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And life goes on

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”

William Arthur Ward

Life goes on

Here we go again another week on my road to recovery. I am off this morning to my Urologist for my post-surgery exam and then to my dentist for my appointment that was delayed a month by my medical problems. Tomorrow I begin my outpatient rehab which will help me get back to normal activity.

Since I am running behind I am sending you a Daily from the past.

 

Ray’s Daily first published on December 16, 2003

No matter the season, no matter the events of the day, the world continues to turn. Each day brings someone joy and another sadness. This past Sunday was no exception as my youngest daughters father-in-law passed away after many months of poor health. I did not see John often as he lived hours away from Indianapolis. It was family birthdays and holidays that brought us together. I always wished that I could know him better. He exuded warmth and kindness at all times. He was quick to smile and was truly a gentle man. The world is a little less bright this week; John has left us, and left his wonderful family, to say the very least, he will be missed.

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If I can plant some little seed of love

That later will blossom in a smile,

It matters not however else I fail,

My life will be worthwhile.

If I can do some little kindly act

That later on may soothe some sad heart’s pain,

It matters not what else I do. My life

Will not have been in vain.

Author Unknown

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Death comes to all

But great achievements raise a monument

Which shall endure until the sun grows old.

George Fabricius

And I believe living a life filled with goodwill, grace, and caring is the greatest of achievements. Ray

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Recently I mentioned my need to loose some weight, a friend replied, he said, you can lose weight by giving up just two things — a knife & fork.

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One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Claven was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went: “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this.

A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the backthat are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and …..health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. “In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers

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If we are what we eat, then I’m easy, fast, and cheap.

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A friend of mine was a philosophy major during his first semester in college. One day in a seminar class, they spent a great deal of time debating whether the glass was half full or half empty.  After the class, my friend was feeling pretty good about himself and what he was learning at university, so when he went home, he tried to continue the discussion with his family.

With maximum drama, he took a 12 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured in 6 ounces of water.  Then took it into the dining room and placed it in the middle of the table.  He proudly asked his family, “Can anyone tell me whether this glass is half full or half empty.”

Without missing a beat, his grandmother replied, “Depends if you’re drinking or pouring.”

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Money can’t buy happiness, but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than in a Hyundai.

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Sound travels slowly.  Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don’t reach them till they’re in their 30s.

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A Catholic boy was bragging to his Jewish friend.

“My priest knows more than your rabbi.”

“Of course he does,” said the Jewish boy, “You tell him everything.”

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Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation. They determined to make a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed, they headed for a store and bought some really outrageous trunks, sunglasses, shirts, etc. The next morning, they went to the beach, dressed in their “tourist” garb. They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink, when a “drop dead gorgeous” blonde in a tiny bikini came walking straight towards them. They couldn’t help but stare.

As the blonde passed them, she smiled and said, “Good morning, Father,” nodding and addressing each of them individually, then she passed on by. They were both stunned. How in the world did she know they were priests? The next day, they went back to the store, bought even more outrageous outfits. These were so loud; you could hear them before you even saw them. Once again, they settled on the beach in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine, etc. After a while, the same gorgeous blonde came, wearing a string bikini this time, walking toward them.

Again, she approached them and greeted them individually: “Good morning, Father,” “Good morning, Father,” and started to walk away.

One of the priests couldn’t stand it and said, “Just a minute, young lady.”

“Yes?” she replied.

“We are priests, and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world did you know we are priests?”

“Father, it’s me, Sister Helen.”

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm Forbes

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An unmarried girl who worked in a busy office arrived one morning and began passing out big cigars and candy, both tied with blue ribbons. When asked what the occasion was, she proudly displayed a new diamond solitaire ring on her third finger, left hand, and announced…”It’s a boy, six feet tall and 190 pounds!”

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Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore.

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My first grade daughter and her friend both needed new boots as winter approached.  The friend got in the car one morning and finally had gotten her boots. “Tina,” I commented, “I see you got new boots! Where did you get them?”

“At the store,” she answered. “Which one?” I asked.  She began looking at her new boots and after a pause said, “Both of them!”

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, why do men have to settle for a dog?

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“A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the full measure I have received and am still receiving.”

Albert Einstein

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Why worry?

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.

Edgar Watson Howe

 be happy 2

I have a busy day today, at least busier than this week’s lying around relaxing and recovering from my health setbacks. I start by going off to one of my Doctors, chauffeured there by one of my son-in-laws. I also plan on making some progress on the backlog that was built during my one month stay in the health facilities.

The other day I again shared my thoughts on the destructive results of worrying too much. Fortunately I overcame so many what appeared to be major pitfalls in my life that I believe everything will work out if we stay optimistic, have patience and concentrate on resolving problems when they arise and skip the time wasting worry.

The late Zig Ziglar had this to say about worry:

 

Don’t Worry About Results

Worrying about the results will not change them. I certainly recognize that a certain amount of worry is just part of being human. People have concerns about many things. There are legitimate concerns about money and financial security. There are legitimate concerns about health issues, and there are concerns about our personal and professional relationships. People want all of these things to go well in their lives, and a certain amount of worry and concern is normal. But there is another kind of worry that is not only dangerous to your health; it is dangerous to your success. The kind of worry I’m talking about is “imagined worry.” Imagined worry is when you spend a lot of time thinking about the future and what might happen in your life that could be terrible. My late friend Mary Crowley said, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination,” and she hit the nail on the head with that remark.

Now you might be wondering why I’m so concerned about worrying and what it has to do with success and expecting to win, so I’ll tell you. Worry is the most significant factor that relates to the root of negative thinking. As a matter of fact, worry just might be the engine that starts negative thinking, and if you are involved in negative thinking, you will not expect to win. If you spend an excessive amount of time imagining all the bad things that can happen in your life, you will become a person who is problem-conscious, not solution-conscious. There is perhaps no greater example of how this can be so dangerous than when it involves worrying about health issues. I have known many people who receive bad medical reports, and when they hear the news, they begin to worry so much about it that their life may as well have ended at that moment. Yes, they can have bad days, but they can choose to focus on the good days and what they can still do. They can live in the moment and know full well that tomorrow will be what it is and they can deal with it when it arrives, not before.

I Don’t Worry

Worrying is something I quit doing many years ago, and today I can honestly tell you that I don’t worry about anything–period! In fact, when the terrorist attack happened on 9/11 and I had to find a way to travel back home, I did not worry about the possibility of another attack. I believe if it is not my time, there’s not a terrorist on the earth who can change the will of God about what my lifespan should be. I never worry because I know who I am and I know Whose I am. I know that the principles I live by are true and correct. I also know that I always try to do the right thing, and when you do the right things in life, you don’t have to worry about results. As a matter of fact, if I’ve done the right thing every day I’m not even responsible for results. I just get the benefit of what I do, and the benefits are usually better than I could have hoped for.

Finally, remember that if you have planned and prepared yourself to win, there is no need to worry about the results. Like the bowler who has released the ball down the alley, you must learn there is nothing your worrying can do to change anything. If you have planned well and set good goals, you can have confidence that you know where you want and need to go. If you have done what you need to do to prepare yourself to win, you do not have to worry. You will have no justification to worry about failure. You can expect to win!

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“Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.”

Ana Monnar

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Two youngsters were closely examining bathroom scales on display at the department store.

“Have you ever seen one of these before?” one asked.

“Yeah, my mom and dad have one,” the other replied.

“What’s it for?” asked the first boy.

“I don’t know,” the second boy answered. “I think you stand on it and it makes you mad.”

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What do you do when you discover an endangered animal that eats only endangered plants?

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The little old lady seated herself right behind the bus driver. Every ten minutes or so she’d pipe up, “Have we reached Oriskany Falls yet, sonny?”

“No, lady, not yet. I’ll let you know,” he replied, time after time.

The hours passed, the old woman kept asking for Oriskany Falls, and finally the little town came into view. Sighing with relief, the driver slammed on the brakes, pulled over and called out, “This is where you get out, lady.”

“Is this Oriskany Falls?”

“YES!” he bellowed. “Get out!”

“Oh, I’m going all the way to Albany, sonny,” she explained sweetly. “It’s just that my daughter told me that when we got this far, I should take my blood pressure pill.”

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Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

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One day a professor was giving a big test to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in.

The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying “A dollar per point.” The next class the professor handed the tests back out.

This student got back his test and $64 change.

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Sign In A Bar: ‘Those Of You Who Are Drinking To Forget, Please Pay In Advance.’

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The poor country pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. “How could you do this!” he demanded.

“I don’t know,” she wailed, “I was standing in the store looking at the dress. Then I found myself trying it on. It was like the Devil was whispering to me, ‘Gee, you look great in that dress. You should buy it.'”

“Well,” the pastor persisted, “You know how to deal with him! Just tell him, “Get behind me, Satan!”

“I did,” replied his wife. “He said ‘You look great from here too.'”

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“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom

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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.

What do you see?

Don’t miss the sunshine because you’re thinking of the rain. stay positive, focused and present!

Ricardo Housham

rainbow

As I reflected on the last thirty days of critical health issues I was glad that as difficult as it was I had a positive outlook. As I was thinking about it I was reminded of what someone said to me last spring when I commented on how beautiful the flowers and landscape was at the time. My friend’s response was I felt that way because I did not see the weeds. In truth I don’t go out of my way looking for weeds or things to criticize. I find that if you expect and look for the good in life you will find it more often than not. I feel sorry for those who are always on the lookout for something wrong, something they can criticize, for more often than not they too will find it.

My friend and I live in the same world, walk the same paths and experience the same reality and yet our perceived worlds are very different. How sad it is for those who seem to thrive on the negative. They are constantly living under a cloud, seldom seeing the rainbow I see almost every day. We each were given two workable eyes it is just too bad we were all not given the ability to see and appreciate the beauty around us.

Here are some tips on staying positive from the Pick the Brain website.

Keep a Journal of Gratitude

Just take a little notebook and start writing down the things you’re grateful for. Start with the obvious and work from there.

Be grateful for having food, water and a roof above your head. If you woke up at 5 A.M. and can’t go back to sleep, be grateful for getting to see the sunrise. If you’re facing a challenge, be grateful for the opportunity to learn from it.

Things Get Better

When you’re struggling, grieving or suffering from heartache, the pain can feel unbearable. Even in everyday life, the weight of a million little things can be heavy. But always remember the proverb: “This too shall pass.” Your negative feelings won’t last forever; there’s a light at the end of every tunnel. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but you’ll feel better eventually.

Mental List of Awesomeness

Having high self-esteem keeps anxiety at bay, improves personal relationships and encourages optimism. If you don’t appreciate yourself enough – or are feeling down – try making a mental list of awesome stuff you’ve done recently.

“Went for a jog instead of watching TV”; “cooked for my girlfriend”; “made an awesome presentation at work.” Make a written list if you want, and don’t be modest! You’ll find that, as you go over your awesome actions and choices, you start to feel great about yourself. It’s hard not to when you remind yourself how amazing you are!

What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Paolo Coelho was right when he wrote: the fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. It’s easy to become worried over the little things: the human mind can blow things way, way out of proportion. To stop that from happening, always ask yourself: what’s the worst that could happen? Chances are, “the worst” isn’t that bad. You’ll be fine if you don’t ace tomorrow’s presentation. You can retake tomorrow’s exam in September. That cute girl (or boy) won’t eat you if you screw up this date.

Reach Out and Help Someone

We live in a culture that encourages egotism. Even our buzzwords – self-help, self-promotion, self-esteem – reflect our obsession with ourselves. But if you want to feel great about yourself, try giving to someone else.

It takes very little to help someone out. When you make a big difference with just a few minutes – or dollars – you’ll always remember how important and amazing you are. And with an attitude like that, it’s hard to be anything but positive.

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People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

Nhat Hanh

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Johnny’s dad was away on a business trip. So he wanted to sleep with his mother. The first night she refused. The second night she did it again. On the third night she decided to let him lie with her and handle it from there. So Johnny put on his pajamas and jumped into bed on his father’s side.

With both his hands behind his head, he said to his mother: “With Christmas approaching, don’t you think it would be a good idea if we buy Johnny a bicycle?”

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Indecision is the key to flexibility.

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The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.

Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.

“Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently. “But you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.”

At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

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How do they get deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

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Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground.  One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, “You see that Indian?”

“Yeah,” says the other cowboy.

“Look,” says the first one, “he’s listening to the ground.  He can hear things for miles in any direction.”

Just then the Indian looks up. “Covered wagon,” he says, “about two miles away.  Have two horses, one brown, one white.  Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon.”

“Incredible!” says the cowboy to his friend.  “This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon.  Amazing!”

The Indian looks up and says, “Ran over me about a half hour ago.”

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Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Jules de Gaultier

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A man and his wife, now in their 60’s, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.

The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger…Whoosh….immediately he turned 90!!!

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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Robert Collier

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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.

Thank you everyone for your kndness

The best portion of a good man’s life. His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

William Wordsworth

kind words

As I think back over the last month of my major health problems and my road to recovery I can’t help but realize how much I benefited from the kindness of so many of my caregivers. I think there was as much therapeutic benefit from the nurse who held my hand as there was from the large tube down my throat at the time. It seemed like everyone went out of their way to offer a smile, a word of encouragement, or an effort to make me as comfortable as possible.

I again benefited from the fact that kindness and caring crosses all boundaries, social, economic and ethnic. The cleaning people would stop by to see how I was doing and the servers at the rehab facility provided me special dishes to keep my appetite in check. The list goes on and on. The result was a spirit lifting experience during one of the most difficult times of my life. Just saying thank you and offering a week smile triggered fantastic responses.

Trust me kindness is infectious, practice it every day and you will reap great rewards. And oh by the way offer everyone a smile for we all need as many as we can get.

Here is an abridged copy of an article I found on the Inner Frontier web page that I like:

Kindness

Simple, unassuming kindness toward the people and the life around us brings both immediate and lasting rewards. As with any thoroughly right action, acts of kindness bring a special satisfaction to us and a ray of light into the world. Kindness flows naturally from our hearts: we need only lift the veils that hide and block it.

First and foremost, our ordinary self-centeredness precludes true kindness. As long as we measure everything in life in terms of our own needs, wants, and antipathies, as long as we regard other people as objects like pieces of furniture, we leave no room for kindness. We may consider certain people undeserving of our kindness. But there is a profit in kindness, even for our self-interest, our true self-interest.

We can practice kindness in certain simple situations that do not call for deep wisdom. Courtesy is a common and underrated form of kindness, whether in holding a door for a stranger or in driving. Indeed, the practice of kindness while driving can prove a very fruitful field, because it arouses our resistance to giving way, to being magnanimous, to letting the other guy win even when he’s rude and greedy.

Work on kindness serves to purify and transform our hearts. The best kindness occurs when we serve another without reflecting that we are performing an act of kindness and without seeking or expecting gratitude in return.

Rightly conducted spiritual practice inevitably leads to the manifestation of more kindness. Outward kindness may even be considered as one measure of a person’s spiritual station. Conversely, the practice of kindness, toward both friend and stranger, helps enormously in that most essential task of the spiritual path: the purification of heart and motivation. We remember to do this until the day arrives when kindness becomes our nature.

I think more kindness is needed as an antidote for today’s excess animosity and venom. Ray

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We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

Charlie Chaplin

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The kids tell us about love and marriage:

“If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.” (Jeanne, 8)

“It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” (Gary, 7)

“Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.” (Christine, 9)

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I’ve been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8)

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)

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School teachers are not fully appreciated by parents until it rains all day Saturday.

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I live in a semi-rural area.  We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road.

The reason: Many deer were being hit by cars, and he no longer wanted them to cross there.

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How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.

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An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tight so that it would not blow off in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said, “Pardon me, madam. I do not intend to be forward but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?”

“Yes, I know,” said the lady, “I need both hands to hold onto this hat.”

“But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!” said the gentleman in earnest.

The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, “Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!!!”

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For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

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An old man limped into the doctor’s office and said, “Doctor, my knee hurts so bad, I can hardly walk!”

The doctor slowly eyed him from head to toe, paused and then said, “Sir, how old are you?”

“I’m 98,” the man announced proudly.

The doctor just sighed, and looked at him again. Finally he said, “Sir, I’m sorry. I mean, just look at you. You are almost one hundred years old, and you’re complaining that your knee hurts? Well, what did you expect?”

The old man said, “Well, my other knee is 98 years old too, and it doesn’t hurt!”

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You can’t have everything, where would you put it?

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An FBI agent was talking to a bank teller after the bank had been robbed for the third time by the same bandit. “Did you notice anything special about the man?” he asked.

“Yes, he seems to be better dressed each time,” the teller replied.

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The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.

Maya Angelou

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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.

Make it your day

“What day is it?”

It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

A.A. Milne

 Live each day

Yesterday I suggested we live each day to the fullest, not letting another slip by as we do what we always do. It is so easy to put off until that elusive tomorrow opportunities to add adventure and pleasant experiences into our lives. Too many of us get up at the same time every day, drive to our destination the same as we do day after day. Once there we pretty much follow the same old routine and then end our day returning to our caves waiting to repeat the same the next day.

Many of us wait for something to happen rather than going out of our way to reward ourselves with a variety of experiences.

Recently I read a piece by Marc Chernoff entitled 6 Things you will regret about today. I have selected some of his thoughts to share with you as I think they have value.

 

Letting uncertainty paralyze you.

Sometimes you will not be able to see where you are going; every step will seem uncertain.  But know that as long as you follow your intuition and take baby steps, your soul’s inner GPS will guide you home.  You will find that you will be the right person, at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing on point.  Trust your instincts.  Relax.  You know what to do.  Living is about learning as you go.

Living is risky business.  Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a small risk.  To truly live is to know you’re getting up and taking that risk, and to trust yourself to take it.  To not get out of bed, clutching to illusions of safety, is to die slowly without ever having truly lived.

 

Being too busy impressing others and forgetting about what’s best for YOU.

Get your priorities straight.  Twenty years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today, how your hair looked, or what brand of jeans you bought. What will matter is how you lived and loved, what you learned, and how you applied this knowledge.

So forget about impressing everyone else.  Be real instead. If you want to impress someone, impress yourself by making progress on something you’re sincerely proud of.  It’s truly amazing what you can accomplish in a day when you aren’t constantly worried about what everyone else in the world thinks.

 

Completely ignoring your passions and hobbies.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”  With the modern 8-to-5 work schedule it’s so easy to trap yourself into doing what you don’t want to do for 40+ hours every week and then mindlessly wasting all your free time being lazy.

Sure you have responsibilities.  And no, you won’t be able to do what you want to do every waking minute of your life.  But you always have a choice to do more of what you really want to do – to work on something that matters to you – something that moves you and makes you smile.  Make time for YOU too.

 

Not spending enough time smiling with the people you love.

As we get older, social fun is often underrated.  With all of our big responsibilities, socializing seems like an indulgence.  It shouldn’t be.  It should be a requirement.  When your work life is busy, and all your energy is focused in that arena, it’s all too easy to find yourself off balance.  While drive and focus is important, if you intend to maintain happiness and peace in your life you still need to balance in the soccer games, the family dinners, the intimate dates with your significant other, and the outings with your closest friends.

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“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

Bill Watterson

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More letters to God from children

Dear God, My brother told me about being born, but it doesn’t sound right.

Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School, we learned that you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. Sincerely, Donna

Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want you to know that I am not just saying this because you are God already. Charles

Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool! Eugene

Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. Larry

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It’s not the fall that injures; it’s the sudden stop.

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My wife and I get along just great, except that she’s a backseat driver second to none. On my way home from work one day, I heard my cell phone ring as I merged onto a freeway bypass.

It was my wife. By chance, she had entered the bypass right behind me.

“Honey,” she said, “your turn signal is still on. And put on your lights. It’s starting to rain.”

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“Real Men Don’t Waste Their Hormones Growing Hair”

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A man was in bad shape. He constantly gasped for breath and his eyes bulged. The doctors didn’t give him long to live. He decided to live it up. Withdrawing all of his money from the bank, he went on a shopping spree. His last stop was at the most expensive haberdashery in the city. He pointed out a dozen silk shirts. He wore a size fourteen.

The clerk said, “Your neck looks bigger than fourteen. You need a sixteen.”

The man said, “I know my size. I want them in a fourteen.”

The clerk said, “I’ll get them for you, but I want to warn you…if you wear a fourteen you’ll gasp all day and yours eyes will bulge.”

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Pajama-clad tot calling out to family: “I’m going upstairs to say my prayers now. Anyone want anything?”

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Although he was a qualified meteorologist, a local broadcaster ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he’d been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.

That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired.

He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position.

In the blank he wrote quite honestly, “The climate didn’t agree with me.”

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

Henry David Thoreau

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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.

Ray made it back

“The sun beams are always there. The trick is in seeing them.”

Laurence Gonzales

 survived

I last left you about a month ago for what was going to be a brief period so I could be in the hospital for two days for some surgery. As it turned out the operation was a success and I was released in the early evening the next day only to return to the hospital the next morning with what turned out to be consumptive heart failure and pneumonia. I only remember the first few hours on admission day and became fully aware a couple of days later when I awoke in the intensive care unit. I do have brief memories of the discomfort caused by the pipe down my throat and the like. To make a long story short I am told it was a near thing and that fortunately I survived. After my total of nine days in the hospital I was moved to a rehabilitation facility where I spent the next three weeks receiving physical and occupational therapy. And now I am home and back with you and it is great. I will be doing further recovery activities but as an outpatient.

I now understand I may not be immortal after all so I will have to moderate my plans somewhat and tweak my lifestyle and that is probably a good thing. I am sorry I missed most of November and part of December as that is when I usually work with the Salvation Army, my Kiwanis club and other organizations doing good works in the spirit of the season. While I hope to soon be fully recovered I will have to restrict some of my more adventurous activities.

As I was recovering a week or so ago I wrote the following to a few friends and family members:

 

My recovery status

My recovery from my heart failure is progressing. I have two sessions of physical therapy each day that are rapidly returning me to mobility. My eighteen pound weight loss helps too.

I have decided that the days ahead are each important and rather than just letting them go by I plan on living them to the fullest. I will treat each day as if it may be my last.

Here are some random thoughts from my recovery:

  • I will not take on responsibilities or tasks that I may not be able to finish.
  • I will continue to help all l can whenever I can.
  • I will appreciate my friends and others I meet and let them know that I do.
  • I will continue to maintain my workouts to maintain my health.
  • I will continue to explore and learn all I can.

Now my best to you all.

Stay well. Do well and fare well.

 

I am sure as I adjust my activities some may think I am reducing some of my commitments because of a lack of interest in what is being done. Rather I want to make sure I don’t take responsibility for doing something and then having to let others down. I fully intend to provide as much help and support as they want me to but I will not take on a slot that would be better filled by someone who can reliably do what needs to be done.

You have often heard me say that I never worry until it is too late and then if there is a problem I try to deal with it as an event and do the best I can. In this case I am glad that I did not worry for if I had known I was about to face one of the toughest periods of my life I probably would have worried far too much.

So now my friends we move on to better days, both you and I have a lot to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead.

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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Aristotle

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More health definitions for those of us who are not in the profession:

Diarrhea — journal of daily events

Dilate — to live long

Enema — not a friend

Fester — quicker

Fibula — a small lie

Genital — non-Jewish

G.I. Series — soldiers’ ball game

Grippe — suitcase

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How do you get off a non-stop flight?

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“Your Honor, I want to bring to your attention how unfair it is for my client to be accused of theft. He arrived in New York City a week ago and barely knows his way around. What’s more, he only speaks a few words of English.”

The Judge looked at the defendant and asked, “How much English can you speak?”

The defendant looked up and said, “Give me your wallet!”

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Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

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A psychology student was to help a professor in conducting a personality test. The room was set up with various props in order to move through the assessment quickly. The first person to enter the room started through the test.

“How does this glass of water look to you?”

Person 1: It is half empty.

Student writes ‘pessimist’ in his report.

Person 2 enters the room. “How does this glass of water look to you?”

Person 2: It is half full.

Student writes ‘optimist’ in his report.

Person 3 enters the room. “How does this glass of water look to you?”

Person 3: Looks like you have twice as much glass as you need there.

The student looks totally blank and goes to consult with the professor. “Oh them!” the professor says, “I forgot to warn you about the engineers! They have no personality.”

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The way I see it, if you want to see the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton

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She said:

After directory assistance gave me my boyfriend’s new telephone number, I dialed him — and got a woman.

“Is Mike there?” I asked.

“He’s in the shower,” she responded.

“Please tell him his girlfriend called,” I said and hung up.

When he didn’t return the call, I dialed again. This time a man answered. “This is Mike,” he said.

“You’re not my boyfriend!” I exclaimed.

“I know,” he replied. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell my wife for the past half-hour.”

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It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.

Robert H. Schuller

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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 third week on the road to recovery

My recovery from my heart failure is progressing. I have two sessions of physical therapy each day that are rapidly returning me to mobility. My eighteen pound weight loss helps too.

I have decided that the days ahead are each important and rather than just letting them go by I plan on living them to the fullest.I will treat each day as if it may be my last.
Here are some random thoughts from my recovery:
I will not take on responsibilities or tasks that I may not be able to finish.
I will continue to help all l can whenever I can.
I will appreciate my friends and others I meet and let them know that I do.
I will continue to maintain my workouts to maintain my health.
I will continue toexplore and learn all I can.

Now my best to you all.

Stay well. Do well and fare well.

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