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We can do better

Never give up on yourself. Then you will never give up on others.

Pema Chodron

Do better

While I was upset that I had disappointed an acquaintance last week in a way I am glad it happened. Of course I am sorry that I created discomfort for someone I liked but it showed me that we never are done creating the person we would like to be. An adverse situation as I experienced provides the opportunity to learn from it and work on doing better in the future.

Too many of us, me included, seem to think we have finished building our personal character. I have learned that like everything else when we try to rest on our laurels we stagnate and become complacent. My recent experience again showed me that we can’t take life for granted. From the time we are born until the end of our existence we are a work in in progress. It is up to us to fine-tune our actions and continue to do better.

Here is a piece that I subscribe to; I think it is important enough to share with you today.

Change Your World

by: Brian Tracy

You cannot change the world,

 But you can present the world with one improved person – Yourself.

 You can go to work on yourself to make yourself

Into the kind of person you admire and respect.

 You can become a role model and set a standard for others.

 You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting

Or speaking in a negative way

Toward anyone for any reason.

 You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,

 Rather than the hurtful way.

 By doing these things each day,

 You can continue on your journey

Toward becoming an exceptional human being.


It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.

Dale Turner


A sailor, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The sailor walked up to the man and asked, “When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?”

The old Chinese man replied with a smile, “Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers.”


It’s a very strange name they picked for “Social Security”. For what they actually send you, you can’t afford to be “social” nor can you really feel “secure”.


After Sunday service a young couple talked to the pastor about joining the church.  He hadn’t met the husband before, so he asked what church he was transferring from.

The husband looked down at his feet and replied, “I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course.”


One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.


A man answers the phone and has the following conversation: “Yes, mother, I’ve had a hard day. Jennifer has been most difficult – I know I ought to be more firm, but it is hard. Well, you know how she is. Yes, I remember you warned me. I remember you told me that she was a vile creature who would make my life miserable and you begged me not to marry her. You were perfectly right. You want to speak with her? All right.”

He looks up from the telephone and calls to his wife in the next room: “Jennifer, your mother wants to talk to you!”


“A married man can do anything he likes if his wife doesn’t mind.”

George Bernard Shaw


Stuff About Kids

There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.

Chinese Proverb:  Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like clearing your driveway in the middle of a snowstorm.

Mothers of teens are the only ones that KNOW why animals eat their young.

I asked Mom if I was a gifted child…she said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.

Children are natural mimics, who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

We childproofed our home 3 years ago and they’re still getting in!

I love to give homemade gifts…which one of my kids do you want?

Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut-up!


I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.


Two men sitting on a train are talking. One guy says, “Did you hear the one about the two Jews who are walking down the street…”

The other guy says, “Hold it! Why are you always telling jokes about Jews? I find it offensive. Why must they always be about Jews?”

“You’re right,” his friend replies and starts the joke again: “So, these two Chinese guys are walking down the street on the way to their nephew’s bar mitzvah…”


It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything.

–  Rene Coty


Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, “Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?”

“Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife.”


Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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