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I know you are special, do you?

“What will you do today, that will make it a day to remember?”

Joseph Rain

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I had breakfast with a friend the other day who shared her concern for the wellbeing of someone close to her. She explained that he seemed to be giving up on life. He like many of us has gotten older with more of the aging maladies than most. As she talked I realized I have had to live through similar conditions and have had to adjust to a more modest life style.

For me my limitations just required some new ways to do things which worked well for me. I also found that gaps in my schedules allowed me time to explore new interests and to savor all that I still have.

If I could sit with her friend I would hope that he would see the benefit of not giving up on oneself and never letting life take you down. I think I would also offer him the following, I offer it to you as well for I know you are special.

24 Things To Always Remember

Author Unknown

Your presence is a present to the world.

You are unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be.

Take the days just one at a time.

 

Count your blessings, not your troubles.

You will make it through whatever comes along.

Within you are so many answers.

Understand, have courage, be strong.

 

Do not put limits on yourself.

So many dreams are waiting to be realized.

Decisions are too important to leave to chance.

Reach for your peak, your goal and you prize.

 

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.

The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.

Do not take things too seriously.

Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

 

Remember that a little love goes a long way.

Remember that a lot … goes forever.

Remember that friendship is a wise investment.

Life’s treasure are people together.

 

Realize that it is never too late.

Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.

Have hearth and hope and happiness.

Take the time to wish upon a start.

 

AND DO NOT EVER FORGET ….FOR EVEN A DAY HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE !

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“The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn’t know about yourself.”

Shannon L. Alder

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George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked, does someone live in your shed?” and he said no. Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again. “Hello I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now, cause I’ve just shot them all.” Then he hung up.

Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips residence. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them?”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available?”

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Marriage changes passion…Suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.

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A story is told of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon.

Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader: “Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?”

Moshe replied: “I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty. So, I switched to the Arab newspaper.

“Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!”

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“Ignorance is the mother of admiration.”

George Chapman

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A Sunday school teacher said to her young class, “We have been learning for awhile now how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a much higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?”

The room was silent until one child blurted out confidently. . .”Aces!”

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The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.

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An older lady was out shopping when she notices a very expensive boutique advertising, “DRESSES AND HATS ON SALE.” She can’t resist a sale and goes inside and starts trying on dresses and hats. After awhile, she finds only a hat that she really likes and buys it.

When she steps back outside, a fierce wind has picked up on her way down the street to the bus stop.

While she is standing there at her stop, she is quite worried that the wind might blow off her brand new hat. So she holds on to it with both hands. Not paying mind to anything else, she soon feels a tap on her shoulder and turns to see a young man there who says,

“Excuse me, ma’am, but why are you just holding your hat while your dress is blowing clear up to your elbows?”

The old woman replies,

“Son, I’ve had what’s under this dress for almost eighty-six years, but I’ve only had this hat for half an hour!”

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“Every single person is sacred. Sacred means special, precious, a treasure of true beauty. That means you.”

Amy Leigh Mercree

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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.

 

Make a friend

I love making new friends and I respect people for a lot of different reasons.

Taylor Swift

Making Friends

As I got older and somewhat wiser I realized that I was often too quick to judge other people. As time wore on and as I learned to pay more attention to the people I met along the way I discovered that most had a lot to offer. Lately I have come to appreciate the friendship of people that in the past I probably would just have ignored on the basis of a mistaken impression, some are now close friends.

If we invest in really knowing the people we meet we stand the best chance of growing friendships.

Here is a piece from the Positively Present blog that can help make a difference in the relationships we make.

How to find the good in others

Finding the good in others is such an important part of living a positively present life, but it’s often one of life’s greatest challenges. Even when it comes to those we love and choose to have in our lives, finding the good in them can sometimes be difficult. Here are some of the best ways to find the good in others (both in those you love and those you could do without…):

DON’T COMPARE

One of the quickest ways to find fault in others is to compare them to someone else (or to yourself). Everyone is unique and if you’re looking for someone to be just like you or someone else, you’re going to have a difficult time finding the good in that individual and appreciating who s/he is. This is especially important when it comes to significant others. If you’re constantly comparing your current love to someone you’ve loved before, how are you ever going to truly find the good in your current relationship? (Hint: you won’t.) The less you compare, the easier it is to find the good.

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT

Dwelling on what someone has done in the past can make it difficult to focus on who they are now. This doesn’t mean you should forget what someone has done, but if someone has made positive progress or atoned for any sins committed against you, it does no good for the relationship (or you!) to continue holding a grudge in the present. People change and one way to find the good in them is to pay attention to how they act right now, not to harp on how they’ve behaved in the past.

DROP YOUR ASSUMPTIONS

When you make assumptions (particularly about someone you don’t know), finding the good can be a challenge. The best way to stop making assumptions is to keep your mind and heart open to what people are actually doing and saying. Try your hardest not to label people into “good” or “bad” categories because, just because someone has behaved badly once doesn’t mean they’ll behave that way again. Also, if you label someone, it can be hard to mentally shake that label. For example, if you think, “Ugh, my coworker is so annoying,” you’re going to be looking for the ways she annoys you, which will make it really hard to see her good traits.

CULTIVATE CURIOSITY

If you want to find the good in others, it helps to be interested in them. Keep your mind (and ears! and eyes!) open and you’ll be surprised by what you might discover. This ties in with dropping your assumptions. Instead of guessing what someone else is thinking or how they feel about something, ask. One of the best ways to find goodness in others is to ask lots and lots of questions. The more you know about others (especially personal details, like the fact that your boss adores his cat or your dentist has two kids), the easier it is to connect with them and notice the positive aspects.

EXPECT THE BEST INTENTIONS

Another great way to find the good in others is to imagine that every single person is looking out for your best interest. This is very hard to do when someone cuts you off in traffic or your partner says something that enrages you, but the more you focus on how people might be looking out for you, the easier it becomes to find the good in them. More often than not, people do have the best of intentions (even if it might not always seem that way) and, even if they aren’t specifically looking out for you, they’re not likely looking to hurt you. Keeping this in mind will help you when you’re struggling to find the good in difficult people.

APPRECIATE THE FLAWS

Each and every one of us is flawed in some way. We all have emotional baggage that we drag around with us. We’ve all been hurt by someone. We’ve all been born with unique personality traits that are sometimes less-than-ideal. Appreciating flaws might sound negative, but it’s actually a very positive thing to do when it comes to finding the good in others. Keeping in mind that we all — including you! — have our stuff (emotions, personalities, etc.) makes it easier to be compassionate and empathetic when others aren’t showing their best sides, allowing us to find the good even when things aren’t great.

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Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.

Norman Vincent Peale

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Stumpy’s English teacher was a perfectionist and demanded the very best of his pupils. So it was only to be expected that he would get furious when Little Stumpy handed in a poor paper.

“This is the worst essay it has ever been my misfortune to read,” ranted the teacher.

“It has too many mistakes. I can’t understand how one person would have made all these mistakes.”

“One person didn’t,” replied Little Stumpy defensively. “My dad helped me.

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Ever notice how ignorance picks-up confidence as it goes along.

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Lawyer: I have some good news and some bad news.

Client: Well, give me the bad news first.

Lawyer: The bad news is that the DNA tests showed that it was your blood they found all over the crime scene

Client: Oh no! I’m ruined! What’s the good news?

Lawyer: The good news is your cholesterol is down to 130!

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“What kind of job do you do?” a lady passenger asked the man traveling in her compartment. “I’m a naval surgeon,” he replied.

“Goodness!” said the lady, “How you doctors specialize these days.”

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Shortly after the 911 emergency number became available, an elderly and quite ill lady appeared in a Rochester hospital emergency room, having driven herself to the hospital and barely managing to stagger in from the parking lot. The horrified nurse said, “Why didn’t you call the 911 number and get an ambulance?” The lady said, “My phone doesn’t have an eleven.”

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Last week I forgot how to ride a bicycle.

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A Duke was hunting in the forest with his men-at-arms and servants when he came across a tree. Upon it, archery targets were painted and smack in the middle of each was an arrow. “Who is this incredibly fine archer?” cried the duke. “I must find him!”

After continuing through the forest for a few miles he came across a small boy carrying a bow and arrow. Eventually the boy admitted that it was he who shot the arrows plumb in the center of all the targets.

“You didn’t just walk up to the targets and hammer the arrows into the middle, did you?” asked the duke worriedly.

“No my lord. I shot them from a hundred paces. I swear it by all that I hold holy.”

“That is truly astonishing,” said the duke. “I hereby admit you into my service.” The boy thanked him profusely.

“But I must ask one favor in return,” the duke continued.

“You must tell me how you came to be such an outstanding shot.”

“Well,” said the boy, “first I fire the arrow at the tree……and then I paint the target around it.”

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“A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.”

Deborah Day

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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.

 

Merci

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

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I recently stumbled across a story that helped me realize that I don’t say “Thank You” enough. I don’t men telling folks we appreciate something they did for us but rather thanking people like you for being part of my life.

I think we too often take friends and loved ones for granted. They are always there and it is when they are not that we realize just how important they are to our sense of wellbeing and happiness. Many of us seem to rush so fast through life that we fail let the folks along the way how important they are to us.

So to you my friends, family, past colleagues, healers and heroes, thanks for everything you have enriched my life.

Here is the story that helped me realize that I have not said “Thank You” often enough/

COURAGE to say Thank You

By Heather Lende

From Haines, Alaska

The other day my 80-year-old mother-in-law, Joanne, and I went to a birthday brunch for my friend Nancy, who just turned 53. There were a dozen other women friends gathered around the airy kitchen of one of those “well-appointed” newer homes, as Mimi would have said.

We ate and laughed and Nancy opened presents. At one point Nancy got serious, and asked for our attention. “We have known each other for a lot of years, and I am blessed to have such good friends,” she began. “We’ve been through a lot together: marriages, babies, teenagers, divorces, illnesses, deaths. Maybe it’s because I’m getting, well, older,” she said, laughing and taking off her reading glasses (in truth, she looks fabulous, not a day over 49), “but I really wanted to say how truly grateful I am to have my mom and Joanne here. You are both such a good example of women who have lived life well, and who continue to, even after losing your husbands and going through difficult times. You inspire me, and I think all of us. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to let you know how much you mean to us.” (Or something very close; I couldn’t take notes on the napkin with everything suddenly so blurry.)

So this Thanksgiving, like every Thanksgiving, of course, I will give thanks for all my blessings, which no doubt are the same things you are grateful for—family, friends, food—but I will do so knowing that the people I love won’t be at the table forever. I will be so grateful for who is still here, and with any luck at all, that will give me the courage to be like Nancy, and tell them so.

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

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INTERNET PARKING NOTICE

During our routine sweep of the Internet we, the Internet Police, have discovered that you have been on your chair in front of the computer TOO LONG!

You are HEREBY ORDERED to clean up that pile of cups, cans, wrappers and papers on your desk (yes, we can see you — sit up straight!) and after you have logged into the real world for a minimum of ten minutes you may log back on to the Internet.

Failure to comply may result in loss of reality, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the requirement of a larger chair. The timer starts NOW!

Get off your butt — you’ll thank us for it later.

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Upon her engagement the exuberant young woman went to her mother and said, “I’ve found a man just like father!” Her mother replied, “So what do you want from me, sympathy?”

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A congregant asked his Rabbi, “Rabbi, you’re a man of God. So why is it that you are always talking business when I, a businessman, am always talking about spiritual matters when I’m not at work?”

“You have discovered one of the principles of human nature,” the Rabbi replied.

“And what principle is that, Rabbi?”

“People like to discuss things they know nothing about.”

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“Don’t worry… be happy.”

Bobby McFerrin

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Ah, life’s mysteries.

A man is a person who, if a woman says, “Never mind, I’ll do it myself; lets her.

A woman is a person who, if she says to a man, “Never mind, I’ll do it myself,” and he lets her; gets mad.

A man is a person who, if a woman says to him, “Never mind, I’ll do it myself,” and he lets her and she get mad; says, “Now what are you mad about?”

A woman is a person who, if she says to a man, “Never mind, I’ll do it myself,” and he lets her and she get mad, and he says, “Now what are mad about?” says, “If you don’t know I’m not going to tell you.”

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“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”

Pearl S. Buck

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The Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy directions to the post office.

After being told the way by the lad, the Reverend Graham thanked him, adding: “If you’ll come to the Baptist church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven.

“I don’t think I’ll be there,” the boy said.  “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”

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“If you never did, you should.

These things are fun, and fun is good.”

Dr. Seuss

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Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.

One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognize my pickup.”

The other replied indifferently, “What difference does it make.  God knows we’re in here…  and he’s the only one who counts.”

The first deacon countered, “But God won’t tell my wife.”

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If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker

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“You look sad, Fred, what’s the trouble,” asked Bill.

“Domestic trouble.”

“But you’re always bragging that your wife is a pearl,” says Bill.

“She really is,” replies Fred.  It’s the mother-of-pearl that’s giving me trouble!”

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

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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.

 

A lifetime of memories

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.

Bob Dylan

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My good friend and Past Kiwanis International President Dr. Wil Blechman sent me a piece that brought back a lifetime of memories. I know few of you are as old as Wil and I are but what he sent says a lot about the lives we have lived.

Children of “The Greatest Generation”

Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort.  We are the Silent Generation. 

We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s.  We are the “last ones.” 

We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years. 

We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.

We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.

We hand mixed ’white stuff’ with ‘yellow stuff’ to make fake butter. 

We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.  [A friend’s mother delivered milk in a horse drawn cart.] 

We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. 

We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.

We saw the ‘boys’ home from the war build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out.

We are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead we imagined what we heard on the radio.   As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside until the street lights came on.”  

We did play outside and we did play on our own.  There was no little league. There was no city playground for kids. To play in the water, we turned the fire hydrants on and ran through the spray.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.  Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. 

Telephones were one to a house, often shared and hung on the wall. Computer were called calculators and were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ink.

The ‘internet’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that didn’t exist. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults.   We are the last group who had to find out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.   The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA loans fanned a housing boom.  Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.

New highways would bring jobs and mobility.  The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.  In the late 40s and early 50’s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class (which became known as ‘Baby Boomers’).

The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands of stations. The telephone started to become a common method of communications and “Faxes” sent hard copy around the world.  Our parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

We weren’t neglected but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.  They were glad we played by ourselves ‘until the street lights came on.’  They were busy discovering the post war world.

Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide

we simply stepped into the world and started to find out what the world was about. 

We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.  Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from,

we shaped life as we went.

We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.  Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience.  Depression poverty was deep rooted.  Polio was still a crippler.  The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and  by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks.   Russia built the “Iron Curtin” and China became Red China.  Eisenhower sent the first ‘advisors’ to Vietnam; and years later, Johnson invented a war there.  Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.

We are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland.  We came of age in the 40s and early 50s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, Martin Luther King, civil rights, technological upheaval, “global warming”, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.

Only our generation can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.  We have lived through both. We grew up at the best possible time,

a time when the world was getting better; not worse. We are the Silent Generation;  ‘the last ones.’

Author unknown

The last of us was born in 1942,  more than 99.9% of us are either retired or dead; and all of us believe we grew up in the best of times!

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Creating memories is a priceless gift. Memories will last a lifetime; things only a short-period of time.

Alyice Edrich

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A man feared his wife was not hearing as well as she used to, and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem.

The doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. ‘Here’s what you do,’ said the doctor. ‘Stand about 40 feet away from her and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.’

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, ‘I’m about 40 feet away. Let’s see what happens.’ In a normal tone he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’

No response.

So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife, and repeats, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’ Still no response.

Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, ‘Honey, What’s for dinner?’ Again, no response.

So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. ‘Honey, What’s for dinner?’ Again, there is no response.

So he walks right up behind her. ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’

‘Earl, for the 5th time, CHICKEN!’

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Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.

Mattie Stepanek

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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.

 

Greetings from the slow side

“The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.” William Wordsworth

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At my age fast is often elusive but that’s not all that bad. There is a lot that I didn’t see and enjoy in years past. It is almost as if I am on a constant sabbatical having plenty of time to observe, study and enjoy my days. I am finding getting old has its benefits if one is willing to appreciate them.

I read an article written by Alexandra Rosas that was posted by AARP the other day. As I read what she wrote I found we have a lot in common. I wish I knew her for I think we would be great friends. Here in part is what she wrote.

Good Things About Getting Older

At just about any age, we make up our minds just how happy we want to be. If we sit down and ponder just what it is we like about the very stage of life we’re in, it’s not very hard to find some jewel moments.

I say, let’s forget the commercials telling us we have to fight getting older. We can like our lives as they are right now. To that end, I decided to sit down and list the things I like about getting older. The following are my top ten things to really like about getting older.

  1. I’ve become less emotional and more thoughtful with my decisions. There’s good reason for this. Our bodies make less adrenaline, testosterone and estrogen as we age and all of this newfound level headedness feels soooo good. I do not miss the drama-queen, gnashing-teeth, decision-making days of my 20s and 30s. Or 40s. Stupid hormones!
  2. I no longer sweat the small stuff. I’ve been around the block not just once, not just twice, but maybe three and a half times. I know by now that a lot of what I worry about just never rears its ugly head. That alone has reduced my anxiety immeasurably. I’ve become the “What? Me Worry?” hippie chick of the ’60s.
  3. I can go shopping for what I need in my favorite store: my basement. I’ve spent a lifetime accumulating this and that, and for whatever occasion that calls for a particular gift, chances are, I have something to throw at it, downstairs.”
  4. I’ve become kinder to myself. This may be my favorite thing of all. I’ve become far less judge-y, more loving, respectful and in awe of all I’ve endured and triumphed over. Yes, this is definitely my favorite thing.
  5. Liking myself. I’ve spent a lot of time developing a personality and I like it. To my absolute surprise and delight, I like me.
  6. I no longer drool over — or covet — fashion must-haves. I’ve seen style trends come and go, and I know by now that this year’s peplum work suit is next year’s closet embarrassment. Now I shop for the classics, spend less money, have fewer things in my closet and yet, miraculously, have more to wear than I’ve ever had before.
  7. I have so many good stories to tell. I’ll never again have to worry that I won’t have anything to say at a party where I don’t know anyone. I’ve never been more interesting than I am today. And I don’t mean that in any type of an arrogant way. It’s just that I have lived.
  8. All my years of living make me sound smart. All of those days of learning, making mistakes and getting back up again and learning some more make me sound like Madame freaking Curie. We all know that it’s just the formula of life, but it’s impossible to have that knowledge until you’ve been through the meat grinder once or twice or a million times.
  9. I no longer need to keep up with the Joneses. At this late date, all of my cards are on the table and the risk of being threatened by what someone has or who they are disappeared years ago. I’m OK with what I can and can’t do, what I have or don’t have.

~~~

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

Aldous Huxley

~~~

A large two engine train was crossing America. After they had gone some distance one of the engines broke down.”No problem,” the engineer thought, and carried on at half-power.

Further on down the line, the other engine broke down, and the train came to a standstill. The engineer decided he should inform the passengers about why the train had stopped, and made the following announcement:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some time. The good news is that this is a train and not a plane.”

~~~

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

Sam Keen

~~~

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: “I have decided to plant some vegetables in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?”

The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a letter, “Dear wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money.”

A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife: “You won’t believe what happened, some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up all the back garden.”

The prisoner wrote another letter: “Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the vegetables.”

~~~

Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided to see beyond the imperfections.

~~~

A friend of mine is responsible for alumni relations at his high-school alma mater.

Last fall, a member of the Class of 1986 returned the standard alumni questionnaire with this response:

Marital Status – Not good

Wife’s Name – Plaintiff

~~~

“Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.” Al Bernstein

~~~

Stan 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, Stan answered.

“I’d like to talk to your mother or father,” she said.

“Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

“Stan!” she said, “what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” he replied, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again!”

~~~

“In order for you to profit from your mistakes, you have to get out and make some.”

~~~

Hank was not too bright. Everyday when he walked home from work, he would get stopped by three nasty men and they would beat him up and steal his money. Finally, Hank decided that it would serve his best interest to walk a different route and then take up some self-defense classes so this wouldn’t happen again. He joined a karate class and soon was doing very well to defend himself.

So, one day, on the way home from work Hank took his old route home and sure enough there they were. He walked up to them and the battle ensued. The next afternoon Hank went to his karate class with a black eye, a broken nose and a busted lip. His instructor, shocked, asked him what happened.

“Well,” explained Hank, “I took my old way home last night so I could beat these guys up who were stealing my money, but they beat me up before I could get my shoes and socks off!”

~~~

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.

Ausonius

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

I appreciate your decency

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Listening to one of our presumptive presidential candidates has been painful. It is as if the ghosts of Huey Long and Joe McCarthy are filling his mind with offers of impossible prosperity for all while fomenting hate for some. I am dismayed that so many seem to be enchanted with the promise of a chicken in every pot based in part on the exclusion of those not like us.

I believe we are better than that. I look around me and see how far we have come in my lifetime. Prosperity created by the folks of all races, gender, nationalities and religious belief. We as a people must not be lured by the false promises and prejudice being offered as the path to happiness. The solution is never to destroy what we have but rather to build on the foundation we have laid.

Here is a story that describes almost everyone I know and it is they who provide hope for the future.

We Are The Decent People

Wilferd A. Peterson

We are the decent people of the world. We are in the majority, for men and women are essentially decent. We live in all nations, we live under all the flags that fly.

Decency is not determined by our economic status, our religion, the language we speak, the color of our skin, or the ideology under which we live. Human decency is a universal quality.

We, the decent people of the world, often have our voices drowned out by the shouts of leaders who misrepresent the things for which we stand.

We the decent people carry enough weight to tip the scale for decency if we will make ourselves heard…

We believe that war is the great indecency, that it kills and destroys all the higher sensibilities of man and leaves only death, suffering, and destruction in its wake.

We believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.

We believe that there is only one war to be waged in the name of human decency, and that is the war against all the common enemies of man… hunger, disease, poverty, ignorance, crime and failure.

We believe that every child should have the chance to grow up in an atmosphere of faith, not of fear.

We believe that the ultimate decency is to help men and never harm men, to lift men and not degrade men, and to respect the dignity of all men as individual human beings.

We the decent people of the world stand for the kind of life that will be good for all of the people, all of the time, everywhere.”

~~~

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need prosperity of kindness and decency.

Caroline Kennedy

~~~

During a Yiddish play being given on Second Avenue (the old center of the Yiddish theater district), the curtain fell suddenly and the manager stepped out before the audience in the last degree of agitation. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he said, “I am distressed to have to tell you that the great and beloved actor, Mendel Kalb, has just had a fatal heart attack in his dressing room and we cannot continue.”

Whereupon a formidable middle-aged woman in the balcony rose and cried out, “Quick! Give him some chicken soup.”

The manager, surprised, said, “Madam, I said it was a fatal heart attack. The great Mendel Kalb is dead.”

The woman repeated, “So quick! Give him some chicken soup!”

The manager screeched in desperation, “Madam! The man is dead! What good will chicken soup do?”

And the woman shouted back, “It couldn’t hurt?”

~~~

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

~~~

Billy was saying his prayers as his father passed by his bedroom door.

“God bless Mommy, and God bless Daddy, and please make Calais the capital of France.”

“Billy,” inquired his father, “why do you want Calais to be the capital of France?”

The boy replied, “Because that’s what I wrote in my geography test!”

~~~

My mail is a little slow. Last month my flower seeds came as a bouquet.

~~~

A father in a hurry taking his 8-year-old son to school, makes a turn at a red light where it isn’t allowed. “Uh-oh, I just made an illegal turn!” the man said.

“That’s OK Dad,” the son says, “The police car right behind us did the same thing.”

~~~

“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel

~~~

The psychiatrist was not expecting the distraught stranger who staggered into his office and slumped into a chair.

“I’m losing my memory, Doctor,” he sobbed. “What should I do?”

“Pay me in advance.”

~~~

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

Ronald Reagan

~~~

One day a man was walking in the woods when he got lost. For two days he roamed around trying to find a way out. He had not eaten anything during this period and was famished.

Over on a rock ledge he spotted a bald eagle. He killed it, and started to eat it. Surprisingly, a couple of park rangers happen to find him at that very moment, and arrested him for killing an endangered species.

In court, he plead innocent to the charges against him, claiming that if he didn’t eat the bald eagle he would have died from starvation. The judge ruled in his favor.

In the judge’s closing statement he asked the man, “I would like you to tell me something before I let you go. I have never eaten a bald eagle, nor ever plan on it. What did it taste like?”

The man answered, “Well, it tasted like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl!”

~~~

“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”

Max Eastman

~~~

An applicant was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, “Have you ever been arrested?” he wrote, “No.”

The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was “Why?”

The applicant answered it anyway: “Never got caught.”

~~~

I am always sharpening my sleeping skills…

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I remember this time that I took Lewis to a celebratory dinner at a really posh restaurant. We walked in, were ushered to a table by a formally dressed maitre d’, and sat down at a table on which were displayed the finest china and crystal. Taking the damask napkin from the solid silver napkin ring, Lewis unfolded it, put it around his neck and proceeded to tie a knot in the back.

Staring at him, the maitre d’ said, between gritted teeth, “Sir, will you have a shave or a haircut?”

~~~

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage . . . to listen to his own goodness.

Pablo Casals

~~~

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.

 

Good morning sunshine

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

Morris West

be happy

When I wake up each morning I spend a little time thinking about what in the day will make me happy. I find by not letting my mind wander and get cluttered up with what’s ahead both good and not so good I start my day on a positive note.

I honestly feel our days are filled with events colored by the mental glasses we wear. Some of our glasses filter out the bright spots while others filter out the grey areas. I think our glasses are our mindset so I choose to embrace a positive mindset as the day begins,

How about you? Do you just let the day carry you away; do you sometimes look ahead and see the day under a dark cloud? I hope not, life can be dreary if you keep the sun out. I often wonder how you are doing, I even wonder if you still read the daily. Here is a five part happiness formula written by Kimberly Englot that I like, I hope you will too.

The 5 Part Happiness Formula

I am a fan of happiness. I like to read about it, write about it, teach it and live it! Happiness comes easily to me but I understand that that isn’t the case for everyone. I’ve come up with what I think is the exact formula needed. Excitement + Freedom + Joy + Inspiration + Love = Happiness. It might look a little complicated, but it really isn’t. You can start small and look for small ways to incorporate more of those states into your life.

Excitement

By excitement, I don’t necessarily mean jumping up and down, or heart-pounding situations. It could be what comes with thinking about something you are really passionate about, or planning a party, or a trip. It could be a ride at an amusement park, or just rolling down the windows in your car. Anything that adds that shiver of fun to your life will instantly lift your mood.

Freedom

The ability to make your own decisions goes a long way in happiness. When you base your decisions on what other people might think or say, or when you feel obligated to do things that independence disappears, and your happiness goes right along with it. Start small, or start to appreciate the things in your life that you do have complete control over, like what kind of socks you can wear or the route you take to get to work.

Joy

This is just another word for happiness, but it implies peace. Joy is an internal feeling, it comes from loving people and your environment. Joy does not depend on the things you have, but rather the way you feel about them. Add more joy to your life by creating a Gratitude Guide and writing 10 things in it every night.

Inspiration

Nothing like feeling inspired to act. You can’t help but succeed when you follow divine inspiration! It could be trying a new recipe, or dancing to your favorite song. It could be taking a leap to change careers or move to a new city. Big or small, inspiration instantly increases your happiness when you follow it.

Love

You must love yourself fully, because others can only love you to the extent that you love yourself. When you fully love yourself, you also realize that everything is love. Find ways to bring more love into your life. Smile at a stranger, practice more empathy, or cuddle your cat. Anything you can do to release love, will automatically add happiness.

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“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

Dale Carnegie

~~~

A young Scottish lad and lassie were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, and just gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently, then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’. . .perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.”

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed.

Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

The young man knit his brow. “Well, now,” he said, “my thoughts are a bit more serious this time.”

“Really?” said the girl in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

“Aye,” said the lad. “Din’na ye think it’s aboot time ye paid me that first penny?”

~~~

Why do we press harder on the remote when we know the battery is dead?

~~~

An old Indian chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking a ceremonial pipe and eyeing two US government officials sent to interview him. “Chief Two Eagles,” asked one official, “You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his material wealth.

You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done.” The chief nodded that it was so. The official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”

The chief stared at the government officials for over a minute and then calmly replied, “When white man found the land, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, women did all the work, medicine man free, Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing, all night having sex.”

Then the chief leaned back and smiled, “White man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that!”

~~~

When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.

Gracie Allen

~~~

“I play golf in the low 80’s,” the little old man was telling one of the young boys at the club.

“Wow,” said the young man, “that’s pretty impressive.”

“Not really,” said the little old man. “Any hotter and I’d probably have a stroke.”

~~~

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”

David Frost

~~~

After finishing an out-of-town errand, I discovered that my car wouldn’t start because it was out of gas.  A passerby told me there was a service station a half-mile away, so I took a gas can from the trunk and trudged the distance in the sweltering sun.

The attendant filled my two-gallon can, and I lugged it back and poured the gas into the tank.  But when I tried to unlock the car door, it wouldn’t open.  Just then, I noticed an identical old car parked a short distance away.  That was my car; I had filled a stranger’s gas tank.

Wearily I walked back to the station.  “You know,” the attendant suggested helpfully, “this is merely a ‘suggestion’ on my part, but……..instead of walking back and forth to fill the tank from the can, you could put a couple of gallons in the tank and then just drive the car here.”

~~~

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”

Brian Tracy

~~~

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

I prefer flowers

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have decided that I am at an age where how I see my world and the folks in it allows me to see what I might have overlooked in the past. I have chosen to not let those who are fomenting anger and ill will to infect my thoughts. Life is too short to wallow in self-inflicted unhappiness.

So I welcome the folks who maintain a positive outlook for they are our hope for the future. I have found that the chronic complainers have little time for problem solving and seldom search for what is good around them.

As I sow in my life’s garden I welcome those who are in the field with me planting their own glorious fields. You know we do have a choice, life in the fields of despair or life in the meadows of hope.

YOUR MIND IS A GARDEN. YOUR THOUGHTS ARE THE SEEDS.

You can grow anything

“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”

Feed your mind with positive, abundant and life prospering thought which can open the channels of miracle creating doors which is divinely constructed for your prosperous and purposeful destined quality of life. As you yourself is script writer, director and controller of your thought as well as best architect of your destiny. So feed your mind with quality thought as it determines your quality of life. The valid truth says, “Your mind is like soil, just plant the quality of seeds inside your inner world for manifesting quality of circumstances in your external world.”

Dhiraj Raj

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“Sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching, love like you’ll never get hurt and live like its heaven on earth.”

Author Unknown

~~~

A minister was giving the children’s message during church.  For this part of the service, he would gather all the children around him and give a brief lesson before dismissing them. On this particular Sunday, he was using squirrels for an object lesson on industry and preparation.  He started out by saying, “I’m going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is.” The children nodded eagerly.

“This thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)…” No hands went up.  “And it is gray (pause) and has a long bushy tail (pause)…” The children were looking at each other, but still no hands raised.

“And it jumps from branch to branch (pause) and chatters and flips its tail when it’s excited (pause)…”

Finally one little boy tentatively raised his hand.  The minister breathed a sigh of relief and called on him.

“Well,” said the boy, “I know the answer you’re looking for is supposed to be ‘Jesus’ …  but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me.”

~~~

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

Jennifer Unlimited-

~~~

A mangy looking guy who goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, “No way, pal. I don’t think you can pay for it.”

“You’re right,” the guy says. “I don’t have any money, but if I show you something you haven’t seen before, will you give me a drink?”

“You have a deal, my friend,” says the bartender.

The guy reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a hamster. He puts the hamster on the bar and it runs to the end of the bar, down the side of the bar, across the room, up the piano, onto the keyboard and starts playing Gershwin music. The hamster can really play…

“You’re right… I’ve never seen anything like that before,” says the bartender. “That hamster is really gifted.”

The guy downs the drink and asks the bartender for another. “Will that be cash or another miracle, pal?” asks the bartender.

“Watch this,” replies the guy. Again, he reaches into his coat again and pulls out a frog. He puts the frog onto the bar, and the frog starts to sing. The frog has a marvellous voice and great pitch. A fine singer.

A stranger from the other end of the bar runs over to the guy and offers him $300 for the frog.

“It’s a deal,” says the guy. He takes the three hundred and gives the stranger the frog. The stranger runs out of the bar.

“Are you some kind of nut?” asks the bartender. “You sold a singing frog for $300? It could have been worth millions. You must be crazy.”

“Not so,” says the guy. “The hamster is a ventriloquist”!

~~~

It worked… Now if I could only remember what I did.

~~~

An Arkansas state trooper stopped Sherry for going 15 miles over the posted speed limit. After he handed her a ticket, Jill asked, “Don’t you give out warnings?”

“Yes, Ma’am,” he replied.  Warnings are all up and down the highway. They say, . .  ‘Speed Limit 65.'”

~~~

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

Victor Hugo

~~~

As most young, weak and smart kids are, Ken was picked on constantly by the bullies in school. They stole his lunch, they beat him up and just down right made his life miserable.  It took him a couple of weeks to find a way to get back at these bullies and when he found out what would get them back, he went all out.

He was on the bus where he normally gets his lunch stolen when he brought out a bottle that had, what looked like, small brown balls in it.  He then, making sure no one was looking, secretly took from his pocket some milk duds and started popping them in his mouth as obvious to the rest of the kids as possible making yum yum noises.

The bus bully without asking snatched the jar from Ken’s hand and asked “What’s in the bottle that you are making such a big deal of?”

“Well, they’re smart pills.”

“Smart pills?”  the bully asked.  Then opened the jar and popped a couple of the foreign brown balls in his mouth.  “Pweeuuweppblahhh!!” he reacted.  “What is this stuff?  It tastes like rabbit poop!!”

“See, you’re getting smarter already.”

~~~

Did you hear about the new liberal church? It has six commandments and four suggestions.

~~~

Jane asks:

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?”

Who was the first person to say, “See that chicken there…I’m gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it’s butt.”

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don’t point to their butt when they ask where the bathroom is?

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets Mad at you! , but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head Out the window?

~~~

They say you can’t have too much of a good thing.  I wish I’d been part of that study.

~~~

A Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee.

“Hoot mon,” he said, “in Scotland it wouldna ha’ been more than $20.”

“That might be true,” said the travel agent, “but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked.”

“Well, at $50 an hour for a boat,” said the Scotsman, “it’s no wonder he walked!”

~~~

“Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Kiss slowly, play hard, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life’s too short to be anything but happy.”

~~~

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.

 

The best time of my life

People ask me, when was my best time? I always say, ‘Today.’

Paul Mooney

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Last Saturday night I attended a surprise birthday party for my oldest daughter at a local restaurant. It was a magnificent event attended by about 50 people who have been part of my daughter’s life over the years. Even a favorite cousin and her husband drove up from North Carolina as did others from out of state.

It was a special opportunity for my wife and me to appreciate all our daughter has done and the friends she has made along the way. Throughout the evening photos of her life going back more than fifty years were shown on a big screen. As I watched I was again reminded of just how good my life has been and still is.

Here is a story I have always appreciated as it reminds me of how I feel of my own life.

The Best Time Of My Life

by Joe Kemp

It was June 15, and in two days I would be turning thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me. My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape. As I greeted Nicholas on this particular day, he noticed I wasn’t full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Nicholas’s age, so I asked him, “What was the best time of your life?”

Without hesitation, Nicholas replied, “Well, Joe, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question: “When I was a child in Austria and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life.

“When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life.

“When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life.

“When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life.

“The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America that was the best time of my life.

“When we came to Canada and started a family, that was the best time of my life.

“When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life.

“And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met. This is the best time of my life.”

~~~

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

Author Unknown

~~~

My wife knows me too well. Finally – a key to the male language code . . .

  • “I can’t find it” MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.
  • “It’s a guy thing . ” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.
  • “It would take too long to explain” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.
  • “We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.
  • “That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?
  • “I heard you.” MEANS: I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and hope I can fake it well enough, so that you don’t spend the next three days yelling at me.
  • “You really look terrific in that outfit.” MEANS: Please don’t try on one more outfit, I’m starving.
  • “I missed you.” MEANS: I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry, and we’re out of toilet paper.
  • “I don’t need to read the instructions.” MEANS: I am perfectly capable of screwing it up without printed instructions

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

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Two blondes got together on a regular basis, and they usually discussed families or local gossip.  One day, they decided to change things a bit, and discuss important political issues like the Middle East, Afghanistan, North Korea, etc.

One blonde said, “But what about Red China?”

The other responded, “Fantastic… it looks especially good on a white tablecloth!”

~~~

He who hesitates is not only lost – but miles from the next exit.

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A man went to the doctor complaining of insomnia. The doctor gave him a thorough examination, found absolutely nothing physically wrong with him, and then told him,

“Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your trouble to bed with you.”

“I know” said the man, “but I can’t. My wife refuses to sleep alone.”

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Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness but people do.

Herm Albright

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A nearsighted minister glanced at the note that Mrs. Jones had sent to him by an usher. The note read: “Bill Jones having gone to sea, his wife desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”

Failing to observe the punctuation, he startled his audience by announcing: “Bill Jones, having gone to see his wife, desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”

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“I’m not saying that the customer service in my bank is bad, but I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance. She leaned over and pushed me!”

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One day I was reading a newspaper. On page two was a picture of a famous politician and his gorgeous wife.

Slightly jealous of the politician, I turned to my wife and said, “It’s unfair that the biggest jerks in the world catch the most beautiful wives.”

My wife smiled and replied, “Why, thank you dear.”

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Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Author Unknown

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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.

 

Have an active life

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

Mignon McLaughlin

stay-active

The only good thing about the last 24 hours has been that I was sick enough with intestinal problems that the rest of the week is going to seem so much better. While I was unable to do my normal exercise routine I got plenty using the bathroom. Since I am not up to constructing a new Daily here is another from years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 3, 2005

Recently someone guessed that I was a lot younger than I really am, I asked why she thought I was so young. Her response was, “you are so active, so animated, and are always doing something.” Obviously her comments were not a measure of my effectiveness but just how well we become when we jump in and get involved.

Some of my vicarious pleasures come from the people I hang out with. An example is one of my close pals who I spent a number of days with last week in New York at a meeting with UNICEF is off to Kenya next week and will be in Washington the week after meeting with Department of Education staffers on the needs of kids.

Another friend is a volunteer hero of mine; he is one of those unsung guys who spend their days helping to open up the eyes of children to the world around us all. My friend spends hours holding the hands of kids who have little in their lives. And whenever there is a battle call in the war for children he is first to mount the ramparts, advocating more effort on the part of us all for kids.

Yet another friend has earned national recognition based upon his intellect, research, and wisdom. He spends a great deal of his time out amongst us in order to help us better understand our world, rather than spending all his days in the ivory tower.

These are but a few of the people that I hold in high regard, I feel fortunate to know them, as I do knowing you. It is amazing to me the relationships we can build and the excitement we can bring to our lives by just showing up. So rather than wish you had done something, come out and join us. Take a class, volunteer, go to a seminar, play with some kids (adults are fun too), and if you don’t because you just don’t feel like it, don’t complain to us, we are too busy enjoying life.

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Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.

You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.

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AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CLAIMS

1.”The accident happened because I had one eye on the truck in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind.”

2.”I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”

3.”I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight”

4.”The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.”

5.”I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way”

6.”A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”

7.”An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.”

8.”Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”

9.”I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”

10.”As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before.”

11.”The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”

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“The best way to cheer yourself up: Cheer everybody else up.”

Mark Twain

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At a pharmacy, a blonde woman asked to use the infant scale to weigh the baby she held in her arms. The clerk explained that the device was out for repairs, but said that she would figure the infant’s weight by weighing the woman and baby together on the adult scale, then weighing the mother alone and subtracting the second amount from the first.

“It won’t work,” countered the woman. “You see, I’m not the mother, I’m the aunt.”

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“Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life.”

George Burns

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Mr. Smith goes to see his supervisor. “Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage; you know, moving and hauling stuff.”

“We’re short-handed, Smith,” the boss says.  “I can’t give you the day off. No way.”

“Thanks, boss,” says Smith.  “I knew I could count on you!”

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“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

Stephen Wright

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Doug meets Bill at the bar after work and is once again looking down in the dumps.  “What’s wrong now Doug,” asked Bill.

Doug replies, “They called in a management team and gave everyone in the office an aptitude test to see what they were best suited for.”

“Yeah, so what’s the problem with that?” asks Bill.

Doug sighs, “Well it seems that I am best suited for unemployment.”

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Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

Napoleon Hill

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Early in their marriage, my Dad did something really stupid. My Mom chewed him out for it. He apologized, they made up.

However, from time to time, my mom mentions what he had done. “Honey,” my Dad finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget.'”

“It is,” she said. “I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten.”

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Inside every older lady is a younger lady — wondering what the hell happened?

Cora Harvey Armstrong-

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“The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution.

“You don’t want to try these techniques at home.”.

“Why not?” asked somebody from the audience..

“I watched my wife”s routine at breakfast for years,” the expert explained.

“She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, ‘Hon, why don’t you try carrying several things at once?'”

“Did it save time?” the guy in the audience asked.

“Actually, yes,” replied the expert. “It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven.”

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Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.

Nicolas de Chamfort

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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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