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Archive for January, 2015

A visit to the past

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I took my wife into the hospital a few days ago and they determined she needs to have Pacemaker implanted which they plan to do tomorrow. If all goes well she will be home by the weekend. I am a little distracted this morning so I am sending you a reprint from the past.

Ray

 Ray’s Daily first published on January 20, 2006

 I was at a thought provoking dinner the other night. The speaker provided his view of how we should handle the critical issues we face both now and in the future. As I was driving home I thought about how much my life has changed over the years. It is now filled with new experiences, new understandings, new friends, and so much to do.

It is as if I have lived five lives. The first was my youth, a time when I went wherever the wind took me. I learned what was in front of me and then moved on to something else, time flew by and before long I was called into the Navy, traveled the world and got married.

When my wife and I began our life together it was the beginning of my second life. I entered the computer field where I held a variety of jobs and stayed on the leading edge of a world being changed by technology. As the years went by I helped raise children, and went wherever my job and family needed me to go. They were good years. I did my best, and was rewarded by the success of those I was fortunate to work with, both customers and fellow employees.

It did not seem as long as it really was before our children were married and off raising their own children, a time when there was no more I could do within my profession, and fortunately a time when I could leave that life and move on. I retired, bid farewell to the past and started my third life.

My good fortune continued when I was given the opportunity to work with UNICEF and Kiwanis International as they helped build a better world for children. While my personal income plummeted my personal satisfaction soared. I had left one world and entered another filled with new people, new challenges, and new opportunities. I played a role that few get to play, a role filled with human satisfaction. My fourth life was enriching beyond my dreams. When I finally really retired I stayed close to what is being done for children by Kiwanis and its partners.

As I entered my current and fifth life I realized how each of my lives was better than the previous one. Little did I know that there was so much more to come. Like in my first life I am going where the wind takes me, the difference this time is that I pick the harbor from which I sail. One day I attend a seminar and learn more about the world than I thought I ever would. I am often with people who are planning their next life and just want someone to help them think it through. I also try to make sure I have time to do those modest hands on tasks that contribute to the wellbeing of our community. I work for me; my salary is the good feeling that comes from living life to its fullest. Fortunately it looks like I will never be out of work, for there is always more opportunities than I can handle.

Like many my age, past memories fade, but those that remain cannot compare with how full my life is today. This life is so full that I do not plan on looking for another. I have to stop now for I have mountains to climb, people to meet, and sunsets that are waiting for me to see.

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In the game of life it’s a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.

Bill Baughan

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A person who surrenders when he’s WRONG, is HONEST.

A person who SURRENDERS when not SURE, is WISE.

A person who surrenders even if he’s RIGHT, is a HUSBAND.

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The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.

Dag Hammarskjold

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A good friend of mine warned me that, as my three daughters became old enough to date, I’d disapprove of every young man who took them out. But when the time came, I was pleased that my friend’s prediction was wrong. Each boy was pleasant and well mannered. Talking to my daughter Joanna one day, I said that I liked all the young men she and her sisters brought home.

“You know, Dad,” she replied, “we don’t show you everybody.”

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It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.

Sam Levenson

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The shoe dealer was hiring a clerk.  “Suppose,” he said, “a lady customer was to remark, while you were trying to fit her, ‘Don’t you think one of my feet is bigger than the other?’ What would you say?”

“I would say, ‘On the contrary, Ma’am, one is smaller than the other.’ ”

“The job is yours.”

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“We don’t blame our competitors for charging less. After all, they should know what their stuff is worth!”

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Wandering dejectedly in The Garden of Eden, Eve told God, “I’m lonely I’m tired of eating apples by myself.”

“Okay,” God said, “I’ll create a man for you.”

Eve said, “A man! What’s that?”

“He’s a creature with aggressive tendencies and an enormous ego. He won’t listen very well, he’ll get lost easily, but never stop to ask for directions. However, he is big and strong, he can open jars and hunt animals. And he’ll be fun in bed.”

“Sounds great!” said Eve.

“Oh, and one more thing,” God said. “He will want to believe that I made HIM first.”

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No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man out there who wishes that she were not.

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If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

Morris West

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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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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Time to get up

“I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Here we go again, another Monday and the start of a work week for most of us. Even in my long retirement Monday requires me to get up early, say good morning to you via the Daily and then get to the YMCA at 5 AM to begin my weekly workouts.

I think I shared with you the other day that someone said they exercised early so they could get started before their mind realized what they were doing. In my case it is because it is a time when I never have an excuse not to do it and there are few of us there using the equipment that early.

I tell folks that even though I live in the US Midwest my body lives on London time, five hours different than local time. I cope with my routine through recording any primetime TV I miss because of early sleep then viewing the next day in between any naps I take because of fatigue.

I read this article by Chelsea Hall the other day and now wonder if I would do better reverting to a more normal schedule.

5 Ways to Prepare for A Better Day

Have you crawled out of bed knowing you were going to have an awful day? We can never guarantee that our day will be good, but if we start it off badly, the day will follow suit. Starting the day in a bad mood can ensure that nothing will go your way. Listed below are five easy ways to help get rid of some of that morning negativity that comes with getting out of bed.

Get Things Ready the Night Before

Realizing you are late, you sit up, jolted awake by the sudden realization. You spend the next stressful minutes stumbling around, trying to get together clothes. Your negativity grows as you realize you don’t know where your shoes are.

Whether you are already running late, or want some extra time for yourself in the morning, getting things together the night before can help. Lay out clothes on a chair or in the front of your closet. This will leave them within easy reach so you don’t have to search around when you get up, giving you more time to relax, or, if you happen to be running late, get you out the door quicker.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Nothing starts off the day quite like waking up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep. It can leave you feeling irritable and can affect your mood for the rest of the day. Making sure to get a full night’s rest is critical to a person’s mood and health. Turning off electronics an hour before bed is also recommended because it can help you fall asleep quicker.

Wake Yourself Up Gently

It can be hard to leave the warmth and comfort of your bed. A great way to start your day positively is to do exactly that. Set your alarm so you have a little extra time to just relax in the comfort of your bed waking yourself up gently. Spend a few minutes getting yourself mentally ready for your day. Also spend a few minutes just stretching, as it helps your mind and body wake up..

Establish a Morning Routine

You can gain several benefits from establishing a morning routine. If you know about how long it takes you to get prepared, you are better equipped to set your schedule accordingly and not be rushing around stressed every morning.  Exercise, eating breakfast, and rinsing your face with cold water when you get out of bed are great things to include in your routine as they will all help you wake up mentally and physically for a productive day.

Have Some Time to Relax

It can be easy to fall into the motions of everyday life without providing the time you need for yourself. Take some time every morning to meditate, reflect, read an inspirational quote or poem, or just to do something that you enjoy. By giving the proper time to your wellbeing, it will help you become more positive overall.

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“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Alan Cohen

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Famous Last Words:

— Of course you don’t look fat in that dress honey.  Well… maybe a little.

— Hey ya’ll watch this.

— LOOK! An old mine from world war…..

— Sure, rope bridges last forever.

— Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

— Do I cut the red or the blue wire?

— Oh shut up! I won’t fall!

— Oh, it looks like a dolphin is swimming this way…

— I wonder what happens if these two wires touch.

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Cooking lesson #1: don’t fry bacon in the nude.

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Two hikers are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them.

They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first hiker gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.

The second hiker says, ‘What are you doing?’

The first responds, ‘I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.’

The second says, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t you know you can’t outrun a bear?

The first guy says, ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear I only have to outrun you!’

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Insanity is my only means of relaxation.

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The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word. “My you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said. “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.” Exhausted

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I wonder if Adam ever said to Eve, “Watch it!!! There are plenty more ribs where YOU came from!”

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The homeowner got into his grubbiest clothes on Saturday morning and set about all the chores he’d been putting off for weeks. He’d cleaned the garage, pruned the hedge, and was halfway through mowing the lawn when a woman pulled up in the driveway and yelled out her window, “Say, what do you get for yard work?”

The fellow thought for a minute, then answered, “The lady who lives here lets me sleep with her.”

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“Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

Robert A. Heinlein

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“Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.

The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”

The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.

“Sure,” said the young student confidently. “Means carrying a child.”

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“Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane. It puts brackets about each day. If you do something foolish or painful today, you get irritated if somebody mentions it, today. If it happened yesterday, though, you can nod or chuckle, as the case may be. You’ve crossed through nothingness or dream to another island in Time.”

Roger Zelazny

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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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Fortunately there are more like you

That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong and that decency will somehow triumph in the end.

Lise Hand

 ! Decency

It seems like hardly a day goes by that we don’t learn of the hateful actions of others. Parents abandoning children, murders committed out of bias, misplaced prejudices and more. If we didn’t know better we could easily believe that cruelty is the norm and goodwill the exception when in reality most folks are kind and caring.

For every child neglected or abandoned thousands of others are nurtured by loving and caring parents. Yes, evil is the exception and fortunately we the majority can share our goodness with those who are the victims of the uncaring. As an example my Kiwanis Club provides snacks to poor and often homeless kids to take with them when the school day ends. It may not seem like much but a kid who would go home hungry otherwise has the opportunity to learn that someone cares providing maybe a glimmer of hope when there is not much else for them.

Here is a story by Wilferd A. Peterson that is great reminder that the world is filled with thousands who care when a few could care less.

We Are the Decent People

We are the decent people of the world. We are in the majority, for men and women are essentially decent. We live in all nations, we live under all the flags that fly.

Decency is not determined by our economic status, our religion, the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the ideology under which we live. Human decency is a universal quality.

We, the decent people of the world, often have our voices drowned out by the shouts of leaders who misrepresent the things for which we stand.

We the decent people carry enough weight to tip the scale for decency if we will make ourselves heard…

We believe that war is the great indecency, that it kills and destroys all the higher sensibilities of man and leaves only death, suffering, and destruction in its wake.

We believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.

We believe that there is only one war to be waged in the name of human decency, and that is the war against all the common enemies of man… hunger, disease, poverty, ignorance, crime and failure.

We believe that every child should have the chance to grow up in an atmosphere of faith, not of fear.

We believe that the ultimate decency is to help men and never harm men, to lift men and not degrade men, and to respect the dignity of all men as individual human beings.

We the decent people of the world stand for the kind of life that will be good for all of the people, all of the time, everywhere.”

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Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.

Pablo Casals

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Effective Immediately, UPDATED Employee Handbook

DRESS CODE: It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing $350 Prada sneakers & carrying a $600 Gucci bag we assume you are doing well financially and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress in-between, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

SICK DAYS: We will no longer accept a doctor statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

SURGERY: Operations are now banned. As long as you are an employee here, you need all your organs. You should not consider removing anything. We hired you intact. To have something removed constitutes a breach of employment.

PERSONAL DAYS: Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday & Sunday.

VACATION DAYS: All employees will take their vacation at the same time every year. The vacation days are as follows: Jan. 1, July 4 & Dec. 25

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or coworkers. Every effort should be made to have non employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early, provided your share of the work is done.

ABSENCE DUE TO YOUR OWN DEATH: This will be accepted as an excuse. However, we require at least two weeks notice as it is your duty to train your own replacement.

REST ROOM USE: Entirely too much time is being spent in the rest room.  In the future, we will follow the practice of going in alphabetical Order. For instance, all employees whose names begin with ‘A’ will go From 8:00 to 8:20, employees whose names begin with ‘B’ will go from 8:20 to 8:40 and so on. If you’re unable to go at your allotted time, it will be necessary to wait until the next day when your turn comes again. In extreme emergencies, employees may swap their time with a coworker. Both employees’ supervisors must approve this exchange in writing. In addition, there is now a strict 3 minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offenders” category.

LUNCH BREAK: Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch as they need to eat more so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Fat people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim Fast and take a diet pill.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternation and input should be directed elsewhere.

Have a nice week.

Management

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Childhood: That period when nightmares occur only during sleep.

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She tells us:

  1. Dogs spend all day sprawled on the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house.
  2. They can hear a package of food opening half a block away, but don’t hear you when you’re in the same room.
  3. They can look dumb and lovable all at the same time.
  4. When you want to play, they want to play.
  5. When you want to be alone, they want to play.
  6. They leave their toys everywhere.

Conclusion: They’re tiny men in little fur coats.

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The human dilemma is not whether to do right or wrong, but rather to do right when it matters the most, and wrong when it matters the least.

Author Unknown

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Maturity pays healthy dividends

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Mark Twain

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One of the things I have come to believe in is that no one can make me angry, I do have a choice and I realize that I don’t have to allow myself to get angry. I think it is especially demoralizing to see someone I care about get excessively upset over something we cannot change. Rainy days, slow traffic and other disappointments are part of everyone’s life and those who learn to adapt to circumstances have far less stress and a much happier existence.

I get concerned when someone gets mad for a real or perceived problem created by someone else. What is especially depressing is to see those whose actions become as bad, if not worse than the person they are upset with. I think too many of us excuse our anger because of what we say is the principle of the thing thus allowing ourselves to let the issue gnaw at our mind. I have a lot of respect for those people who are mature enough not to overreact to something that disturbs them.

Here is an edited article by Byron Pulsifer that asks about how we deal with difficult situations.

How Do You Respond

All of us meet hundreds of people during a lifetime and some of these people are memorable, some we really like, and some who seem to be forever in their own space most often ignoring or unaware of their own attitudes either consciously or unconsciously.  And, for a lot of us, the actions, or reactions of these types of people can certainly annoy us or aggravate us and lead us to take their behaviors personally.

For example, how many times have you been driving to work when another motorist has cut you off, made a dangerous lane change without signaling, or nearly rear-ended you because they were tail gating you? I’m sure this has happened to you. How did you react?

Did you react emotionally by blowing your horn incessantly, speed up to catch them and give them a rude gesture, or did you just sit there boiling over? In other words, did you take this action by the other driver personally? Well, at one time or another, we have all probably felt this way and allowed this inconsiderate motorist to ruin the rest of your day. So, what have you done? You took their actions personally.

And, what about that colleague who is never wrong, and where you are never right? Is this kind of person telling you more about yourself, or are they really making an unconscious statement about who they are, and their own need for ego enhancement? Do not take his or her actions personally or you are allowing someone else to tell you who you are and what you are worth.

The message should be clear to all of us. We are human beings full of emotions and behaviors but we all have a choice to make our lives what we want; our perceptions and reactions can be controlled if we understand that there are hundreds of inputs everyday that call us to respond. How we respond is not dictated to us as if we are programmed to respond a certain way; we are not robots. Choose your reactions based on who you are not on some extraneous event or someone else’s needs. 

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“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Gautama Buddha

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Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit.

“This young lawyer agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.

“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.

And so they haggled before the King until he called for silence. “Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and I shall hew the young attorney in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”

“Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.

But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman’s daughter marry him.”

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “The attorney must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.

“But she was willing to hew him in two!” exclaimed the king’s court.

“Indeed,” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law.”

You know in reality most people I know like their mother-in-law often getting along better with them since they are less likely to provide the regular counsel we get from our own Mom’s, I often wonder why they don’t realize that their children’s puberty ended while they were teens, not when they are in their sixties. – Ray

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A pessimist is one who is seasick on the entire voyage of life.

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A woman goes to her lawyer to ask about getting a divorce.  The lawyer asks, “Does he beat you?”

“No, he does not.”

“Does he keep you short of money?”

“No, he does not.”

“Is he a perpetual drunkard?”

“No, he is not.”

“Is he unfaithful to you?”

“Ahhh, we’ve got him there. He was not the father of my last child.”

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For people who like peace and quiet – a phoneless cord.

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She tells me that the difference between her and I is:

When I get angry it’s because I’m ill-tempered…It just happens that her nerves are bothering her.

When I don’t like someone it’s because I’m prejudiced…She just happens to be a good judge of human nature.

When I compliment people it’s because I use flattery to get my way… She only encourages people.

When I take a long time to do a job it’s because I’m unbearably slow and pokey… She takes a long time because she believes in quality workmanship.

When I spend my paycheck in 24 hours, it’s because I’m a spendthrift… When she does, it’s because she’s generous.

When I stay in bed until 11 A.M., it’s because I’m a lazy good-for-nothing… When she stays in bed a little longer, it’s because she’s totally exhausted.

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“It’s okay. I didn’t believe in reincarnation last time either.”

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Two girls board a crowded bus and one of them whispers to the other, “Watch me embarrass a man into giving me his seat.” Pushing her way through the crowd, she turned all of her charms upon a gentleman who looked like he might embarrass easily.  “My dear Mr. Wilson,” she gushed, “fancy meeting you here on the bus.  Am I glad to see you! Why you’re almost a stranger.  My, but I’m tired!”

The sedate gent looked up at the girl.  He had never seen her before but he rose and said pleasantly, “Sit down, Mary, my girl.  It isn’t often I see you on washday.  No wonder you’re tired.  Being pregnant isn’t easy. By the way, don’t deliver the wash until Thursday.  My wife is going to the District Attorney’s office to see whether or not she can get your husband out of jail.”

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Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.

Marcus Antonius.

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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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Why worry?

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”

Hans Selye

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Can you tell me why so many of us take things so seriously? Some of us let even the littlest misstep create anxiety and worry. Life is too short to waste time on things we can’t change and that are probably not that important anyway.

I find there is little value in playing a part only geared to winning the approval of others. I am on life’s stage doing the best I can while enjoying the part I am playing. I don’t mind hearing from the critics if it is constructive criticism but I sure am not going to waste much time criticizing myself out of fear what others might think.

So my friends, do the best you can with what you have and enjoy the ride and the scenery along the way.

Here are some tips written by Theo Ellis that you might find helpful if there is too much stress in your life.

5 Daily Actions You Can Take To Cut Down Stress

Stress can affect us all In a number of ways If we’re not too careful. So If stress can be so bad, and you’re stressing on a daily basis, take these 5 daily actions to help you take back control.

  1. Create a schedule. – “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca

And that’s the cool thing about actively doing something and staying focused. It can help to cut down stress a whole lot If you stick to it. Normally, when you don’t have a schedule, your mind is all over the place. Because you don’t know what you’re going to be doing next, and It feels like you’re trying to get everything done all at once!

If you feel stressed out by this behavior, I’d advise you to create a new schedule. Put it in your calendar, assign each task with a time and stick to it. You won’t believe how much this has helped me, and I’m sure It can help you too.

  1. Stop thinking so much. – “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

Not only Is this true, but thinking too much can influence a lot of unnecessary stress. Because when you’re creating all sorts of scenarios in your head and over thinking things, you start to stress over it. Action Is better than inaction. So make it a habit to think less about whatever it is on your mind, and act on it instead. This’ll be tough at first If you’re not used to it, but with practice you’ll notice your stress levels will drop considerably! You’ve got to get out of your own head.

  1. Up your organizational skills. – “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A. A. Milne

And you probably know as well as I do that when everything is misplaced, It’s easy to stress out over it. It’s easy to start panicking, and over thinking, and wind yourself up in the process. Getting organized and making a habit out of it Is a simple thing to do, yet it has a huge impact on your mental state.

Get rid of all that clutter, junk, and anything else that’s lying around, then get rid of it or put it in its rightful place. At least that way you won’t be distracted by it and overwhelmed by the amount of crap you’ve got to clear up.

  1. Listen to your favorite music. One scientific fact about music is it gives you just as much pleasure as eating food, or even sex. That’s because when you’re listening to music it releases dopamine through out your body. And dopamine makes you feel good. So It’s not surprise listening to music can cut your stress in half, or even more than that! Keep a pair of headphones or speakers nearby, because listening to music is really that helpful to maintain a healthy mental state.
  2. Have some “fun” time. – “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” – Nina Dobrev

What’s life without having fun anyways? Life wouldn’t be the same without a little fun, and If you’ve been slacking off in the “fun department” I’d advise you to have some more fun time. Get out with your friends more often, and don’t just get out, do something enjoyable. Do something you’d love to do that you haven’t tried yet. Life shouldn’t be so serious all of the time, or else you’ll only stress yourself a bit too much. Put the fun back into it and live a little more free spirited like kids do!

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“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”

Śāntideva

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A priest and a rabbi were traveling on a plane. After a while the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The rabbi responded, “Yes, that is still one of our beliefs.”

The priest then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb and tasted pork.”

The priest nodded in understanding and went back to his reading. After a while the rabbi asked the priest, “Father, is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”

The priest replied, “Yes that is still very much a part of our faith.”

The rabbi then asked him, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?”

The priest replied, “Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”

The rabbi nodded understandingly for a moment and then said, “A lot better than pork, isn’t it?”

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“A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.”

Lois Wyse

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When Morris gets home from work, Sara wife tells him, “So today I went to the doctor and he says I can’t make love.”

Morris asks, “How’d he find out?”

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A young person knows the rules but the old person knows the exceptions.

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The Animal Defense League staged a protest against furriers in Beverly Hills Friday. The group isn’t stupid. They choose to protest fur rather than leather because it is a lot safer to throw paint on elderly Jewish women than Hell’s Angels.

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“Don’t marry a beautiful person. They may leave you. Of course, an ugly person may leave you too.  But who cares?”

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A mother passing by her son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, ‘Mum’ With the worst premonition, she opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands.

Dear Mum!

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing to you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I’ve been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.

But it’s not only the passion, Mum. She’s pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.

We share a dream of having many more children .Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone. We’ll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!!

Don’t worry Mum, I’m 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I’m sure we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.

Love, your son,

Nicholas.

“P.S. Mum, none of the above is true. I’m over at Jason’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that’s on my desk” I love you!  Call when it is safe for me to come home.

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The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.

Elbert Hubbard

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Life is good

“The foolish seek happiness in the distance; the wise grow it under their feet.”

James Oppenheim

 ! Appreciate people

We all have more wealth than we realize. We seem to take for granted the very best things in our lives rather than being consciously grateful for all we have.

Over the last few years I have come to appreciate each day I can get up and move about without help. I have come to realize that the warm embrace of a friend is more valuable than the achievement awards on my wall.

I have come to value the small opportunities I now have to do something of worth rather than being overloaded with responsibilities to maintain the status quo. Each breath is a blessing, each smile a reward, each hand held a chance to feel gratitude. I, like most, own no monuments, I live more simply than many others but few have accumulated as many simple pleasures as I have.

My wealth is measured not in money but in the quality moments that fill my days. Thank you for helping to provide me so many memorable moments

Here is a story I have always liked and maybe shared with you before; if I have it is worth reading again.

Precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by people.

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of The World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:  Egypt’s Great Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, and China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet.  So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t make up my mind because there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

To see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh, to love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by people.

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“Simply being alive is the greatest blessing we can enjoy.”

Rene Dubos

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After her 90th Birthday, Marie found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult, so she decided to send checks to everyone instead.  On each card she wrote, “Buy your own present,” and she mailed them early.

Marie enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities. Only after Christmas did she get around to clearing off her cluttered desk.  Under a stack of papers, she was horrified to find the gift checks which she had forgotten to enclose.

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The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

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“According to a new holiday survey by the people at match.com, Portland, Oregon, is the number one city in America where men and women prefer to date someone who is chubby and overweight. In fact, their idea of a romantic night: dinner, a movie, more dinner, and then a snack.”

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“Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

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Some more things I have learned from long time Floridians:

** You don’t pull off the road to look at an alligator.

** You realize that the only reason for Georgia’s existence is to provide extra billboard space for advertising Florida.

** You wear a sweater when it gets below 70 degrees.

** You don’t even consider Miami a nice place to visit.

** You only eat Early Bird Specials.

** You know not to drive from Pensacola to the Keys in one day (or two).

** You can remember when there was no good reason to go to Orlando.

** Your definition of “waterfront property” doesn’t include condominium apartments on man-made canals 20 miles from the ocean.

** You can laugh when Northerners say that Florida doesn’t have a change of seasons, because you know the rates are much lower after Labor Day.

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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Linda, a college freshman brought home some friends with new opinions to share with her grandmother Esther. Arguing with great intensity the coeds discussed Darwin and the revisionists’ attack on the theory of evolution.

Finally, Esther spoke up. “Heredity…environment. Young girls thinking about such things? Feh.”

“It’s very complicated issue, Grandma.”

“Complicated-shomplicated!  Please. Even sixty years ago in Russia, we knew the answer, 1-2-3. If the baby looks like the father, that’s heredity. If he looks like the milkman, that’s environment.”

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Marriage changes passion …You get married and suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.

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A kind-hearted motorist saw a man struggling to change a tire alongside the highway, and pulled over to see whether he could help. The man had a very red face, and a dark smear across it where he’d wiped off sweat with dirty hands. His tie was undone and his shirt collar askew, and it was clear he had also wiped his hands on his once-white shirt. Close to him stood an immaculately neat woman who was speaking in quick, agitated tones.

“Hello, there,” said the motorist. “Say, I’ve changed a lot of tires. . . maybe I can help here.”

“You sure can,” the man with the flat tire replied wearily.  “My wife is an expert, too. If you will just do all the arguing with her about how this tire ought to be changed, I can concentrate on the dirty work and get the job done.”

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting what we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Koenig

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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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

I didn’t fail, I paused

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be”

John Wooden

! Churhill

One of the great things that comes from a long life is learning that failures happen and they only linger if we let them. I have long learned to view failures as temporary obstacles and beneficial learning experiences. I think you have heard me before when I have reported that when things go wrong the first thing going through my mind if that the world did not end and life will go on.

If we spent less time worrying about what someone else may think and more time on getting back up and moving on we all would be better off. Of course the other thing that age gives us is the understanding that much of what we once thought is important really isn’t. I appreciate those who judge themselves on how well they live their lives rather than keeping a scorecard of their missteps.

Here is an article written by Henrik Edberg of the Positivity Blog that I think is worth considering.

Sometimes we fail.

It is not fun. But it happens. So what can you do then? Let me quickly share three steps that help me.

  1. Just be with what you are feeling.

When you fail it will most often hurt. Oftentimes a bit, sometimes quite a bit. And that is OK. Don’t try to paint it over with a smile.

I have found in my own life that it works better to just be with what I am thinking and feeling. To try to accept it, to let it in and to hurt for a while instead  of trying to reject it all and to keep it away. Because when you let it in and accept it will go faster and in the long run less be painful to process what has happened. If you reject how you really feel then those emotions will pop up at unexpected  times later on and can make you moody, pessimistic, angry or sad.

Just being with your feelings and accepting them is however not a license to start  feeling sorry for yourself or going deep into the victim role for the next two weeks or months though.

  1. Remind yourself that failure is a temporary thing.

When you have failed it is very easy to start thinking that you will always keep failing in this area of your life. It is easy to start thinking that you are indeed a failure. Don’t fall for such a destructive self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, remind yourself that just because you failed today or yesterday does not mean that you will fail the next time.

The truth is that this won’t last for the rest of your life if you keep taking action and it does not label you as some kind of failure. Seeing what is negative as a temporary thing instead of something permanent is an essential key to an optimistic attitude and to living a life of fully exploring your own potential.

  1. Find the constructive path forward. The previous steps help me to move from the initial hurt to rekindling my positivity. In this final step more fuel is added to the fire of optimism and action is taken to start moving forward again.

What I have found to work really well to do that is to ask myself a few questions like:

  • What is one thing I can learn from what has happened?
  • What is one thing I want to do differently the next time?
  • What is one small step I can take to more forward today?

And then to take action on the answers I get.

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Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford

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Recently in Traffic Court a man who received an expensive parking ticket testified that a uniformed Policeman had given his OK for the man to park there. The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the Officer if he ever saw him again, and the man replied that he would.

The Judge then said, “Good.  When you see the Officer again, tell him he owes you $57. Next…”

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I love giving homemade gifts. Which of my children would you like?

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The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Mexicans east a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty food and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

Conclusion:  Eat, drink and be merry.  Speaking English is what kills

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Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.

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“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

Jack Handy

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Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

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The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.

Father1:  Whew! It’s getting rather warm in here, isn’t it?

Father2:  Shall I open the window?

Father1:  No, that’s alright. I’ll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.

Father2:  Hey, that’s a good idea. Why don’t we include that in the constitution?

Father1:  What? That we’re allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?

Father2:  Yeah, but that doesn’t sound very smooth. How about “Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?”

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She said: If the shoe fits……buy a pair in every color.

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As a high school football coach, I’m aware that student athletes tend to focus too much on sports.  Bob, a fellow coach, was talking about one such player, who called him at home one night. When his wife informed the kid that Bob wasn’t home, he became frantic and said he had to speak to the coach right away.

“Just calm down, and I’ll have him call you as soon as he gets home,” the coach’s wife told him.  “What’s your number?”

The flustered kid replied, “Three.”

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“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

Denis Waitley

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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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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