Ray's musings and humor

Let’s enjoy today

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

George Bernard Shaw.

 

The other day I shared with you that I really have little time for unhappiness. I decided some time ago that I was not going to waste my time and energy on searching for things to complain about, rather I have chosen to focus on what is right in my daily life. I am beginning to believe that our mind is like a container that has only so much capacity and if I fill it with negatives I will leave less room for positives.

I have also discovered that there is no better antidote for a disappointment than a counterbalancing positive action. In my case it does not take much, if I decide as an example that things are getting dreary I often will go to an early light movie, get a big box of popcorn and just drop out for a few hours. When I return to the world my mind has cleared and often sees what neat things the day holds but only if I decide to participate.

Some time ago I copied a number of happiness tips written by Robert Holden, here is one I really like.

 

Make Happiness A Way of Travelling!

After years of studying stress, I have concluded that one of the biggest causes of stress is that we wait for happiness to happen! We think happiness is not for now; rather, we see it as a reward we work to, struggle after and suffer for in the hopes that one day it will happen. Following this erroneous train of thought, today becomes a day for well-behaved hardship, noble suffering, mild martyrdom and quiet desperation; and tomorrow, maybe, we might be happy.

Well, it’s official. The news is out: “There is no future!” Please understand, this is not a message of despair; it is simply a statement of truth. I repeat, “There is no future”! Save not, therefore, your best for the future. Do not WAIT to give your best to the next job, the next time, the next person, or, the next opportunity. Give your best NOW!

Some things never change: your greatest opportunity for happiness has been, will be, and still is, NOW! Unfortunately, you are often too busy “pasturising” and “futurising” to see that everything is here already right now. Give up the past, give up the future, and give in to happiness NOW! It really is all here. It must be, because you are here.

The one piece of good news that is true forever is, the present is here, now!

When in search of wisdom, linguists often refer to roots and connections of words from pre-historic civilizations. They explore ancient languages like Sanskrit, Aramaic and Latin, for instance, to unearth forgotten gems of wisdom. Well, much closer to home and to present time, it is helpful to note that in the English language, the word “present” has three distinct meanings: “here”, “now” and “a gift”.

Is this only a coincidence, or could it be that, the greatest gifts of life are always available to you here and now! The word “present” also links to “presence”, “being” and “being present”. Here is another clue. Give yourself to NOW! The future is not your answer – it has no true power. Now – right here – is good enough for you. All you need remember is, nothing is missing within you and nothing is missing here now.

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Every man dies. Not every man really lives.

William Ross Wallace.

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She said about having and raising kids that:

* If it was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!

* To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

* The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.

* The right temperature in a home is maintained by warm hearts, not by hot heads.

* The joy of motherhood: What a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed.

* Life’s golden age is when the kids are too old to need baby-sitters and too young to borrow the family car.

* A child outgrows your lap, but never outgrows your heart.

* There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your children to do it.

* Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.

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A bore is a person who talks so much about himself that you don’t get a chance to talk about yourself.

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A millionaire informs his attorney, “I want a stipulation in my Will that my wife is to inherit everything, but only if she remarries within six months of my death.”

“Why such an odd stipulation?” asks the attorney.

“Because,” he says, “I want someone to be sorry I died.”

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Who coined the phrase “to coin a phrase”?

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Friends took their first-grader on a car trip to Canada.  To help pass the time, the boy practiced his reading skills by calling out road signs. He fell asleep just before they entered Quebec. When he awoke, he saw the French highway signs and said, in a worried tone, “I think I forgot how to read while I was asleep.”

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When we all think alike, no one has to think at all.

Walter Lippman

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Teacher: Little Johnny, go to the map and find North America. Little Johnny: Here it is!

Teacher: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?

Class: Little Johnny!

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When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

Sydney J. Harris

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A man is recovering from surgery when a nurse asks him how he is feeling.

“I’m O.K. but I didn’t like the four-letter-word the doctor used in surgery,” he answered.

“What did he say,” asked the nurse.

“OOPS!”

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I went to San Francisco. I found someone’s heart.

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The police recently busted a man selling tablets he said gave eternal youth.

When going through their files they noticed it was the fourth time he was caught for doing this. He had earlier been arrested in 1794, 1856 and 1928.

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You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching and love like it is never going to hurt.

Ann Wells

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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