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Keep Breathing

Ray’s Daily

January 22, 2019

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

stay happy

I spent a major part of yesterday at the hospital undergoing cardiac tests. By the time I was done I was hungry and tired. The good news was that I am holding my own. My cardiologist did tell me to eat right, get more exercise and keep breathing.

I also had to send my blood pressure, pulse rate and weight into a patient monitoring center as I do three times a week. It was the day I had to transmit my pacemaker history to a computer in Minnesota for analysis and forwarding to my electro-physiologist. I am glad it is all over for now. Today will be a day of rest.

Since our life goes on it is important we make the best of it. Here are some thoughts to help us do just that,

A Creed To Live

By Nancye Sims

  • Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
  • It is because we are different that each of us are special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only do what is best for you.
  • Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.
  • Don’t let life slip through your fingers by living in the past orin the future. By living one day at a time you live all days of your life.
  • Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.
  • Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
  • Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible. The fastest way to lose love is to hold too it tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
  • Don’t dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope, to be without hope is to be without purpose.
  • Don’t run through life so fast thatyou forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

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The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats

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A couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position.

As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the wife sarcastically asked, “Relatives of yours?”

“Yep,” the husband replied, “Inlaws.”

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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

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The future father-in-law asked, “Young man, can you support a family?”

The surprised groom-to-be replied, “Well, no.  I was just planning to support your daughter.  The rest of you will have to fend for yourselves.”

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A dietitian was once addressing a large audience in Chicago.

“The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Vegetables can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all; and all of us eat it. Can anyone here tell me what lethal product I’m referring to? You, sir, in the first row, please give us your idea.”

The man lowered his head and said, “Wedding cake?”

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People are always available for work in the past tense.

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A student comes to a young professor’s office hours.  She glances down the hall, closes his door, kneels pleadingly.

“I would do *anything* to pass this exam.” She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes.  “I mean,” she whispers, “I would do …  *anything*.”

He returns her gaze.  “Anything?”

“Anything!”

His voice softens.  “*Anything*??”

“*Anything*.”

His voice turns to a whisper.  “Would you …  study?”

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Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

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One night, a lady stumbled into the police station with a black eye. She claimed she heard a noise in her back yard and went to investigate. The next thing she knew, she was hit in the eye and knocked out cold.

An officer was sent to her house to investigate, and he returned 1-1/2 hours later with a black eye. “Did you get hit by the same person?” his Captain asked.

“No,” he replied. “I stepped on the same rake.”

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There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

Ernest Hemingway

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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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Enjoy Your Life

Ray’s Daily

January 21, 2019

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

choose happiness

The conversation over dinner the other night centered on how we thought of our lives. We all had infirmities and had survived major health problems. Rather than bemoaning what we have to do to keep going and the many medicines we take we all felt we were doing well.

Later I thought about how our our happiness is mainly the result of how we see ourselves. The folks I was with look at what they have rather than what they have lost.

Here are excerpts from an article recently written by Swedish author Henrik Edberg that could have been written about my new friends.

Happiness.

  1. One minute of appreciation. – Take a minute, sit down and just reflect on what you appreciate and love about your partner. Or a friend or family member. Or yourself.
  2. Express your appreciation. – Tell the partner, family member or friend what you came up with. It will brighten his or her day.
  3. Take 5 minutes to see how you can help someone out. Offer some practical help, some good advice, look something up for him or her, be encouraging and supportive or just lend a listening ear.
  4. Slow down for 3 minutes. – Walk and move slower for just these few minutes. Let your thoughts slow down. Use the 3 minutes to enjoy what is happening all around you.
  5. Be the smile you want to see in your world. – Smile more towards the people you meet and you’ll get more smiles back. You’ll feel better. They will too.
  6. Make someone else happy. – Don’t stop at just smiles. Give someone a big hug.
  7. Start your day with setting a low bar for happiness. – As you open your eyes and wake up to a new day tell yourself: “Today I will have a low bar for happiness”.
  8. Be the day you want to see. – Don’t wait for someone else to create the day you want to have. Instead, get the ball rolling yourself. Take action and take the first small step or steps forward:Take a walk or a run in the early morning to get your energy levels for the day and week up.
  9. Say yes to something new. – By actively going outside of what is normal for you or your comfort zone you’ll discover new, wonderful things in life quite often.
  10. Say no to a should. – The shoulds in life can really drag that happiness and energy down and make everything feel like heavy work. But do you have to do all of those shoulds on your to-do list? Or are you maybe stuck in a rut and are doing some of those things just out of old habit?

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“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Famous Last Words:

— Of course you don’t look fat in that dress honey.  Well… maybe a little.

— Hey ya’ll watch this.

— Sure, rope bridges last forever.

— Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

— Oh shut up! I won’t fall!

— Oh, it looks like a dolphin is swimming this way…

— I wonder what happens if these two wires touch.

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Cooking lesson #1: don’t fry bacon in the nude.

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A daddy was listening to his child say his prayer “Dear Harold”. At this, dad interrupted and said, “Wait a minute, How come you called God, “Harold”?” The little boy looked up and said, “That’s what they call Him in church. You know the prayer we say, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Harold be Thy name.”

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If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

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Two hikers are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them.
They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first hiker gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.
The second hiker says, ‘What are you doing?’
The first responds, ‘I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.’
The second says, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t you know you can’t outrun a bear?

The first guy says, ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear I only have to outrun you!’

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Insanity is my only means of relaxation.

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The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word. “My you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said. “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.” Exhausted

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I wonder if Adam ever said to Eve, “Watch it!!! There are plenty more ribs where YOU came from!”

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The homeowner got into his grubbiest clothes on Saturday morning and set about all the chores he’d been putting off for weeks. He’d cleaned the garage, pruned the hedge, and was halfway through mowing the lawn when a woman pulled up in the driveway and yelled out her window, “Say, what do you get for yard work?”

The fellow thought for a minute, then answered, “The lady who lives here lets me sleep with her.”

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“Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

Robert A. Heinlein

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“Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.

The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”

The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.

“Sure,” said the young student confidently. “Means carrying a child.”

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There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith,

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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.

 

Stay Positive

Ray’s Daily

January 18, 2019

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“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.”

William James

be positive

In my communality there are a few folks who always seem to be unhappy. They find fault with almost everything and seldom stop complaining. I know if people go through life always looking for what’s wrong, they will find something not to like. They wonder why people seem to avoid them when it is their negativism that drives others away.

I feel sorry for the nay-sayers as theirs can be a lonely life. I don’t avoid them but I do try to point out the bright side. Here a few excerpts from an article I saved years ago that I wish these unhappy folks would follow.

 5 Steps to a Happy Life with Positive Attitude

Step 1: Believe Happiness is a Choice – For me, this was a hard one at first. I thought that people were either unhappy or happy (and I was one of the unhappy ones). I used to blame this on all kinds of outside forces –- fate, experiences, parents, relationships –- but never really stopped to think that I could choose to be happy.

Sure, this isn’t always easy, but it is always, always an option. Teaching myself to see that happiness is a choice has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself.

Step 2: Rid Your Life of Negativity – If you want to live a positive, joyful and happy life, you cannot –- absolutely CANNOT -– be surrounded by negative people who are not encouraging your happiness.

Step 3: Look For the Positive in Life – There is the positive aspect in everything. In every person, in every situation, there is something good. Most of the time it’s not all that obvious. We have to look. And sometimes we have to look hard.

Everything –- good and bad -– is a learning experience. So, at the very least, you can learn from bad experiences. However, there’s usually even more to it than that. If you really take the time to look, you will usually find something good, something really positive, about every person or situation.

Step 4: Reinforce Positivity in Yourself – Once I started thinking more positively and adapted to a more positive attitude, I realized I had to reinforce these thoughts and behaviors in myself so they would stick. As with any sort of training, practice makes perfect, and, yes, you can practice being positive.

Be honest with yourself, but do your best to look for the good. And, whatever you do, don’t focus on the negative. Nothing good can come of telling yourself that your butt’s too big or your latest career goal wasn’t met.

Step 5: Share Happiness with Others – Not only do you need to be positive with yourself for this new positive attitude to really take effect, you also need to be positive with others. You have to share your wealth of positivity with the world.

The best way I’ve found to do this is quite simple and basic: be nice. Be nice to other people, no matter what. Tell someone he or she looks nice today. Tell someone they did a great job on that presentation. Tell your parents or children (or both!) how much you love them and how great they are.

People appreciate positivity and the more you are sharing it with others, the more you are practicing it and reinforcing it in your own life.

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“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

Willie Nelson

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“What happened to you?” asked the bystander to the man lying on the sidewalk outside of the beauty parlor.

The man shook his head groggily and rubbed his bruised chin.  “Last thing I remember was my wife came out of the beauty salon. I took a look at her and said, ‘Well, honey, at least you tried,’ and I don’t remember anything after that.”

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You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you’re rehired and your lost dog comes home.

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Years ago I worked on the UNIVAC I & II which were the follow-on to the Eniac based on the same technology. Here is what Popular Mechanics reported in March 1949 “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuums tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.” Today there is much more power in my cell phone.

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“Dogs have owners — Cats have staff.”

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A teacher asked one of the boys in her class, “Can people predict the future with cards?”

His response was, “My mother can.”

The teacher replied, “Really?”

The young boy was quick to explain, “Yes, she takes one look at my report card and tells me what will happen when my father gets home.”

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Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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One day a guy on a vacation heard of an Indian with an amazing memory, so he decided to visit the Indian and see what the big deal was.

He went to the Indian and asked him, “What did you eat for breakfast on July 2, 1961?”

The Indian replied, “Eggs.”

The same man came back 10 years later to see the Indian again. He greeted him by saying, “How.”

The Indian said, “Fried.”

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Those who say they “sleep like a baby” haven’t got one.

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Two inmates break out of their prison cells and are running across the yard when a guard in one of the towers spots them. Immediately, he sounds an alarm and all the searchlights in all the towers shine on the would-be escapees.

Caught in the light, one hisses to the other, “Don’t just stand there! Smile and start tap dancing!”

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She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

Mae West

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She said: I was going away for a few days and left my husband a list of chores. For fun, I put down as Item 5: Think about your wife a lot.

After I returned, my husband proudly reported that he had completed every job. When I saw the list, however, each item except No. 5 had been crossed off.

“What’s this!” I exclaimed. “Didn’t you think about me at all while I was gone?”

My chagrin vanished when he replied cheerfully. . .”Hon… I started to, but just never finished.”

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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”

Buddha

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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.

 

You make a difference

Ray’s Daily

January 17, 2019

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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Aesop

kindness

I had breakfast with a friend the other day. He is a guy with a good heart who has been helping others for as long as I have known him. He, like the rest of us has good days and bad days, what I like is that the bad days don’t slow him down.

Some of us let our troubles bog us down, my friend never seems to let that happen. His unrecognized philanthropy and quiet humanity is inspiring. He does not look for accolades, he just always quietly does his best. It is folks like my friend who make the world a better place.

My life has been enriched by knowing the many of you who are like my friend. The following poem reminds me of you all.

 

        Outlook

  By Priscilla Leonard

 

Forget each kindness that you do

As soon as you have done it.

Forget the praise that falls to you

The moment you have won it.

Forget the slander that you hear

Before you can repeat it.

Forget each slight, each spite, each sheer

Wherever you may meet it.

 

Remember every kindness done

To you, whate’er its measure.

Remember praise by others won

And pass it on with pleasure.

Remember every promise made

And keep it to the letter.

Remember those who lend you aid

And be a grateful debtor.

 

Remember all the happiness

That comes your way in living.

Forget each worry and distress;

Be hopeful and forgiving.

Remember good, remember truth,

Remember Heaven’s above you,

And you will find, through age and youth,

True joys and hearts to love you.

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Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.

Sam Altman

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A wife, one evening, drew her husband’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple? How devoted they are? He kisses her every time they meet.

Why don’t you do that?”

“I would love to,” replied the husband, “but I don’t know her well enough.”

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Mom, I’ll always love you, but I’ll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky.

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So true in the 21st Century …

Our communication – Wireless

Our telephone – Cordless

Our cooking – Fireless

Our youth – Jobless

Our food – Fatless

Our labour – Effortless

Our conduct – Worthless

Our relationship – Loveless

Our attitude – Careless

Our feelings – Heartless

Our politics – Shameless

Our education – Valueless

Our follies – Countless

Our arguments – Baseless

Our boss – Brainless

Our Job – Thankless

Our Salary – Much Less

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“When I die, I want to die like my grandmother who died peacefully in her sleep.

Not screaming like all the passengers in her car.”

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The holiday bowl games were in full swing and we had invited some other football fans over.

One couple brought their active two-year-old son, who began playing with a dish that was filled with antique buttons. After a few near disasters, my husband quietly removed the temptation.

The next morning, I realized the bowl was gone and went upstairs. “Don, where is the button bowl”? I asked my just-awakening husband.

“Gee, I don’t know for sure,” replied my spouse, who prides himself on knowing the answer to any sports trivia question.

“I think it’s in Florida.”

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It is impossible to gain a toehold when acting like a heel.

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She said: Stopping to pick up my daughter from Kindergarten, I found out that the topic of “Show and Tell” that day had been parents’ occupations. The teacher pulled me aside. Whispering, she advised, “You might want to explain a little bit more to your daughter what you do for a living.”

I work as a training consultant and often conduct my seminars in motel conference rooms.

When I asked why, the teacher explained, “Your daughter told the class she wasn’t sure what you did, but said you got dressed real pretty and went to work at motels.”

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino

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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.

 

Leadership

Ray’s Daily

January 16, 2019

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

leadership

I still have fond memories of my more than thirty years in the computer industry. I was especially proud of the people I worked with. Our team had low turnover, great customer appreciation and employee growth.

We did not strive to only satisfy our customers, we worked to please them. We also did all we could to make everyone around us and below us a success. I had the good fortune to be able to share our philosophy and commitment with other corporate managers in numerous management seminars over the years,

The following edited article describes some of the things we were doing.

10 Things Authentic Leaders Do

by Robin Sharma

Here are 10 things that authentic leaders do on a regular basis:

  1. They speak their truth. In business today, we frequently ‘swallow our truth’. We say things to please others and to look good in front of The Crowd. Authentic leaders are different. They consistently talk truth.
  2. They lead from the heart. Business is about people. Leadership is about people. The best leaders wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not afraid to show their vulnerability. They genuinely care about other people and spend their days developing the people around them.
  3. They have rich moral fiber. Who you are speaks far more loudly than anything you could ever say. Strength of character is true power — and people can feel it a mile away
  4. They are courageous. It takes a lot of courage to go against the crowd. It takes a lot of courage to be a visionary. It takes a lot of inner strength to do what you think is right even though it may not be easy. Authentic leadership is all about taking the road less traveled and doing, not what is easy, but what is right.
  5. They build teams and create communities. One of the primary things that people are looking for in their work experience is a sense of community. Authentic leaders create workplaces that foster human linkages and lasting friendships.
  6. They deepen themselves. The job of the leader is to go deep. Authentic leaders know themselves intimately. They nurture a strong self-relationship. They know their weaknesses and play to their strengths.
  7. They are dreamers. Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It is from our imaginations that great things are born. Authentic leaders dare to dream impossible dreams.
  8. They care for themselves. Authentic leaders eat well, exercise, and care for the temples that are their bodies.
  9. They commit to excellence rather than perfection. No human being is perfect. Every single one of us is a work in progress. Authentic leaders commit themselves to excellence in everything that they do. They are constantly pushing the envelope and raising their standards.
  10. They leave a legacy. To live in the hearts of the people around you is to never die. Success is wonderful, but significance is even better. You were made to contribute and to leave a mark on the people around you. Authentic leaders are constantly building their legacies by adding deep value to everyone that they deal with and leaving the world a better place in the process.

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Wonders of God

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

The boy replied with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle. “The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy, and began to try to open his eyes to the “realities” behind the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible lying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” Exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!”

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When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’

Sydney J. Harris

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I learned a lesson in marketing from a man who bought an old boat, a trailer and a motor from me. “Thanks,” he said as he loaded them up. “I’m planning to resell them.”

Good luck, I thought. I had been trying to get rid of them for months. But when I ran into him a few weeks later, he’d sold everything.

“How did you manage that?” I marveled.

“I took out an ad: ‘Heavy-duty boat trailer with free boat.’ When the buyer came to get it, I asked if he had a motor. He said no. I told him I happened to have one in my garage. Bought that, too.”

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“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.”

Jim Rohn

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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.

 

Smile

Ray’s Daily

January 15, 2019

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A smile is a great way to start off your day. Good Morning.

smile

I have been invigorated by the many acts of kindness that I see around me these days. My elderly friends exhibit a high degree of compassion and understanding as they interact with their fellow residents. A caring server will read the evening menu items to those with limited sight and help them make choices.

We are not surrounded by the strident angry folks that seem to be so common these days. These are people who care for themselves and for those around them and we are lucky to know them. I just wish their kindness would infect everyone else in our nation.

Here are some things that I think are worthy of our attention.

Good Thoughts

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head, To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it’s his fault. If they betray you twice, it’s your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, but so few people can hold it.

Friends, you and me…you brought another friend, and then there were 3.

We started our group…Our circle of friends…and like that circle, there is no beginning…there is no end.

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Here’s to the people who always have a smile on their face and no matter what they’re going through, they put others before them.

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My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50 an hour every week for two-and-a-half years. He must be crazy.

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She said: Curious when I found two black-and-white negatives in a drawer, I had them made into prints. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were of a younger, slimmer me, taken on one of my first dates with my husband. When I showed him the photos, his face lit up. “Wow, look at that!” he said with appreciation. “It’s my old Plymouth!”

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Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul.

Armand Hammer

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THE TODDLER’S RULES

* If it is on, I must turn it off.

* If it is off, I must turn it on.

* If it is folded, I must unfold it.

* If it is liquid, it must be shaken then spilled.

* If it is solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.

* If it is high, it must be reached.

* If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.

* If it is pointed, it must be run with full speed.

* If it has leaves, they must be picked.

* If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.

* If it is trash, it must be removed, inspected and thrown on the floor.

* If it is closed, it must be opened.

* If it does not open, it must be screamed at.

* If it has drawers, they must be rifled.

* If it is a pen or pencil, it must write on refrigerator, monitor, TV or table.

* If it is full, it will be more interesting empty.

* If it is empty, it must be more interesting full.

* If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.

* If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.

* If it is a paper, it must be torn.

* If it has switches, they must be pressed.

* If the volume is low, it must go high.

* If it is a bug, it must be swallowed. If it doesn’t stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.

* If it is not food, it must be tasted.

* If it is food, it must not be tasted.

* If it is dry, it must be made wet.

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“I’m dating a guy who’s twenty-one. That’s seven in boy years.”

Lisa Goich

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An evangelist had a great revival camp going.  One night he was up in front of a large audience, speaking on imperfection.  He asked his audience towards the end, “Has anyone ever known anyone who has come CLOSE to the perfection of our lord, Jesus Christ?”  Nobody, of course raised their hand.  So he issued the question again.  “Anybody! Has ANYONE ever known that kind of perfection?”

Finally a guy in the back raised his hand, so of course he was asked to stand up. “Tell us.  Tell us who you knew who was so close to perfection.”

The man responded, “My wife’s first husband.”

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How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.

Steve Maraboli

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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.

 

Let’s make it a good one

Ray’s Daily

January 14, 2019

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Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

Grandma Moses

new week

Here we go again another week. We had over seven inches of snow this weekend but since we had no need to go out, we were fine. The bad news was the Indianapolis Colts football team ended their season with a loss to Kansas City. The good news is that my broken toe continues to heal and we are well.

I kick off my week with a lunch with an old friend who has her Doctorate in Nutrition, we are going to an especially healthy restaurant to catch up. Tomorrow I am off to the Doctors to see if I have healed enough to get out of my therapeutic boot.

I don’t know about you but at my age I realize I need to make the most of the weeks I have left, time seems to fly faster as the weeks go by. Here are some edited suggestions on how we make our weeks great.

7 Tips to Make This A Great Week

by Peter Clemens

Well Monday is here again. While this of course means the weekend is over, it also means a new week of unlimited potential lies ahead. The following are 7 ideas that will help you have a happy, productive and meaningful week:

  1. Set Goals – Ideally on Sunday (but Monday is ok), I like to take some time out to think about the week ahead. I follow Dr Covey’s approach to goal-setting as outlined in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This involves the following:

Identifying Roles: identify the key roles in your life. If you haven’t given this much thought before, just write down what immediately comes to mind. Some of my roles, for example, are: father, husband, blogger, employee, and uncle.

Selecting Goals: next think of 2 or 3 important things you would like to accomplish in each of these roles in the coming week.

Scheduling: this basically involves taking the above goals, and scheduling time to do them. Be flexible though – in most cases some daily adapting is also needed.

  1. Get the Most Out of Every Day– This may sound like a cliche, but each and every day is a gift. Don’t indefinitely delay happiness in your life or settle for being bored. Be inspired. Live with vitality. Enjoy life every day.
  2. Do That Thing You Are Resisting – Almost everyone has at least one thing that they are resisting. Perhaps it is fixing something around the house, making an important phone call or re-starting the exercise habit. Get that thing done, and you will be sure to feel to feel as if you have accomplished something this week.
  3. Nurture Your Relationships – I truly believe that happiness is highly dependent on the quality of our relationships with other people. So be committed to nurturing these relationships.
  4. Stretch Yourself – Stretch yourself by trying something new this week.
  5. Be Disciplined – Starting the week by setting goals is a bit like making new year’s eve resolutions: they are easy to make, but as time progresses it can be hard to capture the same motivation that was present when you first made them.
  6. Make a Difference – This week commit to making a positive difference in the world. Even the following small actions can make a big difference in the life of another person and/ or the world:

Recycle

Plant a tree

Volunteer your time for a good cause

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Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

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A man asks his guru, “Do you have anything that stops the aging process?”

The guru responds, “Sure. What kind of disease would you like?”

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A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error. “I’ll admit I’m wrong,” the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, “if you’ll admit I’m right.”

He agreed and, like a gentleman, insisted she go first.

“I’m wrong,” she said.

With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, “You’re right!”

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My home church welcomes all denominations, but really prefers tens and twenties.

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They tell me that:

Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption, and that you don’t “HAVE” them but “PITCH” them.

Only a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”

Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”

Only a true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in, “Going to town, be back directly.”

Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.

All true Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is.  They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.  (If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!)

Only true Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.

Only a true Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

A true Southerner knows that “fixin'” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines.  We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines”; and when we’re “in line,” we talk to everybody!

Put 100 true Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they are related, even if only by marriage.

True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”

True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every true Southerner knows that eating tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee is perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food and that fried green tomatoes are not.

When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’… ,” you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened.  “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.

Only true Southerners ask for “light bread.” That means you don’t want cornbread or biscuits.

And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway.  You just say, “Bless her heart” and go your own way!

 

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Each Monday is a canvas and only you choose with which colors you’ll paint it, you create your own mood.

~~~

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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