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Yes you can

Ray’s Daily

May 21, 2018

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If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.

Arsene Wenger

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Too many of us let ourselves and others down by our reluctance to do what we are capable of doing. Most of the time we resist only because we don’t have confidence in ourselves. I have learned that if I do try something and fail folks appreciate that I made an effort rather than criticize. You know what is even better, most of the time I don’t fail. I know we will never succeed if we never try.

I just read an article about thinking too small written by David Sack, M.D here are excerpts from his article:

Are you giving yourself the chance to be your best and to experience all that you can? Or are you living a miniature life? Here are five signs you’re living too small for your inherent bigness:

You wait to be asked …… to speak in the meeting, to go to the movies, to have a turn with the karaoke mic, to join the conversation at a party, to share your opinion. Putting yourself forward is just not in your DNA.

The reality: If you wait to be asked, the invitation may never come. Yes, that might mean you sometimes avoid embarrassment, but it also means you are going to miss chances to grow, learn, and just have fun.

You’ll do anything to avoid confrontation. No matter how big or legitimate your complaint, you can’t bring yourself to actually confront a person with your grievance.

The reality: It can be hard to stand up for yourself, but doing so in a diplomatic way is more respectful to everyone involved than venting behind someone’s back. It’s also your best hope for bringing about real change. Give the person a chance to make things better or explain. You will both be better off for it.

You make room for the little stuff in your life before the big. Life seems full of minutia—errands, chores, email, to-do lists. The point is not that there’s a way to squeeze everything into your life, but you should prioritize the things that really matter.

Criticism lays you low rather than helping you grow. When discouraging words come your way, you see it as confirmation of what you suspected all along—I’m a loser. And it doesn’t even need to be words. A single disgusted look can make you wither.

The reality: People usually mean a lot less by their criticism than we hear. Pay attention to your reaction the next time you are at the receiving end of a negative comment. Try to stop yourself and listen as though you were taking notes for another person. Is the criticism valid? Is there something to learn from it? If so, great! You’ve had a positive experience, albeit a painful one. If not, say, “I see your point but I disagree, and here’s why.” Then move on.

You plan more than you produce. You have ideas, maybe lots of them. But when push comes to shove, you find a million reasons not to do them.

The reality: Yes, it would hurt if your brainchild were met with indifference or derision, but what’s the alternative? Never taking a chance? Never seeing what you can really do? Even if nothing turns out as you planned, you’ll learn plenty about what to do next time. At the very least, you’ll be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, “I gave it my best shot.”

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The most important thing for success is self belief and confidence. Believing you deserve it, believing you can do it, and you will get it.

Anil Sinha

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Bernie was unfortunate enough to be hit by a 10 ton truck and landed up in hospital in intensive care. His best friend Morris came to visit him. Bernie struggles to tell Morris, “My wife Sadie visits me three times a day. She’s so good to me. Every day, she reads to me at the bedside.”

“What does she read?”

“My life insurance policy.”

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“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”

Mitch Ratliffe

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With only two tellers working at the bank, the line I was standing in was moving very slowly.  As I waited, I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date, I turned and asked the woman behind me. “It’s the fifth,” she replied. From the back of the line a man advised, “Don’t write it in yet!”

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Discover wildlife!  Have kids!

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My boss’ wife Sherry was exasperated with her younger sister, who bought an unreliable car and called for a ride every time it broke down. One day Sherry got yet another one of those calls. “What happened this time?” she asked. “My brakes went out,” her sister said. “Can you come to get me?” “Where are you?” Sherry asked. “I’m in the drugstore,” her sister responded. “And where’s the car?” “It’s in here with me.”

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Murphy’s Technology Law #2:

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.

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A DC-10 had an exceedingly long rollout after landing with his approach speed a little high. San Jose Tower: “American 751 heavy, turn right at the end of the runway, if able.  If not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport.”

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A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.  She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.

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“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” –

Oscar Wilde

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“How long have you been driving without a tail light?” asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car, and gave a long, painful groan.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

“Come on, now,” he said, “you don’t have to take it so hard.  It isn’t that serious.”

“It isn’t?” cried the motorist.  “Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?”

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Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.

Roopleen

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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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Ray’s Daily

May 18, 2018

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

Dr. Seuss

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Lately I find that I often reminisce revisiting past events that have given me much pleasure. The other day as my mond again drifted back I realized for the first time that it was not the location or environment that was special, it was how I felt.

As meaningful past events surfaced I again discovered that in almost every case the good feelings were due in large part to the sharing of the moment with someone else. I honestly believe that the joy is magnified when shared. So, to many of you thanks for the memories.

If you are ever nearby here in North Indianapolis and have a little spare time let me buy you  a cup of coffee, I would love to catch up.

Here are a few things worth remembering:

      12 things to remember:

The past cannot be changed.

Opinions don’t define your reality

Everyone’s journey is different.

Things always get better with time.

Judgments are a confession of character.

Over thinking will lead to sadness.

Happiness is found within.

Positive thoughts create positive things.

Smiles are contagious.

Kindness is free.

You only fail if you quit.

What goes around, comes around.

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“We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives- right here, right now.”

Peter Russell

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Jill complained to Nina, “Rosey told me that you told her the secret I told you not to tell her.”

“Well,” replied Nina in a hurt tone, “I told her not to tell you I told her.”

“Oh dear!” sighed Jill. “Well, don’t tell her I told you that she told me.”

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If I won’t be myself, who will?

Alfred Hitchcock

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The minister of a city church enjoyed a drink now and then, but his passion was for peach brandy. One of his congregants would make him a bottle each Christmas. One year, when the minister went to visit his friend, hoping for his usual Christmas present, he was not disappointed, but his friend told him that he had to thank him for the peach brandy from the pulpit the next Sunday.

In his haste to get the bottle, the minister hurriedly agreed and left. So the next Sunday the minister suddenly remembered that he had to make a public announcement that he was being supplied alcohol from a member of the church. That morning, his friend sat in the church with a grin on his face, waiting to see the minister’s embarrassment.

The minister climbed into the pulpit and said, “Before we begin, I have an announcement. I would very much like to thank my friend, Joe, for his kind gift of peaches …and for the spirit in which they were given!”

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You can tell how old you are by remembering when a family went for a Sunday drive and everyone got in the same car.

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A surgical patient was given the usual post-operative instructions. That night, she called wanting to know if her mother could visit.

“Any time,” the doctor replied. “Why do you ask?”

“It says here in your instructions: ‘No relations until after your post-op checkup.'”

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A beggar asked me for a dollar for a sandwich. I said, “First let me see the sandwich.”

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The day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to the section that asked: Single____ Married____ Divorced____.

I marked single. Glancing at the man next to me, who was also filling out a form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks. Instead, he had written, “Yes, in that order.”

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The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

Unknown

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One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm, a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?”

The mother smiled. “I can’t dear,” she said. “I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.”

The little boy replied with a shaking voice, “The big sissy!”

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting what we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Koenig

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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.

 

It’s all in how you do it

Ray’s Daily

May 17, 2018

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Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Jim Rohn

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The truly happy people I know seem to be really good at avoiding stress. It is not that challenges don’t arise for them, in that regard they are no different than we are. I think what makes them relatively stress free is how they handle the difficulties they encounter in their lives.

One of my good friends has had more setbacks and problems than most people will ever have to face and yet this friend is always in good spirits. In her case she treats whatever happens as just another day at the office, never losing her positive attitude.

Some time ago Angel Chernoff wrote about the Habits of Happy People where she shared some of their secrets on how to roll with whatever happens. Here are edited tips from her article.

9 Tricks Happy People Use to Stress Less

  1. Know what you’re trying to achieve and why. – Lack of direction creates stress. And it’s lack of direction, not lack of time, that’s the problem when it comes to personal achievement.  Everyone has the same 24-hour days and 7-day weeks.
  2. Do less by focusing exclusively on what’s important. – The essence of personal productivity is to do the important things rather than the urgent things. In other words, put first things first. Focus on the essential and eliminate the rest.
  3. Think progress, not perfection. – Don’t worry about perfection; you’ll never achieve it. Instead, focus on the progress you’ve made and the progress you intend to make today.
  4. Cleanse your heart every night. – Just as your body needs regular washing because it gets dirty every day, so does your heart. Because every day, people hurt you, offend you, forget you, snub you, step on you, or reject you. But if you choose to forgive these people and let these things go at the end of each day, you cleanse your heart.  You wake up the next morning refreshed and free of negativity.  Refuse to carry old regrets, mindsets, and distractions into each new day.
  5. Purge untrue thoughts. – Behind every stressful feeling is an untrue thought. Before the thought you weren’t suffering, but after the thought you began to suffer.  When you recognize that the thought isn’t true, once again there is no suffering. 
  6. Expect some stress, accept it, and let go of it. – The most important journeys that lead to the most wonderful places are usually the challenging ones you must endure the hard way. You must scale the wall that’s in your way, gathering lessons as you climb, before letting go as you descend to the other side. You will only lose if you never climb or you never let go.
  7. Be kind to your body. – A good workout is the best stress reducer, and a fit, healthy body is the best fashion statement.
  8. Do one nice thing for yourself every day. – Put yourself at the top of your priority list. There is no person on Earth who deserves your kindness and attention more than you.  When you love yourself first, everything else falls into place. So treat yourself every day.  Give yourself something special – like laughter, good conversation, meditation, quiet reading, an hour to work on a passion, a long walk, etc.
  9. Simplify. – Organize, don’t agonize. Keep your space ordered and your schedule under-booked.  Create a foundation with a soft place to land, a wide margin of error, and room to think and breathe…So you have the flexibility to explore the possibilities for happiness in each and every day.

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Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.

Carrie Underwood

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The History of Medicine:

Year 0 – Here, eat this root.

1000 – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2018 – That antibiotic is ineffective. Here, eat this root.

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Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it mean.

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Tips from Martha Stewart That Didn’t Work-

Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don’t know.

Avoid parking tickets by leaving your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked illegally.

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Being a woman is of special interest to aspiring male transsexuals.  To actual women it is simply a good excuse not to play football.

Fran Lebowitz

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A German Shepherd went to a Western Union telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: “Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof.”

The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, “There are only nine words here. You could send another “Woof” for the same price.”

“But,” the dog replied, “That would make no sense at all.”

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I always wanted to be a procrastinator… never got around to it.

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Look what she has on her T-shirts this summer:

So Many Men, So Few Who Can Afford Me

God Made Us Sisters – Prozac Made Us Friends

At My Age, I’ve Seen It All, Done It All, Heard It All . . .  I Just Can’t Remember It All

Don’t Treat Me Any Differently Than You Would the Queen

Get a New Car for Your Spouse. It’ll Be a Great Trade.

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Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him.

Mark Twain

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Two old ladies sat on a bench talking. One said to the other, “Good heavns! Who did your hair? It looks like a wig!” The second lady replied, “It is a wig.” “Really?” exclaimed the first lady, “You could never tell!”

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Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

Robertson Davies

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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.

 

OK, I’m up

Ray’s Daily

May 16, 2018

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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

William Shakespeare

Getting-Started-FA

If you are like I am there are days when you just can’t seem to get started. For me it becomes far too easy to succumb to laziness and put off until another day tasks that should be done that day. I have found that those days end up building almost insurmountable backlogs resulting in having to skip things better attended to.

OK, most of the time I may be slow starting but I do get going. My trick is stopping to realize that the price I pay for inaction is not worth it, you never get anywhere if you don’t start. We pay a price when we procrastinate, deferred action mostly results in lost opportunity.

Here are some action items to consider as you reap today’s rewards:

Promise yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

C.D. Larson

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I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.

Sylvia Plath

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“What Doctors Say, And What They’re Really Thinking”

“This should be taken care of right away.” -I’d planned a trip to Hawaii next month but this is so easy and profitable that I want to fix it before it cures itself.

“Welllllll, what have we here…?” – He has no idea and is hoping you’ll give him a clue.

“Let me check your medical history.” – I want to see if you’ve paid your last bill before spending any more time with you.

“I’d like to prescribe a new drug.” – I’m writing a paper and would like to use you for a guinea pig.

“If it doesn’t clear up in a week, give me a call.” – I don’t know what it is. Maybe it will go away by itself.

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Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”

Charlie Brown

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After spending 3-1/2 hours enduring the long lines, surly clerks and insane regulations at the department of motor vehicles, a lady stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for her son. She brought her selection – a baseball bat to the cash register.

“Cash or charge,” the clerk asked.

“Cash,” she snapped.  Then apologizing for her rudeness, she explained, ” I’ve spent the afternoon at the motor-vehicle bureau.  I am way past sane!!”

“Shall I gift -wrap the bat?” the clerk asked sweetly, “Or or you going back there?”

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Anything is possible, unless it’s not.

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WAYS TO STAY STRESSED (Not funny but important)

Are you worried now about how to stay stressed? You’ll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:

NEVER EXERCISE. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. Hey, if cigarette smoke can’t cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn’t likely to.

GAIN WEIGHT. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.

TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS. The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

AVOID “WOO-WOO” PRACTICES. Ignore the evidence suggesting that meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress.

GET RID OF YOUR SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM. Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

PERSONALIZE ALL CRITICISM. Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Don’t take time to listen, be offended, then return the attack!

MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE – BE MACHO. Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

BECOME A WORKAHOLIC. Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

DISCARD GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS. Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

PROCRASTINATE. Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress.

WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN’T CONTROL. Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, the approaching Ice Age, you know, all the big issues.

BECOME NOT ONLY A PERFECTIONIST BUT SET IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STANDARDS… …and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don’t meet them.”

THROW OUT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn’t be treated as one.

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Can atheists get insurance for acts of God?

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Definition of Outdoor Barbecuing  It’s the only type of cooking a “real” man will do:

When a man volunteers to do such cooking, the following chain of events is put into motion.

(1) The woman goes to the store.

(2) The woman fixes the salad, vegetables, and dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill, drinking a beer.

(4) The man places the meat on the grill.

(5) The woman goes inside to set the table and check the vegetables.

(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is       burning.

(7) The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.

(8) The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the      table.

(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

(10) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.”

And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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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.

 

Hi Neighbor

Ray’s Daily

May 15, 2018

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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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I have a busy morning with my wife’s doctor and lab appointments. I also have a number of other tasks to do so I am sending you another Daily from yesteryear.

Ray’s Daily first published on May 15, 2009

It seems like I have been making a lot of trips back into the past lately, sharing the good feelings that I had for simpler days, a time when even just a neighborhood was a community. Many of the periods in the past were filled with trauma and difficult times. My generation has experienced wars, a depression, countless recessions, epidemics, disease and even conflict. I am not proud of our past prejudices and occasional inhumanity, but fortunately most of the folks I knew never where part of those problems. In some ways I think we were tested and as a result strengthened. And to a large extent we were strengthened because we had each other. I don’t mean by just family and loved ones but by those around us neighbors, friends, fellow citizens and yes even strangers. It was the people that made us a community.

It seems like these days too many of us just don’t have the time or to be honest don’t take the time to build the community environment that sustained us in days gone by. Maybe the problems we face these days will motivate some to step back and find what we had. What got me thinking about this today was a list that I got from a good friend. He sent me something he got off a bookmark that his daughter received when she was at Syracuse University. It was published by the Syracuse Cultural Workers. Here is what it said in part:

How to Build a Community

Turn off your TV

Leave your house

Know your neighbors

Greet people

Sit on your stoop

Plant Flowers

Play together

Share what you have

Take children to the park

Garden Together

Support Neighborhood Schools

Fix it even if you didn’t break it

Honor Elders

Pick Up Litter

Dance in the Street

Talk to the Mail Carrier

Listen to the Birds

Help Carry Something Heavy

Start A Tradition

Hire Young People for Odd Jobs

Bake Extra and Share

Ask For Help When You Need It

Open Your Shades

Sing Together

Share Your Skills

Listen Before You react To Anger

Seek To Understand

Learn From New And Uncomfortable Angles

Know That No One is Silent Though Many Are Not Heard Work to Change This

 Thanks Jim for reminding us that Those Were the Days can again be the days if we only reach out to one another.

Ray

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How Many Christians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Charismatic: Only 1 – Hands are already in the air.

Pentecostal: 10 – One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

Presbyterians: None – Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

Roman Catholic: None – Candles only. (Of guaranteed origin of course.)

Baptists: At least 15 – One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.

Episcopalians: 3 – One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks, and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

Mormons: 5 – One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.

Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, you are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, 3-way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.

Methodists: Undetermined – Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Bring a bulb of your choice to the Sunday lighting service and a covered dish to pass.

Nazarene: 6 – One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.

Lutherans: None – Lutherans don’t believe in change.

Amish: What’s a light bulb?

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There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.

Sister Mary Rose McGeady

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A housewife with three small children was getting dinner ready, when the telephone rang. The six-year-old picked it up, and said, “Hi, Daddy!”, and began telling him about her day. She then passed the phone to her brother and sister, as was the custom whenever Daddy called from work.

When it was finally the wife’s turn to talk, she took the receiver, and said, “Hi, Hon.”

“Thank goodness, Lady,” the voice on the other end replied. “I just called to tell you that the wallpaper you ordered has arrived!”

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He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.

Persian proverb

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Jill went to a “Dude Ranch”. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if Jill wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was.

When he told her one had a horn and one didn’t, Jill replied, “The one without the horn is fine.  I don’t expect we’ll run into too much traffic.”

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We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.

Omar N. Bradley

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A Polish gentleman went to the ophthalmologist who showed him a card, with the letters C Z W X N Q S T A C Z printed on it.

“Can you read this?” he asked

“Read it?” The gentleman replied, “I know the guy!”

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Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

Dalai Lama

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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.

 

Today is up to you

Ray’s Daily

May 14, 2018

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“Enjoy today. It’s one of the “good old days” you will miss in the future!”

Etta Sawyerr

deep-breath

I think one of the biggest problems many of us face these days is that we are so busy doing what we are doing that we don’t take time to do what we should be doing. Some of us use our busyness as the rationale for avoiding tasks that could make our lives easier. Social media, excessive concentration on our vocations, keeping up with the neighbors, squiring kids hither and yon leave no time for much other than sleep. In reality some of us leave little time for enjoying what is around us.

I was with a friend recently who was perplexed about what he felt was the aimlessness of his activities when in reality they weren’t aimless they were just misspent. His tasks had become almost ritual and of minimal value.  He just needed to stop what he was doing and start to smell the proverbial roses.

I think I may of sent the following to you before but with the return of warm weather it is worth repeating.

Find a Release

by: K.C. Leong

Open your eyes. What do you see? Do you see the crowds of people walking around? Look at their faces. Curious looks, snobs, anger, expressionless looks, looks of concentration. Did you notice the person that was smiling at you? Look again. See the trees waving to you in greetings?

Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night?

Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odors you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom.

Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating.

There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release.

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Today’s moment becomes memory of tomorrow. Embrace each moment with happiness, joy and fulfillment. Strive to enjoy your day to the fullest.

Anil Sinha

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At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? And….What the word team means?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?”

The little boy nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head. Do you understand all that?”

Once again the little boy nodded.

He continued, “And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach a “dumb ass” is it?”

Again the little boy nodded.

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother.”

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To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Marcus Valerius Martial

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The Michaels family owned a small farm in Canada, just yards away from the North Dakota border. Their land had been the subject of a minor dispute between the United States and Canada for generations. Mrs. Michaels, who had just celebrated her ninetieth birthday, lived on the farm with her son and three grandchildren.

One day, her son came into her room holding a letter. “I just got some news, Mom,” he said. “The government has come to an agreement with the people in Washington. They’ve decided that our land is really part of the United States. We have the right to approve or disapprove of the agreement. What do you think?”

“What do I think?” his mother said. “Jump at it! Call them right now and tell them we accept! I don’t think I could stand another one of these Canadian winters!”

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Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.

William Stafford

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A man pacing back and forth glanced at his watch and yelled upstairs to his wife, “Honey, are you ready yet?”

Shouting back, the woman replies, “For crying out loud, I’ve been telling you for the last half hour that I’ll be ready in a minute!

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I’m addicted to placebos. I’d give them up, but it wouldn’t make any difference.

Steven Wright

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Jack hadn’t been to a class reunion in decades. When he walked into this latest one, he thought he recognized a woman over in the corner, so he approached her and extended his hand in greeting, saying,

“You look like Helen Brown.”

“Well,” the woman snapped back, “you don’t look so great in blue either!”

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Don’t make things too complicated. Try to relax, enjoy every moment, get used to everything.

Angelique Kerber

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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.

 

Yes, you!

Ray’s Daily

May 11, 2018

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“Start loving yourself and everything else will come.”

Lisa Lieberman-Wang

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As you know I worry about the people I meet who don’t seem to realize just how good they are. Too many are their worst enemies, letting their own low self-esteem take them down. It does not have to be that way if they will stop and do an honest appraisal of themselves and then work to believe what they learn.

Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up. Here is part of the recent article he wrote that describes techniques to let the real you shine through.

Here are five ways to nourish your self-esteem when it is low:

  1. Use positive affirmations correctly – For affirmations to work when your self-esteem is lagging, tweak them to make them more believable. For example, change “I’m going to be a great success!” to “I’m going to persevere until I succeed!”
  2. Identify your competencies and develop them – Self-esteem is built by demonstrating real ability and achievement in areas of our lives that matter to us. If you pride yourself on being a good cook, throw more dinner parties. If you’re a good runner, sign up for races and train for them. In short, figure out your core competencies and find opportunities and careers that accentuate them.
  3. Learn to accept compliments – One of the trickiest aspects of improving self-esteem is that when we feel bad about ourselves we tend to be more resistant to compliments — even though that is when we most need them. The best way to avoid the reflexive reactions of batting away compliments is to prepare simple set responses and train yourself to use them automatically whenever you get good feedback (e.g., “Thank you” or “How kind of you to say”).
  4. Eliminate self-criticism and introduce self-compassion – Unfortunately, when our self-esteem is low, we are likely to damage it even further by being self-critical. Since our goal is to enhance our self-esteem, we need to substitute self-criticism (which is almost always entirely useless, even if it feels compelling) with self-compassion. Specifically, whenever your self-critical inner monologue kicks in, ask yourself what you would say to a dear friend if they were in your situation (we tend to be much more compassionate to friends than we are to ourselves) and direct those comments to yourself.
  5. Affirm your real worth – Make a list of qualities you have that are meaningful in the specific context. For example, if you failed to get a work promotion, list qualities that make you a valuable employee (you have a strong work ethic or are responsible). Then choose one of the items on your list and write a brief essay (one to two paragraphs) about why the quality is valuable and likely to be appreciated by other people in the future. Do the exercise every day for a week or whenever you need a self-esteem boost.

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“Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.”

Claude M. Bristol

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“I’m prescribing these pills for you,” said the doctor to the overweight patient, who tipped the scales at about three hundred pounds.

“I don’t want you to swallow them. Just spill them on the floor twice a day and pick them up, one at a time….”

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People who cough incessantly never seen to go to the doctor, they go to banquets, concerts, and church.

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A blonde is on board a small two-seater plane when suddenly the pilot dies. Not knowing how to fly a plane she grabs the radio. “Mayday, Mayday! My pilot just died!” she screams.

Ground control receives her call for help and answers back: “Don’t worry, madam. I’ll talk you down, just do as I say. First I need you to give me your height and position”

“I’m 5″2′ and sitting in the front”

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“Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

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David wasn’t feeling well and so he went to the doctor to get himself checked. After a thorough examination, the doctor said, “Well David, based on my examination, the best thing for you is to cut out all sweets and fatty foods, give up alcohol, and stop smoking.”

“I see,” said David. “Well, to be honest with you Doc, let’s go with second best.’

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The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.

Chauncey Depew

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Jewish Mothers don’t differ from any other in the world when it comes to bragging about their sons.  One Mother, trying to out-do another when it came to opportunities available to their just graduated-from-college sons said, “My Irving has had so many fine interviews, his resume is now in its fifth printing.”

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Benny the psychiatrist got a postcard one morning from one of his patients. It read, “Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here so you could tell me why.”

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I was visitin’ over at the old Perfesser’s, when little Maury came over, tugged on my pants leg and excitedly exclaimed, “I got a new bicycle, do you want to see it?”

I said, “Sure, little Maury.”

So off to the backyard we went. When we got there, I saw his brand new bicycle.

“Boy, Maury!! That’s a beautiful bicycle,” I complimented. “Can you ride it?”

“Yeah, I can ride it,” he said, then with a sad face he pouted, “but it’s broke.”

I looked at the new bicycle and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so I asked him, “Well, what’s wrong with it?”

“I don’t know,” little Maury shrugged, “but every time I ride it, it falls down!”

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“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.”

Shiela Murray Bethel

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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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