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Words of a wise young girl

Ray’s Daily

August 31, 2017

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Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

Garden-Dance

An old friend sent me the following poem that I wish to share with you today. As I have sat at my wife’s bedside over the last weeks I have had similar thoughts. While my wife will recover this young girl has only months left. She, as was Anne Frank is wise beyond her years. We should follow her advice.

This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer. She wants to see how many people get her poem. It is quite a poem, please pass it on. This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital.

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask, “How are you?”

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short

The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,

We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say,’Hi’

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift…

Thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

~~~

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

Anne Frank

~~~

“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees.

“Yes, sir,” the new recruit replied.

“Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”

~~~

All people smile in the same language.

~~~

Rick, fresh out of accounting school, went to a interview for a good paying job. The company boss asked various questions about him and his education, but then asked him, “What is three times seven?”

“22,” Rick replied.  After he left, he double-checked it on his calculator (he *knew* he should have taken it to the interview!) and realised he wouldn’t get the job.

About two weeks later, he got a letter that said he was hired for the job! He was not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but was still very curious. The next day, he went in and asked why he got the job, even though he got such a simple question wrong. The boss shrugged and said, “Well, you were the closest…”

~~~

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.

~~~

A golf pro dragged himself into the clubhouse looking as though he’d just escaped a tornado.

“What’s wrong?” a woman asked.

“I just lost a game to Houlihan,” the pro said.

“What? But Houlihan’s the worst player I’ve ever seen. How could he have beaten you?”

“He tricked me,” the pro said. “On the first tee, he asked for a handicap. I told him he could have 30, 40, 50 strokes – any handicap he wanted. He said, ‘Just give me two gotchas.'”

“What’s a gotcha?” asked the woman.

“That’s what I wanted to know,” the pro said. “Houlihan said, ‘You’ll see.’ Then, as I was teeing off, just as I had my club poised, he screamed out ‘Gotcha!'”

“I can guess what happened,” the woman said.

“Sure,” the pro said. “The scream threw me off, and I missed the ball completely.”

“Understandable,” the woman said. “But still, that’s only one swing. How did he win the game?”

The pro answered, “You try swinging at a golf ball while waiting for that second ‘gotcha!'”

~~~

I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!

Anne Frank

~~~

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.

 

 

Things can get better

Ray’s Daily

August 30, 2017

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“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Robert Kiyosaki

recovery

I have been advised that I need to avoid isolation as I concentrate on my wife’s effort to regain her health so this morning I am having breakfast with a friend. I am running behind so I am sending you the Daily I wrote on this day eleven years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 30, 2006

Often, after I have written something for the daily, I tell myself “easy for you to say.” I am generally a big-time optimist, I believe we can face adversity, and that we can get over it and put it behind us. I make it sound easy, but I know often it is not.

While I advocate rolling with the punches and pulling yourself up and finding a new beginning I am often reminded how overwhelming disappointment can be. That really hit home today as I learned that one of my grandsons has an injury that may take him out of action for some time. While second opinions, MRI’s, and a formal prognosis has yet to happen the implications of the injury are distressing. You see my grandson is not just a good student and a great son and brother; he is also an outstanding soccer player. He has played in tournaments as far away as Las Vegas and has just recently begun his high schools soccer season. He has been great in the games he has played for his school where he plays the key defensive position and is the team’s playmaker. His defensive play has been fun to watch as he is quick to the ball has some great moves and plays with enthusiasm. He practices year around and plays both club and school soccer. Soccer is the highlight of his young life, and now it may be gone, hopefully for only a season or less, but it might serious enough to last longer.

You and I both know it is not the end of the world and that he has a full life ahead of him. But unlike me at his age, he has something that sets him apart from others, something that makes him special, and now something that may be gone, at least for a while. I sometimes wonder if those who do little that is really special have it easier since they don’t have that much to lose if things go bad. Fortunately, however most people do the best they can and while those who are good at what they do may risk great disappointment the world is a better place because they excel.

So my heart goes out to my grandson. And if his injury is serious I will not tell him that things like, “things happen and to get over it and move on.” What I will tell him is that I understand his pain and that what has made him special still exists inside him and that will carry him on to other victories. But I also know that wounds, especially deep wounds, take time to heal, time when most of us can use a little solace.

~~~

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”

Eliza Tabor

~~~

THE TEACHER SAYS

  1. Your son has a remarkable ability in gathering needed information from his classmates.

Really means: He was caught cheating on a test.

  1. Karen is an endless fund of energy and vitability.

Really means: The hyperactive monster can’t stay seated for five minutes.

  1. Fantastic imagination! Unmatched in his capacity for blending fact with fiction.

Really means: He’s definitely one of the biggest liars I have ever met.

  1. Margie exhibits a casual, relaxed attitude to school, indicating that high expectations don’t intimidate her.

Really means: The lazy thing hasn’t done one assignment all term.

  1. Her athletic ability is marvelous. Superior hand-eye coordination.

Really means: The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away.

  1. Nick thrives on interaction with his peers.

Really means: Your son needs to stop socializing and start working.

  1. Your daughter’s greatest asset is her demonstrative public discussions.

Really means: Classroom lawyer! Why is it that every time I explain an assignment she creates a class argument.

  1. John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers.

Really means: He’s a bully.

  1. An adventurous nature lover who rarely misses opportunities to explore new territory.

Really means: Your daughter was caught skipping school at the fishing pond.

  1. I am amazed at her tenacity in retaining her youthful personality.

Really means: She’s so immature that we’ve run out of diapers.

  1. Unlike some students who hide their emotion, Charles is very expressive and open.

Really means: He must have written the Whiner’s Guide.

  1. I firmly believe that her intellectual and emotional progress would be enhanced through a year’s repetition of her learning environment.

Really means: Regretfully, we believe that she is not ready for high school and must repeat the 8th grade.

  1. Her exuberant verbosity is awesome.

Really means: A mouth that never stops yacking.

~~~

For most men there are three ages of hair: parted, unparted and departed.

~~~

Mike and Nancy were married for 40 years and decided they wanted to renew their vows and planned a second wedding.

They were discussing the details with their friends. Nancy wasn’t going to wear a traditional bridal gown and she started describing the dress she was planning to wear. One of her friends asked what color shoes she had to go with the dress. She replied, “Silver.”

At that point, her husband chimed in, “Yep silver…to match her hair.”

Shooting a glaring look at Mike’s bald spot, Nancy’s friend said, “So, Mike, I guess you are going barefoot.”

~~~

“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

~~~

My wife clipped a job listing out of the paper for me. She said it wasn’t much to start out… but a huge pay raise.   It read, “Salary: 23k to start. 401k after 1 yr.”

~~~

A City Policeman went up to a vendor selling toys and said, “I’m sorry, you can’t sell that stuff without a license.”

The peddler replied, “I knew I wasn’t selling any, but I didn’t know the reason.”

~~~

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mohandas Gandhi

~~~

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 7-year-old hockey players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is not whether we win or lose, but how we play together as a team?”

The little boy nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when a penalty is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the referee, or call him names. Do you understand all that?”

Again the little boy nodded.

He continued, “And when I call you off the ice so that another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach ‘a dumb ass’, is it?”

Again the little boy nodded.

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your mother!!!”

~~~

“Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom”

Bayle Roche

~~~

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.

 

 

Companionship is a great gift

Ray’s Daily

8-29-2017

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“How we need another soul to cling to.”

Sylvia Plath

 

companionship

I was asked by someone yesterday what I thought was the secret of my wife’s and my marriage of over sixty years. I told was that I thought it was how our companionship was based on understanding, caring, forgiveness and true affection for each othet. Her question started me thinking about over the years I seldom had let my partner know how much I appreciated her and all she had done for me.

Marc Chernoff recently wrote an article entitled 9 Things Your Relationships Need from You that I could have used over the years. Here are excerpts from his offering

There is greatness and beauty in doing something inconvenient for the sake of someone you care about. All relationships require work.  They don’t just materialize and maintain themselves, and they aren’t built on a foundation of convenience either.  They take time and patience and two people who are willing to put in the effort.

Here’s how to do your part –  things your relationships need from you:

  • Attention When we pay attention to each other we breathe new life into each other.  With frequent attention and affection our relationships flourish, and we as individuals grow stronger.
  • Trust – The entire fabric of our society – people working, living and breathing together – relies on the positive beliefs we have about each other – a subtle, inherent trust.  This trust is the glue that holds every peaceful civilization together.  Which is why trust is the greatest compliment you can give a person, even greater than love.
  • Honesty – When your intentions are good and your cause is just, honesty will always help you.  When your heart is open to love and truth, your lips will not utter lies that haunt you.  When people are honest with each other up front, the truth may hurt sooner, but the suffering always dies faster, and out of this suffering comes growth.
  • Loyalty – Stand by those you care about in their darkest moments, not because you want to stand in the dark, but because you don’t want them to either.  Brave the shadows alongside them until they’re able to find the light.  On the flipside, stand by these same people on their sunniest days, not because you want to scorch your skin, but because you’re not afraid to let them shine bright.
  • Acceptance – There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship.  Even if it seems perfect now, it won’t always be.  Imperfection, however, is real and beautiful.  It’s how two people accept and deal with the imperfections of a relationship that make it ideal.
  • Forgiveness – Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues to which you should always seek.  Imagine if everyone you knew was willing both to apologize and to accept an apology.  Is there any problem that you all would not be able to solve? Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did is OK.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did ruin my happiness forever.”

~~~

Mature love is composed and sustaining; a celebration of commitment, companionship, and trust.

Jackson Brown, Jr.

~~~

A millionaire informs his attorney, “I want a stipulation in my Will that my wife is to inherit everything, but only if she remarries within six months of my death.”

“Why such an odd stipulation?” asks the attorney.

“Because,” he says, “I want someone to be sorry I died.”

~~~

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

~~~

A barber runs out of his shop and down to the nearest corner where a policeman is standing. “Officer,” he asks, “have you seen a man run by here in the last few minutes?”

“No, I haven’t. What’s the problem?”

“The lousy cheat ran out of my shop without paying me!”

“Does this fellow have any distinguishing features?” the officer asked.

“Well, yes,” the barber replies. “He’s carrying one of his ears in his left hand.”

~~~

Harp: A nude Steinway.

~~~

She said: Sitting at the kitchen table after dinner one night, my son-in-law was telling us that he’d finished his training for volunteer firefighting and was showing us his beeper. As he spoke, the beeper let out a shrill “there’s a fire” message.

Bryan nearly jumped over the table getting to the door. We watched him as he raced for the car and sped up the block to the fire hall.

“It’s wonderful to know our firemen are trained to respond instantly,” I said to my daughter. “I didn’t know Bryan could move so fast.”

“I hate to burst your bubble, Mom,” she replied, “but the first guy there gets to drive the truck.”

~~~

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

~~~

Everyone was surprised when fastidious, virginal Percy lispingly announced his intention to wed.

“What, you, Percy?” was the amazed reaction. Some skeptics made bets that he wouldn’t go through with it, but Percy fooled them. He even went on a honeymoon.

Upon his return, one of the losers bitingly asked, “Well, is your wife pregnant?”

“I certainly hope so,” said Percy with great sincerity. “I wouldn’t want to go through that again!”

~~~

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.

Franklin P. Jones

~~~

The following is supposedly a true story relating to an actual guide and his response to questions.

Swiss mountain guides who always do the same trails can get tired answering the same questions over and over.

An English tourist was giving his guide an especially hard time with silly questions. They were walking through a mountain valley that was strewn with rocks, and the traveler asked, “How did these rocks get here?”

“Sir,” said the guide, “They were brought down by a glacier.”

The tourist peered up the mountain and said, “But I don’t see any glacier.”

“Oh, really?” said the guide. “I guess it has gone back for more.”

~~~

Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.

Bertrand Russell

~~~

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 miss my friends

Ray’s Daily
August 28, 2017
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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

Brighter Day

Being with my wife as she struggles to regain her health has me drained. I hope you will understand my again sending you a Daily reprint.
Ray

Ray’s Daily first published on August 28, 2007

One of the things that brighten my life is people like you. Some of you I see often, others, seldom, and some never at all, and yet we are connected. It is who you are and what you do that is special. We may never actually communicate but when our day includes something that we feel good about we may not recognize it but it is a moment that connects us all. It is the good will of others that often motivates us to care for someone else. We may never know the differences we make in someone’s life, but trust me we can make that difference through how we ourselves live.

A guy who contributes many of the ideas you read here is my friend and sometimes traveling companion Ken. Here are some pearls of wisdom he sent me a few years ago, the comments are mine.
Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. I have a friend who learned to count to five before she spoke, her life got much better once she did
• You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future. I am glad that my character flaws include the inability to worry too much.
• All people smile in the same language. As you know I have traveled extensively and I have found that a smile opens many doors.
• A hug is a great gift… one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it’s easy to exchange. To tell the truth a hug is as good for the hugger as for the hugee.
• Everyone needs to be loved…especially when they do not deserve it. Some people are so overwhelmed by anger or loneliness that they become difficult to love, yet no one needs it more. Want to save someone? Then Care for them.
• Everyone has beauty around them but not everyone sees it. There is music appreciation, art appreciation, and best of all life appreciation, just open your eyes and look.
• If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for. How sad it is that some leave no room for happiness.
• Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts. I sometimes think that the worst thing we can do is to say unkind things to those who care for us.

~~~

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”

Voltaire
~~~
Comments from 1958:

1. The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt if they will ever catch on.
2. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime to mail a letter!
3. No one can afford to be sick any more; $35.00 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.
4. If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00 nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
5. Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $72,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.
6. If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a hair cut… forget it!
7. I’m really afraid that Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
8. I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.00
9. When I first started driving, who would have ever thought that someday gasoline would cost 29 cents a gallon! Guess we would be better off leaving the car in the garage.
10. It’s too bad things are tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

~~~

“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”

Henny Youngman
~~~

An elderly man in North Carolina had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up really nice, along with some picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.
One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.
As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. When he came closer, he realized it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end to shield themselves.
One of the women shouted to him, “We’re not coming out until you leave!”
The old man frowned and replied, “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.” Holding the bucket up he said, “I’m here to feed the alligator.”
Moral of the story: Old men may move slow but can still think fast.

~~~
Am I ambivalent? Well, yes and no.
~~~

Wife to Norm: “What’s your excuse for coming home at this time of the night?”
Norm to wife: “Golfing with friends, my dear.”
Wife to Norm: “What? At 2 a.m?!”
Norm to wife: “Yes. We used night clubs.”

~~~
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
Will Cuppy
~~~

A wife says to her husband one weekend morning, “We’ve got such a clever dog. He brings in the daily newspapers every morning.”
Her husband replied, “Well, lots of dogs can do that.”
The wife responded, “But we don’t subscribe to any papers!”

~~~

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer
~~~
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.

 

She is my best friend

Ray’s Daily

August 25, 2017

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Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.

Franz Schubert

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I have been thinking a lot about my wife and our years together as she struggles to regain her health. Our years together have not always been easy, like many others we have shared both the good times and the bad.

My wife’s greatest contribution to our happy life has been her ability to forgive my missteps and stand beside me when we faced challenges. She also did most of the rearing of our three fabulous children.

Our many years together have resulted in mutual understanding and a caring friendship. These days I get great comfort just holding her hand and wish I had done it more often over the years.

My hope these days that her recovery results in her ability to live happily and together.

The following story reminds me of how we learned to live together without animosity.

NO POINTING FINGERS

A man asked his father-in-law, “Many people praised you for a successful marriage. Could you please share with me your secret?”

The father-in-law answered in a smile, “Never criticize your wife for her shortcomings or when she does something wrong. Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you.”

We all look forward to being loved and respected. Many people are afraid of losing face. Generally, when a person makes a mistake, he would look around to find a scapegoat to point the finger at. This is the start of a war. We should always remember that when we point one finger at a person, the other four fingers are pointing at ourselves.

If we forgive the others, others will ignore our mistake too.

~~~

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

Pearl S. Buck

~~~

There was a party in progress in the woods. Suddenly, there was a downpour of thunder and rain. They jumped out of the tent and ran for about 10 minutes in the pouring rain, finally reaching their car just as the rain let up. They jumped into the car, started it up and headed down the road, laughing.

All of a sudden, an old Indian man’s face appeared in the passenger window and there was a light tapping on the window. The passenger screamed out: EEEEEK! Look at my window! There’s an old Indian guy’s face there!” The old Indian man kept knocking, so the driver said, “Well open the window a little and ask him what he wants!” The passenger rolled her window down part-way and asked, scared out of her wits, “What do you want?” The old Indian softly asked, “You have any marshmallows?”

The passenger, terrified, looked at the driver and said, “He wants marshmallows!” “Well, offer him the whole bag! HURRY!” the driver replies. So she fumbles with a backpack and hands the old man a bag of marshmallows and yells, “Step on it!” rolling up the window in terror.

Now going about 80 miles an hour, they halfway calm down, and start laughing again, and the passenger says, “What was that?” The driver says, “I don’t know. How could this be? I am going pretty fast.” But, all of a sudden AGAIN there is a knock on the window and there is the old Indian man again. Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, there he is again!,” the passenger yells.” “Well, see what he wants now!” yells back the driver. She rolls down the window a little ways and shakily says, “Yes?” The old Indian quietly asks, “Do you have a lighter so that I can roast the marshmallows?” The passenger throws a lighter out the window at him, rolls up the window, and yells, STEP ON IT!” They are now going about 100 miles per hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden again there is more knocking! “HE’S BACK!” The passenger rolls down the window and screams out, WHAT DO YOU WANT?” instark fear. The old man gently replies, “You want some help getting out of the mud?”

~~~

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

~~~

Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee. “Hoot mon,” he said, “in Scotland it wouldna ha been more than $20.”

“That might be true,” said the travel agent, “but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked.”

“Well, at $50/hour for a boat,” said the Scotsman, “it’s no wonder he walked.”

~~~

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.

Lily Tomlin

~~~

Jill was really peeved! She was arguing with the druggist because her favorite cure-all could not be bought without a prescription.

“Look, lady. You can’t have this without a prescription because it’s a habit-forming drug.”

“IT IS NOT!” yelled Jill. “I ought to know…I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”

~~~

A kind word is like a Spring day.

Russian Proverb

~~~

A group of junior-level executives were participating in a management training program. The seminar leader pounded home his point about the need to make decisions and take action on those decisions.

“For instance,” he said, “if you had five frogs on a log and three of them decided to jump, how many frogs would you have left on the log?”

The answers from the group were unanimous, “Two.”

“Wrong,” replied the speaker. “There would still be five, because there is a difference between deciding to jump and jumping.”

~~~

“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”

Dave Meurer

~~~

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 For Caring

Ray’s Daily

August 23, 2017

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“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

Thanks for caring

I was hoping to go to my Kiwanis Club’s meeting this morning for the first time since my wife’s illness but don’t have the energy needed to get there, This afternoon I will be with my wife as she works with therapists to rebuild her strength at the rehab facility. Since I am running slow today I am sending you a Daily from the past that is still meaningful to me.

 Ray’s Daily first published on August 24, 2008

I recently stumbled across an article that reinforced something I really believe in, our ability to let people know we care about them. Sadly some of us just take even those closest to us for granted and seldom just take a moment to let them know just how special they are to us. We are frequently that way too with those we see often; acquaintances, colleagues, business people and others. They are all worth our taking time to let them know we do appreciate them.

All of these folks are important and enrich our existence and I personally think they deserve not only our appreciation but also our interest. Most people are like you and me and wonder if anyone really listens or cares about them. I think I do, but most of the time I don’t do a very good job of stopping and letting them know I do.

And then there are the people we do don’t know but who we meet casually as we go about our daily business. These people are really special because if you take the time to thank them, tell them how nice they look, or just let them know you are grateful for the brief encounter some amazing things happen, you get rewarded. Most days the best reward I get is from the smile from someone who is pleased and often surprised that some one cared to stop and greet them. In my experience nothing pays as well as that what we get from others when we stop and give them a chance.

Here is the story I alluded to in the beginning.

Show Someone You Care

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.

You see I buried my wife, the love of my life just a few short years ago and watched her slowly fade away. 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.

Bill Renda

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I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Stephen Grellet

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There was a party in progress in the woods. Suddenly, there was a downpour of thunder and rain. They jumped out of the tent and ran for about 10 minutes in the pouring rain, finally reaching their carjust as the rain let up. They jumped into the car, started it up and headed down the road, laughing.

All of a sudden, an old Indian man’s face appeared in the passenger window and there was a light tapping on the window. The passenger screamed out: EEEEEK! Look at my window! There’s an old Indian guy’s face there!” The old Indian man kept knocking, so the driver said, “Well open the window a little and ask him what he wants!” The passenger rolled her window down part-way and asked, scared out of her wits, “What do you want?” The old Indian softly asked, “You have any marshmallows?”

The passenger, terrified, looked at the driver and said, “He wants marshmallows!” “Well, offer him the whole bag! HURRY!” the driver replies. So she fumbles with a backpack and hands the old man a bag of marshmallows and yells, “Step on it!” rolling up the window in terror.

Now going about 80 miles an hour, they halfway calm down, and start laughing again, and the passenger says, “What was that?” The driver says, “I don’t know. How could this be? I am going pretty fast.” But, all of a sudden AGAIN there is a knock on the window and there is the old Indian man again. Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, there he is again!,” the passenger yells.” “Well, see what he wants now!” yells back the driver. She rolls down the window a little ways and shakily says, “Yes?” The old Indian quietly asks, “Do you have a lighter so that I can roast the marshmallows?” The passenger throws a lighter out the window at him, rolls up the window, and yells, STEP ON IT!” They are now going about 100 miles per hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden again there is more knocking! “HE’S BACK!” The passenger rolls down the window and screams out, WHAT DO YOU WANT?” instark fear. The old man gently replies, “You want some help getting out of the mud?”

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It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

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Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee. “Hoot mon,” he said, “in Scotland it wouldna ha been more than $20.”

“That might be true,” said the travel agent, “but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked.”

“Well, at $50/hour for a boat,” said the Scotsman, “it’s no wonder he walked.”

~~~

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.

Lily Tomlin

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Jill was really peeved! She was arguing with the druggist because her favorite cure-all could not be bought without a prescription.

“Look, lady. You can’t have this without a prescription because it’s a habit-forming drug.”

“IT IS NOT!” yelled Jill. “I ought to know…I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”

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A kind word is like a Spring day.

Russian Proverb

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A group of junior-level executives were participating in a management training program. The seminar leader pounded home his point about the need to make decisions and take action on those decisions.

“For instance,” he said, “if you had five frogs on a log and three of them decided to jump, how many frogs would you have left on the log?”

The answers from the group were unanimous, “Two.”

“Wrong,” replied the speaker. “There would still be five, because there is a difference between deciding to jump and jumping.”

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Seneca

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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.

 

 

Don’t Stop

Ray’s Daily
8-23-2017
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I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
Author Unknown

JUST KEEP GOING

Over the years I have come to believe the difference between success and failure has been the willingness to go on even when all seems to be lost. There is no doubt we will never get to the end of a journey if we stop moving on. If you are like I am you have undertaken tasks that you thought you might not be able to do, only to find that your tenacity allowed you to successfully get them done.
Over the last few weeks my wife’s medical outlook seemed pretty bleak. My family never let despair set in, they just kept doing all they could to help my wife work her way back to health. She still has a long way to go but she is making progress. It is not easy but she keeps going and for that I am most grateful.
I few years ago I read the following story and continue to believe that Churchill had it right.

Never Give Up

Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.
He arrived with his usual props. A cigar, a cane and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”
Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “Never give up!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform. His commencement address was finished.

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Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb
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Robert calls home to his wife and says, “Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I’ve been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We’re leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas.”
His wife, Rhonda, thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good.
Rhonda welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. Robert says, “Yes! Lots of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?”
“I did,” Rhonda replies, “they were in your tackle box.”

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Patience is never more important than when you are at the edge of losing it.
O. A. Battista
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As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust. Suddenly, we realized why………we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them….

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It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.
~~~

The wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left.
She said, “Hon, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting.”
“It was postponed.” he replied. “The wife of the Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme Potentate wouldn’t let him attend tonight.”

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Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
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A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the rest.
Strike while the …………………….bug is close.
It’s always darkest before………………Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of……….termites.
Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.
You can’t teach an old dog new…………..math.
If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.
Where there’s smoke there’s……………..pollution.
Happy the bride who……………………..gets all the presents.
A penny saved is…………………………not much.
Two’s company, three’s………………….the Musketeers.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and….you have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.
If at first you don’t succeed…………….don’t skydive.
When the blind leadeth the blind………….get out of the way.
Better late than………………………pregnant!!!!

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There is truth in what they say about the sexes. Men like cars, women like clothes. I also like cars because they take me to clothes.

Rita Rudner
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One of our clients brought in his massive Doberman pinscher to be spayed. As a veterinary assistant, I escort the patient into the doctor’s office. But before taking this dog’s leash, I glimpsed those large teeth of her’s and asked the owner.
“Is she friendly?”
“Friendly?” said the man…….”She’s had five litters!”

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When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
Author Unknown
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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.

 

 

Doing Better

Ray’s Daily
August 22, 2017
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A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
Denis Waitley

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There have been times during my wife’s difficult illness when I reminded myself that no matter how tired or distressed I was letting down was not the answer. Today I stopped at the office of a senior organization where I was greeted by friends who reminded me that isolation was not going to do me any good either. After I realized how good it felt to spend a little time in a more normal environment I went on to the gym for a short workout.
If I let my spirits wane I will be letting my wife down so I am not going to let that happen. So I will again tomorrow be with her cheering her on.
The other day I read an article written by Emily Jacobs that makes sense to me. I have heavily edited the article in order to highlight things I feel are important to my life these days.

Things to Do When Your Life Goes Off Track

Fortunately, even when life doesn’t go according to plan, there are ways to make the most of it.

Nurture relationships with people.

Difficult life phases can be isolating, so friends are more important than ever.
When your life takes detours, be open and honest about it. You don’t have to bare your soul to everyone; share your struggles with a few trustworthy, compassionate people. Don’t be afraid to let on that life isn’t going how you originally planned.
They may reciprocate and share some of their own difficulties, and you’ll both feel less alone. (After all, no one’s life is perfect, however it looks!)

Live outside yourself.

There are benefits to mindfulness, introspection, and self-care. However, they also make it easy to be self-absorbed and to wallow in your disappointment.
It’s time to get out of yourself.
Volunteer at a local nonprofit, invite a neighbor over for coffee, or email a friend you haven’t seen in awhile.
You don’t have to ignore problems or live in denial. Just give your brain a break. This can help ease anxiety, reduce stress, and give you a chance to make life better for someone else.

~~~

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 Buscaglia
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Future Novelists… These are actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays
• Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a thigh master.
• His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
• The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife’s infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge free ATM.
• The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
• From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie surreal quality, like when you’re on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7 pm instead of 7:30.
• John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
• He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the east river.
• “Oh, Jason, take me!” she panted, her breasts heaving like a college freshman on $1-a-beer night.
• The Ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
• He was deeply in love when she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
• She was as easy as the TV guide crossword.
• It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.

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“I have an inferiority complex, it’s just not a very good one.”
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A young man who wants to see the world signs on to a tramp steamer to be trained as a helmsman. He masters the classroom instruction, then starts his practical training on the wheel of the vessel. In his first lesson, the mate gives him a heading, and the young fellow holds to it.
Then the mate orders, “Come starboard.”
Pleased at knowing immediately which way starboard is, the young man leaves the helm and walks over to his instructor.
The mate has an incredulous look on his face as the helm swings freely. Then, rather gently considering the circumstance, he asks politely, “Could you bring the ship with you?”

~~~

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time.It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Sydney J. Harris
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An 80-year-old- couple are having problems remembering things, so they decide to see their doctor to find out if anything is wrong with them. They see the doctor and tell him about the memory problems they’ve been having. After a check-up, the doctor tells them that they are physically fine but might want to start writing things down to help them remember things. They thank the doctor and leave.
Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. “Where are you going?” asks his wife. “To the kitchen,” he replies.
“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?” she asks. “Sure,” he says. She says, “Maybe you should write it down so you’ll remember.” “I’ll remember,” he says “Well, I would also like some strawberries on top,” she says. “You had better write that down cause I know you’ll forget.”
“I can remember that,” he says, as he begins to loose his patience. “You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
“I would also like whip cream on top,” she adds, “I know you will forget that so you better write it down.” Hopping mad he says, “I don’t need to write that down! I will remember just fine.” He fumes into the kitchen to get the food.
After about 20 minutes he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “You forgot my toast.”

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Earlier today I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
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“I had the toughest time of my life. First, I got angina pectoris and then arteriosclerosis. Just as I was recovering from these, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis.
Then they gave me hypodermics. Appendicitis was followed by tonsillectomy. These gave way to aphasia and hypertrophic cirrhosis. I completely lost my memory for a while.
I know I had diabetes and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis. I don’t know how I pulled through it. It was the hardest spelling test I’ve ever had.”

~~~

I think one of the most important things in a relationship is caring for your significant other through good times and bad.

Nick Cannon
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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.

 

I love my choir

Ray’s Daily
August 21, 2017
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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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These last few weeks as my wife fought to regain her health have been the most difficult time in my life. At times all that kept me going was hope and the care of my family and friends. I wish there was more I could do for her comfort but the most I have been able to do is cheer her on.
My family spends time each day helping which allows me time to recharge. It is their help and the support of so many of you that have kept me up for the challenges, I am grateful to you all.
I recently read an article entitled How Can We Build and Nurture Our Circle of Support? written by Caren Osten Gerszberg. Here in part is what she wrote. It has meaning for me as I share her experience.

Research shows that relationships are the number one predictor of well-being.
Last April, my brother passed away suddenly after being in an accident. He was 55 years old and my only sibling. In the days and weeks that followed, I subsisted in a foggy state—unsure how to process the events and unable to make even the smallest decision. And everywhere I turned, there was a friend, a family member, or someone from one of my micro-communities—neighbors, members of my meditation group, people from my synagogue—stopping by to lend an ear and maybe a shoulder, cook a meal for my family, and check in to see if there was something I needed.
Those people—the ones who both held me up and held my hand during those dark, incomprehensible days—are my choir. They are the same people with whom, in happier times, I can dance, share a bottle of wine, talk politics, walk my dog and do yoga. I have never been so grateful to have them.
It is our relationships, according to results from a nearly 80-year study done at Harvard, that are the number one predictor of our well-being—both emotionally and physically. More than money. More than fame. “The surprising finding [from the study] is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger, director of the study, a psychiatrist and a professor at Harvard Medical School. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”
You don’t need to wait until something tragic happens to notice, nurture and appreciate the relationships that enhance your life from day to day—it may be a gym friend, a work colleague or a cousin who lives far away; your spouse, a church member, or someone you befriended on the internet.
Try asking yourself who’s in your choir, and consider how you can nurture those relationships.

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I will always be there for you until the very end, wiping all your tears away, being your best friend, and a companion for the life.

Anurag Prakash Ray
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Immutable Facts

When one wishes to unlock a door but has only one hand free, the keys are in the opposite pocket. (Von Fumbles Law)
A door will snap shut only when you have left the keys inside. (Yale Law of Destiny)
When one’s hands are covered with oil, grease, or glue, your nose will start to itch. (Law of Ichiban)
Your insurance will cover everything but what has happened. (Insurance So Sorry Law)
When things seem to be going well, you’ve probably forgotten to do something. (Cheney’s Second Corollary)
When things seem easy to do, it’s because you haven’t followed all the instructions. (Destiny Awaits Law)
If you keep your cool when everyone else is losing his, it’s probably because you have not realized the seriousness of the problem. (Law of Gravitas)
Most problems are not created or solved; they only change appearances. (Einstein’s Law of Persistence)
You will run to answer the telephone just as the party hangs up on you. (Principle of Dingaling)
Whenever you connect with the Internet, the call you’ve been waiting for all day will arrive. (Principle of Bellsouth)

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“My Dad used to say ‘always fight fire with fire’, which is probably why he got thrown out of the fire department.”

Harry Hill
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Jim needs a job, and has no qualms about inventing the necessary qualifications. He reasons that once he finds work, he will impress the boss so much that everything will be forgiven.
After a successful initial interview at the Encyclopedia of American History, he is called back to meet the sales manager.
“You say you have experience selling books?”
“Lots of it,” replies Jim.
“And you have a Master’s in American history from the University of Michigan?”
“Correct,” replies Jim. “History is my field of study.”
“Well then,” says the sales manager, “As soon as I can complete this form, we can get you started in the firm.”
While the sales manager is making a few notations, Jim, obviously pleased with himself, begins to whistle. Looking around the room, he notices pictures of Washington and Lincoln on the walls.
Pointing to the portraits, he turns to the sales manager and says, “Fine looking men. Your partners?”

~~~

She asked: My husband has suggested a candlelight dinner at home for our anniversary. Is he being romantic or just cheap?

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Billy’s dad was away on a business trip. So he wanted to sleep with his mother. The first night she refused. The second night she refused again. On the third night she decided to let him lay there for a while and take him to bed when he fell asleep.
So Billy put on his pajamas and jumped into bed on his father’s side. With both his hands behind his head, he said to his mother just before she fell asleep: “With Christmas approaching, don’t you think it would be a good idea if we buy Billy a bicycle?”

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“The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.”

Bryant McGill,
~~~

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.

The Ordeal Continues

Ray’s Dialy

August 18, 2017

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You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.

You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Naguib Mahfouz

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My wife’s medical problems continue to be somewhat grave with little progress so far. My family and I are meeting with the care giver team this morning to review her situation. She also has developed complications that require brining another medical specialist on board.

These are truly trying times for all of us as we do what we can to make her ordeal as bearable as possible. Today I am sending you the Daily I published seven years ago.

Ray

If wisdom is shown by the questions we ask more than the answers we give I hope quantity counts for as those of you who know me know I always have lots of questions. I suspect however that Mahfouz would probably place more emphasis on the quality of the questions. In my case I find that the search for answers is one of life’s great rewards, unfortunately I think too many these days provide unfounded opinion and take too little time searching for truth.

If you have been reading the daily for any length of time you know how much I appreciate the wisdom of those who have left quotes that provide us either insight or a portal to walk through to find our own answers. Today I thought I would dip into a few of those quotes and see where they may lead my thoughts.

Mary Anne Radmacher once said that “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”  I really think she is right but I am not sure it is as much courage as strength of character. In my experience perseverance pays, problems often look different when revisited and the victory is sweeter when the battle is not easy. Winners don’t drop out nor slack off they pull themselves up and keep at it.

Sir Winston Churchill wrote “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” – Ah yes! The anticipation that comes from looking forward to tomorrow’s opportunities is the fuel that feeds the engine. The past is truly prologue and today is the stepping stone that leads us to tomorrow’s promise. It is the weary traveler who stops to rest or even dwell that never gets to see the flowers on the other side of the hill. It is the journey that fills our lives not the destination.

And lastly Gail Sheehy said “Ah, mastery… what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills… and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.” – This is why the journey can become so rewarding. If you are like I am each new answer or skill acquisition only motivates you to go on and learn more. Those who stop and are satisfied that they know all they need to know must step aside for the world will go on without them and soon their knowledge will be of little use.

So my friend living on is a choice you get to make, and as someone once said “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” So put on your traveling shoes and walk the walk that will embellish the time you have left, if you do you’ll be glad you did.

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Why God Never Received Tenure at Any University

  1. He only had one major publication.
  2. It was in Hebrew.
  3. It had no references.
  4. It wasn’t published in a referred journal.
  5. Some even doubt He wrote it Himself.
  6. It may be true that He created the world, but what has He done since then?
  7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.
  8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating His results.
  9. He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission to use human subjects.
  10. When one experiment went awry, He tried to cover it up by drowning the subjects.
  11. When subjects didn’t behave as predicted, He deleted them from the sample.
  12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.
  13. Some say He had His son teach the class.
  14. He expelled His first two students for learning.
  15. Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed His tests.
  16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountaintop.

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

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The students in her third grade class were bombarding her with questions about her newly pierced ears.

“Does the hole go all the way through?”

“Yes.”

“Did it hurt?”

“Just a little.”

“Did they stick a needle through your ears?”

“No, they used a special gun.”

Silence followed, and then one solemn voice called out, “How far away did they stand?”

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I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.

Susan Sarandon

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She said: When I arrived for my daughter’s parent-teacher conference, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. “For example, she’ll do the wrong page in the workbook,” the teacher explained, “and I’ve even found her sitting in the wrong desk.”

“I don’t understand that,” I replied defensively. “Where could she have gotten that?”

The teacher went on to reassure me that my daughter was still doing fine in school and was sweet and likeable. Finally, after a pause, she added, “By the way, our appointment was for tomorrow.”

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I panicked and hung up! What kind of sick company has an actual PERSON answer their phone?!

~~~

Mrs. Taylor, asked her 5th grade history class, “When was Rome built?” and called on Timothy to answer first.

“Rome was built at night.” was his answer.

“At night?” asked Mrs. Taylor, holding her ruler firmly in her hands. “How ever did you get such an idea?”

“Well,” gulped the student, hoping his answer would satisfy her, “everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

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Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.

Joan L. Curcio

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An influential Londoner wound up a business trip to the Orient with a visit to Taipei. At a luncheon, he was asked to say a few words. Since he spoke not a word of Chinese, his address was to be translated by an interpreter, sentence by sentence. “I want you to know,” he began, “I’m tickled to death to be asked here today.”

A look of panicked confusion appeared on the interpreter’s face. “This poor man,” he said in Chinese, “Scratches himself until he dies, only to be with you today.”

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We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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