May 13, 2019
If you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding it in lot of other places, too.
I am going to have a good week and I hope you will too. Unfortunately, I know a lot of folks will not. These are the people that are so tied up in fault finding and blame that all they see are dark clouds on the horizon. So many of us seem to want to argue and tear down others that we leave little time to appreciate what we have.
You know that our happiness is up to us. We can spend our time holding others responsible for our unhappiness or we can focus on the positives in our lives. I know one thing, if you expect to be unhappy, you will be.
The Whole World Stinks
Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in unanimous agreement on one point: “We become what we think about.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” In the Bible we find: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting Limburger cheese on Grandfather’s mustache. Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, “This room stinks.” Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same. Desperately he made his way outside only to find that “The whole world stinks!”
So it is when we fill our minds with negativism. Everything we experience and everybody we encounter will carry the scent we hold in our mind.
Perceive and rejoice that life is abundant, that beauty and goodness are amply available, that your happiness is in your hands.
A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.
He said, “Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. “Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn comes to your mind.
The pastor shouted out, “Cross!” Immediately the congregation started singing, in unison, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The pastor hollered out, “Grace!” The congregation began to sing “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…”
The pastor said, “Power.” The congregation sang “There Is Power in the Blood.”
The Pastor said, “Sex.” The congregation fell in total silence. Everyone was in shock.
They all nervously began to look around at each other, afraid to say anything.
Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing “Precious Memories.”
Wife to bill-paying husband: “I slashed expenses last month. Everything was charged on one credit card so that it will cost only one stamp to pay all of our bills.”
At the beginning of the grandparents’ class I teach, I ask participants if they would share the very first feelings they had when they learned they were going to be grandparents.
Most people say they were happy and excited. During one class, however, an expectant grandmother blurted, “I just hated it! I finally knew for certain that my daughter was having sex.”
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
A cyclone hit a Kansas farmhouse just before dawn one morning.
It tore off the roof, and picked up the beds on which the farmer and his wife slept were sleeping. By some miracle, the cyclone set them down unharmed the next county over.
The wife was sobbing uncontrollably. “Don’t be scared, Mary,” her husband said. “We’re not hurt.”
Mary continued to cry. “I’m not scared,” she said between sobs. “I’m happy… this is the first time in 14 years we’ve been out together.”
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
Jill had applied for a job, and when she returned home, her mother asked how the interview went.
Jill replied, “Pretty good I think, but if I go to work there I won’t get a vacation unless I’m married.”
Her mother, of course, had never heard of such a thing and asked, “Is that what they told you?
Jill replied, “No, they didn’t tell me that, but on the application it said, “Vacation time may not be taken until you’ve had your first anniversary.”
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
An insurance salesman was getting nowhere in his efforts to sell a policy to a farmer. “Look at it this way.” he said finally. “How would your wife carry on if you should die?”
“Well…” drawled the weather-beaten man, “I don’t reckon that’d be any concern of mine — long as she behaves herself while I’m alive.”
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
An interviewer said to a job applicant, “I must say, your work history is terrible. You’ve been fired from every job.”
“There’s not much positive in that.”
“Hey, at least I’m not a quitter!”
Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought of others.
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