March 26, 2019
Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.
– Venus Williams
In my community it is not easy to make friends if you don’t speak up. Some of my neighbors are very shy and are not easy to know. Folks our age benefit from the friends we make, they are the antidote for feelings of loneliness as well as helpers when we need them.
I know it is not easy for some to break out of their shell but the rewards make the effort worthwhile. Most folks are better then they think they are and can benefit from a confidence boost, I like what the gal in the following story did and I hope some of the shy folks will follow her lead and spek up.
One of the greatest problems many people experience is lack of confidence. Some don’t believe in their ability to speak in public, others are afraid to try something they’ve never done before, and still others do not have the confidence to overcome their shyness.
Do you know that you can become more confident? One effective technique is to learn to do what you’re afraid to do.
I led a seminar a few years ago where I asked for three volunteers to speak to the group the next day. One young woman named Judy was the first to raise her hand. She explained to me later why she did so: ‘When you asked for three volunteers,’ Judy said, ‘I felt a knot of fear in my stomach. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve never really believed I could. But the fear was telling me something,’ she continued. ‘So because I felt so anxious, I decided that this was something I had to do. But I must to tell you, I’m terrified!’
She made up her mind to do that which she was afraid to do. And the following day, Judy’s five-minute talk was superb! She was honest and genuine, speaking right from her heart. Now she is more confident about her ability to speak in public.
People who are confident have choices. People who are fearful too often avoid much of life because they are afraid to venture into unknown territory.
Jim Loehr said, ‘With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.’
When you make what you’re afraid to do what you choose to do, you will soon have the confidence to do whatever you choose!
Written by Steve Goodier
Shyness is nice, but shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life that you’d like to.
“Excerpts From The Dog’s Daily Diary”
8:00 am – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
9:30 am – Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!
9:40 am – Oh Boy! A walk! My favorite!
10:30 am – Oh Boy! A car ride! My favorite!
11:30 am – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
12:00 noon – Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!
1:00 pm – Oh Boy! The yard! My favorite!
4:00 pm – Oh Boy! The kids! My favorite!
5:00 pm – Oh Boy! Dog food! My favorite!
5:30 pm – Oh Boy! Mom! My favorite!
6:00 pm – Oh Boy! Playing ball! My favorite!
6:30 pm – Oh Boy! Sleeping in master’s bed! My favorite!
A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.
To get acquainted with his new Parish, the Priest decided to call on some daily. One he selected was a young widow, her husband, according to the index card, had died two years ago. After knocking at the door, he was greeted by a young lady with a baby in her arms.
He said, “I’m sorry, I must have the wrong address, I was looking for the widow Laffitte.”
“You’ve found her, Father.” smiled the lady.
“Well, according to the card here, it says your husband died over two years ago.” he said glancing at the baby in her arms.
“That’s correct, Father. He surely did …but I didn’t!”
“I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.”
Top Ten Signs You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart
- You get a threatening note made up of letters cut out of a magazine with pinking shears, and they’re all the same size, the same font, and precisely lined up in razor-sharp rows.
- You find a lemon slice in the dog’s water bowl.
- On her TV show she makes a gingerbread house that looks exactly like your split-level, right down to the fallen licorice downspout and the half-open graham cracker garage door.
- You find your pet bunny on the stove in an exquisite tarragon,rose
petal & saffron demi-glace’, with pecan-crusted hearts of palm and adelicate mint-fennel sauce.
- The unmistakable aroma of potpourri follows you even after you leave the bathroom.
- You discover that every napkin in the entire house has been folded into a swan.
- No matter “where” you eat, your place setting always includes an oyster fork.
- Twice this week you’ve been the victim of a drive-by doilying.
- You wake up in the hospital with a concussion and endive stuffing in every orifice.
AND THE NUMBER 1 Sign You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart…
- You awaken one morning with a glue gun pointed squarely at your temple.
“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.”
My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next.
Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. “Are you going to miss him?” my friend asked.
“Actually I’m relieved,” her mother replied. “Now I can bend over.”
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
Lady Bird Johnson
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