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Another Start

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

Colette

 ! 1 be happy

My birthday is behind me and I have no significant health problems so now is a good time to start my new normal. This is the Daily’s 16th year which sure surprises me but it has become part of my daily ritual and lets me stay connected with you so it will continue. I don’t know why but I really do feel free to make a few life adjustments in order to maximize my enjoyment of the years ahead. Rather than bemoan the fact that I physically can’t do as much as I use to do, I chose to not only do the things I still can do but also do some things I missed in the past.

In truth it is never too early to make positive life choices. I think too many of us are so busy running the race that we never stop to see if there is a better route to run. Sometime ago I saved the following advice, today seems like a good time to share it with you.

Steps To Happiness

Everybody Knows:

You can’t be all things to all people.

You can’t do all things at once.

You can’t do all things equally well.

You can’t do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.

 

So:

You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

 

Then:

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

 

Dare To Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And we’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.

 

May God Bless you and keep you safe,

Father Pat

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There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya.  On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic.  As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their hauntingly beautiful harmonies.  She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home.

With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words to this song?”

Her friend looked at her an solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery.”

~~~

Miller’s Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.

~~~

After a young couple brought their new baby home, the wife suggested that her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy,” he said. “I’ll do the next one.” The next time came around and she asked again. The husband narrowed his eyes as he looked at his wife. “I didn’t mean the next diaper. I meant the next baby.”

~~~

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you have got it made.

Groucho Marx

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Linda had to be rushed to the hospital unexpectedly.  After a brief exam, the doctors decided to admit her.  She called home and asked her husband Charley to bring her a few items from home.  One item on her list was “comfortable underwear.”

Worried he’d make the wrong choice, Charley asked, “How will I know which ones to pick?”

“Hold them up and imagine them on me,” she answered.  “If you smile, put them back.”

~~~

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

~~~

A group of elderly Jewish men meet every Wednesday for a coffee and a chat. They drink their coffee and then sit for hours discussing the world situation. Usually, their discussion is very negative.

One day, Moishe surprises his friends by announcing, loud and clear, “You know what? I’ve now become an optimist.”

Everyone is totally shocked and all conversation dries up.

But then Sam notices something isn’t quite right and he says to Moishe, “Hold on a minute, if you’re an optimist, why are you looking so worried?”

Moishe replies, “Do you think it’s easy being an optimist?”

~~~

Back in the 1970s we didn’t have the space shuttle to get all excited about.  We had to settle for men walking on the crummy moon.

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Some tourists in the Chicago Museum of Natural History are marveling at the dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, “Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?”

The guard replies, “They are 3 million, four years, and six months old.”

“That’s an awfully exact number,” says the tourist. “How do you know their age so precisely?”

The guard answers, “Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago.”

~~~

If you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding it in lot of other places, too.

Gladiola Montana

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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