June 8, 2018
“The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”
Irene C. Kassorla
My day got away from me so I need to again fall back on a reprint for you this morning.
Ray’s Daily first published on June 8, 2005
We have talked a lot lately about our power to take over our lives. Here is a piece that lays it out for us. We are responsible for most of what happens to us.
The 10 Things In Life You Control
By Jim M. Allen, personal & business success coach.
There are just a few aspects of life that we can truly control, and it’s useful to know just what those areas are. If you don’t know, you’ll spend a lot of time blaming others for your own failings. Try and exert too much control in areas you shouldn’t and the universe will create some interesting ways to remind of your place. So be prepared to learn the 10 things in life that you DO control:
- What you do. Your actions are yours alone. You choose to make them or not make them and you are responsible for the effects of those actions.
- What you say. Likewise, the words you speak (or write) are also consciously chosen. Like actions, they have an impact on your life and the lives of those you contact.
- What you think. Yes, there are some subconscious thoughts that you can’t control. But the things that you really think about, your beliefs, your ideals, etc. are concepts you have chosen to accept and believe in.
- Your work. Many people like to overlook this one, it being much easier to say “Oh, I’m trapped in my job because I don’t have a degree, experience, etc.” Hogwash! That’s simple a way of denying one’s responsibility in having chosen the job in the first place. It’s your job and you chose it. If you stay (or go), that’s a choice as well.
- The people you associate with. There’s a famous t-shirt that states: “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” Colloquial is very often correct! Your friends can either lift you up or bring you down. You make the decision which type of friends you wish to have.
- Your basic physical health. Much about our health is a factor of genetics, environment, and exposure. Much more of our health is simply a matter of the things we choose: diet, exercise, drugs, sleep, routine physicals, check-ups, etc.
- The environment you live in. Your house, the condition of your home, the town you live in, the amenities available to you are all things you can control, although some to a lesser degree (i.e., you decide to tolerate them or move someplace else).
- Your fiscal situation. Having or not having enough money is a factor of what you make versus what you spend.
- Your time. You choose how to “spend” your time and how much of your time to give to various activities. You’ll never get more time than the 24 hours your given each day.
- Your legacy. All your actions, words, and knowledge that you share while you are living become the gift that you leave when you are gone.
How To Sing the Blues
Most Blues begin “woke up this morning.” “I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in right away: I got a good woman – with the meanest face in town.
Blues are simple. After you have the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes. Sort of.
The Blues are not about limitless choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain’t no way out.
A man with male pattern baldness ain’t the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg while skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg when your broken-down pickup truck rolled over on it is.
You can’t have the Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is just plain wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.
Good places to have the Blues: the highway, a jailhouse, an empty bed, the bottom of a whiskey glass.
Hey there, you can READ! This too be a big ol’ problem. Most folks singin’ the Blues ain’t never had much a chance for education.
It gots to be dark to sing the blues, preferably after midnight. Singin’ da blues at noon is forbidden.
If none of the above works, try one last, pathetic stab at authenticity: name your guitar. Remember, Lucille is taken.
Epitaph on a blues musician’s tombstone: “I didn’t wake up this morning.”
“Good things come to those who wait, but only the things left over by those who hustle.”
– President Abraham Lincoln
Morty and Sarah had just returned home from a party. Sarah said, “Do you realize what you did tonight, Morty?”
“No I don’t,” Morty replied, “But I’ll admit I was wrong. What did I do?”
An elderly Jewish lady is leaving the garment district to go home from work. Suddenly a man who has been walking towards her, stands in front of her, blocks her path, opens up his raincoat and flashes her.
Unruffled, she takes a look and remarks, “This you call a lining?”
MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING, BUT, IT SURE KEEPS THE KIDS IN TOUCH
Rummaging through her attic, my friend Kathryn found an old shotgun. Unsure about how to dispose of it, she called her parents. “Take it to the police station,” her mother suggested. My friend was about to hang up when her mom added, “And Kathryn?”
“I bought a blank tape, took it home and played it at full volume. My neighbor complained. Turns out he’s a mime.”
Beverly was reading a newspaper, while her husband Harry was engrossed in a magazine. Suddenly, she burst out laughing.
“Listen to this,” she said. “There’s a classified ad here where a guy is offering to swap his girl friend for a season ticket to the Red Wings Stadium.”
“Hmmm,” he said, not looking up from his magazine.
Teasing him, Beverly said, “Would you swap me for a season ticket?”
“Absolutely not,” he said.
“How sweet,” Bev said. “Tell me why not.”
“Season’s been cancelled,” he said.
I don’t mind coming to work, but that eight hour wait to go home is a bitch.
I know I need some kind of athletic activity in my life, so I subscribed to a couple of health magazines. There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cigarette, a Budweiser, and Prevention magazine… and reading about what nicotine, alcohol, and obesity will do to me. The anxiety alone raises my heart rate.
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.
Jill’s car was unreliable and she called John for a ride every time it broke down. One day John got yet another one of those calls.
“What happened this time?” he asked, with a very exasperated tone.
“My brakes went out,” Jill said. “Can you come to get me?”
“Where are you?” John asked.
“I’m in the drugstore,” Jill responded.
“And where’s the car?” John asked.
Jill replied… (barely audible) “It’s in here with me.”
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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