Ray's musings and humor

“Be an explorer. The universe is filled with wonder and magical things.”

Flavia

I was at a meeting yesterday where a friend shared how happy she is now that she has taken control of her life. It sounded like she had spent so many years trying to do what everyone else wanted that she had little time left just to be herself. She was fortunate to have left her last job and at the same time unchain herself from the past. Now her primary vocation is herself, she works helping people but the job does not demand all of her time nor does it require her to sacrifice her principles or beliefs. It is great to bask in the glow of someone who has found so much pleasure in being her own boss, her own judge and who is open to all there is to offer in our world.

I decided many years ago to choose my own destiny rather than allowing others or events to manage my existence. My friend spent many years following the path that was laid out for her and decided it was time to step off the path and build a destiny that is different than the one she saw when she was too busy to stray from the beaten path. My friend has found that big income and/or title is not required when your job starts to become focused on your own wellbeing. I learned years ago that personal satisfaction and the freedom to do things that have value are priceless and have substantially more value that money or prestige. But I also have learned that often it is those who have broken their chains who end up with the money and prestige but not because that was there primary focus.

Here is something published by Catherine Pulsifer on her Inspirational Thoughts website that is in the same vein that is worth your consideration.

Your Destiny?

Don’t leave your destiny up to someone else. What is your destiny in life? Some people are not aware it’s their choice to create their own destiny while others set personal goals and take responsibility for the direction of their lives. You can surrender your destiny to the desires of others, or you can control your own destiny by establishing your goals and working steadily to attain them. You have the choice.

The unfortunate attitude for many is that they do not have any idea of what their destiny is because they have allowed themselves to be conditioned by their parents, siblings, friends or teachers. They have not decided to take responsibility for their own life preferring to do what is expected rather than what they want. It is difficult to break away from previous conditioning especially if you have been continuously pushed just like a child is continually pushed to play the piano but has absolutely no passion for it.

You have to make a break away from what everyone else wants you to do and to be. The real decision to make a choice may be difficult but without making this choice to carve your own destiny, you will always be a person unfulfilled and confused.

What do you want? To control your own destiny, or let someone else control it? Don’t leave your destiny up to someone else.

What is your destiny in life? You can surrender your destiny to the desires of others, or you can control your own destiny by establishing your goals and working steadily to attain them. You have the choice.

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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

~~~

“Are you my caddie?” asked MacTavish.

“Aye, sir,” replied the boy.

“And are you any good at finding lost balls?”

“Aye, sir.”

“Right, then. Find one and let’s get the game started.”

~~~

How many car salesmen does it take to change a light bulb? “I’m just going to work this out on my calculator, and I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”

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“I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.”

Jackie Mason

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A six-year-old ran up and down the supermarket aisles shouting frantically, “Marian, Marian!”

Finally reunited with his mother, he was chided by her, “You shouldn’t call me ‘Marian.’  I’m your mother, you know.”

“I know,” said the child, wise beyond his years, “but the store is full of mothers!”

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“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.”

John Milton

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PROCRASTINATOR’S CREED

NOTICE: You may wish to delay reading this until you have more free time.

1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

7. If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.

8. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

9. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

10. I will never put off tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

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“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones come daily.”

Ivy Baker Priest

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Once upon a time there lived three men: a doctor, a chemist, and an engineer. All three had offended the king and were sentenced to die on the same day.

The day of the execution arrived, and the doctor was led up to the guillotine. As he strapped the doctor to the guillotine, the executioner asked, “Head up or head down?”

“Head up,” said the doctor.

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, and z-z-z-z-ing! Down came the blade — and stopped barely an inch above the doctor’s neck. Well, the law stated that if an execution didn’t succeed the first time the prisoner had to be released, so the doctor was set free.

Then the chemist was led up to the guillotine.

“Head up or head down?” said the executioner.

“Head up.”

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, and z-z-z-z-ing! Down came the blade — and stopped an inch above the chemist’s neck. Well, the law stated that if the execution didn’t succeed the first time the prisoner had to be released, so the chemist was set free.

Finally the engineer was led up to the guillotine.

“Head up or head down?”

“Head up.”

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, but before he could cut the rope, the engineer yelled out:

“WAIT! I see what the problem is!”

~~~

“Fun is a vital nutrient for a high-quality life, and for most of us this nutrient is in short supply.”

Cheryl Richardson

~~~

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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