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Ray’s Daily

June 28, 2019

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“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”

Elbert Hubbard

Do-it-now

It seems like the days are speeding by faster than in the past. While in theory I have more time to do what I want than ever in reality my daily chores and diversions leave little time for much else. Some of us just stop and others of us stay too busy.

No matter how old we are it is important that we don’t stop doing what is important. None of us know how much time we have left and we should do what we can while we can. Here are some thoughts from Marc Chernoff that we all can use.

8 Little Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive Before it’s Too Late

Here are eight wake-up calls for you—some important lessons worth learning before it’s too late:

  1. You might not have tomorrow to say, “I love you.” – If you love someone today, tell them. If you appreciate someone today, tell them. There might not be a tomorrow. Today is the day to express your love and admiration.
  2. Your judgments of others are often inaccurate. – You will never know exactly what another person is going through or what their whole story is. When you believe you do, realize that your assumptions about their life are in direct relation to your limited perspective.
  3. Not trying is why most people fail. – It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt you the most. Trying always leads to success regardless of the outcome.
  4. Patience does not mean waiting and doing nothing. – Patience involves productive activity. It means doing your very best with the resources available to you, while understanding that the results you seek are worth the required time and effort, and not available elsewhere for any less time and effort.
  5. You don’t need anything more to be happy. – Intuitively, you already know that the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy, fulfilling life. Yet you live in a consumer driven society where your mind is incessantly subjected to clever advertising ploys that drive you, against your better judgment, to buy material goods you don’t need or even want.
  6. You aren’t perfect, and neither is anyone else. – All humans are imperfect. At times, the confident lose confidence, the patient misplace their patience, the generous act selfish, and the knowledgeable second guess what they know.

And guess what? You’re human—we all are. We make mistakes, we lose our tempers, and we get caught off guard. We stumble, we slip, and we spin out of control sometimes.

  1. All the little things make a big difference. – Life isn’t about a single moment of great triumph and attainment. It’s about the trials and errors that get you there—the blood, sweat, and tears—the small, inconsequential things you do every day. It all matters in the end—every step, every regret, every decision, and every affliction.
  2. Excuses are lies. – The excuses and explanations won’t do you any good. They won’t add any value to your life or improve the quality of it by even the slightest margin. To fulfill your calling and get where you wish to go in life requires more than just thinking and talking. These feats require focused and sustained action. And the good news is, you’re perfectly capable of taking whatever actions are necessary. You just have to choose to actually do it.

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“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.”

Chuck Yeager

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GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

  1. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. The go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the homeowners happy.

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

  1. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

  1. FRANCIS: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

  1. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Earthlings must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

  1. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life.

  1. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

  1. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

  1. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough. I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have they scheduled for us tonight?

  1. CATHERINE: “Dumb and Dumber”, Lord. It’s a real stupid movie about…..

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

~~~

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”

James Dent

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A fellow decided to decorate his bedroom. He wasn’t sure how many rolls of wallpaper he would need but he knew that the Irishman who lived next door had recently done the same job and the two rooms were identical in size.

“Murphy,” he asked, “How many rolls of wallpaper did you buy for your bedroom?”

“Ten” said Murphy.

So the fellow bought the ten rolls of paper and did the job. It looked wonderful, but he had 2 rolls of wallpaper left over.

“Murphy,” he said. “I bought ten rolls of wallpaper for the bedroom, but I’ve got 2 left over!”

“Dat’s funny,” said Murphy. “So did I.”

~~~

“Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton

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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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Ray’s Daily

June 27, 2019

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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein

positive

I have another busy morning so I am again sending you a Daily from sixteen years ago. Have a great day.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 27, 2003

 

Did you know that President Harry Truman was responsible for my wife and me getting married? I didn’t think so. Well here is how it happened, on this day in 1950 President Harry S. Truman announced that he was ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea. I was a young teenager at the time and had joined the Naval Reserve because a uniform sounded neat. In 1952 the Navy decided they needed me. So off to the Navy I went. They decided that I had the qualifications to go to Fire Control Technician School, little did I know it had nothing to do with me becoming a fireman, rather they were training me to become one of the first computer technicians in the Navy. While in school located just outside of Baltimore a buddy asked me to go to New York with him so that we could date some female friends of his. I went, met Nancy, and got married to her in the spring of 1953. Soon after we were married I was assigned to an aircraft carrier that eventually got to Korea as the war was ending. It was a terrible war, many men were killed, our country was in turmoil as we debated the best course of action, and the results were disappointing, unless you count Nancy’s and my marriage. Thanks, Harry.

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As you know I am an experienced retiree, having done it so many times. If you are like I am, most of the people you spend time with and care about are the people in the work place. I have often been saddened by those past fellow workers that slowly slip away as the years roll by. At the same time I enjoy all the new beginnings, new challenges, new friends, and the new things I get to do and see. Everyday provides the opportunity to experience something new that I would have missed if I hadn’t retired and then found new challenges. For me the real joy is the people I meet and especially those who become new friends. In almost every situation there is a benefit if we can only find it. In my case, as an example, all of my medical problems has resulted in my becoming friends with many of my care-givers. One of my favorites is the nurse that manages the Pacemaker monitoring, etc. for my cardiology group. I lunched with her yesterday to learn about her recent trip to Italy. She said she was in line at a train station in Venice when she heard someone speaking English, she noticed he was wearing a Kiwanis pin. Somehow in the conversation she asked if he knew me, and low and behold it turned out that he is a board member of Kiwanis International and a long time friend, he proceeded to ask her about my health. Here were two post-retirement friends who met thousands of miles away from Indianapolis who had something in common only because I was lucky enough to have met them in recent years. Life is full.

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True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides it’s evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island. To find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Baltasar Gracian

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Ralphie was practicing the violin in the living room while his father was trying to read in the den.

The family dog was lying in the den, and as the screeching sounds of little Harold’s violin reached his ears, he began to howl loudly.

The father listened to the dog and the violin as long as he could. Then he jumped up, slammed his paper to the floor and yelled above the noise, “For Pete’s sake, can’t you play something the dog doesn’t know?!”

~~~

Dennison’s law:

Virtue is its own punishment.

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A young boy came home from school and told his mother, “I had a big fight with Sidney. He called me a sissy.”

“What did you do?” the mother asked.

“I hit him with my purse!”

~~~

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl G. Jung

~~~

A Norwegian took a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. While in a bar, an Indian on the next stool spoke to the Norwegian in a friendly manner. “Look,” he said, “let’s have a little game. I’ll ask you a riddle. If you can answer it, I’ll buy YOU a drink. If you can’t then you buy me one. OK?”

“Ja, dat sounds purty good,” said the Norwegian.

The Indian said, “My father and mother had one child. It wasn’t my brother. It wasn’t my sister. Who was it?”

The Norwegian scratched his head and finally said, “I give up. Who vas it?”

“It was ME,” chortled the Indian.

So the Norwegian paid for the drinks. Back in Sioux Falls the Norwegian went into the bar and spotted one of his cronies, “Sven,” he said, “I got a game. If you can answer a question, I’ll buy you a drink. If you can’t, you have to buy me vun. Fair enough?”

“Fair enough,” said Sven.

Ok…my father and mudder had vun child. It vasn’t my brudder. It vasn’t my sister. Who vas it?”

“Search me,” said Sven.

“I give up, who vas it?” “It vas some Indian up in Fargo, North Dakota.”

~~~

What’s the hardest thing about playing golf with your wife? -Having to say, “Great shot, Honey!” 142 times.

~~~

A programmer had been missing from work for over a week when finally someone noticed and called the cops.

They went round to his flat and broke the door down.  They found him dead in the still running shower with an empty bottle of shampoo next to his body.  Apparently he’d been washing his hair.

The instructions on the bottle said:

Wet hair  Apply shampoo  Lather  Rinse  Repeat

~~~

Little Johnny asked his grandma how old she was. Grandma answered, “39 and holding.”  Johnny thought for a moment, and then said, “And how old would you be if you let go?”

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I’ve taken a vow of poverty. To annoy me, send money.

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Jill and Nina went to lecture on positive thinking.  After the lecture was done, Nina said to Jill, “You know, I learned a lot from this.  From now on, I am going to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. From now on, I am going to use the word IS instead of the word NOT.”

“You’re right Nina.  I am going to quit making negative statements too. I am going to speak positively from now on as well”, Jill said.

“Really Jill, like what?” asked Nina.

“Well,” Jill says, “I used to always say that my husband was not fit to live with the hogs.  Now I am going to say he IS fit to live with them.”

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“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”

Agatha Christie

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“May I try on that dress in the window?” the gorgeous young woman asks the manager of the designer boutique.

“Go ahead,” the manager replies. “Maybe it’ll attract business.

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I have an inferiority complex, but it’s not a very good one.

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Jones jumped up from the card table white with rage.  “Stop this game,” he shouted, “Smith is cheating!”

“How do you know?”

“He’s not playing the hand I dealt him.”

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Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

John Homer Miller

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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.

 

Don’t Stop

Ray’s Daily

June 26, 2019

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The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active.

Octavia Spencer

active

When you retire and age somethings get harder and some things get too easy. Since there is no one to tell you what you must do, it becomes too easy to do too little. Important things like exercise,

socializing, getting out and about and even eating often are delayed until that elusive “next time.”

There is no one but ourselves that prevent us from isolation and stagnation.

I have friends that are over 100 years old who are active and engaged in life, they are some of the happiest folks I know. They never let them selves get into a rut; it is not always easy but they stay active.

Too many of us procrastinate and slip into the doldrums. It does not have to be that way. Here are excerpts from an article by Daniella Balarezo that offers some tips on how to overcome self imposed barriers to activity.

3 mental blocks that keep you from doing what you say you want to do

The bad news: We all face powerful mental blocks that stop us when we’re trying to achieve our goals. The good news: We can outwit them. Here’s how, according to cognitive psychologist Amanda Crowell.

Think about the last time you said you wanted to do something. Maybe you wanted to eat healthier, write every day in a journal, or declutter your home. But despite your sincere desire to achieve the goal, you’ve gotten no further than a few steps along the path. Why not?

Block #1: “I just don’t think I can do this.” – How to outsmart it:  Try to think of each failure as just another step on the road to progress by developing what Stanford University’s Carol Dweck and other psychology researchers call a “growth mindset.” When you cultivate this kind of mindset, Crowell says, “these rookie mistakes lose their significance. They are no longer proof that you never should have tried. They’re opportunities to learn, because you know that at the heart of success is not talent; it’s effort over time that produces accomplishments.” The next time you feel like you’ve fallen short, tell yourself: “This is putting me one tiny step closer to my goal.”

Block #2: “People like me aren’t good at this.” – How to outsmart it:  The answer is simple. “Find people like you doing things like this, and share your concerns with them,” says Crowell. She says, “I had to find a heart-centered helper type who was great at promoting her business and learn from her.” This peer showed her ways that she could sell her business without feeling like she was selling out. The closer you can bring your goal or activity to your identity, the easier it will be for you to move forward.

Block #3: “I feel like I have to do this thing, but I don’t really want to do it.” – How to outsmart it:  Think of your intrinsic reason — the motivation behind why you’re doing what you say you want to do — as your own personal energy source. It’s there for you to tap into whenever you need it. And you will need it. Crowell says, “If the work you want to do is hard, there will be urges in the moment to quit, and it is intrinsic interest that keeps you focused on the steps you need to take.”

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I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

Brian Tracy

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A man is driving with his wife at his side and his mother-in-law in the backseat. The women just won’t leave him alone.

His mother-in-law says, “You’re driving too fast!”

His wife says, “Stay more to the left.”

After ten mixed orders, the man turns to his wife and asks, “Who’s driving this car – you or your mother?”

~~~

Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I’ve stayed alive.

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The Matchmaker goes to see Mr. Avery, a confirmed bachelor for many years.  “Mr. Avery, don’t leave it too late.  I have exactly the one you need.  You only have to say the word and you’ll meet and be married in no time!” says the Matchmaker.

“Don’t bother,” replies Mr. Avery, “I’ve two sisters at home who look after all my needs.”

“That’s all well and good, but all the sisters in the world cannot fill the role of a wife.”

“I said ‘two sisters’. I didn’t say they were mine.”

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Kissing  —  A means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.

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A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor’s wife.”

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Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

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The new inmate at the mental hospital announced in a loud voice that he was the famous British naval hero, Lord Nelson. This was particularly interesting, because the institution already had a “Lord Nelson.” The head psychiatrist, after due consideration, decided to put the two men in the same room, feeling that the similarity of their delusions might prompt an adjustment in each that would help in curing them. It was a calculated risk, of course, for the two men might react violently to one another, but they were introduced and then left alone and no disturbance was heard from the room that night.

The next morning, the doctor had a talk with his new patient and was more than pleasantly surprised when he was told: “Doctor, I’ve been suffering from a delusion. I know now that I am not Lord Nelson.” “That’s wonderful,” said the doctor.

“Yes,” said the patient, smiling demurely, “I’m Lady Nelson.”

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People who think they’re out of this world make you wish they were.

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Morris and Harry were both fanatics about deep sea fishing.  Each would come back from fishing trips, and tell the other big lies about the number, and sizes of the fish they caught.

So Morris comes back from his latest fishing trip, and tells Harry… ….” You wouldn’t believe, but in da Bahamas I caught a 500 pound herring. ”

Harry says….” That’s nothing, last time I fished in da Bahamas, I pulled up an old lantern from a sunken Spanish ship….and da candle was still burning ! ”

They both looked at each other, knowing that the other was lying.

Finally, Harry said to Morris….” Look Morris, if you take 450 pounds from off your herring….I’ll blow out my candle! ”

~~~

You have to push yourself when you’re older because it’s very easy to fall into the trap. You start to fall apart – you just have to do your best to paste yourself together. I think doing things and being active is very important. When your mind is busy, you don’t hurt so much.

Iris Apfel

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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.

 

Thank you all

Ray’s Daily

June 25, 2019

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“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

A-Good-Friend

As each year goes by I appreciate my friends more. Last week two came and joined me in a meal and a period of reminiscence. I also take great pleasure in the times I spend with my fellow residents in my independent living community. Best of all I am spending most of the time with my best friend, my wife.

As we grow older, we see that it is not the material things in life that provides the most rewards, it is the people who share their time and warmth with us. I am truly grateful for all who helped make my life as good as it has been, for if it was not for the folks who have helped me through both good and bad times I know I would have stumbled along the way.

So, to each of you my friends I wish you the best of everything, and thank you for bring you. Here is a poem that expresses how I feel.

A friend who’s always there

   by Author Unknown

 

If I could catch a rainbow

 I would do it just for you

 and share with you its beauty

 On the days you’re feeling blue.

 

If I could build a mountain

 You could call your very own

 A place to find serenity

 A place to be alone

 

If I could take your troubles

 I would toss them in the sea

 But all these things I’m finding

 are impossible for me.

 

I cannot build a mountain

 Or catch a rainbow fair

 But let me be what I know best –

 A friend who’s always there.

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“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

Arnold H. Glasgow

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I was talking to someone the other day about their home town of Piney Flats, here in Tennessee. They said, “The town’s built on a one-way street. It’s so small, that if you pass it by mistake, you have to go clear around the world to get back to it again. ”

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Once in a while it really strikes people that they don’t have to live in the way they have been told to.

Alan Keightly

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Speaking at a staff meeting, a very pert and pretty female engineer told the male manager of the division, “I’d like to get something off my chest.”

“What’s that?”

“Your eyes.”

~~~

Let’s face it, traveling just isn’t much fun when the historical sites are younger than you are.

~~~

The bank manager noticed the new clerk was an idiot at counting money and adding up figures.

“Where did you get your finance education?” he asked.

“Yale,” replied the lad.

“And what’s your name?” barked the manager.

“Yim Yohnston,” he replied.

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She said:There are two sides to every divorce: Yours and Butthead’s.

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A Florida officer pulls over an eighty-six-year-old woman because her hand signals were confusing.

“First you put your hand up, like you’re turning right, then you wave your hand up and down, then you turn left,” said the officer.

“I decided not to turn right,” she explains.

“Then why the up and down?” asks the officer.

“Officer,” she sniffs, “I was erasing!”

~~~

“Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife.”

Francis William Bourdillon

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A retired four-star general ran into his former orderly, also retired, in a Manhattan bar and spent the rest of the evening persuading him to come work for him as his valet. “Your duties will be exactly the same as they were in the army,” the general said. “Nothing to it-you’ll catch on again fast.”

Next morning promptly at eight o’clock, the ex-orderly entered the ex-general’s bedroom, pulled open the drapes, gave the general a gentle shake, strode around the other side of the bed, spanked his employer’s wife on her bottom and said, “OK, sweetheart, it’s back to the village for you.”

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“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Albert Schweitzer

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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.

 

Matrimony

Ray’s Daily

June 24, 2019

“Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”

Benjamin Franklin

Wedding

Last Saturday was special, one of my grandsons married his beautiful fiancé. She is a sweet and lovable girl who we welcomed into our family. The wedding reception included our three children, their great spouses and our seven grandchildren. If that was not enough it also included our extended family.

Our children and grandchildren have turned out to be warm and loving people who have all done well. This event trigged in me a strong sense of affection for these who enrich my wife’s and my life.

When they had a dance for all the married couples my wife had us joining even though we are not very spry these days. As they had couples sit down as they called the years of marriage we ended up as the only ones left on the dance floor. We felt special.

I love my grandson and his new wife and yesterday was the first day of their lives together. I know they will be as happy as we are. Here are some tips I picked up from Marc Chernoff that I think are important and I hope all my family does as well.

Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On

“What do I need to stop wasting time on?”

Distractions that keep you from special moments with special people. – Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss someone you miss the little things the most, like just laughing together.  Go for long walks.  Indulge in great conversations.  Count your mutual blessings.  Let go for a little while and just BE together.

Compulsive busyness. – Schedule time every day to not be busy.  Have dedicated downtime – clear points in the day to reflect, rest, and recharge.  Don’t fool yourself; you’re not so busy that you can’t afford a few minutes of sanity.

Negative thinking about your current situation. – Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile.  So talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.  Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing.  Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there.

Regrets of any kind. – You don’t have to be defined by the things you once did or didn’t do.  Don’t let yourself be controlled by regret.  Maybe there’s something you could have done differently, or maybe not.  Either way, it’s merely something that has already happened.  Leave the unchangeable past behind you as you give yourself to the present moment.

Every point in time other than right now. – Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone.  Don’t stress too much about the future, it hasn’t arrived.  Do your best to live NOW and make this moment worth living.

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

– Lao Tzu

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Heather and Marcy hadn’t seen each other in a while, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Marcy confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life. Heather, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found. “He’s perfect. He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!”

“He said ‘will you marry me’?” Marcy asked.

Heather replied, “No, he said ‘put your money away’.”

~~~

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.

Woodrow Wilson

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Joe’s wife likes to sing so she decided to join the church choir. From time to time she would practice while she was in the kitchen preparing dinner. Whenever she would start in on a song, Joe would head outside to the porch.

His wife, with hurt feelings, said, “What’s the matter, Joe? Don’t you like my singing?”

Joe replied, “Honey, I love your singing, but I just want to make sure the neighbors know I’m not beating you.”

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My dog saw a sign that said: “Wet Paint” so he did!

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A Catholic Dictionary

AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.

CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.

HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.

RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.

INCENSE: Holy Smoke!

JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.

PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.

RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.

RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.

USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.

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Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

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A young couple met with their Rabbi to set a date for their wedding. When he asked whether they preferred a contemporary or a traditional service, they opted for the contemporary. On the big day, a major storm forced the groom to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The streets were flooded, so he rolled up his pants legs to keep his trousers dry.

When he finally reached the shul, his best man rushed him up the aisle and up to the altar, just as the ceremony was starting.

“Pull down your pants,” whispered the Rabbi.

“Uh, Rebbe, I’ve changed my mind,” the groom responded. “I think I would prefer the traditional service.”

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“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

George Eliot

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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.

 

We can do better

Ray’s Daily

June 21, 2019

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“The absent are always in the wrong”

English Proverb

We the people

This is a big day for us. I have a couple of early meetings, we are being visited by relatives and then a wedding rehearsal dinner. Tomorrow one of my grandchildren is being wed. So my friends I hope you understand why I am again sending you a Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 21, 2006

I am starting to really miss people I hardly ever see. When I attend a forum on a critical issue of the day, the war, health care, deficits, or any of those things that affect all of us, I am usually surrounded by chairs reserved for those who need to know but don’t show. I just don’t understand how so many can absolve themselves of responsibility for making even the slightest difference on the basis that what they don’t know gets them off the hook.

I sometimes wonder if turning over our interests to elected officials, organization executives, and the like is nothing more than a lazy way for us to think that we have no responsibilities. Too many believe that as long as they vote once in awhile they have done their duty. They don’t even have to think about that too much since they can listen to a few sound bites, some negative slurs, and in the end vote for someone who looks good or who they are told by single issue organizations is the right guy.

Does the benefits of true democracy come from dragging the unenlightened to the polls or from the votes of an engaged populace? Have we become so polarized that knowledge has been replaced by dogma? Have we come to the place where ritual loyalty has replaced commitment to good citizenship? Our history has benefited from honest debate, consensus building, and flourished due to the interaction of a civil society. As we become more isolated we stand a chance of losing much of what brought us here

I also have noticed that many of those same unoccupied chairs are present at place where people need us. Have our lives become so full that we live by ritual? I hope not for if that is the case too many today’s will be the same as they were yesterday. If they do we may end up with the people being led, versus having government led by the people.

I know I have ranted and raved and probably would offend many of people who will not see today’s daily, so do me a favor, don’t show it to them unless you think they might fill one of the open chairs. And oh by the way, thanks for showing up

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Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.

Lamartine

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BOSSES BASIC RULES

Rule 1: The Boss is always right!

Rule 2: In the impossible hypothesis that a subordinate may be right, Rule 1 becomes immediately operative.

Rule 3: The boss does not sleep; he/she rests.

Rule 4: The Boss is never late; he/she is delayed elsewhere.

Rule 5: The Boss never leaves his/her work; his/her attention is required elsewhere.

Rule 6: The Boss never reads the paper in his/her office; he/she studies.

Rule 7: The Boss never takes advantage of his/her secretary with extra work. He/she educates her.

Rule 8: The Boss is always chief, even in his/her bathing togs.

Rule 9: Whomsoever may enter the boss’s office with an idea of his own must leave the office with the boss’s ideas.

Rule 10: If, in your lamentable ignorance, you fail to grasp the truth, fear not; return to rule 1.

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“I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.”

Gordon Atkinson

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Three geezers are sitting on a porch in Miami Beach. Suddenly the first sighs and says, “Gentlemen, isn’t life horrible. Here I am at an age that I can afford the best steaks and what? Bad teeth and gums. I have to eat ground or soft foods.”

The second answers, “Yeah, life is a real bummer. Why here I am at an age where I can buy the finest wines, champagne but what? Ulcers, I have to drink milk.”

The third sighs loudly and adds, “Gentlemen, I know exactly what you mean. Last night at 2 am I nudged my wife and asked her if she’s interested. She screams at me, “What is wrong with you Sam? We just got finished doing it for the second time tonight!”

After a long pause the first man says, “So what is your problem?”

The third one grunts and says, “Can’t you see? My memory is going.”

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I asked Mom if I was a gifted child… she said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.

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Out on the golf course with his wife, the husband says, “Twenty years ago I had a brief affair. It meant nothing. I hope you can forgive me.” His wife was hurt but said, “Dearest, those days are long gone. What we have now is far more valuable. I forgive you.” They embraced and kissed.

On the seventeenth tee, the husband was starting his back swing when the wife blurted out, “I’m sorry darling, I’ve been so conscience stricken since you told me, but since we’re being honest with each other, I have something to tell you also. Fifty-two years ago I had a sex change operation, I was a man before I met you. I hope you can forgive me.”

The husband, froze at the top of his Back swing, then threw a fit! He slammed the driver into the ground, Kicked the ball into the woods, stormed Off the tee, pushed the golf cart over on Its side, broke the rest of his clubs One by one, then started on hers. He screamed and ranted, “You liar! You cheat! You despicable deceiver! How could you? I trusted you with all my heart and soul… And all these years you’ve been playing off the ladies tees?!”

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My childhood was rough. Once for my birthday my old man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away.

Rodney Dangerfield

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He said: I believe my young daughter wants a pair of glasses.  I don’t know why she does.  Perhaps glasses are now “cool” to have in school?  But though she sees just fine, she still says she needs glasses.

I took her to the eye doctor just to check it out though. She was asked to read the bottom row of letters on the eye chart. She said, “All right, I can see the ‘O’ and the ‘P’ and the ‘T,’ but not the ‘N’ and the ‘Z.'”

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Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they use to.

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In a car in the middle of Colorado a wife says to her husband, “Oh Dear, Henry! I’m sure I left the iron on. I’m afraid the house is going to burn down!”

Henry: “The house will not burn down, dear.”

Wife: “Now, how can you make a statement like that?”

Henry: “Because I forgot to turn off the water in the bathtub.”

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Students at school were asked to write about the harmful effects of oil on fish. One 11-year old wrote, “When my mom opened a tin of sardines last night it was full of oil and all the sardines were dead.”

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A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: if you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you.

Jay Leno

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Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together?  I guess that wouldn’t work.  Someone would leave.  Someone always leaves.  Then we would have to say good-bye.  I hate good-byes.  I know what I need.  I need more hellos. 

Charles M. Schulz

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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.

 

Support Kindness

Ray’s Daily

June 20, 2019

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When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency.

Samuel Johnson

Be Kind

At a time when more and more folks seem to accept todays lack of civility demonstrated by too many of our fellow citizens, I really appreciate folks who continue to be kind. These days too many of us seem quick to overlook the rhetoric of those who demean, insult and show little respect for others. Untruths, slander, venom and more seem to be acceptable to those who believe that the ends justify the means. if it is an end that they agree with.

We had those in the past who fomented hatred and lacked any sense of humanity but they were the extremists that had few followers and little influence. Now days it seems that while in the minority those that scream the loudest get the most media coverage.

I yearn for a return to kindness and civility. If things are going to change it is going to take all of us to sow the seeds of goodwill. Just as was done by the girl in this story.

31 Jars of Kindness

Bobbie Gollehon is a returning student at Bakersfield College. Having enrolled in a summer speech class, she was required to give a 10-minute speech as her final exam. Bobbie chose “Random Acts of Kindness” as her topic.

As chance would have it, one of Bobbie’s classmates, Cady, lives next door to Dr. Chuck Wall, President and Founder of Kindness Incorporated. Cady told Bobbie about her neighbor and then asked Dr. Wall to call Bobbie, who wanted to meet him and use information about the Kindness organization as part of her speech. After an extended phone conversation, Bobbie had the material she needed. Her speech was a tremendous success, earning Bobbie an “A” for the class.

But Bobbie didn’t stop there. She loves to can fruit into jam, which she gives to friends and family. Following her contact with Dr. Wall and Kindness Inc., the busy student made up 31 jars of jam—one for each person in her class. Atop each jar, Bobbie affixed a label printed with the Kindness phrase: Today, I will commit one random act of senseless KINDNESS… Will you? As she handed out the jars of jam, Bobbie asked each class member to pass on her act of kindness. “When you’ve eaten all the jam, I’d like you to wash the jar, fill it with something tasty and pass it along to someone else. Please include this same kindness phrase when you pass it on, and ask your recipients to continue the process of passing it on.”

Bobbie knows how to put Kindness into action!

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Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character.

Aaron Sorkin

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Mrs. Goldberg was shopping at a produce stand in her neighborhood. She approached the vendor and asked, “How much are these oranges?”

“Two for a quarter,” answered the vendor.

“How much is just one?” she asked.

“Fifteen cents,” answered the vendor.

“Then I’ll take the other one,” said Mrs. Goldberg.

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When women go wrong, men go right after them! Personally, I like two types of men–domestic and foreign.

Mae West

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The child comes home from his first day at school.

Mother asks, “What did you learn today?”

The kid replies, “Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.”

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Madness takes its toll; please have exact change…

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An acquaintance of mine, whose daughter was about to be married, decided to give her a diamond ring that had been in the family for several generations. The stone had never been appraised, so the father asked a gemologist friend if she would take a look at it. She agreed, but said that, instead of a fee she would accept lunch at one of Houston’s finer restaurants.

A few days later, as he and the gem expert sat sipping a glass of Chablis, he showed her the ring. She took out her jeweler’s loupe, examined the diamond carefully and handed it back.

“Wow,” said a diner who had been watching from the next table.  “These Texas women are tough!”

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“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees,”

Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks

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In church on Sunday, Communion is celebrated and during the “children’s sermon”, the minister was talking about Communion and what it is all about.

“The Bible talks of Holy Communion being a ‘joyful feast’. What does that mean? Well, ‘joyful’ means happy, right? And a feast is a meal. So a ‘joyful feast’ is a happy meal. And what are the three things we need for a happy meal?”

One of the congregants added, “Hamburger, fries, and a regular soft drink?”

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

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While waiting in line at the bank, a co-worker developed a very loud case of hiccups. By the time he reached the teller’s window, the hiccups seemed to have worsened.

The teller took my friend’s check and proceeded to run a computer verification of his account. After a minute she looked up from her terminal with a frown and said that she would be unable to cash his check. “Why not?” my friend asked incredulously. “I’m sorry, sir,” she replied, “but our computer indicates that you do not have sufficient funds to cover this amount. As a matter of fact,” she continued, “our records show your account overdrawn in excess of $5000.”

“It can’t be!” he cried. “You have to be kidding!”

“Yes, I am,” she answered with a smile, counting out his cash. “But you will notice that your hiccups are gone.”

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So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

John F. Kennedy

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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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