April 21, 2017
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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 ~~
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.
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
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
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