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Thanks

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.

Gerald Good

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A week or so ago I sent out a note to friends thanking them for helping my Kiwanis Club make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in my community. Because of fruit and snacks provided by my fellow members kids who have no permanent living arrangements and who have little go home each day with something to eat. There are kids standing on corners in frigid weather in warm coats and shoes because our club bought them winter gear at Christmas. The list could go on but you get the idea. What my friends did and are doing again is donating items and even cash to support our annual dinner and silent auction that helps us raise the money we use to build a better life for those we can help. So you can understand why I am grateful that my friends help us help others.

As I look back over the last twelve months with the serious medical challenges I had I have more than enough reason to be grateful to all that helped me back to health. I am also grateful for the many who stepped in to do what I might have done if I had been able. Over the past few years I have come to have a greater appreciation for the folks that are always there offering a helping hand when needed and friendship during both good and bad times, So my friends, thanks, I am so glad I know you.

One of the positive things you can do for yourself is to decide that you will make gratitude a priority in your life. If you do the world will seem brighter, friendships will be reinforced and new ones belt and you will have a great antidote for the negatives that often bog us down. Here are excerpts from a Zen Habits article that can help if you want to get more enjoyment through your appreciation of others.

 

How to Live a Life of Gratitude

The thing is, simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you much (especially once you get over the initial discomfort some people feel with thanking others). But they can make a huge difference. If you’re interested in living a life of gratitude, here are my suggestions:

  • Morning gratitude session. Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks, to whoever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything, other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. This one act can make a huge difference.
  • Say thank you. When someone does something nice for you, however small, try to remember to say thank you. And really mean it.
  • Call to say thanks. Sometimes you might think about something nice that someone did for you. Perhaps you remember during your gratitude session. When you do, pick up the phone and call the person, just to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for, and why you appreciate it. Takes a minute or two. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person, if you happen to see them or if they’re on your route. Almost as good is a thank-you email — keep it short and sweet.
  • Give thanks for “negative” things in your life. There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative.

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Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.

Terri Guillemets

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He said he is glad he is a guy because:

He doesn’t have to clean his apartment if the meter reader is coming.

He can quietly watch a game with a buddy for hours without ever thinking “He must be mad at me.”

He doesn’t don’t mooch off other’s desserts.

He can drop by to see a friend without having to bring a little gift.

If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, we just might become lifelong friends.

I am not expected to know the names of more than five colors.

I am unable to see wrinkles in my clothes.

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“This customer service job would be a breeze if it weren’t for all these whiney, pushy, complaining, help-me-now, customers.”

Todd Loushine

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English is not an easy language. Something that’s close to what you might want to say could mean something completely different. Here are some actual things spoken or written by foreigners who are a little rusty on their English.

“The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.” — A sign in a Bucharest hotel lobby.

“Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.” — From an advertisement by a dentist in Hong Kong.

“It is strictly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.” — A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest.

“Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11am daily.” — A sign in a hotel in Athens.

“The manager has personally passed all the water served here.” — A sign in an Acapulco hotel.

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Due to a shortage of devoted followers, the production of great leaders has been discontinued.

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Sally had three very active boys. One summer evening she was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner. One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled, “Bang! You’re dead!” She slumped to the ground and when she didn’t get up right away, a neighbor ran over to see if she had been hurt in the fall.

When the neighbor bent over, the overworked mother opened one eye and said, “Shhh. Don’t give me away. It’s the only chance I’ve had to rest all day”.

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My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

Rodney Dangerfield

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She said that at:

Age 3: Looks at herself and sees a Princess!

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

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty / Cheerleader; or if she is PMSing, sees Fat / Pimples / UGLY (“Mom, I can’t go to school looking like this!”).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of its people to appreciate and enjoy it.

Michael Josephson

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Stressed?

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James

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I missed a couple of appointments and opportunities over the last few months that disturbed me and has taught me I have to manage myself a little better. So I am in the post-it note, computer alerts and smart phone reminder mode these days. One missed appointment took me nearly to stressful concern, a place I have trained myself to avoid over the years.

My stress avoidance has not come from any magic formula, ancient chant or mystical secret but rather from learning some years back that most things that stressed me out were really not that important. Regret sometimes sure, but agony over what had happened and that was now the past, never. Stressing over the past never ever helped anything, it only created lingering discomfort.

So now when I blunder, as I do more than I wish I did, I take notice of what it was and why it happened so that I can do whatever I can to try not to repeat the happening. So I write lots of notes to myself, sometimes with admonitions to be more careful but never with recriminations that only hurt.

So are you a stress avoider like I am? If not you might benefit from the tips included in this article written by stress management expert Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Stressful Day? Here’s How To Feel Better

Stop Stressful Days In Their Tracks–Every Day Can Be A Better Day!

  • Take A Meditation Break – A well-timed meditation session can feel like a mini-vacation when you’re having an overwhelming day. Regular meditation brings cumulative benefits, but even a five-minute meditation can help put you in a better frame of mind so that whatever stressors come, you’ve got them handled.
  • Use Reframing Techniques – Sometimes stress is all in how you look at it! If you see something as a threat vs. a challenge, for example, it will bring more stress. If you’re catastrophizing, ‘shoulding all over yourself’, or unwittingly using other cognitive distortions to add to the stress of your day, stop. (Hint: these cognitive restructuring techniques can help!)
  • It’s Okay To Say No – Sometimes we have One Of Those Days because we have so many commitments stacked up on each other that one false move leads to a string of minor crises. One way to avoid doing this is to only take on commitments that are really important to you and directly help you fulfill your most valued goals, like ‘keep my job’ or ‘be a good parent’. It’s important to learn how to say no to other more periphery commitments, even if people will be disappointed.
  • Locate A Supportive Shoulder – Sometimes it helps just to have a sympathetic ear or an active listener to tell your troubles to, to ‘get it out of your system’, or to feel validated and supported. If you are someone who does better with the supportive ear of a good friend (and can avoid rumination when telling your tale), then go for it! Research on coping styles shows that social support can be a wonderful stress release, and can lower cortisol levels as well. So let your friends help you, and you can return the favor when your friend has One Of Those Days in the future.
  • Have A Sense of Humor – Laughing in the face of stress is a good way to rob it of its power. And, fortunately, there are other benefits of laughter as well. Practice maintaining your sense of humor on an overwhelming day and the world laughs with you!
  • Just Breathe – A quick and effective way to feel much less stressed anytime, anywhere? Breathing exercises! Try taking a few deep breaths right now, and see how much more relaxed you can be. Then you can reverse your body’s stress response, improve your mood, and press ‘restart’ on your bad day. Or at least suck some of the stress right out of it!

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Most important thing in life is to be happy. Don’t stress over the little things and learn to believe in the positives. Remember that it is up to you. Don’t let others bring you down.

Robert Boughter

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This comes from a Catholic elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., incorrect spelling has been left in.)

  1. In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.
  2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.
  3. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.
  4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.
  5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.
  6. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.
  7. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.
  8. The seventh amendment is “Thou shalt not admit adultery.”
  9. Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.
  10. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
  11. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.
  12. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
  13. When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
  14. When the three wise guys from the East side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.
  15. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
  16. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, “a man doth not live by sweat alone.”
  17. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
  18. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
  19. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.
  20. One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.
  21. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
  22. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

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Help beautify our dumps. Throw away something pretty.

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News from the British papers:

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, “This sort of thing is all too common”. (The Times)

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I can resist anything but temptation.

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After meeting with the boss, the head salesperson mustered the troops. “People,” he said, “I’ve just been informed that we’re going to be having a fire sale.”

“A fire sale?” spoke up one agent.  “But we sell insurance.”

“I said a fire sale, and I meant it,” he replied rather coldly. “Anyone who doesn’t make a sale gets fired….”

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Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.

Douglas Pagels

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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 know you can, do you?

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”

Roopleen,

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In yesterday’s Daily I used the quote “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”. The more I thought about the quote later the more I realized just how true I think this is for so many people I know who are much better then they realize.

Some have let a setback discourage them to the point that they are afraid to risk trying things that are difficult more in their minds than in reality. Others never even leave the starting gate for fear that they might fail while others of us excuse ourselves early in life from even trying some things.

The person who declares themselves not to be handy never have to worry about failing to fix anything because they never start. Once a person says “I can’t get started on time in the morning” they will never even try because they decided they can’t do it so it becomes their norm. The list goes on and on “I don’t like English food” because they tried something once and didn’t like it so they will never even see if all of it tastes the same or I get seasick so I won’t get on a boat because I was sick once years ago.

Every time we excuse ourselves we not only limit or chances of success we also reduce the number of possibilities to enjoy our lives. Here are some thoughts I extracted fro a Marc Chernoff article “Habits that Steal Your Happiness” that I think are worth your consideration.

Your Happiness

You ultimately become what you repeatedly do.  If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you.  Here are a few examples of the latter that will steal your happiness if you let them:

Focusing on everyone’s story except your own.

Don’t be so satisfied with the success stories of others and how things have gone for them that you forget to write your own.  Unfold your own tale and bring it to life.  You have everything you need to become what you are capable of becoming.  Incredible change happens when you decide to take control.  This means consuming less and creating more.  It means learning to respect and use your own ideas and instincts to write your passage.

Waiting for the perfect moment.

Don’t buy into the myth of the perfect moment.  Moments aren’t perfect; they’re what you make them.  So many people wait around for the stars to align to do what they’re here to do.  The perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect state of being, etc.  Wake up!  These states of perfection are myths.  They do not exist.

Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection.  You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly.

Holding tight to worries and fears.

Someday when you look back over your life you’ll realize that nearly all of your worries and anxious fears never came to fruition – they were completely unfounded.  So why not wake up and realize this right now.  When you look back over the last few years, how many opportunities for joy did you destroy with needless worry and negativity?  Although there’s nothing you can do about these lost joys, there’s plenty you can do about the ones that are still to come.

You will find that it’s necessary to let some things go simply for the reason that they’re heavy on your heart and soul.  Let go of them.  Don’t clamp shackles to your own ankles.  It’s incredibly easy to enjoy more of your life right now, no matter what the situation.  It’s just a matter of letting go of the layers of nonsense that are weighing you down.

Dwelling on difficulties.

A bad day is just a bad day.  Choose not to make it anything more.  Times of adversity will inevitably affect the conditions in which you live and work; yet you don’t have to let it affect who you are and where you’re headed.  Take note of the setbacks and adjust to them, but don’t expand on them by making them a bigger part of your life.

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If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.

Arsene Wenger

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VIRUS ALERT

Warning: There’s a new virus on the loose that’s worse than anything I’ve seen before!  It gets in through the power line, riding on the powerline 60 Hz subcarrier.  It works by changing the serial port pinouts, and by reversing the direction one’s disks spin.  Over 300,000 systems have been hit by it here in Murphy, West Dakota alone!  And that’s just in the last 12 minutes.

It attacks DOS, Unix, TOPS-20, Apple-II, VMS, MVS, Multics, Mac, RSX-11, ITS, TRS- 80, and VHS systems.

To prevent the spread of the worm:

1) Don’t use the powerline.

2) Don’t use batteries either, since there are rumors that this virus has invaded most major battery plants and is infecting the positive poles of the batteries.  (You might try hooking up just the negative pole.)

3) Don’t upload or download files.

4) Don’t store files on floppy disks or hard disks.

5) Do NOT read messages!  Not even this one!

6) Don’t use serial ports, modems, or phone lines.

7) Don’t use keyboards, screens, or printers.

8) Don’t use switches, CPUs, memories, microprocessors, or mainframes.

9) Don’t use electric lights, electric or gas heat or airconditioning, running water, writing, fire, clothing or the wheel.

I’m sure if we are all careful to follow these 9 easy steps, this virus can be eradicated, and the precious electronic fluids of our computers can be kept pure.

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At my age, ‘getting lucky’, means finding my car in the parking lot.

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A man walked into the ladies’ department of a Dillard’s Department Store and said to the woman behind the counter, “I’d like to buy a Baptist bra for my wife, size 36B.”

“What type of bra?” asked the clerk. “Baptist,” said the man. “She said get a Baptist bra, and that you’d know what she meant.” “Ah yes, now I remember,” said the saleslady. “We don’t sell many of those. Mostly our customers want the Catholic type, the Salvation Army type, or the Presbyterian type.”

Confused, the man asked, “What’s the difference between them?”

The lady responded, “It is all really quite simple… the Catholic type supports the masses, the Salvation Army type lifts up the fallen, and the Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright. Then there’s the Baptist type.”

“What does that do?” asked the man.

She replied, “It makes mountains out of molehills.”

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Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

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A 4-year-old boy was asked to return thanks before a big dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip.

Then he paused, and everyone waited–and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked

up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the broccoli, won’t he know that I’m lying?”

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“Think you can and you can do it. Your thoughts are your life.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

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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.

We Care

“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”

Pablo Casals

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The other day I wrote many of you asking you to consider attending my Kiwanis Clubs annual Dinner and wine tasting at the Country Club of Indianapolis later this month. I also made a pitch yesterday morning at my club stating that while I enjoyed the event and its good food and entertainment as well as the great bargains available via the silent auction, what I loved most is the changes we make in kids’ lives with the proceeds. My club goes out of its way to help children who have little joy in their lives. We provide snacks for kids who would go home from school hungry otherwise. Many kids with little stand on corners waiting for school buses in warm clothes they received as gifts from us, again paid for through money raised from friends and others.

I could go on but I won’t. You see when I was a kid I spent a few years in a rural boarding school with others, many who had no parents and who had yet to experience any love. Those of us who had a place to go were allowed to go home one week a year; it was a time when many wondered if anyone really cared. That is why I am thankful that so many of our Indianapolis children know that someone cares; they know that my fellow Kiwanis members do.

Here is a fairly long story that is a favorite of mine for it shows how we must sometimes look deeper to truly see a child.

 Perfume

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth.  Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.  However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.  In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. 

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big “F” at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Teddy’s off until last.  However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy’s first grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh.  He does his work neatly and has good manners … he is a joy to be around.” 

His second grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.” 

His third grade teacher wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.” 

Teddy’s fourth grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school.  He doesn’t have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.”

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.  She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy’s.  His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.  Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.  Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume.  But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.  Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thomson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.”  After the children left, she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.  Instead, she began to teach children.  Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy.  As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive.  The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.  By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her “teacher’s pets.”

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. 

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.  He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. 

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors.  He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.  This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further.  The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had.  But now his name was a little longer.  The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD . 

The story does not end there.  You see, there was yet another letter that spring.  Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married.  He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.  Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.  And guess what?  She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing.  Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. 

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, “Thank you,  Mrs. Thompson, for believing in me.  Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.”

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.  She said, “Teddy, you have it all wrong.  You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.  I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.”

Warm someone’s heart today … pass this along.  Just try to make a difference in someone’s life today … tomorrow … just do it.

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How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.

 Steve Maraboli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plagiarism saves time.

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

What do you say to that?”

“Thanks,” said the employee.

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

“I suppose not,” the employee said.

“Thanks, Dad.”

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“Researchers at Stanford University say they’ve developed a drug called ‘Celexa’ that helps women who are compulsive shoppers. They say it curbs the uncontrollable urge to shop. In fact, this weekend it goes on sale for 50% off.”

Jay Leno

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One day, a man walks into a dentist’s office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth.

“Eighty dollars,” the dentist says.

“That’s a ridiculous amount,” the man says. “Isn’t there a cheaper way?”

“Well,” the dentist says, “if you don’t use an anesthetic, I can knock the price down to $60.”

“That’s still too expensive,” the man says.

“Okay,” says the dentist. “If I save on anesthesia and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to $20.”

“Nope,” moans the man, “it’s still too much.”

“Well,” says the dentist, scratching his head, “if I let one of my students do it, I suppose I can knock the price down to $10.”

“Marvelous,” says the man, “book my wife for next Tuesday!”

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A pessimist counting his blessings: 10 … 9 … 8 … 7 …

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She said:

When we were dating, my husband used to always tell me those three magic words, “I love you”.  Now that we are married, those three magic words have become, “What’s for dinner?”

When we were dating, my husband would gently rub me with hot oil while he affectionately called me lovely nicknames.  Now that we are married, he gently rubs his car with hot wax, which now has its own pet nickname.

When we were dating, my husband read poetry to me as he caressed me in his arms late into the night.  Now that we are married, he quotes me sports statistics and stock prices during breakfast.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo F. Buscaglia

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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.

 

We need both old and new

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Donna Roberts

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The other day I shared with you that I recently learned just how important the friends I had around me over the years were to the quality of my life. When I look back over my past I realize that my successes were often gifts bestowed upon me because of the support of friends and colleagues. I think I said we should honor our supporting actors and let them know how important they are to our wellbeing.

Sadly the ageing process often is accompanied by the loss of friends, acquaintances and even family. People move, retire or pass on and leave many of us in a vacuum where most of what we hear is the echo of our own thoughts instead of the shared wisdom of others. I have found that it does not have to be that way. You see I have met lots of people like myself who were ready to fill the empty chairs with new friends. The other thing I have noticed is that shyness and isolation is not limited to only the old. When we make the effort we can make new friendships that will enrich our lives.

The reality is that your latent friends will never find you if you are always hiding in the bushes. Trust me there are folks waiting to meet you if you offer them the chance and as always a pleasant demeanor helps. Here is some thoughts from the Inspire 21 blog that can help those who are ready to restock their friends larder.

 Make New Friends

Need to know how to make new friends? Having trouble making new friends?

Well these little bits of advice I got off a friendship card will certainly give you a few tips on making new friends. Keep these in mind as you go out and soon you will lots of new TRUE friends. Good Luck!

  1. Don’t worry about knowing people, just make yourself worth knowing.
  2. Be friendly with the folks you know. If it weren’t for them you would be a total stranger.
  3. Friends are those who speak to you after others don’t.
  4. The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.
  5. The way to have friends is to be willing to lose some arguments.
  6. Deal with other’s faults as gently as if they were your own.
  7. A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.
  8. You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults.
  9. You can make more friends by being interested in them than trying to have them be interested in you.
  10. A real friend is a person who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, lets you forget it.
  11. A friend is a person who listens attentively while you say nothing.
  12. A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg even though you’re slightly cracked.

… and most important… A FRIEND IS A TREASURE!

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In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

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Lerman’s Law of Technology: Any technical problem can be overcome given enough time and money.

Corollary: You are never given enough time or money.

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He said: My wife got mad at me the other day and went shopping to relieve her irritation.  When she returned home she informed me that she had purchased ten new dresses. I asked “Ten!”, “What could any woman want with ten new dresses??” She calmly replied, “Ten new pairs of shoes.”

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“Let me listen to me and not to them.”

Gertrude Stein

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A group of foreign dignitaries are visiting Israel. At the end of the tour, they are taken to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They look at the tomb and read the following inscription:

ABRAHAM SCHWARTZ

BORN 5694

DIED 5733

A GOOD MAN AND A GREAT FURRIER

The visitors are incredulous. They ask the guide, “How can this be an unknown soldier if the grave has his name?”

Their host responds, “Sure, as a soldier he was unknown, but as a furrier — he was the best!”

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My Mind Works Like Lightning — One Brilliant Flash and It’s Gone

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Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing the sick-leave provisions set out by their contract. One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “called in sick yesterday!”

There on the sports page, was a photo of the supposedly ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score. A union negotiator broke the silence in the room.

“Wow!” he said. “Just think of the score he could have had if he wasn’t sick!”

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I’m still hot. It just comes in flashes now.

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It was their first date, and she’d shown the patience of a saint as he babbled on and on about his hobbies, his pet peeves, his driving techniques, and even the standards he used to choose his barber.

Finally, he came up for air and said, “But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.”  She breathed a sigh of relief. He went on, “What do you think about me?”

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“I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays.”

Henny Youngman

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The 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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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson

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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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Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

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I restarted my workouts yesterday and found that the combination of weight gain and the lack of regular exercise over the last month or so has taken its toll. Of course my age does not help much but I have learned over the past few years that keeping up with my workouts makes a difference in how I feel both physically and mentally. The challenge now is to get back into the routine while also eating less. Getting back to being at the Y at 5 AM after sleeping in so much lately requires a lot of self-motivation but I need to do it.

This morning I also go to my cardiologist for follow-up on my latest heart surgery so I plan on going early to the Y and then home to change for the doctor. My wife is also going to her cardiologist at a different location to check on the Pacemaker she just got two weeks ago. We are becoming the poster couple for the Heart-care community. We knew our long marriage would bring us together but we did not expect it to be by sharing medical problems. We are lucky to have some outstanding care givers who have helped us to be able to continue to live active lives.

OK so now the pitch. You too can be young again and live a vibrant life, all you have to do is start an exercise program. Here are some tips to help you.

4 Ways to Stay Consistent With Your Workouts

For many of us, keeping consistent with our workouts is the biggest challenge—and it often prevents us from seeing success. You can have the best workout program in the world, but if you don’t actually do it, it’s clear you won’t get results. Try any of these four techniques and watch your gym attendance go up.

  1. Give Yourself a Daily Challenge. When you’re getting ready to work out, what are you thinking about? Are you just trying to get through your routine? Instead of focusing on when you’ll be done, set a goal for yourself. Daily goals or challenges are one of the best ways to keep consistent, because you’ve just given your workout a real purpose. If all you’re working toward is that long-term goal you have in mind, you know that one single workout isn’t going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. But if you have a goal to reach during that exact session, that workout takes on more importance. Miss the workout and you’ve missed the goal.

These goals or challenges should be relatively easy to obtain with some effort. One additional push-up, 10 seconds off your one-mile time, or an extra set of lunges are difficult but achievable goals.

  1. Sign Up for an Event. This is great because now you have a firm deadline in place. That event is going to happen—like it or not—at its scheduled time. There’s no way you can just push it back at your leisure. Having something to train for like this may just give you the incentive you need to keep pushing onward. Try a 5K run or a mini triathlon if there’s one happening in your area.
  2. Track Those Sessions. Sometimes the best way to stick with the program is to start tracking your workout sessions. Many people fall off the bandwagon simply because they don’t feel like they’re making any progress. When you track your sessions, you will see very clearly that you are. Try an app like MapMyFitness to easily create a training log, and look back over the weeks that have passed to see how far you’ve come. It will give you an instant motivation boost to know that the work you’re putting in is paying off.
  3. Refresh Your Playlist. Finally, try refreshing your playlist. There’s nothing like a brand new song to get you pumped up to work out. Try and find a new song each week to workout to, you might just find you’re looking forward to going to the gym ore.

Keep these quick tips in mind and next time you feel like you’re about to fall off the workout bandwagon, you’ll know precisely what to do. And be sure to connect MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness (download it on iOS or Android) so can you can easily track your calorie burn and see how many calories you’ve earned!

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“Energy & persistence conquer all things.”

Benjamin Franklin

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A family who had just moved into a new neighborhood was anxious to make a good impression. But the neighbors seemed cold and made no overtures of welcome. The mother of the brood was overjoyed when finally her youngest son ran in and announced happily, “Mommy, the lady down the street asked my name today!”

“Oh, how nice!” exclaimed the mother enthusiastically. “And then what did she do?”

“Then she gave it to the policeman.” the boy said.

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Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back.

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A court clerk tells us about the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled. During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.

“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.” Both were excused.

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“The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.”

Ann Bancroft

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Crying her eyes out, the blonde approached the policeman and said that her dog, Fido, was lost. The officer suggested that she put an ad in the paper.

The blonde replied, “Well, I thought of that, but I decided against it.”

“Why did you decide against it?” asked the officer.

“I remembered that my dear little Fido can’t read,” sniffed the blonde.

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“Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

Erica Jong

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Co-workers sympathized as my mother complained that her back was really sore from moving furniture.

“Why don’t you wait till your husband gets home?” someone asked.

“I could,” my mother told the group,” but the couch is easier to move if he’s not on it.”

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“Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.”

Hoosier Farmer

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The telephone solicitor selling basement waterproofing must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven when she reached my very polite and patient son on the phone. At the end of her long sales pitch, she asked, “Do you mind if we send out someone to give you an estimate?”

“Not at all,” my son said.

“When would be a good time?” she asked.

My son answered, “Just as soon as I dig a basement.”

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Exercise is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life.

We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

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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.

 

Another Start

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

Colette

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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?”

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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.”

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

Gladiola Montana

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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.

 

It has been a wonderful life, thanks!

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Hi everybody I am back and well. The health problems I had experienced last week are no longer around and I will be going back to my normal routine tomorrow.

The last four days were highlighted by a much appreciated birthday party at a local steak house that was organized and planned by my three children. Friends and relatives attended in what turned out to be a special night. After having lived a life spanning eight decades I anticipated having a good meal coupled with good fellowship and some birthday greetings, it was that and much more. My oldest daughter and her two sons had raided my wife’s albums and added some of their family pictures and made a video that had photos going back to my preschool days. What made it special for me were the pictures of the people who have been part of my life over the years, many who had almost faded from memory. It also chronicled the evolution of my family from the courtship of my wife through the years watching my children and grandchildren become the joy of our lives.

Afterwards the lingering memories of folks gone by started me thinking about how so many of us describe ourselves by our occupation and family status. You know, something like I am an engineer, I am married and have five kids. We may go on to talk about the tasks we are responsible for, we might say I am the supervisor of a team of people who repair bridges or the like. Our offering is purely a description of our function. I realized that I often thought of myself that way but this weekend I realized that the descriptions may set boundaries that prevent us from seeing who we really are. It is like having a two dimensional picture of ourselves on a big blank canvas.

This weekend my canvas started to fill with the people and events that provided my real life. The rich background was a dynamic representation with an ever changing landscape of the rewarding life I have lived. It was gratifying neither because of what I did, nor my titles our even my role as husband and father. It was because of the times spent with my children when they were little, the friends that were with me during my stint in the Navy, the thousands of moments shared with others during both good and bad times. In other words the good life was a gift from people like you, friends, relatives and even strangers who provide the real world I continue to grow in each day.

My only regret is that I did not look around often enough to tell you how much you are appreciated. I sometime felt I was too busy to see the smile of a tradesperson or to reach out a hand to a child. Maybe what is most important is that I did not let you know the regard have for you just being you.

Do me a favor, take a little time to look around and see those who are your fellow actors on your life’s stage. Give them your applause and thank them for helping you make your performance as pleasant as it is. And before I forget thanks for being you, I appreciate you even if we have never met.

Oh by the way, thanks to those who sent me birthday greetings they were great, the few hundred I received was overwhelming.

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“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”

Alfred Tennyson

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The kids said:

Never trust a dog to watch your food.   Patrick, age 10

When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.- Michael, 14

Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.  – Michael, 14

Stay away from prunes  – Randy, 9

Never pee on an electric fence. – Robert, 13

Don’t pull dad’s finger when he tells you to. – Emily, 10

When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. – Taylia, 11

Never allow your three-year old brother in the same room as your school assignment.  – Traci, 14

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On the first day of school, the Kindergarten teacher said, “If anyone has to go to the bathroom, hold up two fingers.”

A little voice from the back of the room asked, “How will that help?”

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A mother and her young son returned from the grocery store and began putting away the groceries.

The boy opened the box of animal crackers and spread them all over the table. “What are you doing?” his mother asked.

The box says you can’t eat them if the seal is broken,” the boy explained. “I’m looking for the seal.”

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Gravity isn’t easy, but it’s the law.

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A frog telephones a psychic hotline and is told, “You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.”

“Great,” says the frog, “Will I meet her at a party?”

“No.”

“Will I meet her at a night club?”

“No.”

“When will I meet this beautiful young girl?”

“Well,” said the psychic, “You will meet her next year — in biology class.”

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“Paranoids are people, too; they have their own problems. It’s easy to criticize, but if everybody hated you, wouldn’t you be paranoid?”

– Steven Wright

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There is a story about a monastery in Europe perched high on a cliff several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach the monastery was to be suspended in a basket which was pulled to the top by several monks who pulled and tugged with all their strength. Obviously, the ride up the steep cliff in that basket was terrifying.

One tourist got exceedingly nervous about half-way up as he noticed that the rope by which he was suspended was old and frayed. With a trembling voice he asked the monk who was riding with him in the basket how often they changed the rope.

The monk thought for a moment and answered brusquely, “Whenever it breaks.”

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One of life’s mysteries is how a 2 pound box of candy can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

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A young mother paying a visit to a doctor friend and his wife made no attempt to restrain her five-year-old son, who was ransacking an adjoining room. But finally, an extra loud clatter of bottles did prompt her to say, “I hope, doctor, you don’t mind Johnny being in there.”

“No,” said the doctor calmly, “He’ll be quiet when he gets to the poisons.”

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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

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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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