness and unselfish caring for others that matters.

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

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There was a feud between the Pastor and the Choir Director of The Hicksville Southern Baptist Church.

It seems the first hint of trouble came when the Pastor preached on “dedicating yourselves to service” and the Choir Director chose to sing: “I Shall Not Be Moved.”

Trying to believe it was a coincidence, the Pastor put the incident behind him. The next Sunday he preached on “giving.”  Afterwards, the choir squirmed as the director led them in the hymn: “Jesus Paid It All.”

By this time, the Pastor was losing his temper. Sunday Morning attendance swelled as the tension between the two built. A large crowd showed up the next week to hear his sermon on “The sins of Gossiping.” Would you believe the Choir Director selected: “I Love To Tell The Story?”

There was no turning back. The following Sunday the Pastor told the congregation that unless something changed, he was considering resignation. The entire church gasped when the Choir Director led them in: “Why Not Tonight?”

Truthfully, no one was surprised when the Pastor resigned a week later, explaining that Jesus had led him there and Jesus was leading him away. The Choir Director could not resist: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

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“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.”

Roy M. Goodman

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The School for the Deaf had just graduated it’s newest class of 21 year-olds.  As a celebration, they all went out to a bar for drinks. They all sat down at the bar and began to sign their orders to the bartender, who was looking at them puzzled.  He looked at the teacher and said, “I don’t know sign language!  What are they askin’ for?”

The teacher replied, “Just give em what you think is good.  Don’t give em too much, because this is the first time they’ve ever been drinking. Just use your judgment.”  The teacher got a drink and went downstairs with the other teacher, leaving the students at the bar.

An hour later, the teachers come upstairs, running to the screams of the bartender.  He was backed against the wall pointing at the students and screaming.  The students were moaning loudly and waving their arms all over the place.  “What the hell are they doing now???” the bartender asked.

The teacher observed for a moment.  “Ach! I told you not to give them too much to drink!!  You got them drunk, and now they’re singing!”

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She said: Men are like animals messy, insensitive and potentially violent, but occasionally make great pets. She also said: If a man appears sexy, caring and smart give him a day or two, He’ll be back to his usual self.

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Her “Helpful Tips To Make Life Simpler”

Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don’t know.

Fool other drivers into thinking you have an expensive car phone by holding an old TV or video remote control up to your ear and occasionally swerving across the road and mounting the curb.

Lose weight quickly by eating raw pork and rancid tuna. I found that the subsequent food poisoning/diarrhea enabled me to lose 12 pounds in only 2 days.

Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.

No time for a bath? Wrap yourself in masking tape and remove the dirt by simply peeling it off.

Apply red nail polish to your nails before clipping them. The red nails will be much easier to spot on your bathroom carpet. (Unless you have a red carpet, in which case a contrasting polish should be selected).

If a person is choking on an ice cube, don’t panic. Simply pour a jug of boiling water down their throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed.

Save on booze by drinking cold tea instead of whiskey. The following morning you can create the effects of hangover by drinking a thimble full of dish washing liquid and banging your head repeatedly on the wall.

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I told my wife I feel old, fat, bald, useless, and stupid. She said, “Don’t be silly you re not old.”

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Young Larry stopped by the corner grocery store and read the following list to the clerk: 10 pounds sugar at $1.25 a pound 4 pounds coffee at $1.50 a pound 2 pounds butter at $1.10 a pound 2 bars soap at $.83 each “How much does that come to?” asked Larry. “Twenty-two dollars and thirty-six cents.” “If I gave you three ten dollar bills, how much change would I get?” said the boy. “Seven dollars and sixty-four cents,” stated the clerk who appeared to be irritated by all the questions.

Larry said, as he disappeared through the door, “I don’t want to buy anything…that’s our arithmetic lesson for tomorrow, and I needed some help with it.”

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Want a little peace and quiet around your house??? Buy a phoneless cord.

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He said: I was teaching my 6-year-old daughter how to unbuckle her seat belt. She asked, “Do I click the square?”

I said, “Yes.”

She asked me, “Single click or double click?”

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After harvesting the usual bumper crop of squash last year, I took a half-dozen to the office.  I piled them on the table in the break room and posted a sign advertising them as free.

The next day I noticed an addition to my sign.  Below “Free Zucchini,” someone had written, “Save the whales.”

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If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.

Loretta Girzartis

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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.

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