I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
Elwyn Brooks White
ital for other stuff. It will be great, a chance to make new friends while getting some health maintenance done, it does not get better than that. How fortunate I am that I have access to services that allow me to take care of myself, think of all those who don’t have that advantage. I use to be like so many others and avoided doing what I should for my health in the misguided belief that it wasn’t worth it, or that I might not like what they would want to do and the like, how dumb is that? Oh well anyway my health is one of the cornerstones of my commitment to personal happiness I hope it is for you as well.
The other day I ran across an article that outlined the author’s formula for happiness in the workplace. I hope he won’t mind my changes as I think his tips have value in all of life not just in the workplace. So here is my version of Enjoy Every Day based on the thoughts of Peter Clemens.
Enjoy Every Day
- Do what you love: this should be your ultimate life goal. I know it’s easier said than done, but just remember it is possible.
- Make friends with your co-workers, fellow volunteers, neighbors and the people you meet: in so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. So take the time and effort to become friends with the people you work with and spend time with.
- Take pride in what you do: even if you aren’t saving lives, chances are you are contributing in some positive way to society. Take pride in your work and you are sure to feel better about yourself.
- Stop waiting: stop waiting for something to occur before you are happy. Because guess what? Chances are that a better title, more money, an expensive car, or that nice corner office with the great view will not make a significant and lasting difference to your level of happiness.
In other words don’t wait for happiness to come to you. Chose to be happy and then do what it takes to enjoy all there is out there for each of us. We can do it but only if if we take those steps that will allow us to unburden ourselves of the things that prevent us from fully enjoying each day.
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
She said that now that they are retired, my mother and father are discussing all aspects of their future.
“What will you do if I die before you do?” Dad asked Mom.
After some thought, she said that she’d probably look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age.
Then Mom asked Dad, “What will you do if I die first?”
He replied, “Probably the same thing.”
Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can’t find them.
A young couple decided they needed an au pair, and arranged for a girl to come over from Northern Finland. When she arrived, the wife asked, “Can you cook?”
“No,” said the girl, “My mother always did that.”
“Can you do housework?” asked the wife.
“No, my oldest sister always did that.”
“Well,” said the wife, “You’d better just look after the children.”
“I don’t know how,” said the girl. “My youngest sister always did that.”
“What can you do, then?” asked the wife, in desperation.
“Well,” said the Finnish girl brightly, “I can milk reindeer.”
On a scale of 1 to 10, 4 is about 7.
Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the nuns had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a note which read, “Take only one. Remember, God is watching.”
At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven.
Beside the bowl, a little note scrawled in a child’s handwriting which read, “Take all you want. God’s watching the apples.”
BATHROOM: a room used by the entire family, believed by all (except Mom) to be self-cleaning. “Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas,” little Joshua said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays. “It’s the best Christmas present I ever got.”
“That’s great,” said his uncle. “Do you know how to play it?”
“Oh, I don’t play it,” the little fellow said. “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.”
“Hope for the best, expect the worst.
Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed.”
My tennis partner, Peter, is responsible for alumni relations at his high-school alma mater.
Last fall, a member of the Class of 1986 returned the standard alumni questionnaire with this response:
Marital Status – Not good
Wife’s Name – Plaintiff
Artificial Intelligence usually beats real stupidity.
“I’d like two pork chops,” said the patron to her butcher, “and make them lean.”
“Yes ma’am,” said the obliging butcher, standing them on end. “Which way?”
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I am with you kid. Let’s go.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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