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We can do it

Ray’s Daily

August 23, 2019

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I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.

Jewish Proverb

Adversity

I have another full day today, starting with an early morning doctor appointment. So I am again sending you a reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 23, 2012

The other day I made a pitch for allowing tranquility into our lives — at least for a little bit whenever we can. In a meeting I had yesterday morning with a new friend from another nation I again realized how elusive tranquility can be when our burdens become almost too much to carry.

Unfortunately, adversity befalls almost all of us at one time or another. More often than not we let it get to us when in reality it is either imagined or transient — soon to pass into history. But like in my new friends case it occasionally can be real and debilitating. Sometimes, like in my periodic health interruptions they are events that we have to live with and wait out while making life adjustments so they can be tolerated or ignored.

In other cases it requires us to take action to neutralize its impact on our lives. In reality it often takes perseverance, confidence and even courage to avoid being taken down. I know one thing, there is little hope for us if we just give up wallowing in self-pity or sorrow. Adversity cannot be ignored, it is real and how we deal with it often determines the difference between happiness and regret. Here is something I picked up from the Coaching Newsletter that I liked; if you need aid as I sometimes do I hope it will be of help.

Ten Ways to Handle Adversity

We’ve all experienced difficult times in our work or home lives, often through events and circumstances outside our control. But like great trees, humans grow stronger when exposed to powerful winds. Here are 10 suggestions for dealing with the hard times when they happen.

  1. Take responsibility. Assume an “I can do something” attitude rather than pointing fingers. If nothing else, you can control your own response to the situation.
  2. Limit the focus. Don’t let the problem become all encompassing. When you compartmentalize the difficulty, you can focus on a workable solution.
  3. Be optimistic. The ultimate belief in life as positive, even with hard-times and troubles, will result in positive behaviors and positive actions.
  4. Think creatively. Approach the problem from new and different directions. Trust your creativity.
  5. Have courage. Having courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It means that you don’t let the fear get in the way of doing what you need to do.
  6. Take action. Handling the day-to-day details can keep you from getting bogged down in the mud of adversity. Determine what can be done, and do it.
  7. Take the long-range view. Remember that “this too shall pass.” Recount other times when you have overcome challenges.
  8. Maintain a sense of humor. Even in the darkest times, laughter can help ease the pain.
  9. Get support. No need to do it alone. Ask for help.
  10. Don’t quit. Persistence may be the greatest of human qualities that help us overcome adversity. Consider how water smoothes stones and wind sculpts cliffsides.

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Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.

Ralph Blum

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Here’s the exercise program I use to use to stay in shape in the summer. You might want to take it easy at first, then do it faster as you become more proficient.  It may be too strenuous for some.

*Always Consult Your Doctor Before Starting Any Exercise Program*

Okay, let’s start…. Scroll Down…

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Now Scroll Up…

Okay….that’s enough for the first day! Drink some water and rest.

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A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, “I don’t like the looks of your wife at all,”

“Me neither doc,” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and really good with the kids.

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After a young couple brought their new baby home, the wife suggested that her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy,” he said, “I’ll do the next one.”

The next time came around and she asked again. The husband looked puzzled,

“Oh! I didn’t mean the next diaper. I meant the next baby!”

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“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”

Ingrid Bergman

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The wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left.

She said, “Hon, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting.”

“It was postponed.” he replied. “The wife of the Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme Potentate wouldn’t let him attend tonight.”

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Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

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A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the rest.

Strike while the …………………….bug is close.

It’s always darkest before………………Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of……….termites.

Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.

You can’t teach an old dog new…………..math.

If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.

Where there’s smoke there’s……………..pollution.

Happy the bride who……………………..gets all the presents.

A penny saved is…………………………not much.

Two’s company, three’s………………….the Musketeers.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and….you have to blow your nose.

There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.

If at first you don’t succeed…………….don’t skydive.

When the blind leadeth the blind………….get out of the way.

Better late than………………………pregnant!!!!

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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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

August 22, 2019

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Life is a mirror; it reflects your face. Be friendly, and all of life will reflect friendliness.

Rajneesh

each other

We have a temporary server in our dining room who recently graduated from High School. She is liked by everyone, She is poised, smart and caring. She is one of the most personable people I have ever met. Soon she will be moving to a  college in another state leaving us all with fond memories.

The following abridged article could have been written about Sophie,

my friend and appreciated server.

10 Things Highly Personable People Do Differently

Carol Morgan

  1. They listen. And I mean REALLY listen. – Being a good listener is about much more than remembering what someone said. Listening is a relationship tool, and highly personable people know this. It gives the other person a message about whether you care or not.
  2. They use verbal feedback. – Highly personable people give verbal cues to express they are listening. Expressions of positive words show other people they are definitely being paid attention to. It makes other people feel important.
  3. They show empathy. – Many people confuse empathy with sympathy. Sympathy is feeling sorry for another person, whereas empathy is “putting yourself in another person’s shoes” and really trying to identify with his/her experience.
  4. They ask questions and encourage others to elaborate. – When people ask us questions and want to hear more about us, we like it.
  5. Their body language says they care. – Nonverbal communication accounts for about 90% of the meaning of a message. So keep it positive – have direct eye contact, tilt your head (this is a sign of empathy), and minimize distractions (such as your phone).
  6. They remember things about you.
  7. They use your name when speaking to you. – Directly acknowledging people makes them feel like real human beings. Using people’s names makes them think they are special in your eyes.
  8. They use touch to convey interest. – Touch can convey many things, but interest and connectedness are two of the big ones. A small and brief touch on the arm or shoulder says “I’m with you.” Highly personable people use this technique, and it usually works.
  9. They smile, laugh and talk about positive things. – They talk about the good stuff going on in their lives, not the negativity. They keep it happy.
  10. They make everyone feel good. – Because highly personable people keep it happy, everyone feels good around them! They exude positive energy and literally draw people to them like a magnet.

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“Most people want, need, and respond positively to gestures of kindness and goodness. This universal friendliness connects humanity.”

― Susan C. Young,

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The shoe dealer was hiring a clerk.  “Suppose,” he said, “a lady customer were to remark while you were trying to fit her, ‘Don’t you think one of my feet is bigger than the other?’ What would you say?”

“I would say, ‘On the contrary, Ma’am, one is smaller than the other.’ ”

“The job is yours.”

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Everybody repeat after me: “We are all individuals!”

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Morty and Sarah had just returned home from a party. Sarah said, “Do you realize what you did tonight, Morty?”

“No I don’t,” Morty replied, “But I’ll admit I was wrong. What did I do?”

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Sign in a Laundromat:

AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

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One night a blonde nun was praying in her room when God appeared before her. “My daughter, you have pleased me greatly. Your heart is full of love for your fellow creatures and your actions and prayers are always for the benefit of others. I have come to you, not only to thank and commend you, but to grant you anything you wish,” said God. “Dear Heavenly Father, I am perfectly happy. I am a bride of Christ. I am doing what I love. I lack for nothing material since the Church supports me. I am content in all ways,” said the nun.

“There must be something you would have of me,” said God.

“Well, there is one thing,” she said.

“Just name it,” said God.

“It’s those blond jokes. They are so demeaning to blondes everywhere, not just to me. I would like for blond jokes to stop.”

“Consider it done,” said God. “Blonde jokes shall be stricken from the minds of humans everywhere. But surely there is something that I could do just for you.”

“There is one thing. But it’s really small, and not worth your time,” said the nun.

“Name it. Please,” said God.

“It’s the M&M’s,” said the nun. “They’re so hard to peel.”

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It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.

Erma Bombeck

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The little boy wasn’t getting good marks in school. One day he made the teacher quite surprised. He tapped her on the shoulder and said, “I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking.”

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When you smile and project an aura of warmth, kindness, and friendliness, you will attract warms, kindness, and friendliness. Happy people will be drawn to you.

Joel Osteen

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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.

 

 

Avoid the complainers

Ray’s daily

August 21, 2019

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“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.”

Og Mandino

stop-complaining

If you are like I am you know some folks who go out of their way to find out what is wrong. They seem to have lost their ability to appreciate what is right in their world. It seems that in todays polarized and somewhat uncivil society the loudest voices are those of the chronic complainers.

I don’t have much interest in wasting time focusing on the negative. I do appreciate constructive criticism when it offers the opportunity for improvement and when it is offered in good faith.

I, like most others, put little stock in what is offered by those who only complain. Like the boy that cried wolf so often that no one listened, we learn to ignore the constant naysayers.

Stop wasting your time complaining

Author Unknown

“People visit a wise man complaining about the same problems over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with laughter.

After a few minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.

Then he told the same joke for a third time, but no one laughed or smiled anymore.

The wise man smiled and said: ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?’”

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“When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”

Eckhart Tolle

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Immutable Facts

When one wishes to unlock a door but has only one hand free, the keys are in the opposite pocket. (Von Fumbles Law)

A door will snap shut only when you have left the keys inside. (Yale Law of Destiny)

When one’s hands are covered with oil, grease, or glue, your nose will start to itch. (Law of Ichiban)

Your insurance will cover everything but what has happened. (Insurance So Sorry Law)

When things seem to be going well, you’ve probably forgotten to do something. (Cheney’s Second Corollary)

When things seem easy to do, it’s because you haven’t followed all the instructions. (Destiny Awaits Law)

If you keep your cool when everyone else is losing his, it’s probably because you have not realized the seriousness of the problem. (Law of Gravitas)

Most problems are not created or solved; they only change appearances. (Einstein’s Law of Persistence)

You will run to answer the telephone just as the party hangs up on you. (Principle of Dingaling)

Whenever you connect with the Internet, the call you’ve been waiting for all day will arrive. (Principle of Bellsouth)

If there are only two programs on TV that are worth your time, they will always be at the same time. (Law of Wasteland)

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“My Dad used to say ‘always fight fire with fire’, which is probably why he got thrown out of the fire department.”

Harry Hill

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When the heir to the Rothschild fortune visited a poor Jewish village near Budapest, the locals poured out to greet him. With all due ceremony, he was given a small parade, met with the mayor, and awarded a key to the city.

At the local inn, he ordered some roast chicken for brunch. When he finished, he received a bill larger than the most expensive bottle of wine his family sold.

“This is outrageous!” Rothschild shouted at the innkeeper. “Never in my life have I been charged so much for a roast chicken! Are chickens that rare around here?”

“Not at all,” said the innkeeper reassuringly. “But millionaires — ah, they are a rarity!”

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I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.

Pablo Picasso

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Billy’s dad was away on a business trip. So he wanted to sleep with his mother. The first night she refused. The second night she refused again. On the third night she decided to let him lay there for a while and take him to bed when he fell asleep.

So Billy put on his pajamas and jumped into bed on his father’s side. With both his hands behind his head, he said to his mother just before she fell asleep: “With Christmas approaching, don’t you think it would be a good idea if we buy Billy a bicycle?”

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When you walk with wise men, you will become wise, but a companion of fools will be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:20

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My 17-year-old niece asked me if she could use my name as a reference on her resume, which she planned to submit to a local fast food restaurant. I agreed.

A few days later, she called and asked me to meet her at the restaurant later that afternoon. When I asked her why, she replied, “The manager wants me to come in for an interview and she told me to bring my references.”

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The main trouble with mental notes is the ink fades so fast

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A lady answered her front door to find a plumber standing there. “I’m here to fix the leaky pipe,” he announced.

“I didn’t call a plumber,” said the lady.

“What?” huffed the plumber. “Aren’t you Mrs. Snyder?”

The Snyders moved out of this house over a year ago,” explained the lady.

“How do you like that?” grunted the plumber. “They call you up and tell you it’s an emergency and then they move away!”

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Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.

Zig Ziglar

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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.

 

 

 

For the good times

Ray’s Daily

August 20, 2019

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The cave you most fear to enter contains the greatest treasure

Joseph Campbell

Upbeat

Everyday I get to be with people who always seem to be upbeat, no matter how many difficulties they face. These people seem to be able to sustain a positive attitude almost all of the time. While our community houses mostly older folks, some over a hundred years old, they do not let their age keep them from finding enjoyment.

Many folks resist moving to a community like ours, feeling that when they leave what they have there will be little left. In fact, what I find is that most of us find more than we left. It is especially rewarding to be with people who know that we can live full lives no matter our age. I appreciate all I had, all I did, and all my past friends, their memories live on but I also really appreciate what I have now.

I hope you appreciate all you have done while realizing that there is still time for much more. Here is a piece suggests that our future is up to us.

  Reflecting on Life

Take time to stop today

Take time to stop a while

Reflect on how life changes

Then take the time to smile

Know that as the days go by

These things that challenge you

Will one day just be memories

Of times you have gone through

Look back now on yesterday

And all you have achieved

Recognize the strengths you’ve gained

The blessings you’ve received

One day in the future

You will think about today

You’ll see just how these challenges

Have helped you on your way

by Michelle Tetley

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Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age

Christopher Morley

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He said:

Bought my girlfriend a mood ring the other day.

When she’s in a good mood it turns green.

When she’s in a bad mood, it leaves a red mark on my forehead.

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Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.

Socrates

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A man walks into a bar and says, “Bartender, give me two shots.” Bartender says, “You want them both now or one at a time?” The guy says,” Oh, I want them both now. One’s for me and one’s for this little guy here,” and he pulls a tiny three inch man out of his pocket.

The bartender asks “He can drink?”

“Oh, sure. He can drink.”

So the bartender pours the shots and sure enough, the little guy drinks it all up.

“That’s amazing” says the bartender. “What else can he do, can he walk?”

The man flicks a quarter down to the end of the bar and says, “Hey, Jake. Go get that.” The little guy runs down to the end of the bar and picks up the quarter. Then he runs back down and gives it to the man.

The bartender is in total shock. “That’s amazing” he says, “what else can he do? Does he talk?”

The man says “Sure he talks, hey, Jake, tell him about that time we were in Africa and you made fun of that witch doctor’s powers!”

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Why do ships carry cargoes and cars carry shipments?

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Sadie stopped by an usher at the entrance to the synagogue.

The usher asked, “Are you a friend of the bride?”

Sadie quickly replied, “No, of course not. I am the groom’s mother.”

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Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.

Karen Horney

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A widowed lady, travelling alone, was taking a long plane trip back to where she & her husband both grew up. Upon arriving at the airport she informed the airline that she wanted to take her dog with her in the cabin. She became angry when the airline told her she couldn’t, but finally gave in and allowed them to put the dog carrier with the dog in the baggage compartment.

The airline pilot told her, “It will be warm & pressurized in there, & your dog should be just fine. Nothing to worry about.”

Upon arrival at the first fuel stop, the crew went to check on the dog and found it dead! The airline crew quickly ran all over town until they found a dog of the same color, height, weight, and sex & put it in the cage in place of the dead dog

Upon arrival at their final destination, they hand delivered the lady her dog. Quite surprised, the woman says, “Sorry, but that’s not my dog! Could you please go get *my* dog! ?”

The airline pilot replies, “Sure it’s your dog. Look! It’s the same height, weight, color, & sex as when we loaded it.”

The lady again insisted, “THIS, IS *NOT* MY DOG!”

The airline pilot asks her, “Just how do you know that this isn’t your dog?”

The widow answers. . . . “Because my dog was dead! I was taking it home to bury it next to my husband!”

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You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

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Jewish humor has it that a rabbi and a priest met at the town picnic and began their usual “kibitzing.” “This baked ham is just delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really should try some. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful thing should be forbidden.

You just don’t know what you’re missing. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Kennedy’s baked ham. Tell me rabbi, when are you going to break down and try a little ham?”

The rabbi looked at the priest, smiled and said, “At your wedding.”

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Risk more than others think is safe.

Care more than others think is wise.

Dream more than others think is practical.

Expect more than others think is possible.

Claude T. Bissell

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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 need each other

Ray’s Daily

August 19, 2019

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“Social support is everything”

Jordan Knight

Need each other

One of the things I have found to be helpful here at my residence is a monthly discussion group on memory health. At each meeting there is an expert that offers us things we can do to stay mentally acute while we continue to function at our best.

While I benefit from what I learn, my favorite part of the meaning is when we exchange our ideas, suggestions and concerns, Last week we not only pointed out the advantages of staying connected with others, we shared our own techniques to assure we enjoy our lives.

A quiet elderly lady who I did not know let us know that she liked to write and kept a journal which helped her to see herself in a different light. I also learned that  she was an accomplished author, volunteer and much more.

It was again obvious to me that the best thing we can do is nurture our relationships and invest in building new friendships. The lonesomeness that often accompanies age only happens because we let our selves withdraw from our fellow man.

Socialization Matters

Socialization is just as essential to us as individuals. Social interaction provides the means via which we gradually become able to see ourselves through the eyes of others, and how we learn who we are and how we fit into the world around us. In addition, to function successfully in society, we have to learn the basics of both material and nonmaterial culture, everything from how to dress ourselves to what’s suitable attire for a specific occasion; from when we sleep to what we sleep on; and from what’s considered appropriate to eat for dinner to how to use the stove to prepare it. Most importantly, we have to learn language—whether it’s the dominant language or one common in a subculture, whether it’s verbal or through signs—in order to communicate and to think. Without socialization we literally have no self.

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“We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.”

Joyce Meyer

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She said: My husband decided life would be easier if he wired a new light switch in the master bedroom to save us from fumbling in the dark for the lamp. He cut through the drywall and found a stash of bottles and small boxes inside the wall.

“Honey!” he called excitedly. “You’ve got to come here and see what I found.”

I ran in and quickly realized that his next task would be to fix the hole that now led into the back of our medicine cabinet.

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Rubberneck: What you do to relax your wife.

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A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel:

“An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”

“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”

She wasn’t selected for the jury.

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What an automated society we live in. Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?

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Cartoon Laws Of Physics

Cartoon Law I Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation.

Cartoon Law II Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter intervenes suddenly.

Cartoon Law III Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation conforming to its perimeter.

Cartoon Law IV The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken.

Cartoon Law V All principles of gravity are negated by fear.

Cartoon Law VI As speed increases, objects can be in several places at once.

Cartoon Law VII Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot. This trompe l’oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall’s surface to trick an opponent will be unable to pursue him into this theoretical space. The painter is flattened against the wall when he attempts to follow into the painting.

Cartoon Law VIII Any violent rearrangement of feline matter is impermanent. Cartoon cats possess even more deaths than the traditional nine lives, might comfortably afford. They can be decimated, spliced, splayed, accordion-pleated, spindled, or disassembled, but they cannot be destroyed. After a few moments of blinking self pity, they reinflate, elongate, snap back, or solidify. Corollary: A cat will assume the shape of its container.

Cartoon Law IX Everything falls faster than an anvil.

Cartoon Law X For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance.

Cartoon Law Amendment A A sharp object will always propel a character upward. When poked (usually in the buttocks) with a sharp object (usually a pin), a character will defy gravity by shooting straight up, with great velocity.

Cartoon Law Amendment B The laws of object permanence are nullified for “cool” characters.

Cartoon Law Amendment C Explosive weapons cannot cause fatal injuries. They merely turn characters temporarily black and smoky.

Cartoon Law Amendment D Gravity is transmitted by slow-moving waves of large wavelengths.

Cartoon Law Amendment E Dynamite is spontaneously generated in “C-spaces” (spaces in which cartoon laws hold).

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“When you’re warm and approachable, you don’t have to go up and talk non-stop to someone in a social situation. You just have to be open to the conversations you’re already having – and warm and receptive to the people you’re meeting.”

Karen Salmansohn

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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.

 

 

 

 

I am blessed

Ray’s Daily

August 16, 2019

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“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing.”

famaiy

Today is my wife and best friend’s birthday we have been together as husband and wife for more than 66 years and we have never been closer. Not only is it Nancy’s birthday but we have also been gifted this week with a new beautiful great granddaughter. We now begin a round of celebrations with family and friends, folks who enrich our lives.

I have come to believe that the best families are those that thrive as time goes on. It is not limited to only our blood relatives but also includes friends that care for us’ Children move away, loved ones pass on and often it is that good friend who helps us get through the bad times and who provide so many good times. We are blessed to have those who give so much of what is best in our lives,

Here is an excerpt from an article on families that I think is right on.

The Family

Though the classic family structure has been defined by social norms, it means different things to different people and at different points in time. In this sense, any group with which an individual identifies himself, or feels that he belongs there, may become his family.

This group may not essentially comprise his parents, siblings, children or spouse. On the contrary, it may consist his close friends and acquaintances, or can be one’s foster family as well.

The bottom-line of every healthy family is nurturing relationships with utmost compassion, love and care, and supporting its members during phases of hardships and troubles. A family that manages to fulfill these basic emotional and social needs becomes a stable unit and is termed as a ‘happy family’.

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“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”

Anthony Brandt

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A young boy came to Sunday School late.  His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong. The boy replied no, that he was going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

To which the boy replied, yes he did, dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.

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See no evil, hear no evil, date no evil.

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FATAL THINGS TO SAY IF YOUR WIFE IS PREGNANT

“I finished the Oreos.”

“Not to imply anything, but I don’t think the kid weighs forty pounds.”

“Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby.”

“I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay like that!”

“Well, couldn’t they induce labour? The 25th is the Super Bowl.”

“Are your ankles supposed to look like that?”

“Get your own ice cream.”

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost

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Jolene had been wanting new kitchen cabinets for a long time, but her husband insisted they were an extravagance.  She went to visit her Mother for two weeks, and when she returned, she was overjoyed to find that beautiful new cabinets had been installed.

A few days later a neighbor came over to visit and after admiring the new cabinets, the neighbor added, “All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the kitchen.”

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True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan

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“So,” the woman asked the detective she had hired, “did you trail my husband?”

“Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out of the way restaurant and then to an apartment.”

A big smile crossed the woman’s face, “Aha!! Then I’ve got him!” she said, gloating.” Is there any doubt what he was doing?”

“No ma’am.” replied the sleuth, ” It’s pretty clear that he was following you!”

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“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”

Saul Bellow

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Miss Figpot was quizzing her third-grade students on their spelling words.  She asked Little Johnny to spell “straight.”  Johnny did so without error.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

Johnny replied, “Without water.”

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“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

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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.

 

 

 

This is your life

Ray’s Daily

August 15, 2019

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

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At lunch the other day with some of my fellow residents I said that if I had a million dollars I would not know what to do with it. We are at the point in our lives where we have limited needs, few bills and since we are no longer traveling or socializing outside of our resident community we have limited expenses.

But we have also learned the importance of creating a life that continues to provide fulfillment. There is much to still learn, new friends to be made and more. Far too many of us just stop and let life pass us by as we wait for the grim reaper. It does not have to be that way, each day provides us new opportunities to invest in our happiness.

What follows are a few excerpts from an article written by Marc Chernoff sometime ago. I find that the questions he suggests can help plan whats ahead.

Critical Questions You Must Ask Yourself

Wisdom is not about knowing all the answers; it’s about asking the right questions.  In the long run, the simple questions you ask yourself on a regular basis will determine the type of person you become.

So today, ask yourself…

  • What do I appreciate about my life? – Think of your lifestyle as a diet.  You fill it with the fuel that’s going to keep you performing at your highest level.  Supplementing your daily routine with positivity can only make you stronger.  Because once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having more positive results. 
  • Am I spending time with the right people? – There are over seven billion people in the world right now; don’t let a handful of negative ones ruin your happiness.  Be thankful for the people who walk into your life and make it better, but also be thankful for freedom to walk away from the ones who don’t.
  • What can I do right now to move forward with my goals? – If you don’t like where you are, then change it.  Decide to be one of those people who pull it off. 
  • How am I affecting the people in my life? – Your words are truly powerful.  So when you speak, make sure you use your words to lift people up, and never put them down.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
  • Who deserves to be forgiven? – Whoever said revenge is sweet never tasted the sweetness of forgiveness.  Leave enough room in your heart to forgive those that deserve another chance. 
  • What are my fears stopping me from doing? – You gain strength, confidence, and emotional growth by living through every experience in which you are forced to stop and look fear in the face.  And once the face-off is over and you realize you’re still breathing, you must say to yourself, “I have lived through this and I am OK. 

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There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.

Josh Jameson

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There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day.

The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing.

He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”

The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”

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It is wise to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.

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While I am not Jewish I love their humor and enjoy sharing some of it with you.

Jews give gifts for every occasion. Occasions are not only birthdays and weddings, but also college acceptances, weight loss and the like. Sometimes we ask others’ opinions on whether to bring a gift, but we always do, no matter what the advice was.

Some pointers on giving and receiving:

  1. Every gift you get will have strings attached. You will never understand what those are.
  2. Your new relative would never be so insensitive as to give you a gift certificate. That would deprive you of the joy of criticizing the gift, agonizing over how to say you’re exchanging it, schlepping it to the store, and arguing about the store’s return policy.
  3. Select gifts for your new family with great care. They won’t like anything, but that’s no excuse not to drive yourself insane hunting down a better present than anyone else will give.

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Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

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One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben Franklin’s book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, “That book is one dollar, sir.” The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Ben Franklin directly.

Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, “What is the price of this book?” Franklin answered, “One dollar and a quarter.” The gentleman was confused and replied, “Your clerk just said it was a dollar.” Franklin looked at the book again and answered, “Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting my time.”

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The latest employment report shows that the number of people hired last month was only half what economists expected. It’s not that there aren’t any new jobs out there, it’s just that no one can afford to fill their gas tank and get to an interview.

Jake Novak

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They say not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’ll be darned if I am going to roll 12 shopping carts out of the grocery store!

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.    

Alexander Graham Bell

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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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