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Archive for January, 2012

Ray has left the building

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”

Dale Carnegie

 

Well my friends it is that time again, the combination of special assignments and providing the Daily staff time to recharge requires us to suspend the daily until Monday January 23rd. I fully expect when we get back on stream we will find everyone well and happy. I am sure we will be.

These past weeks have been enlightening, interesting, sometimes challenging but also full of promise as I have met with so many that are laying the foundation for better days ahead. It always amazes me what a few willing and caring individuals can do. I am especially excited by those who are collaborating with others, both individuals and organizations in an effort to brighten the future. These are folks who are not concerned about turf or credit; they find their reward in accomplishment. As a friend and I chatted the other day we both realized that it is not important than anyone knows what we have contributed, we always know ourselves and can feel good about the fact we cared enough to do what we could.

Thank goodness that there are people who are not afraid to try and who often succeed through perseverance. These are the creators and innovators who make the breakthroughs that so often pull us out of the doldrums. What gives me great hope is that there are so many, people we may never hear about yet who do so much, we owe them our gratitude.

So to you my many windmill tilting friends, those who toil in the real world clearing the path for the rest of us, thanks. Keep up the good work while I am gone and I hope when I return you’ll let me help.

It is not always easy to do what needs to be done, fortunately like you there are many who never stop. Here is a poem that tells what I mean.

 

Don’t Quit

by: Unknown Author

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.

When care is pressing you down a bit.

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns

As every one of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out:

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell how close you are.

It may be near when it seems so far:

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

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More things to remember:

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

Eat a live toad in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don’t have a leg to stand on.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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“I belong to Bridegrooms Anonymous. Whenever I feel like getting married, they send over a lady in a housecoat and hair curlers to burn my toast for me.”

Dick Martin

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My friend’s sister was to be married on short notice but still wanted an elaborate wedding. The invitations were ready to be mailed when someone noticed that there were no inserted cards inviting guests to the reception. Undaunted, the mother of the bride typed up a note, made 280 copies and enclosed one with each formal invitation. Family and friends were surprised to read: “Conception immediately following the ceremony in the grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn.” Everyone is invited.”

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The reason so few people are successful is no one has yet found a way for someone to sit down and slide uphill.

W. Clement Stone

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A manager was told by his doctor to take up some sport for exercise so he decided to play tennis.   After a couple of weeks his secretary asked him how he was doing.

“It’s going fine”, the manager said, “When I’m on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand!  To the net!  Smash!  Go back!”

“Really?  What happens then?”, the girl asked enthusiastically.

“Then my body says, ‘Who?  Me?  Don’t talk nonsense!'”

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“Dear IRS: I would like to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list…”

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Two guys had businesses on the same street. One had customers coming and going and the other, well, maybe two or three a day. Finally, Morris, whose business was doing badly, decided to visit Shapiro, who was doing very well. Going in the door, he saw a large banner over the entrance which read: “GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE.”

Morris wanted to know why Shapiro was going out of business, since he seemed to be doing so well. Shapiro confided, “That sign has been in my window for almost eight months. If I took it down, I would go out of business.”

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(NEWLYWEDS) ‘Dear, don’t expect the first few meals to be great. It takes time to find the right restaurant.’

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“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees.

“Yes, sir,” the new recruit replied.

“Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”

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“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”

John D. Rockefeller

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

The future can be bright with our help

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”

Seneca

 

I had a great lunch meeting yesterday with the head of an organization whose members have the potential to lead our city and environs into a brilliant future through their ability to turn promise into reality. While so many of us limit ourselves to seeing only today’s world my friend is a visionary who is creating a vision of our community as it can exist in the future. The great thing she is that she sees the future based on what might be rather than on a continuance of the status quo.

The dream she is formulating requires an understanding of what it will take to assure the best for all of us. She is special because she is not only skilled at defining what we might aspire to become but because she also has the leadership and implementation skills that make me confident that she will develop the vision and acquire the leaders needed to take us to a bright tomorrow.

What excites me about her effort is that she sees our lives being enriched not only by our jobs and our environment but by having lives that include a vibrant social community that provides us all a lifelong access to the arts, learning experiences, volunteer opportunities and a place where we all have a chance to participate.

My friend brings to the table an unwillingness to be dissuaded by the naysayers. She has the optimism, tactical skills and experience that allow me to believe that she and others like her will prevail. But they will need help, help from people like you and me, for the future can be bright but only if we invest in what it can be. It means that we must learn to civilly work together for our common good and not slip into to the corrosive and destructive behavior we see from our elected representatives, for all that does is assure that nothing will be done with the result that the legacy we leave for our children is only a dream that we allowed to slip away.

Please don’t turn tomorrow over to others. Share the dream and then let’s all pitch in and lay the foundation upon which we can construct a glorious legacy for all to enjoy.

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“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”

Ralph Lauren

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A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer and a sandwich.

The bartender looks at him and says, “But you’re a duck.”

“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.

“And you talk!” exclaims the bartender.

“I see your ears are working,” says the duck, “Now can I have my beer and my sandwich, please?”

“Certainly,” says the bartender, “sorry about that, it’s just we don’t get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing round this way?”

“I’m working on the building site across the road,” explains the duck.

So the duck drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, pays and leaves. This continues for 2 weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringleader of the circus comes into the pub and the bartender tells him about the incredible talking duck.

“Marvelous!” says the ringleader, “get him to come see me.”

So the next day, the duck comes into the pub. The bartender says, “Hey, Mr Duck, I lined you up with a top job paying really good money!”

“Yeah?” says the duck, “Sounds great, where is it?”

“At the circus” says the bartender.

“The circus?” the duck enquires.

“That’s right,” replies the bartender.

“The circus? That place with the big tent? With all the animals? With the big canvas roof with the hole in the middle?” asks the duck.

“That’s right!” says the bartender.

The duck looks confused and asks: “What do they want with a plasterer?”

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Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

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Recently in Traffic Court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there.

The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.

The Judge then said, “Good.  When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $57. Next…”

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I love giving homemade gifts. Which of my children would you like?

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The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Mexicans east a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty food and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or            Americans

Conclusion:  Eat, drink and be merry.  Speaking English is what kills

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Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.

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“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

Jack Handy

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Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

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The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.

Father1:  Whew! It’s getting rather warm in here, isn’t it?

Father2:  Shall I open the window?

Father1:  No, that’s alright. I’ll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.

Father2:  Hey, that’s a good idea. Why don’t we include that in the constitution?

Father1:  What? That we’re allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?

Father2:  Yeah, but that doesn’t sound very smooth. How about “Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?”

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“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”

James Allen

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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.

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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It’s gonna be a great day!

Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours

Tom Hopkins

 

Yippee! I am up and soon will be about and it will be a great day. It may not seem so great to others but it will to me. I doubt that it will include anything earth shattering but it will be filled with positive experiences and actions. I know this already because pretty much all my days are like that.

For years I suspected that my life was as good as it was because I was lucky and so much more fortunate than most. It was not until; later in life that I learned that it is how I see things more than just being the beneficiary of dumb luck. Each day is filled with choices we can make if we realize that so much of what happens depends on what we see and how we chose to act. Actually if we wait for good fortune to land in our laps we will probably live lackluster lives missing most of what it has to offer. While if we look for and find the positive aspects of what we encounter each day we soon discover that there are many good things we overlook. We miss them because we expect to be disappointed, have a negative attitude, or lack the ability to care enough to look. I feel sorry for those who have chosen not to see

Today I will run into strangers and will enjoy their smiles. I will spend time with a new friend and find joy in her accomplishments. I’ll catch up on some things that have lain dormant the last few days as I slept through my illness. Yes, it will be a good day, you know why I know? It is because I chose it to be one. Here is something I found from an unknown author who knows what I mean. Why not chose to make your day as good as mine is going to be?

 

I have a choice about today

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today and I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

  • Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
  • Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
  • Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
  • Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
  • Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
  • Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.
  • Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.
  • Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
  • Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can appreciate that I have a place to call home.
  • Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a GREAT DAY … unless you have other plans and please remember, a ‘Smile’ will make the days go better

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Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will

Zig Ziglar

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A young Technician and his General Manager board a train headed through the mountains on its way to Wichita. They can find no place to sit except for two seats right across the aisle from a young woman and her grandmother. After a while, it is obvious that the young woman and the young tech are interested in each because they are giving each other “looks.” Soon the train passes into a tunnel and it is pitch black. There is a sound of the smack of a kiss followed by the sound of the smack of a slap.

When the train emerges from the tunnel, the four sit there without saying a word. The grandmother is thinking to herself: “It was very brash for that young man to kiss my granddaughter, but I’m glad she slapped him.”

The General manager is setting there thinking: “I didn’t know the young tech was brave enough to kiss the girl, but I sure wish she hadn’t missed him when she slapped and hit me!”

The young woman was sitting and thinking: “I’m glad the guy kissed me, but I wish my grandmother had not slapped him!”

The young tech sat there with a satisfied smile on his face. He thought to himself: “Life at Boeing

is good. How often does a guy have the chance to kiss a beautiful girl and slap his General manager all at the same time!!!!!

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“Men expect too much, do too little.”

Allen Tate

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All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the minister smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.

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“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”

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Two storks are sitting in their nest: a father stork and baby stork. Baby stork is crying and crying and father stork is trying to calm him.

“Don’t worry, son. Your mother will come back.

She’s only bringing people babies and making them happy.”

The next night, it’s father’s turn to do the job. Mother and son are sitting in the nest, son is crying, and mother is saying “Son, your father will be back as soon as possible, but now he’s bringing joy to new mommies and daddies.”

A few days later, the stork parents are desperate: their son is absent from the nest all night! Shortly before dawn, he returns and the parents ask him where he’s been all night.

Says the baby stork, “Nowhere…just scaring the heck out of some college students!”

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“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”

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He said, not long ago I shared my New Year’s resolutions with you. Shortly after that I got my Brother-in-laws list.

To be awake more than asleep

To remember the names of my Kid’s and Grandkid’s

To see my family… more often than my Doctor

To learn a new game besides Bingo

Not to say “In my day…”

To spend more time on the computer than the toilet

To learn to pronounce the names of each blasted pill I have to take

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We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us … how we can take it, what we can do with it … and that is what really counts in the end

Joseph Fort Newton

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I hear music!

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

 

After spending five days homebound with a severe cold I am about to break out. Tomorrow morning I will cure my cabin fever by having breakfast with someone truly interesting, the archivist of what I believe to be Americas best repository of popular music that includes thousands of pieces of sheet music, old recordings, memorabilia and books covering 20th Century’s great American popular music. I have yet to leave the music of the past and have a streaming radio next to my bed where I dose off each night to the music I love.

My friend has the responsibility of cataloging and managing this huge and growing collection of something of great value. If you would like to know about the collection and Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Foundation you can do so at http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/Great-American-Songbook-Inititative.aspx. Here in part is a description of what is included in its collections.

 

The “Great American Songbook”, sometimes referred to as “American Standards”, is the uniquely American collection of popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent from the 1920s to 1960s. Familiar composers include George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers. Singers include Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and so many others.

This timeless music offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, built morale during two world wars, helped build social bridges within our culture, and whistled beside us during economic growth. We defended our country, raised families, and built a nation to these songs.

The songwriters of the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the soundtrack of American life. These values are as true and applicable today as they ever have been. Through our work, we hope to educate today’s youth about the relevance of the Great American Songbook and its connection to current popular music

 

All I can say is what a great way to start the rest of my feel-good breakout activities, breakfast with someone with a fascinating job who lives amongst the memories of the good times and bad times of the past. Much of my lifetime was lived in a more audio world without TV, we found warmth, solace and comfort in music that provided hope during some of the most difficult periods of the 20th century. I am glad that Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and their contemporaries have left behind their music that continues to brighten my life as time marches on.

By the way, one of the great byproducts of doing the Daily every day is what I often find along the way. Today I struck gold, if you are like I am and love the music of the past you have got to visit http://songbook1.wordpress.com/, the music of the past at your fingertips, what a great gift.

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True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.

George Gershwin

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Flying Rules

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.

4. It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.

6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

8. A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.

10. You know you’ve landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.

13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you’ve made.

15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

17. Helicopters can’t fly; they’re just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that’s going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.

21. It’s always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.

22. Keep looking around. There’s always something you’ve missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law. And it’s not subject to repeal.

24. The four most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, gas back at the airport, and a tenth of a second ago.

25. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.

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“The healthiest people are often those who laugh at themselves. No wonder, laughter is the best medicine.”

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A medieval astrologer prophesied to a king that his favorite mistress would soon die.  Sure enough, the woman died a short time later.  The king was outraged at the astrologer, certain that his prophecy had brought about the woman’s death.  He summoned the astrologer and commanded him: “Tell me when you will die!”

The astrologer realized that the king was planning to kill him immediately, no matter what answer he gave.  “I do not know when I will die,” he answered finally.  “I only know that whenever I die, the king will die three days later….”

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Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.

Albert Schweitzer

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Why are the clocks so slow?

“If a doctor treats your cold, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks.”

Gloria Silverstein

 

It has been an interesting 24 hours. When I started my day yesterday I felt like I was well on my way to recovering from what I thought was a pretty severe cold. Was I wrong! I was at an important midmorning meeting and proceeded to go downhill fast. By the time I got home I was coughing, sneezing, wheezing, aching, leaking and god only knows what else. I hardly made it to bed where my symptoms continued until I thought I had cracked some ribs with all the coughing. Sleep was illusive, anytime I dosed I was aroused by the need to breathe. I soon learned what a severe cold felt like.

I have been in bed off and on ever since. Fortunately my Cardiac Rehab Therapists declared me a public health hazard and barred me from attending today’s session. They also suggested that since our city had so many people involved in pre-Super Bowl activities that it was my civic duty to hibernate and not infect the citizens of our fair city. I did make one scientific discovery though; it was not until yesterday that I realized that all my clocks slowdown in direct proportion to the depth of my physical agony.

The good news is that it seems like my recovery is in process when I crawled to my computer to do the Daily. Unfortunately I have been barred from attending one of my favorite Granddaughters 17th birthday tonight. and I regret that but I should be ready for critical short breakfast meeting in the morning. Oh yes, I also realize that this episode will make anything that happens in the near future seem so much better than it might really be.

In my search for relief I researched my options, while I know what I found it is worth remembering, here is the results of my search.

 

The Cold Hard Facts:

•   The symptoms for a common cold are runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throats and watery eyes. The symptoms for a common flu include a fever, headache, muscles aches, and congestion.

•   The common cold causes more time off from work and school than any other illness.

•   Unfortunately, 79% of men and 84% of women don’t feel they can take time off for colds and flu.

•   Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a cold or flu.

•   Germs can survive for up to 3 hours outside of the nasal passage.

•   The first few days of having a cold are the most contagious.

•   The flu is the most infectious disease in the world.

•   Antibiotics cannot treat a cold or flu virus.

•   There is no cure the common cold. Why? Because there are more than 200 different viruses that can result in a cold.

•   Colds are more common during seasonal changes when humidity is low.

•   It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes closed.

•   A sneeze can travel over 100 miles per hour.

In light of the above it might be wise if you stay more than 100 miles and an hour away from me for the balance of the day.

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When an illness knocks you on your ass, you should stay down and relax for a while before trying to get back up.

Candea Core-Starke

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Being somewhat senile I can’t remember if I sent this to you before.

THE SENILITY PRAYER

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Now that I’m ‘older’ (but I refuse to grow up), here’s what I’ve discovered:

ONE- I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

TWO- My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

THREE- I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.

FOUR- Funny, I don’t remember being absent minded…

FIVE- All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.

SIX- If all is not lost, where is it?

SEVEN- It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

EIGHT- Some days you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant.

NINE- I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few…

TEN- Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

ELEVEN- Accidents in the back seat cause…kids.

TWELVE- It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

THIRTEEN- Only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.

FOURTEEN- If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

FIFTEEN- When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

SIXTEEN- It’s not hard to meet expenses… they’re everywhere.

SEVENTEEN- The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

EIGHTEEN- These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter…I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.

NINETEEN- UNABLE TO REMEMBER IF I HAVE MAILED THIS TO YOU OR NOT AND DOUBT IF YOU CAN EITHER. I forgot I already told you that.

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“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”

W.E. Hickson

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Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different color hair than the other family members. One child suggested that he was adopted and a little girl said, “I know all about adoptions because I was adopted.” “What does it mean to be adopted?” asked another child. “It means,” said the girl, “that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy.”

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Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

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“It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I will!

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I thought it might be a good time to revisit our New Year’s resolutions that I hope are still unbroken. When I read the Wilcox quote above the first thing that went through my mind was “that’s easy for her to say,” but it is not always easy to do. Once I caught myself rationalizing possible failure I shifted to accepting the challenge. Bottom line is resolutions are not of much value if we don’t sustain the resolve needed to achieve them. My challenge always is to not let road blocks and setbacks turn into excuses that allow me to back off of what needs to be done. In my case that is not always an easy task.

So the choice we each get to make is to let what we need to do slip away through inaction or reap the benefits that come from disciplined behavior. Steve Brunkhorst offers the following reinforcement and I think he is on target.

 

Strengthening Resolve

 

Resolve is firmness of one’s purpose. It is founded on earnest decision and backed by commitment. Here are five thoughts about strengthening resolve…

1. A clear vision of one’s future held consistently in mind will help to build and maintain resolve. The person keeps illuminating the outcome with a laser-sharp focus.

2. A strong resolve is continually nourished by gathering new information and knowledge. Fear and insufficient information can create real and imaginary obstacles. Continuous learning can expose and prevent them.

3. Action, especially thought-action, increases resolve because it can result in small successes and new discoveries, which enhance the dream or bring it closer more quickly.

4. Resolve remains strong when dreams are aligned with one’s core values. Small successes can clarify or strengthen one’s sense of perseverance, thereby intensifying resolve.

5. Resolve can be strengthened through team work. It is magnified by trusting alliances with others who are willing to share the vision of future accomplishments.

Your vision may be attainable next week or seem years beyond the horizon. There is always that first stepping-stone to start you on the journey. Resolve to take that first step today. By infusing your thoughts with love, faith, and determination, you will build the tenacity needed to meet every obstacle with resolve.

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“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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It was the first day of school; many new teachers and even more new students, filled the building quickly. As the principal made his rounds to check in on each class, he heard a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms down the hall. He quickly rushed down the corridor, opened the door where he heard the noise coming from, & walked in. Right away he spotted one boy, taller than the others, who seemed to be making the most noise.  Despite the boy’s reluctance to move, the principal seized the lad, dragged him to the hall, and told him to wait there until he was excused. No and’s, if’s, or but’s about it! Returning to the classroom, the principal restored order and then proceeded to lecture the class for half an hour about the importance of good behavior.

“Now,” he said,” are there any questions before I leave?”

“One girl stood up timidly.  “Please sir,” she asked, “May we have our teacher back?”

“Well, I don’t see why not.”  Looking around the class, he says, “And…just…. where… exactly… is your teacher?”

“He’s the one out in the hall, sir.”

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I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

Franklin P. Adams

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This speaks a lot about the quality of Japanese products and their standards:

They’re still laughing about this at IBM.  Apparently the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project.  In the specifications, they stated that they will only accept three defective parts per 10,000.

When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter.  It said, “We Japanese had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment.  Hope this pleases you.”

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Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

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Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city.

One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?”

“Two days ago.”

“Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over.

In May, he’ll be an engineer.”

“What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”

“At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”

“No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”

“He’s taking every penny I make.”

“Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”

“He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”

“Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”

“Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”

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Don’t borrow trouble.  Be patient and you’ll soon have some of your own.

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A stockbroker was cold calling about a penny stock and found a taker. “I think this one will really move,” said the broker. “It’s only $1 a share.”

“Buy me 1,000 shares,” said the client.

The next day the stock was at $2. The client called the broker and said, “You were right. Give me 5,000 more shares.”

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $4.

The client ran to the phone and called the broker, “Get me 10,000 more shares.”

“Great!” said the broker.

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $9.

Seeing what a great profit he had in just a few days, the client ran to the phone and told the broker, “Sell all my shares!”

The broker asked, “To who? You were the only one buying that stock.”

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“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

Abraham Lincoln

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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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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