February 15, 2018
“The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.”
As I thought about my friend who is about to embark on a new career I again was reminded that a chapter in our lives that is completed does not mean the book is finished. We all have the ability to enrich our tomorrows but only if we are willing to keep going. Life only stagnates if you have decided there is little more to be done. We never should stop so long that we lose the energy needed to move on.
I have learned that the journey is much more enjoyable when you have a companion cheering you on. That is why I like the following story.
The Story of Life
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.
Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
I’ve always ordered beverages one simple way: “A Coke, please.”
Lately, though, this hasn’t seemed to work. Waitresses now often respond, “I’m sorry, we don’t have Coke. We have Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mr. Pibb.”
Tired of listening to the long list of soft drinks, I thought I’d make life easier. So one day I simply asked the snackbar clerk at a movie theater for a “dark, carbonated beverage.”
The young man behind the counter chuckled and asked, “Ma’am, would you like a cylindrical plastic sucking device with that?”
“There are two things I’ve learned: There is no Cinderella. And, I’m not her Prince.”
Before and After Children
-Before children: Going out to dinner meant a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, at an upscale restaurant with a view of the ocean.
-After children: Going out to dinner means a fast meal for four served on a tray under a heat lamp with a view of the drive through.
-Before children: Dressing up meant wearing a brand new evening gown with sequins and a low cut back.
-After children: Dressing up means wearing my only pre-maternity dress that zips all the way up without the use of body lotion and power tools.
-Before Children: The aroma of expensive perfume wafted seductively through the air.
-After Children: The aroma of talcum powder and anti-bacterial soap permeates the air.
-Before Children: In the evening we’d lay on the rug and hold hands in front of a roaring fire.
-After Children: In the evening I collapse on the floor somewhere between the chair and the ottoman because I’m too exhausted from chasing after children and picking up toys to hoist my body into an upright position.
-Before Children: “Sweet nothings” were whispered gently in my ear.
-After children: Requests for cups of water are screamed down the stairs.
-Before children: I’d receive a dozen roses or expensive jewelry.
-After children: I receive stale candy hearts and homemade macaroni necklaces.
-Before Children: I spent each day with the person I loved the most.
-After Children: I spend each day with the people I love the most.
Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Eric is sitting at the bar staring morosely into his beer. Tom walks in, sits down and asks him what the problem is.
“Well,” said Eric, “I ran afoul on one of those awkward questions women ask. Now, I’m in deep trouble at home.”
“What kind of question?” asked Tom.
“My wife asked me if I would still love her when she gets old, fat and wrinkly.”
“That’s easy,” said Tom. “You just say ‘Of course I will.'”
“Yeah,” said Eric. “That’s what I did, except I said ‘Of course I do.'”
“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
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