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Be Thankful

Ray’s Daily

April 3, 2018


A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.


i am so thankful[1]

The other day as I watched my greatgrandchildren at play I thought about how much I appreciate and love our children and their offspring. I realized how my early life’s misfortunes put me on a path that resulted in a long and appreciated marriage and more than 60 years of happiness.

I had a number of experiences when I was young that seemed bad at the time but which actually resulted in my making changes in what I was doing. Many of the steps I took seemed excessively burdensome at the time but in truth were the stepping stones leading to a great life.

I am now thankful, in retrospect for all the bad times as well as the good times for they provided me with a wonderful life.

So I have learned that I have much to be thankful for, I just wish I had realized that I did earlier in life.


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.


I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.

James Cash Penney


How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?

(Sigh) Don’t bother, I’ll sit in the dark, I don’t want to be a nuisance to anybody.


A young mother paying a visit to a doctor friend and his wife, made no attempt to restrain her five-year-old son Johnny, who was ransacking an adjoining room.

But finally, an extra loud clatter of bottles did prompt her to say, “I hope, doctor, you don’t mind Johnny being in there.”

“No,” said the doctor calmly, “He’ll be quiet when he gets to the poisons.


She said: I know what Victoria’s Secret is. The secret is that nobody older than 30 can fit into their stuff.


An old man goes to the doctor and say’s “Doctor I can’t pee.”

The doctor asks the man “How old are you?”

The old man say’s “I’m 84.”

The doctor replies “You’ve peed enough”


If you can’t laugh at yourself, I’ll be glad to do so for you.


Brian was startled to see the nonchalant way Chris was taking the fact that his lady love was seen with another man.

“You said you love her and yet you saw her with another man and you didn’t knock the guy down?”

“I’m waiting,” Chris said.

“Waiting for what?”

“Waiting to catch her with a smaller fellow.”


Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens.

Author Unknown


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "Be Thankful" (1)

  1. so good to remember, even in those challenging times

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