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Archive for February, 2013

Don’t hurt your head!

‘Life just is.  You have to flow with it.  Give yourself to the moment.  Let it happen.”

Jerry Brown

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I have been thinking lately how frustrating it is for people who keep hitting their head against an immovable wall. It not only hurts it also accomplishes nothing more than additional frustration. I prefer folks who don’t try to do the impossible or depend on miracles to make their lives easier.

When faced with what we can’t change we need to accept reality and move on. Often there is another path around the wall but sometimes there is not, when there is no way around it I like to just move on, wailing at the wall only keeps me from finding more pleasant alternatives. Fortunately the list of the good things I have yet to do is really long and provides me many alternatives to temporary unhappiness.

Here is a poem I especially like, I don’t know who wrote it but I appreciate the fact that they did.

 

    Take the life that you have, and give it your best.

 

Life can be hurtful, and not always fair.

Life can surround you, with people who care.

Life clearly does offer, its ups and its downs.

Life teaches us to take, the good with the bad.

Life is a mixture, of happy and sad.

So…..

Take the life that you have, and give it your best.

Think positive, be happy, let the Universe do the rest.

Take the challenges, that life has laid at your feet.

Take pride and be thankful, for each one you meet.

To yourself give forgiveness, if you stumble and fall.

Take each day that is dealt you, and give it your all.

Take the love that you’re given, and return it with care.

Have faith that when needed, it will always be there.

Take time to find the beauty, in the things that you see.

Take life’s simple pleasures, let them set your heart free.

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“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.”

Zig Ziglar

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Will Rogers said:

  • After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him … The moral:  When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
  • There’s two theories to arguing with a woman.  Neither one works.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
  • When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.

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Boucher’s Observation:  He who blows his own horn always plays the music several octaves higher than originally written.

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The kid said:

I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?  –Age 15

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I asked my psychiatrist if she thought I was crazy, she said “no”, so I let her up.

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The stockbroker’s secretary answered his phone one morning.  “I’m sorry,” she said, “Mr. Bradford’s on another line.”

“This is Mr. Ingram’s office,” the caller said.  “We’d like to know if he’s bullish or bearish right now.”

“He’s talking to his wife,” the secretary replied. “Right now I’d say he’s sheepish.”

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There’s no underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

H. L. Mencken

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Another success secret:

Use computers to look busy. Any time you use a computer, it looks like work to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, calculate your finances and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren’t exactly the societal benefits that everybody from the computer revolution expected but they’re not bad either. When you get caught by your boss –and you will get caught–your best defense is to claim you’re teaching yourself to use the new software, thus saving valuable training dollars. You’re not a loafer, you’re a self-starter. Offer to show your boss what you learned. That will make your boss scurry away like a frightened salamander.

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“Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.”

William Safire

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An Irish man walks into a pub. The bartender asks him, “what’ll you have?”

The man says, “Give me three pints of Guinness please.”

So the bartender brings him three pints and the man proceeds to alternately sip one, then the other, then the third until they’re gone. He then orders three more.

The bartender says, “Sir, I know you like them cold. You don’t have to order three at a time. I can keep an eye on it and when you get low I’ll bring you a fresh cold one.”

The man says, “You don’t understand. I have two brothers, one in Australia and one in the States. We made a vow to each other that every Saturday night we’d still drink together. So right now, my brothers have three Guinness Stouts too, and we’re drinking together.

The bartender thought that was a wonderful tradition. Every week the man came in and ordered three beers. Then one week he came in and ordered only two. He drank them and then ordered two more.

The bartender said to him, “I know what your tradition is, and I’d just like to say that I’m sorry that one of your brothers died.”

The man said, “Oh, me brothers are fine—-I just quit drinking.”

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“Nothing truly stops you.  Nothing truly holds you back.  For your own will is always within your control.  Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.”

Epictetus

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Kids need us

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”

Marvin J. Ashton

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I had a productive day yesterday and have a full day today starting now and going until late afternoon. So I again shall return to days of yesteryear and post a Daily from the past.

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Ray’s Daily first published on February 13, 2004

I was at a meeting the other day where the speaker provided a statistic that I am sure (I hope) has to be wrong. He said that a recent survey said that 93% of those surveyed said that the one person other than their parents who had the most influence on their lives, either positively or negatively, was one of their coaches. His report got me to wondering about all the teachers in our lives, our mentors, our Scout Masters, priests, relatives, neighbors, all of those thousands of contacts each of us has had, and yet if true, this statistic says that all of those had a primary impact on only 3% of Kids. While I doubt the accuracy of the statistic, I wonder if many of us have walked away from our youth. Have sports become so primary in children’s lives that anything else is secondary? Few will become life long athletes, but all will become life long citizens. I am not saying that sports does not have the potential to provide good learning experiences, it does in the right hands. But is that all there is?

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Here is a story of the kind of teachers I think we need.

Many years ago I had a teacher whose husband unexpectedly died suddenly of a heart attack.  About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, “Before class is over, I would like to share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important.

Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves.  None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.  Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day.” Her eyes beginning to water, she went on, “So I would like you all to make me a promise.  From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.  It doesn’t have to be something you see – it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground.

Please look for these things, and cherish them.  For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the stuff” of life.  The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.  The things we often take for granted.  We must make it important to notice them, for at any time…  it can all be taken away.” The class was completely quiet.  We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently.  That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today.  Go barefoot.  Or walk on the beach at sunset.  Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.  For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.

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We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.

Robert H. Shaffer

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She wrote: My husband Jeff and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk. The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more. “Sir,” my husband politely said, “please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old.” “Okay,” the computer technician replied. “Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?”

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“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”

Benjamin Franklin

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Nights in England are coal black, making parachute jumps difficult.  We attach small lights called chemlites to make our jumpsuits visible to the rest of the team. Late one night, lost after a practice jump, we knocked at the door of a small cottage.  When a woman answered, she was greeted by the sight of five men festooned in glowing chemlites. “Excuse me,” I said, “Can you tell us where we are?”

In a thick English accent, the woman replied, “Earth.”

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Look at the world around you, and you’ll see God’s creativity;

Look at the dinner table, and you’ll see God’s providence;

Look at the mirror, and you’ll see God’s sense of humor.

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A shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a watch from an exclusive jewelry store. “Listen,” said the shoplifter, “I know you don’t want any trouble either. What do you say I just buy the watch and we forget about this?”

The manager agreed and wrote up the sales slip. The crook looked at the slip and said, “This is a little more than I intended to spend. Can you show me something less expensive?”

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I’ve Gone to Find Myself. If I Get Back Before I’ve Found Me,  Please Keep Me Here

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As you know from some of my previous daily’s that the following is true for me, I hope not for you, or at least not yet.

Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1950.

Symptoms:

1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.

2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.

6. Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished.

7. Causes you to hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND.”

8. Causes you to hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.”

IT IS CALLED THE “C-NILE VIRUS.”

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“Kindness in words creates confidence.

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.

Kindness in giving creates love.”

Lao-tzu

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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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Don’t wait!

I look forward to growing old and wise and audacious.

Glenda Jackson

 ! it gets better

I am beginning to think us older folks are often misunderstood. When we behave as curmudgeons it’s is not because we are trying to put a damper on others views of the world, often it is just because as the years go by we learn that some of those things that once seemed to be important really are not. It is amazing that when we start to clear the clutter out of our lives that often are nothing more than barriers to happiness we start to savor that which is truly worth our time.

Did you ever take inventory of what keeps you busy over a month or so? If you do you might be surprised. If you keep an accurate enough list and then separate it into categories such as enjoyable, important, disagreeable, a waste of time, and other similar attributes it allows you to look at how you spend your days. In my case there have been many things that I found that I could stop before I even started and other things that I could devote more time to that I truly enjoyed. I also found that I could budget the use of my time so I could do some things that had value while still making sure I had time to invest in myself through leaning more about the world around me while insuring I have plenty of feel good time. What got me thinking about this today was what a friend, I wish I remember who, sent me some time ago that I reread this morning, here is what it said.

 

Some very true words to ponder

As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

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Why do people talk of the horrors of old age? It’s great. I feel like a fine old car with the parts gradually wearing out, but I’m not complaining,… Those who find growing old terrible are people who haven’t done what they wanted with their lives.

Martha Gellhorn

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Irving took Harry to a celebratory dinner at a really posh restaurant. They walked in, were ushered to a table by a formally dressed maitre d’, and sat down at a table on which were displayed the finest china and crystal. Taking the damask napkin from the solid silver napkin ring, Harry unfolded it, put it around his neck and proceeded to tie a knot in the back.

Staring at him, the maitre d’ said, between gritted teeth, “Sir, will you be having a shave or a haircut?”

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It rarely occurs to teenagers that the day will come when they’ll know as little as their parents.

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A woman was chatting with her next-door neighbor. “I feel really good today. I started out this morning with an act of unselfish generosity. I gave a five dollar bill to a bum.”

“You gave a bum five whole dollars? That’s a lot of money to just give away. What did you husband say about it?”

“Oh, he thought it was the proper thing to do. He said, ‘Thanks.’ ”

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

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After many years, a young Jewish Talmud student who had left the old country for America returns to visit the family.

“But–where is your beard?” asks his mother upon seeing him.

“Mama,” he replies, “In America, nobody wears a beard.”

“But at least you keep the Sabbath?”

“Mama, business is business. In America, everybody works on the Sabbath.”

“But kosher food you still eat?”

“Mama, in America, it is very difficult to keep kosher.”

The old lady ponders this information and then leans over and whispers in his ear, “Isaac, tell me you’re still circumcised?”

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I think someone should invent Beerguard, because how often do you actually spill Scotch on the carpet?

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“Dana,” asked Kim thoughtfully one day, “what would you do if you caught another woman in bed with your husband?”

“With Jack?”  Dana thought it over.  “Let’s see; I’d break her cane, shoot her guide dog, and call a cab to take her back to the institution she escaped from.”

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We put the “k” in “kwality.”

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She said that at:

Age 3: Looks at herself and sees a Princess!

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty / Cheerleader.

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” — but decides she’s going out anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” — but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it, so she’s going out anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” — but says, “At least I’m me,” and goes out anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees “I am” and goes wherever she wants to go….the hell with the doctors.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore.  Out she goes unafraid of the world, seeks new experiences.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability.  Goes out and enjoys life….. and enjoys being her.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look.  Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Maybe we should all grab that purple hat a little earlier.

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You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

Colette

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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.

Let’s enjoy the day

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Dale Carnegie

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I am amazed at the positive change in my wellbeing resulting from the Pacemaker adjustments they made last week. I always expect to have good days and I am seldom disappointed but the new me has the potential of enjoying them even more. It is not that every day goes the way I had hoped but I can almost always find something of value in each of them. While I was on my trip there was a lot I wanted to do and could not do but as a result I did many things I did not plan to do that were within my limitations that I did enjoy.

Each of us has the opportunity to focus either on what is wrong with our days or what is right withy them, or more importantly what could be right if we did not let disappointment get us down. Life is far too short for us to wallow in self-pity because we don’t always get our way. I don’t start each day hoping nothing will go wrong, I fully expect that things will go right and then I go out doing all I can to make sure they do. You can too; it is a matter of attitude and possessing positive outlook skills. If you want to have your days go better then read this piece written by Elizabeth Scott, M.S.; her suggestions can make a difference.

How To Have A Good Day – And Every Day Can Be One!

Do What You Enjoy − One way to increase the likelihood that you have a good day is to include “gratifications,” activities that you enjoy and that you are good at, that provide a sense of “flow”, and that challenge you in a way that’s stimulating and, well, gratifying. Some people experience gratifications on the job, but if you don’t have the type of job that supplies this, you can participate in hobbies or other activities you enjoy and find the same result–a lift in mood and a reduction in stress. Perhaps the best thing about gratifications is that they don’t get old–the same gratifications can always bring a lift.

Add A Little Pleasure − Life’s pleasures can add a quick lift to your mood, which can provide other benefits as well. There are many little pleasures you can add to your life to have a good day every day–tea, a warm bath, a walk in the park, etc. As long as you vary them (and enjoy some of them in moderation), pleasures in life can really brighten your day, every day.

Stay In The Here And Now − Often, bad days come from a buildup of stress. For example, if something throws you off-balance in the morning (an early-day stressor, or rumination over something that happened days before), your stress response will likely become triggered, which can cause you to react to events throughout the rest of the day from a stressed mindset rather than from a relaxed one. This can make everything else you experience during the day feel more stressful, too. Staying in the here-and-now by practicing mindfulness can act like a “reset” button when you’re having one of those days, and help relieve stress.

Cultivate Laughter and Joy − Most people would agree that experiencing joy and laughter are part of having a good day–and perhaps are even a defining feature! That’s why it’s important to do what you can to create the conditions that foster joy for you–whether it’s time with friends, indulging in a hobby, or doing whatever you find to be fun. Cultivating a sense of humor is also an important way not only to increase your chances of having a good day, but of coping more effectively with stress. After all, if you can laugh instead of panic, you can more easily focus on solutions.

Maintain Balance − If your schedule is completely packed, one minor emergency can snowball into a stressful day of late appointments and feelings of overwhelm. It’s important–especially if you’re a busy person–to stay balanced by scheduling in some flexibility and ‘down time’ if possible, and checking to be sure that everything in your schedule is important and necessary. Being busy is okay, but wasting time and energy on too many non-essentials can just lead to stress.

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“Life’s a climb. But the view is great.”

Miley Cyrus

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A man died and his wife phoned the newspaper to place an obituary. She called the obituary department and said, “This is what I want to print: Bernie is dead.”

The man at the newspaper said, “But for $25 you are allowed to print six words.”

The woman answered, “OK. Then print: Bernie is dead. Toyota for sale.”

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Henny Youngman remarked once that, in his will, he is leaving his body to Julia Roberts. “If she can’t wait, she can have it now,” he added.

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One English teacher was a perfectionist and demanded the very best of his pupils. So it was only to be expected that he would get furious when Little Johnny handed in a poor paper.

“This is the worst essay it has ever been my misfortune to read,” ranted the teacher. “It has too many mistakes. I can’t understand how one person would have made all these mistakes.”

“One person didn’t,” replied Little Johnny defensively. “My father helped me.”

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A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.

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A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter-haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?

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“Osborne’s Law”

Variables won’t; constants aren’t.

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Kevin is very attentive when he goes out on a date. He took a lady out to see the latest hit movie, and he was overheard to say:

Kevin in movie: “Can you see, dear?

Date: “Yes”

Kevin: “Is your seat comfortable?”

Date: “Yes”

Kevin: “Is there a draft on you?”

Date: “No”

Kevin: “Good!  Let’s swap seats.”

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“Erase from your vocabulary the word “someday.” Do not save things for “special occasions.” Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for. Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses … just because. Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it.”

Rodolfo Costa

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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.

I would if I could

Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.

Josh Billings

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If you are like I am you hate to say no when someone asks you to do something worthy. I know over the years my opportunities for service often exceeded my ability to serve and yet far too many times I said yes when the better answer would have been no. As time has gone by I have found that it is so much better to do those things that you do well instead of taking on so much that there just is not enough time to do your best. In truth I do no one a favor when I agree to do something for them and end up either missing their deadline or performing poorly because of my load.

In my mind a positive no based on your commitment to quality is much better than a negative yes that so often ends in disappointment. The tough part is that many times the asker is disappointed and feels that we don’t care enough. I have learned that it is important that we leave them with a friendly understanding of why we can’t do as asked.

Some time ago author Ramona Creel published an article entitled 20 Ways to Tell Someone “No” that can help ease request rejection. Here are a few of her tips.

“I CAN’T RIGHT NOW, BUT I CAN DO IT LATER” If you really want to help the person but don’t have time now, tell them so. Offer a later time or date — if they can’t wait for you they will find someone else.

“I JUST DON’T HAVE ANY ROOM IN MY CALENDAR RIGHT NOW” Be honest if your schedule is filled — and “filled” doesn’t have to mean really FILLED! It just means you have scheduled as much as you are willing and you’re stopping.

“I CAN’T, BUT LET ME GIVE YOU THE NAME OF SOMEONE WHO CAN” If you aren’t available to help out, offer another qualified resource. Professionals do this all the time when they refer a client to a colleague.

“I HAVE ANOTHER COMMITMENT” And it doesn’t matter what that commitment is. It could be a meeting or a dentist appointment or a day in the park with your kid. The point is, you aren’t available.

“I WOULD RATHER DECLINE THAN END UP DOING A MEDIOCRE JOB” Knowing that you aren’t able to deliver a quality product — for whatever reason — is reason enough for turning a request down.

“I CAN’T, BUT I’M HAPPY TO HELP OUT WITH ANOTHER TASK” If someone asks you to do something you really despise, refuse — but then offer to help with something you find more enjoyable or stimulating.

“I’VE LEARNED IN THE PAST THAT THIS REALLY ISN’T MY STRONG SUIT” Another way of admitting your limitations. Did you know that actually makes you stronger? Knowing what you can handle and what you can’t is a tremendous talent!

“I HATE TO SPLIT MY ATTENTION AMONG TOO MANY PROJECTS” Let people know that you want to do a good job for them — but that you can’t when your focus is too divided or splintered.

“I’M NOT TAKING ON ANY NEW PROJECTS RIGHT NOW” You aren’t saying that you will never help out again — just that you feel your schedule is as full as you would like right now.

“NO” Sometimes it’s okay just to say no! Just make sure that you say it in a way that expresses respect and courtesy — that leaves the door open for good relations.

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The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Tony Blair

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Some of us remember when:

Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.

When Kool-Aid was the only drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.

When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school, was for “gym.”

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.

When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there.

When nobody owned a purebred dog.

When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.

When you’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking,….. for free, every time and you didn’t pay for air. And you got trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and did!

When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

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Billing’s Law:  Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so.

Josh Billings

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She said she learned this from the kids:

There is no such thing as child-proofing your house.

If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

A 4 year-old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape. It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.

Baseballs make marks on ceilings.

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The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children if she had it to do over again. “Sure,” she replied, “but not the same ones.”

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A teacher asked one of her pupils, “What’s the nation’s

capital?”

The reply was, “Washington DC.”

After the teacher asked the pupil what ‘DC’ stood for, the student added, “Dot com!”

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“Let’s face it, traveling just isn’t as much fun when all the historical sites are younger than you are.”

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“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”

John C. Maxwell

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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I hope that your museum is as enjoyable as mine is

Thank you for the good times, the days you filled with pleasure.

Thank you for fond memories, and for feelings I’ll always treasure  

Karl Fuchs

 ! happy-memories

I think one of the greatest gifts we are given with age, at least for those willing to recognize it, is our ability to appreciate all we have seen and done in the past. Sadly far too often we are so focused on what is really not all that important that we fail to place value on what really makes our lives as good as they are. As the years go by the mementoes we have bought tend to lose their luster as the friendships we have built start to truly shine with a patina that covers our memories with a warm glow.

It is almost as if we get to build our own personal museum covering its walls with fond memories adding something new everyday as we appreciate a friendly glance, a new flower, a warm sunrise and the good in the folks around us. Some of us seem to be better curators of our personal collections because the years have sharpened our senses and we now are able to see the beauty in the little things we live with every day but missed far too often in the past.

Here is a Christmas piece I saved some time ago that I particularly like, I hope you will too.

 

Good memories – the gift that keeps on giving

In a world preoccupied with the quest for material possessions, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the most valuable things we own are our best memories. Good memories are the gift that keeps on giving. They make us smile, feel proud, and re-experience the pleasure of past times. Looked at through the soft lens of sentiment, even the memory of cranky relatives and family traditions that bored or annoyed us at the time can be heartwarming links with our past.

But whether your memories of the holiday season conjure up good feelings and happy sounds, smells, and tastes or negative feelings filled with disappointments, resentments, and grudges, I hope you’ll resolve this year to consciously create lasting good memories for yourself and those you care about.

Although few of us remember what we gave or got last year or the year before, the tendency is to put too much emphasis on the process of giving and getting gifts. Don’t worry so much about what to buy your family and friends; think more about what you want to give them. Think beyond the synthetic atmosphere of the mall. Prefabricated decorations and gift certificates are not the stuff of lasting recollections. Think about the feelings you want to create.

The best memories are made out of simple stuff – homemade food, handmade gifts, heartfelt letters, good conversations, games, and heirlooms. Highlight and celebrate old traditions and consciously create new ones. You’ll be glad you did – for a long time.

Written by Michael Josephson

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If you’d rather live surrounded by pristine objects than by the traces of happy memories, stay focused on tangible things. Otherwise, stop fixating on stuff you can touch and start caring about stuff that touches you.

Martha Beck

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More of life’s lessons:

You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the duct tape.

The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right.”

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

If he or she says that you are too good for him or her — believe it.

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Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.

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The kids said that marriage is:

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents” -Eric, AGE 6

“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.’ Then she says yes, but she’s wondering what the thing is and whether it’s naughty or not. She can’t wait to find out.” -Anita, AGE 9

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” -Kelly, AGE 9

“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.” -Carolyn, AGE 8

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife” -Bert, AGE 5

“You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan” -Kirsten, AGE 10

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them” -Anita, AGE 9

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” -Will, AGE 7

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The beatings will continue until morale improves.

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A tourist was admiring the necklace worn by a local Indian.

“What is it made of?” she asked.

“Alligator’s teeth,” the Indian replied.

“I suppose,” she said patronizingly, “that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us.”

“Oh no,” he objected. “Anybody can open an oyster.”

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Work: It isn’t just for sleeping anymore.

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Boren’s Laws Of The Bureaucracy:

(1) When in doubt, mumble.

(2) When in trouble, delegate.

(3) When in charge, ponder.

James H. Boren, Founder, President and Chairperson of the Board of the International Association of Professional Bureaucrats [INATAPROBU]

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I don’t know what you’re going through life doing if you’re not really trying to collect some really great memories.

Channing Tatum

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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It’s going to be a great day!

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

! BeWise

It worked! I am a new me, not only can I walk longer distances I also found that my workout yesterday were easier that they have been for months. I am not sure I’ll be able to handle the euphoria that might result from better health, so many good things going on and the opportunities I am given to do more than just sitting down and living in past memories.

I am still in the process of catching up with a backlog of mail and opportunities for service o I am going to share with you something bestselling author Gretchen Rubin sent a number of years ago.

 

Eighteen Tips that Aren’t, It Turns Out, From a Churchyard.

I was over at a friend’s house – for a meeting of one of my two children’s literature reading groups, in fact – where I saw her framed copy of “Desiderata.” (“Desiderata” is a Latin word meaning “things to be desired.”) I’d seen it before, but I’d never read more than the first few lines, and I was struck by the soundness of the suggestions. I always thought Desiderata was an inscription in an old churchyard, but it was actually written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. This bit of information detracts from its mystique somewhat, but it’s still an interesting list.

1. Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.

2. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

3. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

4. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; for they are vexations to the spirit.

5. If you compare yourself with others you may become bitter or vain, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

6. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

7. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

8. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery; but let this not blind you to what virtue there is.

9. Be yourself. [There it is, yet again, my First Commandment: Be Gretchen]

10. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

11. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

12. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune, but do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

13. Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.

14. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

15. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

16. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, be at peace with your soul. With all its shame, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

17. Be cheerful.

18. Strive to be happy.

My favorite is #18. You can’t always be happy, but you can strive to be happy. And it’s not selfish to strive to be happy –

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The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Little Johnny softly recited his nightly prayers while kneeling down. His mother was knelt down beside him.

“Say your prayers louder, darling, I can’t hear you,” said Little Johnny’s mother.

“But I’m not talking to you.” was Johnny’s immediate reply.

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“A bum asked me, ‘Give me $10 till payday.’ I asked ‘When’s payday?’ He said, ‘I don’t know. You’re the one who is working.’

 – Henny Youngman

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Robert, age eight, was the son of strict Presbyterian parents. He was very, very good, worked hard at school, did his chores, and was generally helpful and obedient. But one morning, for some reason, he came down to breakfast in a very nasty mood. When his mother served him prunes, he snarled, “I don’t want prunes,” and he refused to eat them.

His parents were aghast, and his father said, “Robert, you know that Lord commanded children to honor and obey their parents, and He will punish those who do not.”

But Robert still refused and was angrily sent back to bed, and the prunes were put in the refrigerator.

A few minutes later, a terrible thunderstorm came up with great roars and flashes of lightning. “Ah, wonderful,” said Robert’s mother, “this will teach him a lesson.”

Robert came back down the stairs, went into the kitchen and opened the fridge.

From there, just after another flash and roar, the boy’s voice was heard saying, “Heck of a fuss to make about a few stupid prunes.”

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Plagiarism saves time.

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The boss called one of his employees into the office.  Rob,” he said, “you’ve been with the company for a year now. You started off in the mail room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-president. Now, it’s time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company.

What do you say to that?”

“Thanks,” said the employee.

“Thanks?” the boss replied “Is that all you can say?”

“I suppose not,” the employee said.

“Thanks, Dad.”

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A hush fell over the courtroom, injuring six.

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Lionel takes Freda to their doctor for a check-up. After the doctor finishes examining Freda, he takes Lionel aside and says, “I don’t like the look of your wife at all.”

“I don’t either, doctor,” says Lionel, “but she’s really very good with the children and she’s a great cook.”

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Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

James Thurber

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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.

My youth has returned

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

Satchel Paige

 ! aging gracefully

My favorite health helper set me up with my Cardiac group first thing yesterday and they worked miracles. After they adjusted my Pacemaker I was able to walk a good distance with little rise in pulse rate and no loss of energy. It is too bad that my problem did not manifest itself until I had already left the city. If it continues as it is right now I will be a younger version of me today and that is super.

While last week was a challenge I was glad that it did not dampen my enthusiasm. It seems like too many folks my age have let the keys to enjoyment slip away, some through bitterness and some through just stopping and letting the world go by. What makes it so tragic is that in my experience these can be the best years of our lives. The ever wise Marc and Angel Heck recently wrote about 7 Things You Will Smile About When You’re Older that in my view is right on, here in part is what they wrote:

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.  This is how happiness blooms. Stay true to your path, stay positive, and someday you will catch yourself smiling about…

1.  Memories of working on a life passion. − Passion is the key, and it’s worth making sacrifices for.  It’s the secret ingredient that has kept me going through some of the most painful times of my life.  Because at some point, especially when the going gets tough, you have to wonder what you’re doing and why.

What distinguishes many of us who are actively pursuing our dreams from those of us on the couch is that some of us have learned the hard way – perhaps through a severe loss – that life is short, and that we must capitalize on the opportunities each day gives us, on the raw potential our minds and bodies are capable of, and on every once willpower we can muster to make our journeys worthwhile.

2.  The little moments. − True wealth is the ability to experience each moment of life to the fullest. The subtle things are often the most powerful, but sometimes we get so busy that we don’t pay attention to them.  So my challenge to you is this: Open your eyes.  Wake up.  Be attentive.  Acknowledge each wonderful gift you have.  See today as another day to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations life has to offer. Bottom line: Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.

3.  The happiness you helped create. − Attitudes are catchy.  Whether they’re positive or negative, they’re rubbing off on you and those around you. So be positive.  Let your intentions bleed with goodness – embodied in positive thoughts, cheerful words, and unselfish deeds – and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work, play, and serve the greater good.

4.  Relationships that weathered the storms with you. − No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together. In fact, the best relationships are not always the best because they have been consistently the happiest; sometimes they are that way because they have survived and strengthened through unhappy times.

5.  Feeling beautiful on the inside. − As you get older, what you look like on the outside becomes less and less of an issue, and who you are on the inside becomes the primary point of interest.  You eventually realize that beauty has almost nothing to do with looks; it’s who you are as a person, how you make others feel about themselves, and most importantly, how you feel about yourself.

6.  Knowing that you did your best. − Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of a life unlived.  You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live right now while you have a chance.  Keep in mind that life doesn’t always give you second chances, so when an opportunity arises, take it. And never give up on a dream just because of the time that’s required to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway.  Do what you need to do so that, at the very least, you can look back on your life someday and say, “I gave it my best shot.”  7.  The peace in your heart. − Life is short.  So focus on what matters to YOU and let go of what does not. Remember, it is the strength of your conviction that determines your level of success, not the number of people who agree with every little thing you do.  In the end, you will know that you’ve made the right decisions and followed the proper path when there is peace in your heart.

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“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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I was interviewing a jeweler for a story I was writing on giving new life to old jewelry, and I asked him to tell me about his most memorable client. “It was a divorced woman who had me make a pair of earrings from her inscribed wedding band,” he remembered.  “One earring read, ‘with all,’ and the other, ‘my love.’

When I asked why she had wanted it done that way, she answered, ‘To remind me that the next time anyone says that to me, I should let in go in one ear and out the other.'”

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“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.”

Helen Keller

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Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One says to the other, “I can’t understand why we are so slow, we come from good stock, we have the best of food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”

There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race and it looks to me like you begin the race really fast and use up all your energy too soon. Then towards the end, you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are exhausted, put in a spurt and you’re sure to win. What do you think of that?”

The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW, a talking dog!”

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Love consists in looking together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.” The mother agrees.

The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma. Guess which one I’m going to marry.” She immediately replies, “The redhead in the middle.”

“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?”

“I don’t like her.”

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The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.

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A customer sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.

The distributor noticed that the previous bill hadn’t been paid. The collections manager left a voice-mail for them saying, “We can’t ship your new order until you pay for the last one.”

The next day the collections manager received a collect phone call, “Please cancel the order. We can’t wait that long.”

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren

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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.

I am worn and tattered but glad to be back

Look back, and smile on perils past.

Walter Scott

 ! I'm back

I just returned from my recent assignment and I am sorry to report I did not get as much done as I had hoped. The bad news is that if I walked more than 25 yards or so my pulse rate started to shoot up and at 50 yards or less it would go above 120 PPM and I would get heavy chest pressure and have to stop for a few minutes before moving on. I even had to take a Nitro Pill for the first time in months. So I was unable to explore San Juan, St Marten or St. Kits. The ship that I was on was large so I did get a lot of short burst walking to and from restaurants and events. In fact I hit over 10,000 steps on a couple of days and that while doing intermittent slow walking. The good news is that since I could not get out and about as much as usual I was able to get well rested and even read three books. But the best thing of all was I added two new people to my valued friend collection. My new friends are a physician and her druggist husband who live fairly close to Indianapolis and we plan to meet in town and build on the friendship in the not too distant future.

I am glad to be back and am looking forward to seeing what happens during my workout this morning and since I suspect it is my Pacemaker that is doing me in I’ll see what my heart doc has to say. Meanwhile I am certain that there are plenty of things to keep me busy as I am sure there are some obligations hidden in my more than 300 e-mail back log.

As I again learned last week there is always something that can be done, when our path is blocked we don’t have to stop, we can just use another route. I could have taken the easy path and felt sorry for myself and moped around last week, instead I was happy to have time to read more than I normally have. While I did have to be wheel-chaired through airports It did give me a different view of what it is like when we are dependent on others.

Bottom line is there is always something we can do to keep a day from wasting away.  Ralph Marston wrote a piece some time ago that I think is worth remembering. Here is what he said.

Living with purpose and clear focus helps you to understand the value of being meaningfully focused. And aimlessly wandering with no clear focus can also help you to appreciate the power of a positive purpose. Either way, life leads you surely, steadily toward your purpose. Whether you experience the pain of losing touch with that purpose, or the joy of living in harmony with it, you grow in understanding and appreciation.

No day, no experience, no encounter is really wasted. Through the ups and downs, in the good times and in times of despair, you feel more intensely the longing to express who you truly are. The beauty of this day is not in its particulars. The beauty is that you can take it all in, whatever and however it may be, and add it to the substance of your being.

Whatever comes along, be thankful for the opportunity to pass through it. Whatever is, go with it and grow with it. Your purpose cannot help but become stronger, as each moment passes. Feel that strength, and live it more fully, more authentically, day after day.

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It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci

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There was an article I read about a little girl’s insight into boys which was particularly insightful:

“Boys are no good at all until they grow up and get married.  Men who don’t get married are no good either.  Boys are an awful bother. They want everything except soap.  My mom is a woman, and my dad is a man.  A woman is a grown up girl with children. My dad is such a nice man that I think he must have been a girl when he was a boy.”

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Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling

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Woman phones up her husband at work for a chat.

Husband: “I’m sorry dear, but I’m up to my neck in work today.”

Wife: “But I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, dear.”

Husband: “Okay, darling, but as I’ve got very little time now, so just give me the good news.”

Wife: “Well, the air bag works.”

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Familiarity breeds children.

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The insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife to take out a life insurance policy.  “Now supposing your husband were to die,” he said, “what would you get?”

“Oh, a Labrador, I think,” replied the housewife.  “They’re always good company!”

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What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

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So one guy says to another guy, ” Goldberg and Rosenstern were talking one day…HOLD IT !, his friend interrupts him, “Always with the Jewish jokes! Give it a rest! Why do they always have to be about Jews? Just change the names to another ethnic group for once!”

So he starts again, “Hashimoto and Suzuki were talking one day at their nephew’s Bar Mitzvah…”

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“One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.”

Josh Billings

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“Oh, No!” he gasped as he surveyed the disaster before him. Never in his 40 years of life had he seen anything like it. How anyone could have survived he did not know. He could only hope that somewhere amid the overwhelming destruction he would find his 16-year-old son. Only the slim hope of finding Danny kept him from turning and fleeing the scene. He took a deep breath and proceeded.

Walking was virtually impossible with so many things strewn across his path. He moved ahead slowly. “Danny! Danny!” he whispered to himself. He tripped and almost fell several times. He heard someone, or something, move. At least he thought he did. Perhaps, he was just hoping he did. He shook his head and felt his gut tighten.

He couldn’t understand how this could have happened. There was some light but not enough to see very much. Something cold and wet brushed against his hand. He jerked it away. In desperation, he took another step then cried out, “Danny!”

From a nearby pile of unidentified material, he heard his son. “Yes, Dad,” he said, in a voice so weak it could hardly be heard.

“It’s time to get up and get ready for school,” the man sighed, “and, for heaven’s sake, clean up this room.”

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Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

Anais Nin

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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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