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Keep an open mind

Ray’s Daily

April 30, 2018

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Be willing to look at things differently, because things aren’t always as they seem to be.

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I recently watched a discussion on what many feel are our greatest problems today. On top of the list was tribalism and the polarization rampant in todays society. In too many cases civility has been abandoned and replaced by aggressive, often unreasoned behavior. Parents are raising children who believe the worst about those who don’t agree with them.

It seems like our closedmindedness is keeping too many of us from working together to build a better society rather than to tear what we have apart. I recently read an article published on the Positively Present blog that offers the path to more open minded tolerance. I have had to edit it for space but kept the suggestions.

OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE…

Consider different perspectives + beliefs – Those with open minds are open to considering different points of view, perspectives, beliefs, ideas, etc. It’s easier to do when encountering a new idea, but it’s something truly open-minded people do even when it comes to deeply held beliefs. 

Recognize + fight against desires for generality + closure – As humans, we have strong desires to label things clearly so we can understand them. Those with open minds recognize that concepts like generalization and closure are alluring, but they aren’t always useful.

Accept + embrace the concept of ambivalence – The concept of ambivalence or having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone, isn’t always an easy one for people to grasp. We want to know that there is a conclusion or at least an explanation. Open-minded people realize that this isn’t always the case, that there are often many situations in which feelings will be mixed, in which they might hold two contradicting ideas about something.

Understand thoughts are warped + distorted – All the thoughts we think are distorted in some way. We are influenced not only by our moods, cultures, stress-levels, surroundings, etc., but we’re also limited by what we can humanly observe with our five senses. Open-minded people seek to recognize the ways in which their own thoughts (or the thoughts of others) might be warped, and factor those distortions into account when making decisions, taking action, or aligning themselves with a belief.

View open-mindedness as a skill requiring practice – Open-minded people recognize that open-mindedness, like any worthwhile skill, requires practice. It’s something that comes more easily to some (depending on how they were raised, what culture they come from, what kind of personality they have, etc.), but regardless of what skill level they started with, open-minded people know that they need to keep practicing to keep their open-mindedness ability sharp. 

Create opportunities to rethink assumptions – Finally, and perhaps most importantly, those with open minds give themselves opportunities to rethink assumptions and consider new perspectives. They recognize the limitations of their own minds and cultures, and they actively seek out sources that will help them explore new ways of thinking. In a world that makes it easy to surround yourself with what’s familiar, open-minded people create opportunities for themselves to learn new ways of thinking and explore a variety of points of view.

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

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At a fancy reception a young man was asked by a widow to guess her age. “You must have some idea,” she urged when he hesitated.

“I have several ideas,” he admitted with a smile, “the trouble is that I don’t know whether to make it ten years younger because of your looks or ten years older because of your intelligence.”

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I don’t think women should be allowed to have kids after 40. 40 kids is way too much by any standard.

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My cardiologist had bad news for me: “You’re going to need a pacemaker.”

Later, the nurse filling out the admission form began to ask me the standard questions: “Have you ever had mumps, measles, etc.?”

Seeing how upset I was, she put down the clipboard and took my hand. “Don’t worry. This kind of heart problem is easily fixed, and your life will be much better as a result.”

I felt reassured until she continued with, “Do you have a living will?”

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“What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.”

Hansell B. Duckett

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Jake had proposed to young Gina, and was being interviewed by his prospective father-in-law.

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked the suitor.

“Yes, sir,” replied Jake, “I’m sure I am.”

“Think carefully now,” said Gina’s father. “There are twelve of us…”

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A study published in “Neurology” says people who snore are more prone to getting headaches. No reason is given. But could it be on account of their spouses hitting them in the head all night long trying to get them to stop snoring?

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Sign seen on a plastic surgeon’s window: “Come in and pick your nose!”

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A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

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Better to lose a lover, than love a loser.

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A newspaper editor received this note from a reader:

“My wife was about to file for a divorce when she read the article in your paper about the importance of giving second chances in making a marriage work. So she changed her mind about the divorce. Effective today, cancel my subscription to your paper”

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“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.”

Ralph Marston

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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.

 

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We all need them

Ray’s Daily

April 27, 2018

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Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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I think what I have valued most in my life has been the people I have met and who later became friends. Many are no longer with me but their memories continue to warm my heart.

Lately my limited activities have not provided much opportunity to spend time with old friends and I miss them. Fortunately, I married my very best friend so the warmth of friendship continues.

I think as one ages it is most important that we are open to new friendships to help fill the vacuum created when old friends are no longer with us. Here are some tips I picked up years ago that can help you restock your friends list.

Make New Friends

  1. Don’t worry about knowing people, just make yourself worth knowing.
  2. Be friendly with the folks you know. If it weren’t for them you would be a total stranger.
  3. Friends are those who speak to you after others don’t.
  4. The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail and not his tongue.
  5. The way to have friends is to be willing to lose some arguments.
  6. Deal with other’s faults as gently as if they were your own.
  7. A friend is a person who can step on your toes without messing your shine.
  8. You will never have a friend if you must have one without faults.
  9. You can make more friends by being interested in them than trying to have them be interested in you.
  10. A real friend is a person who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, lets you forget it.
  11. A friend is a person who listens attentively while you say nothing.
  12. A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg even though you’re slightly cracked.

… and most important… A FRIEND IS A TREASURE!

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

Marcel Proust

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She said, I’m a Dominican sister, I lived in a convent named for a deceased pope. One day while I was wearing contemporary clothes instead of my habit, I drove into a gas station to get the communal car filled up.

After the young attendant topped off the tank, he walked toward my car window to return my credit card.  It was clear from his furrowed brow that he had something on his mind.

The young man looked at me shyly and pointed to the convent’s name, John XXIII Hall, imprinted on the card.

“Pardon me,” he asked hesitantly, “but how do you pronounce your husband’s middle name?”

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I used to be lost in the shuffle. Now I just shuffle along with the lost.

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They say that a preacher’s wife is always his number one assistant. An example of this comes one Sunday morning after the preacher had just finished his sermon.

He went and sat down with his wife and she asked him how he thought the church service went.

The Preacher shrugged and said, “The worship was excellent, and I think the prayer time went quite well, but,” he continued, “I just don’t think the sermon ever got off the ground.”

The wife looked over at him, and before she could stop herself, she said, “Well, it sure did taxi long enough!”

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One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

Sigmund Freud

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Morris and Rachel are sweethearts. Morris lives in a small village out in the country and Rachel lives in town. One day, they go to see the Rabbi and set a date for their wedding. Before they leave, the Rabbi asks them whether they want a contemporary or traditional service. After a short discussion, they opt for the contemporary service.

Their day arrives but the weather is rotten and a storm forces Morris to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The village streets are flooded, so he rolls up his trouser legs to keep his trousers dry.

When at last he reaches the shul, his best man immediately rushes him up the aisle. As the ceremony starts, the Rabbi whispers to Morris, “Pull down your trousers.”

“Rabbi, I’ve changed my mind,” says Morris, “I think I prefer the traditional service.”

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Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

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A blonde was shopping at a Target Store and came across a silver thermos.  She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and brought it over to the clerk to ask what it was.

The clerk said, “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps things hot and some things cold.”

“Wow, said the blonde, “that’s amazing….I’m going to buy it !” So she bought the thermos and took it to work the next day. Her boss saw it on her desk. “What’s that,’ he asked? “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold,” she replied.

Her boss inquired, “What do you have in it?”

The blond replied, “Two popsicles, and some coffee.”

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Why is it called ‘after dark’, when it is really after light?

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A man looked at the menu at the airport restaurant, and saw that the sandwiches were named for planes.  “I’ll have a Jumbo Jet,” he said.  When the order arrived, he was disappointed to see how small his burger was, but he ate it anyway.

He called his waiter over and asked, “Was that the Jumbo Jet?”

“Yeah,” the waiter answered.  “Went pretty fast, didn’t it?”

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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.

William Shakespeare

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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.

 

 

Keep Living

Ray’s daily

April 26, 2018

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The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

Mother Teresa

Keep Living

Don’t tell anyone but my computer and me are going to play hooky today. Before we leave we will find a reprint for you. Have a great day.

Ray’s Daily first published on April 26, 2010

I mentioned to a friend at breakfast last Saturday how important I think it is for us to constantly refill gaps in our lives as the years go by. I think too many see friends retire and move away, others relocate, kids get jobs long distances away and far too many loved ones die too soon. If we don’t find replacements for them our lives can soon become uninteresting and far too lonely. It would be as if we were a tree in a forest where tree after tree has died through fire, disease or pestilence to the point where all that is left is our self, alone in a barren land.

The next day my Australian Guardian Angel sent me an article written by Nazia Mallick entitled 30 Ways to Add More Life to Your Years that has some good suggestions on how we can keep living interesting and rewarding lives thus helping us avoid the loneliness that comes from isolation. I have selected a few of the suggestions to share with you today. I honestly believe that we all have the capacity to enjoy what life offers us, all we have to do is not give up and continue to invest in ourselves every day.

Ways to Add More Life to Your Years

  • Great love and great achievement involve great risk. Take the risk anyway.
  • When you love someone, love them deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it is the only way to live life fully.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Make amends immediately.
  • When you realize you have made a mistake, hurt someone’s feelings, take immediate steps to correct it. Ask forgiveness.
  • Keep your arms open to change, but don’t let go of your personal values.
  • Quiet the voice in your head that says “I can’t do this.”
  • Always live in a radiating possibility; become part of life’s song.
  • Make conscious effort to change at least one negative attitude in your personality everyday. Surprise yourself.
  • Avoid judging people by their relatives. Accept them for who they are.
  • Try to live a good and honorable life because when you get older and reflect upon it, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Once a year plan to go to someplace you have never been before. It rejuvenates you like no other.
  • When you are having disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current problem. Never rake up the past.
  • The best relationship is the one when your love for one another is greater than your need for one another.
  • When you hug someone, open your heart. Do it with love.
  • Make eye contact. Look people in the eye softly when you speak to them. Try it and see the difference.
  • Your character is your destiny. Build your character.
  • Sometimes, not getting what you want is actually a blessing in disguise. Always look at the blessing.
  • Take serious care of your health. Health indeed is wealth, not a cliché.
  • Live life like it is your last day on the earth. King size.

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To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

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You know you’re a nurse if……

You would like to meet the inventor of the call light in a dark alley one night.

You believe not all patients are annoying. Some are unconscious.

You know the phone numbers of every late night food delivery place in town by heart.

You can only tell time with a 24 hour clock

Every time you walk, you make a rattling noise because of all the scissors and clamps in your pockets.

You can tell the pharmacist more about the medicines he is dispensing than he can.

You carry spare meds in your pocket rather than wait for pharmacy to deliver.

You refuse to watch ER because it’s too much like the real thing and triggers flash backs.

You notice that you use more four letter words now than before you became a nurse.

You don’t get excited about blood loss…unless it’s your own.

You live by the motto, “To be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more difficult.”

You’ve told a confused patient your name was that of your coworker and to HOLLER if they need help.

Your bladder can expand to the same size as a Winnebago’s water tank.

You can sleep soundly at the hospital cafeteria table during dinner, break, sitting up and not be embarrassed when you wake up.

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Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Kelly

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A young Army private seeks permission from his commanding officer to leave camp the following weekend. “You see,” he explains, “my wife’s expecting.”

“I understand,” the officer tells him. “You go, and tell your wife that I wish her luck.”

The following week the same soldier is back again with the same explanation: “My wife’s expecting.”

The officer looks surprised. “Still expecting?” he asks. “Well, well, my boy, you must be pretty bothered. Of course you can have the weekend off.”

When the same soldier appears again the third week, however, the officer loses his temper.

“Don’t tell me your wife is still expecting,” he says.

“Yes, sir,” says the soldier resolutely. “She’s still expecting.”

“What in heaven is she expecting?” cries the officer.

Says the soldier simply, “Me.”

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Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

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A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice. The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”

The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds, he remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic. He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”

She says “No,” and the silence returns. After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, “Do you have a brother?”

Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again. The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”

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Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head. Guard your good mood. Listen to music every day, joke, and love and read more for fun, especially poetry.

Meryl Streep

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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.

 

 

You can make a difference

Ray’s Daily

April 25, 2018

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“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I think some of the best things I have done over my lifetime has been spending time helping folks see how much they have to offer. Far too many people I have met failed to realize how good they really are.

The best thing about my years in Boy Scouts and Kiwanis was the opportunity to provide encouragement to the young. I see my friends who spend time with kids who have little external support as nurturers. They are the ones who answer the question, “Does anyone listen, does anyone care”.

I have a deep sense of gratitude to the people in my background who saw in me what I might be and cheered me on. Each of us are given many opportunities to encourage others and when we do we can make a difference in their lifes.

The following story reminds me to be thankful for the encouraging people who put me on the path to the great life I have had.

The Power of Encouragement

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.

Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man.

The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti?s judgment. He then apologized for taking up Rossetti?s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student?

Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”

Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?”

“No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”

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“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ”

Flavia Weedn

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Some Camping Tips

When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant.

While the Swiss Army Knife has been popular for years, the Swiss Navy Knife has remained largely unheralded. Its single blade functions as a tiny canoe paddle.

Modern rain suits made of fabrics that “breathe” enable campers to stay dry in a downpour.

Take this simple test to see if you qualify for solo camping: Shine a flashlight into one ear. If the beam shines out the other ear, do not go into the woods alone.

The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.

It’s entirely possible to spend your whole vacation on a winding mountain road behind a large motor home.

Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.

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A day without radiation is a day without sunshine.

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“What do you love most about me,” a husband asked his wife, “my tremendous athletic ability or my superior intellect?”

“What I love most about you,” responded the man’s wife, “is your incredible sense of humor.”

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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius

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A Blonde’s Cookbook

Monday: It’s fun to cook for Tom. Today I made angel food cake. The recipe said beat 12 eggs separately. The neighbors were nice enough to loan me some extra bowls.

Tuesday: Tom wanted fruit salad for supper. The recipe said serve without dressing. So, I didn’t dress. What a surprise when Tom brought a friend home for supper.

Wednesday: A good day for rice. The recipe said wash thoroughly before steaming the rice. It seemed kind of silly, but I took a bath anyway. I can’t say it improved the rice any.

Thursday: Today Tom asked for salad again. I tried a new recipe. It said prepare ingredients, lay on a bed of lettuce one hour before serving. Tom asked me why I was rolling around in the garden.

Friday: I found an easy recipe for cookies. It said, put the ingredients in a bowl and beat it. There must have been something wrong with this recipe. When I got back, everything was the same as when I left.

Saturday: Tom did the shopping today and brought home a chicken. He asked me to dress it for Sunday. For some reason, Tom keeps counting to ten.

Sunday: Tom’s folks came to dinner. I wanted to serve roast, but all I had was hamburger. Suddenly, I had a flash of genius. I put the hamburger in the oven and set the controls for roast. It still came out hamburger, much to my disappointment.

Well, good night, dear diary. This has been a very exciting week. I am eager for tomorrow to come, so I can try out a new recipe on Tom. If I can talk Tom into buying a bigger oven, I would like to surprise him with chocolate moose.

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“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”

Steve Maraboli,

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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.

 

 

She is my best friend

Ray’s Daily

April 24, 2018

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“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.”

Elbert Hubbard

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The article I want tp share with you today really rings true with me. My wife is, and has been my best friend for almost all of my life. The problem is it took me a long time to realize it. I just took my marriage for granted seldom telling my partner how much I appreciated her. Yet she was always there to help shore me up during bad times and cheer me on during good times.  I only wish I had exhibited the same traits as well as she does.

I have edited out a lot of the original article but kept the main points. Note especially the underlined paragraph that defines a best friend for it is there where my wife is is described.

Spouses Who Have This 1 View of Their Partner Are Twice as Happy in Life

Melanie Curtin

There are a lot of reasons to get married. One is being in love. Another is wanting the tax break. Yet another is the desire to publicly commit to your best friend that you will be with him or her forever, no matter what. Until death parts you. Now, science has proved a somewhat shocking concept: When it comes to having a fulfilling life, it’s that last part that matters the most. No, not the death part–the best friend status.

This science suggests that if you want a fulfilling partnership and satisfying life, there’s one question to add to the list that should arguably be put at the top:

Is s/he my best friend?

A best friend has your back. A best friend supports your dreams. A best friend is someone you can call anytime, anywhere, without feeling like they’ll resent you for it. They’re the person you put as an emergency contact and the first person you think about when something wonderful happens at work. They know all your quirks (and love you anyway). They can challenge you in deep ways because they know the ins and outs of your psyche (and love you anyway). They’re the kind of person who’ll make soup and draw you a bath when you’re sick, even if they’re busy, because they genuinely want you to feel better.

And if you’re already married to the person you consider your best friend, then this kind of research determination is cause for celebration.

Why? Because it proves what you’ve known all along: that you live a happier, healthier, richer life because of that gorgeous, flawed, sometimes grumpy, often generous, always interesting, perfectly imperfect person you chose to marry.

As Nietzsche said, “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

Helen Keller

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A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that they were looking for a good lumberjack.

The very next day, a skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and knocked on the head lumberjacks’ door. The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him to leave.

“Just give me a chance to show you what I can do,” said the skinny man.

“Okay, see that giant redwood over there?” said the lumberjack. “Take your axe and go cut it down.”

The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was back knocking on the lumberjack’s door. “I cut the tree down,” said the man.

The lumberjack couldn’t believe his eyes and said, “Where did you get the skill to chop down trees like that?”

“In the Sahara Forest,” replied the puny man.

“You mean the Sahara Desert,” said the lumberjack.

The little man laughed and answered back, “Oh sure, that’s what they call it now!”

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Husband: Darling, will you love me when I’m old and feeble?

Spouse:  You bet I do.

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A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”

“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.

“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said,

“Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

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I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson

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She told me that working as a court reporter, she hears a lot of testimony you will never hear on the TV show, Law and Order, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: “Was the child born out of wedlock?”

Mother: “No, sir. Just outside of Louisville.”

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“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”

Elie Wiesel

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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 have more than enough

Ray’s Daily

April 23, 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

too Much

A couple of days ago my oldest daughter visited and made a dent in my closet’s over stuffed rack of clothes. There were shirts, pants and more that we selected to give to charity. Some of what we selected I had even forgotten I had, others were seldom if ever worn any longer.

As we decided what to send I found myself torn for I liked almost all of it. It then reminded me that I did not need so much. What was left was more than enough. If I had been wiser I never would of accumulated so much in the first place. When we limit what we have to what we need life is simpler and happier.

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by: Bill Greer

A Long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered. Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible. Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, “Why did I pushed myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself.”

 The above story is similar with the journey of our Life. We push very hard everyday to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love to do. One day when we look back, we will realize that we don’t really need that much, but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.

 Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

 Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time. You have to ecide how you want to balance your Life. Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence. So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature. Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life for granted. Live a balance lifestyle and enjoy Life!

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

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HISTORY ACCORDING TO KIDS…

The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in Sunday School quizzes by children between 5th- and 6th-grade ages in Ohio. They were collected by two teachers over a period of three years.

  • Ancient Egypt was old.  It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert.  The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
  • The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn’t have history.  The Greeks also had myths.  A myth is a young female moth.
  • Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don’t really understand. The English and French still have problems.
  • Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen.”! As a queen she was a success.  When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah!” and that was the end of the fighting for a long while.
  • Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men.
  • Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes.  He wrote Donkey Hote.  The next great author was John Milton.  Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it.
  • Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Precedent. Lincoln’s Mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands… Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation.
  • Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present.  Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel.  Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English.  He was very large.
  • The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions.  People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.  The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
  • Madman Curie discovered radio.  She was the first woman to do what she did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn’t get to find radios because they were already taken.
  • Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers.  The other three were in the movies.  Karl made speeches and started revolutions.  Someone in the family had to have a job, I guess.”

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I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
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“McDonald’s has lowered the calories in their fries from 610 calories to 540 calories. They’re worried about promoting obesity. So they lowered from 610 to 540 calories. That’s like decreasing the power in the electric chair by 10 volts.”

David Letterman

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He said: When my sister got married, she asked to wear my mother’s wedding dress. The day she tried it on for the first time I was sitting with Mother in the living room as Andrea descended the stairs. The gown was a perfect fit on her petite frame. Mother’s eyes welled with tears. I put my arm around her.

“You’re not losing a daughter,” I reminded her in time-honored fashion. “You’re gaining a son.”
“Oh, forget about that!” she said with a sob. “I used to fit into that dress!”

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If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Mary Engelbreit

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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.

 

Don’t hold back

Ray’s Daily

April 20, 2018

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If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.

Marcus Garvey

yes-you-can

It seems lately that I keep running across the lessons folks have learned that they offer to others. As I was reviewing some things I have saved I found the following article written by Marc Chernoff that I like. I have had to edit it slightly but you’ll get the idea.

The other day I was talking with a friend about the people we know who hold themselves back. It is a shame that so many of us hide from what we might be because we worry so much about what others might think. I am glad that most of you that I know personally are living freely and enjoy your lives,

9 Things Every Inspired Person (That’s YOU) Should Know

1.Life’s biggest limitations are the ones you make in your mind.  Life’s biggest causes of unhappiness are the false beliefs you refuse to let go of.  You are capable of far more than you are presently thinking, imagining, doing or being.  .

2.You must deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was.  Think positive.  Life is good.  Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting pure gold.  Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to always happen, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for the moment. 

3.What others do is out of your control.  Realize that you can’t always count on others to respect your feelings, even if you respect theirs.  You only have control over yourself.  And as for others, you can only accept them, or walk away.

4.You were not meant to sit at the edge of your comfort zone.  Not trying for fear of falling.  Your courage will unfold as your resolve takes hold.  .

5.You are not like anyone else.  Don’t you ever let anyone tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.  In a world of comparison and conformity, take a stand.  Express your fears, tears, doubts, and insecurities – let others experience the real you.

6.True love is one-way traffic.  It’s a pure flow of giving and expecting nothing in return.  Anything else is a contract.    Remain clear, remain bright, and remain strong.  Love without expectation.

7.You cannot live your life at the mercy of chance.  You cannot stumble along with a map marked only with the places you fear, or the places you know you don’t want to revisit.  You cannot remain trapped, endlessly, in a state where you are unable to ask for directions, even though you’re terribly lost, because you don’t know your destination.  You have to stand up, look at yourself in the mirror, and say, “It isn’t good enough for me to know only what I DON’T want in life.  I need to decide what I DO want.”

8.Being genuine is more important than being right.  You may say or do all the right things, but if it doesn’t come from the heart, it means nothing.  You may not always know the right things to say or do, but if your intent is genuine, then it means the world.  When you work from a foundation of truth, you are free to make as many choices, free to make as many mistakes, free to take as much time as necessary to get it right.

9.Your future depends on what you do right now.  Challenge yourself to be who you know you are capable of being.  Challenge yourself to follow through – to live what you preach, to walk your talk.  As long as you keep doing your thing, you’re still cruising far ahead of everyone who’s too scared to even try.

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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A recent widow was crying to a grief counselor. “We were married twenty-five years before he died,” she said, dabbing away a tear. “Never had an argument in all those years.”

“Amazing,” said the counselor. “How did you do it?”

“I outweighed him by forty pounds and he was a coward.”

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People are lonely, because they build walls instead of bridges.

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We were thoroughly confused. While transcribing medical audiotapes, my co-worker came upon the following garbled diagnosis: “This man has pholenfrometry.” Knowing nothing about that particular condition, she double checked with the doctor. After listening to the tape, he shook his head.

“This man,” he said, translating for her, “has fallen from a tree.”

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“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West

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He said: When I was a kid, my dad and I had a running joke. If anyone asked what he did for a living, I always said, “He’s a sports mechanic. He fixes boxing matches and horse races.”

Once I answered a teacher this way. She flipped out and summoned my parents. Dad calmed her down by explaining it was a joke.

“So, what do you do?” she asked.

Dad, a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company said, “I sell drugs.”

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The only people who listen to both sides of an argument are the neighbors.

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A Civil War soldier, who had lost his bayonet, whittled one from wood so that he could pass inspection. He hoped he would not be discovered until the regiment had gone into battle, where he planned to pick one up from a dead soldier.

At inspection, an officer asked to see his bayonet. The soldier stated, “Sir, I promised my father I would not unsheathe my bayonet unless I intended to kill someone with it.”

The Officer insisted that the soldier hand over the bayonet.

Taking it out, the soldier looked skyward and said, “May the Lord change my bayonet to wood for breaking my vow.”

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Definition of a teenager? God’s punishment for enjoying sex.

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He said:

I have five siblings, three sisters and two brothers. One night I was chatting with my Mom about how she had changed as a mother from the first child to the last.

She told me she had mellowed a lot over the years: “When your oldest sister coughed or sneezed, I called the ambulance. When your youngest brother swallowed a dime, I just told him it was coming out of his allowance.”

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

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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.

 

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