October 1, 2018
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Here we go again and Ray is worn out so I am again sending a Daily from the archive.
Ray’s Daily first published on October 1, 2007
I ran into a friend at the theater Saturday night and he introduced me to his wife who I had not met before. She has been a subscriber to the daily for sometime and shared with me that she regularly forwards copies to her daughter. If you forward to others as well I will be glad to add them to the distribution and save you the trouble.
I shared with her that I sometimes wonder about the daily and why I have been doing it for more than six years. I told her that it makes me think every day and that helps. Later I thought more about it and realized that I am pleased that it seems to have meaning to many of our thousand or so readers. That triggered me to go back and look at some of the comments made by some of the people who read it on my 360 Blog. Here are samples:
You describe life in the way as I look at it, I cram as much as i can into my days and rest at night, I am constantly wanting to feed my brain. I am like a bright torch and shine it all over the place, there is so much to see and do that you have to keep on with it all, I say if you don’t use it you loose it. Thanks for the interesting Blogs.
Paula – UK
I recently experienced so many problems this last weekend with a vehicle I purchased but through it all I knew that the problems I had were minor and was glad I had funds to carry me through. I was lucky when comparing myself to others and so I just refused to let it get me down. I just count my blessings for what I have and move forward. A lovely story as usual about Ashley. Sometimes you have to be reminded that what is happening to you is minor when compared to others.
Barb – Minnesota
Ray, thank you very much for those words on defeat. My son, then a few weeks later his girlfriend, experienced a disappointing “defeat. One did not get an important scholarship that he had worked hard for and the other didn’t get the job she interviewed well for and would have been a great opportunity in her field. They are inconsolable. If you don’t mind, I will send them your words.
Heather – Ontario, Canada
I enjoyed reading your Blog, Ray! Got me reflecting about my tendency to indulge in self-pity…
Tanya – Philippines
Praise be to God for that. I need integrity and honesty in order to move on.
Edward – Uganda
“The true way to soften one’s troubles is to solace those of others.” So right! You soften everyone’s troubles with your great posts.
Gaby – Pennsylvania
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
A Jewish kid informs his father that he’s decided to join the army rather than go into business.
His father inquires, “What kind of job could you have in the army?
The young man replies, “Well, I start out as a private, but I could get to corporal or sergeant.
“Corporal…sergeant….” the father says, “that’s no business.”
“I could become a lieutenant or maybe captain,” the young man responded.
“Lieutenant…captain….that’s no business!” father said.
“OK dad”, he replied. “How about getting promoted to major, or colonel, or general?”
“Still no business,” the father insisted. “Where could you go after general?
The son answered, “I could become field marshal.
The old man says, “Field marshal… that’s no business. Marshall Fields, now that’s a business.
A father found his small son looking very unhappy.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
The boy said, “I can’t get along with your wife.”
A priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in the parish. A leading local politician and member of the congregation was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner. He was delayed, so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited.
“I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his way out of it. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his employer, had an affair with his boss’ wife and taken illegal drugs. I was appalled, but as the days went on, I knew that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people.”
Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies for being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and gave his talk.
“I’ll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived,” said the politician. “In fact, I had the honor of being the first person to go to him for confession.”
I asked my psychiatrist if she thought I was crazy, she said “no”, so I let her up.
If you’re a woman…
Top 10 things only women understand
- Cats’ facial expressions.
- The need for the same style of shoes indifferent colors.
- Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds.
- Fat clothes.
- Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
- The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
- Cutting your bangs to make them grow.
- Eyelash curlers.
- The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
AND, the Number One thing only women understand:
- OTHER WOMEN
A ten year old boy was walking home with a girl in his class when he said, “Pammy, you’re the first girl I have ever loved.”
Pammy responded, “Great, that’s all I need is another beginner.”
A nurse noticed a man in golf attire pacing up and down outside the operating room where another golfer who had a golf ball driven down his throat, was being treated.
“Is he a relative of yours?” the nurse, stepping outside the room, asked the pacing golfer.
“No,” replied the man, “That’s my ball!”
If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.
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