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Archive for December, 2015

I’ll think about it later

I am a glutton for tranquility.

Wole Soyinka

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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

Shannon Ables

  1. Turn off the television and read
  2. Brew a cup of tea or sip some chilled iced tea
  3. Pop some popcorn & enjoy a film you’ve been dying to watch
  4. Take a nap or go to bed early
  5. Listen to music (soothing, possibly without lyrics)
  6. Be near water (paddle around in a canoe, walk along the river, stroll along the beach)
  7. Treat yourself to a spa treatment (pedicure, facial or massage)
  8. Get a good nights sleep
  9. Take your dog for a walk – it will make their day and calm you down.
  10. Practice yoga
  11. Gather a stack of magazine and allow yourself to just peruse at will
  12. Make your favorite meal and add a glass of wine
  13. Order take-in and watch your favorite guilty-pleasure show
  14. Take a bubble bath with lavender
  15. Snuggle
  16. Make cookies and enjoy them with milk
  17. Do something creative – write, draw, dance – and allow yourself to get lost in the doing
  18. Visit a new art exhibit
  19. Treat yourself to a cooking class
  20. Visit your local farmer’s market
  21. Allow yourself to laugh out loud
  22. Go to a cafe and just savor your coffee while people watching or reading the daily newspaper
  23. Work in the yard – dig in the dirt
  24. 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.
  25. Get a make-over at your local department store
  26. Enjoy a mid-afternoon treat with a friend at a quaint restaurant
  27. Allow yourself (keeping your budget in mind) to buy an exquisite pair of earrings, shoes or blouse that you’ve had your eye on
  28. 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.
  29. 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)
  30. Savor the decadence of a dark chocolate truffle and just be

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In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.

Simone Weil

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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!”

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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.

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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.”

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Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

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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.”

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A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

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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.”

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“She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.”

Mae West

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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!

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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.

Thomas Arnold

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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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It’s a start

It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.

Jules Renard

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Being more realistic than I often am I realized that it would take me 20 or so years to read all the books I have stored to read someday. When I added all the movies on discs and tapes that we have saved there would be no time for sleep anytime in the future. While immortality is tempting I have decided not to depend on it to provide me additional time. Fortunately my wife and I have gone into pre-downsizing mode so unloading excess is easier as well as letting us demonstrate that we are not going to wait for others to make our keep or pitch decisions.

While we are not dependent on our family to decide for us, we do have children and grandchildren who have stepped up to provide a good home for some of our stuff. So my component stereo system which has lain dormant for some time is off to a grandson at college in the south. My poet grandson has left with two bags of books. And my film expert grandson and his significant other are providing a home for a load of movies as well as a number of reference books on film and the arts. I am waiting for another grandson to hopefully find things what will please him.

This has been a healthy first step in our preparation to enjoy the next phase in our lives. Sure it is only a toe in the water but it is a pleasant start.

Here is a piece I am sure I sent you before but since I am in the graceful aging mode I thought I would send it to you again.

How to Stay Young

Author Unknown

  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
  4. Enjoy the simple things. 
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves (and GOD). Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants or hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER… Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Age is totally unimportant. The years are really irrelevant. It’s how you cope with them.

Shirley Lord

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Speaking of ways to live our lives, here are some alternatives that you might want to consider.

Follow your dream! Unless it’s the one where you’re at work in your underwear during a fire drill.

Each day enjoy something from each of the four food groups: the bonbon group, the salty-snack group, the caffeine group and the “What-ever- the-thing-in-the-tinfoil-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-is.”

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She said: All men are idiots… I married their King.

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Pete and Gladys were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store.  Pete says to the salesman, “We really like it, but I don’t think we can afford it.”

The salesman says, “You just make a small down payment.  Then you don’t make another payment for six months.”

Gladys wheeled around with her hands on her hips and says, “Who told you about us?”

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A lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.

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At the airport for a business trip, I settled down to wait for the boarding announcement at Gate 35. Then I heard the voice on the public address system saying, “We apologize for the inconvenience, but Delta Flight 570 will board from Gate 41.”

So my family picked up our luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told us that Flight 570 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.

So again we gathered our carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as we were settling down, the public address voice spoke again: “Thank you for participating in Delta’s physical fitness program.”

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A well adjusted woman is one who not only knows what she wants for her birthday, but even knows what she’s going to exchange it for.

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Top brass from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps were arguing about who had the bravest troops. They decided to settle the dispute using an enlisted man from each branch.

The Army General called a private over and ordered him to climb to the top of the base flagpole while singing “The Caissons Go Rolling Along,” then let go with both hands, and salute. The private quickly complied.

Next, the Admiral ordered a sailor to climb the pole, polish the brass knob at the top, sing “Anchors Aweigh,” salute smartly and jump off. The sailor did as he was told and landed on the concrete below.

Finally, the marine was told to do exactly as the army and navy men had done, but in full battle gear, pack filled with bricks, loaded weapon carried high. He took one look at the Marine General and said, “You’re out of your mind, sir!”

The marine commander turned to the others. “Now THAT’S guts!”

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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

John Lennon

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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.

 

What do you see?

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

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You have heard me worry before about the folks that only see the raincloud and never the rainbow. These are the same people who spend so much time looking at the weeds that they seldom see the flowers.

I don’t think the difference comes from wearing rose colored glasses but from where we focus our attention. If we only expect to see the ugly, we will. Those who choose to see that which is beautiful will find and often find it in the most unexpected places.

If you want more color in your world you might find the following article to be an eye opener.

Ways to Find Beauty Every Day

by Dani DiPirro

     Confucius once said, ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it’. Those words are beautiful to read, but sometimes difficult to believe. How can everything have beauty? It turns out that beauty is, as the old saying goes, in the eye of the beholder. What you look at isn’t nearly as important as how you look at it.

     Often, when we look closer and with a more discerning eye, we can find the beauty that lies within even the most unattractive things. This kind of thinking works not only for tangible things, but also for people, situations, and interactions. Here are five ways you can start finding the beauty in every single day.

Seek Beauty Within Yourself

In a culture designed to make us want to be more than we already are, it’s not always easy to see beauty within yourself. But the wonderful thing is that we are all uniquely, amazingly beautiful just as we are. Every day is an opportunity to seek out this beauty within yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Look yourself straight in the eye and name at least three beautiful traits you possess. (These need not be physical — your beauty exists both externally and internally.) When you first see your reflect in the mirror, tell yourself something like, ‘I have a lovely, strong nose. I am a talented artist. I have an infectious laugh’. Try identifying three beautiful things about yourself every day for a week and you’ll be surprised at how much beauty exists within you.

Look at the World as a Child Would

Children appreciate beauty in a way adults often forget to do. The more you’ve seen the world, the more difficult it is to take note of how much it’s teeming with beautiful things. Try to explore your world as a child would, imagining what it would be like to see things for the first time. Pay close attention to the little things in nature — an insect on the sidewalk, a cloud sliding across the sun, a breeze pushing through your curtains — as well as the big marvels — the great expanse of sky above you, the way technology has transformed your life, or the way everything had to align for you to meet your soul mate or best friend. Marveling at life’s big and small miracles will help you to see beauty on a daily basis.

Identify What’s Beautiful to You

While everything does possess beauty, we all have our preferences as to what we find most beautiful. These preferences are important, and knowing what they are can allow you to curate more beauty in your life. Pay attention to what things strike you as particularly beautiful. Take note of what colors, sensations, situations, people, and feelings you most enjoy. How does it feel when you see or experience these things? How might you be able to incorporate more of this beauty in your world? For example, if you find yourself drawn to the color blue, perhaps it would be beneficial to paint your bedroom walls blue or wear a favorite blue shirt more often. Know what you find beautiful and keep it close to you always.

Create Something Beautiful

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative person, you can create something beautiful. Creativity isn’t limited to paintbrushes and colored pencils. You have the power to bring beauty into the world by creating a thing of beauty. You can create a delicious meal for your loved ones; you can create an engaging conversation with a coworker; you can create a room of laughter by telling a funny story. Every interaction you have is a chance to bring beauty into the world. Use whatever skills you have (refer back to #1 to identify those!) to make something beautiful. Beauty isn’t just in the eye of the beholder; it’s also in the hands of the creator. You need not wait to find beauty — you can make it right where you are!

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Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

H. G. Wells

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How does Alice like being pregnant?” Bob asked his friend John.

“Oh, she’s not pregnant,” John replied, “she’s expecting.”

“What’s the difference?” Bob pressed.

“Well, John explained, “She’s expecting me to cook dinner, she’s expecting me to do the housework, she’s expecting me to rub her feet…”

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Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad check.

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A car salesman trying to “influence” a senator by offering him a new car for free. The senator tells him that he could never accept such a gift under such circumstances. “That would be unethical, dishonest and against the law!” he replies indignantly.

The salesman thinks for a moment, and suggests he “sell” the senator a car …for $20.

The senator nods approvingly, “Great, I’ll take 2.”

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A guy has to get fresh once in a while so the girl doesn’t lose her confidence.

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As Barb was getting to know David and his family, she was very impressed by how much his parents loved each other. “They’re so thoughtful,” Barb said. “Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning.”

After a time, Barb and David were engaged, and then married. On the way from the wedding to the reception, Barb again remarked on David’s loving parents, and even the coffee in bed. “Tell me,” she said, “does it run in the family?”

“It sure does,” replied David. “And I take after my mom.”

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“My doctor told me he’d have me on my feet in two weeks. He was right. I got his bill; I had to sell my car.”

Rodney Dangerfield

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WISE ADVICE FROM CHILDREN

“Everyone has feelings, except for snakes and principals.” – Donna Maria G, age 9

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and the world laughs at you.” – Rob P, age 8

“If life gives you nothing but lemons, make up a better shopping list for it.” – Steven B, age 8

“Doctors automatically know what’s wrong with you. They have a sick sense.” – Beau M., age 10

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“My wife suggested a book for me to read to enhance our relationship. It’s titled: ‘Women are from Venus, Men are Wrong.'”

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She told me why it’s good to be a woman……….

We got off the Titanic first.

We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

Taxis stop for us.

If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear.

There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.

We’ll never regret piercing our ears.

We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence, because they aren’t listening anyway.

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Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

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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 a friend

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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The cleaning people are coming in to clean our house this morning so I have to do the pre-cleaning before they get here. I would hate to have them see our normal clutter. Since I am tied up I will send you another Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on December 10, 2004

Is Schweitzer right, or what? I think the best times in or lives are when we share experiences with friends and loved ones. Once I realized that almost everyone I meet is a potential friend, life got better. It may start with only a smile, a brief recognition of the value of something they are doing, or an expression of appreciation. I suppose some people would measure friendships by the depth of the relationship, but no matter the degree, friendship always comes from human interaction. It can run anywhere from a relationship where we exchange even our darkest secrets to just a wave of recognition across a room with someone you have seen but never really met.

Unfortunately many people are in our lives for only a brief period of time. I suspect if we thought that each day was the last day we ever would see a friend or acquaintance we might take more time to tell them how much they are appreciated.

I am luckier than most as I am often given the opportunity to renew friendships. Today as an example I will attend the Kiwanis International Christmas luncheon. My years of work at Kiwanis were some of the best years of my life, not just because we were doing so much for children, but also because I had a chance to work with so many good people. Once a year I am invited to join them in a brief celebration of Christmas, which is great in itself. The lunch always includes good food and good sprit. But what makes it special for me is the chance to again spend a few moments with people who meant so much to me for so many years.

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A friend is one of the nicest things you can have,

And one of the best things you can be.

Douglas Pagels

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The Beatles Updated

Yesterday,

All those backups seemed a waste of pay.

Now my database has gone away.

Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,

There’s not half the files there used to be,

And there’s a milestone hanging over me

The system crashed so suddenly.

I pushed something wrong

What it was I could not say.

Now all my data’s gone

and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.

Yesterday,

The need for back-ups seemed so far away.

I knew my data was all here to stay,

Now I believe in yesterday.

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What is a friend?

A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

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The tensions of life were threatening to get a strangle hold on Bob, and after he’d finished a good dinner, he relaxed mindlessly in a soft chair next to the stereo, with a stiff drink in his hand. His wife knew nothing of his nervous state, and she climbed onto his lap with the thought of trying to wheedle a fur coat out of him, and snuggled and murmured and fondled.

“Good heavens, Ethel,” he exploded, “get off of me! I get enough of this at the office.”

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The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

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My English professor was stopped for speeding. When asked why she was driving so fast, she quoted Robert Frost: “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.”

“But, Miss,” replied the officer, obviously familiar with the poet, “Frost chose the road less traveled, and, unfortunately for you, this wasn’t it.”

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A lawyer asked a boy, who was a witness in court: “Did anyone tell you what to say in court?”

“Yes, sir.”

“I thought so! Who was it?”

“My father, sir.”

“And what did he tell you?”

“He said the lawyers would try to get me all tangled up, but if I stuck to the truth, I would be all right.”

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Got kleptomania? Take something for it.

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“I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.”

Marie Corelli

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Reality? That’s where the pizza delivery guy comes from!

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Two men were talking about the secret of a long and happy marriage.

“Our marriage” said one “is built on trust and understanding.”

“My wife doesn’t trust me and I don’t understand her.”

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Judge: I know you, don’t I?

Defendant: Uh, yes.

Judge: All right, tell me, how do I know you?

Defendant: Judge, do I have to tell you?

Judge: Of course, you might be obstructing justice not to tell me.

Defendant: Okay. I was your bookie.

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There are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

Indira Gandhi

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A man left for work one Friday afternoon. But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire pay check.

When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?” He replied, “That would be fine with me.”

Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his eye.

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You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.

Charles Allen

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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.

 

They make my world a better place

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins

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I have learned over these past few years as I have recovered from heart failure, numerous surgeries, a few stays in a medical rehab facility how great the people we so often overlook really are. It seems sometimes that too many of us spend so much time finding fault that we don’t spend time appreciating those who serve folks like you and me.

I know that my physical therapists and health care workers have been responsible for much of my wellbeing. Besides what they have done for me physically they have taught me to notice and be grateful for their kindness. Once we learn to notice the good folks we encounter in our lives we find it easy to thank them for what they do. I also have found that when I let people know I appreciate them they often become a new friend.

Here is a story in the same vein that I really like, I hope you will too.

The Smile

Author: Chris Gregory

Recently I was put in a nursing home to recover from a critically ill ailment. For the first time in my life I was totally dependent on others. I just lay there in the bed being pumped with antibiotics and fluids. It gave me a lot of time to reflect and slowly I become aware of my surroundings.

Over the course of a few days I started to really appreciate the housekeeper. She was an elderly lady who didn’t speak English. Every morning at 6:30 she would try to sneak into my room quietly so she wouldn’t disturb me. However, on every occasion I would awake and see her. She would try to apologize and at the same time gave this amazing smile. It got that I would be just waiting to see her come in and give that wonderful smile.

I found out from one of the nurses that there was an employee rewards program. I asked the nurse to write an appreciation card for my housekeeper. I wrote: “Thank you for your incredible smile every morning. It fills the room with happiness and makes every day worth living.”

When the nurse put the card up another nurse came into my room about ten minutes later and asked if I had written that card for the housekeeper. I said yes and asked if it was okay. The nurse said that I had to know that the housekeeper was out in the hall crying her eyes out.

Had I done something wrong or inappropriate? Then the nurse went on to tell me that the housekeeper had worked there for thirty years and had never received a rewards card. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Just a few simple words made such a difference. It was beautiful! If you think she smiled before you should have seen her the next day.

From that day forward I tried to recognize someone every day for the good things they showed. The results were amazing. People came in with smiles, they talked more, they laughed more, they enjoyed life more. The side effects were astounding. It seems the more I tried to recognize others the better I got.

I’m out of the nursing home now and almost fully recovered.

I thank my housekeeper for helping me see just how incredibly beautiful life is.

Do yourself a favor and tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you. It can make the world of difference with both them and you.

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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

G.K. Chesterton

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Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK).

It’s a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere–even sitting in an armchair by the fire–yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disk.

Here’s how it works: Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper, each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder that keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. The user scans each sheet optically, registering information directly into his or her brain. A flick of the finger takes the user to the next sheet.

The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The “browse” feature allows the user to move instantly to any sheet and to move forward or backward as desired. Most BOOKs come with an “index” feature that pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows the user to open the BOOK to the exact place left in a previous session–even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus…ie: (PENCILS).

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A couple is lying in bed. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world” The woman says, “I’ll miss you…”

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Little Johnny was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents.  When she rang the bell, Little Johnny opened the door.  The teacher said, “Hello, Johnny.  I would like to talk to your mother or your father.”

Little Johnny said, “Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

The teacher said, “Johnny, what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” said Little Johnny, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again.”

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Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

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A little girl was sitting on her daddy’s lap.  She gazed up at her father and said, “Daddy, did anyone ever tell you that you’re the most wonderful and smartest man in the world?”

Her father, filled with pride said, “Why no, honey, they haven’t.”

“Then where did you get the idea?” She asked.

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If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

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She said: Co-workers sympathized as my mother, Claire, complained that her back was really sore from moving furniture.

“Claire, dear, why didn’t you wait ’till your husband got home?” someone asked.

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

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Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

Ralph Marston

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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.

 

Live on the bright side

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston S. Churchill

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Reading the polls it seems like pessimism is running rampant these days. Certainly we face enormous challenges in our nation and in our world these days but it seems like the fear mongers are dominating the discussions while fanning the flames of fear. In reality most of us have it pretty good and are fairly secure.

I worry that expecting the worst often results in doing things we are sorry for later. Historically we have learned that solutions are found in rational discussion and not through animosity. Winston Churchill, Franklyn Roosevelt led us through some treacherous times never losing their optimism.

We may not be responsible for our nation but we are responsible for our own attitudes and I know that the folks I want around me are the optimists who do something rather than the pessimists who wallow in their negativism doing little to solve our problems. If your world looks darker than it really is you might benefit from the suggestions below.

5 Ways to Maintain a Positive Disposition

by Aris Moreno

When we hear the word optimism, the first thing that will probably come to your mind is the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or “see the glass half-full rather than half empty”. But if we experience a lot of problems, becoming an optimist is easier said than done. Though it can be challenging to stay optimistic, we need to help ourselves to stay positive so that we can think more clearly and find ways to overcome our trials. But how do we exactly shift our perspective? Consider the following tips:

Remember that your worst enemy is no one else but yourself. Each time you find yourself thinking negatively, try to counteract it by filling your mind with positive thoughts. If your problems started to fill your mind, just know that everything will be fine and that each challenge has a corresponding solution. Outweigh your negative thoughts with positive ones.

Use positive affirmations:

Even if you’re not aware of it, a lot of us are familiar with positive affirmations. Here are some that you can use each morning to make your day brighter and more positive:

“Life is giving me everything that’s necessary for my own good.”

“I’m facing this day with a healthy body and positive mind.”

“I choose to be happy today.”

“I endure almost everything.”

You can also create your own affirmations that match your needs. When you do so, remember these two things:

You need to construct it in the present tense, not in the past or future. For example, if you need peace of mind, say “My mind is peaceful,” instead of saying “My mind will find peace and clarity eventually.”

Focus on having a positive tone and avoid negative statements. Instead of saying, “I will not get sick,” say, “I have a healthy body and disposition.” Always remember that whatever you think, whether it’s positive or negative, is what you will attract in your life.

Expose yourself to things that can uplift your heart and mind.

It’s true that there are some events in your life that you can’t control and have no power to change. However, there are also things that you can manipulate like what you watch on TV and what you read on your Facebook News Feed. Avoid TV programs that don’t teach you any valuable lesson or that will only make you feel stressed or angry. Hide posts from friends who constantly hate and complain on Do everything you can to give yourself that because only you can do so, not your family, friends, and other people you come across with.

Don’t escape from reality.

Becoming an optimist is not an escape route to your problems. This is just one of the ways to cope with challenges, help you think more clearly, and stay calm during situations that doesn’t work in your favor. Just because your optimistic doesn’t mean that the problem will be solved on its own. You need to be realistic at the same time. Yes, there are things that you can’t control, but you can control your attitude towards them.

Share your positivity with others.

This doesn’t mean that you should explicitly force others to be optimistic. What you should do is simply help others to see the bright side of things. Stay positive and let this attitude affect the people around you. Remember that you can influence others with what you do and not so much with you say.

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I’m not interested in blind optimism, but I’m very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, ‘This is not enough.’

Colum McCann

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A man’s car broke down as he was driving past a beautiful old monastery. He walked up the drive and knocked on the front door of the monastery.  A monk answered, listened to the man’s story, and graciously invited him to spend the night.

The monks fed the man and led him to a tiny chamber in which to sleep. The man thanked the monks and slept serenely until he was awakened by a strange sound. The next morning, as the monks repaired his car, he asked about the sound that woke him.  The monks said, “We’re sorry.  We can’t tell you about the sound.  You’re not a monk.”

The man was disappointed, but eager to be gone, so he thanked the monks for their kindness and went on his way.  During quiet moments afterward, the man pondered the source of the alluring sound.

Several years later, the man was driving in the same area.  He stopped at the monastery on a whim and asked admittance.  He explained to the monks that he had so enjoyed his previous stay, he wondered if he might be permitted to spend another night under their peaceful roof.  The monks agreed and the man stayed.  Late that night, he heard the sound.  The next morning, he begged the monks to explain the sound.  The monks said, “We’re sorry.  We can’t tell you about the sound.  You’re not a monk.”

By now, the man’s curiosity had turned to obsession.  He decided to give up everything and become a monk, if that was the only way to learn about the sound.  He informed the monks of his decision and began the long and arduous task of becoming a monk.

Seventeen years later, the man was finally established as a true member of the order.  When the celebration ended, he humbly went to the leader of the order and asked to be told the source of the sound.

Silently, the old monk led the new monk to a huge wooden door.  He opened the door with a golden key.  That door swung open to reveal a second door of silver, then a third of gold, and so on until they had passed through twelve doors, each more magnificent than the last.

The new monk’s face was awash with tears of joy as he finally beheld the wondrous source of the mysterious sound he had heard so many years before.

But, we can’t tell you what it was.  You’re not a monk

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A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

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Housecleaning Tips for 2016

Dirt: Layers of dirty film on windows and screens provide a helpful filter against harmful and aging rays from the sun. Call it an SPF factor of 15 and leave it alone.

Cobwebs: Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduce the glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your wife points out that the light fixtures need dusting, simply look confused and exclaim, “What? And spoil the mood?” (I just throw glitter on them & call them holiday decorations.)

Pet Hair: Explain the mound of pet hair brushed up against the doorways by claiming you are collecting it there to use for stuffing hand-sewn play animals for underprivileged children. (Also keeps out cold drafts in winter.)

Guests: If unexpected company is coming, pile everything unsightly into one room and close the door. As you show your guests through your tidy home, rattle the door knob vigorously, fake a growl, and say, “I’d love you to see our den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed, and the shots are SO expensive.”

Dusting: If dusting is REALLY out of control, simply place a showy urn on the coffee table and insist, “This is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes.”

Painting: Don’t bother repainting. Simply scribble lightly over a dirty wall with an assortment of crayons and try to muster a glint of tears as you say, “Junior did this the week before that

unspeakable accident, and I haven’t had the heart to clean it.”

General Cleaning: Mix one-quarter cup pine-scented household cleaner with four cups of water in a spray bottle. Mist the air lightly. Leave dampened rags in conspicuous locations. Develop an exhausted look, throw yourself on the couch, and sigh, “I clean and I clean, and I still don’t get anywhere.”

As a last resort, light the oven, throw a teaspoon of cinnamon in a pie pan, turn off oven and explain that you have been baking cookies for a bake sale for a favorite charity and haven’t had time to clean…Works every time.

Face it… If the house is clean, the computer has crashed. 😉

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With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, ‘Studs, you’re an optimist.’ I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what’s the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.

Studs Terkel

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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.

 

Thanks Kids

“The best words of wisdom that a parent can say to their child is “I Am proud of you”.”

Unarine Ramaru

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Yesterday our three children came by to discuss how my wife and I can plan for the next phase of our lives. We are not as spry as we once were, the stairs in our home are a little steeper and our memories are somewhat faded. They helped us put together a plan that will allow us to spend the next six months or so disposing all things we no longer need. After being married for more than 62 years you can imagine how much stuff we are talking about. We also looked at what it will take to move to a retirement setting that would make life a little easier.

What our kids did was give us a great gift for I doubt that we would even get started moving forward on our own. We are blessed that all three children live nearby, that they all are pretty smart and most of all that they are really good people. My wife deserves most of the credit for how well they turned out as I traveled extensively when they were young.

Here is a story that I think shows how important what we do when our children are young is to what they become. Our greatest legacy is our children and I appreciate ours

When you thought I wasn’t looking

A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s alright to cry.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
  • When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.’

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend) influence the life of a child. How will you touch the life of someone today?

Written by a former child

Author Unknown

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I don’t care what color the parents are. I don’t care if it’s a giraffe and a fish living together. If they’re raising children who believe they’re honored and loved, that’s all that’s important.

Patricia Polacco

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A senior citizen goes to the doctor with a urinary problem, trouble is he goes too often. The doctor has him give a specimen and then rejoins him in the small examining room. “Mr. Goldstein, you do not have a urinary tract infection. I suspect that you have prostatitis.

No,” Mr. Goldstein interrupts him, “I can’t have that. I’m Jewish.”

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I replaced the headlights on my car with strobe lights. Now it looks like I’m the only one moving.

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At the prestigious university I attend, there is a clear hierarchy that outlines how long one was to wait for a class to begin if the professor were absent.  A full professor rated fifteen minutes.  An associate only ten.  A mere instructor was expected to be on time, if not early.  This system worked only one way, however; and students were afforded no such grace.

It was to be expected, therefore, that one professor, the foremost authority in his field by his own admission, would register distinct annoyance when the student, just out of military service, was late for class for the third morning running.

“Tell me,” the professor began, “exactly what did they say in the Army when you sauntered in late like this?”

“Well,” mused the unperturbed youth….”first they saluted, then they inquired, ‘How are you this morning, sir?’ ”

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“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

John Locke

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She said: As the bus pulled away, I realized I had left my purse under the seat.

Later I called the company and was relieved that the driver had found my bag.

When I went to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded me.  One man handed me my pocketbook, two typewritten pages and a box containing the contents of my purse.  “We’re required to inventory lost wallets and purses,” he explained.  “I think you’ll find everything there.”

As I started to put my belongings back into the pocketbook, the man continued.  “I hope you don’t mind if we watch.  Even though we all tried, none of us could fit everything into your purse.  And we’d like to see just how you do it.”

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Vacation: A time when parents realize that teachers aren’t paid enough.

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A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight, and dropped in a coin. “Listen to this,” he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. “It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband.”

“Yeah,” his wife nodded, “and it has your weight wrong, too.”

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I ran out of ice cream bars the other day, and I cried.  Then I remembered Alexander the Great, and how he wept when there were no more worlds to conquer.  How very much alike we are, I thought.

Michael Thompson

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Little Benny was looking depressed, so his fourth grade teacher, Miss Feldman, asked, “What’s the problem, Benny? I hope it’s not homework again…”

“Well, uh, yes it is mam” replied Little Benny. “I made my homework paper into a paper airplane.”

“Benny, that wasn’t a very bright thing to do,” Miss Feldman said, “but this once, I’ll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in.”

“Oh, but it’s worse than that…” replied Little Benny, looking even sadder. “You see, the plane was hijacked!”

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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

James Baldwin

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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.

 

It’s not over

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis

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I had an early breakfast with a friend yesterday who is recovering from the loss of a significant relationship. He like many of us was left with a vacuum that is created when we no longer have our days filled by activities with someone who is gone. We also talked about the similarities to what the aged feel when they no longer can pursue many of the meaningful activities that helped them stay happily occupied in previous years. My comment to my friend was that I felt we can never feel it is too late to reinvent ourselves.

Later I recalled an article written by Marc Chernoff that I think can benefit those of us who would benefit by putting some sizzle back in our lives. Here in part is what he wrote.

Simple Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness

  •  Start learning to be more human again. – Gadgets are great, but they can get in the way if you aren’t careful. Control them so they don’t control you.  In other words, put down the phone.  Don’t avoid eye contact.  Don’t hide behind a screen.  Ask about people’s stories.    And smile together.
  • Start filtering out the noise in your life. – Be careful about who you give the microphone and stage to in your life. Don’t just listen to the loudest voice.  Listen to the truest one.
  • Start choosing differently, for your own well-being. – A big part of your life is a result of the little choices you make every day. If you don’t like some part of your life, it’s time to start tweaking things and making better choices, right now, right where you are.
  • Start being present. – If your mind carries a heavy burden from the past, you will experience more of the same. Let it go.  And also be careful not to dwell so much on creating your perfect future life that you forget to live today.  Be here now and make the most of it.
  • Start replacing your worries with positive actions. – Most of the things I’ve worried about didn’t happen. So keep dreaming and keep DOING.
  • Start comparing yourself to yourself, and no one else. – Forget what others have and where they are. You’re not walking in their shoes, and you’ll never comfortably walk in your own if you keep comparing yourself to them.  So focus on what’s best for YOU and your unique circumstances. 
  • Start genuinely being happy for others. – The more beauty you find in someone else’s journey, the less you’ll want to compare it to your own.
  • Start being grateful for the life that is yours. – Gratitude is simply the awareness of what’s good. Count your blessings, no matter how small, and start with the breath you’re taking now.
  • Start replacing the phrase “I have to” with “I get to” whenever you catch yourself starting to complain. – So many activities we complain about are things others wish they had the chance to do.
  • Start opening up to new growth opportunities. – In almost every situation, a little more willingness to acknowledge that there may be something you do not know could change everything. Go somewhere new, and countless opportunities suddenly appear.  Do something differently, and all sorts of great new possibilities spring up.  Keep an open mind and have fun with life.
  • Start turning the pages that need to be turned. – No book is just one chapter. No chapter tells the whole story.  No mistake defines who we are.  Keep turning the pages that need to be turned.
  • Start measuring your progress every day, no matter how small. – You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once. You may not be where you want to be yet, but look how far you’ve come, and be grateful that you’re not stuck where you once were.

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Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.

Carrie Underwood

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“Dilbert’s Work Rules”

  • If you can’t get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.
  • Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  • You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
  • Keep your boss’s boss off your boss’s back.
  • Everything can be filed under “miscellaneous.”
  • Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he/she is supposed to be doing.
  • Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
  • If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  • When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

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Money can’t buy everything… but then again neither can no money.

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A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the center of the bed. It was addressed, “Dad”. With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands:

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing to you. I had to Elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with mom and you. I’ve been finding real passion with Joan and she is so nice, even with all her piercing, tattoos, and her tight Motorcycle clothes. But it’s not only the passion dad, she’s pregnant and Joan said that we will be very happy.

Even though you won’t care for her as she is so much older than I, she already owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. She wants to have many more children with me and that’s now one of my dreams too.

Don’t worry Dad, I’m 15 years old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure we’ll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Your son, John

PS: Dad, none of the above is true. I’m over at the neighbor’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than my report card that’s in my desk center drawer. I love you! Call when it is safe for me to come home.

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The more you know, the more you know you ought to know.

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Five Jewish men who influenced the history of Western civilization.

Moses said the law is everything.

Jesus said love is everything.

Marx said capital is everything.

Freud said sex is everything.

Einstein said everything is relative.

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“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

Benjamin Disraeli

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Nancy, who was fed up with her husband’s inability to do even the simplest domestic chore, said, “Lisa taught her husband Bob to cook, clean and do laundry. If anything happens to her, he will be fine. What will you do without me?

“I will move in with Bob,” he replied.

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Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

Brian Tracy

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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 Well

People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt.

Seneca

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Good morning one and all. I had a hectic day yesterday chasing on-line orders and doing other semi-productive activities. Since I am off to a six am meeting and then giving the invocation at a 7:30 meeting this morning I am again dipping into the archives for a past Ray’s Daily.

Ray’s Daily first published on December 3, 2002

As some of you know I spent many years involved in the Indiana health care system. I was a board member of the health planning agency that had responsibility for federal 1122 reviews of health investments for the purpose of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for 30 counties in Central Indiana. Later I became a member of the long range planning committee of a major hospital. Up until a few years ago most of my interaction with the profession was through Doctors I met and worked with on a number of projects.

On occasion in the past, the Indiana Doctors and I had some significant differences of opinion. Today I am a patient of a virtual multitude of Doctors and health care professionals. As an example, today I see my Infectious Disease Doc in the morning and my Blood Doc in the afternoon. I am either getting real good care or they have found a way to get even after all these years.

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To be or not to be isn’t the question. The question is how to prolong being.

Tom Robbins ~

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It was the day before Thanksgiving. The trip went reasonably well, and he was ready to go back to his family for the holidays.  The airport on the other end had turned a tacky red and green, and loudspeakers blared annoying elevator renditions of cherished Christmas carols. Being someone who took Christmas very seriously, and being slightly tired, he was not in a particularly good mood.

Going to check in his luggage (which, for some reason, had become one suitcase with entirely new clothes), he saw hanging mistletoe.  Not real mistletoe, but very cheap plastic with red paint on some of the rounder parts and green paint on some of the flatter and pointier parts, that could be taken for mistletoe only in a very Picasso sort of way. With a considerable degree of irritation and nowhere else to vent it, he said to the attendant,  “Even if I were not married, I would not want to kiss you under such a ghastly mockery of mistletoe.”

“Sir, look more closely at where the mistletoe is located.” (pause)

“Ok, I see that it’s above the luggage scale, which is the place you’d have to step forward for a kiss.”

“That’s not why it’s there.” (pause)

“Ok, I give up.  Why is it there?”

“It’s there so you can kiss your luggage goodbye.”

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If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.

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Ken sent us these marriage tips:

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. –Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. –Kirsten, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. –Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You Got to be a fool to get married. –Freddie, age 6

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. –Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don’t want any more kids. –Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. –Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. –Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. –Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they’re rich.–Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mss with that. –Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.–Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. –Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? –Kelvin, age 8

“And the #1 Favorite is……..”

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck. –Ricky, age 10

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A hair in the head is worth two on the brush.

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A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards.

She says to the clerk, “May I have 50 Hanukkah stamps?”

The clerk says, “What denomination?”

The woman says, “O my God. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform.”

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Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train Americans to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

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Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.  “So,” he said, “I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe.” Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000.”  The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon.

“Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits.”

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I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on the way.

Carl Sandburg

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The three little boys were lined up in front of the Juvenile Court judge.  “Now, what did you do wrong, boys?  Just tell me in your own words.”

“I stole potatoes from Mr. Simpson,” said the first boy, “and I threw broken glass on the highway, and I threw peanuts in the lake.”

“Now, you know that’s not right,” said the judge.  “You shouldn’t do that.”  he turned to the second boy.  “What did you do?”

“I stole potatoes from Mr. Simpson, threw broken glass on the highway, and threw Peanuts in the lake.”

“Never do that again,” said the judge.  And he turned to the third little boy:  “What did you do?”

“I stole potatoes from Mr. Simpson and threw broken glass on the highway.”

“And didn’t you throw peanuts in the lake?” asked the judge.

“No, sir,” said the boy.  “I’m Peanuts.”

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington

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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.

 

It is up to you

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

John C. Maxwell

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I honestly believe that who we are and what we become is a result of our attitude. If you have noticed the happiest people you know are the ones with a positive and optimistic attitude. The grouches only see the rain and always miss the rainbow. Those who are sure things will go wrong are more often right because of their negative attitude.

We all live in the same space, often sharing the same air, food and the like and yet one is unhappy and another is happy. The difference is attitude. The nay-sayers only see weeds while others miss the weeds and see the flowers. Sure things go wrong sometimes but those with a positive attitude know that better times follow if we are only willing to let them.

Here is something for us I edited from the Think Simple Now blog on how we can further develop our attitudes.

5 Steps to a Happy Life with Positive Attitude

Believe Happiness is a Choice

For me, this was a hard one at first. I thought that people were either unhappy or happy (and I was one of the unhappy ones). I used to blame this on all kinds of outside forces –- fate, experiences, parents, relationships –- but never really stopped to think that I could choose to be happy. Sure, this isn’t always easy, but it is always, always an option. Teaching myself to see that happiness is a choice has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself.

Now when I find myself in a bad situation, I know that it’s up to me to find the good, to be happy regardless of what’s happening around me. I am no longer pointing fingers, placing blame. I realize that everything happens how it happens and it’s up to me to choose how I want to feel about it. I am in control of my happiness level and no one can take that away from me.

Rid Your Life of Negativity

If you want to live a positive, joyful and happy life, you cannot –- absolutely CANNOT -– be surrounded by negative people who are not encouraging your happiness. When I was a pretty negative person, I tended to attract other negative people.

When I decided to make the change to live a more positive life, I had to rid my life of all of the negative people in it. This, as you can imagine, wasn’t easy. Getting rid of people hurts -– even when you know they aren’t good for you or your current lifestyle.

I learned to focus on the positive things I was doing and let go of the negative ones. This process was not easy and to be honest, is still ongoing, but I know this: having negativity in your life prevents you from living a truly positive existence.

Look For the Positive in Life

There is the positive aspect in everything. In every person, in every situation, there is something good. Most of the time it’s not all that obvious. We have to look. And sometimes we have to look hard.

Everything –- good and bad -– is a learning experience. So, at the very least, you can learn from bad experiences. However, there’s usually even more to it than that. If you really take the time to look, you will usually find something good, something really positive, about every person or situation.

Reinforce Positivity in Yourself

Once I started thinking more positively and adapted to a more positive attitude, I realized I had to reinforce these thoughts and behaviors in myself so they would stick. As with any sort of training, practice makes perfect, and, yes, you can practice being positive.

Be honest with yourself, but do your best to look for the good. And, whatever you do, don’t focus on the negative. Nothing good can come of telling yourself that your butt’s too big or your latest career goal wasn’t met.

Share Happiness with Others

Not only do you need to be positive with yourself for this new positive attitude to really take effect, you also need to be positive with others. You have to share your wealth of positivity with the world.

The best way I’ve found to do this is quite simple and basic: be nice. Be nice to other people, no matter what. Tell someone he or she looks nice today. Tell someone they did a great job on that presentation. Tell your parents or children (or both!) how much you love them and how great they are.

In the past, I didn’t wanted to see the good in myself and, therefore, didn’t want to see it in others either. I used to be critical and condescending. Now I strive to be encouraging and supportive. I try not only to treat others, as I would like to be treated, but also to consider how they would like to be treated.

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A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Wade Boggs

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Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

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There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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During the jury-selection process, the judge asked a prospective juror some questions.

“Have you formed any opinion about the guilt or innocence of the man on trial, Mr. Ferguson?”

“None whatsoever,” Ferguson answered.

“Are you opposed to capital punishment?” the judge asked.

“Certainly not in this case.”

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If women can have PMS, then men can have ESPN.

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A fifth grader looked downcast, so her teacher asked, “What’s the problem, Carol? I hope it’s not homework again.”

“Well, uh, yes, it is.” replied Carol. “I was stupid and made my homework paper into a paper airplane.”

“Carol, you’re right, that wasn’t a very bright thing to do,” said the teacher, “but this once I’ll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in.”

“Oh, but that won’t work,” said Carol, looking even sadder. “You see, the plane was hijacked.”

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Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize, or laugh.

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On New York’s Upper West Side lived an assimilated Jew who was a militant atheist. But he sent his son to Trinity School because, despite its denominational roots, it’s a great school and completely secular.

After a month, the boy comes home and says casually, By the way Dad, do you know what Trinity means? It means the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

The father can barely control his rage. He seizes his son by the shoulders and declares, Danny, I’m going to tell you something now and I want you never to forget it. There is only one God. AND we don’t believe in Him!

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Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

Harold B. Melchart

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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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