I am a glutton for tranquility.
I have been agonizing lately about the changes that have taken place in my life in the last year or so. It is not that I am depressed, far from it as I have made a lot of progress health wise. My concern is that due to a combination of some medical restrictions on my activities and the length of time it is taking to restore my energy levels I have not been doing the things I would like to do.
I have had to skip my Salvation Army volunteer activities as well as numerous Kiwanis service opportunities. Sometimes it was because I could not predict my availability others because it was questionable that I would be of much help. So in truth I feel somewhat guilty about my lack of participation. I have even considered taking a leave of absence from my club after more than 30 years of participation.
I mentioned this to a friend a week or so ago and he asked if putting even more holes in my activities was really going to make things better. My participation in much of what I have been doing is as much to spend time with friends as it has been in serving others.
So I have decided to follow the advice of one of my kids and forget about it all until the New Year. Since that is the plan I pulled up something I saved five years ago for times like this and decided that it is what I will do, well maybe not all of it but some of it..
30 Ways to Find Tranquility in Your Day
- Turn off the television and read
- Brew a cup of tea or sip some chilled iced tea
- Pop some popcorn & enjoy a film you’ve been dying to watch
- Take a nap or go to bed early
- Listen to music (soothing, possibly without lyrics)
- Be near water (paddle around in a canoe, walk along the river, stroll along the beach)
- Treat yourself to a spa treatment (pedicure, facial or massage)
- Get a good nights sleep
- Take your dog for a walk – it will make their day and calm you down.
- Practice yoga
- Gather a stack of magazine and allow yourself to just peruse at will
- Make your favorite meal and add a glass of wine
- Order take-in and watch your favorite guilty-pleasure show
- Take a bubble bath with lavender
- Make cookies and enjoy them with milk
- Do something creative – write, draw, dance – and allow yourself to get lost in the doing
- Visit a new art exhibit
- Treat yourself to a cooking class
- Visit your local farmer’s market
- Allow yourself to laugh out loud
- Go to a cafe and just savor your coffee while people watching or reading the daily newspaper
- Work in the yard – dig in the dirt
- Bring fresh flowers into your home – place one singular flower in a bud vase by your master bed and office space as well as bouquets in the usually places.
- Get a make-over at your local department store
- Enjoy a mid-afternoon treat with a friend at a quaint restaurant
- Allow yourself (keeping your budget in mind) to buy an exquisite pair of earrings, shoes or blouse that you’ve had your eye on
- Visit a Japanese garden or a beautiful garden in your area. In Paris? Jardin du Luxembourg or Jardin des Plantes (my favorite).Click here to get a list of all of the gardens in Paris.
- Keep a journal (it doesn’t necessarily have to be about what happened during the day, it can be a list of things you are grateful for, favorite quotes and ideas you run across during your days, etc)
- Savor the decadence of a dark chocolate truffle and just be
In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.
Just after the maid had been fired. She took five bucks from her purse, she threw it to Fido, the family dog. When asked why by her former employer, she answered, “I never forget a friend. This is for helping me clean the dishes every night!”
Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and when he grows up, he’ll never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.
At a lavish country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.
“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”
“Ah, but that’s where you’re wrong!” the young man declared.
“For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.”
Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
She told me:
Looking in the mall for a cotton nightgown, I tried my luck in a store known for its sexy lingerie. To my delight, however, I found just what I was looking for. Waiting in the line to pay, I noticed a young woman behind me holding the same nightgown.
This confirmed what I suspected all along: despite being over 50, I still have a very “with it” attitude. “I see we have the same taste,” I said proudly to the 20-something behind me.
“Yes,” she replied. “I’m getting this for my grandmother.”
A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.
In the frozen foods department of our local grocery store, I noticed a man shopping with his young son. As I walked by, he checked something off his list, and I heard him whisper conspiratorially to the child, “You know, Bobby, if we really mess this up, we’ll never have to do it again.”
“She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.”
Our Supply Clerk at the factory where I work, discovered a box that was left on the loading dock with this warning printed on it: DANGER DO NOT TOUCH! Management was called and all employees were told to stay clear of the box until it could be analyzed. When the foreman arrived, he donned gloves and safety glasses, and then, very carefully opened the box. Inside were 25 signs that read: DANGER! DO NOT TOUCH!
One’s age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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