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We are in it together

Ray’s Daily

March 16, 2018

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Hear me, four quarters of the world – a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.

Black Elk

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My computer and me are quitting early today so we are sending you what we published twelve years ago.

Ray

Ray’s Daily first published on March 16, 2006

Globalization, immigration, melting ice caps, pandemics, natural disasters, genocide, trade deficits, famine, poverty, brain drain, the internet, instant news, terrorism, conflict, global collaboration, the list could on and on. Never in history have people like you and I been so much a part of a global community, the world has become the city in which we all live. And just like in the cities of the past we are too often segregated and tied to our local neighborhoods while we too easily miss what is happening on the other side of the tracks. Our global neighborhoods are constantly changing, there is new music to hear, new food to taste, and really interesting people to meet. Our new neighbors have different accents, they do much of the work that needs to be done, and they enrich our communities by bringing some of their culture into our lives. Just as it was in America at the turn of the century, people, cultures, ideas, and values are on the move. And just like it was then we can choose to isolate ourselves or enrich our lives by embracing the good things that are there for us when we team with our neighbors.

There was never a time when we were needed more nor when the tasks appear more daunting. Unfortunately, some people have locked themselves away, often due to their fear of the unknown. Others are so centered on instant self-gratification that they are blind to the investments we must make if we are to avoid the disaster that may befall us in the future only because we did not care enough. However, I sincerely believe that the majority of our neighbors are good people, just like you and I, and that their lack of involvement is because they are overwhelmed by it all and don’t know where to find out how they might do more.

Fortunately there are those trying to do something about the problem. As an example, I recently had the good fortune to sit in on a meeting of leaders from various organizations that are dedicated to building bridges between Central Indiana and the rest of the world. Our discussions gravitated to those fellow citizens who want to learn and do, but just don’t know how to get started. The group decided they would establish an on-line clearing house to match those that want to do something with those who have something to do. It will be like an internet based employment agency for volunteers or a dating service for those that want to bring some adventure into their lives by becoming involved in the world around us. I was glad I had the opportunity to meet with a group of leaders who are doing something, rather than meeting with people who just sit back observing our problems while missing our opportunities.

I never know what I am going to write when I sit down at my computer each day to put the daily together for its midnight trip around the world. As you often see, I am a champion typo generator, I use bad grammar, and am prone to disjointed thoughts. Often my passion for the subject at hand takes hold and results in lengthy pieces, today is one of those days.

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We have some great neighbors, do yourself a favor and go out and meet some of them. I know you will be glad you did.

Ray

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As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?” One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.”

“Good,” said the captain, “You pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets. We’re one short.”

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At times I was asked to provide references for former employees by companies considering hiring them.  On one firm’s form was the question: “Was this person a steady worker?”

Since the guy was a well known do-nothing, I entered “Not just steady, but motionless” in the space provided.

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She said: My daughter Glenda was watching me prepare for bed. I had washed my face and was applying face cream. Glenda asked why I was putting that stuff on. I told her it was to make Momma beautiful. She immediately informed me, “They lied to you, Momma”!

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One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese proverb

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Security experts and federal government authorities warn that offspring of the dangerous “I love you” e-mail virus are now on the loose. As a public service, Mombeau presents the following list of “I Love You” mutations and how to recognize them:

The “I Love You, But I’m Shy” virus never actually invades your computer, but collects data about it worshipfully from afar.

The “Love The One You’re With” virus hangs around your computer, but the whole thing is just temporary until it can find the computer that it really wants to invade.

The “Happily Married” virus invades only one computer and stays with it for life.

The “Unhappily Married” virus spends a long time negotiating with a computer, finally invades it, and then strays to other computers from time to time.

The “I Want A Divorce” virus sends repeated, hard-to-read messages that your computer isn’t working and takes half of your computer’s best data in an ugly network session.

The “Stalker” virus spends unnatural amounts of time monitoring your computer, collecting data your computer has thrown away and tries to record all of its functions. And it writes rude messages to any other computer with which yours connects on any regular basis.

The “Forever Single” virus causes your computer to focus solely on other computers with which it is totally incompatible or prove generally unavailable.

The “Deadbeat Dad” virus invades your computer, spawns an entirely new database, then refuses to help update it as it grows.

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Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news: the good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.

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One evening, Jenny arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of clothes in the washer and another in the dryer, dinner on the stove, and the table set. She was astonished – something’ was up.

It turns out that John had read an article that said wives who worked full-time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex.

The night went well and the next day, she told her office friends all about it.

“We had a great dinner. John even cleaned up. He helped the kids do their homework, folded all the laundry and put everything away. I really enjoyed the evening.”

“But what about afterward?” asked her friends.

“Oh, that was perfect too. John was too tired…”

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Are you humbly grateful? Or grumbly hateful?

Pastor Roland Smith

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A Mormon acquaintance once pushed Mark Twain into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of scripture expressly forbidding polygamy.

“Nothing easier,” Twain replied. “No man can serve two masters.”

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The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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Some years ago, Michael J. Flanagan, a successful New York contractor, was standing on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry when a car got loose and sent him into the river where he drowned.

The following Sunday his widow, all decked out in deepest black, was standing on the church steps after Mass, receiving condolences, when an old friend of the contractor came up.

“I’m sorry, Mary, for your trouble,” offered the friend. “Did Mike leave you well fixed?”

“Oh, he did!” she said. “He left me almost a half million dollars.”

“Well now, that’s not bad for a man who couldn’t read or write.”

“Nor swim either,” added the widow.

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The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

Frederick Buechner

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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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Make it a good one

Ray’s Daily

March 15, 2018

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Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.

Goethe

Enjoy your day

I got some needed work done yesterday and now have time to enjoy today, including lunch with a favorite performer. The weather is pretty good and spring is but a few days away. Now if Washington would get its act together I could do what I like to do and that is enjoy my leisure.

It is not always easy to avoid excessive seriousness but the alternative stinks. So I will continue avoid letting the turmoil cloud my vision and focus on the good stuff.

Here are some thoughts I picked up along the way for you to think about. Oh, and by the way enjoy your day as much as I will mine.

Some Wisdom…

  • Count your blessings at the end of every day – don’t focus on the problems you’ve faced that day; rather, think of all the good things that happened and the happiness they gave you.
  • Don’t allow your mind to remain idle – it may be clichéd, but it’s also true that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. So stay busy and keep doing something or the other to prevent negative thoughts from creeping in.
  • Stop negative thoughts before they form completely – if you find yourself becoming depressed because your mind is taking a negative bent, stop those thoughts in their tracks and start consciously thinking of positive things.
  • Spend time with people who love you and make you feel good about yourself– quality relationships make life worth living.
  • Anytime you feel that the weight of your burden is hard to bear, talk to a friend or someone with a sympathetic ear – even if they cannot do anything to help you out, just the fact that you have someone on your side is uplifting enough.
  • And finally, look around you before you start to feel sorry for yourself – there are people in situations that are a hundred times worse than yours, yet they manage to get through each day.

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You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

John Mason

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These are actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system.  All teachers were reprimanded…but boy, are these funny!!!

  1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
  2. Your child has delusions of adequacy.
  3. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
  4. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
  5. The student has a “full six-pack”; but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
  6. This child has been working with glue too much.
  7. When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
  8. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.
  9. If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.

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We have to believe in free will.  We have no choice.

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I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, -Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours – He said, -Yes, but not in a row.-

Steven Wright

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Benefits of Growing Older

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.

Things you buy now won’t wear out.

You can eat dinner at 4:00.

You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.

You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

Your eyes won’t get much worse.

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.

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The 50-50-90 rule: Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

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“I never would have married you if I knew how stupid you were!” Shouted the woman to her husband!

The husband replied, “You should’ve known how stupid I was the minute I asked you to marry me!”

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A wife, one evening, drew her husband’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple?  How devoted they are?  He kisses her every time they meet. Why don’t you do that?”

I would love to,” replied the husband, “but I don’t know her well enough.”

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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Clement Stone

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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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Thank you for making your world a better place

Ray’s Daily

March 14, 2018

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“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

Robert A. Heinlein

Be so happy

The good news is that I am grateful that so many of you are friends. The bad news is that there are so many of you that I seldom, if ever see. Even though that is the case I regard you all and wish I had a way to be closer.

When I recently read the following article, I thought about us and how I hope the Daily sometimes brightens your day. Each of us has opportunities we should not miss to bring a little happiness into someone’s life.

10 Small Yet Big Ways to Brighten Someone’s World

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Our actions matter. Even the smallest acts can have significant impact, because we have an incredible power that we often forget about: We have the power to brighten someone’s world, in big and small ways. A kind gesture can do everything from make someone smile to soothe their sorrow to restore their faith in humanity. This might sound dramatic, but it’s true.

As illustrator Emily Coxhead writes in Make Someone Happy: A Creative Journal for Brightening the World Around You, “You are one in over 7.4 billion humans on this planet and although you may not be able to change the whole world, you can make a few of those worlds a tiny bit brighter.”

Below are 10 ideas from Coxhead’s journal to try this week.

Write a letter to your best friend on their very worst day.

Write a letter to anyone starting with: “Dear ___________. Thank you so much for making the world a whole lot happier…”

List several ways you can make the world or somebody’s world a little happier.

Write a letter to your train conductor/pilot/taxi or bus driver, and leave it for them to find. You might start with: “Thank you for getting me home safely…”

Give someone your full, undivided attention—without being distracted by your phone or anything else. Reflect on what you learned.

Write a letter (or email) to a schoolteacher who helped or inspired you.

Thank someone today for simply being who they are, for something they did, for what they do, or for something they said.

Jot down five kind messages to any five people.

Send a postcard to a loved one the next time you think of them or are reminded of them. Use this template: “Hello ______.  I just wanted to let you know I thought of you on ________. ____________ reminded me of you and it made me happy because ____________. Love from __________.”

Kindness doesn’t necessarily reside in sweeping, must-make-a-sacrifice gestures. Kindness resides in how we listen to someone, holding space for them to share whatever they need to share, without judging or fixing or even reassuring them. Kindness resides in sitting with someone’s pain instead of pretending it doesn’t exist. Kindness resides in letters that express love and support. Kindness resides in showing someone that they are appreciated and important; that they are seen.

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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Buddha

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Some guys in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of them walked into the office and said, “We need some four-by-twos.”

“You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?” asked the clerk. The fellow replied, “Um, I’ll have to check with the rest of the boys.”  He went out to his truck and within a few minutes returned to the clerk stating, “Yep, I meant two-by-fours.”

“Alright,” replied the clerk. “How long do you need them?”

He stood there scratching his head while pondering this question and replied, “Well, um, a long time.  We’re gonna build a house.”

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Minds are like parachutes–they work best when open.

Thomas R. Dewar

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Some newly married friends were visiting us when the topic of children came up. The bride said she wanted three children, while the young husband said two would be enough for him. They discussed this discrepancy for a few minutes until the husband thought he’d put an end to things by saying boldly, “After our second child, I’ll just have a vasectomy.”

Without a moment’s hesitation, the bride retorted, “Well, I hope you’ll love the third one as if it’s your own.”

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Sally told her friend, “I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.”

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A faith healer asked Moshe how his family was getting along. “They ‘re all fine,” Moshe said, “except my uncle. He’s very sick.”

“Your uncle is not sick,” the faith healer said. “He THINKS he’s sick.”

Two weeks later, the faith healer ran into Moshe on the street. “How is your uncle getting along?” he asked.

Moshe shrugged, “He THINKS he’s dead.”

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A very wise mute once said:

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If school kids hiding under their desks in 1950 were protected from atomic bombs, is there any reason not to believe duct tape and plastic sheeting will not protect against nuclear, chemical, and biological terrorist attacks?

Lawrence Brotherton

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“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”

Mary Stuart

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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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Stop Waiting

Ray’s Daily

March 13, 2018

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Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

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I edited the following article that I read yesterday so I could share it with you. It reminded me of how often really good things happened in my life because I did not wait for a better time. It also reminded me of what I may have missed because I let an opportunity go by.

Too many of us seem to feel that if we hesitate good fortune will find us when there is little chance that it will unless we are willing do more than just wait. While we just lazily let the days go by we continue to leave potential joy go by. Don’t be like so many folks who have grown old with much of their time spent thinking about what might have been.

Hear The Music

Author Unknown

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches… We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of “I’m going to,” “I plan on,” and “Someday, when things are settled down a bit.”

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

Now… go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to do… not something on your ‘SHOULD DO’ list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? 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? 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? Just call to say “Hi”?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift… Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

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If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Lemony Snicket

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One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family.

“You aren’t going to catch many fish that way,” said the businessman to the fisherman, “you should be working rather than lying on the beach!”

The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, “And what will my reward be?”

“Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!” was the businessman’s answer.

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman, still smiling.

The businessman replied, “You will make money and you’ll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!”

“And then what will my reward be?” asked the fisherman again.

The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman’s questions. “You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!” he said.

“And then what will my reward be?” repeated the fisherman.

The businessman was getting angry. “Don’t you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!”

Once again the fisherman asked, “And then what will my reward be?”

The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, “Don’t you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won’t have a care in the world!”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “And what do you think I’m doing right now?”

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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman

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A comely redhead was thrilled to have obtained a divorce and dazzled by the skill and virtuosity of her lawyer, not to mention his healthy income and good looks. In fact, she realized, she had fallen head over heals in love with him, even though he was a married man.

“Oh, Sam,” she sobbed at the conclusion of the trial, “isn’t there some way we can be together, the way we were meant to be?”

Taking her by the shoulders, Sam proceeded to scold her, “Snatched drinks in grimy bars on the edge of town, lying on the phone, hurried meetings in sordid motels rooms – is that really what you want for us?”

“No, no…” she sobbed, heartsick.

“Oh,” said the lawyer. “Well, it was only a suggestion.”

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What did the waiter ask the group of dining Jewish mothers?

“Is anything all right?”

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At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. “Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”

The witness stared out the window, as though he hadn’t hear the question.

“Isn’t it true that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated.

The witness still did not respond.

Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.”

“Oh,” the startled witness said, “I thought he was talking to you.”

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The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?

Pablo Casals

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Nancy:  Clancy, you worry waaay too much. Why, most of the things you worry about never even happen!

Clancy: Well, there you go…see how well it works?

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Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

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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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

I think you said

Ray’s Daily

March 12, 2018

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One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill

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I think many of us have lost our ability to listen. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding because so many hear what they want to hear instead of what is being said. Others are so busy thinking about what they want to say that they miss others comments.

I know I have made it a practice over the years to feed back what I think has been said. I often say “If I heard you correctly you said…” and often found that I either didn’t understand what I said or that the speaker wanted to clarify what I thought was their point.

If we all paid more attention we might have less conflicts or misunderstandings, Recently Matthew Jones wrote an article titled 10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Listening (and Networking) Skills that tells how we can become better listeners. Here in part is what he wrote:

Read the list below to discover how to become a better listener, and in doing so, become better at navigating relationships and networking opportunities.

  1. Avoid internal and external distractions.

Focus on what they’re saying. Don’t allow other thoughts or sounds to sway your concentration.

  1. Listen to the content of their speech.

Focus on the specific words they’re using. Each phrase and word choice is something interesting that you should be taking in.

  1. Listen to the context of their speech.

What are the over-arching stories and circumstances they are discussing? Are there common themes? What are the unique situations this person finds themselves in and how does that relate to what they’re telling you?

  1. Listen to tone of their voice.

Vocal tones convey a lot about what a person might be feeling. Think about what their vocal tone implies about their feelings. All feelings have a story–learn theirs.

  1. Listen for the emotions the speaker is likely experiencing.

The more that you follow and amplify the person’s emotions, the more likely they are to feel understood. With so many people uncomfortable about sharing their feelings, moments of vulnerability can quickly build a deeper connection.

  1. Pay attention to their body language and make appropriate eye contact.

With much of communication being non-verbal, it’s incredibly important that you soak in as much information as possible while also showing them–physically–that you are sharing in their experience.

  1. Provide small verbal encouragements and don’t fight silences.

Saying small things like, “yes,” “right,” “that makes sense,” and allowing natural silences to occur without filling them due to your own discomfort go a long way in building rapport.

  1. Ask open-ended questions to encourage elaboration.

There’s no substitute for a good question–try to get lengthy responses to understand the big-picture.

  1. If you need them to slow down or want specific info, ask close-ended questions.

Questions that can be answered in yes or no slow down the pace when you’re feeling overwhelmed and also allow you to gather important details that you missed earlier.

  1. Offer affirmations that the person has made valuable and important choices.

Affirmations are like compliments–everyone likes them. Instead of saying, “I’m proud of you,” like a compliment, an affirmation focuses on the other person, “You should be proud of your hard work.”

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Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking. Bernard Baruch

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While leading a tour of Kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one little girl and an X-ray technician. “Have you ever broken a bone”? he asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied.

“Did it hurt”?

“No.”

“Really? Which bone did you break”?

“My sister’s arm.”

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Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

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A man walks into an insurance office and asks for a job. “Sorry, we don’t need anyone…” the manager at the office replied.

“You can’t afford not to hire me. I can sell anyone, anything, anytime!”

“Well, we have two prospects that no one has been able to sell. If you can sell just one, then you have a job.”

He was gone about two hours and when he returned, he handed them two checks, one for $25,000 and another for $50,000.

“How in the world did you do that?” the manager asked.

“I told you, I’m the world’s best salesman, I can sell anyone, anything, anytime!”

“Did you get a urine sample?” the manager asked him.

“What’s that?” he asked.

“Well, if you sell a policy over $20,000, the company requires a urine sample. Now take these two bottles and go back and get urine samples.”

He was gone about eight hours and the office was about to close, when in he walks with two five-gallon buckets, one in each hand. He put the buckets down, reached in his shirt pocket, took out two bottles of urine, set them on the desk and said, “Here’s Mr. Jones’ and this one is Mrs. Johnson’s.”

“That’s good,” the manager said, “but what’s in those two buckets?”

“Well, I passed by the school house and they were having a state teachers’ convention, so I stopped and sold them a group policy!”

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“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

Rita Mae Brown

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Mary:  I signed up for a refresher CPR course.

Shirley:  Is it hard to learn?

Mary:  Not at all. Basically you’re asked to breathe life into a dummy. I don’t expect to have any problem. I did that for 12 years.

~~~

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

Ralph Nichols

~~~

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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

Never Better

Ray’s Daily

March 9, 2018

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If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou

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As you know my life has been changing. I am not as involved in many of my previous activities. My wife provides me much of the pleasure I get these days. Her inability to drive and the need to help her consumes much of my time.

She worries that I am being limited because of her needs. Friends and family warn me against isolation. In truth I am truly happy spending more time with my wife, I choose to do it and I am glad I can. We will be married 65 years next month but we have never been closer than we are now and  I am so glad we are.

I do get to spend some time with friends and that enriches my days. I recently read an article written by Natashia Larkin titled Things a Wise Man Taught Me About Making the Most of This Short Life that I like, especially at this point in my life. Here in part is was she wrote:

Always make time for people.

Life can be busy. Okay, so life is busy. But it will pass you by if you let it. Sometimes it’s worth taking that extra five minutes to stop and talk to someone. Take time to get to know them. Making time for other people is such a satisfying feeling.

You never know whom you’re going to meet. You never know how people are going to affect or influence your life. But not only that, you have no idea how you could influence or change someone else’s life, even with just one conversation.

One thing that gets me down, and something I try not to do too much these days, is reading the news. Reading about how people treat one another, especially given everything that’s going on at the moment. Just making time for people you don’t usually speak to, or getting to know someone new can do wonders for restoring your faith in humanity. There are some incredible people out there!

Always be yourself.

This is something that really resonates with me. I know I worry too much. Sometimes I worry too much about what people think of me. Not always. But I know I let other people’s opinions affect my actions and mood from time to time.

Most of us need to work at being ourselves more often. There are many people out there, just like me, who know that they can sometimes be held back by the opinion of others. But we are all one of a kind, and I truly believe that people love you more for just being you. And okay, you’re never going to get on with everyone, but you’ll make more genuine connections (and you’ll definitely have more fun) by being your authentic self.

Life really is too short not to make the most of it—so seize the moment.

Perhaps this is an overused phrase, but it is something I now believe to be totally true: You really should live every day as if it were your last.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can often find myself becoming frustrated or worried about things I shouldn’t be. I am trying to teach myself to let go. And if there is one thing I wish you to take from this, it’s that life is way too short to worry about what other people think of you.

Always be thankful for the small things, because one day they may be the big things. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones, and don’t hold grudges, because what’s the point? Cherish every hug, accept every compliment, and seize every opportunity you can to make someone else smile.

~~~

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

~~~

“Why are you so upset?”

“My wife introduced me to her psychiatrist this morning.”

“So what?”

“So she said to him, ‘Doctor, this is my husband. You know, one of the men I’ve been telling you about’.”

~~~

A seminar on Time Travel will be held 2 weeks ago.

~~~

“What happened?” asked the hospital visitor of the heavily bandaged man sitting up in bed.

“Well, I went down to Six Flags over the weekend and decided to take a ride on one of the roller coasters. As we came up to the top of the highest loop, I noticed a little sign by the side of the track. I tried to read it but it was very small and I couldn’t make it out. I was so curious that I decided to go round again, but we went by so quickly that I couldn’t see what the sign said. By now, I was determined to read that sign so I went round a third time. As we reached the top, I stood up in the car to get a better view.”

“And did you manage to see what the sign said this time?” asked the visitor.

“Yes.”

“What did it say?”

“Don’t stand up in the car!”

~~~

“There are two types of people–those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.'”

Frederick Collins

~~~

These four rabbis had a series of theological arguments, and three were always in accord against the fourth. One day, the odd rabbi out, after the usual “3 to 1, majority rules” statement that signified that he had lost again, decided to appeal to a higher authority.

“Oh, God!” he cried. “I know in my heart that I am right and they are wrong! Please give me a sign to prove it to them!”

It was a beautiful, sunny day. As soon as the rabbi finished his prayer, a storm cloud moved across the sky above the four. It rumbled once and dissolved. “A sign from God! See, I’m right, I knew it!” But the other three disagreed, pointing out that storm clouds form on hot days.

So the rabbi prayed again: “Oh, God, I need a bigger sign to show that I am right and they are wrong. So please, God, a bigger sign!” This time four storm clouds appeared, rushed toward each other to form one big cloud, and a bolt of lightning slammed into a tree on a nearby hill.

“I told you I was right!” cried the rabbi, but his friends insisted that nothing had happened that could not be explained by natural causes.

The rabbi was getting ready to ask for a VERY big sign, but just as he said, “Oh God…,” the sky turned pitch black, the earth shook, and a deep, booming voice intoned, “HEEEEEEEE’S RIIIIIIIGHT!”

The rabbi put his hands on his hips, turned to the other three, and said, “Well?”

“So,” shrugged one of the other rabbis, “now it’s 3 to 2.”

~~~

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung

~~~

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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

Content Counts

Ray’s Daily

March 8, 2013

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Our greatest achievement in life is being happy with the little things that probably means nothing to others.

Hermann J Steinherr

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I know many young people and not so young people who seem to be searching for life satisfaction in a career. They feel happiness can be found in prestigious job title and recognition. I know it took me a long time before I learned that it was the content of my days and what I did that satisfied and not only what I did in my job.

It was the discovery that I could enlarge the box that contained my activities by going beyond job description and societal norms through volunteerism and more. I even turned down a major promotion because the content of my life’s activities was much more than just my job.

I like the following story because it reminds us that it is what’s in the cup that counts.

Are you looking for a Cup or a Coffee?

A group of computer engineers, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups, some ordinary looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He told them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in their hands, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap looking ones.

“While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and worse, you were eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now if life is coffee , then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it. “

So the moral of this story is: don’t let the cups drive you, enjoy the coffee instead.

~~~

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain

~~~

Stress Prayers

Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST.

God, help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

God, help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they are usually NOT my fault.

God, help me not to try to RUN everything, but if you need some help, please feel free to ASK ME!

Lord, help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it EXACTLY RIGHT.

God, give me patience, and I mean NOW!

Lord, help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I write that correctly?)

God, help me to finish everything that I sta. . .

Lord, keep me open to others’ ideas, WRONG though they may be.

Amen.

~~~

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

~~~

Herbert A Millington

Chair – Search Committee

Whitson University

College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Sincerely,

Chris L. Jensen

~~~

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.

~~~

A very tight man was looking for a gift for a friend. Everything was too expensive except for a glass vase that had been broken, which he could purchase for almost nothing.  He asked the store to send it, hoping his friend would think it has been broken in transit. In due time, he received an acknowledgement. “Thanks for the vase,” it read.  “It was so thoughtful of you to wrap each piece separately.”

~~~

Half our live is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

~~~

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office. “What is your name?” was the first thing the manager asked the new guy.

“John,” the new guy replied.

The manager scowled, “Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?”

The new guy sighed and said, “Darling. My name is John Darling.”

“Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is…”

~~~

In this busy, electronic, impersonal world in which we all live today…  If you ever feel like you need a break and want some warm personal human contact… Just call me… And be sure to leave a message after the tone…

~~~

An agitated patient was stomping around the psychiatrist’s office, running his hands through his hair, almost in tears. “Doctor, my memory’s gone.  Gone!  I can’t remember my wife’s name.  I can’t remember my children’s names.  I can’t remember what kind of car I drive.  I can’t remember where I work.  It was all I could do to find my way here.”

“Calm down.  How long have you been like this?”

“Like what?”

~~~

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them… Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

Michel de Montaigne

~~~

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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

I want to be like them when I grow up.

Ray’s Daily

March 7, 2018

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius

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Yesterday I had coffee with a few special people, they are 90 years old or will be soon. They, like all who have lived long lives have weathered illnesses and disappointments. The great thing about these three is their optimism and good humor. They are younger in spirit than most young people I know.

After I got home I read an article by Henrik Edberg that I think could help us all to be more like my friends. Here in part is what he wrote.

How to Live a Happy Life: 10 Things to Say Yes to Starting Today

Today I would like to share 10 things that I have said yes to and that have helped me to become happier in my life.

  1. Being imperfect. – Trying to be perfect is setting the bar too high. It will be impossible to reach. And so you’ll lower your self-esteem. You may not feel very happy about how things are going in your life. Even though they might be going very well indeed.

Perfectionism is mindset that eats at you and your happiness. Saying yes to being imperfect can turn that around.

  1. Being you. Not being able to be yourself, always trying to change for others or censoring yourself don’t feel good at all. It makes life feel so small and limited.
  2. The things that make you come alive. It is important to find some time and energy for the things that you feel makes you come alive.
  3. Optimism. Pessimism can really limit your life and bring it to a standstill. It can make it feel like there’s no point in trying because it won’t make a difference or you’ll just fail. It can create ceilings and walls made out of glass where there really are none. Saying yes a more optimistic way of thinking can on the other hand open your life up.
  4. Turning negative self-talk around. It is very important to keep your motivation and your self-esteem up to live a happier life. Your inner critic may be one of biggest obstacles standing in your way of that. If you make a mistake or fail, if someone criticizes you or if you are just getting tired then that small inner voice can become louder and louder and drag and keep you down.

It can tell you that you are stupid or lazy. That you will not succeed. That you are worse or uglier than someone else. Being able to turn the inner critic around or to shut it up as soon as it pops up is a very helpful skill.

  1. Saying no when you feel it is the right thing for you to do. To have the time and energy to say yes to the most important things you have to say no to some things too.
  2. Forgiveness. Not clinging to the past and to the hurt that is there but to let it go and look to the now and the future is an essential thing to find more happiness in your life. Forgiving is not always easy and can take time but there are some things that can make it a little easier.
  3. Making someone else happy. Making someone else happier has many benefits. The happiness spreads back to you as you see his or her face light up and as you know you did the right thing. It spreads back to you as people have a strong tendency to want to give back when you have done something good for them. And it spreads out into the world as that now happier person may spread his or her happiness to other people.
  4. Openness and growth. Saying yes to being open to the good things in life and growing as a person plays a big role when it comes to happiness.
  5. To living your life fully despite setbacks. When things have been standing still for while or you hit a bump in the road then it’s easy to back down. To shrink. To give in or give up. But a better way to say yes to happiness in those situations is to say yes to living your life fully.

~~~

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire

~~~

She said: While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table, and we started talking.  He asked where my kids go to school.  I told him we home-schooled them.

With a raised eyebrow, he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family.

I said, “No, I also work out of our home.”

Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in.  “He was born at home,” I answered.

The man looked at me, then said, “Wow, you don’t get out much, do you?”

~~~

I asked my psychiatrist if she thought I was crazy, she said “no”, so I let her up.

~~~

All About Adam

Wandering dejectedly in The Garden of Eden, Eve told God, “I’m lonely I’m tired of eating apples by myself.”

“Okay,” God said, “I’ll create a man for you.”

Eve said, “A man! What’s that?”

“He’s a creature with aggressive tendencies and an enormous ego. He won’t listen very well, he’ll get lost easily, but never stop to ask for directions. However, he is big and strong, he can open jars and hunt animals. And he’ll be fun in bed.”

“Sounds great!” said Eve.

“Oh, and one more thing,” God said. “He will want to believe that I made HIM first.”

~~~

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

Dr. Seuss

~~~

A little girl in Minnesota came home from Sunday School with a frown on her face. “I’m not going back there anymore,” she announced with finality. “I don’t like the Bible they keep teaching us.”

“Why not?” asked her astonished mother.

“Because,” said the little girl, “that Bible is always talking about St. Paul, and it never once mentions Minneapolis.”

~~~

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.

Buddha

~~~

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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

Appreciate Today

Ray’s Daily

March 6, 2018

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Each day is new and ready for you to live it fully.

My Favorite Day

Yesterday while my wife and me were having coffee with a couple of friends an acquaintance stopped by our table to tell us what a bad week he had last week. He had water in the house requiring a new toilet, he found that he needed a new water softener and then he learned he needed furnace repairs. Yep, a really bad week. All I said was at least he could look forward to better days this week,

I have often thought that my wife’s and my serious illnesses’ have made us appreciate our days free of sickness or setbacks so much more. All of us would do better if we appreciated even our lackluster days as being special.

Here is a piece written by Ralph Marston sometime ago that we all should appreciate.

One glorious morning

Yesterday’s dark clouds make this morning’s sunshine brighter. Tomorrow, you’ll look back at today’s challenges with gratitude for having worked through them.

Suffering through a season of illness and pain will give you great appreciation for good health when it returns. The burdens of the present build new strength in you for the future.

If there had never been any darkness, light would be meaningless. You cannot fully experience how good life can be unless you’ve also known its difficulties.

Stand resolute when the hard times come, and take heart. Your experiences now are making the good times richer.

Yes, one glorious morning after the storm has passed, the sun will rise. As it warms your face, you’ll feel a newfound sense of determination and positive purpose.

Carry on, push forward through whatever may come. You’ll emerge from it better than you’ve ever been.

~~~

Each day I give thanks for you and appreciate all that you do.

Catherine Pulsifer

~~~

Things a Redneck Would Never Say…

“I’ll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex”

Duct tape won’t fix that.

Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken.

Honey, did you mail that donation to Greenpeace?

We’re vegetarians.

Honey, do these bonsai trees need watering?

Who’s Richard Petty?

Trim the fat off that steak.

Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.

The tires on that truck are too big.

I’ll have the arugula and radicchio salad.

Would you like your fish poached or broiled?

Little Debbie snack cakes have too many fat grams.

Checkmate.

She’s too old to be wearing a bikini.

Be sure to bring my salad dressing on the side.

Those shorts ought to be a little bit longer, Darla.

~~~

“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”

Cullen Hightower

~~~

Two blondes landed at the airport and caught a cab.

“Where are you off to,” asked the cabbie.

“San Josie,” one replied.

The cabbie corrected her pronunciation telling her that the “J” made an “H” sound.

As time went by he asked how long they would be vacationing.

The one blonde replied, “For all of Hune and Huly.”

~~~

“By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.”

Billy Crystal

~~~

A husband and his wife advertised for a live-in maid to cook and do the housework. They hired a lovely lass for the job.

She worked out fine, was a good cook, was polite, and kept the house neat. One day, after about six months, she came in and said she would have to quite.

“But why?” asked the disappointed wife.

She hemmed and hawed and said she didn’t want to say, but the wife was persistent, so finally she said, “Well on my day off a couple of months ago I met this good-looking fellow from over in the next county, and well, I’m pregnant.”

The wife said, “Look, we don’t want to lose you. My husband and I don’t have children, and we’ll adopt your baby if you will stay.”

She talked to her husband; he agreed, and the maid said she would stay. The baby came, they adopted it, and all went well.

After several months though, the maid came in again and said that she would have to quit. The wife questioned her, found out that she was pregnant again, talked to her husband, and offered to adopt the baby if she would stay. She agreed, had the baby, they adopted it, and life went on as usual.

In a few months, however, she again said she would have to leave. Same thing. She was pregnant. They made the same offer, she agreed, and they adopted the third baby. She worked for a week or two, but then said, “I am definitely leaving this time.”

“Don’t tell me you’re pregnant again?” asked the lady of the house.

“No,” she said, “I just can’t handle all these damned kids.”

~~~

Seen on a sign in a fish market window…

We serve shrimps, a few crabs, tall people, and a lot of nice people too!

~~~

In the historic first manned mission to Mars, two Astronauts were charting the Martian surface.

“Look at that,” said one to the other, “how beautiful this alien landscape is, untouched by man.”

At that point, he was cut off, as he found his radio communications knocked out by unknown interference. Using an emissions detector, they followed the source of the interference until they reached the rim of a crater. “Do you see what the source of that noise is?” asked the first astronaut.

“I don’t know,” said the second, “but it might be coming from that Starbucks behind you.”

~~~

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.”

George Burns

~~~

Upon arriving home, a husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, “It’s the druggist. He insulted me terribly this morning on the phone. I had to call multiple times before he would even answer the phone.”

Immediately, the husband drove downtown to confront the druggist and demand an apology. Before he could say more than a word or two, the druggist told him, “Now, just a minute, listen to my side of it. This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up. I went without breakfast and hurried out to the car, just to realize that I had locked the house with both house and car keys inside and had to break a window to get my keys. Then, driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket. Later, when I was about three blocks from the store, I had a flat tire. When I finally got to the store a bunch of people were waiting for me to open up. I got the store opened and started waiting on these people, and all the time the darn phone was ringing off the hook.

“Then I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled allover the floor. I had to get down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels and the phone was still ringing. When I came up I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it. Half of them hit the floor and broke. Meanwhile, the phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got back to answer it. It was your wife. She wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer.

“And believe me mister, as God is my witness, all I did was tell her.”

~~~

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you strong.

~~~

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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Be your own hero

Ray’s Daily

March 5, 2018

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“Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear as one.”

Baltasar Gracian

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Good morning all. I am off early this morning and did not leave enough time for a new Daily so here is one from eleven years ago.

Ray

 Ray’s Daily first published on March 5, 2007

 Gracian’s quote really hit home for me. I have been thinking lately, as I have quoted the saints and heroes of the past how they did so many amazing things. When I think of my own life and what it has been and even what it might have been it shrinks to almost nothing when compared to those who so unselfishly gave so much to the world.

The reason the quote hits home is that for many years I displayed a wall full of photos of myself with the famous and near famous. The walls were also filled with plaques and citations that in all honesty did not represent anything that was extraordinary on my part. So why were they there? Were they there to convince others that I was more than I really was or were they there to convince myself that I was something special. Fortunately I have outgrown the need to feed my ego, or at least I think I have. I now realize that recognition means little, it is what we do that has meaning. We don’t have to aspire to be saints or heroes; we can do saintly and heroic things in our everyday lives, things that are only recognized by ourselves.

Being a hero to yourself really only means that you do the right thing whenever you can. Sometimes it is hard to know what the right thing is but I believe you can always trust your loving heart more than your materialistic mind. I guarantee you that getting in the habit of doing the little things that make a difference to others will enrich your life. It really does not take much, opening the door for a stranger, helping those you can, and just caring about others. When you care enough, people will care for you more than you thought possible, and if you do what you can do your mind will be filled with awards that you have given to yourself.

And by the way, if you don’t care who knows about your good works you don’t have to stop to decide what’s in it for you. Also I want to let you know that the pictures on my wall were of people that don’t mean as much to me as you do.

~~~

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves”

Helen Keller

~~~

A man walks into a glass shop, interested in buying an expensive art piece to keep as a family heirloom. One gorgeous glass art piece catches his eye under the banner “UNBREAKABLE”. However, it has no price marked.

“Pardon me,” he says to the shopkeeper, “but what is the price on this piece marked “unbreakable?”

“One hundred thousand dollars.” replies the storekeeper.

Gasping for his next breath, he inquired why the price should be so high.

“Like the sign says, it’s unbreakable!” To be sure, the man asked again if this item was indeed unbreakable. The owner again assured him it was so. The third time the man asked, the keeper was a bit terse and told him to buy the piece and see for himself that it would not break.

The man greatly admired the piece, and so he paid the $100,000 and took it home, where it was put on display in a protective case. He had an occasion to visit the glass shop again the next month and told the storekeeper how much care he had taken to protect and preserve the beautiful piece. As he looks around, he sees one of the pieces he’d seen the month before, which was only $500, now sitting under the “UNBREAKABLE” banner.

“Excuse me, but how can that piece be unbreakable, too – it only costs $500, and last month was in the display cabinet mixed together with these other pieces!”

“No, it’s one hundred thousand dollars – it’s unbreakable, now, too.” the storekeeper replied.

“How can you be so sure?” he demands.

“Because the schmuck who pays 100 bills for that thing is going to take as much care with *it* as you did with yours!”

~~~

The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

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To get acquainted with his new Parish, the Priest decided to call on some daily. One he selected was a young widow, her husband, according to the index card, had died two years ago. After knocking at the door, he was greeted by a young lady with a baby in her arms.

He said, “I’m sorry, I must have the wrong address, I was looking for the widow Smith.”

“You’ve found her, Father,” smiled the lady.

“Well, according to the card here, it says your husband died over two years ago.” he said glancing at the baby in her arms.

“That’s correct, Father, he surely did–But I didn’t.”

~~~

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies, probably because they are generally the same people.

~~~

A young schoolboy was having a hard time pronouncing the letter “R” and all the other kids were, of course, teasing him about it.

To help him out, the teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home: “Robert gave Richard a rap in the ribs for roasting the rabbit so rare.”  In class a few days later, the teacher asked the boy to recite the sentence out loud.

The boy nervously eyed his classmates – many of them already laughing at him – then replied, “Bob gave Dick a poke in the side because the bunny wasn’t cooked enough.”

~~~

Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.

Sandor Minab

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ON THE ROLE OF GOOD LOOKS IN LOVE

– “If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful. (Jeanne, 8)

– “It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” (Gary, 7)

– “Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.” (Christine, 9) >

CONCERNING WHY LOVERS OFTEN HOLD HANDS

– “They want to make sure their rings don’t fall off because they paid good money for them.” (Dave, 8)

CONFIDENTIAL OPINIONS ABOUT LOVE

– “I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when ‘The Simpsons’ is on television.” (Anita, 6)

– “Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8)

– “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)

THE PERSONAL QUALITIES NECESSARY TO BE A GOOD LOVER

– “One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” (Ava,8)

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Contrary to popular belief, used-car salesmen are fairly honest with their customers.

It’s usually a condition of their parole.

~~~

She said: According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.

“Please disrobe,” he told her.

“With him in the room??” she yelled, pointing to my father.

Turning to Dad, the doctor said, “Captain, I think I found the problem.”

~~~

“Let your intentions be good – embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words, and unselfish deeds – and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work and play and serve”

Grenville Kleiser

~~~

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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