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Farewell dear friends

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

Irish Blessing

 

Well gang it is that time again when we have to shut down Ray’s Daily for a while. The staff needs a break, the presses need maintenance and the writer needs to hibernate for a week or so. So we’ll do it all at once and close down the shop. I also will take an extra day or two for some needed minor surgery which will allow me to get some rest. If you don’t mind some history you can always go to Ray’s Daily on WordPress where there are a couple of thousand back issues stored.

While I am on my short sabbatical I would appreciate it if you would do all you can to restore some civility in our world that lately seems to prefer anger and vitriol to dialogue. Stopping a few wars, feeding a few million starving kids would also be good if you have the time.  Oh yes and by all means stay well, have fun and be kind I need you to be here when I get back.

I will only say please farewell while I am away, goodbyes are not easy but they are better when they are only temporary. Sadly I am at an age when many leave the scene never to return and we are left to live with the aftermath of unsaid goodbye. When that happens I find the following to be helpful.

 

4 Tips for Saying Farewell

1. Focus on the positive. Looking back at the time spent with colleagues, it’s oddly tempting to zero in on the people who were not positive, who made working with them difficult and irritating. It might be a trick of the mind that urges us to look at what we won’t miss so we don’t feel so down about what will miss, but don’t forget to focus on the positive. Think of the good times you had with those you’re saying goodbye to and remind them of those positive experiences when you go.

2. Embrace the present. Saying goodbye often causes us to think back on the past — both the good and the bad — and dwell on it. We want to cling to the good times or feel slighted by the bad times. But life — and goodbyes — is too short for that. Don’t allow yourself to dwell on what was. Instead, focus on what is. Be grateful for where you are today and encourage others to do the same.

3. Share your sadness. It’s okay to be sad about leaving. Don’t feel like you have to keep all of this to yourself. Find a colleague or friend you can talk to and express how you’re feeling. Others might be feeling the same way and appreciate your openness — and you will release some of the burden once you open up and share your emotions with others. Change of any kind can be intimidating, but we don’t have to face it alone. Don’t underestimate or ignore your emotions. Embrace them, address them, and share them in order to overcome them.

4. Exit with grace. Say goodbye to those who meant the most to you. Move forward to the present and do not dwell on negative interactions you have had in the past.

I edited this piece that I saved from the Positively Present blog where the author frequently shares her heart.

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“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”

Richard Bach

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Mr. and Mrs. Shoenfeld were asleep in their beds late one night, when Mrs. Shoenfeld heard a noise downstairs.  “Wake up!” cried Mrs. Shoenfeld, nudging her husband.  “There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they’re eating the pot roast I made tonight!”

“What do we care,” said Mr. Shoenfeld.  “As long as they don’t die in the house!”

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“I’ve learned that I should make the little decisions with my head and the big decisions with my heart.”

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Newlywed Bride: “Will you love me when I’m old?”

Newlywed Groom: “Love you? I shall idolize you. I shall worship the ground that you walk on. I shall…. errrr….uhhhhh…..You’re NOT going to look like your mother, are you?”

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“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

Mark Twain

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A pious man who had reached the age of 105 suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance the Rabbi went to see him. He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, “How come after all these years we don’t see you at services anymore?”

The old man looked around and lowered his voice. “I’ll tell you, Rabbi,” he whispered. “When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So I figured that God is very busy and must’ve forgotten about me, and I don’t want to remind Him!”

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It begins when you sink into his arms and ends with your arms in the sink.

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I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone solicitors weren’t able to call people at home during the dinner hour.  But that doesn’t make it any more pleasant.

Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed “Three Little Words” based on his brief experience in a telemarketing operation — that would stop the nuisance for all time.  The three little words are “Hold on, please.” Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately — would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt.

When you eventually hear the phone company’s beep-beep-beep tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

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She said, men have feelings too (but who really cares)

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A troop of Boy Scouts was being used as “guinea pigs” in a test of emergency systems. A mock earthquake was staged, and the Scouts impersonated wounded persons who were to be picked up and cared for by the emergency units.

One Scout was supposed to lie on the ground and await his rescuers, but the first-aid people got behind schedule, and the Scout lay “wounded” for several hours. When the first-aid squad arrived where the casualty was supposed to be, they found nothing but a brief note: “Have bled to death and gone home.”

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“A girl phoned me the other day and said, ‘Come on over; nobody’s home.’  I went over. Nobody was home.”

Rodney Dangerfield

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A little boy, who was “very” much afraid of the dark, was told by his mother to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark.” The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. You don’t have to be afraid of the dark,” she explained. “Jesus is out there

He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at his mother real hard and asked, “Are you sure he’s out there?” “Yes, I’m sure. He is everywhere, and he is always ready to help you when you need him,” she said. The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and cracked it a little. Peering out into the darkness, he called “Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?

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“There are no good-byes, where ever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.”

Ghandi

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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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Thank you Lewis

Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.

Buddha

 

One of the things that really gives me pleasure is hearing from a reader of the Daily, especially if it is a message from an old friend. A couple of days ago I got the following from someone I met on a New England cruise more than fifteen years ago. We were table mates with our spouses, my wife’s sister and her husband and three really fun ladies, one who was about 90. My friend Lewis, his wife Patsy and one of the gals, Claire have stayed in touch all these years. I haven’t seen them since our cruise since all live far from my city but every time I hear from one of them it takes me back to our great time together. They haven’t aged even a week in my memory and those memories are heartwarming as well as entertaining.

Please read the note I received carefully for it has a number of messages that need to be savored. Next Monday is a national holiday in the US so many of you will have a long weekend, it would be a great time to follow the advice that my friend Lewis has allowed me to share with you.

 

Good Morning. I just wanted to say: Have a Wonderful Day. !!!!!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. Because we cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches..  We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.  The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.  One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips.  She keeps an open mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.  You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

Now…go on and have a nice day.  Do something you WANT to do…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?   ;And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

  • Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?  Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?  Do you run through each day on the fly?  When you ask ‘How are you?’  Do you hear the reply?
  • When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?  Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? 
  • Ever lost touch?  Let a good friendship die?  Just call to say ‘Hi’?
  • When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away…. Life is not a race. Take it slower.  Hear the music before the song is over.

Show your friends how much you care.  Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend.                  If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.

To those I have sent this to … I cherish our friendship and appreciate you.

‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!’

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Waking up this morning, I smile,

Twenty four brand new hours are before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment

and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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More tips:

If you humiliate yourself, be consoled with the thought that you probably made someone else’s day…maybe even their week.  Think of your humiliation as an act of charity.

Avoid marrying anyone who deliberately flushes the toilet when you’re taking a shower.

The value of a cat is its utter indifference to its owner’s importance.

Never purchase a tool to clean behind radiators, because you won’t have an excuse not to clean there.

Don’t waste time trying to be your own best friend; you can’t pat yourself on the back, and it’s unsatisfying to cry on your own shoulder.  Find a real friend instead.

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“Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction after all, has to make sense.”

Mark Twain

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“What Doctors Say, And What They’re Really Thinking”

 

“This should be taken care of right away.” I’d planned a trip to Hawaii next month but this is so easy and profitable that I want to fix it before it cures itself.

“Welllllll, what have we here…?” He has no idea and is hoping you’ll give him a clue.

“Let me check your medical history.” I want to see if you’ve paid your last bill before spending any more time with you.

“I’d like to prescribe a new drug.” I’m writing a paper and would like to use you for a guinea pig.

“If it doesn’t clear up in a week, give me a call.” I don’t know what it is. Maybe it will go away by itself.

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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”

Charlie Brown

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WAYS TO STAY STRESSED (Not funny but important)

Are you worried now about how to stay stressed? You’ll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:

NEVER EXERCISE. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. Hey, if cigarette smoke can’t cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn’t likely to.

GAIN WEIGHT. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.

TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS. The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

AVOID “WOO-WOO” PRACTICES. Ignore the evidence suggesting that meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress.

GET RID OF YOUR SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM. Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

PERSONALIZE ALL CRITICISM. Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Don’t take time to listen, be offended, then return the attack!

MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE – BE MACHO. Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

BECOME A WORKAHOLIC. Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

DISCARD GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS. Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

PROCRASTINATE. Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress.

WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN’T CONTROL. Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, the approaching Ice Age, you know, all the big issues.

BECOME NOT ONLY A PERFECTIONIST BUT SET IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STANDARDS… …and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don’t meet them.”

THROW OUT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn’t be treated as one.

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“Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living’s fine,” and what do we do?  Back off and take its picture.”

Russell Baker

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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.

Do you know how good you are?

Accept everything about yourself–I mean everything, you are you and that is the beginning and the end–no apologies, no regrets.

Clark Moustakas

 

Yesterday and today are loaded with meetings and opportunities for service all which take place soon after my 5 AM workouts. I looked on my things-to-do list and reviewed my calendar and was disappointed to find that I had not allocated anytime to think so I will share with you thoughts from back in the day.

A reprint of Ray’s Daily first published on May 27, 2004

I like many others have been distressed by those things that are happening around us. War, rising prices, medical costs, terrorism, governmental fiscal mismanagement, political polarization and partisanship, are all burdens we share. What is even more bothersome is the fact that these are legacies we will leave for our children and our grandchildren. It becomes even worse if we let it all get to our selves and we become part of the problem. My friend Jen offers the following advice to treat ourselves. I would add that the golden rule tells how we should also treat others

Treat yourself well

Stop All Criticism – Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

Don’t Scare Yourself – Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure (mine is yellow roses), and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

Be Gentle And Kind And Patient – Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Self-hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

Praise Yourself – Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

Support Yourself – Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving To Your Negatives – Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now, you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So, lovingly release the old negative patterns.

Take Care Of Your Body – Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

Mirror Work – Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents looking into the mirror. Forgive them too. At least once a day say: “I love you, I really love you.”

Love Yourself .. Do It Now – Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or the new relationship. Begin now — and do the best you can.

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“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”

Marvin Gaye

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A message from the rural Midwest: Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when Easterners and Californians cross states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, those states’ Tourism Councils have adopted a set of information guidelines. In an effort to help outsiders understand the Midwest, the following list will be handed to each driver entering the state:

1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.

2. It’s called a ‘gravel road’,  No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your car.

3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4. Any references to “corn fed” when talking about our women will get you whipped… by our women.

5. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don’t cry to us if a flathead catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for…bait.

6. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it! You might hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. That’s right. Whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you paid in the airport for one drink.

9. No, there’s no “Vegetarian Special” on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

10. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

11. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends. We’re real impressed. We have a quarter of a million dollar combine that we use two weeks a year.

12. Let’s get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it’s red. We may even stop when it’s yellow.

13. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks–because they want to . So, you’re a feminist. Isn’t that cute.

14. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too–and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the bait shop.

15. They are pigs. That’s what they smell like. Get over it. Don’t like it? Interstates 70, 80, & 90 go two ways—Interstates 29, 35, & 69 go the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly.

16. The “Opener” refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.

17. So every person in every pickup waves. It’s called being friendly. Understand the concept?

18. Yeah, we have golf courses. Just don’t hit in the water hazard. It spooks our fish.

19. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot…his name is “Sir”…no matter how old he is.

Now, enjoy your visit!

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Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.

Woody Allen

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Phil and Jill had been married for many years but now were in divorce court. The judge asked, “Phil, is it true that the last three years of your marriage, you did not speak to Jill?”

Phil replies, “Yes Judge, that is correct.”

“And how do you explain this unusual conduct?” the judge inquires.

Phil replies, “I didn’t want to interrupt her, Your Honor.  Momma always said that’s impolite!”

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A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Wizard to the Tin Man

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A farmer and his hired man were eating breakfast at a local diner. Thinking of all the work they had to get done that day, and that stopping for meals wasted time, the farmer told the hired hand that he might as well go ahead and eat his dinner here, too. The hired man didn’t say a word, but gladly filled his plate a second time and proceeded to eat. After awhile, the farmer said, “You know, we’ve got so much work to do today, you might as well eat your supper now, too.” Again, the hired man didn’t respond, but refilled his plate a third time and continued eating. Finally, after finishing his third plate of food, the hired man pushed back his chair and began to take off his shoes. “Hey, what are doing?” the farmer asked. The hired man replied, “I don’t work after supper.”

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If you don’t have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough.

Phyllis Diller

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You may have heard the old joke about Shirley, the Jewish mother in NYC, who brought her 6 year old boy to the psychoanalyst, who diagnosed: “Nothing much wrong with your son, just a slight Oedipus complex.

Said Shirley the mom… “Oedipus, schmedipus, the important thing is that he loves his mother”

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“The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars of the sky and ‘the lilies of the field’ — simply and unaffectedly.  Those are the lives that mold and shape us.”

Oswald Chambers

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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.

Enjoy your life

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

William Feather

As many of you know I am actively involved in the Indianapolis senior community. And as the years have gone by I have been inspired by how folks who are well up in years have continued to stay vibrant by staying involved in so much of what goes on in my city. I think they would answer the question made famous by Satchel Paige, “How old would you be if you did not how old you are?” with a substantially younger age than their birth age.

Recently I was in discussion with a friend who provides opportunities for the golden age set to get involved in our town while having fun in the process. We talked about how there are so many things that we can do to replace the things we can no longer do that there is no reason to ever just drop out and stagnate. What is really great is that we often experience some of the best times of our lives. New friends, active theatre going, a multitude of volunteer opportunities, new learning experiences and more have all made much of my recent past some of the finest years of my life.

My coach/trainer said not too long ago that far too many people my age spend so much time finding reasons and excuses not to do things that they never take the time to discover the alternatives. What surprises me is that I am finding out even at my age that I can now do things that I could never do before. I am having fun, are you? If not then read what Ralph Marston has to say about getting more out of your life.

Go get more

You do not grow old simply by living a certain number of years. You grow old only when you stop filling those years with new substance and value.

Don’t spend all your time and energy merely confirming again and again what you already know. That will make you too old too soon.

Instead, put your effort and energy into learning, discovering and experiencing what you do not yet know. That will keep your life young, fresh and vibrant, even as the years continue to progress.

There are all kinds of new things you can learn today. There are all sorts of great ways to challenge your assumptions and increase your wisdom.

If you think you know it all, you’re cheating yourself out of the opportunity to continually build upon your knowledge.

If you refuse to challenge your beliefs, those beliefs will begin to imprison you rather than support you.

Treasure the knowledge you possess and all the rich experiences you’ve had. Then get up, get out there and get a whole lot more.

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The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

Anonymous

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Tips from the kids:

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.– Camille, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.– Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don’t want any more kids.– Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.– Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

I’d run home and play dead.  The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.– Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they’re rich.– Pam, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.– Howard, age 8 (this one has very good morals)

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife.  I don’t want to be all grossed out.– Theodore, age 8

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys.  Boys need someone to clean up after them.– Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?– Kelvin, age 8

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Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market.  They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour.  The ad said: We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition.  Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese.  Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.

The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club.  “I’m here about the ad,” he said.

The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite.  “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.

“Nope,” the old man said.

“Chinese? Japanese?”

“No, both times.”

“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”

“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”

“How about sports?”

“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”

“I see,” the young man said.  “Tell me something.  Why did you come here?”

“To tell you to count me out.”

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“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

James Matthew Barrie

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The young rancher came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup from the parking lot!”

Bubba replied, “Did you see who it was? The young rancher answered, I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

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A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.

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.

Are you finding joy?

“The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.”

Pablo Picasso

 

I had lunch with a friend yesterday who is leading an effort to show young children that good food and healthy lifestyles can be fun besides being good for you. She recruits volunteers to work with the children in schools, day camps and clubs. Older folks join with the kids for one hour a week for eight weeks not just running the events but actually partnering with the kids to make the experience rewarding to both the kids and the adults. It is true that the program benefits the kids and works to minimize their growing into obese adults and so from a societal standpoint it is worthwhile. But for me an equal benefit is the opportunity for the adult volunteers to reap the reward of being able to do something that is fun, intergenerational and friendship generating. Too many of the people in my generation just sit on the sidelines and let life pass them by. Fortunately there are people like my friend who stands up and hollers “Come on in everyone, join the fun.” Even if you or I help only one child live a happier and healthier life we will have left a legacy that most never get a chance to leave.

In truth my friend is a guide that can lead us to a place where we can do good things and reap the rewards we get internally when we can end our day saying to ourselves “You did well today” and for me there is nothing better than that. Here is a piece that I like about our ability to experience some of the joy that is open to us all.

 

Seeking Higher Purpose

As we seek and eventually recognize our highest purpose in life, we experience an inner peace. This peace allows us the freedom to be true to ourselves, forgive the past, and live with authentic joy.

When we are true to ourselves… we recognize our limitations while making use of our strengths. We strive to do our best instead of comparing ourselves to others. We share confidence, respect, and selfless service with others, knowing that we are living according to our deepest values. We are using the unique gifts that God has given to us.

When we forgive the past… we recognize the freedom to learn and grow, acknowledging room for new growth each day. We know that we cannot change yesterday, but we can live the rest of our lives in inspiring ways. We drop the burdens of bitterness and guilt. We allow ourselves the freedom to live with integrity, have compassion, to share, and to love.

When we live with authentic joy… we find that kindness in our giving creates love that spreads far beyond our actions. We see that true joy comes from a spiritual connection with a source greater than ourselves, that our life ultimately belongs not to us, but to God who created us. We know that our joy does not come from external circumstances; it is a living fire within our hearts.

We can find our highest purpose, first by seeking with an open mind and heart. Then, when we begin serving others in ways that bring us the greatest joy, our highest purpose becomes apparent. Live in joy today, and know that the blessings of living your highest purpose will increase abundantly throughout your life.

By inspirational journalist Maria Dillion.

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When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Or met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was gruntled, ruly or peccable?  And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm clock goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all).  That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.

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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

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She said: After shopping at a busy store, another woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot.  Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.

Wow,” the woman said.  “I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.”

“Actually,” I replied, “that’s my husband.”

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I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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A man walks into a bar and asks for a beer.  After drinking it, he looks in his shirt pocket and asks for another beer. After drinking that one, he looks in his shirt pocket again and asks for another beer. This happens about another seven times before the bartender asks him, “Why do you keep looking in your pocket?”

The man replies, “I have a picture of my wife in there. When she looks good enough, I’ll go home.”

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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Margaret was royally peeved! She was arguing with the druggist because her favorite cure-all could not be bought without a prescription. “Look, lady. You can’t have this without a prescription because it’s a habit-forming drug.”

“IT IS NOT!!!!” Screamed Margaret! “I ought to know: I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”

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Make God laugh, “Tell him your plans”

Ken Hall

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“Johnny,” said his teacher, “if coal is selling at $6 a ton and you pay your dealer $24, how many tons will he bring you?”

“A little over three tons, ma’am,” said Johnny promptly.

“Why, Johnny, that isn’t right,” said the teacher.

“No, ma’am, I know it ain’t,” said Johnny, “but they all do it.”

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“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

Winston Churchill

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A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card.  The reservation specialist asked him, “Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?” The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”

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“I believe we all have a higher purpose to our lives than merely existing day to day. Each of us, in our own unique way, is called to let our light shine. The unique, one-of-a-kind canvas of our existence is meant to be an inspiration to others ~ a true joy to behold and a heaven sent blessing to those we meet and to the world around us.”

Thomas Kincade

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Practice makes perfect

“We’ve got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough.”

Jack Johnson

 

I hope your weekend went well, mine did. I think one of the reasons it did was there were no unhappy people sharing their woes and asking for the secret of happiness. When I tell folks who spend their days in anger or regret that in my mind happiness is mostly a matter of choice they usually don’t believe me. I wish there was a magic potion or spell that would lift their burdens but I don’t know of any.

What struck me today is that we all would benefit by getting a little happiness training. Just like my current strength training where the more I exercise the stronger I get, I suspect that the more we practice happiness the happier we will be. With that thought in mind I went to the net and found the following on Wikipedia that outlines some happiness exercises we can add to our daily lives. I love being happy and I love being with happy people. I’ll try and do my part, I hope you will too.

 

How to Be Happy

So happiness – isn’t that the thing that all of us strive to find and keep? Nobody is happy all of the time, but some people are definitely more fulfilled than others. Studies on what makes people happy reveal that it doesn’t have much to do with material goods or high achievement; it seems to whittle down to your outlook on life, and the quality of your relationships with the people around you.

Steps

Be optimistic. In the 1970s, researchers followed people who’d won the lottery and found that a year after they’d hit the jackpot, they were no happier than the people who didn’t. They called it hedonic adaptation, which suggests that we each have a baseline level of happiness. No matter what happens, good or bad, the effect on our happiness is only temporary and we tend to rebound to our baseline level. Some people have a higher baseline happiness level than others, and that can be attributed in part to genetics, but it’s also largely influenced by how you think. Only improving your attitude towards life will increase your happiness permanently. Here are some excellent starting points for doing that:

Stay close to friends and family: Or move to where other members are- so you can see them more. We live in a mobile society, where people follow jobs around the country and sometimes around the world. We do this because we think increases in salary will make us happier, but the fact is that our relationships with our friends and family have a far greater impact on our happiness than our jobs do.

Have deep, meaningful conversations. A study by a psychologist at the University of Arizona has shown that spending less time participating in small talk and more time having deep, meaningful conversations can lead to an increased feeling of happiness.

Find happiness in the job you have now: Many people expect the right job or the right career to dramatically change their level of happiness, but happiness research makes it clear that your level of optimism and the quality of your relationships eclipse the satisfaction you gain from your job. If you have a positive outlook, you will make the best of any job, and if you have good relationships with people, you won’t depend on your job to give your life a greater sense of meaning. You’ll find it in your interactions with the people you care about. Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aspire towards a job that will make you happier; it means you should understand that the capacity of your job to make you happy is quite small in comparison to your outlook on life and your relationships with people.

Smile: Science suggests that when you smile, whether you feel happy or not, your mood will be elevated. So smile all the time! In addition, having enough money to pay the bills allows you to focus your energies on more productive aspects of your life, such as the pursuit of happiness as opposed to keeping the ‘wolves from the door’.

Forgive: In a study of college students, it was found that an attitude of forgiveness contributed to better cardiovascular health. You could say that forgiveness literally heals your heart. While it is unknown how forgiveness directly affects your heart, the study suggests that it may lower the perception of stress.

Make friends who share your interests or faith: If church itself is not your thing, consider finding something else you’re deeply passionate about and making friends who you can connect with regularly based on that.

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“Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.”

Epicurus

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Bernie was unfortunate enough to be hit by a 10 ton truck and landed up in hospital in intensive care. His best friend Morris came to visit him. Bernie struggles to tell Morris, “My wife Sadie visits me three times a day. She’s so good to me. Every day, she reads to me at the bedside.”

“What does she read?”

“My life insurance policy.”

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“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”

Mitch Ratliffe

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With only two tellers working at the bank, the line I was standing in was moving very slowly.  As I waited, I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date, I turned and asked the woman behind me. “It’s the fifth,” she replied. From the back of the line a man advised, “Don’t write it in yet!”

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“I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.”

Stephen Bishop

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A doctor was awakened at four in the morning by a caller who demanded to know how much he charged for a house call.

“Twenty-five dollars,” muttered the sleepy physician.

“How much is an office visit?” demanded the caller.

“Fifteen dollars.”

“Okay, Doc,” said the caller. “I’ll meet you in your office in fifteen minutes.”

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Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.

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My boss’ wife Sherry was exasperated with her younger sister, who bought an unreliable car and called for a ride every time it broke down. One day Sherry got yet another one of those calls. “What happened this time?” she asked.

“My brakes went out,” her sister said. “Can you come to get me?” “Where are you?” Sherry asked. “I’m in the drugstore,” her sister responded. “And where’s the car?” “It’s in here with me.”

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“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West

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A DC-10 had an exceedingly long rollout after landing with his approach speed a little high. San Jose Tower: “American 751 heavy, turn right at the end of the runway, if able.  If not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport.”

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A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.  She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.

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“I’ve pursued dreams and achieved them, but I don’t think anybody should think their life is incomplete if they don’t follow some dream. Happiness doesn’t come from achievements, or money, or any sort of treasure. Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It’s appreciating what you’ve got and building relationships with those around you.”

Janette Rallison

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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.

Respect pays

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

Albert Einstein

 

Things are going well here I hope they are with you too. I am looking forward to the weekend and hope to meet with some of my favorite folks.

Today rather than offering something of my own I want to send you a copy of a list which was part of an article on leadership written by Colonel James E. Moschgat, then Commander of the 12th Operations Group, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. My friend Shirley sent it to me a couple of years ago and I think it has great merit. We all would be better off if we followed the Colonel’s advice. Here is his list that is the result of his reflection on learning that Bill Crawford the squadron janitor when he was a cadet had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II.

“It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.”

1. Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bound their potential. Sadly, and for a long time, we labeled Bill as just a janitor, but he was so much more. Therefore, be cautious of a leader who callously says, “Hey, he’s just an Airman.” Likewise, don’t tolerate the O-1, who says, “I can’t do that, I’m just a lieutenant.”

2. Everyone Deserves Respect. Because we hung the “janitor” label on Mr. Crawford, we often wrongly treated him with less respect than others around us. He deserved much more, and not just because he was a Medal of Honor winner.  Bill deserved respect because he was a janitor, walked among us, and was a part of our team.

3. Courtesy Makes a Difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team. When our daily words to Mr. Crawford turned from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings, his demeanor and personality outwardly changed. It made a difference for all of us.

4. Take Time to Know Your People. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. For years a hero walked among us at the Academy and we never knew it. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?

5. Anyone Can Be a Hero. Mr. Crawford certainly didn’t fit anyone’s standard definition of a hero. Moreover, he was just a private on the day he won his Medal. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.

6. Leaders Should Be Humble. Most modern day heroes and some leaders are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Not Mr. Crawford-he was too busy working to celebrate his past heroics. Leaders would be well-served to do the same.

7. Life Won’t Always Hand You What You Think You Deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you  weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should – don’t let that stop you.

8. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. Private Bill Crawford didn’t pursue glory; he did his duty and then swept floors for a living. No job is beneath a Leader. If Bill Crawford, a Medal of Honor winner, could clean latrines and smile,  is there a job beneath your dignity? Think about it.

9. Pursue Excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.” Mr. Crawford modeled that philosophy and helped make our dormitory area a home.

10. Life is a Leadership Laboratory. All too often we look to some school or PME class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look and listen. I spent four years at the Air Force Academy, took dozens of classes, read hundreds of books, and met thousands of great people.  I gleaned leadership skills from all of them, but one of the people I remember most is Mr. Bill Crawford and the lessons he unknowingly taught. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.

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“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”

Steve Maraboli

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Moe and Lenny are strolling home from Shul one Saturday morning. Suddenly a cab speeds past, and their friend, Irving, is running frantically behind it, flailing his arms wildly. “Well,” said Lenny. “I never imagined our good friend Irving was a Sabbath violator! Look at him running for that taxi.”

“Wait a minute,” Moe replied. “Didn’t you read that book I lent you. ‘The Other Side of the Story,’ about the command to judge other people favorably? I’ll bet we can think of hundreds of excuses for Irving’s behavior.”

“Yeah, like what?”

“Maybe he’s sick and needs to go to the hospital.”

“Come on! He was running 60 miles an hour after that cab, he’s healthier than Arnold Schwartzennegger.”

“Well, maybe his wife’s having a baby.”

“She had one last week.”

“Well, maybe he needs to visit her in the hospital.”

“She’s home.”

“Well, maybe he’s running to the hospital to get a doctor.”

“He is a doctor.”

“Well, maybe he needs supplies from the hospital.”

“The hospital is a three minute walk in the opposite direction.”

“Well, maybe he forgot that it’s Shabbos!”

“Of course he knows it’s Shabbos. Didn’t you see his tie? It was his paisley beige l00% silk Giovanni tie from Italy. He never wears it during the week.”

“Wow, you’re really observant! I didn’t even notice he was wearing a tie.”

“How could you not notice? Didn’t you see how it was caught on the back fender of the taxi?”

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“Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.”

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A professor at the Michigan State University was known for giving boring, cliche-ridden lectures.

At the beginning of one semester, an innovative class breathed new life into the course by assigning baseball plays to each hackneyed phrase.

For example, when the professor said, “On the other hand,” that counted as a base hit. “By the same token” was a strike out; “and so on” counted as a stolen base. Divided into two teams by the center aisle of the lecture hall, the students played inning after inning of silent but vigorous baseball.

On the last day of class, the impossible happened: the score was tied and bases were loaded. Then the batter hit a home run! The winning team stood and cheered wildly.

Though deeply appreciative, the professor later was quoted as wondering why only half of the students had been enthusiastic about his lectures.

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When choosing between two evils, I always take the one I haven’t tried before.

Mae West

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Jill complained to Nina, “Rosey told me that you told her the secret I told you not to tell her.”

“Well,” replied Nina in a hurt tone, “I told her not to tell you I told her.”

“Oh dear!” sighed Jill. “Well, don’t tell her I told you that she told me.”

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“Treat everyone you meet as though they are the most important person you’ll meet today.”

Roger Dawson

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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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