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We begin again tomorrow

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce

! a new beginning 2

Here we are New Year’s Eve and the end of another year. I am going to be like many others my age and go out this evening to celebrate with friends at a favorite Japanese restaurant and end the celebration when it is midnight in London so that I can be in bed and asleep well before midnight here in the US. My primary wish for next year is that it will be as good for me and my family as this year has been. I don’t have much memory of the bad times, I know there were some medical problems and some other setbacks but they were of no real consequence and are overshadowed by all the good things that happened. I do however mourn the loss of a few friends and the turmoil and lack of political statesmanship that has befallen our country but we will survive.

I could not help but wonder about this years ending and how it might really be different than some from the past so I looked back at a few Daily’s and here is how I saw the world then

 

10 Years ago

Since this is the last day of 2002 I could not help reflecting back on the year that will soon be behind us. Certainly it has been year filled with anxiety for most of us. The threat of terrorism and war has been with us constantly as we were inundated with the threat in our daily newspapers and the electronic media. For some of us the stock market decline, lower return on our CD’s and money market investments, coupled with runaway prescription costs has created a new set of concerns.

I suggest though that if you are like I am we have much to be thankful for as the year comes to an end. We made it through the year without another terrorist attack. We may have had to tighten our belts but we all know we are still better off than most. In my case I have been blessed with a family that is thriving. My grandchildren continue to mature and to give pleasure to us all. I have been extremely fortunate to be in the care of a variety of medical good guys and gals whose tenacity and skill prevented my having to undergo major heart surgery. Most recently my medical caregivers prescribed iron treatments that have brought back my energy and sense of wellbeing. It has been a year filled with new friends and the rediscovery of old friends. It is a year where I continued to have the good fortune of knowing and working with so many of you in the interest of children in need. All in all, when the scale is balanced it has been a pretty good year, thank you all for helping it be that way.

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Eight Years ago

Well gang this is it, the last day of 2004. It has been some year for all of us. War continues, we are in the midst of one of the worst disasters the world has ever known, but thankfully most of us have done well. In my case my family thrived, I maintained reasonably good health, and made a raft of new friends. I look forward to all of us having a great 2005. There is much to be done and much that we can do.

My best wishes to you and yours.

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Seven Years ago

2005 has been a heck of a year for me personally; one of the best ever. I can’t list everything; the list would be too long, but here are a few:

I am pleased that so many friends have gone on to new careers and happier lives.

I am fortunate that I made the acquaintance of so many smart people this year; I like to think of them as friends.

I am happy that I had so many opportunities to work with others, volunteer my time, and invest in the future through my many learning experiences.

While I miss those who I will probably never see again, friends that have moved, people I worked with from international organizations and government, and those who drift away because of time and distance. I am pleased that they are generally doing well and I consider myself fortunate that so many left me a better person than I would have been if it were not for their friendship.

And there is a special warm spot in my heart for all my caregivers, they all really care and some have become dear friends.

I know I had a better year than most and to a large extent it was due to the benefits that have come from so many of you.

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“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

Brad Paisley

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Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:

Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.

Stop exercising. Waste of time.

Read less. Makes you think.

Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.

Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.

Start being superstitious.

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A Jewish Prayer for the New Year

May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.

May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight and our mortgage interest rates not rise.

May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when we get there, may we find a parking space.

May we all relax about the third millennium of the common era, and realize that we still have 239 years until the down of the sixth millennium of the Hebrew calendar by which time the computer will be long since obsolete and so will we.

It is my belief that God’s joyous humor is the reason he really does not want us to touch our toes while exercising or he would have put them further up our bodies; and, the reason so many of us take up jogging is to hear heavy breathing again.

May what we see in the mirror delight us and what others see in us, delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our faults, be blind to our blemishes and tell the world about our virtues.

May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our checkbooks and budgets balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.

May we remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.

And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God’s love in every sunset, flower, baby’s smile, lover’s kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart. May we smile and laugh throughout the year.

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NEW YEAR WISHES

May peace fill all the empty spaces around you, and in you, may contentment answer all your wishes. May comfort be yours, warm and soft like a sigh, and may the coming year show you that every day is really a first day, a new year. Let abundance be your constant companion, so that you have much to share. May mirth be near you always, like a lamp shining brightly on the many paths you travel.

Author Unknown

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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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I have been freed

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.

Swedish Proverb

 ! LifeGoesOnPoem

I am worn out from too much hibernation. Snow kept me in for the last two days and so this morning I am busting out on my newly plowed driveway and trekking over to the gym to restart my normal life. I have a full day plan that includes lunch with one of my favorite grandsons. Since I find that solitary confinement seems to result in a loss of brainpower I am sending you a copy of the Daily I wrote on this day 12 years ago, it still works for me.

 

Ray’s Daily first published on December 28, 2005

Soon we will see another year go by. Now is a good time to review this year before we build our wish list for next year. Most of us we have had some good days and some bad days, and fortunately most of us had many more good ones than bad ones. We have won often and have lost occasionally, and as always each loss made the next win sweeter. When you add it all it up we have much to be grateful for, we are here, we are not hungry, violent death is not all around us, and our basic needs are satisfied most every day. I am happy that I have been able to travel, learn, and enjoy each day.

Most significantly, I have again benefited from a wife and family that tolerate my weaknesses and provide support whenever I need it.

I appreciate everyone who offered me their friendship, knowledge, and companionship. And I am thankful that I have been able to spend so much time with people who are making positive changes in their lives. As always, I was saddened by the loss of those who are no longer with us, fortunately they live on in my memory. I will always appreciate the time we had together.

Of course there are wishes that did not come true, but that is why there is always a next year and the chance to again make a dream or two come true. I hope your year was as good, if not better than mine. Just think in a few days we get to start over again, I can hardly wait.

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“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”

Sam Lefkowitz

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Reasons why I never visit my rich friend:

Once while visiting a very rich friend, the maid approached me and…..

Question : “What would you like to have ..Fruit juice, Soda, Tea, Chocolate, Capuccino, Frapuccino,or Coffee?”

Answer: ” Tea please”

Question : ” Ceylon tea, Indian tea, Herbal tea,Bush tea, Honey bush tea,Iced tea or green tea ?” Answer : “Ceylon tea ” Question : “How would you like it ? black or white ?

Answer: “white”

Question: “Milk, or fresh cream?

Answer: “With milk ”

Question: “Goat’s milk, or cow’s milk”

Answer: “With cow’s milk please.

Question: ” Freezeland cow or Afrikaner cow?”

Answer: ” Um, I’ll just take it black. ”

Question: ” Would you like it with sweetener, sugar or honey?”

Answer: “With sugar”

Question: ” Beet sugar or cane sugar?”

Answer: “Cane sugar ”

Question:” White, brown or yellow sugar?”

Answer: “Forget about the tea, just give me a glass of water instead.”

Question: “Mineral water, tap water or distilled water? ”

Answer: “Mineral water”

Question: “Flavored or non-flavored ?”

Answer: “I think I’ll just die of thirst!!!!

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I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.

Rita Rudner

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“I noticed you always carry my photo in your handbag. Why?” a husband asked his wife.

“When there is a problem, no matter how impossible, I look at your picture and the problem always disappears,” she said.

The man smiled. “You see how good I am for you?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said. “I see your picture and say to myself, ‘What other problem can there be that is worse than this one?'”

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“One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people.”

George Carlin

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A blonde is complaining to her friend what a horrible day at work she had; her boss had a heart attack and died!

Her friend says, “Why, that’s terrible! What did you do?”

The blonde shakes her head and says, “There was nothing I could do. He kept yelling at me to call 911, but he wouldn’t tell me the rest of the numbers!”

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In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

Sir Francis Bacon

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An old man strode in to his doctors office and said, “Doc, my druggist said to tell you to change my prescription and to check the prescription you’ve been giving to Mrs. Smith.”

“Oh, he did, did he?” the doctor shot back. “And since when does a druggist second guess a doctor’s orders?”

The old man says, “Since he found out I’ve been on birth control pills since February.”

~~~

“I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.”

Mitch Hedberg

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Judy reports that a not necessarily well-prepared student sat in his life science classroom, staring at a question on the final exam paper. The question directed: “Give four advantages of breast milk.”

What to write? He sighed, and began to scribble whatever came into his head, hoping for the best:

1. No need to boil.

2. Never goes sour.

3. Available whenever necessary.

So far so good – maybe. But the exam demanded a fourth answer. Again, what to write? Once more, he sighed. He frowned. He scowled, then sighed again. Suddenly, he brightened. He grabbed his pen, and triumphantly, he scribbled his definitive answer:

4. Available in attractive containers of varying sizes.

He received an A

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To get a man’s attention, just stand in front of the TV and don’t move. He’ll talk to you. Guaranteed!!

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Bambi, in her fourth year as a UCLA freshman, sat in her US government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about. Bambi pondered the question then finally said,

“That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware.”

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“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty;

Not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens

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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.

Thoughts while hibernating

Life’s too short to hang on to the past, tomorrow is a new day, cherish the future!         

Marisa Stein

! A new beginning

Yesterday we had our first blizzard in years; in fact I am not sure we didn’t get more snow yesterday than we did all last winter. Fortunately I had no appointments and I substituted my home treadmill for my morning workout at the gym. Even my wife had to stay home as the malls were all closed as well as the rest of her haunts. Hopefully I can plow my way out this morning so I can add strength training to my cardio workout.

I feel bad for the stranded travelers and those who never got to their families to share the holidays. For the rest of us who were snowbound it was a great opportunity for some quiet contemplation, something many of us seldom do. Some self-analysis once in a while is a worthwhile endeavor especially when it is a prelude to a new year providing us the opportunity to decide what we plan to do with the rest of our lives. Far too often we don’t make the modifications that we can make as we age nor do we adjust to changes in the world around us which puts us at risk of finding there is not much there when we peek out of the ruts we have dug for ourselves.

In my case I am always finding ways to do something silly or dumb which keeps me out of the ditch. Heck I even do something good once in a while and am amazed that there is so much that I can do and even have fun doing it. So my friends I wish you not only a happy New Year but also one filled with excitement, adventure and new experiences.

The other day one of our readers e-mailed me that she especially liked the Ralph Marsden wisdom that I occasionally add to our Daily so today I looked to see what Ralph had to say about adventurous living and this is what I came up with.

 

This unique day

Today is a new day, so live it that way. Make use of this day to bring new experience into your life. Certainly there are things that must be attended to again and again. Yet there’s always time, and always a way, to make each and every day unique.

Keep your life fresh and invigorating. Keep yourself open to new possibilities. There’s something new you can learn, or accomplish, or experience today that will add real value to your life. Live today’s unique opportunities while they are here.

You’re not here to just pass the time. You’re immersed in a universe that’s filled with every possibility. See the beauty, feel the wonder, experience the miracle of your life in new and joyous ways. Fully live the one-of-a-kind day that’s yours right now.

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Happiness is not found at the end of the road, it is experienced along the way. So take not for granted each moment of your life and you will find a reason to be happy each day.

Unknown Author

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JOIN THE SOCIETY OF CHILDLIKE GROWNUPS.

OUR MOTTO IS: “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE A HAPPY CHILDHOOD, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHERS DO, TOO!!!”

As a member you are expected to:

Walk in the rain,

JUMP in mud puddles,

Collect Rainbows,

Smell Flowers.

Blow bubbles ooOO

Stop along the way and build Sandcastles,

Watch the Moon and Stars,

Say HELLO to everyone,

~~~

You’ll always miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take.

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A woman called Mount Sinai Hospital. She said, “Mount Sinai Hospital? Hello. Darling, I’d like to talk with the person who gives the information about the patients. But I don’t want to know if the patient is better or doing like expected, or worse, I want all the information from top to bottom.”

The voice on the other end of the line said, “Finkel… Finkel, Let me see… Feinberg, Farber — Finkel. Oh yes, Mrs. Finkel is doing very well. In fact, she’s had two full meals, her doctor says if she continues improving he is going to send her home Tuesday.”

The woman said, “Thank God! That’s wonderful! She’s going home on Tuesday. I’m so happy to hear that. That’s wonderful news.”

The guy on the other end said, “From your enthusiasm, I take it you must be one of the close family.”

She said, “What close family? I’m Sarah Finkel! My doctor tells me nothing!”

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If all men were brothers, would you let one marry your sister?

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A woman walked up to the manager of a department store.

“Are you hiring any help?” she asked.

“No,” he said. “We already have all the staff we need.”

“Then would you mind getting someone to wait on me?” she asked.

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“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down.'”

Bob Newhart

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The minister dies and the congregation decides, after some time, that his widow, should marry again. Since it is a small village the only available candidate is the local butcher. Although very reluctantly, since she was used to living with a bible scholar, she accepts.

After the marriage, on Friday night just after taking a bath – the new husband tells his wife, “Look, my mother always said that before the beginning of the weekend it was a blessing to have sex.” They do it and then on Saturday he tells her, “According to my father it is a blessing to have sex during the day before the Sabbath. There they go again and when it is time to go to sleep he tells her, “My grandfather told me that one should always have sex on Sabbath night.” Finally they go to sleep and when they wake up the next morning he tells her, “My aunt says that a Christian man always starts the Sabbath by having sex. So lets do it.”

Finally on Monday she goes out to the market and meets a friend that asks her, “So how is the new husband?”

“Well, an intellectual he isn’t, but he comes from a wonderful family.

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“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”

Arnold Bennett

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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 decided what you are going to do?

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 ! Focus-On-Your-Priorities

Christmas is now behind us and I hope yours was as good as ours was. Now we are in the final days of another year, a good time to reflect on the last twelve months, put them behind us and get ready for a great 2013. We have a choice, we can go with the flow in 2013 and continue as we have or we can decide now is a great time to reward ourselves by doing what we have put off doing for too long. I have found that it is much better to be remembered for what we have done, even with the missteps, than it is to either be remembered for what we did not do or even worse not be remembered at all.

Unfortunately too many of us find it easy to excuse ourselves from doing much of significance. We feel that we just can’t take on any more, we just don’t have time. In reality most of us have forgotten how to set priorities and spend so much time on things that are not really important that we have little time left for what is important.

Marc and Angel Hack recently offered a realistic analysis of why so many of us just never reach our potential. Here is what they wrote:

 

Here are eight reasons so many of us miss out on life as it’s happening.

The fear of missing out. – If you feel anxious because you constantly feel like you’re missing out on something happening somewhere else, you’re not alone.  We all feel this way sometimes.  But let me assure you, you could run around trying to do everything, and travel around the world, and always stay connected, and work and party all night long without sleep, but you could never do it all.  You will always be missing something.  So let it go, and realize you have everything right now.  The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are, at this moment.  Celebrate the perhaps not altogether insignificant fact that you are alive right now.  This moment, and who you are, is absolutely perfect.

Avoiding pain and defeat. – Not to spoil the ending for you, but everything is going to be OK – you just need to learn a lesson or two first.  Don’t run from the realities of the present moment.  The pain and defeat contained within is necessary to your long-term growth.  Remember, there is a difference between encountering defeats and being defeated.  Nothing ever goes away until it teaches you what you need to know, so you can move on to the next step.

Holding on to what’s no longer there. – Some of us spend the vast majority of our lives recounting past memories, and letting them steer the course of the present.  Don’t waste your time trying to live in another time and place.  Let the past, go.  You must accept the end of something in order to begin to build something new.  So close some old doors today.  Not because of pride, inability or egotism, but simply because you’ve entered each one of them in the past and realize that they lead to nowhere.

Retelling a self-defeating story. – If we continue to repeat a story in our head, we eventually believe that story and embrace it – whether it empowers us or not.  So the question is: Does your story empower you?  Don’t place your mistakes on your mind, their weight may crush your current potential.  Instead, place them under your feet and use them as a platform to view the horizon.  Remember, all things are difficult before they are easy.  What matters the most is what you start doing now.

Attempting to fit in by becoming someone else. – The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be you, just the way you are in this moment.  We cannot find ourselves if we are always searching for, or morphing into, someone else.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.  Be your own kind of beautiful right now, in the way only you know how.

The picture in your head of how it’s supposed to be. – What often screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.  Although every good thing has an end, in life every ending is just a new beginning.  Life goes on – not always the way we had envisioned it would be, but always the way it’s supposed to be.  Remember, we usually can’t choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it.

Berating yourself for not being perfect. – Don’t be too hard on yourself.  There are plenty of people willing to do that for you.  Do your best and surrender the rest.  Tell yourself, “I am doing the best I can with what I have in this moment.  And that is all I can expect of anyone, including me.” 

Waiting, and then waiting some more. – Stop waiting for tomorrow; you will never get today back.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past.  It doesn’t matter how low or unworthy you feel right now.  The simple fact that you’re alive makes you worthy.  Life is too short for excuses.  Stop settling.  Stop procrastinating.  Start today by taking one courageous step forward.  If you are not sure exactly which way to go, it is always wise to follow your heart.

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“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”

Leo Babauta

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The church was celebrating Communion.  During the “children’s sermon,” the minister was talking about Communion and what it is all about.  “The Bible talks of Holy Communion being a ‘joyful feast’.  What does that mean? Well, ‘joyful’ means happy, right?  And a feast is a meal.  So a ‘joyful feast’ is a happy meal.  And what are the three things we need for a happy meal?”

Little Johnny put up his hand and said, “Hamburger, fries, and a regular soft drink?”

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It is impossible for an optimist to be pleasantly surprised.

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Four members of the clergy had a theological argument, with the three male ministers siding against the female minister.

The woman prayed, “Lord, I know I’m right.  Please send us a divine sign to prove it.” A big storm cloud materialized, and there was a clap of thunder, “See,” said the woman. “It’s a sign from above.”

The three clergymen disagreed, saying thunder is a common phenomenon.

“Dear Lord,” the woman prayed, “I need a bigger sign.” This time a bolt of lightning slammed into a tree. “See! I told you I was right,” the woman said.

But the men insisted nothing had happened that couldn’t be explained by natural causes.

“Help me, Lord,” the woman implored.  And a deep voice came from the heavens: “SSSHHHEEE’S RRRIIIGGGHHHTTT!!!” The woman turned to the three clergymen and asked, “Well?”

“So, okay,” they said. “Now it’s three against two.”

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You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.

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The Smith’s were proud of their family tradition.  Their ancestors had come to America on the Mayflower.  Their line had included Senators and Wall Street wizards. Now they decided to compile a family history, a legacy for the children.  They hired a fine author.  Only one problem arose — how to handle that great-uncle who was executed in the electric chair.

The author said he could handle that chapter of history tactfully.

The book appeared.  It said that “Great-uncle George occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, was attached to his position by the strongest of ties and his death came as a real shock.”

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“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”

Victoria Moran

~~~

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.

May peace be with you

It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to ones fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.

Isabel Currier

! Christmas-peace

Here we are Christmas Eve. My day will be full once I return from my early morning exercise and it will be capped by our extended families annual Christmas Eve dinner at a downtown club. We have been doing it with another family for about 40 years and as in-laws and children have been added it has grown to be a large group. Unfortunately however we had to reduce the reservation by five people as a son-in-law had an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and is currently recovering in the hospital. He was scheduled for a western ski trip with two of my grandkids in a few days so I am glad it happened here and not on a ski slope in the mountains with only his children nearby.

Rather than do more than hope that the Christmas spirit catches on so we will all work to solve problems rather than continue to generate new ones I am going to see what I wrote on the day before Christmas in previous years.

2002

Peace on Earth

Good will towards men

Nothing more needs to be said.

If we all do our part, think what we might……

~~~

2003

No matter where you are in the world today, no matter your religion or your beliefs, I hope you too will embrace “Peace on Earth, good-will to men.” I know of no time when goodwill was needed more. The events of the last few years have shown that hatred, animosity, and terror affects us all, and that no one is guaranteed safety and tranquility. It will take us all, and millions of others working for peace and understanding if we are to stop and reverse the insanity. At the very least we can be kind to each other and invest in the brightest possible future for all children in the years ahead. During this season of celebration let us not forget the fact that our religions and our philosophy is based on the promise of a better life for all.

~~~

2004

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.

You may say I’m a dreamer,

but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us,

and the world will be as one.”

John Lennon

“All we are saying is give peace a chance…”

John Lennon

“Peace is our gift to each other.”

Elie Wiesel

~~~

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

New York Sun, 1897

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

 

Dear Editor,

 

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

 

Virginia O’Hanlon

 

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Charles Dickens

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 ! xmas

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.

Soon we’ll get another chance

Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.

Michael Josephson

 ! Fledgling

We may have different religious beliefs, we may live in different cultures and we may even have different lifestyles, but we all do share the human existence and we are more alike than we are different. We breathe, we eat, we crave warmth and safety and we need support and even love from others. It is sad that so many of us focus on our differences and not on how much alike we really are. Some of us even get trapped in cultures and tribes that demand we hate each other rather than reach out to each other, and that may be our world’s greatest tragedy. Just think what it would be like if we could garner all the resources currently spent on hatred, conflict and oppression and used them to nurture the worlds people.

Maybe as we approach the end of the year it would be wise for us to inventory how much ill will and hate we harbor in our own hearts, often for people we don’t even know and then take the energy used to hate and turn it into energy spent on greater understanding.

I found this article today on an Appleton Wisconsin newspaper’s web site. It is what got me thinking about making a meaningful New Year’s resolution.

 

The holiday season is alive with goodwill and good cheer that spills over into our workplaces. Wouldn’t it be great if that could last for more than a few weeks? As you wish one another “happy holidays” keep in mind that how we treat one another matters all year long. Keep the “holiday spirit” alive throughout the year by choosing to share a gift that will keep on giving long after the parties are over and the decorations have been put away.

  • Give a smile. Smile at everyone you encounter and you can give thousands of these gifts in the next year. You can even give this gift to yourself — studies show that it’s hard to feel negative while smiling.
  • Give gratitude. It costs so little to say “thank you” and it can mean so much. If you make a conscious effort every day to express your gratitude to at least one person you will have given at least 365 more gifts in 2013.
  • Give appreciation. You don’t have to expend a lot of effort to let someone know they’re appreciated. A simple “I like working with you” or “you do your job well” will make anyone’s day brighter. Do this once a week and add 52 more meaningful gifts.
  • Give assistance. There is nothing like a helping hand when someone is feeling stressed, overwhelmed or overworked. Don’t wait to be asked, make the offer. Even if there isn’t anything you can do, often just the offer to help will lighten the load. An offer a month provides 12 more giving opportunities.
  • Give understanding. When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes or give them the benefit of the doubt, you are less likely to judge, criticize or gossip. No doubt there’ll be many occasions to give this gift and it’s one that will benefit the entire workplace.
  • Give kindness. There are many ways to express kindness — a caring smile, a compassionate ear, a thoughtful gesture, a gentle reminder, a considerate response, an expression of sympathy, an offer to help — most of which cost so little in contrast to how much they enrich the lives of those around us. Make kindness the focal point of your interactions and each day will provide countless opportunities to make the world a better place, for you and everyone you encounter.

Give the gifts that keep on giving — at work, at home, at school, at church, in your neighborhood — and you, too, will reap the benefits.

Happy Holidays with wishes for peace, contentment, prosperity and success.

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“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Annie Evett

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The boyfriend said, “We’re going to have a GREAT time Saturday.  I’ve gotten three tickets for the big game.”

“Why do we need three?” asked the girl.

“They’re for your Father, Mother, and kid sister.” he replied.

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I got my IQ test results back, they were negative.

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The officer pulled me over for speeding.  I explained that I was rushing home to be with my wife on our first anniversary.

But rather than letting me off, he wrote out the ticket, handed it to me, and said, “Congratulations.  The first year is paper, right?”

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Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.

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Those of us who worked at the front desk of a convention hotel in Houston, Texas prided ourselves on making the guests feel special. When someone arrived at reception, credit card in hand, we would sneak a quick peek at it and address him by name.

Once, during a check-in, one of our guests presented a corporate credit card. “Welcome to Houston, Mr. Bell,” the desk clerk said.

“Oh, please,” the man replied, “call me Taco.”

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On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was…surrounded by trees and bushes.

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“Baby Talk”

What your baby would tell you if he could talk:

1. I have my blankie, you have your caffeine. Enough said.

2. Don’t be jealous, but I think I’m in love with the ceiling fan.

3. I know where the remote control is, but it’ll cost you.

4. To you, it’s just an empty egg carton; to me it’s PlayStation 2.

5. Actually, I don’t mind sitting in a bathtub that I’ve peed in.

6. Bang a screwdriver slowly and steadily into your gums. That’s what teething feels like.

7. Two words I’d rather not hear from you: rectal thermometer.

8. There’s no point in teaching me to say “mama” or “dada.” My first word is going to be “hat.”

9. I’ve told you five times what cow says. If you can’t remember, I’m not telling you again.

10. There is no question that I can cry longer than you can listen.

11. I’m not just wildly throwing my food. I’m exploring the laws of gravity, estimating mass, and testing wind velocity.

12. If you wanted a good sleeper, you should have gotten a cat.

13. Who that baby in the mirror you keep asking me about?

14. If my bottom is so darn cute, why is someone always trying to cover it up?

15. Who are you two to tell me how important it is to sleep alone?

16. What you secretly believe is true: I am much smarter than other babies.

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A happy New Year! Grant that I

May bring no tear to any eye

When this New Year in time shall end

Let it be said I’ve played the friend,

Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.

Edgar Guest

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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.

And tomorrow is going to be great too

“The beginning is always today.”

Mary Shelley

 ! Enjoy your life

I have written often recently about how much enjoyment I get out of life because primarily because I have come to realize how much I have to be thankful for. I do because of my greater appreciation of the small everyday things that that abound and which more than offset the occasional negatives. I have also shared a number of articles about living in the moment since yesterday is now history and cannot be changed and tomorrow is yet to come and holds its own mysteries.

Today I realized that my life would be pretty boring if each day was the same and held only the same basics as it always has. In truth my life is enriched by placing on tomorrow’s agenda great things which enrich each new day. There are people I have yet to meet, places I have yet to see and knowledge I have yet to acquire. In fact to some extent it is the planning and anticipation of what is yet to come that helps make each day special. So while we can live each day to the fullest without worrying about yesterday or tomorrow we can invest a little time in making sure that the days ahead keep getting better.

Here is something I saved that I really like about why we should look forward to the opportunities ahead while building on the happiness we experienced today.

 

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire … if you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something … for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times … during those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations … they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge… which will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes … they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary … because it means you’ve given your all.

It’s easy to be thankful for the ‘good’ things … yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive … find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

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“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”

Kahlil Gibran

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THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR DURING SURGERY

* FIRE! FIRE! Everyone get out now!

* Don’t worry. I think it is sharp enough.

* Uh-oh.

* I don’t know where that came from! Just put it over there.

* Better crank up that anesthesia.

* I don’t think that was supposed to come off.

* Gonna have to stop here, his insurance won’t pay for the rest.

* Well, it’s five o’clock! We’ll just put this off till tomorrow.

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It’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow. How cold will it be?

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Charlie was playing with his little brother Mickey when the little boy asked whether he could fly like Superman.

“Sure you can, Mickey,” Charlie said, “Just flap your arms really *really* hard.”

So Mickey climbed up on the windowsill, started flapping like mad, jumped, then smashed into the ground just a few inches below.

Horrified, their mother came screaming into the room and asked, “What  happened?!?”

Charlie said, “I was just teaching Mickey not to believe everything someone tells him.”

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Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

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A small boy was lost, so he went up to a policeman and said, “I’ve lost my dad!”

The copper said, “What’s he like?”

The little boy replied, “Beer and women!”

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It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

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Coming out of church, Mrs. Smith asked her husband, “Do you think that Johnson girl is tinting her hair?”

“I didn’t even see her,” admitted Mr. Smith.

“And that dress Mrs. Davis was wearing,” continued Mrs. Smith, “Really, don’t tell me you think that’s the proper outfit for a mother of two.”

“I’m afraid I didn’t notice that either,” said Mr. Smith.

“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” snapped Mrs. Smith. “A lot of good it does you to go to church.”

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“First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.”

George Burns

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“Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged”

SCHIZOPHRENIA – Do You Hear What I Hear?

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY – We Three Queens Disoriented Are.

DEMENTIA – I Think I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

NARCISSISTIC – Hark The Herald Angels Sing (About Me)

MANIA – Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town …or Deck the Halls and Spare No Expense!

PARANOIA – Santa Claus is Coming To Get Me.

PERSONALITY DISORDER – You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, then MAYBE I’ll tell you why.

DEPRESSION – Silent anhedonia, Holy anhedonia. All is calm, All is pretty lonely.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE – Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell…

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY – Thoughts of Roasting in an Open Fire.

PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE – On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me (and then took it all away).

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“If I were to live for tomorrow, I would have lived fullest for today.”

Santosh Kalwar

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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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