July 12, 2017
“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
My favorite people are those folks who truly care about others, I have been lucky enough to be able to spend time with many truly kind people. It has not just been the folks I have spent time with ithe Salvation Army, Kiwanis International, UNICEF and other organizations, it has just as often been time spent with someone who demonstrates their humanity by what they do every day.
I have come to believe that it is not title or wealth that makes someone special it is there concern for others. I have found that acts of kindness and caring provide folks a personal level of satisfaction that is not found in more materialistic pursuits. And you know what? Even the smallest caring action can make a big difference. Here is a story that provides a good example of what we all can do,
Make Someone’s Day!
I was sitting at the bar of a local restaurant having lunch and taking a break from the daily grind, sitting there thinking about how tough I had it lately and how I was sick of what I was doing. I own a landscape company and never felt I made a difference in people’s lives.
As I sat there feeling sorry for myself, a pretty girl who looked about 25 walked in and sat down in a booth waiting for her friend. It didn’t take long before I saw she was trying to stay hidden in a way from other people’s gazes and my heart sank. You could see her hair was falling out and, at such a young age, she was receiving chemo.
I sat there watching her trying to remain composed and she was having a tough time of it. I ached for her, imagining what it must be like to go through this and yet I know some of her pain.
I needed to get a message of hope to this girl but how? What could I do?
Then it hit me! I called over her waitress and explained that I wanted to buy the girl and her friend’s lunch but I also told her you can’t tell her it was me, it had to remain anonymous. In doing so, I handed her a note to give to the girl when she told her that her tab was paid.
The note read as follows:
“Someone today thought you were beautiful, someone today thought your smile glowed with excitement, someone today thought your eyes lit up the world, someone today cared and wanted you to know this. Enjoy the rest of your day, pretty young lady”.
About 15 minutes later the young girl asked for her check and I watched as she was told it was paid for. She asked why? Who? What for? The waitress simply handed her the note and informed her that the gentleman who did it left, as to keep me anonymous.
I watched as she slowly read the note. Her eyes teared up, for only a moment, and then came the smile! A huge, beautiful, hopeful smile! She lit up the room and then sat up straight, not caring who saw her. Her friend also beamed, not for what was done but because her friend was feeling beautiful again.
It’s not how we look or what we have, it’s not our houses or how many cars we have, nor is it how much money we can earn. No, it isn’t. You see it’s all about how much we care and what we do, even if it’s making someone feel pretty only for a moment.
Yes, lunch cost only a few dollars but you see the wonderful part, the magic was free.
Make a difference today in just one life; it’s free.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
Two smart fellows were in an English pub. They called the publican over and asked him to settle an argument.
‘Are there two pints in a quart or four?”, asked one.
“There be two pints in a quart, confirmed the publican.
They moved back along the bar and soon the barmaid asked for their order.
“Two pints please, miss, and they are on the house.”
The barmaid doubted that her boss would be so generous so one of the fellows called out to the publican at the other end of the bar, “You did say two pints, didn’t you?”
“That’s right, he called back, two pints.”
Friendship is like a bank account. You can’t continue to draw on it without making deposits.
A sailor, while bringing flowers to a cemetery, noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a nearby grave. The sailor walked up to the man and asked, “When do you expect your friend to come up and eat the rice?”
The old Chinese man replied with a smile, “Same time your friend comes up to smell the flowers.”
The time it takes to rectify a situation is inversely proportional to the time it took to do the damage.
Six Jewish gentlemen were playing poker in the condo clubhouse when one of them loses $500 on a single hand and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen comrade, they complete the hand standing up. But who is going to tell the wife? They draw straws, and Goldberg, always a loser, picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don’t make a bad situation any worse than it is. Goldberg says “Gentlemen! I’m the most discreet guy you will ever meet. Discretion is mine middle name. Leave it to me.” So Goldberg goes to the apartment, knocks on the door, the wife answers, asks what he wants.
“Your husband just lost $500 at poker,” he says.
She hollers back, “HE SHOULD ONLY DROP DEAD!”
Goldberg replies, “From your mouth to God’s ears.
“Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.” -Steven Seagal
The teacher asked the children in the Sunday School class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?”
“NO”! the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into Heaven”?
Again, the answer was “NO”!
“Well,” the teacher continued, “then how can I get to Heaven?” In the back of the room, a 5 year old boy shouted out, “You gotta be dead.
You don’t need special powers to help others all you need is will and heart to do so.
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