February 23, 2018
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
I am a little tired this morning so I am going to let my mind rest and fall back on a reprint. I hope you have a great weekend.
Ray’s Daily first published on February 23, 2004
We have often talked about those who seem to find the cloud even in a rainbow. What is sad to me is that so many just give up as they get older and seem to only be able to find fault. I know that you see each day as a new adventure and something to be enjoyed. No matter how old we are we still have the ability to hope that tomorrow will be an even better day than today. I like the following.
If you can look at the sunset and smile, then you still have hope.
If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.
If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, then you still have hope.
If the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.
If you can see the good in other people, then you still have hope.
If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.
If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, then you still have hope.
If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.
If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, then you still have hope.
If you give people the benefit of a doubt, then you still have hope.
If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, then you still have hope.
If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.
If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and frustration, then you still have hope.
If you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.
If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection, then you still have hope.
If you still buy the ornaments, put up the Christmas tree or cook the turkey, then you still have hope.
If you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy, then you still have hope.
If you can look to the past and smile, then you still have hope.
If, when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase….”yeah….BUT..” then you still have hope.
Hope is such a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break.
It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in. Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage. Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it. Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction. Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured, and something that will refresh us in return. And it can be found in each of us, and it can bring light into the darkest of places. Never lose hope.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
10 WAYS YOU KNOW YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION IS SLOW
- Text on Web pages displays as Morse Code.
- Graphics arrive via FedEx.
- You believe a heavier string might improve your connection.
- You post a message to your favorite newsgroup and it displays a week later.
- Your credit card expires while ordering online.
- ESPN Web site exhibits “Heisman Trophy Winner”…for 1989.
- You’re still in the middle of downloading that popular new game, “PacMan”.
- Everyone you talk to on the ‘net phone’ sounds like Forrest Gump.
- You receive e-mails with stamps on them.
- When you click the “Send” button, a little door opens on the side of your monitor and a pigeon flies out.
“I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
Rita Mae Brown
From a passenger ship one can see a bearded man on a small island who is shouting and desperately waving his hands.
“Who is it?” a passenger asks the captain.
“I’ve no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes mad.”
“Did your wife have much to say when you got home last night?” “No, but that didn’t keep her from talking for two hours.”
Here is the result of Ken’s research: LADIES….VS…. REAL WOMAN
LADIES – If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix-me-up.”
REAL WOMEN – If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too damn bad. Please recite with me, The Real Women’s motto: “I made it and you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes.”
LADIES – Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
REAL WOMEN – Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink. You might still have the headache, but who cares?
LADIES – Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
REAL WOMEN – Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake. You are probably lying on the couch, with your feet up anyway.
LADIES – To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
REAL WOMEN – Buy boxed mashed potato mix and you don’t have to worry about the potatoes growing arms and legs.
LADIES – When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the inside of the cake.
REAL WOMEN – Go to the bakery – they’ll even decorate it for you.
LADIES – Brush some beaten egg whites over pie crust before baking, to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
REAL WOMEN – Sara Lee frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over it, so I don’t do it.
LADIES – If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
REAL WOMEN – Go ask the very HOT neighbor guy to do it.
And finally the most important tip….
LADIES – Don’t throw out all that left-over wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
REAL WOMEN – Left-over wine??
A GOOD friend will come and bail you out of jail.
A TRUE friend will be sitting next to you saying, “Damn…that was fun!”
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my shape to keep
Please no wrinkles
Please no bags
and please lift my butt before it sags
Please no age spots, Please no gray.
And as for my belly, please take it away
Please keep me healthy, and young,
And thank you Dear Lord for all that you have done.
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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