June 5, 2019
“What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am still recovering from my acute bronchitis. Between coughing and napping I have little time for the Daily so I will again send you a reprint.
Ray’s Daily first published on June 5, 2009
Yesterday I was interviewed on a TV show that will be aired by a local station Monday. The moderator and I were touting the rewards that come to those who volunteer some of their time to serving others. In my mind service is not a gift we give others as much as a gift we get from having the opportunity to serve by doing something of value while building new friendships.
As our conversation went on, I was asked how folks who would like to volunteer might start to do so. I gave all the traditional answers and ended saying “If you don’t know how to find a volunteer opportunity then find a friend who gives of their time and join them”. I was then asked what the person who does not have a friend that volunteers might do, my response was “if you want to help just let me know, I would love to be that friend”.
As I drove home I thought about all the years I have been publishing the daily and the many times that I asked myself why do I do it and then I realized that the Daily is a way we reach out to each other in friendship. What I realized was how gratifying the occasional feedback I get from readers is to me. This is especially true when they report that they have done something of value because of something they picked up from the Daily. So yesterday I revisited some of what you have said in the past and after reading a few of your notes I decided I should share some with you. So here is what some of my dearest friends, many who I have never met, have written.
- I always enjoy your Dailies, Ray. Would you believe I’ve saved them all since Oct 2002? I enjoy your re-runs every bit as much as their first appearance.
- Ray, you truly are such a blessing in my life.
- The Daily on the Balanced Life was just what I needed.
- Wise soul. Buddha like wisdom. Soft centre…kind and funny…takes time to know others and spread some good words…good to be connected. This was from a reader in the UK.
- Right on. Good Blog and so relevant. If we don’t find a way to live in peace in this world, I’m afraid our planet will become like the others in our solar system. Cold and desolate.
- I just had to share “I will be there” with my brother. That is our relationship with each other as we both suffer from depression and its many maladies. I feel for those people who have no one to share deep thoughts with. Everyone needs someone to listen to them and lighten their load at some point. We can be there to lighten someone else’s load; I want my friends to know I am there for them whenever needed… to listen.
- I agree there is more to us as human beings than meets the eye. If only people would try to look beyond the surface. It appears you try. People get so boxed in by their imaginary limitations. Thanks for the thoughts and keep posting.
- YOU ALWAYS POST SUCH GREAT WISDOM AND I DO ENJOY READING IT SO VERY MUCH…I CAN RELATE TO THIS POST SINCE YES AS MANY I HAVE LOST THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I WISH WERE STILL HERE.. BUT WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES WE JUST NEED TO LEARN FROM THEM AS HARD AS THAT MAYBE SOMETIMES TO DO… CAUSE SOME HOW WE MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN IN LIFE THAT WE KNOW WE SHOULDN’ BE DOING…
- Few can do what you accomplish here, and reading your blogs has replaced my daily newspaper for a long, long, time. There is nothing more interesting to read, than the thoughts and perceptions of one who builds on their character, and the character of others, with hindsight, insight, and foresight, with wisdom. Thanks for being here & thank you so much for your support.
- Yes, well, without you realizing this, you have helped me. … So my friend, all I want to do is say thank you and God bless! I am learning to have no worries!
- You always manage to leave us with something, even when tired. I thank you for that!
- I like where you write about focusing on the good things, my mind works like that for the most part. Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.
The reason I wanted to share these with you was to let you know that I get much more back then I give through your letting me into your life for a few minutes now and then. My very best to you always, Ray.
“We are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often.”
John and his wife Jill often take car trips from the U.S. to Canada.
One holiday season they were stopped at the border, where the guard asked John the value of any goods we would be taking back with us. John paused to think of the value of everything they had with them.
“Never mind,” the guard said, “what’s the most expensive thing in your car?”
Without hesitation, John replied, “My wife.”
Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
ADLAI E. STEVENSON, JR.
A shaddchan (matchmaker) corners a yeshiva bochur (student) and says, “Do I have a girl for you!”.
“Not interested”, replies the bochur.
“But she’s beautiful!”, says the shaddchan
“Yeah?” says the bochur.
“Yes. And she’s very rich too.”
“And she has great yichus (ancestry)! From a very fine family.”
“Sounds great.” says the bochur. “But why would a girl like that want to marry me? She’d have to be crazy.”
Replies the shaddchan “Well, you can’t have everything!”
Enemies are made, not born.
Memorial Day weekend was coming up, and the nursery school teacher took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism.
“We live in a great country,” she said. “One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.”
One little boy came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on
his hips and said. . . .
“I’m not free. I’m four.”
A boy took home a library book whose cover read “How To Hug” only to discover that it was volume seven of an encyclopedia.
Linda, whose daughter had just given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby, showed up for a lunch date looking less cheerful than Jill expected.
“What’s wrong,” Jill asked. “Are you depressed by the fact that you’re a grandmother?”
Linda responded with a barely perceptible smile. “No,” she said. “It’s just that I’m not crazy about having to sleep with a grandfather.”
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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