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It’s your life, enjoy it!

Ray’s Daily

April 28, 2017

enjoy-your-life

“Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece.”

Denis Waitley

Good morning all. I am off to an early morning meeting so I am going to once again take you back to yesteryear by sending you a Ray’s Daily reprint. Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Monday.

Ray’s Daily first published on April 28, 2009

I wonder sometimes if we have been so conditioned to make quick decisions, do instant analysis and learn only from sound byte information as we live a pseudo fast track life that we have forgotten how to stop and do an objective inventory of our lives. British journalist Claire Rayner recently wrote:

This Too Will Pass

I was taught these words by my grandmother as a phrase that is to be used at all times in your life. When things are spectacularly dreadful; when things are absolutely appalling; when everything is superb and wonderful and marvelous and happy – say these four words to yourself. They will give you a sense of perspective and help you also to make the most of what is good and be stoical about what is bad.

When I read the piece I again realized that the one thing we can always be sure of is that “This too will pass.” The problem is that we far too often don’t move with the passing parade. Some of us even chose to put a stake in the ground during the bad times and just stay miserable even though the reason for the initial pain is long gone.

We live our lives in a space time continuum that is best enjoyed by our maintaining a balanced perspective while never taking too much too seriously. Most of the time when things aren’t going well few notice and that being true it says to me that maintaining a balanced perspective is critical to getting the most out of our days as we can. It always helps me to ask myself when things go bad if this is all that important and will the world be the worse of than it was? And the answer almost always is that it is of no real consequence.

We all make mistakes; we all stumble; that is just part of life. Every time we do we learn something of value. In my experience, few notice our slips and those that do understand. I am not naive enough to think that there aren’t those who are quick to judge and who find joy in criticizing, these are folks that I don’t really care about and find them easy to ignore. There are too many good people out there for me to waste too much time on those that aren’t.

OK, enough of the negative stuff for the best things in life are the bright spots which are also fleeting so it truly important that we appreciate them when they happen. I never want to be so busy I that I miss someone’s smile, fail to hear a song or pass up a moment when I can tell someone how important they are. As we have discussed before, if I sharpen my ability to appreciate I will find great memories that I can bank and retrieve when I need a boost. So ride your life, don’t let it drag you down.

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“Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter – to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.”

Albert Schweitzer

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Why men don’t write advice columns: Walter’s Problem Page

Dear Walter:

I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn’t gone more than a few hundred yards down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband’s help.

When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was parading in front of the wardrobe mirror dressed in my underwear and high-heel shoes, and he was wearing my make up. I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he had dressed in my lingerie because he couldn’t find his own underwear. But when I asked him about the make up, he broke down and admitted that he’d been wearing my clothes for six months. I told him to stop or I would leave him.

He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant.

I don’t feel I can get through to him anymore. Can you please help?

Sincerely, Mrs. Sheila Uisk

Dear Sheila:

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber. I hope this helps.

Walter

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Never close your lips to those to whom you have opened your heart.

Charles Dickens

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She said: I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying, “Hi, how are you?”

I’m not the type to start a conversation in the restroom and I don’t know what got into me, but I answered, somewhat embarrassed, “Doin’ just fine!”

And the other person says, “So, what are you up to?”

What kind of question is that? At that point, I’m thinking this is too bizarre so I say, “Uhhh, I’m like you, just traveling!”

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question. “Can I come over?”

OK, this question is just too weird for me, but I figure I’ll just be polite and end the conversation. I say, “No, I’m a little busy right now!”

Then I hear the person say nervously, “Listen, I’ll have to call you back. There’s an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.”

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Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Confucious

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A couple of young fellers were fishing at their special pond off the beaten track when out of the bushes jumped the Game Warden. Immediately, one of the boys threw his rod down and started running through the woods like a bat out of hell, and hot on his heels came the Game Warden

After about a half mile the fella stopped and stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath and the Game Warden finally caught up to him… “Lets see yer fishin’ license, Boy!!” the Warden gasped. With that, the fella pulled out his wallet and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing license.

“Well, son,” said the Game Warden, “you must be about as dumb as a box of rocks! You don’t have to run from me if you have a valid license!”

“Yes, sir,” replied the young feller, “But my friend back there, well, he don’t have one…”

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“Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.”

Stephen R. Covey

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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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Yes you are

Ray’s Daily

April 27. 2017

You-are-so-special

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

Clement Stone

We have three new members of our merry band. One is a member of my Kiwanis Club who coordinates our volunteers participation at a local food pantry. Through his efforts hungry neighbors can find sustenance. He is special as are so many other of my fellow Kiwanians.

The second new reader often brightens my day as she is the gate keeper at the YMCA where I workout most mornings. She starts her day at a time when most folks have a few hours of sleep left in their night. Notwithstanding her early day she always generates warmth through her smile and pleasant personality.

The last special person is a server in a restaurant where I often visit after my session at the Y. She is a single mom with two young kids who always makes her customers feel special. She always goes out of her way to see how I am doing and to make sure my day starts on a positive note.

These are truly special people in my mind and like so may other folks I know probably don’t realize just how good they are. I am just grateful that they are a part of my life. I hope you too realize how special you are. Here is a story that I wish everyone took to heart so they knew how worthy they truly are.

You are unique!

 Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!

No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – NO ONE!

No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU ARE UNIQUE!

Author Unknown

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

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A woman was complaining to the neighbor that her husband always came home late, no matter how she tried to stop him. “Take my advice,” said the neighbor, “and do what I did. Once my husband came home at three o’clock in the morning, and from my bed, I called out : ‘Is that you, Jim?’ And that cured him.” “Cured him!” asked the woman, “but how?” The neighbor said, “You see, my husband’s name is Ted.”

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You don’t ever have to do anything sensational to love or to be loved.

Fred Rogers

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Early in their marriage, my Dad did something really stupid. My Mom chewed him out for it. He apologized, they made up. However, from time to time, my mom mentions what he had done.

“Honey,” my Dad finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up?

I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget.'”

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

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“Inside every older person is a younger person — wondering what the hell happened.”

Cora Harvey Armstrong

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Tommy had reached school age. His mother managed with a blast of propaganda to make him enthusiastic about the idea. She bought him lots of new clothes, told him of the new friends he’d meet and so on.

Came the first day, he eagerly went off and came back home with a lot of glowing reports about school.

Next morning when she woke him up, he asked “What for?” She told him it was time to get ready for school.

“What? Again?” he asked.

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Mrs Jones: My husband beats me up every morning.

Mrs Smith: My gosh! How terrible!

Mrs Jones: Yes, he gets up at seven and I get up at eight.

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I couldn’t decide whether to go to Salt Lake City or Denver for vacation, so I called the airlines to get prices. “Airfare to Denver is $300,” said a cheery salesperson.

“And what about Salt Lake City?”

“We have a really great rate to Salt Lake–$99.00, but there is a stopover.”

“Where?”

“In Denver.”

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If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

Bob Hope

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The minister advised Uncle Howard to give some thought to the “hereafter.”

Uncle Howard told him that the hereafter was hardly ever out of his mind.

At least a dozen times a day he would go to do something, like going to the bathroom cabinet for his medicine, then say, “What the heck am I hereafter?!”

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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Epictetus

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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

 

 

 

It can be great

Ray’s Daily

April 26, 2017

good day

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

I had a good day yesterday. many folks would say that it didn’t include anything special but they would be wrong. I got somewhat of a slow start because of a family obligation so I was unable to get to the gym for my usual morning workout. I did have a barber shop appointment that allowed me time to visit a local Starbucks for coffee and a snack. My short time there gave me an opportunity to people watch after I had been warmly greeted and served by the barista. My barber is one of my favorites and gave me a great haircut and a warm experience.

The rest of the day allowed me to enjoy the little things we often overlook, the welcome greeting as I entered a grocery store, the checker who helped me load up and more were part of my good day. The warmth of the weather and the spring blossoms just provided the stage for the warmth generated by the people I met. Yep, it was a great day filled with highlights that I took the time to appreciate.

I hope your days are as good as mine are, it really is up to us to decide to enjoy our days. Here is a piece that I like, I hope you will as well.

I have a choice about today

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today and I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can appreciate that I have a place to call home.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a GREAT DAY … unless you have other plans and please remember, a ‘Smile’ will make the days go better.

Author Unknown

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

Cavett Robert

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A kind-hearted motorist saw a man struggling to change a tire alongside the highway, and pulled over to see whether he could help. The man had a very red face, and a dark smear across it where he’d wiped off sweat with dirty hands. His tie was undone and his shirt collar askew, and it was clear he had also wiped his hands on his once-white shirt. Close to him stood an immaculately neat woman who was speaking in quick, agitated tones.

“Hello, there,” said the motorist. “Say, I’ve changed a lot of tires ….. maybe I can help here.”

“You sure can,” the man with the flat tire replied wearily. “My wife is an expert, too. If you will just do all the arguing with her about how this tire ought to be changed, I will concentrate on the dirty work and get the job done.”

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“I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.”

Diane Sawyer

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GOD’S THOUGHTS ON LAWNS

GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on that planet Earth? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

  1. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, LORD. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently so, LORD. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently not, LORD. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it — sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

  1. FRANCIS: Not exactly, LORD. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

  1. FRANCIS: No, Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

  1. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

  1. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this LORD. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life.

  1. FRANCIS: You better sit down, LORD. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

  1. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

  1. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough. I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

  1. CATHERINE: ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ Lord. It’s a real stupid movie about….

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St Francis.

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“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”

Amit Ray,

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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.

 

 

Are you ready to have fun

Ray’s Daily

April 25, 2017

have fun

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius

I hope you have decided to let yourself be happy once in a while. It seems like a lot of folks these days have outgrown their ability to just let go and have fun. I can think of nothing much worse than trying to hold up the coffin lid while hollering “wait I am not ready to go yet since I haven’t yet kicked up my heels”.

I know I have had a lot of fun in the past, some of which was a little off the wall and some that I wished I had avoided but I don’t regret the fact that I was willing to be a little silly without worrying what others might think. Life is serious enough as it is and a trip to the fun house once in a while can make it a lot more pleasurable.

Here is an article written by Emily Myrick a long time ago that shared how she decided that enough was enough.

LET YOURSELF GO

The other day my friend told me to let go…. he told me not to be so worried about what I’m doing, or what I look like, but to just let myself go once in a while. This really got me thinking. Maybe I should let go. Maybe I should do something crazy, just so I can say I did. I’ve got many long years ahead of me, and plenty of time to live a fun and happy life.

Sometimes, an opportunity only knocks at the door once, and if you don’t answer it at that particular moment, then you’ll never get another chance. Life is tough, and most of the time we spend our days wondering why things go the way they do.

After thinking for awhile I’m finally realizing that maybe thinking about this so much, is wasting the time in which we could be going out and making the days go better. We’re wasting the time we have here on Earth. By attempting to figure out why life goes the way it does, we lose time when we could be having fun, and living our lives to the fullest.

We are only here for a short amount of time. An average of 70-100 years seems long, but it goes faster then we realize. It’s so incredibly important to live every day to its fullest potential. When you’re 87 years old and laying on your death bed, do you want to look back and think of things that you wished you had done?

I don’t know about you but I want to look back and remember all the times when I let myself go, and had fun. I want to remember the times when I actually let myself be open to try new things, and open the door to wonderful opportunities.

Life is only wonderful if you leave yourself open to be part of it. Think about it.

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The key to change… is to let go of fear.

Rosanne Cash

~~~

My son Earl is a construction foreman. One day he tumbled from a scaffold, managing to break his fall by grabbing on to parts of the scaffold on the way down. He received only minor scratches. Embarrassed by the fall, he climbed back up to continue working. Then he noticed his co-workers holding up hastily made signs reading, 9.6, 9.8, and 9.4.

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The bride, upon her engagement, went to her mother and said, I’ve found a man just like father!”

Her mother replied, “So what do you want from me, sympathy?”

~~~

AUTO INSURANCE CLAIMS TESTAMONY

  • “The accident happened because I had one eye on the truck in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind.”
  • “I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”
  • Q: Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident? A: Travelled by bus?
  • The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were – Q: What warning was given by you? A: Horn. Q: What warning was given by the other party? A: Moo.
  • “On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke.”
  • “I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight”
  • “Windshield broken. Cause unknown. Probably Voodoo.”
  • “The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again.”
  • “I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.”
  • “The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.”
  • “I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way”
  • “A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face”
  • “A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”
  • “In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.”
  • “I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.”
  • “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.”
  • “I was thrown from the car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.”
  • “Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”
  • “I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.”
  • “The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”
  • “My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle.”
  • “I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.”
  • “The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”
  • “The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end.”
  • “I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way.”
  • “The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him.”
  • “The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.”

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Being like everyone else isn’t one of my strengths.

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The local high school has a policy that the parents must call the school if a student is to be absent for the day. Alice decided to skip school and go to the mall with her friends. So, she waited until her parents had left for work and called the school herself.

“Hi, I’m calling to report that Alice is unable to make it to school today, because she is ill.”

The secretary at the high school answered, “I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll note her absence. Who is this calling, please?”

“This is my mother.”

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OK, I’m weird! But I’m saving up to become eccentric.

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A rookie pitcher was struggling at the mound, so the catcher walked up to have a talk with him.

“I’ve figured out your problem,” he told the young southpaw. “You always lose control at the same point in every game.”

“When is that?”

“Right after the National Anthem.”

~~~

It doesn’t matter if its a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn’t make you happy let it go.

Ashe_Michaelis

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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.

 

We need our friends

Ray’s Daily

April 24, 2017

friends

Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage.

Doe Zantamata

I was reminded recently of how much I appreciate so many of you. I think I told you before that my favorite hobby for many years has been acquiring friends to add to my collection. When an old friend surfaces memories of good times past surface and warm the heart.

At my age the memories are often triggered by the passing of friends and acquaintances and while the leave good memories behind they also leave a void that can be filled by a new friend. Staying involved in so many activities has provided me the opportunity to meet so many of you, folks who I consider friends.

The Daily not only has allowed me to stay in touch even with those I seldom if ever see in person it allows me to consider those I will never meet to be a friend. So thank you all for being here, I do appreciate you.

If you want to pursue buiding new friendships as a hobby also you may find the following helpful/

Make New Friends

Need to know how to make new friends? Having trouble making new friends? Well these little bits of advice I got off a friendship card will certainly give you a few tips on making new friends. Keep these in mind as you go out and soon you will lots of new TRUE friends. Good Luck!

  1. Don’t worry about knowing people, just make yourself worth knowing.
  2. Be friendly with the folks you know. If it weren’t for them you would be a total stranger.
  3. Friends are those who speak to you after others don’t.
  4. The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.
  5. The way to have friends is to be willing to lose some arguments.
  6. Deal with other’s faults as gently as if they were your own.
  7. A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.
  8. You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults.
  9. You can make more friends by being interested in them than trying to have them be interested in you.
  10. A real friend is a person who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, lets you forget it.
  11. A friend is a person who listens attentively while you say nothing.
  12. A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg even though you’re slightly cracked.

… and most important… A FRIEND IS A TREASURE!

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Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.

Vincent van Gogh

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A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack. The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjacks’ door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.

“Just give me a chance to show you what I can do,” said the skinny man.

“Okay, see that giant redwood over there?” said the lumberjack. “Take your axe and go cut it down.”

The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack’s door. “I cut the tree down,” said the man.

The lumberjack couldn’t believe his eyes and said, “Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?”

“In the Sahara Forest,” replied the puny man.

“You mean the Sahara Desert,” said the lumberjack.

The little man laughed and answered back, “Oh sure, that’s what they call it now!”

~~~

Husband: Darling, will you love me when I’m old and feeble?

Spouse: You bet I do.

~~~

A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”

“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.

“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said,

“Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

~~~

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson

~~~

She told me that working as a court reporter, she hears a lot of testimony you will never hear on the TV show, Law and Order, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: “Was the child born out of wedlock?”

Mother: “No, sir. Just outside of Louisville.”

~~~

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

~~~

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.

 

Enjoy your life

Ray’s Daily

April 21, 2017

good times ahead

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Maria Robinson

I had a pretty good day yesterday, first an early breakfast with a writer friend, then a Kiwanis Club meeting and all that was followed by lunch with my favorite professional actress. With the mandatory nap and preparing dinner I had little time to attack my backlog so today needs to be spent getting things done.

As you know I am a big Maya Angelou fan and today I want to share something she wrote that hit home for me I hope you will like it as well.

Lessons from Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a life.

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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

Ashley Smith

~~~

We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance. At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, “Does anyone know what the bishop does?” There was silence. Finally, one little boy answered gravely, “He’s the one you can move diagonally.”

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“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”

~~ Mary Dunbar ~~

~~~

She said:

The biggest problem with the younger generation these days is that I don’t belong to it any more.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times….At my age, that’s true of (everything you can possibly ever say.)

I used to have Saturday Night Fever. Now I just have Saturday Night hot flashes.

I got the feeling my stuff strutted off without me?

Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old as long as she buys him a few drinks first.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’m getting into swing dancing. Not on purpose…some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

It’s scary when you start making the same noises as you coffeemaker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.

I’ve tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age. But they haven’t made one called, “Buns of Putty.”

Don’t think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as my inner child playing with matches.

I don’t let aging get me down…It’s too hard to get back up.

~~~

The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

Jim Rohn

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Politicians have a constant need to be diplomatic. Witness this candidate for the Senate who traveled to a small town community to address the single church there. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to ask which denomination so that when it was time for his speech, he inquired in this way: “My brethren, all. I must tell you that my great Grandfather was Presbyterian (absolute silence); but my Grandmother was an Episcopalian (more silence); I must tell you that my other Grandfather was a Christian Scientist (deep silence); while my other Grandmother was Methodist (continued silence). But I must tell you that I had an aunt who was a Baptist through and through (loud cheers!) and I have always considered my aunt’s path to be the right one!”

~~~

When learning about life and people, make no more assumptions than are absolutely necessary. Ask and observe.

William of Ockham

~~~

She said:

I work in sales. While I was in a customer’s home one afternoon and was talking to the customer, their 4 year old little girl whose name was Michelle, tugged on my pants leg and excitedly exclaimed, “I got a new bicycle, do you want to see it?”

I said, “Sure, Michelle.”

So off to the backyard we all went. Upon getting into the backyard, I saw a brand new girl’s bicycle. “Wow! Michelle! That’s a beautiful bicycle.” I complimented. “Can you ride it?”

“Yeah, I can ride it,” she said, then with a sad face she pouted, “but it’s broke.”

I looked at the new bicycle and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so I asked her, “Well, what’s wrong with it?”

“I don’t know,” she shrugged, “but every time I ride it       it falls over!”

~~~

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”

John N. Mitchell

~~~

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’ll do better

Ray’s Daily

April 20, 2017

positive-attitude-2

“Healey’s First Law of Holes: When in one, stop digging.”

Denis Healey

I don’t understand why when I have much fewer obligations that I can’t get as much done as I need to get done. If this keeps up I may have to shorten my naps. I know it is also a matter of my limited prioritization skills so I am going to do a better job of doing what must be done.

I just got the following and I may use it as part of my improvement process.

The Alphabet:

A – ACCEPT Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B – BREAK AWAY Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C – CREATE Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.

D – DECIDE Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E – EXPLORE Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F – FORGIVE Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G – GROW Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H – HOPE Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I – IGNORE Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J – JOURNEY Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, an you’ll grow.

K – KNOW Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L – LOVE Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

M – MANAGE Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N – NOTICE Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O – OPEN Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P – PLAY Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q – QUESTION Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R – RELAX Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S – SHARE Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T – TRY Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U – USE Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that’s wasted has no value. Talent that’s used bill bring unexpected rewards.

V – VALUE Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W – WORK Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X – X-RAY Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y – YIELD Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z – ZOOM Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

Author Unknown

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“Do first what you don’t want to do most.”

Clifford Cohen

~~~

She said, I a Dominican sister, I lived in a convent named for a deceased pope. One day while I was wearing contemporary clothes instead of my habit, I drove into a gas station to get the communal car filled up.

After the young attendant topped off the tank, he walked toward my car window to return my credit card. It was clear from his furrowed brow that he had something on his mind.

The young man looked at me shyly and pointed to the convent’s name, John XXIII Hall, imprinted on the card.

“Pardon me,” he asked hesitantly, “but how do you pronounce your husband’s middle name?”

~~~

I used to be lost in the shuffle. Now I just shuffle along with the lost.

~~~

Morris and Rachel are sweethearts. Morris lives in a small village out in the country and Rachel lives in town. One day, they go to see the Rabbi and set a date for their wedding. Before they leave, the Rabbi asks them whether they want a contemporary or traditional service. After a short discussion, they opt for the contemporary service.

Their day arrives but the weather is rotten and a storm forces Morris to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The village streets are flooded, so he rolls up his trouser legs to keep his trousers dry.

When at last he reaches the shul, his best man immediately rushes him up the aisle. As the ceremony starts, the Rabbi whispers to Morris, “Pull down your trousers.”

“Rabbi, I’ve changed my mind,” says Morris, “I think I prefer the traditional service.”

~~~

Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

~~~

A blonde was shopping at a Target Store and came across a silver thermos. She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and brought it over to the clerk to ask what it was.

The clerk said, “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps things hot and some things cold.”

“Wow, said the blonde, “that’s amazing….I’m going to buy it !” So she bought the thermos and took it to work the next day. Her boss saw it on her desk. “What’s that,’ he asked? “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold,” she replied.

Her boss inquired, “What do you have in it?”

The blond replied, “Two popsicles, and some coffee.”

~~~

Why is it called ‘after dark’, when it is really after light?

~~~

A man looked at the menu at the airport restaurant, and saw that the sandwiches were named for planes. “I’ll have a Jumbo Jet,” he said. When the order arrived, he was disappointed to see how small his burger was, but he ate it anyway.

He called his waiter over and asked, “Was that the Jumbo Jet?”

“Yeah,” the waiter answered. “Went pretty fast, didn’t it?”

~~~

“Facing the obstacle don’t fall in depression, just reverse the problem and take a glance at it at another angle and you’ll find the solution, besides quite entertaining.”

Alexander Zalan

~~~

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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