November 13, 2017
“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
I got big news on Friday, my wife’s Doctors have decided to bar her from ever driving again, This is really hard on her as she was out every day before her illnesses. Now I need to do the driving for her to visit her friends, do the mall walking and the like. So I need to reprogram and spend more time with her and less time on other activities.
I am running behind and have things I must do so I am again sending you a Ray’s Daily reprint.
Ray’s Daily first pblished om November 13, 2007
A friend of mine spoke to a group not long ago about how lucky we are to live in my hometown. He told us great things are happening because people like you and me are involved in so much of what is going on in our community. He shared examples of how so many that were not rich nor had prestigious family connections had lead or influenced many of the good things happening around us.
I thought about what my friend had said and realized the room was full of people with untapped potential, people who observe but don’t come alive and get involved. Far too many of us sit and wait to be discovered and then wonder why our lives are so drab and our rut too deep to crawl out of. My concern resulted in my reflecting back on how I had become involved in so many meaningful activities. I realized that I could be one of those my friend had described, I came to town without wealth and with absolutely no family or friend connections and yet I have been privileged to have been allowed to do so much at the local, state, and national level. I have no outstanding academic credentials and hold no records. As I thought about it I realized that the secret was being myself and just being there.
Nobody is going to discover our talents and interests if we stay in our cocoon. No matter what they say, opportunity won’t knock on your door if it does not know where you live. I am not talking about change the world opportunities, I am talking about being asked to join with others next Saturday for a few hours to make your neighborhood a better place or going to a lecture and talking to the person in the next seat and discovering a new friend.
We are at a time in our world that we need all the help we can get and yet many of us stay home wondering why our lives are not more exciting. I have two suggestions, first decide that it is perfectly all right to just be yourself and second come out and meet us somewhere, we would love to have your help. So the next time I am at a class at the center I’ll look for you, if I am volunteering ringing bells for the Salvation Army I hope we do it together, and when I hear you stand up and suggest how things can be changed for the better I’ll be thankful that you were there to say it.
“If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it.”
The ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members.
“How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.
“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”
“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”
“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”
“Are you in any pain?” she asked.
“No, I have never had a pain in my life.”
“Well, what are you worried about?” her friend asked again.
The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry.
“Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to heaven. I’m afraid they’re all wondering where I went.”
Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
You! Off my planet!!
Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be…?
I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
Allow me to introduce my selves.
Short skirts have a tendency to make men polite. Have you ever seen a man get on a bus ahead of one?
Women love to shop. It is the one area of the world where they feel like they’re actually in control.
Women especially love a bargain. The question of “need” is irrelevant, so don’t bother pointing it out. Anything on sale is fair game.
Women never have anything to wear. Don’t question the racks of clothes in the closet; you “just don’t understand”.
Women need to cry. And they won’t do it alone unless they know you can hear them.
Women will always ask questions that have no right answer, in an effort to trap you into feeling guilty.
If nobody measures up, check your yardstick.
Unaware that Indianapolis is on Eastern Standard Time and Chicago on Central Standard Time, Bob inquired at the Indianapolis airport about a plane to Chicago.
“The next flight leaves at 1:00 p.m.,” a ticket agent said, “and arrives in Chicago at 1:01 p.m.”
“Would you repeat that, please?” Bob asked.
The agent did so and then inquired, “Do you want a ticket?”
“No,” said Bob, “But I think I’ll hang around and watch that thing take off.”
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
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’ve never subscribed to any papers!”
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive, anyway.
“Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market.”
“Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically,” remarked his friend.
“I’m not bitter. Now that I’m so improved, she just isn’t good enough for me.”
“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”
When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session. “I’m not aware of your problem,” the doctor said. “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”
“Of course,” replied the patient. “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”
“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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