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Ray’s Daily

January 23, 2019


Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.


better with friends

There is nothing more valuable than the folks who offer us their friendship. It is tragic that so many of us take our friends for granted and let them drift away. I think friendships need to be cherished and nurtured in order to flourish. Just like fine silver our relationships will shine if we keep them shined up.

I recently received the following article that I think is right on. I did some minor editing but retained it’s message.

“8 Ways to be a Better Friend”

by Susie Cortright.

Being a good friend is a skill we can learn and improve upon. Here, eight ways to be a better friend.

Number One: Like yourself – The first step in having a good relationship with a friend is to have a good relationship with yourself. When we genuinely like ourselves, we become more attractive to other people.

Number Two: Choose wisely – Relationships among true friends take a steady dose of time and energy–two resources in limited supply for all of us. Identify the friends with whom you wish to create a closer bond. It’s perfectly okay if not all of your acquaintances make the list.

Number Three: Make the time – Friends are important in many ways–so much so that these relationships often take on a life of their own. You owe it to yourself (and to your friends) to make these relationships a priority.

Number Four: Make the first move – If you want to improve your relationships, put your fear of rejection aside and start taking more risks. Invite your friends to lunch. Too often, we fail to follow up with our friends.

Number Five: The Golden Rule – Treat your friends as you wish to be treated. Stated another way: “To have a friend, be a friend.” Focus more on being interested than on being interesting. Be enthusiastic and energetic. Avoid complaining, gossiping, and criticizing.

Number Six: Sweat the Small Stuff – Make your friends feel significant by remembering small kindnesses.

Number Seven: Listen – Good listeners are hard to find, and honing your skills can be a long-term project.

A few tips: -Slow down. Try not to finish your friend’s sentences. If you catch yourself planning your response while your friend is still talking, gently remind yourself to focus on the speaker.

-Ask questions. -Be careful with advice.

Number Eight: Be loyal – We all need someone in our corner. If your friend isn’t there to defend herself against gossip or criticism, speak up, and know she would do the same for you.


Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’

S. Lewis


According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.

“Please disrobe,” he told her.

“With him in the room??” she yelled, pointing to my father.

Turning to Dad, the doctor said, “Captain, I think I found the problem.”


If you are too busy to laugh . . . you are too busy.


Waiter: “Tea or coffee, gentlemen?”

1st customer: “I’ll have tea.”

2nd customer: “Me, too.  And be sure the glass is clean!”

(Waiter exits, returns)

Waiter: Two teas.  “Which one asked for the clean glass?”


You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Joe Lewis


Retirement Choices – Where To Live

You can live in the Midwest where ….

  1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.

2 Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.

  1. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.
  2. You end sentences with a preposition: “Where’s my coat at?”
  3. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, “It was different!”

Or You can live in Florida where ….

  1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
  2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.
  3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.

4 Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.

  1. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.


Small deeds done are better than greater deeds planned.



It was a typically busy day at the bank. After a glance at the line of waiting customers, a harried-looking man came up to the side counter and demanded, “What do I have to do to change the address on my account”?

Without missing a beat, the clerk replied, “Move.”


A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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