June 12, 2018
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Yesterday I had breakfast at a restaurant that was somewhat in chaos as key kitchen employees had not shown up. It was pouring down rain and there were more customers than normal at that early in the morning.
The only waitress, someone I admire, did not complain, instead she went into the kitchen to help a manager cook. She served her customers with a smile and together they made it work. The waitress is someone I have known for a while. She is a single mom with two young children who sometimes is challenged by events in her life. What makes her special is that she never lets what happen take her down. Yesterday she chose to put her customers first while treating them all with a smile. I like the fact that she makes choices that always takes into consideration what is best for others as well as herself. I don’t know who wrote the following article but it reminded me of my friend.
Four Simple Keys to a Fuller Life
The Power of Choice. Every one of us makes countless choices every day. Every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Even insignificant choices can affect what we experience and how we feel. When hunger strikes, we can reach for a healthy, nutritious snack, or we can choose the sugar high of junk food.
The more important the decision, the more profound its effect. For instance, how do I act towards that person who treated me badly? Do I generally choose to be passive, or do I actively set clear intentions and create what I want in my life? Every choice we make, however big or small, affects us in some way.
How Do You Make Choices? If you’re interested in living a richer, fuller life, there is a foundation upon which you can base all of your decisions which can make life better not only for you, but also for those around you. This foundation is to choose based on what’s best – what’s best for you and for all of us. Imagine if every parent, spouse, friend, teacher, businessperson, and politician truly did their best to choose what’s best for all involved in every decision they made. We would certainly live in a more caring, supportive world.
It’s the Intention. “But how do I know what is really best?” you might ask. The answer is simple. It doesn’t matter. What matters is not the choice you make, but rather the intention behind your choice. What matters is that whatever decision you make, you are clear in your intention of choosing based on what’s best. If it later turns out that you made what appears to have been a bad choice, there’s no need for guilt. Knowing that you did your best to choose with a sincere desire for what’s best for all involved, your conscience stays clear and open. This then allows you to more easily learn from your mistakes, and to live with a clear heart and mind.
What’s Best for Me, Too! Choosing what’s best does not mean you have to always sacrifice yourself for others. An overly exhausted mother can lose her temper easily. Some time off for this mother might seem selfish, yet in the long run, it can help her to be a better mother to her children. So as we move through each day of our lives, let us remember to include ourselves as we do our best to choose what’s best for all of us.
“I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”
A statuesque blonde walked into a dinner party on the arm of a bald, elderly, scowling tycoon.
A society lady approached the young lovely to admire the huge shimmering gemstone hanging around her neck. “I must tell you,” the matron exclaimed, “that you are wearing the most incredible piece of jewelry I have ever seen.”
“That,” the blonde responded, “is the one-and-only Blanton diamond.”
“I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it,” the woman marveled. “I study famous gems as a hobby.”
“Well,” the chippy revealed, “the Blanton diamond has an ancient, unspeakably evil curse attached to it.”
“Really?” the woman queried. “What could that be?”
The blonde grimaced and gestured toward the tycoon. “Mr. Blanton, over there.”
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Couples who have lived together a long time have their own way of communicating. A woman over heard her aunt and uncle one day:
“What are you looking for in that closet?” Sadie asked.
“Nothing,” Morris answered.
“Well, it’s not in there. Look under the bed.”
A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight and began dividing the nuts.
“One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”
He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come here quick,” said the boy, “You won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”
The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.”
When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”
The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord.”
Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now, let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”
They say the old man made it back to town a full five minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.
“Half our live is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”
She said: I decided to stop worrying about my teenage son’s driving and take advantage of it. I got one of those bumper stickers that say, “How’s my driving?” and put a 900 number on it. At $1.00 a call, I’ve been making about $95 a week.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett
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