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It keeps going

“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”

 Alexander Woollcott

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There is one truth we all share and that is that life goes on and I am glad it does. The fact that each day is a new start allows yesterday’s problems to slip into the past while leaving us new opportunities to enrich today and tomorrow. In truth it is up to us how we deal with life’s movement. We can either float on the tide with each days seeming to be not much different than yesterdays or we find a wave to ride so we can explore new adventures.

I think that a lot of what lies ahead for each of us depends on our freeing ourselves from any barriers that anchor us to a mundane existence.  We cab choose to live always ready to enjoy new possibilities. Here is a piece that outlines the kind of life that would serve us all well.

Instructions for Life

Jackson Brown

Excerpts from his book Life’s Little Instruction Book

  1. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
  3. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  4. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  5. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
  6. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  7. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  8. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  9. Remember that your character is your destiny.
  10. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  11. Spend some time alone every day.
  12. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
  13. Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
  14. At least once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  15. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
  16. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  17. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  18. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

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“Be glad of  life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”

Henry Van Dyke

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My buddy applied for a job as an insurance salesman.  Where the form requested “prior experience,” he wrote “lifeguard.”  That was it. Nothing else.

“We’re looking for someone who can not only sell insurance, but who can sell himself as well,” said the hiring manager.  “How does working as a lifeguard pertain to salesmanship?”

My pal replied, “I couldn’t swim.”  He got the job.

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Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off.

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The new pastor decided to visit the children’s Sunday school class.  The teacher introduced him to the children and said, “Pastor Jones, this morning we’re studying Joshua.”

“That’s wonderful,” said the new pastor, “let’s see what you’re learning. How about we start with this…who can give me an answer to this…. who tore down the walls of Jericho?”

Little Billy shyly raised hand and offered, “Pastor, I didn’t do it.”

Taken aback, the pastor asked, “Come on, now, *WHO* tore down those walls of Jericho?”

The teacher, interrupting, said, “Pastor, Billy’s a good boy. If he says he didn’t do it, I believe he didn’t do it.”

Flustered, the pastor left the room and went directly to the Sunday school director and related the story to him. The director, looking worried, explained,

“Well, sir, we’ve had some problems with Billy before.  Let me talk to him and see what we can do.”

Huh? Really bothered now by the answers of the teacher and the director, the new pastor approached the deacons and related the whole story, including the responses of the teacher and the director.

A white-haired gentleman thoughtfully stroked his chin and said,

“Well, Pastor, I move we just take the money from the general fund to pay for the walls and leave it at that.”

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Elvis Presley

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A woman was telling her friend, “You know, Jane, it was me who made my husband what he is today–a millionaire.”

“Is that right? Well, what was he before you married him?” asked the Jane.

The woman replied, “A billionaire!”

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“A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.”

Ovid

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An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy.

He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!”

Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!”

Buddy didn’t respond.

Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing…

Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.

The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.

The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

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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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Living the good life

“Find your focus by seeking all that is good in your life.”

Lorii Myers

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For many of us it will soon be the holiday season and then we will begin a new year. It is not a time for us to dwell on what may be wrong in our lives it is rather a time to celebrate what is right in our fives. If you live as long as I have you will have learned many times over that the old adage of “what you sow you will reap” applies. It is unfortunate that so many of us fail to invest in our own happiness.

It is never too late to make some positive life improvement moves. Here is an abridged article written by Dani DiPirro that offers ways to bring more happiness into our lives.

How to Make Your Life Uncommonly Good

RULE 1: EXAMINE + ENGAGE IN LIFE

The first rule of living a good life is knowing how important it is to explore the world and be curious about your environment. We instinctively do this as children, but it should be a lifelong practice. You can’t live if a good life if you’re not really living.

RULE 2: (TRY TO) WORRY LESS

Worry is, unfortunately, a part of life, but how much you worry — and what you worry about — can impact how good your life is. It’s important to try your best to worry only about the things you can control. Learning how to quickly identify what you can control vs. what’s out of your hands is one of the best ways to minimize worries.

RULE 3: CHERISH FRIENDSHIPS

As humans, we crave connection and affection. Whether you’re the type of person that has countless friends or you prefer a few close pals, friendship — and the connections and life lessons that come along with those relationships — are invaluable. No amount of wealth, power, success, fame or any other measure of success can beat the positive benefits of a good friendship.

RULE 4: FOCUS ON TRUE JOY

In life there are plenty of things that make us feel good, but not all of those things should be the focus. Living a good life means avoiding shallow, meaningless, or fleeting pleasures and instead focusing on meaningful, deep joys that have lasting effects. For instance, consider the feeling of eating a giant slice of cake vs. the feeling of having an inspiring conversation. Both feel good in the moment, but the long-term impacts are very different.

RULE 5: KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Personally, I think this should be number 1! To live a good life, it’s essential to know yourself, to be self-reliant, to cultivate self-love. Equally as important is focusing on what’s true, not what’s convenient. Self-deception is all too common for many of us, but it does us no good to convince ourselves of things that are untrue.

RULE 6: FIND BALANCE + HARMONY

As you might already know, too much of anything (even the good stuff!) can be a bad thing, which is why, to live a good life, it’s important to avoid excess. In all areas of life — home, relationships, love, work, etc. — it’s a good idea to strive for balance. Overindulging in the good stuff can lead to what I think of as a “happiness hangover,” but depriving yourself of fun (and a little bit of bad behavior!) it’s great either. Find what balance means for you and strive for that.

RULE 7:  ADHERE TO POSITIVE VALUES

This rule really comes down to one basic concept: be a decent human being. When you’ve done wrong, accept responsibility. Whenever possible, be honest with yourself and with others. It’s vital to be accountable for your choices and actions. What you value is up to you, but figuring out those values and sticking to them throughout your life is one of the best ways to ensure you’re living a good life.

RULE 8: PROSPER WITH CAUTION

With any luck, you’ll have an wonderful opportunity to prosper in this life, to flourish financially and achieve great success. If this happens (and I hope it does!), be cautious and thoughtful in your choices. I imagine it’s difficult not to get carried away, but one of the keys to living a good life is being rational with your resources (whatever those might be!).

RULE 9: DO HARM TO NO ONE

This might sound like an obvious rule for a good life, but it’s an important one. To live well, strive to harm no one — including yourself. Hurting others hurts you too (even if, for whatever reason, you feel as if they deserve to be hurt). Speak with kindness, focus on forgiveness, have compassion, embrace empathy, and, above all, try to cultivate as much love as you can for your fellow humans.

RULE 10: BE ENDLESSLY KIND

Kindness is mandatory for living a good life. Not only does kindness make the world a better place, but every time you’re kind, you feel good. Also, regardless of whether or not you believe in karma, if you pay attention to how kindness plays out in your own life, you’ll find that your kind deeds are often rewarded or returned in some way.

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Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.

Rollo May

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Joey’s teacher sent a note home to his Mother saying, “Joey seems to be a very bright boy, but spends too much of his time thinking about girls.”

The Mother wrote back the next day, “If you find a solution, please advise.  I have the same problem with his Father.”

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If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t, either.

Dick Cavett

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A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.

She replied in a huff, “I wish you guys would get your act together. Yesterday you took my license away and today you expect me to show it to you!”

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Constant change is here to stay.

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On his honeymoon, a very thick redneck farmer, Billy Joe, insisted on having a room at the luxury hotel with a balcony overlooking the sea. On retiring for the night after the wedding, his new bride emerged from the bathroom dressed in some very sexy lingerie. “Hey Billy Joe, come in off the balcony and see what I have waiting for you to savor for the first time” she said coyly.

“No thanks, I want to sit out here,” he said.

So Daisy sat down brushing her golden hair for 10 minutes after which she invited Billy Joe once more to come in off the balcony to take pleasure of her virginal body.  Once more he refused.  Eventually Daisy grew tired of waiting and she retired to the wedding bed and fell asleep. In the morning, she awoke to find him still sitting on the balcony.

“Why did you spend the whole night out there when you could have been making love all night?” she asked.

“Well my pa said the first night of my marriage would be the most beautiful night of my whole life – and I didn’t want to miss a moment of it.”

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They told me I was gullible — and I believed them.

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A man came hobbling into the doctor’s waiting room, assisted by his wife. The poor guy could hardly move. He was bent over and grimacing with pain as he shuffled along, his hands like two rigid claws.

The receptionist looked on sympathetically. “Oh dear,” she said. “Arthritis with complications?”

“No,” said the guy’s wife. “Do-it-yourself with concrete blocks.”

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“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”

Yogi Berra

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My niece, after living in several apartments, found one in the area where she had grown up.

“The best thing about this apartment,” she said to her sister, “is that it’s within walking distance of the grocery store.”

“What grocery store? I don’t recall a close by grocery store replied her sister..

“You know…..” my niece said…. “Mom’s house.”

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Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: “What’s good in my life?” and “What needs to be done?”

Nathaniel Branden

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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.

 

I am glad we are back

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

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I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday if you live in the US. I did it was great to spend some time with friends and family, especially the third generation kids who are seldom in town at the same time.

I know I talked a lot about being grateful recently which I believe is thankfulness in action. Today I read the following written by Dr. Samantha Boardman where she shares her belief in the value of having a working gratitude attitude. The world would be a better place if everyone followed her advice.

GRATITUDE IS A VERB

Robotically saying “thank you” is not the same as practicing gratitude. According to research, people who count their blessings on a regular basis are happier and healthier than those who don’t. Taking five to ten minutes at the end of each day to write down three things that went well and why has a measurable and positive effect on wellbeing.

Researchers and wellness experts call this a gratitude journal, and for many people it does wonders. But, full disclosure, it didn’t work for me. Focusing on myself and how lucky I was made me feel good in the moment but it didn’t last. After a while it felt smug and a little self-centered. It’s not that I don’t appreciate being the beneficiary of good things. There was just something missing.

It turns out there is a lot more to gratitude than being thankful for what you have. In her article, “Stop Making Gratitude All About You,” Professor Heidi Grant Halvorson captures what so many of us get wrong about gratitude:

Recent research suggests that people often make a critical mistake when expressing gratitude: They focus on how they feel — how happy they are, how they have benefited from the help — rather than focusing on the benefactor.

Halvorson’s research found that those who expressed gratitude towards another person had stronger and more loving relationships than those who focused on the benefits to themselves. In other words, if your partner sends you flowers today, you can think to yourself about how receiving flowers makes you really happy or you can channel your gratitude towards your partner by actively saying or doing something that acknowledges how awesome your partner is.

Related studies by Adam Grant highlight how gratitude is not limited to passively counting one’s blessings. His research shows that reflecting on what one has contributed instead of reflecting on what one has received, is even more powerful in terms of promoting prosocial behavior. As Grant concludes:

According to a popular mantra, we should give without remembering and receive without forgetting. Our research suggests otherwise: we should take the time to remember both what we’ve given and what we’ve received.

So this Thanksgiving, don’t just count your blessings. Count your contributions too. Think of gratitude as an action. It’s a verb that works best when it is embodied, spoken aloud and when it connects you to someone else.

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Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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A friend always seemed to lean slightly to the left.  It bothered me, so I suggested that he see a doctor and have his legs checked out.  For years, he refused, telling me I was crazy, but last week, he finally went.

Sure enough, the doctor discovered his left leg was a half -inch shorter than his right.  A bit of orthopedic surgery later, both legs are exactly the same length now, and he no longer leans.

“So,” I said, “you didn’t believe me when I told you a doctor could fix your leg.”

He just looked at me and said, “I stand corrected.”

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When you’re rich, it’s “eccentric”; when you’re poor, it’s just strange.

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A frustrated father vented, “When I was a youngster, I was disciplined by being sent to my room without supper. But in my son’s room, he has his own color TV, telephone, computer, and CD player.”

“So what do you do?” asked his friend.

“I send him to MY room!” exclaimed the father.

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The coffee break, even for those who realize that caffeine may not be good for them, still beats staying at the desk and working.

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The headwaiter of an elegant restaurant recoiled in disgust as a man in boots, torn jeans and a leather jacket approached him. “Hey, man,” he said, “where’s the bathroom?”

“Go down the hall and turn left,” replied the headwaiter, “When you see the sign marked ‘Gentlemen,’ pay no attention to it and go right inside.”

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To err is human, to moo, bovine.

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Mike meets Ed at the bar for a drink after work.  Mike really looks down in the dumps.

Ed asks, “Why the long face?  Bad day at work?”

“Yeah,” replies Mike.  “You know sometimes I wish I worked for the Pope instead of my boss.”

“Why is that,” asks Ed.

Mike sighs and says, “Cause then I would only have to kiss his ring.”

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.

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You know you work in Corporate America if …

1) You’ve sat at the same desk for 4 years and worked for three different companies.

2) Your resume is on a disk in your pocket.

3) When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.

4) You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.

5) You learn about your layoff on CNN.

6) Your biggest loss from a system crash is that you lose your best jokes.

7) Your supervisor doesn’t have the ability to do your job.

8) You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.

9) Salaries of the members on the Executive Board are higher than all the Third World countries’ annual budgets combined.

10) It’s dark when you drive to and from work.

11) Fun is when issues are assigned to someone else.

12) “Communication” is something your group is having problems with.

13) You see a good looking person and know it is a visitor.

14) Free food left over from meetings is your main staple diet.

15) Weekends are those days your spouse makes you stay home.

16) Being sick is defined as can’t walk or you’re in the hospital.

17) You’re already late on the assignment you just got.

18) Dilbert cartoons hang outside every cube.

19) Your boss’ favorite lines are “When you get a few minutes”, “In your spare time”, “When you’re freed up”, and “I have an opportunity for you.”

20) Your relatives and family describe your job as “works with computers”.

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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.

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.

 

Thank you all

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

Cicero

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Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of a four day weekend for the Daily. My wife and I will be joining family and friends at my oldest daughters. As I said yesterday I have a lot to be thankful for and I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on what is good in my life. But it is not enough to just be thankful for what we have it is also important to be grateful for all the people that enrich our lives. I think to often some of us take the things folks regularly do for us for granted. So lets not just be thankful let’s take this opportunity to also let the people in our lives know we appreciate them.

Here are some thoughts written by Skip Prichard that I think are appropriate.

Thankfulness and Gratitude

In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. That usually means overindulging in food, football, and family. It’s also a time to increase our gratitude for the many blessings we have. For years, I have studied the benefits of an attitude of gratitude. I’m amazed at study after study that demonstrates its incredible power. Gratitude helps us:

Reduce depression

Get promotions at work

Improve our self esteem

Increase our energy

Develop a strong immune system

Decrease blood pressure

Increase sleep quality

Reduce and cope with negative stress

Eat healthier

Have deeper friendships

Increase productivity

Improve job performance

Become more likable

Reach goals faster

Increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing

Reduce negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger

Increase positive emotions such as love and empathy

There are many ways to increase gratitude in our lives. One of the best ways is to start a gratitude journal. But, let’s face it: many of us won’t commit to doing that. So, let’s make this simple. Let’s improve our spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude right now, whatever we are doing, wherever we are, even if we are not celebrating Thanksgiving.

3 Steps to Boost Thanksgiving

  • Close your eyes and picture three people who made a difference in your life. Whether they are alive or not, think about them and how grateful you are that these people made an impact on you.
  • Send a positive, encouraging text to someone right now, thanking that person for something he or she has done for you.
  • Share something you are thankful for. Use the comments below or take to your favorite social media outlet.

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If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

Clement Stone

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A distinguished rabbi and a friend were playing golf. It was a very close match, and at the last hole the two were only one stroke apart. The rabbi teed up, addressed the ball, and swung his driver with great force…slicing the ball deep into the woods.

The rabbi glared, and bit his lip while his face turned crimson, but said nothing. His opponent looked at him for a moment and then remarked, “Rabbi, that is the most profane silence I have ever heard.”

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He said, “My father is so old that when he was in school, history was called current affairs.”

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The blonde had been married about a year when one day she came running up to her husband jumping for joy. Not knowing how to react, the husband started jumping up and down along with her.

“Why are we so happy?” he asked.

“Honey, I have some really great news for you!” She said. “Great!” he said, “Tell me what you’re so happy about.”

She stopped jumping and was breathless from all the jumping up and down. “I’m pregnant!” she gasped.

The husband was ecstatic as they had been trying for awhile. He grabbed her, kissed her, and started telling her how wonderful itw as, and that he couldn’t be happier.

Then she said “Oh, honey there’s more!”

“What do you mean more?”, he asked.

“Well we are not having just one baby, we are going to have TWINS!”

Amazed at how she could know so soon after getting pregnant, he asked her how she knew.

“It was easy” she said, “I went to the pharmacy and bought the 2-pack home pregnancy test kit and both tests came out positive!”

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Waiter: Would you like your coffee black?

Customer: What other colors do you have?

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A wee guy was sitting at a bar staring at his drink for ages. Suddenly, a big biker came along, snatched his glass, guzzled down the contents and laughed, “Hah! So what you gonna do about that, little man?”

“Nothing,” sighed the little guy despondently. “You see, today has been the worst day of my life. This morning I overslept and was late for an important meeting. My boss was furious and so he sacked me. I cleared my desk, went to my car, only to discover that it wasn’t there – somebody had stolen it. So I got a taxi home, but when it came to paying the driver I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. I then went into my house and I found my wife in bed with the gardener. So I left home and came to this bar. And just when I was thinking about ending it all, you came along and drank my poison…”

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If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

Moshe Dayan

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It takes a really tall tale to win the annual Burlington, Wis., Liars Club Contest.  So tip your hat to Gordon Zwicky, because he’s a worthy champion. A neighbor, said Zwicky, told him and his wife Dorothy that they’d be fine as long as they paid attention to the road signs along the way.  But they’d driven just 30 miles when they saw one that read, “Clean Restrooms Ahead.”

Two months later, they arrived in Florida exhausted, having used up 86 bottles of Windex, 267 rolls of paper towels, and three cases of toilet-bowl cleaner. Total restrooms cleaned:  450.

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“Send gratitude to the world and surprising advantages will return back to you.”

Skip Prichard

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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 Everyone

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”

Dan Gutman,

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It will be Thanksgiving Day here in the United States in two more days. I, like many of you at this time of year reflect on the things I am grateful for in my life. Most of all I appreciate my wonderful children and grandchildren that are all healthy and doing well. They spend some of their time doing what they can to make my wife and my life comfortable.

I am also grateful to so many of you who have shared your wisdom while offering your friendship and company, helping to keep my life interesting. I also benefit from the care that I receive from a wide variety of health care professionals, I am here with you today because of them.

I am also fortunate to live in a city that provides a lively, comfortable and exciting place to live. It is that good due in no small part because of what so many of the people I know do for others. Our city has thrived because of the hearts, minds and hands offered by so many that care for others.

Yes I have a lot to be thankful for and I hope you do as well. I probably have sent you the following before but If I did it is worth reading again.

Are You Blessed?

Author Unknown

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness……….you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…….you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace……. you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married……..you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…..you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you prayed yesterday and today……..you are in the minority because you believe God does hear and answer prayers.

If you can read now, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

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In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

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A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. This was his first time approaching a runway at night…

Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: “Guess who?”

The controller switched the runway lights off and replied: “Guess where!”

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I was so naive as a kid, I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.

Johnny Carson

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If you have a job sitting in front of a computer all day, you may not be getting enough exercise. If you don’t want to spend the money for those fancy exercise machines, here is a little secret for building arm and shoulder muscles.

Begin by standing with a five pound potato sack in each hand. Extend your arms straight out to your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

After a few weeks, move up to ten pound potato sacks and then fifty pound potato sacks, and finally get to where you can lift a one hundred pound potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

Next, try putting potatoes in the sacks.

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Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single.

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“I’d like the number for Jennifer Smith in Richmond, Virginia,” the young man said to the 411 operator.

“There are multiple listings for Jennifer Smith in Richmond, Virginia,” the operator said.

“Do you happen to have a street name?”

The young man scratched his head and hesitated a minute, and then replied…..

“Well, if it will help any, my friends call me ‘Snake’.”

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A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.

Milton Berle

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What did the Yogi say when he walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor?

“Make me one with everything.”

When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said “Don’t I get change?”

The proprietor said, “Change must come from within.”

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My accountant is going to put me in a fancy tax shelter: Prison.

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A man in a hurry taking his 8-year old son to school, made a turn at a red light where it was prohibited.

“Uh-oh, I just made an illegal turn!” the man says.

“Aw, dad, it’s okay,” the son replies. “The poilce car behind us just did the same thing too!”

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Girlfriend: And are you sure you love me and no one else?

Boyfriend: Dead Sure! I checked the whole list again yesterday.

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

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

The clerk says, “What denominations?”

The woman says, “God help us. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists.”

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If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.

Joey Adams

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A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day,he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 AM ” He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM . Wake up.”

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“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”

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.

 

Acceptance

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

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This is going to be a short week since in my country we celebrate our Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. I will be joining family and friends as we eat and celebrate our good fortune together and then I am going to give the Daily a day off on Friday so we will have a long weekend.

I was visiting with a friend last week and we talked about how sometimes our quick judgements result in our missing the opportunity to befriend someone worth knowing. I think too many of us are overly judgmental resulting in our sometimes isolating ourselves form the possibility of making a new friend. It is even worse when quick judgements result in our losing an old friend.

In the following piece author Dani DiPirro talks about the value acceptance can have on our lives. For many of us more acceptance and less rejection will enrich our daily lives.

Accept Yourself and Others Just As They Are With These 6 Strategies

When it comes to living a positive life, acceptance is key—particularly acceptance of others. We all have our moments when we struggle to accept others as they are (especially those closest to us), but most of us recognize that becoming more accepting of others is one way to make our relationships with others more positive. The more accepting we are, the more our relationships can flourish. And the more our relationships flourish, the more positive experiences we’ll have with others.

. There are many ways to become more accepting, but here are six things I’m going to start doing to increase acceptance in my life:

  1. Watch your thoughts. Think about what you’re thinking about. I often think things about other people, judging them, without even realizing it. I’m going to work on paying more attention to my thoughts and do my best to push them in a non-judgmental, more accepting direction.
  2. Look for the positive. Not accepting others is a result of seeing the negative in them. Instead of focusing on why someone is different, I’m going to focus on what’s good about that person and his/her choices and actions. My way is not always the best one.
  3. Avoid right/wrong dichotomies. It’s very tempting to see the world in black and white with a right and wrong way to do things, but that’s just not how it is. Things don’t have to be right or wrong if I choose to accept them as they are. I’m going to stop labeling my way as “right.”
  4. Stop judging yourself. Our judgments of others are often a result of our personal criticisms. If I stop putting pressure on myself to do things the “right” way, I’ll also stop putting pressure on others as well. Not judging myself or others is a crucial step to acceptance.
  5. Focus on the now. A lack of acceptance can generate from comparing things to the past. I’m not going to think about what happened before and try to live accordingly; I’m going to think about now. Comparing things to the past always hinders an acceptance of what is.
  6. Reverse the situation. I ask myself: What if someone were judging me and not accepting me? How would I feel? I’ll keep these questions in mind the next time I’m not accepting others. I will imagine someone constantly telling me to slow down (and how annoying that would be!).

It’s so easy to abstractly think of yourself as an accepting person, but when it comes to your daily interactions, really pay attention to them and ask yourself if you are accepting others as they are. Are you really accepting them? Are you really not thinking your way of doing things is the best way?

The more I use these six tactics in my life, the more I find myself being much more accepting of others. I’m more loving, more forgiving, more kind. I’ve discovered that the only way to live a positive and present life is to accept what is—something you certainly can’t do if you don’t accept others for who they are.

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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As the manager of our hospital’s softball team, I was responsible for returning equipment to the proper owners at the end of the season.

When I walked into the surgery department carrying a bat that belonged to one of the surgeons, I passed several patients and their families in a waiting area.

“Look, honey,” one man said to his wife.  “Here comes your anesthesiologist.”

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A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

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The speaker at my bank’s drive-through window had been broken for weeks, and we tellers had to resort to miming or writing notes to communicate with our frustrated customers.  One day a sweet elderly lady whom I would see every week pulled up to the window, leaned out, and smacked the glass in front of my face. “I hope this is bulletproof,” she yelled.

There had just been a robbery at another bank nearby, so I was touched by her concern.  “It is,” I yelled back.

“Good,” she continued, “because someone is going to shoot you if you don’t get that speaker fixed!”

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Can you have only one plural?

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While waiting at the veterinarian’s office, I overheard two women chatting about their dogs.

“What’s your dog’s name?” asked the first woman.

“Well, we used to call her Pork Chop,” answered the second lady. “But after the vet bills we’ve had for her, we now call her Filet Mignon.”

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The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to go out and buy a replacement.

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A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, “I suppose you will want some identification.”

He replied, without hesitation, “No ma’am, that won’t be necessary.”

“How come?” asked the woman.

“Crooks don’t buy peat moss.” answered the clerk.

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If Walmart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?

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David and Bernice had just given their teenage daughter family-car privileges. On Saturday night she returned home very late from a party.

The next morning her father went out to the driveway to get the newspaper and came back into the house frowning. At 11:30am the girl sleepily walked into the kitchen, and her father asked her, “Sweetheart, what time did you get in last night?”

“Not too late, Dad.” she replied nervously.

Dead-panned, her father said, “Then, my precious one, I’ll have to talk with the paperboy about putting my paper under the front tire of the car.”

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There is an ancient Jewish proverb that says that “A Jewish wife will forgive and forget,

But she’ll never forget what she forgave.”

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“I see you were last employed by a Psychiatrist,” says the employer to the applicant. “Why did you leave?”

“Well,” she replied…. “I just couldn’t win. If I was late to work, I was hostile. If I was early, I had an anxiety complex. If I was on time, I was compulsive!”

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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.

 

I do appreciate you

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

Theodore Roosevelt

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If you are like I am you have been distressed with what seems to be an increase of animosity and intolerance in much of today’s public discourse. I don’t think this is the time that we should focus on our differences but rather on our shared humanness.

As I was searching for content for today’s Daily I ran across the piece below. As I read it I thought of so many of you and all the decent things you do. You and folks like you make our world a better place. I do appreciate all you do.

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.”

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When we create hope and opportunity in the lives of others, we allow love, decency and promise to triumph over cowardice and hate.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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In his attempt to put a new patient at ease during a checkup, my friend, a gynecologist, struck up a casual conversation. After noticing the label on her sandals read “Hecho en Mexico,” he asked his patient, “So when were you in Mexico?”

Flabbergasted, the patient asked, “You can tell all that from a pelvic exam?”

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“Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.”

Jules Feiffer

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Things You Will Never Hear In A Western Movie:

“I reckon I’ll have me a half-caf double latte with a twist.”

“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.”

“Y’know, Badlands Pete… a roaring campfire, good coffee, nice prairie breeze, just you ‘n’ me… what say we put on the rhinestone gowns and dance a jig or two?”

“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.”

“That’s him! That’s the yella-bellied varmint who shot my therapist!”

“He was a strong man, a good marshal, and I reckon he had a keen eye for interior decoration.”

“Hey, Buck, do these chaps make my butt look big?”

“It’s like I keep tellin’ ya, Earl: men is from Tombstone, women is from Dodge.”

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

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“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible.

The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

David Brin

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A rabbi, a priest and a minister have their houses of worship side by side, so they decide to carpool.

On the first day, the other two are shocked to see the pastor lay hands on the hood and pray silently.

“What are you doing?” the priest asks.

The pastor looks up. “I’m just dedicating the car to the Lord’s service.”

“Good idea! Be right back!” the priest exclaims, running into his church. He emerges with a bulb on a short stick, shaking water out of it onto the car.

The rabbi stares. “What are you doing?” he says.

“I’m consecrating it with holy water,” the priest replies.

“Great idea!” the rabbi says, and runs into his synagogue’s toolshed. He emerges with a hacksaw and takes off an inch of the tailpipe.

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You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

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Late one night, a man walks into a dentist’s surgery and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “Well …. the light  was on…”

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“Always remember, money isn’t everything.

But also remember to make a lot of it before talking such fool nonsense.”

Earl Wilson

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A man walked into a dress shop and told the clerk he wanted to buy an evening gown for his wife as a surprise.

“What size?” asked the clerk.

The man shrugged blankly.

Trying to help, the clerk inquired, “Well then, what are your wife’s measurements?”

The man thought for a moment. “Small, medium, and large, in that order.”

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

Caroline Kennedy

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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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