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Archive for August, 2016

It is a special day

Good times become better and bad times become tolerable when shared with a life partner like you.

life-partner

It is a big day today, it is my wife’s birthday. We will be dining with family tonight and will be joined our favorite grandnephew who flew in from North Carolina just to be with us. I still have a lot to do so I am going back to one of her past birthdays.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 16, 2005

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury;

And refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable;

And wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.”

William Ellery Channing

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Today is my wife Nancy’s birthday. I would like to dedicate the above to her and our marriage of many years. Especially the part that deals with small means, lack of luxury and so on. I want you to know I have taken the guidance provided by Channing to heart by offering her both elegance and refinement; I hope she will be pleased that I have again avoided the temptation to buy her something of value.

Actually we are at the point in our lives where there is not much we really need that we don’t have. We made a pact some time ago that our cruises and our vacations will be our primary gift to each other. Of course I will be buying her something so that she knows I have not forgotten, even though she may want to forget.

Someone asked me not long ago the secret of a long and mostly happy marriage. I responded with a few words; compatibility, mutual concern, trust, and understanding. I am not sure we ever were able to run through the daisies in slow motion, but we sure did learn to live with each other without regret, and that’s not bad.

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Chains do not hold a marriage together.

It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

Simone Signoret

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Rabbi Cohen tells us, “After a Shabbat service at the Temple in Owensboro, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Rabbi Cohen is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!’

It worked.”

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

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After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “No problem! I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn’t care one way or the other.

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“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”

Jeff Valdez

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You know you’re from Florida if:

  1. You measure distance in minutes.
  2. You’ve ever had to switch from heat to air conditioning in the same day.
  3. You see a car running in a store parking lot with no one in it no matter what time of the year.
  4. You use “fix” as a verb. Example: I am fixinto go to the store.
  5. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
  6. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  7. You carry jumper cables in your car … for your OWN car.
  8. You know what “cow tipping” is.
  9. You only own four spices: salt, pepper, Texas Pete and catsup.
  10. The local papers cover national and international news on one page and six pages for local gossip and sports.
  11. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit “a little warm.”
  12. You know all four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.
  13. Going to Walmart is a favorite past time known as “Goin’ wal-martin” or “Off to ‘Wally World.'”
  14. A carbonated soft drink isn’t a soda, cola, or pop…it’s a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: “What kinna coke you want?”
  15. Fried Catfish is the other white meat.
  16. You understand these and forward them to your friends from Florida (and those who just wish they were).

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Show me a good loser…. and I’ll show you a fellow playing golf with his boss.

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A woman went to a computer dating service and said she didn’t care about looks, income or background. All she wanted was a man of upright character.

Then a man came in and told them the only thing he was seeking in a woman was intelligence.

The service matched them together at once because they had one thing in common — they were both pathological liars.

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“Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.”

Honduran Proverb

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Two gentlemen were discussing the prospects of looming retirement. While one guy had lots of hobbies, the other fellow had no hobbies, and was rather concerned about being set loose with nothing to do.

The first guy suggested his friend go visit his kids.  The man said, “Well, I only have two kids, but I could buy a motor home and go visit my brothers and sisters, that would take about a year.”

The first guy looked a bit puzzled, so his friend said, “I’m one of eighteen kids in my family.”

The first fellow’s eyes got rather large, contemplating eighteen children, so the man volunteered to explain.  “The problem was, my mother was hard of hearing.”

Puzzlement.

Smile.  “My Mom & Dad would go to bed at night, and my Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep, or what?’ and my Mom would say, ‘What?'”

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A person that learns from their mistakes is smart.

A person that learns from other people’s mistakes is smarter.

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The cruise director of a cruise ship was demonstrating to a group of young passengers how the ship manages to stay level at sea.

“Do you know what level means?” he asked the group of six to eight year-olds.

One boy replied immediately. “A level is something you need to pass to get to a harder screen in a video game.”

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius

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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.

 

 

Let’s Move On

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

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I had lunch with a respected good friend the other day. We don’t get together often so when we do we catch up on what is going on in our lives. My friend is still actively involved in helping to make our community a better place, Over the years she has helped numerous organizations become successful. She is one of those behind the scenes individuals who you don’t hear about but who make our city a better place to live.

She is still young, only in her early sixties but in our conversations I learned that we had something in common and that was the need to let go of our past roles and realize that it is now the responsibility of others. It was not all that easy for me to be uncritical or interfering in activities that once were partially my responsibility. The good news is that I soon learned others were more than capable of doing what needed to be done. I also benefitted from being free to do other things.

Here is a story that I picked up some time ago that I think has value

Letting Go

In exactly the same way that birds have to find the courage to let go of a branch in order to actually fly, we must also let go of our emotional branches if we are to experience the exhilaration of soaring to our highest potential in life!

The branches we hold on to are our innermost attachments: our beliefs, our bad habits and those memories which keep us stuck. And then there are the outer attachments: they are people, possessions, positions and privileges – to name but a few. We must be aware that as long as we hold onto them, we will actually live in fear (of letting go and loss) and we will never feel the freedom that we all deserve. Once you become aware of those birds and the initial courage they display when they let go of their branches just prior to flying, you will be capable of experiencing life in a totally different way.

This can be your new recipe of how to live a life where you learn to let go of one branch at a time, and learn to have new experiences, one at a time. The birds have found that by letting go of one branch, they are then able to spend the rest of their lives trying many other branches, one branch at a time, and they can enjoy the view from each new vantage point. What a way to live!

Are you actually flying and soaring in your life, or are you stuck on one branch, resenting others as they fly past?

You can do it, go on, just try letting go!

Remember this – not letting go of old stuff is the same as driving through life with a flat tyre on our cars; not stopping to change it; hoping that it will fix itself; pretending that the ride is smooth; knowing that it isn’t; until one day it gets so loud and bumpy that we are forced to stop and take a look, and actually get help!

Author Unknown

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Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.

Sylvia Robinson

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There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day. The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing. He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”

The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”

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Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.

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A guy was visiting his friend in the hospital who was “all torn up.”

“What happened?” he asked.

“Well, we were hunting the Mumba snake. It has yellow and black stripes, and likes to sun itself lying across a pathway in the jungle. You catch it by grabbing the tip of it’s tail with one hand and quickly running your other hand up the length of it’s body so you can grab it behind the neck.”

“Go on,” the friend urged.

“Well, I stealthily sneaked up to the tail laying across the jungle path, grabbed it by the end and rapidly moved my other hand upward …just as the procedure goes.”

“So why are you so banged up?” the friend asked.

“Have you ever goosed a tiger?”

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It is wise to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.

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While I am not Jewish I love their humor and enjoy sharing some of it with you.

Jews give gifts for every occasion. Occasions are not only birthdays and weddings, but also college acceptances, weight loss and the like. Sometimes we ask others’ opinions on whether to bring a gift, but we always do, no matter what the advice was.

Some pointers on giving and receiving:

  1. Every gift you get will have strings attached. You will never understand what those are.
  2. Your new relative would never be so insensitive as to give you a gift certificate. That would deprive you of the joy of criticizing the gift, agonizing over how to say you’re exchanging it, schlepping it to the store, and arguing about the store’s return policy.
  3. Select gifts for your new family with great care. They won’t like anything, but that’s no excuse not to drive yourself insane hunting down a better present than anyone else will give.

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Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

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One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben Franklin’s book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, “That book is one dollar, sir.” The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Ben Franklin directly.

Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, “What is the price of this book?” Franklin answered, “One dollar and a quarter.” The gentleman was confused and replied, “Your clerk just said it was a dollar.” Franklin looked at the book again and answered, “Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting my time.”

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They say not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’ll be darned if I am going to roll 12 shopping carts out of the grocery store!

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I was sitting behind an enthusiastic mom at my son’s Little League game. Her boy was pitching for the opposing team, and she cheered as he threw wild pitch after wild pitch. The poor kid walked every batter. It was only the first inning, and the score was 14 – 0. Then one batter finally smacked the ball. “Oh, no!” the mom wailed. “There goes his no-hitter!”

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”

Steve Maraboli

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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.

 

Thank You

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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One of the things that enrich my golden years is the interesting people I know, people like you. Earlier this week I met with an audiologist friend who just returned from a humanitarian trip to China. Yesterday I breakfasted with a retired former newspaper reporter, international magazine editor and author where we discussed a wide variety of the issues of the day.

This morning I will have breakfast with a friend who has just returned from Haiti where he did good works just as he does in a number of ways in our town. Later I will lunch with a lady who I truly respect, she provides oversight to a large number of philanthropic projects keeping her foundation’s donors aware of how their contributions are doing so much good.

Next month I will be lunching with the retiring director of one of our states most effective organizations. She is really special and is going to start her retirement with an assignment in the Ukraine working for the Peace Corps. These are but a few of the folks I am lucky enough to know; they like you are an important part of my life.

My List Of Friends

I have a list of friends I know, all written in a book,

And every now and then I go and take a look.

 

That is when I realize these names, they are a part

not of the book they’re written in, but taken from the heart.

 

For each Name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime,

and in that meeting they have become the reason and the rhyme.

 

Although it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,

I really am part of each remembered name.

 

Although you’re not aware of any special link,

just knowing you, has shaped my life more than you could think.

 

So please don’t think my greeting as being just a mere routine,

your name was not forgotten in between.

 

For when I send a greeting that is addressed to you,

it is because you’re on the list of friends I’m indebted to.

 

So whether I have known you for many days or few,

in some ways you have a part in shaping things I do.

 

I am but a total of many folks I’ve met,

you are a friend I would prefer never to forget.

 

Thank you for being my friend

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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

Charles R. Swindoll

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Things You’ll Never Hear In A Western Movie:

~”I reckon I’ll have me a half-caf double latte with a twist. IN A DIRTY MUG!”

~”Gentlemen, rather than get caught up in mindless reaction, let’s draw upon our feminine selves for a more intuitive solution.”

~”Can we postpone this duel till 12:05? I gotta use the little boys room.”

~”Injuns! Quick, pull the wagons into an irregular dodecagon!”

~”Let’s see… hardtack and pemmican… that’s three grams of fat, seven grams of protein, and two starches.”

~”You ‘n’ Slim round up them strays, and I’ll tell Cookie to get started on the gazpacho and the fondue.”

~”Hey, Buck, do these chaps make my ass look big?”

~”HANG HIM HIGH, BOYS!! …Okay, now a little to the left…   Oooh! Stop right there. Perfect!”

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She said: To the woman who stole my husband. Thank you very much! The joke is on you.

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These are from potential visitors. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a snide sense of humor.

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK).

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)

A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Which direction is North in Australia? (USA)

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions.

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Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.

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A sad-faced Doug walked into a flower shop early one morning. The clerk was ready to take his order for a funeral piece, based on the look on Doug’s face, but soon realized his assumption was wrong as Doug asked for a basket of flowers sent to his wife for their anniversary.

“And what day will that be?” the clerk asked.

Glumly he replied, “Yesterday”.

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“There’s nothing more optimistic than a dog under the dinner table.”

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The patrol officer stopped a motorist for a traffic violation. Standing outside his expensive foreign car, the red-faced driver frantically waved his hands and jumped up and down. “I’ll have your job for this!” he shouted at the top of his lungs.

“Sir, you wouldn’t want my job,” replied the unruffled officer as he wrote out the citation. “The hours are long, the pay is low, and you meet some of the nastiest people.”

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When you see the handwriting on the wall, you can bet you’re in a public restroom.

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A woman is complaining to her friend about her marriage.

Her friend says,

“Yeah, I understand, I guess there isn’t anymore magic in your life.”

“Oh, no, there’s still some magic! Every Saturday night he disappears!”

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True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Baltasar Gracian

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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.

 

Do you realize how good it is?

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

Eckhart Tolle

Be grateful

I have found that the best way for me to get back on track is to stop and think about how good my life really is. Too many of us just take what we have for granted without appreciating all we really have.

Do you really appreciate what you have? Do you embrace an attitude of gratitude in you day to day activities? I hope you do. Here are some mantras oiffered by Marc Chernoff that can help keep you on track.

10 Gratitude Mantras that Will Make You Appreciate What You Have

In the haste of our busy, stressful lives we neglect many of the fundamentals of gratitude, and thus miss out entirely on gratitude’s most positive benefits.  Thus, the mantras below (excerpts from our book and blog archive) can serve as good refreshers for all of us.  Just pick one and repeat it silently to yourself for 60 seconds whenever you catch yourself thinking you need something more than what you have at the moment.

1.When life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.

2.The richest person isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.  Wealth is a mindset.  Want less and appreciate more today.

3.Happiness comes a lot quicker when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

4.The greatest secret to peace of mind is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the very best of it.

5.Happiness does not start when “this, that or the other thing” is resolved. Happiness is what happens now, when you appreciate what you have.

6.When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for

7.No, you won’t always get what you want.  But remember this: There are lots of people who will never have what you have right now.

8.Be grateful for your life.  For your health, your family, your friends, and your home.  Many people don’t have these things.

9.Remind yourself how fortunate you are to be experiencing this moment right here, right now.  The more you appreciate it, the better it’ll be.

10.Choose to smile today by taking life moment by moment, complaining very little, and being thankful for the little things that mean a lot.

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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

Epicurus

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Cheer Up…

We’re all amazed that you go on living each day.

Well, at least the operation was a partial success.

With the lights dimmed, it looks almost normal.

The District Attorney says he only has a few more questions.

The reward for your capture has reached fifty thousand dollars.

At least we never thought you were guilty like that Jury did.

The insurance pays the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.

Those Grand Juries always over-react. Don’t worry about it.

The boss said while you’re sick, he’d do all your work personally.

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Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.

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Mrs Gumbo was backing out of her driveway when she heard a sickening ‘thump’. She stopped the car in a panic and rushed out to see what had happened. There, at the end of the driveway, was a small dog lying on its side. It was dead. (okay, everybody….’Awwwwwww!)

Mrs Gumbo felt just awful. She knew it was her neighbor’s dog. Looking very worried, she climbed the front stairs of her neighbor’s house and knocked on the door. She waited for a couple of minutes. Finally, a man answered.

“I’m soooo sorry,” Mrs Gumbo said “I was backing out of my driveway just a few minutes ago when I heard a ‘thump’. I got out of my car to see what had happened. Your dog was lying dead at the end of the driveway. I’m afraid that I ran over her and I feel just terrible about it. I *insist* on replacing her!”

The man paused and then said. . .     “Okay, well, I guess *you* can bring me my slippers and newspaper tomorrow morning then.”

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I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.

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

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

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

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“Being told something for your own good seldom does you any.”

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Children’s Definition of Marriage

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents.”   -Eric, AGE 6

“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.’ Then she says yes, but she’s wondering what the thing is and whether it’s naughty or not. She can’t wait to find out.”   -Anita, AGE 9

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.”   -Kelly, AGE 9

“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.”   -Carolyn, AGE 8

“Eighty-four. Because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore and you can spend all your time loving each other in your bedroom.”   -Carolyn, AGE 8

“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.”   -Bert, AGE 5

“You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan.”   -Kirsten, AGE 10

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them.”   -Anita, AGE 9

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.”   -Will, AGE 7

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I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.

Lucille Ball

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“Darling, I would like to ask you a question,” said the wife.

“Go ahead… I will answer as honestly as I can,” replied her husband of fifteen years.

“How would you describe,” she replied, “The last fifteen years of our life?”

“I would say that we have a strange and wonderful relationship,” replied her husband.

“Oh, darling,” she commented,” such a beautiful thing to say!  But why do you call it ‘strange and wonderful,’ I wonder?”

“Because you’re strange,” remarked the husband, “and I am wonderful!”

He is expected out of the hospital next week.  Pity she broke the rolling pin….

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“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”

Seneca

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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?

The best vision is insight.

Malcolm Forbes

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I have the highest regard for folks who have highly developed insight, you know the people who often see things we don’t. Many times when I have asked the question “What do you see” they will offer things that I had missed. It is as if I put on a pair of glasses and saw a two dimensional picture turn into a sculpture.

We all see the world from our own place in it, and yet there is more than meets the eye. I am glad that I have insightful friends that help me see what I otherwise would miss. One of the greatest compliments I got years ago was from someone who said I saw things he didn’t, our friendship was the result of shared  learning experiences.

So my friends what do you see? I would love to share in your vision,

Here are some tips offered by author Andrew Leigh on how we all can sharpen our vision.

7 Ways to Develop Your Insight

1.Value Intuition: attach more importance to the less logical, more intuitive side of your nature

2.Personal challenges: set yourself new personal challenges around the whole area of exploring what you are feeling and thinking

3.Find role models: find someone good at knowing what others are thinking and feeling. Spend time talking with them, reviewing recent situations and how they see them. What evidence does this other person use to draw conclusions?

4.Analyse: next time you make a decision, talk in a meeting, or take an action, try reviewing afterwards: Why did I do that? What effect did I have? Why did that work? How could I do that well? What went wrong with what I did?

5.Internal “cast of characters: identify your internal “cast of characters”: the achiever, the bully, the coward, the lover, the joker, the procrastinator, the doer, the enthusiast, the music lover, the sports person, the eccentric, the worrier and so on. These “characters” influence how you behave and respond to the world

6.Widen your perspective: explore ways of expanding the channels you use for gaining information about the world around you. For example, find opportunities to take a closer look at your Views, Prejudices, Assumptions, Beliefs and Interpretations

7.Observe: at your next meeting with several people, concentrate on being a careful observer. Use your natural powers of analysis to build a picture of Why do they do what they do? What are they feeling? What do they want? How do their words differ from their actions? What do their actions tell me? What is not being said? What is it like being that person, rather than me? Look closely at their body language–their gestures, posture, or expression.

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Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn’t quite have.

Diane Abbott

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“How does your wife like being pregnant?” John asked his friend David.

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

“What’s the difference?” Sam pressed.

“Well,” David 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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Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

Oscar Wilde

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One day in class, the teacher told everyone to turn to a blank sheet of paper in their notebooks. She noticed that Chip, the dumb jock, was having trouble with her directions.

“Have you found a blank piece yet, Chip?” said the teacher.

“Nope. I haven’t,” said the dumb jock. “Somebody went through and drew lines across all of the pages.”

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Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Victor Borge

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The two ladies were sitting in the living room, waiting for their hostess, who was slightly delayed.  The daughter of the family was with them, on the theory that she would keep the visitors occupied during the wait. The child was about six years old, snub nosed, freckled, buck toothed and bespectacled.  She maintained a deep silence and the two ladies peered doubtfully at her.  Finally, one of them muttered to the other, “Not very p-r-e-t-t-y, I fear,” carefully spelling the ‘key’ word.

Whereupon the child piped ups, “But awful s-m-a-r-t.”

~~~

A computer *Does* save time at work.

I can play solitaire without having to spend all that time shuffling real cards.

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Also known as ‘women’s intuition,’ this sixth sense thing is no myth. Women seem to know what’s going on in their man’s lives almost better than they do. Why is this?

In the early 80’s researchers discovered that women have more connections between the brain’s two hemispheres than men do. It’s these connections that allow them to put together a puzzle from seemingly unconnected pieces.

That, and they go through your stuff while you’re in the shower.

~~~

The next time you feel like complaining, remember: Your garbage disposal eats better than thirty percent of the people in this world.

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After a trial had been going on for three days, Finley, the man accused of committing the crimes, stood up and approached the judge’s bench.  “Your Honor, I would like to change my plea from ‘innocent’ to ‘guilty’ of the charges.”

The judge angrily banged his fist on the desk. “If you’re guilty, why didn’t you say so in the first place and save this court a lot of time and inconvenience?” he demanded.

Finley looked up wide-eyed and stated, “Well, when the trial started I thought I was innocent, but that was before I heard all the evidence against me.”

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The first rule for success? Show up.

Jeanne Robertson

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A zoning board had just been set up in a new community.  A householder went to the office to request permission to build a small tool shed in his backyard.

“Have you a plan?” asked the director.

“Oh, yes,” said the householder, who showed him a map of his neighborhood, the dimension of his yard, and a sketch of the shed.

“That looks fine,” said the director.  He pulled out a piece of paper, wrote a few words on it, Xeroxed it, and said, “Here’s your permission.”

A month later, a neighbor in almost exactly the same situation also wanted permission for a shed in her yard.  She went to the director, got as far as a secretary, and made her request.  “Thank you, Mrs. Smith,” said the secretary, taking the documents.  “Telephone me in two weeks and I’ll let you know what the director’s decision is, or what further steps are necessary.”

“But,” groaned Mrs. Smith, “a month ago my neighbor got permission right away.”

“Oh, yes,” said the secretary, “but that was before we got organized.”

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A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

Marshall McLuhan

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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.

 

Don’t be blue

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.

Lee Ann Womack

be-happy

If you are like most of us you sometimes let things bother you to the point they get you down. I know I have had many occasions when the blahs were starting to slip into my life. I have found that if I put my depression on the back burner for a bit I can then focus on the things that are right in my life and they soon make my minor troubles seem as insignificant as they really are.

A number of years ago I saved an article on fighting the blues. Here is a heavily edited copy for you.

What To Do When You’re Feeling Blue

By Jacquie Hale

Appreciate the Good Stuff

Acknowledging the good and beautiful in your life is a great daily practice. Making a list of what you appreciate can lighten your mood instantaneously. You can do it by yourself, or better yet, call a friend and inspire each other. Appreciate the person who cuts your hair exactly as you like, the school crossing guard who volunteers even during a torrential downpour, politicians whose values match yours, your boss, your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, and don’t forget–appreciate yourself for all the things you accomplish!

Eliminate the Negative

If your discouraged moods are significant or frequent, it might serve you to stop interacting with negative people. This may require a big effort and great ingenuity on your part.

Distract Yourself

When you find yourself in the downward spiral of negative self-talk, do something startling such as splashing cold water in your face or slamming your hand on a table and declaring, “Stop!” Other activities might include percussive activities like hoeing in the garden, chopping wood, jumping rope, or simply stomping around. Have a ready library of uplifting media. This might include favorite movies, TV programs, music, poetry, or books.

Exercise

You don’t have to run marathons to get the positive effects of exercise, you can feel revived and uplifted with as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking.

Be of Service

Nothing takes you out of the blues as much as helping someone else. On the spur of the moment, you might call a neighbor and offer to take her kids to a movie or do the grocery shopping. You could cook dinner for a friend or take dessert to a colleague. For more extensive service, you could volunteer to work at a soup kitchen or deliver Meals on Wheels. Pick some service that interests you and it’s likely to make you happy, even if you have to drag yourself out the door to do it.

Have a Buddy

It’s wonderful to have someone who will support you when you are feeling down. You can discuss the ideas you develop from this article and enlist a friend to help you engage in the some of the uplifting activities.

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm,  but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore

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It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom: “Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing.”

Twenty minutes later there was another announcement: “Will the twelve hundred students who went to move twenty six cars return to class.”

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The remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served us nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found.

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An American history teacher, lecturing the class on the Puritans, asked: “What sort of people were punished in the stocks?”

To which a small voice from the back of the room responded: “The small investor.”

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Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?

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At a golf course, four men approached the sixteenth tee. The straight fairway ran along a road and bike path fenced off on the left. The first golfer teed off and hooked the ball in that direction. The ball went over the fence and bounced off the bike path onto the road, where it hit the tire of a moving bus and was knocked back on to the fairway. As they all stood in amazement, one man asked him, “How on earth did you do that?”

He shrugged his shoulders and said, “You have to know the bus schedule.”

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According to MODERN BRIDE magazine, the average bride spends 150 hours planning her wedding.  The average groom spends 150 hours saying, “Yeah, sounds good.”

Jay Leno

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Jill had applied for a job and when she returned home, her mother asked how the interview went.

“Pretty good I think”, replied Jill, “but if I go to work there I won’t get a vacation unless I’m married.

Her mother of course, had never heard of such a thing and asked “Is that what they told you?

“No”, replied Jill, “they didn’t tell me that, but on the application it said “vacation time may not be taken until you’ve had your ‘First Anniversary'”

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Scrawled across the dorm wall were the words, “Question Everything!”

A couple of days later someone added one word… “Why?”

~~~

Willy had been misbehaving and was sent to his room.

After a while he emerged and informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer.

“Fine”, said the pleased mother. “If you ask God to help you not misbehave, He will help you.”

“Oh, I didn’t ask Him to help me not misbehave,” said Willy, “I asked Him to help you put up with me.”

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During a training cruise, a destroyer was weaving its way through a myriad of islands and small fishing boats. Although it was a clear day, the radar was in operation to train the reservists. A report came from the radar room to the bridge, “Target bearing 230 degrees, believe it to be a log.”

Unimpressed by this superb job of radar interpretation, the young officer of the deck scanned the water with his powerful glasses. Perceiving a pair of sea gulls on top of the accurately reported log, he barked, “Radar, this is the bridge. Regarding your last reported target, there are two sea gulls on that log which you failed to report!”

There was a long silence as the radar antenna was swung about and pointed in the direction of the log. Then the voice of the chief radarman was heard, “Regarding the last sighting, we have a correction to make, sir. There ARE two sea gulls on that log – one male, the other female!”

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I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.

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He said: When a new bunch of waiters was hired at the restaurant where I work, our manager asked us all to help out the new people.  Before he opened the place one day, he delivered a rehearsed motivational speech in which he emphasized teamwork and encouraged us all to work together.  “Now remember,” he concluded, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.”

One of the veterans spoke up.  “Yeah,” he said, “but there’s no ‘we’ in ‘tip.,'”

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Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

Marianne Williamson

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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 Positive

The only way to have a friend is to be one

Ralph Waldo Emerson

friendship

You probably know somebody who is not that happy with their life. I know I do. It is not so much that they suffer from some uncontrollable burden it is more like they have yet to find enjoyment in what goes on around them. I read some place recently that the secret of enjoying life is to surround yourself with positive people.

Of course you can’t do that by standing up and inviting all the positive people to gather around. In my experience we can’t buy friends, demand their friendship or the like, we have to earn our friendships. I know one thing our relationships will not grow if we don’t develop a positive approach toward our lives.

Here is a piece I read recently That I think can help grow the kind of friendships that exist for those willing to invest in their own friendliness.

Promise yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
  • To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

C.D. Larson

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There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts – what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it

Dale Carnegie

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She said, when my granddaughter, Ann, was 9-years-old, she was given an assignment by her teacher to write a story on “Where my family came from.” The purpose was to understand your genealogy.

I was not aware of her assignment when she asked me at the dining room table one night, “Grandma, where did I come from?”

I responded quite nervously because my son and daughter-in-law were out of town and I was stalling until they returned home, “Well, honey, the stork brought you.”

“Where did Mom come from then?”

“The stork brought her, too.”

“OK, then…. where did you come from?”

“The stork brought me too, dear.”

“Okay, thanks, Grandma.”

I did not think anything more about it until two days later when I was cleaning Ann’s room and read the first sentence of her paper. . .

“For three generations there have been no natural births in our family.”

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“No husband has ever been shot while doing the dishes.”

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My friend and I joined a weight-loss organization. At one meeting the instructor held up an apple and a candy bar.

“What are the attributes of this apple,” she asked, “and how do they relate to our diet?”

“Low in calories” and “lots of fiber,” were among the answers.

She then detailed what was wrong with eating candy, and concluded, “Apples are not only more healthful but also less expensive. Do you know I paid fifty-five cents for this candy bar?” We stared as she held aloft the forbidden treat.

From in back of the room a small voice spoke up. “I’ll give you seventy-five cents for it.”

~~~

Talk is Cheap – until you hire a lawyer.

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Mary:  Were your parents upset when you got a divorce?

Jill:  Well, you know how parents are.  My mother said, “SO!  Is this how it’s going to be?  Just one man after another for the rest of your life?”

Mary:  Typical!  What did you tell her?

Jill:  I said, “Gee, I hope so!”

~~~

When you are looking for obstacles, you can’t find opportunities.

  1. C. Bell

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A husband was with his wife when she decided to buy something for their daughter-in-law at an exclusive lingerie shop. Inside, the husband was feeling very out of place when a beautiful clerk asked if she could help him.

In a cocky manner, he asked, “Where are all the men’s clothes?”

In a demure voice the clerk replied,        “All of these clothes *are* for men, sir.”

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.

Claude Bernard

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A salesman was trying to talk a farmer into buying a bicycle, but was meeting with considerable sales resistance. “Shucks, I’d sooner spend my money on a cow,” said the farmer.

“Ah,” replied the salesman, “but think how silly you’d look riding around on a cow.”

“Humph!” retorted the farmer. “Not near as silly as I’d look trying to milk a bicycle!”

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A husband is a man who wishes he had as much fun when he goes on business trips as his wife thinks he does.

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Three people were trying to get into heaven. Peter asked the first, “Who’s there?” “It’s me, Albert Jones,” the voice replied. St. Peter let him in.

Then St. Peter asked the second one the second same question, “Who’s there?” “It’s me, Charlie Jones.” And St. Peter let him in.

Finally he turns to the third, asking the same question, “Who’s there?” “It is I, Verla Chapman,”

answered the third.

“Oh, great,” muttered St. Peter. “Another one of those English teachers.”

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There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am.’ And those who walk in and say, ‘Ahh, there you are.’ Let us each strive to be an ‘Ahh, there you are’ person’

Leil Lowndes

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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.

 

Remember the good times

“A memory is a photograph taken by the heart to make a special moment last forever.”

Author Unknown

! Thanks-For-Memories

I think that one of the things I am most grateful for is the great memories that folks have left with me. Even to this day I find it hard to believe that I was able to do so much, see so much and meet so many people. I encountered some famous people along the way but my fondest memories are not of a momentary visit to the top of the mountain but rather the times I spent in the field sharing experiences with plain folks like myself.

As the years have gone by I have learned that there was something to like about people I met in other countries and in other cultures. Folks of different color, nationalities, religions and gender all added a richness to the tapestry that was woven in my memory as time went by. And the best part of it all is that it is the things we shared that happily live on as I reflect on the past. Thanks for being there.

I hope you like todays article as much as I do.

The Making of a Memory

One can’t predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings. My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. ‘I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I’m off.’

Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos. With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, ‘When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mum. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think her.’ ‘Oh honey, that’s so sweet.  I know she’s watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face,’ I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids. ‘You know, I never fill my thermos that I don’t think of her, and I always smile too.’  The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.

Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving my mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos.  Being the ‘coffee drinker’ in the family, he’s always placed himself in charge of thermos duties. Mum then casually offered up a tidbit of advice. ‘Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive.’ 

The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in.  Well of course it would!  It only makes all the sense in the world!  Who wouldn’t know that?  He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water.  After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mum, and to discuss this unique new idea.

Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten.  When spoken that morning, Jerry didn’t realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears, or that they would bring a smile to his face time and time again.  And Mother would never have dreamed her words would be a treasured, and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.

The ‘fondest, lasting memories’ don’t necessarily come from ‘major moments’ in life, the making of a memory simply happens.

Written by Kathleene S. Baker

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“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”

Helen Keller

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A sailor, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The sailor walked up to the man and asked, “When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?”

The old Chinese man replied with a smile, “Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers.”

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It’s a very strange name they picked for “Social Security”.

For what they actually send you, you can’t afford to be “social” nor can you really feel “secure”.

~~~

After Sunday service a young couple talked to the pastor about joining the church.

He hadn’t met the husband before, so he asked what church he was transferring from.

The husband looked down at his feet and replied, “I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course.”

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One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.

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A man answers the phone and has the following conversation:

“Yes, mother, I’ve had a hard day. Jennifer has been most difficult – I know I ought to be more firm, but it is hard. Well, you know how she is. Yes, I remember you warned me. I remember you told me that she was a vile creature who would make my life miserable and you begged me not to marry her. You were perfectly right. You want to speak with her? All right.”

He looks up from the telephone and calls to his wife in the next room: “Jennifer, your mother wants to talk to you!”

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I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.

~~~

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”

His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?”

The son replied, “I do know!”

“Okay,” said his father. “So, son, what does the Bible mean?”

“That’s easy, Daddy. It stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'”

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Life, love, and laughter–what priceless gifts to give our children.

Phyllis Campbell Dryden

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Two men sitting on a train are talking. One guy says, “Did you hear the one about the two Jews who are walking down the street…”

The other guy says, “Hold it! Why are you always telling jokes about Jews? I find it offensive. Why must they always be about Jews?”

“You’re right,” his friend replies and starts the joke again: “So, these two Chinese guys are walking down the street on the way to their nephew’s bar mitzvah…”

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It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything.

Rene Coty

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She said: I had forgotten to get my estrogen patch prescription refilled, and soon the symptoms of menopause–hot flashes, forgetfulness, irritability–returned.

At the drugstore, I found myself telling the pharmacist all about my problems.  After listening patiently, he asked, “So, how many people asked you to get this refilled?”

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A local coffee shop has a way to make sure that children are well behaved.

A sign advises parents that all children left unattended will be given two shots of espresso and a free puppy.

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Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, “Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?”

“Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife.”

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Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.

Humphry Davy

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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 Cindy

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

Aristotle

! Sharing-Your-Happiness

Every once in a while I have a day that sparkles and yesterday was one of those. The highlight was an infusion of humor, warmth and friendship which for me is the best possible medicine.

What happened was that a professional actress friend joined me for lunch. We discussed mutual friends, the upcoming Indianapolis live theatre scene and a wide range of observations.

My friend has performed in New York, on national TV, and stared in a wide variety of roles. Don’t tell her but I really enjoy the quality of her work for she brings a spirit to her roles that is infectious which always leaves me happy. And you know what? she periodically is willing to spend an hour or so with an old guy — me.

It that spirit I want to share with you the following edited article that reminds me of her.

Is the glass half empty or half full?

  • Is the glass half empty or half full? Life and relationships work better when the glass is half full.  Below are some simple yet specific steps you can take to cultivate happiness and see the glass half full, regardless of your relationship status.
  • Be grateful – Create a sense of gratitude for what you have, for what is working, for what is wonderful and sweet in your life. A morning or evening gratitude list, written each day, can do wonders for helping you feel grateful.
  • Take care of yourself – Identify the small things in life that make you feel good, and do one daily. A short walk, a few minutes of writing in your journal, a short meditation, watching the sunset.  Whatever reminds you that you are a human being and not a human doing will improve your outlook on life.
  • Be creative – Creativity and self-expression generate happiness. Schedule some creative time each day, even if it’s just a few minutes of writing, painting, sculpting, etc.
  • Move – Moving our bodies generates feel-good hormones called endorphins. Move a little every day to stay happy.
  • Get someone to take care of you – It feels good to be taken care of, even in small ways. Get a massage, a manicure, someone to carry your groceries, launder your clothes, or fix something for you.
  • Contribute – Stand up for something that matters to you. Contributing, making a difference feels good.  It boosts your self-esteem, your gratitude and feeling of well being.
  • Be happy – No matter how many wonderful things you do to create a positive, happy, satisfied life, you could still end up unhappy. Ultimately, happiness, gratitude, a feeling of satisfaction is a choice.  People often do not choose happiness.  Many feel refusing to be happy will somehow get them what they want, like a child holding his breath.  Holding your breath will not get your what you want.  It is happiness that attracts.

Rinatta Paries

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“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”

Mary Stuart

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She said: Everybody’s a comedian. I called my local home improvement store for a simple piece of advice. “I know the sheetrock is nailed to the studs,” I said to the guy who answered the phone, “but how do I find the studs?”

“Put an ad in the personals column.” he suggested.

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Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

Danny Kaye

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The adult Sunday school class was discussing formal and informal prayer, when one man remarked, “I do some of my best praying while I’m driving.” From the back of the room, in a quiet voice, the man’s wife agreed, “I, too, do my best praying while you’re driving.”

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Husband’s note on refrigerator to his wife:

Someone from the Guyna College called. They said Pabst beer is normal.

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The rich, old, dying man called his lawyer to his bedside for the purpose of disposing of his worldly goods.

“How many children have you?” the lawyer asked.

“That, sir,” said the old-timer, “will be decided by the courts when my will is contested.”

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

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Science facts as reported by students……

A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go.

There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be discovered.

Genetics explains why you look like your father, and if you don’t, why you should.

Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know they’re there.

The cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation. Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on.

I’m not sure how clouds are formed, but clouds know how to do it, and that’s the important thing.

Water vapor gets together in a cloud. When it is big enough to be called a drop, it does.

Rain is saved up in cloud banks.

It is so hot in some places that people have to live in other places.

Mushrooms always grow in damp places, which is why they look like umbrellas.

Momentum is something you give a person when they go away.

A monsoon is a French gentleman.

The word “trousers” is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom.

To keep milk from turning sour, keep it in the cow.

Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun, but I have never been able to make out the numbers.

When planets run around and around in circles, we say they are orbiting. When people do it, we say they are crazy.

In some rocks, you can find the fossil footprints of fishes.

For asphyxiation, apply artificial respiration until the patient is dead.

Blood circulates through the body by flowing down one leg and up the other.

Thunder is a rich source of loudness.

The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.

One of the main causes of dust is janitors.

The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

A census taker is a man who goes from house to house increasing the population.

A city purifies its water supply by filtering the water and then forcing it through an aviator.

The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top, and you sit on the bottom.

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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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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.

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Courage grows when we dare, Unity grows when we cheer, Love grows when we share, and relationship grows when we care!

Simi Ngr

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I have been distressed over recent discussions in my country by politicians who seem to be insensitive to the pain inflicted on loved ones when a son or daughter is the victim of war or violence. Much of our humanity has been built on the sacrifices made by people who lost their lives in an effort to help others.

The fact that some of us seem to have lost our ability to really care is frightening. I personally feel every tear that falls for those who are gone as the result of their service to others.

I do appreciate that most folks I know have not lost their ability to care. Recent events reminded me of this story that has always moved me.

Gift of Life

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood.

Addendum — John 15:13 (NIV) “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

Author Unknown

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“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth

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A young Jewish lad entered Notre Dame to play football. At the end of the season, he returned home. As luck would have it, he ran into his Rabbi at the airport.   The rabbi asked, “Are they trying to convert you at South Bend?”

The youngster said, “Of course not, Father!”

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Doug:  I saw a poster at the post office that says, “Man Wanted for Car Theft.”

Bill:  What does it pay?

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One evening, impressed by a meat entree his wife had prepared, the old professor asked, “What did you marinate this in?”

Mrs Professor dropped her fork and went into a long explanation about how much she loved him and how life wouldn’t be the same without him.

She must have seen the confused look on the old professor’s face, because she inquired, “What did you ask me?”

When he told her what he’d asked, Mrs Professor laughed and said, “I thought you asked me if I would marry you again!”

Later, as she was cleaning up the kitchen, the old professor called out, “Hey, hon, WOULD you marry me again?”

Without hesitation she replied, “Vinegar and barbecue sauce.”

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Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.

Will Rogers

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The roof of the chapel was leaking and the priest asked for volunteers to raise funds for its repair. Mike offered his services. About a week later, the priest met Mike who was straggling from side to side as a result of having imbibed too freely. Mike was apologetic. “I’m collecting for the roof, Father,” he said. “Every one of the neighbors I called on insisted on giving me a wee drop after paying his subscription.” The priest was shocked. “Are there no teetotalers in the parish, Mike?” “Oh, yes, to be sure,” said Mike.” I’ve written to them.”

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Your mind operates best when it is open.

And it will open only as wide as the smallest thing that offends it.

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An American history teacher, lecturing the class on the Puritans, asked: “What sort of people were punished in the stocks?”

To which a small voice from the back of the room responded: “The small investor.”

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Give me a sense of humor, Lord, Give me the grace to see a joke, To get some humor out of life, And pass it on to other folk!

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After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the church board after the service. The first man to arrive was a stranger.

“You misunderstood my announcement. This is a meeting of the board,” said the minister.

“I know,” said the man. “If there is anyone here more bored than I am, I’d like to meet him.”

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Seen at a Cortland, N.Y., brake-repair shop:

“We not only stand behind our work, we stand in front of it.”

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Ron was almost 29 years old. Most of his friends were already married while Ron just bounced from one relationship to the next.

Finally a friend asked him, “What’s the matter, are you looking for the perfect woman? Are you THAT particular? Can’t you find anyone who suits you?”

“No,” Ron replied. “I meet a lot of nice girls, but as soon as I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn’t like them. So I keep on looking!”

“Listen,” his friend suggested, “Why don’t you find a girl who’s just like your dear ole Mother?”

Many weeks passed before Ron and his friend crossed paths again.

“So Ron. Did you find the perfect girl yet. One that’s just like your Mother?”

Ron shrugged his shoulders, “Yes I found one just like Mom. My mother loved her, they became great friends.”

“Excellent!!! So… Are you and this girl engaged yet?”

“I’m afraid not,” Ron replied, “My Father can’t stand her!”

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

Abraham Lincoln

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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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