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Farewell Old Friend

Some folks arrive into our lives and depart leaving footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.

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Yesterday I learned that one of my favorite people passed away after a long fight against the ravages of cancer. My friend was smart, caring and always had a winning sense of humor. I will miss him as I know hundreds of others will as well. He was a retired college professor who had a special relationship with the students at his University and with hundreds of others that he encountered in his global activities. I am at the age where I watch as many good people I have known and worked with over the years end there productive lives and while they have left me with fond memories their departure is always painful.

This morning I will be investing in my own longevity by spending time with one of my doctors as we work to restore my mobility. I need to do that so I am mobile enough to go to my dentist tomorrow and continue my rebuilding efforts the rest of the week.

One thing we can’t do is let what happens around us dampen our spirit as hard as that is some times. Today I needed an uplift so I pulled up an article from the Mental Floss blog written by Whitney Matheson. Here in part is what she wrote:

Author Gretchen Rubin received international attention for her 2009 best-selling book, The Happiness Project, in which she reexamines her own happiness and tries to develop mood-boosting habits.

Tips For Getting ‘Happier’ in 60 Seconds (Or Less)

With her weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, her quest for happier living continues.This week, I asked Rubin to share some of her most efficient mood-boosting tips. For the most part, they can be accomplished in a minute or less:

SMELL THE ROSES—OR SOMETHING ELSE NICE.

Rubin says she “used to scoff at scented candles,” but now she understands scents are “a way to get a quick lift without any time and energy, money, no planning, no calories.”

FOLLOW THE “ONE-MINUTE RULE.”

Overwhelmed by unreturned texts, unopened mail, and other tiny tasks? “The one-minute rule says that anything I can do in less than a minute, I should do without delay,” Rubin says. “So I don’t postpone hanging up my coat, printing out a document and filing it, glancing over a letter and throwing it away. What this does is it gets rid of that scum on the surface of life.”

DON’T LIKE A BOOK? STOP READING IT.

“I mean, I don’t watch a TV show if I don’t like it,” Rubin says. So why not apply the same logic to books? “I used to have this feeling that a ‘real reader’ would finish a book if [she] started it. … Now I just have so much more time to read the books that I like, and I like everything that I read.”

LISTEN TO AN UPBEAT SONG.

“It’s familiar, but it actually really does work,” Rubin says. “It’s a very easy way to change your mood.”

JUMP UP AND DOWN.

Rubin also swears by this simple energy-booster, especially when you may only have a few seconds to spare.

MAKE SOME “BRIGHT-LINE RULES.”

Rubin draws a direct connection between habits and happiness, and she also notes that hard rules can spare one the agony of decision-making.

“My sister doesn’t eat any kind of junk food at work. I gave up sugar altogether,” she says. “Sometimes bright-line rules are easier, because they kind of get you out of a debate with yourself, which is very exhausting and often futile.”

She adds, “You don’t have to decide whether or not to eat dessert, you don’t have to decide whether or not to go to the gym. You’ve already decided, and so it’s on automatic.”

~~~

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.

~~~

He said:

When my mother was called for jury duty, she felt pretty confident of her ability to answer the questions asked of prospective jurors. As a young attorney, I had filled her in on what to expect.

Asked about the occupations of family members, Mom answered,      “My son is a lawyer.”

As a follow-up, she was asked if she had ever used the services of an attorney.

“Only to mow my lawn.”

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Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Beware of the following new computer viruses!

ADAM AND EVE VIRUS – Takes a couple of bytes out of your Apple.

AIRLINE LUGGAGE VIRUS – You’re in Dallas, but your data is in Singapore.

FREUDIAN VIRUS – Your computer becomes obsessed with marrying it’s own motherboard. Becomes very jealous of the size of your friend’s hard drive.

HEALTH CARE VIRUS – Tests your system for a day, finds nothing wrong, and sends you a bill for $4,500.

MAFIA VIRUS – You don’t want it, but you’re afraid to get rid of it.

MARTHA STEWART VIRUS – Takes all your files, sorts them by category and folds them into cute little doilies to be displayed on your desktop.

PROZAC VIRUS – Screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn’t care.

STAR TREK VIRUS – Invades your system in places where no virus has gone before.

~~~

What do you get when you cross a pit bull with a collie?

A dog that runs for help after it bites your leg off.

~~~

As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?”

One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.”

“Good,” said the captain, “you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”

~~~

Half the people in the world are below average.

~~~

She said:

My teenager, Mike, was headed to school one morning when I told him that the neck tag on his shirt was hanging out.

“I know,” he replied.  “It’s a fad me and some of the other guys at school started.”

Weeks later, as the style persisted, I commented…

“I can’t stand it! Every time I see that, I want to fix it for you.”

I gently tucked the tag in place and rumpled Mike’s hair.

“Yeah…” he said smiling slyly.  “All the girls do.”

~~~

Excuse me, then! You know my heart;

But dearest friends, alas! must part.

John Gay

~~~

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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