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The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

Norman Cousins

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On this Veterans Day I grieve for the many families who have lost loved ones due to war. Sometimes the bitter loneliness created by a families loss remains for the rest of their lives.

As time goes by we all lose friends and loved ones either through breakup, distance or death. In fact I think that the greatest illness rampant in our world today is loneliness. Too many have lost the ability to communicate with others. Some feel so much pain that they feel that reestablishing close friendships with others is too great a risk.

I am especially concerned with how many of the elderly allow their social contacts wither away without making new contacts or new friends. Someone said recently that there are so many lonely folks around that we should feel bad that we withhold our friendship even while we ourselves are lonely. If we wait for others to come to us our isolation will only worsen so it is up to us to step out and embrace those just waiting to be our friend.

Here is an edited piece that I picked up that was written for those who recovering from a breakup. I think it might help anyone who wants to find a cure for their loneliness. Just don’t sit alone and mope, we all need friends like you.

How to battle loneliness

  1. Don’t indulge in self-pity – that’s most important. Make a conscious effort to appear confident and keep smiling. Get down to watching your favorite programs on TV. Spend some time re-connecting with yourself and regaining parts of yourself that you may have lost or been neglecting lately.
  2. Visit friends and family – they can be a great comfort after a breakup. Catch up with them and allow them to take care of you and keep you company when you’re feeling down.
  3. Take a break and get out of town for a few days- A new environment will allow you to meet new people whom you might make friends with.
  4. Pick up a new hobby- Now could be a good time to do something you’ve always thought of doing. Take dance lessons. Start a blog…

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The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

Mother Teresa

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Waiter: “Tea or coffee, gentlemen?”

1st customer: “I’ll have tea.”

2nd customer: “Me, too.  And be sure the glass is clean!”

(Waiter exits, returns)

Waiter: Two teas.  “Which one asked for the clean glass?”

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If you think things improve with age you have never attended a class reunion.

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A man, exiting a grocery store, was very surprised when a rather good-looking and perky young lady greeted him cheerfully by saying, “Good evening!” Her face was beaming. At least she was smiling until he gave her that “Who are you?” look. He couldn’t remember having ever seen her before.

Then, she obviously realized that a mistake had been made and apologized. She explained, “Oh, I’m so sorry. When I first saw you I thought you were the father of one of my children.” She walked on her way into the store.

The man was left staring dumbfounded after her. More than a bit puzzled, he thought to himself, “What is the world coming to, an attractive woman who doesn’t even keep track of what the father of her children look like. “However, he was also a bit flattered that he might resemble one of her former suitors. But, also hoped that nobody overheard her saying that she mistook him for being the father of one of her children. A bit panicked, he then thought, “Could I possibly have forgotten a relationship?” “Could it be that I really fathered a child?”

Still stunned, he walked to his car.

He did not know, of course, that she was a fifth-grade teacher at a local elementary school.

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“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”

Zig Ziglar

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A mother took her daughter to the doctor and asked him to give her an examination to determine the cause of the daughter’s swollen abdomen. It only took the doctor about 2 seconds to say, “Gimme a break, lady! Your daughter is pregnant!”

The mother turned red with fury, and she argued with the doctor that *her* daughter was a good girl, and would *never* compromise her reputation by having sex with a boy.

The doctor turns around and faces the window and silently watches the horizon.

The mother becomes enraged and screams, “Doctor, would you please quit looking out the window! Aren’t you paying *any* attention to me at all?”

“Yes, of course I’m paying attention, ma’am. It’s just that… the last time this happened, a star appeared in the east, and three wise men came. I was hoping they’d show up again, and help me figure out who got your daughter pregnant!”

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I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.

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A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage, he finally goes over to her and asks tentatively. “Umm, would you mind if I chatted with you for awhile?”

She yells at the top of her lungs, “No, I won’t sleep with you tonight!”

Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table. After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I’m a graduate student in psychology and I’m studying how people respond to embarrassing situations.”

At the top of his lungs, he responds, “What do you mean $200?”

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Which of my enemies told you I was paranoid?

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When my printer’s type began to grow faint, I called a local repair shop where a friendly man informed me that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told me, I might be better off reading the printer’s manual and trying the job myself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, I asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”

“Actually it’s my boss’s idea,” the employee replied sheepishly. “We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”

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If you want the last word in an argument, say, “You’re right.”

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A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license. She replied in a huff, “I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!”

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When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.

Audrey Hepburn

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.

Honor the good people

“We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Albert Schweitzer

! appreciation

Good morning. Yesterday as I spent a large amount of time canceling my cruise arrangements and ordering my travel insurance claim forms I thought about how our personal landscape changes. For weeks we had seen our travel to warmer climes with friends on the horizon only to watch it fade because of my health problems.

The gap in our calendar did provide us an opportunity to engage in looking for some more modest activities. However my mind was soon diverted as I watched my community eulogize an old friend who passed away suddenly at age 64. He was revered by many in my town for his tireless voice raised on his radio programs, in the media and in the ears of our community and political leadership. I had known him for forty years and considered him a friend. I did not see him often lately but I watched as he made a difference in the quality of life of thousands. I will miss him.

I did have some good news as two friends of mine were identified as Indiana Women of Influence in our states business paper. One is a top administrator at a major university and the other is an effective state legislator. Both have worked outside their job descriptions helping to make my city a special place. I appreciate them both and am grateful for them offering me their friendship.

Here is a story that embodies the spirit I find in these and other friends. Just think what the world would be like if we all cared this much.

Rabbi Mordechai

Rabbi Mordechai and his wife Henny have been, for the past 30 years, turning their tiny apartment into a guest house for thousands of people. Every weekend the Rabbi and his wife host meals for hundreds of guests in their small apartment. They literally cook all hours of the night to prepare enough food for everyone who comes. They also help people find places to stay.

Having spent many late Thursday nights cooking with the Rabbi’s daughters for over a hundred guests a week, I have personally witnessed the extraordinary dedication of the Rabbi and his wife. Every single week they open their house to hundreds of homeless, destitute people with nowhere else to go!

One story about Rabbi Mordechai stands out among the many. There was a homeless man who used to come to their Jerusalem apartment every week. He was extremely needy since he had lost his house. Rabbi Mordechai, who had no room left in his apartment, agreed to let this poor homeless man sleep in his (Rabbi Mordechai’s) car every night until he was able to get back on his feet! Eventually, he just gave the man his car for good.

The incredible kindness they have shown to thousands of people is unreal. The amount of dedication they have put in is something that has to be seen to be believed.

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“Let us be kinder to one another.”

Aldous Huxley

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He said:

  • Because I’m a man, when the car isn’t running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I’m looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, “I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn’t, know where to start.” We will then drink beer.
  • Because I’m a man, when I catch a cold, I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You’re a woman. You never get as sick as I do, so for you this isn’t a problem.
  • Because I’m a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like “cumin” or “tofu.” For all I know, these are the same thing. And never, under any circumstances, expect me to pick up anything for which “feminine hygiene product” is a euphemism.
  • Because I’m a man, when one of our appliances stops working, I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as, much once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.
  • Because I’m a man, I must hold the television remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it (though one time I was able to survive by holding a calculator).
  • Because I’m a man, you don’t have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you’re crying at the end of it, I didn’t.
  • Because I’m a man, and this is, after all, the year 2015, I will share equally in the housework. You just do the laundry, the cooking, the gardening, the cleaning, the vacuuming, and the dishes, and I’ll do the rest.

This has been a public service message for Women to Better Understand the Male.

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“Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.”

Mary Lorraine Buckley

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She said: My husband went on a sudden business trip, and I accompanied him. It soon became apparent that he could not wrap things up in one day, so his employer put us up for the night in a luxury hotel. We found a convenience store and purchased toothbrushes, a razor and other necessary items.

Finally we entered the lobby of the hotel, each of us toting a brown paper bag filled with supplies. The hotel manager looked us over.

Raising an eyebrow, he intoned haughtily, “Matched luggage?”

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A liberal education makes your mind a pleasant place to spend your leisure time.

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When the car engine developed a slight knock, Bob asked his wife if she had bought special or regular gas, but she couldn’t remember. “You probably got the cheaper gas,” he said. “That could account for the roughness of the engine.”

“No, the gas wasn’t cheaper!” she replied indignantly. “It cost the same as always. I told the man to put in the usual ten dollars worth.”

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If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

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A southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

With even greater emphasis he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.” Sermon complete, he then sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365, Shall We Gather at the River.”

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“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”

Rita Mae Brown

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.

Some days are better than others

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”

Eliza Tabor

! disappointment

As I age I am learning new skills, some are OK others only have value as character builders, which means leaning to deal with disappointment. Lately I have become a prolific canceler. I have canceled my attendance at a Frank Sinatra Junior’s presentation in honor of his dads 100th birthday. I also canceled my trip on the Belle of Louisville paddle wheeler and a trip to Ohio for lunch and a play. Toughest of all was yesterday when I had to cancel a week long Caribbean cruise with friends.

These were major disappointments, but attending while being somewhat disabled would have been worse. By not cruising next week I don’t have to delay some tests, a molar extraction and a few other things that will help take my mind off of my regrets.

I have cruised more than thirty times so I have enough memories that missing one more is not critical, but missing seeing my friends is a major disappointment. They live in another state and I am hoping we will find a way to meet one more time in the not too distant future.

A while ago Marc Chernoff sent me a piece he wrote for times like this. Here in part is what he offered:

Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Stress

The key is detachment – letting go of the life you expected, so you can make the best of the life that’s waiting for you.  It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.  Here are six strategies for making this happen:

Create some healthy space for yourself. – Sometimes you are just too close to the puzzle to see the big picture.  You need to take a few steps back to gain clarity on the situation.  The best way to do this is to simply take a short break – a breather – a vacation – and explore something else for a little while.  Why?  So you can return to where you started and see things with a new set of eyes.  And the people there may see you differently too.  Returning where you started is entirely different than never leaving.

Accept the truth and practice being grateful for what is. – To let go is to be grateful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and helped you learn and grow.  It’s the acceptance of everything you have, everything you once had, and the possibilities that lie ahead.  It’s all about finding the strength to embrace life’s challenges and changes, to trust your intuition, to learn as you go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue taking positive steps forward.

Concentrate only on what can be changed. – Realize that not everything in life is meant to be modified or perfectly understood.  Live, let go, learn what you can and don’t waste energy worrying about the things you can’t change.  Focus exclusively on what you can change.  And if you can’t change something that’s upsetting you, change the way you think about it.  Review your options and then re-frame what you don’t like into a starting point for achieving something different in your life.

Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. – Now is the moment.  The past is just a memory.  The future is a mental projection.  You can choose to dwell back in the past for learning and joyous reflection.  You can choose to dwell in the future for visualization and practical planning.  However, any time your awareness floats away to the past or future frequently for negative purposes, you are suffocating your ability to thrive in the only moment you ever have… the NOW.  Past and future literally do not exist right now – feel the freedom in this truth.

Embrace your quirks, your mistakes, and the fact that life is a lesson. – Life is a ride.  Things change, people change, but you will always be YOU; so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone or anything.  You have to dare to be yourself, in this moment, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.  It’s about realizing that even on your weakest days you get a little bit stronger, if you’re willing to learn.  Which is why, sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your trouble and hard work isn’t what you get, but what you become.

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“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Robert Kiyosaki

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Three blondes had just bought a can of Pepsi One and were anxious to try it for the first time. So the first blonde opened the can and then the second blonde poured it into three glasses. The third blonde eyed the three glasses suspiciously and said, “I wonder which one has the calorie?”

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“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Ways to Deal with Stress

When someone says “have a nice day”, tell them you have other plans.

Make a list of things to do that you have already done.

Leaf through “National Geographic” and draw underwear on the natives.

Start a nasty rumor and see if you recognize it when it comes back to you.

Make up a language and ask people for directions in it.

Bill your doctor for time spent in his waiting room.

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You never get tired if you rest a lot in advance.

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Soon after marriage, Terri’s husband, Colby stopped wearing his wedding ring.  Terri asked, “Why don’t you ever wear your wedding band?”

Colby replied, “It cuts off my circulation.”

Terri answered back, “It’s supposed to!”

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Could it be that the people who have nothing to say are the ones we should listen to?

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Laws Of Slow People

  1. Slow people always walk side by side, even if they don’t know each other.
  2. They drive side by side, too. If they can’t find another slow driver to pair up with, they drive in the fast lane.
  3. Slow walkers never look back. When they drive, they never look in their rearview mirrors, either.
  4. Slow people drift sideways, so they will block the path of anyone trying to pass them. If two people, or vehicles, are trying to get around the slow people at the same time, the slow people drift into the path of the one who is moving at the highest speed.
  5. Follow behind a slow person in the grocery store and you’ll wind up with soggy ice cream every time.

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Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

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I hate the idea of going under the knife. So I was very upset when the doctor told me I needed a tonsillectomy.  Later, the nurse and I were filling out an admission form. I tried to respond to the questions, but I was so nervous I couldn’t speak.  The nurse patted my hand and said, “Don’t worry. This medical problem can easily be fixed, and it’s not a dangerous procedure.”

“You’re right. I’m being silly,” I said, “Please continue.”

“Good,” the nurse went on, “Now, do you have a living will?”

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“There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.”

Michael J. Fox

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.

How will your day be?

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

! good-day

I remember when my wife and I seemed to live from one major event to another. It might be a cruise, a trip to another state, a major theatrical event or the like. As of late our activities are often controlled by what is thrust upon us. Illness, cancelled trips and the slowing down of friends can make later life look humdrum, gray and dull. In truth we end up living day-to-day dealing with whatever comes our way.

It may not seem all that exciting but what it does do is let us appreciate the little things more and especially appreciate the goodness of the people around us. We may not spend as much time in Adventureland but we do appreciate the comforts of home and the folks who warm our hearts.

What about you? Do you enjoy your days? If you would like to appreciate them more the following edited article may provide the answer.

5 Fun Ways to Fall In Love With Your Everyday Life

By Dr. Kate Siner

If you find that each of your days fade into the next, remember: Nothing is wrong with your life and nothing is wrong with you! It’s just that in reality — some of life is just not that exciting. However, you can do some simple things to shake things up, break the rut, and put some “WOW” into our normal, ordinary days. In other words: To really get the most out of life, we need to learn to make the most out of life.

Doing this is easier and more fun than you might expect. Best of all, it doesn’t require that you climb a mountain or win the lottery to achieve it. So here are five fun ways to love the life you’re living right here, right now:

Celebrate the super small stuff

We’re the “meaning makers” of our life. If we don’t create meaning, appreciate the little things, celebrate our wins, and mourn our losses, then regardless of how good it gets nothing is going to feel that special.

There are some celebrations that you probably already observe (like birthdays and major holidays), but how do you celebrate your little wins? What goal did you reach that’s deserving of a high-five? Know that when you get a tiny raise, work out faithfully for a month, spend two years at a job, or even adopt a dog … it all matters. So, dedicate time to celebrating you and the ones you love.

Accept a fun challenge

When you look back on your life, you might notice that some of your most challenging times become the most meaningful. Challenges make us focus, think, and call on resources that we didn’t know we had. Overcoming a challenge helps us feel significant and accomplished.

Pick something that you’d like achieve and set a goal for yourself. Or, take a risk to start something you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid to try. And when you reach your goal — that’s right — celebrate it! Whether it’s learning a language, building a backyard deck, or finally organizing your online photos into albums, set a goal and make a game of achieving it.

Notice what a wonderful world you live in

One of the fastest ways to create meaning in your life is to look for things you’re grateful for. So play a little “I-Spy” with your life. Call out what you already appreciate at home, at work, or with friends. Take a moment during breakfast or dinner to turn to a loved one (or friend) and tell them one thing you’re grateful for, excited about, or intrigued by from your day.

Another approach is to tell one person per week how grateful you are for them or something that they’ve done. The great thing here is that when you express your gratitude, while those around you feel appreciated and noticed. It’s a win for all involved.

Get curious when things don’t go as expected

Most of us have unconscious expectations about how the details of our lives “should” go down. At the very least, we all have hopes that our lives will turn out in a particular way. When you’re preoccupied with comparing what you have against what you think you should have, you’re not able to appreciate what you have for what it is. It’s that simple.

But let’s get real here. Paying attention to what actually IS working in your day-to-day life is not about adopting a fake, sunny disposition about a crappy job or a hard situation. It’s about getting clear on what’s important to you and learning how to find it in your current situation.

Remember to feel your way through life

When we’re bored or checked out, that’s our reminder to check back in and ask ourselves, “What is it that I want to feel and how can I bring more of it into my day?”

One good way to move into each day is starting off in bed each morning asking yourself how you’d like to feel that day. How would you like to feel as you move through it? If there’s a hard or challenging aspect of your day ahead, see if you can come up with a way to deal with it that handles the situation but also feels best for you.

As you go forward, build on and develop these five skills to start adding more actual enjoyment to your daily life. But, don’t worry if you have some days where you feel flat. It’s normal. Remember that you can always wake up tomorrow and ask yourself, “What would I like today to feel like?”

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In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

William Blake

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A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend, who is ahead by a couple of strokes. The golfer says to himself, ‘I’d give anything to sink this next putt.’ A stranger walks up to him and whispers, ‘Would you give up a fourth of your sex life?’

The golfer thinks the man is crazy and that his answer will be meaningless, but also that perhaps this is a good omen, so he says, ‘Okay,’ and sinks the putt. Two holes later he mumbles to himself, ‘Boy, if I could only get an eagle on this hole.’ The same stranger moves to his side and says, ‘Would it be worth another fourth of your sex life?’

The golfer shrugs and says, ‘Sure.’ He makes an eagle. On the final hole, the golfer needs yet another eagle to win. Though he says nothing, the stranger moves to his side and says, ‘Would you be willing to give up the rest of your sex life to win this match?’

The golfer says, ‘Certainly!’ He makes the eagle.

As the golfer walks to the club house, the stranger walks alongside and says, ‘You know, I’ve really not been fair with you because you don’t know who I am. I’m the devil, and from now on you will have no sex life.’

‘Nice to meet you,’ says the golfer. ‘My name’s Father O’Malley.’

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Someday we’ll look back on all this and plow into a parked car.

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Some billboards gained attention in Cleveland.  Some reported seeing one or two messages, but the newspaper listed all of them. Here’s a list of all variations of the “God Speaks” billboards.  The billboards are a simple black background with white text.  No fine print or sponsoring organization is included.  These are awesome…enjoy.

Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game. -God

C’mon over and bring the kids. -God

What part of “Thou Shalt Not…” didn’t you understand? -God

That “Love Thy Neighbor” thing… I meant it. -God

Will the road you’re on get you to my place? -God

You think it’s hot here? -God

Have you read my #1 best seller?  There will be a test. -God

Do you have any idea where you’re going? -God

Don’t make me come down there. -God

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If I were you, who’d be me?

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He said:

… she has an uncanny way of standing between me and the television screen. Bases loaded, two strikes, three balls. The crowd goes wild, the pitch flies, and all I can see is her back side.

Howard, Dodge City, Kan.

… what’s mine is hers. I buy her negligees; she sleeps in my T-shirts. When she’s cold she wears my wool socks to bed, never her own. She steals my half-used razors; new ones are too sharp. She even wears my boxers. I’m tempted to switch to briefs just to see what she’d do.

Dave, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

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“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”

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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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 can do better

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

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Our local elections are over and in January we will begin anew with a new mayor and city council. We are one of the largest cities in America when measured by the total population within our cities boundaries and it is a city that works. The thing that has made me happy lately has been how civil the campaign for Mayor and the City Council has been.

We have a city that has a history of success since unlike our national politics we avoid the extreme polarization that has become the norm in Washington. Hate and pessimism do nothing more than stop the people from coming together to build for a better tomorrow. Solutions are seldom found when we are so busy fighting amongst ourselves that we can’t even sustain what we already have.

The tough part is that it is we the people who have failed our country as we have filled the legislatures and administrations with people who prefer to battle than to build. Too many of us think there is nothing we can do or even worse think the solution is more power, more polarization. We have become what appears to be a pessimistic people, people who feel that there are no solutions and that things will stay like they are or worsen. I refuse to join that group, I still have hope, and I look for the day that our nation can become like my city, a place where we come together and solve problems instead of creating them.

Need a dose of optimism, try this:

Become More of an Optimist

By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Optimists enjoy many health and lifestyle benefits, and tend to be happier overall. Optimism is measured by your explanatory style, or how you define events. If you can learn to define positive events as being a) because of something you did, b) a sign of more good things to come and c) evidence that good things will happen in other areas of your life, you’re halfway there. If you can also think of negative events as a) not your fault, and b) isolated occurrences that have no bearing on future events or other areas of your life, you’re the rest of the way there!

Here’s How:

When something positive happens in your life, stop to analyze your thought process for a moment. Are you giving yourself due credit for making it happen? Think of all the strengths you possess and ways you contributed, both directly and indirectly, to make this event occur. For example, if you aced a test, don’t just think of how great it is that you were prepared, but also think of how your intelligence and dedication played a role.

  • Think of other areas of your life that could be affected by this good event. Also, think of how the strengths you possess that caused this good thing to happen can also cause other positive events in your life. For example, what other good things can come from your intelligence, dedication, and ability to effectively prepare for tasks?
  • Imagine what future possibilities could be in store. Because you hold the key to your success, shouldn’t you expect to do well on future tests? Isn’t a successful career a natural result?
  • When negative events occur, think of the extenuating circumstances that could have contributed to this happening. If you do poorly on an exam, for example, were you especially busy in the preceding week? Were you somewhat sleep deprived? What outside circumstances contributed to your failure? Keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily a reflection of personal weakness.
  • Also remember that you’ll have endless opportunities to do better in the future. Think of your next potential success, or other areas where you can excel.

Tips:

The key to optimism is to maximize your successes and minimize your failures.

It’s beneficial to look honestly at your shortcomings so you can work on them, but focusing on your strengths can never hurt.

Keep in mind that the more you practice challenging your thought patterns, the more automatic it’ll become. Don’t expect major changes in thinking right away, but do expect them to become ingrained over time.

Always remember that virtually any failure can be a learning experience, and an important step toward your next success!

Practice positive affirmations. They really work!

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Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

William James

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A German shepherd went to a Western Union office, took out a blank form and wrote, “Woof..woof..woof..woof..woof..woof..woof..woof…woof.”

The clerk examined the paper and told the dog, “There are only nine words here. You could send another ‘woof’ for the same price.”

“But,” the dog replied, “That would make no sense at all.”

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She said: All husbands are alike.  They have different faces so they can be told apart.

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Camping Tips

Shine a flashlight into one ear. If the beam shines out the other ear, do not go into the woods alone.

A potato baked in the coals for three hours makes an excellent hockey puck.

The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.

The sight of a bald eagle has thrilled campers for generations. The sight of a bald man, however, does absolutely nothing for the eagle.

It’s entirely possible to spend your whole vacation on a winding mountain road behind a large motor home.

Effective January 1, 2016, you will actually have to enlist in the Swiss Army to get a Swiss Army Knife.

In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent-mate.

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If your wife parks the car, don’t sit there and insist she do it properly.Walking the rest of the way to the curb is good exercise.

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Vacationing in Kentucky, a friend and I spent the night at a small motel outside of Louisville. In the morning, I asked the woman at the desk for directions to Churchill Downs. Not able to tell us, she called her husband from the back room.

“Churchill Downs?” he asked. “That’s the race-track, isn’t it?” We nodded. He hesitated and then said, “I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere south of the university. I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can be much help.”

At that point his wife left the room. The husband looked over his shoulder to make sure she had disappeared. Then he winked at us, leaned over the counter and whispered, “Take Third Street through town, go past the university and turn right on Central Avenue. After that, just look for the twin spires. You can’t miss ’em!”

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Bumping into a woman on the sidewalk, the Tom Cruise look-alike apologized, “Pardon me!”

“That’s quite all right,” the woman replied.  “You look just like my fifth husband.”

“Wow!” he said.  “How many times have you been married?”

“Four,” she answered.

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The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.

Be ready when plans change

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.

Kenneth Branagh

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We had to cancel a trip today to a luncheon and play in Ohio today since my wife is suffering from some back pain. Our life lately requires some management as we have made commitments some time ago that are proving to be difficult to keep. We still plan on cruising in a few weeks so hopefully we both will be ok to go by then.

Sometimes basking in the golden sun of senior-hood takes some doing but we go on and yes with  smiles on our faces. At least the weather is great and we have plenty of food and lots of diversions. Fortunately we are our own boss and don’t require superior performance only happiness as we mosey along.

For those of you who are still in the trenches you might benefit from this list compiled by Tony Peeris from India years ago.

Principles of Life

  • Winning isn’t everything but wanting to win is.
  • You would achieve more, if you don’t mind who gets the credit.
  • When everything else is lost, the future still remains.
  • Don’t fight too much or the enemy will know your art of war.
  • The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave.
  • If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything.
  • If you do little things well, you’ll do big ones better.
  • Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
  • You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
  • Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
  • Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution.
  • If you are not failing, you’re not taking enough risks.
  • Don’t try to get rid of your bad temper by losing it.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  • Those who don’t make mistakes usually don’t make anything.
  • There are two kinds of failures: Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
  • All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world.
  • Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
  • There are two kinds of fools in this world.: Those who give advice and those who don’t take it.
  • The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting.
  • Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
  • Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship.

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“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”

Zachary Scott

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Jack, a smart businessman, talks to his son Jack: I want you to marry a girl of my choice

Son: “I will choose my own bride”.

Jack: “But the girl is Bill Gates’s daughter.”

Son: “Well, in that case…”

Next Jack approaches Bill Gates

Jack: “I have a husband for your daughter.”

Bill Gates: “But my daughter is too young to marry.”

Jack: “But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.”

Bill Gates : “Ah, in that case…”

Finally Jack goes to see the president of the World Bank.

Jack: “I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president.”

President: “But I already have more vice-presidents than I need.”

Jack: “But this young man is Bill Gates’s son-in-law.”

President: “Ah, in that case…..”

This is how business is done!!

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Alcohol and calculus don’t mix.  Never drink and derive.

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Because so many people have heart attacks, the big, high-class casinos are now equipped with sophisticated defibrillators.  They are computer-controlled to deliver the precise level of electric shock needed to revive a heart attack victim.  That is, if you’re at a high-class casino.

At the cheaper casinos downtown, they just drag you across the carpet and touch your finger to the doorknob.

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To love is to stop comparing.

Bernard Grasset Writer

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In a stationery store, I quickly picked out a card for my wife for our anniversary.  The clerk was surprised by how little time it took me, and she began relating a story about another customer who spent a half-hour searching for the right anniversary greeting.

Noticing the man lingering over one card after another, the clerk went to see if she could help.  “Is there a problem?” she asked.

“Yes, there is,” he replied ruefully.  “I can’t find one my wife will believe.”

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My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her …or something like that.

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An Outsider in a small Alabama town around Christmas time, saw a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. But one small feature was all wrong: the three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, he left.

At a “Quik Stop” on the edge of town, he asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.

She exploded into a rage, yelling, “You darn Yankees never read your Bibles!”

The Outsider assured her that he did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible.

She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and rifled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage.

Sticking it in the guys face she said, “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise men came from afar.'”

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In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.

Gordon B. Hinckley

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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 am in shock!

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”

Herm Albright

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Surprise! I upgraded to Windows 10 and so far have survived. I still am up to my ears in intellectual challenges as I try to understand all the options I have. But at least it l looks like I will be able to send you the Daily. You did get this didn’t you?

I am amazed, I am not sure if this is working as well as it seems to be or if I am just imagining it. After working with computers for more than fifty years I know that this can’t happen, it is never that easy and the one thing you can bank on is that it won’t work the first time.

Well enough of that I am going to send this before I wake up. Just in case I am awake here are some quotes to help look on the bright side.

Here are some quotes to help you smash negative thinking

  • You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King.
  • “Always think extra hard before crossing over to a bad side, if you were weak enough to cross over, you may not be strong enough to cross back!” ― Victoria Addino
  • If you are positive, you’ll see opportunities instead of obstacles.” ― Widad Akrawi
  • “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t either way you are right!” ― Henry Ford
  • “Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche.” ― Joe Peterson
  • “Every once in a while you gotta stop worrying or thinking and just let go. Have some fun in your life. Trust me, it’s worth it.” – Unknown
  • “Take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru
  • “When you have experienced the depth of your inner self, the idea of enlightenment is no longer a goal to strive towards, but rather an attitude to maintain.” ― Gary Hopkins
  • “You’ve your five senses to create and express yourself for a happy life. Why let mere thoughts alone overpower all of them?” – Alden Tan

If you don’t get this Daily it means I am asleep dreaming, sorry.

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A man is strolling past the mental hospital and suddenly remembers an important meeting. nfortunately, his watch has stopped, and he cannot tell if he is late or not. Then, he notices a patient similarly strolling about within the hospital fence.

Calling out to the patient, the man says, “Pardon me, sir, but do you have the time?”

The patient calls back, “One moment!” and throws himself upon the ground, pulling out a short stick as he does. He pushes the stick into the ground, and, pulling out a carpenter’s level, assures himself that the stick is vertical. With a compass, the patient locates north and with a steel ruler, measures the precise length of the shadow cast by the stick. Withdrawing a slide rule from his pocket, the patient calculates rapidly, then swiftly packs up all his tools and turns back to the pedestrian, saying, “It is now precisely 3:29 pm, provided today is August 16th, which I believe it is.”

The man can’t help but be impressed by this demonstration, and sets his watch accordingly. Before he leaves, he says to the patient, “That was really quite remarkable, but tell me, what do you do on a cloudy day, or at night, when the stick casts no shadow?”

The patient holds up his wrist and says, “I suppose I’d just look at my watch.”

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Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.

Alexander Woollcott

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An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and leading a bull in the other. He says to the waiter, “Me want coffee.”

The waiter says, “Sure chief, coming right up.” He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee, and the Indian drinks it down in one gulp, grabs the bull, blasts it with the shotgun, then walks out.

Four days later the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand And leading another bull in the other. He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, “Me want coffee.”

The waiter says, “Whoa, Tonto, we’re still cleaning up from the last time you were in here. What the heck was all that about, anyway?”

The Indian says, “Me in training for Executive Management job. Drink coffee, shoot the bull, and disappear for a few days.”

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A man who says marriage is a 50-50 proposition doesn’t understand two things: 1 – Women, 2 – Fractions

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Penny, a good Assessment nurse was awakened at 4 a.m. to make a house call. She reluctantly got dressed and braved a snowstorm.  After the examination, she told the patient to send immediately for his lawyer and relatives and friends and make a will.

When she got home and told her husband of what she had seen and done. Her husband asked, “Was the Patient that bad?”

Penny said, “No, I just didn’t want to be the only sucker called out on a night like this.”

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All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

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I know I sent this before, but it bears repeating.

A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops of water. The bartender gives her the drink, and she says, “I’m on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today.”

The bartender says, “Well, since it’s your birthday, this one is on me.”

As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, “I would like to buy you a drink, too.”

The woman says, “Thank you.

Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.”

“Coming up,” says the bartender. As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, “I would like to buy you a drink too.”

The woman says, “Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.”

“Coming right up,” the bartender says. As he gives her the drink this time, he says, “Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?”

The old woman replies, “Sonny, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Water, however, is a whole other issue!”

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Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

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Couples who have lived together a long time have their own way of communicating.  A woman overheard her aunt and uncle one day:

“What are you looking for in that closet?” she asked.

“Nothing,” he answered.

“Well, it’s not in there.  Look under the bed.”

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Choosing to be positive and having a graceful positive attitude is going to determine how you are going to live your life.

Anil Sinha

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.

Wish me well

Good luck is the twin brother of hard work.

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Latest News from Ray

I have some good news and some frightening news this morning. Yesterday I was taken by my wife and friends to Louisville, Kentucky where we visited Churchill Downs for a day of horse races. As you would expect I demonstrated my lack of skill as a handicapper and continued race after race to donate small amounts of money to the racing industry.

The good news is that I survived a long bus trip, walked more than I had in a long time with only modest pain. This bodes well for my ability to join my wife and friends on a long planned cruise scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

The frightening news is that Microsoft is installing Windows 10 on my primary computer in a few hours. I am told everything will work great and that all will be well in my world. My back pain will go away, I will benefit by a gift of thousands of dollars as well as other wondrous things. Yeah right, I have heard that song before. I just hope I don’t end up too blooded and confused. So my friends wish me well as I venture into the unknown and if you don’t get a Daily tomorrow it will mean I am still battling in the Microsoft trenches probably still waiting on hold for text support.

Luck Follows Me

By Michael Sage

 I have it all – some say I got it all for free

Everything I do, turns into a leafy golden tree

The waters part for me, even in a turbulent sea

I have it all you see, luck just seems to follow me

My kids are healthy, happy and totally free

My wife – caring, special and oh so lovely

My life is full of special souls, they’re my family

I have it all you see, luck just seems to follow me

 

My life is filled with love, yes, true love, I do decree

I give myself to love, like an ever present devotee

Every hug and kiss I treasure and accept with glee

I have it all you see, luck just seems to follow me

 

I don’t hobble through life as though I am an amputee

No shackles can hold me back, I am not a detainee

Obstacle are faced head on, I never run away like an escapee

I have it all you see, luck just seems to follow me

 

Life is not a bed of roses, and at times it’s like a judas tree

Life is beset by problems, but from them I never flee

Every problem is welcomed, as an opportunity

I have it all you see, luck just seems to follow me

 

In life nothing is for sure, there is no guarantee

My life was spent perfecting what is now a ‘life degree’

I am so blessed that you simply must agree

I have it all. You see, luck just seems to follow me

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My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.

Mark Warner

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Mr. Smith patted his daughter’s hand fondly, and told her, “Your young man told me today he wanted you as a bride, and I gave my consent.”

Oh, Papa,” gushed the daughter, “it’s going to be so hard leaving mother.”

“I understand perfectly, my dear,” beamed Mr. Smith.  “You just take her with you.”

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42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

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Delighted by the gift she had received, the lady spoke warmly to the boy,  “At church tomorrow, I’ll thank your mother for this lovely pie.”

“If you don’t mind, ma’am,” the boy suggested nervously, “would you thank her for two pies?”

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Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.

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Jane had been driving 16 hours straight and was still at least six hours away from her destination.  It was almost eight o’clock in the morning and she was very tired. After dozing off and nearly crashing into a telephone pole, she decided to pull onto a side road and rest.  Jane turned off the car and closed her eyes… drifting off to sleep, precious sleep…  When an old man in a bright blue jogging suit knocked on her window, scaring her half to death.

“Sorry to wake you,” he huffed, jogging in place. “But can you tell me what time it is?”

Jane glanced at her watch. “8:15,” she said through the glass.

The old man thanked her, then left.

“Just my luck,” she muttered. “I’m parked on someone’s jogging route.”

With a sigh, she settled back into her seat and tried to fall asleep. Two male joggers in their thirties knocked on her window. If she hadn’t been dead tired, she would have found them cute.  Now, they were just annoying.

“Hi,” the blond jogger said. “Do you have the time?” his brown-haired friend asked.

Jane sighed and looked at her watch. “8:19,” she said.

“Thanks,” they said, and then jogged off. Jane looked down the road and saw more joggers coming her way.  Irritated, she retrieved a pen from the glove box and scrawled “I DO NOT KNOW THE TIME” on the back of a magazine. She put the hastily constructed sign in the window and settled back to sleep.

A thin, pale jogger knocked on the window just as she started dozing off.

Jane pointed at the sign and shouted, “Can’t you read?”

To which he replied, “Sure I can, ma’am.  I just wanted to let you know: It’s 8:27.”

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” All generalizations are false.

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A four-year-old Catholic boy was playing with a four-year-old Protestant girl in a children’s pool in the backyard. They splashed each other, got very wet and decided to take their wet clothes off. The little boy looked at the little girl and said, “Golly, I didn’t know there was that much difference between Catholics and Protestants.”

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Diligence is the mother of good luck.

Benjamin Franklin

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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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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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