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Archive for February, 2012

What do you think?

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.

John F. Kennedy

 

Hi all, it is another one of those days for me. Last night I attended a reception held by one of my favorite professional theatre groups, The Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) where they announced the shows they will produce next season. If you live in Central Indiana do yourself a favor and go to http://www.actorstheatreofindiana.org/currentseason.php?DOC_INST=6 and signup to see their current production of Godspell. I saw the show last Sunday and I thought it was great. The studio theater where it is performed provides a unique intimate connection between the audience and the performers and in this case the results added a new and powerful dimension to the show. That was due in no small part to an outstanding cast that were allowed by the Los Angeles based director to add amazing strength to the performance by their facial expressions and gestures. So my friends give yourself the gift of a morality refresher course while having a memorable evening in the theatre.

Today I am off to exercise and then meeting with the Indiana Humanities Commission to see how we can spread some enrichment opportunities to our seniors. I am excited by the chance we have to bring some new cultural experiences to folks who always want to learn more.

With that being said I now have run out of time so here is what I published on February 15, 2005

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The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued: “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about Teachers: “Those who can…do. Those who can’t, teach.”

To corroborate, he said to another guest: “You’re a teacher, Susan. Be honest. What do you make?”

Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, “You want to know what I make? “I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.” “I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the student did not do his or her very best.” “I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence.” “I can make parents tremble in fear when I call home”

You want to know what I make?” “I make kids wonder.” “I make them question.” “I make them criticize.” “I make them apologize and mean it.” “I make them write.” “I make them read, read, read.” “I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, and definitely beautiful over and over and over again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again.” “I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on their final drafts in English.”

“I make them understand that if you have the brains, then follow your heart…and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you pay them no attention.” You want to know what I make?” “I make a difference.”

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When I first read this I thought of the many times my youngest daughter bought hundreds of dollars worth of supplies for the classroom where she taught. I remembered how teachers have told me how angry parents get with the teacher if a child needs help and how they view the schools primary purpose is to be custodians and baby sitters. I thought about how so many of my generation have failed to support investing in education, ignoring the fact that these students will control their world tomorrow. I thought about how we have cut physical and health education at the very time there is an epidemic of childhood obesity in order to save money. We seem to be willing to pay billions later to support a population suffering from diabetes and heart disease, rather than spend little now.

I worry about children who are only exposed to reading, writing, and arithmetic, who are expert at passing tests, but miss the joy that can come from the art, music, literature, and the beauty of life.

The other day I was waited on by a middle school English teacher who had to work at the restaurant to make ends meet. Her goal is to be able to teach high school English Literature someday if only she can find a place to do it. I hope for the sake of those she would teach that she has the opportunity to use her gifts.

Our futures, yours and mine, are in the hands of these teachers of the next generation of citizens. Many make great personal sacrifices in order to do what they do, they deserve better. At a minimum they deserve our respect, gratitude, and most of all our support. So to those of you who are teachers, thanks for all you do, you may not hear it often but many do care.

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We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.

Robert H. Shaffer

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Asked by his third-grade teacher to spell “straight.” The boy did so correctly.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

“Without water.”

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett

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Rabbi Bloom caught two of his rabbinical students gambling and drinking on Sabbath. Next day, Rabbi Bloom called them into his office and asked them what was going on. They immediately confessed to having given in to weakness and agreed that they deserved some form of punishment for their sin. Rabbi Bloom thought a lot about this and then came up with the answer. He bought two bags of dried peas from the delicatessen and told them, “Put these in your shoes and walk on them for a week to remind yourselves how hard life can be when you turn away from God.”

A few days later, the two students met each other in the street.  One had a pronounced limp and had dark circles under his eyes.  He looked very tired and weary.  On the other hand, the other was the same as he had been before. “Hey,” said the first.  “How is it that you are walking so easily? Didn’t you do as the Rabbi asked and put the peas in your shoes?”

“I did,” said the other.

“But I boiled mine first.”

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We’ve all heard “Laughter is the best medicine.”

Lately I’m not so sure. If that were really true, wouldn’t the medical profession have found a way by now to charge us for it?

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A man decides to take the opportunity while his wife is away to paint the toilet seat. The wife comes home sooner than expected, sits, and gets the seat stuck to her rear. She is understandably distraught about this and asks her husband to drive her to the doctor. She puts on a large overcoat so as to cover the stuck seat, and they go. When they get to the doctor’s, the man lifts his wife’s coat to show their predicament. The man asks, “Doctor, have you ever seen anything like this before?” “Well, yes,” the doctor replies, “but not framed like that.”

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Happy Valentine’s Day and every other day too!

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself

George Bernard Shaw

I had coffee with a friend yesterday morning that recently left her job. What I liked about our conversation was hearing that she viewed her leaving as a great opportunity to invest her time over the next few months to learning more about herself while cataloging her likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses in order to lay the foundation for a happy future.

My friend is at a midlife point and rather than view it as a crisis she looks at it as an opportunity for a new beginning. She wisely is planning not on a new career but rather on a balanced life that includes a new career as well as time for friends, family, service to others and participation in the things in life we so often miss. It may sound easy but in my experience the process requires patience, honest self-evaluation, research and a strong dose of realistic optimism, but boy is it worth it. Over the years I have spent many hours with folks in a similar situation and when they built their new life the results were fantastic. It is almost as if they had banked unused happiness that spilled out as soon as they found the right niche for themselves.

Some time ago Gretchen Rubin sent me a piece she had written as part of her Happiness Project. It was her sharing of something she found on how you can turn your resolutions into accomplishments. There are too many to list them all but here are some I really like, one or more can provide substantial personal enrichment.

 

Ray’s “Enjoy Life” List

  • Discover new places
  • Eat something new that you never otherwise would have tried
  • Go to a multi-cultural group or event.
  • Every day, pick something you believe strongly, and think about how you might be wrong.
  • Meet one new person each day by approaching them
  • Encounter someone by themselves and by being friendly, include them in your group
  • Think of the wisest person you know. Try to live each day as that person would live.
  • Notice your thoughts about stopping a task, and ignore them. Focus on the task at hand.
  • Go out of your way to become more involved in an organization you are already a part of
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast, to give yourself more energy during the day.
  • Do a random act of kindness every day (a simple, small favor). Make it anonymous if possible.
  • Be a listening ear to a friend. Ask them how their day was and actually listen to the answer.
  • Notice when you treat someone based on a stereotype or pre-conception; resolve not to do it again.
  • When something upsets you, attempt to block it out of your mind and instead focus on the good things in your life.
  • Every day, thank someone for something that you might otherwise take for granted.
  • Notice your negative thoughts. Counter them with positive thoughts.
  • Every day, make someone smile or laugh.

It seems to me that too many of us live our lives just reacting to whatever is happening at the moment. We become so used to responding in the same old way that we end up in the proverbial rut. It really does not have to be that way, some of the things listed above can be stepping stones that you can use as you climb out of the doldrums while building a happier life.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover

Mark Twain.

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Quotes from graveyard headstones:

I told you I was sick.

I’ve been down here all this time and all you can bring me is flowers?

Well, here I am.

I’d rather be sailing.

I can’t breath!

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I asked my psychiatrist if she thought I was crazy, she said “no”, so I let her up.

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He said:

Woman is a bundle of contradiction

She’s afraid of a wasp, Will scream at a mouse,

But will tackle her husband alone in the house.

She’ll take him for better, She’ll take him for worse

She’ll break open his head and then be his nurse.

But when he’s well and can get out of bed.

She’ll pick up the tea-pot and throw it at his head.

Beautiful, keen sighted and blind,

Crafty and cruel, simple and kind.

She’ll call him a king and then make him a clown.

Raise him on a pedestal, and then flatten him down.

She inspires him to deeds that ennoble man,

Or make him her lackey to carry her fan.

You fancy she’s is that, but she’s that

She plays like kitten and bites like cat

In the morning will she’ll sing,

But in the evening she’ll not

She always does the contrary to what she ought

Sour as vinegar, sweet as a rose

Kiss you one minute, then turn up her nose

She’ll win you in range, enchant you in silk

She is stronger than brandy, milder than milk

In fact revengeful, merry and sad, Hates you like poison,

But loves you like mad.

 

Happy Valentines day!

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The stockbroker’s secretary answered his phone one morning.  “I’m sorry,” she said, “Mr. Bradford’s on another line.”

“This is Mr. Ingram’s office,” the caller said.  “We’d like to know if he’s bullish or bearish right now.”

“He’s talking to his wife,” the secretary replied. “Right now I’d say he’s sheepish.”

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In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

Shing Xiong.

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Don’t let them upset you!

It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.

Zig Ziglar

 

I think I told you last week that I had been in a meeting with some smart people where we discussed a number of things. There were many areas of interest but all were centered on the human condition and how much control people exercise over their own lives. We talked about victimhood, everyday interpersonal conflicts, anger, societal polarization and as you can imagine even more.

As I listened to current solutions that while seeming to minimize the symptoms of discomfort and pain are often less than effective in eliminating the cause of so many peoples unhappiness. Too often it seems to me we feel we must alter the situation that creates the problem or find ways to convince others to change their behavior, when in reality we are better off in altering ourselves.

Most often we are victims because we think we are being mistreated or that we been stepped on. Some of us let an angry response lower us to the same level as those who have made us angry. In my mind the solution is maintaining a positive attitude. When you have the strength and self-image to rise above letting day to day events take you down your life changes. It is never a sign of weakness to rise above conflict where there are seldom any winners, rather it is a sign of strength. It is those who keep cooler heads who not only live happier lives, they also solve more problems, contribute more and are responsible for most of the good things around us.

Here is a piece that I got off the net that might help those who how would prefer harmony over perpetual unhappiness.

 

Develop your positive attitude!

Here are some ways to help you cultivate a positive attitude and ease in your life:

  • Listen to internal dialogue. Divide one or more sheets of paper into two columns and, for a few days, jot down in the left column all the negative thoughts that come into your head. Rewrite each thought in a positive way in the second column. Practice doing this in your mind until it becomes a habit. (For example, “I’ll never get this finished by the end of the day!” could become, “I will probably get most of this finished by the end of the day.”)
  • Learn to communicate. Not saying the things we feel can lead to a sense of frustration, hurt, anger or anxiety. If you find communicating difficult, or are afraid of arguments or bruised feelings, take a course in communicating effectively always having the intent of non-harm.
  • Get back to basics. Reconnect with old friends, take the dog for a walk, visit an art gallery or listen to your favorite music. Enjoy a long, relaxing bath, read a great book, tell your child a story, or ask an older relative to tell you one! The simplest things in life give us the most pleasure.
  • Help someone out. The simple act of helping others (humans, animals or Nature in general) helps us to feel joy. Pick up groceries for an aging neighbor, volunteer at your local hospital or read a book to someone with failing eyesight. If you are unsure of how to help out in your community, call your nearest volunteer center.
  • Find your spirituality. Research has shown that those who have developed their spirituality through associating with other spiritual individuals or having cooperative mindful beliefs live longer, more satisfying lives. The secret is practicing those beliefs, either through organized worship, or simple meditation (openness) in a quiet place.

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“A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

Patricia Neal

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IF GOD HAD VOICE MAIL

Most of us have learned to live with “voice mail” as now a necessary part of our daily lives.  But have you ever wondered what it would be like if God decided to install ” voice mail”?

Imagine praying and hearing the following:

Thank you for calling Heaven. Please select one of the following options:

Press 1 for Requests

Press 2 for Thanksgiving

Press 3 for Complaints

Press 4 for all other inquiries

I am sorry, all of our angels and saints are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and we will answer it in the order it was received. Please stay on the line.

If you would like to speak to:

God, press 1

For Jesus, press 2

For the Holy Spirit, press 3

If you would like to hear King David sing a Psalm while you are holding, press 4.

To find a loved one that has been assigned to Heaven, press 5, then enter his or her Social Security Number, followed by the pound sign.  (If you get a negative response, please hang up and try area code 666.)

For reservations at Heaven, please enter J-O-H-N followed by the numbers 3-1-6.

For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, life on other planets, and where Noah’s Ark is, please wait until you arrive.

Our computers show that you have already prayed once today. Please hang up and try again tomorrow.

This office is now closed for the weekend to observe a religious holiday. Please pray again on Monday after 9:30 a.m.

If you are calling after hours and need emergency assistance, please contact your local pastor.

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Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

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The kid said:

My young brother asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth–that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally–but I didn’t want to upset him.  –Age 10

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“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.”

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After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know on Valentine’s Day.” he said.

On Valentine’s Day, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it – to find a book entitled….

“The Meaning Of Dreams.”

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I don’t want to express an opinion … I have friends in both places.

— Mark Twain (asked what he thought about the existence of heaven or hell.

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The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped, exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word.

“My, you look tired,” she said.  “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said, “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.”

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“Your attitude can take you forward or your attitude can take you down. The choice is always yours!”

Catherine Pulsifer

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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.

Have you found Joy?

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find that a whole new life has opened before you.

Agatha Christie

 

I was at a meeting a couple of days ago where some of our town’s smart people were talking about how they could help those of us who are up in years discover the joy available to us if we break out of the limitations we may face as we age. I know far too many people who gradually slip into unhappiness because they can no longer do the things they use to do. Let me tell you, no longer being able to do things you once thought were fun and not finding things that you can now do instead can quickly take one down.

The discomfort becomes even more pronounced when the environment changes as friends move away with few opportunities to do things with the old friends who remain. At the meeting I suggested that when there is nothing left on ones things to do list it is the time to make a new list. I have learned that when one is lonesome there is always someone just as lonesome not that far away who would love the opportunity to be your friend. The secret is to understand that they are not going to find you unless you are out and open to finding them. The good news is that I have seen senior organizations like OASIS here in Indianapolis, churches, study groups and the like build bridges between folks that have brought new friends together resulting in their sharing brighter days. As an example my wife’s closest friends these days are people she met as she walked a local mall for exercise.

What I don’t understand is why some people feel guilty if they enjoy life too much. It is especially troublesome when I realize that we are at an age where we don’t have to impress anyone nor let our children or others script our lives. I may not be able to throw my hat up in the air as high as I use to do but I find throwing it up in places I never would have before is really fun.

Here is a piece written by Ralph Marston that applies to you and everyone else no matter what your age. You might even want to venture out this weekend and mine for some joy.

 

Spread the joy

There’s no reason to feel the least bit guilty about enjoying life. If life were not to be enjoyed, then how would it be possible to enjoy anything?

You are here to see the beauty, and to enjoy it. You are here to feel the love, and to delight in it all.

You are here to be aware of how magnificent it is to be aware. You are here to experience what it means to exist.

There is great enjoyment to be found it life’s pleasures. There is also unique enjoyment to be found in the challenges and the difficulties, and in working your way through them.

Fully experience and enjoy the ups and downs that come from passionately following your purpose. Find real joy in an endless variety of situations, and truly know what it means to live.

The more you enjoy your own life, the more joy you have to give to all of life. Live, enjoy, and spread your magnificent joy far and wide.

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To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

Bernard M. Baruch

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As an act of charity, the wife of a local magistrate in a poor district of London invited a little girl from the area to tea. The girl sat down at the tea table, looked around, and then turned to her hostess. “I see you keep your house very clean,” she said. “Cleanliness is next to godliness, you know.”

The magistrate’s wife smiled at the girl and winked at her husband. The little girl went on, “Is your husband working?”

“Of course he is!” said the lady. “Why do you ask such a strange question?”

The girl continued. “And are you both keeping off the drink?”

“Why, what an impertinent little girl you are!” cried the lady. “When you are invited to tea, you should try to behave like a lady, my child.”

“Oh, but I am trying,” replied the little girl. “When ladies visit our house, they always ask these questions.”

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“I inherited a painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.”

Tommy Cooper.

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CONSPIRACY, WE MUST STOP THIS

Have you ever noticed that when you’re of a certain age, everything seems uphill from where you are? Stairs are steeper. Groceries are heavier. And, everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they’re red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t even recognize me. I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own reflection……..Well, REALLY NOW ……… even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so fast today! You’re risking life and limb if you just happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom? The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually “believe” the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they’re fooling?  I’d like to call up someone in authority to report what’s going on – but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they’ve printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!  All I can do is pass along this warning: Maturity is under attack!

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Show me a sane woman. I’ll cure her for you.

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A newsboy was standing on the corner with a stack of papers, yelling, “Read all about it.  Fifty people swindled!  Fifty people swindled!”

Curious, a man walked over, bought a paper, and checked the front page.  Finding nothing, the man said, “There’s nothing in here about fifty people being swindled.”

The newsboy ignored him and went on, calling out, “Read all about it. Fifty-one people swindled!”

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Schizophrenia beats being alone.

An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two remarkable grandchildren.

Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.

“Tell me, Mrs. Rosenwasser, how old are your grandsons?”

Mrs. Rosenwasser gave her a grateful smile and replied, “The doctor is four and the lawyer is six.”

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In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.

Edith Wharton

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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 was 10 pounds

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.

William Shakespeare

I have great news, yesterday I delivered a 10 pound weight loss and I feel less pregnant then I did two weeks ago. My frugal food intake must continue however since my docs are asking me for at least triplets. If I see you, don’t worry about the noise it is just the pounds falling off my body. I am again realizing how much my weight loss combined with reasonable exercise improves my sense of wellbeing. I wish I was smart enough not to have allowed myself an extended period of gluttony. I have promised myself that I will not slip again and I really mean it this time again.

Here are a few tips that I agree with that you might use if you would like to join me on my journey to skinnydom. I got them from Helpguide.org.

Set yourself up for success

Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.

Think of water and exercise as food groups in your diet.

Water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.

Exercise. Find something active that you like to do and add it to your day, just like you would add healthy greens, blueberries, or salmon. The benefits of lifelong exercise are abundant and regular exercise may even motivate you to make healthy food choices a habit.

Moderation is key

People often think of healthy eating as an all or nothing proposition, but a key foundation for any healthy diet is moderation.  Despite what certain fad diets would have you believe, we all need a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy body.

Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits.” When you ban certain foods or food groups, it is natural to want those foods more, and then feel like a failure if you give in to temptation. If you are drawn towards sweet, salty, or unhealthy foods, start by reducing portion sizes and not eating them as often. Later you may find yourself craving them less or thinking of them as only occasional indulgences.

Think smaller portions. Serving sizes have ballooned recently, particularly in restaurants. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything. At home, use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms, and start small.  Visual cues can help with portion sizes—your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards. A teaspoon of oil or salad dressing is about the size of a matchbook and your slice of bread should be the size of a CD case.

In my case I find that I need discipline to keep me going with the regimen and for that I have a morning ritual. I get up, disrobe, eliminate all body waste, take off my watch, say a short hopeful prayer and then step on my digital scale. If my weight is down I may reward myself later with a snack, if my weight is up or stays the same my portions shrink for the rest of the day. I also e-mail my results to my friend Mary and you would be amazed how diligently I work not to let her see me slipping. Now my wife and I get to start digging through closets in search of my skinny clothes hopefully for the last time.

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Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

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Drew and Timmy were brothers. One day Mom and Dad had to go into town.

Dad told Drew, “While we are gone I want you boys to clear away the dirty dishes, clean your room, and mow the grass.”

When they returned nothing had been done. Dad was very upset. He asked Drew, “What have you been doing while we were gone?”

Drew replied in a low voice, “Nothing.”

Dad then turns to Timmy and asks, “What have you been doing?”

Timmy replied, “Helping Drew.”

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We childproofed our house, but they still can get in.

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Pupils at school were asked to write about the harmful effects of oil on fish. One 11-year old wrote, “When my mom opened a tin of sardines last night it was full of oil and all the sardines were dead.”

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She told me: I’m not a snob… I’m just better than you are.

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A gentleman was lured into a busy florist shop by a large sign in the window that read, “Say It With Flowers.”

“Wrap up one rose,” he told the florist.

“Only one?” the florist asked.

“Just one,” the customer replied. “I’m a man of few words.”

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Experience: what you get when you don’t get what you want

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A counselor was helping his kids put their stuff away on their first morning in Summer Camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella. The counselor asked, “Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?”

The kid answered, “Did you ever have a mother?”

~~~

I think, therefore I am… I think.

~~~

Two retired professors were vacationing with their wives at a hotel in the Catskills.  They were sitting on the veranda one summer evening, watching the sunset.

The history professor asked the psychology professor, “Have you read Marx?”

To which the professor of psychology replied, “Yes.  I think it’s these pesky wicker chairs.”

~~~

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

Pauline R. Kezer

~~~

A small, uncertain, and nervous witness was being cross-examined. The lawyer thundered, “Have you ever been married?”

“Yes, sir,” said the witness in a low voice. “Once.”

“Whom did you marry?” the lawyer demanded.

“Well, a woman,” the witness answered timidly.

The lawyer said angrily, “Of course you married a woman. Did you ever hear of anyone marrying a man?”

And the witness said meekly, “My sister did.”

~~~

Diet cures more than the doctor.

Maxim

~~~

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.

If not now, then when?

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”

Barbara De Angelis

 

I have found that as I have aged and looked back that I really did not have to miss as many good experiences as I did. I could have had more fun with my kids if I had not been so engrossed in work. I could have seen more, done more, learned more and helped more. I just was so focused on my job and other activities that it was easy to convince myself that anything else was impossible.

Thankfully I freed myself from my anchors early enough to run out into the world and do more and see more than I ever thought would be possible. Maybe the best thing of all has been spending time with good people from all walks of life, people that I so often overlooked while I was chasing illusions. But no matter how old you are each tomorrow holds a prize if you are just ready to pick it up.

Some years ago I got the following that I wish I would have seen and heeded in my twenties. I hope it works its magic on you.

 

It’s never too late

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with, we will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way, so, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time… and remember that time waits for no one.

 

So stop waiting until you finish school,

until you go back to school,

until you lose ten pounds,

until you gain ten pounds,

until you have kids,

until your kids leave the house,

until you get married,

until you get divorced,

until Friday night,

until Sunday morning,

until your car or home is paid off,

until spring, until summer,

until fall, until winter,

until the first or fifteenth,

until your song comes on,

until you die, until you are born again

to decide that there is no better time

than right now to be happy…

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt and Dance Like no one’s watching.

Author Unknown

~~~

“Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”

Dale Carnegie

~~~

She said she learned this from the kids:

•           There is no such thing as child-proofing your house.

•           A 4 year old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

•           If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape. It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.

•           Baseballs make marks on ceilings.

~~~

“Here at First National, you’re not just a number – you’re two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash, and another number.”

~~~

The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children if she had it to do over again. “Sure,” she replied, “but not the same ones.”

~~~

“I put my air conditioner in backwards. It got cold outside. The weatherman on TV was confused. ‘It was supposed to be hot today, I don’t understand!'”

Steven Wright

~~~

“Mom, I’ve decided I’m going to be a minister when I grow up.

“That’s okay with us,” the mother said, “But what made you decide to be a minister?”

“Well,” the boy replied, “I’ll have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell than to sit still and listen.

~~~

“Did you know that it is a medically proven fact that people with the most birthdays live the longest?”

~~~

Our first day at a resort, my wife and I decided to hit the beach. When I went back to our room to get something to drink, one of the hotel maids was making our bed. I grabbed my cooler and was on my way out when I paused and asked, “Can we drink beer on the beach?”

“Sure,” she said, “but I have to finish the rest of the rooms first.”

~~~

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”

Ramona L. Anderson

~~~

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.

OUCH!!!

I’ve been to the dentist several times so I know the drill.

I am off to a three hour dentist experience that will include an extraction. That will be followed by a blood test and then later I am supposed to attend a lecture at Butler University. I am not sure if I will be up to creating a new Daily, so here we go again, a return to yesteryear.

Ray’s Daily first published February 7, 2001

More of life’s lessons:

You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the duct tape.

The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right.”

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

~~~

She said:

I. I am thy Main Squeeze; thou shalt squeeze no others before me.

II. Thou shalt not take the name of thy Squeeze in vain, nor badmouth me behind my back.

III. Remember our Anniversary, and keep it holy.  Or else.

IV. Honor MY mother and father. THINE are too darned weird.

V. Thou shalt not kill my love by behaving tackily and making me embarrassed to be seen with thee.

VI. Thou shalt not commit adultery, nor shalt thou even THINK about it if thou knowest what’s good for thee.

VII. Thou shalt not steal from my purse/wallet while I am in thy bathroom, nor use my credit cards, nor make long-distance calls from my telephone.

VIII. Thou shalt not talk about our personal problems to our friends.

IX. Thou shalt not covet the higher market price of thy neighbor’s house.

X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s Squeeze, nor son or daughter, nor stereo, nor BMW.

~~~

Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.

~~~

The kids said that marriage is:

  • “Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents” -Eric, AGE 6
  • “You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” -Kelly, AGE 9
  • “My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.” -Carolyn, AGE 8
  • “Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife” -Bert, AGE 5
  • “You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan” -Kirsten, AGE 10
  • “It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them” -Anita, AGE 9
  • “It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” -Will, AGE 7

~~~

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

~~~

Some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first…

Your Clothes:

1st baby:  You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.

2nd baby:  You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd baby:  Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

The Baby’s Name:

1st baby:  You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.

2nd baby:  Someone has to name his or her kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.

3rd baby:  You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.

Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.

2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

~~~

“Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life in which you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”

Fran Lebowitz

~~~

A tourist was admiring the necklace worn by a local Indian.

“What is it made of?” she asked.

“Alligator’s teeth,” the Indian replied.

“I suppose,” she said patronizingly, “that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us.”

“Oh no,” he objected. “Anybody can open an oyster.”

~~~

Work: It isn’t just for sleeping anymore.

~~~

“I Wish For You…”

 

Comfort on difficult days,

Smiles when sadness intrudes,

Rainbows to follow the clouds,

Laughter to kiss your lips,

Sunsets to warm your heart,

Gentle hugs when spirits sag,

Friendships to brighten your being,

Beauty for your eyes to see,

Confidence for when you doubt,

Faith so that you can believe,

Courage to know yourself,

Patience to accept the truth,

And love to complete your life.

..

And if you can’t have all that…

Then I wish you enough chocolate to make it through the tough times….

~~~

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.

Well done Indy!

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

 

It’s over; the Super Bowl fans are clogging the highways and our airport as they depart what has been reported to be the best planned and executed Super Bowl week in history. Also today more than a thousand private jets will be winging their way to cities all over the US and some will fly even further. The good news is that by all reports our visitors were glad they came and have raved about the experience. I too am grateful to all of those folks that made this past week Indianapolis’ finest hour.

Now the tear down begins and maybe the hardest part, the returning to earth by thousands of volunteers, hospitality workers, Super Bowl committee workers, public safety officers and many others. I know from experience that when you have been running hard and fast and break through the tape with nothing left to do on the other side the wind down can be difficult. But for now my friends you can rest on your laurels, but not for too long remember we have the Big Ten Women and Men’s basketball Championship Tournament next month.

Rather than me ramble on I want to share excerpts from just one of the national articles written about the event.

 

Indianapolis Earns Rave Super Bowl Reviews

February 6, 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The New York Giants won Indianapolis’ first ever Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night in a game that wasn’t decided until the final Hail Mary play had ended. The Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in a game that justified millions of dollars of economic boon and hundreds of thousands of fans in downtown Indy over the past two weeks.

The NFL Experience at the Super Bowl Village and Indianapolis Convention Center set an all-time attendance record for the event with just over 265,000 people visiting the festivities over nine days. By most accounts, Indianapolis is getting rave reviews for hosting the Super Bowl. Here are some of the Twitter posts made commending the city on a super week:

  • “Every NFL official and media person agreed Indy should become a regular part of Super-Bowl rotation. Super job, Indy.” – ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter.
  • “Adios Indy. You crushed it. Congratulations. Can’t wait to come back and zipline during the Combine. What? It’s coming down?” – NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on Twitter.
  • “I am so proud of the city of Indianapolis. So many people have told me this is the best Super Bowl they have ever attended!” – Former Indianapolis Colts coach and NBC commentator Tony Dungy on NBC’s pregame show.
  • “I love the fact that the people would come out and support us from all over. They showed that Indianapolis is a great place to have a Super Bowl, and I think there’s a great chance they get another one.” – Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, via Indianapolis Star.

Because the City of Indianapolis shined so bright during the Super Bowl, city and state leaders are already thinking of pitching the town for a second Super Bowl in the future.

~~~

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”

Dale Carnegie

~~~

Sayings of Biblical Mothers

Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8)

David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons!

Abraham! Stop wandering around the countryside and get home for supper!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! Leave those clothes outside, you smell like a dirty ol’ furnace!

Cain! Get off your brother! You’re going to kill him some day!

Noah! No, you can’t keep them! I told you, don’t bring home any more strays!

No offense intended.

~~~

“A bum asked me, ‘Give me $10 till payday.’ I asked ‘When’s payday?’

He said, ‘I don’t know. You’re the one who is working.’

Henny Youngman

~~~

The boss called one of his employees into the office.  Rob,” he said, “you’ve been with the company for a year now. You started off in the mail room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-president. Now, it’s time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company.

What do you say to that?”

“Thanks,” said the employee.

“Thanks?” the boss replied “Is that all you can say?”

“I suppose not,” the employee said.

“Thanks, Dad.”

~~~

A hush fell over the courtroom, injuring six.

~~~

One day, a man walks into a dentist’s office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth.

“Eighty dollars,” the dentist says.

“That’s a ridiculous amount,” the man says. “Isn’t there a cheaper way?”

“Well,” the dentist says, “if you don’t use an anesthetic, I can knock the price down to $60.”

“That’s still too expensive,” the man says.

“Okay,” says the dentist. “If I save on anesthesia and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to $20.”

“Nope,” moans the man, “it’s still too much.”

“Well,” says the dentist, scratching his head, “if I let one of my students do it, I suppose I can knock the price down to $10.”

“Marvelous,” says the man, “book my wife for next Tuesday!”

~~~

“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right.”

Edward Simmons

~~~

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.

Wish us well!

“Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season.

One word and one word only: Super Bowl.”

Coach Bill Peterson

As I am sure most of you know my city is hosting this year’s Super Bowl. After years of planning and the training of our cities hospitality industry employees, cab drivers and volunteers our folks sprang into action days ago. Tens of thousands have already visited many of the great attractions that have been offered in our downtown as well as special events and venues all over our city. Most everything is within walking distance with sports and entertainment personalities mixing in with our guests everywhere.

So far things have gone better than we had any right to expect, due in part to our recent balmy weather. We have hosted numerous major events in the past including a number of NCAA final four tournaments but nothing compares with this. The good news is that all we hear in the national media and from visitors on the street is kudos, not just for the great array of events but also complementing the friendliness of our people, the cleanliness of our city and how everything is so easy to get to. The real test begins today with the influx of thousands more. I was shocked to hear that they expect over one thousand private jets to land at our regional airports and the commercial passenger traffic is expected to be double our normal flow. It will be a challenge but we have prepared for it so it should go well. The weather is expected to get cooler and there may even be some precipitation over the weekend but I doubt the parties will stop or that the fun will subside. And then it will be Sunday and the big game, if you watch it I hope you enjoy it and while you’re watching I think you will see our city at its best.

I don’t know if we will ever be the same but I do know we will be proud of our people and we will have proven that Indy has got it all. So my friends if you have never been here stop by someday, I think you’ll be glad you did. Please wish us well for the best is yet to come.

~~~

Julie Brown to Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith prior to his 1993 Superbowl game against Buffalo:

“What are you going to wear in the game Sunday?”

~~~

More advice from our personal trainer:

Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable slop.

Q: Is beer or wine bad for me?

A: Look, it goes to the earlier point about fruits and vegetables. As we all know, scientists divide everything in the world into three categories: animal, mineral, and vegetable. We all know that beer and wine are not animal, and they are not on the periodic table of elements, so that only leaves one thing, right? My advice: Have a burger and a beer and enjoy your liquid vegetables.

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: You’re not listening. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: What’s the secret to healthy eating?

A: Thicker gravy.

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? Hello… Cocoa beans?!… Another vegetable! It’s the best feel good food around!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. Have a cookie… flour is a veggie!

One more thing… “When life hands you lemons, ask for a bottle of tequila and salt.”

~~~

Some folks wear their halos much too tight…

~~~

There was an article I read about a little girl’s insight into boys which was particularly insightful:

“Boys are no good at all until they grow up and get married.”

“Boys are an awful bother. They want everything except soap.”

“A woman is a grown up girl with children. My dad is such a nice man that I think he must have been a girl when he was a boy.”

~~~

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling

~~~

Woman phones up her husband at work for a chat.

Husband: “I’m sorry dear, but I’m up to my neck in work today.”

Wife: “But I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, dear.”

Husband: “Okay, darling, but as I’ve got very little time now, so just give me the good news.”

Wife: “Well, the air bag works.”

~~~

Familiarity breeds children.

~~~

The insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife to take out a life insurance policy.  “Now supposing your husband were to die,” he said, “what would you get?”

“Oh, a Labrador, I think,” replied the housewife.  “They’re always good company!”

~~~

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously

~~~

So one guy says to another guy, ” Goldberg and Rosenstern were talking one day…HOLD IT !, his friend interrupts him,

“Always with the Jewish jokes! Give it a rest! Why do they always have to be about Jews? Just change the names to another ethnic group for once!”

So he starts again, “Hashimoto and Suzuki were talking one day at their nephew’s Bar Mitzvah…”

~~~

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”

Vince Lombardi

~~~

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.

You too can be like her

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

Deepak Chopra

A few years ago I talked to a favorite server of mine in one of our cities top restaurants. She shared with me that she did not like the life she had been living and as a single mom wanted to be a better role model for her child. She decided that there was more to life than she was letting herself experience and she was going to change. She started to look at the world differently and discovered that she had the capacity to rise above those things that were holding her down and she was now going to face life with a new attitude. Since then she has had an amazing career that has included being given the responsibility for running the establishment where she once worked as member of the serving crew. For me it has been wonderful to see how she now glows while doing so well.

I am really fortunate that people send me their blogs, thoughts and suggestions as frequently as they do. Today I would like to share something that Dani from Positively Present sent me recently. Dani like my friend made a decision sometime ago that she was going to change to a positive lifestyle. I know that is not an easy task for some, but boy is it worth it. Here is Dani’s take on some of the secrets of becoming more like my friend. I have done some minor editing for brevity.

 

Accepting what is is a key to living a positive, present life. To live in the now, one must accept the now as it is. One cannot wish it is something else or create stories in his or her mind of how it should be. Many of us know this, but struggle to find ways to be accepting of ourselves and others.

The truth is: it’s difficult. Very difficult. It’s a daily struggle, accepting what is. You must accept yourself, your colleagues, your partner, your friends. You must accept your job, your relationships, your situations, the weather. There is so much one must accept if he or she is to live in the present moment and it’s hard to do on a moment-to-moment basis. But here’s the thing: you’ve gotta try to bring acceptance into your life if you want to live a positive present life. And a good place to start is with the things you say to yourself. Below are four phrases you need to forget.

4 Factious Phrases to Forget

“I wish…”

Wishing for a better tomorrow is no crime, but what does all that wishing really get you? I say, take that wish you’ve been thinking about and do something about it. Acceptance isn’t the same as settling. To be happy, you must accept what is happening now, but take action (right now!) to make the situation better. Stop wishing and start looking at the changes you can make to make the present more positive. 

“I should have…”

Let me tell you something: looking back and thinking about what you should have done doesn’t do anything. It’s a waste of your time — unless you take action now. If you should have said/done something differently, go tell that person what you would have liked to have said/done. Or, better yet, just say it or do it. Don’t dwell on the past; take action to make the present, and ultimately your future, exactly what you want it to be.

“If only I had…”

If only you had a better thing/situation/person in your life, then you could make all your dreams come true, right? Wrong. If you need something more in your life to make the present a positive place, go out and get it. Can’t get it? Find a way to work around it. Use the energy spent on saying “if only I had…” to creatively make the most of what you’ve got. And remember: what you really need, you already have.

“It would be better if…”

Yes, it would be better if the sun was shining, you weren’t being nagged, you were filthy rich, you had the love of your life, etc., etc. If you spend time focusing on the things that could be better, you’re wasting time that could be spent on making things better. Use the present moment not to dwell on what could be improved, but to take action and start improving it. (And let things like the weather go — you can’t impact them.)

~~~

“There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself. “

Michael F. Staley

~~~

As most of you know I had a couple of extended hospital stays over the last few years. I have told you before that the result was my making a large number of friends in the medical profession. This got me interested in keeping up with the latest in medicine so that I could at least hold up my end of the conversations. Here is what I learned recently about some newly discovered diseases:

AFROPHOBIA: Fear of the return of the 70’s hair styles.

DEJA FLU: The feeling that one has had this cold before.

HYPOCOINDRIA: Fear of not having correct change.

HERPES CINEPLEX: Rash caused by movie tickets priced at $9.50.

CELESTIAL SEASONINGS AFFECTIVE DISORDER: Herbal-tea addiction.

VISACARDITIS: The heart-stopping sensation brought on by exceeding your credit limit.

ALPOPLEXY: Canine feeding disorder.

SONSTROKE: An attack during the reading of a will.

ROSWELL-BABY SYNDROME: Irrational fear that one’s infant might be an alien.

OREOPOROSIS: Disorder caused by too many cookies, not enough milk.

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Honk if you love peace and quiet.

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A newspaper reporter was writing a feature story about prison life and was interviewing one of the prisoners. “Do you watch much television here?”

“Only the daytime shows,” the inmate said. “At night we’re locked in our cells and don’t see any television.”

“That’s too bad,” the reporter said, “But I do think it is nice that the warden lets you watch it in the daytime.”

“What do you mean, nice?” the inmate said. “That’s part of the punishment.”

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Miser: A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

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You Know It’s Time To Diet When….

You dance and it makes the band skip.

You put mayonnaise on an aspirin.

You go to the zoo and the elephants throw you peanuts.

Your driver’s license says, “Picture continued on other side.”

You ran away and they had to use all four sides of the milk carton for your picture.

You learn you were born with a silver shovel in your mouth.

You could sell shade.

Your blood type is Ragu.

You need an appointment to attend an ‘ open house’.

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“Building a habit is the process of educating the subconscious. I have said that you are responsible for changing those attitudes you do not like…and that you can do this by changing the attitude (feeling) itself or by changing your behavior.”

Thomas D. Willhite

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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