Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
This has been a busy and enjoyable week for me. I have been entertained by some excellent performers and tonight I will attend the Actors Theatre of Indiana’s benefit performance which is starring the fabulous Chita Rivera. Over the last few days I have spent time with family and friends, attended my grandsons soccer matches and had a number of new folks sign up for the Dailyt and as you know I love making new friends.
I only wish I had not had to limit my activities so I could have participated in my Kiwanis Clubs fundraiser at one of our states largest outdoor events. Soon I will be able to do more and reap the rewards that come via the good feelings I get when I can help others. I again was reminded how good life can be.
What Life is About
Life isn’t about keeping score. It’s not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are. Not about if you have plans this weekend or if you’re alone.
It isn’t about who you have kissed, it isn’t about who your family is or how much money they have or what kind of car you drive, or where you are sent to school.
It’s not about how beautiful or ugly you are. Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of music you listen to.
It’s not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown, or if your skin is too light or too dark. Not about what grades you get how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are.
Life just isn’t.
Life is about who you love and who you hurt. It’s about who you make happy or unhappy purposely. It’s about keeping or betraying trust. It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or as a weapon.
It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. It’s about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip. It’s about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.
It’s about who you’ve ignored with full control and intention. It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge. It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.
But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.
Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life’s all about.
Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.
My youngest daughter is a long-time elementary school teacher, I did not ask her to take this test but I suspect she would score close to 12.
Are you a true elementary school teacher?
- Do you ask guests if they have remembered their scarves and mittens as they leave your home?
- Do you move your dinner partner’s glass away from the edge of the table?
- Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theater with a group of friends?
- Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?
- Do you refer to happy hour as “snack time”?
- Do you declare “no cuts” when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a checkout line?
- Do you say “I like the way you did that” to the mechanic who repairs your car nice?
- Do you ask “Are you sure you did your best?” to the mechanic who fails to repair your car to your satisfaction?
- Do you sing the “Alphabet Song” to yourself as you look up a number in the phone book?
- Do you say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat everything?
- Do you fold your spouse’s fingers over the coins as you hand him/her the money at a tollbooth?
- Do you ask a quiet person at a party if he has something to share with the group?
-If you answered yes to 4 or more, it’s in your soul–you are hooked on teaching. And if you’re not a teacher, you missed your calling.
-If you answered yes to 8 or more, well, maybe it’s *too much* in your soul–you should probably begin thinking about retirement.
-If you answered yes to all 12, forget it–you’ll *always* be a teacher, retired or not!
In one class, the Professor asked anyone to explain how they would measure the height of a building using an Aneroid Barometer. One student, short of knowledge but long on ingenuity replied, “I would lower the barometer on a string and measure the string.”
“Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.”
Irvin S. Cobb
A difficult independent 75-year-old woman liked sitting by the park feeding the pigeons. One day she brought with her a whole loaf of fresh bread just to feed her daily company. Little by little, pinch by pinch, she fed each pigeon with joy. She sat there without being noticed by anyone in the rich suburban neighborhood. Then suddenly a man in his early 40’s rained on her parade by telling her that she shouldn’t throw away good food on a bunch of pigeons that can find food anywhere when there are a lot of people starving in Africa.
She replied in crazed anger and without hesitation, “I can’t throw that far!”
“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
Cousin Elly is the world’s worst at getting instructions mixed up. When she got married her husband bought her one of those fancy, electric coffee makers. It had all the latest gadgets on it. Salesman Riley carefully explained how everything worked; how to plug it in, set the timer, go back to bed, and upon rising, the coffee is ready.”
A few weeks later Elly was back in the store and Riley asked her how she liked the coffee maker.
“Wonderful!” she replied, “However, there’s one thing don’t understand. Why do I have to go to bed every time I want to make a pot of coffee?”
Some people practice what they preach, others just practice preaching.
Gentleman, if your wife doesn’t feel well, do something special to speed her recovery offer to help with the housework. If you don’t think there’s such a thing as a miracle recovery, wait till you see your wife get well again as soon as you start to vacuum the windows.
Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That’s why we want to be considerate of every man – Who knows what’s in him, why he was born and what he can do?
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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