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Unload the excess

Ray’s Daily

September 20, 2019

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“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”

Erma Bombeck

burden

A friend of mine told me that her Doctor was calling her back for some further tests. She was upbeat and said she never found it worthwhile to worry in advance, She reported it usually worked out and if it didn’t she could worry then. She and I are a lot alike in how we see our world.

Recently Angel Chernoff wrote a piece pinpointing some of the self-imposed burdens we carry. These are burdens that weigh us down but have no real value. Our lives can be greatly improved ie unload our excess burdens. Here are excerpts from Chernoff’s article.

The Weights We Shoulder

Things We Hold On To…

Relationships – Do you have a relationship in your life where every interaction leaves you feeling drained or diminished? It could be a co-worker, a boss, a friend, or a family member, but what marks this relationship as a weight on your chest is how you feel after each interaction.

Worry – How much mental and emotional energy have you wasted worrying about something that’s beyond your control? It’s amazing how our worries can come to feel like old friends. But wouldn’t it be ten times more powerful to ask ourselves if there’s anything we can do to improve the situation? And if there’s really nothing we can do—if the situation is 100 percent outside of our sphere of influence—what good does it do to hold on to worry?

Social Media – Do you follow any social media influencers who tend to leave you feeling like what you have—or who you are—isn’t enough? Or it could be an entire platform; maybe you’ve noticed that you feel down on yourself every time you open a certain app.

Habits – What’s one habit you long to kick but aren’t sure if you can? Maybe it’s the amount of sugar you eat after dinner or the never-enough hours of sleep you get at night. Maybe it’s the tone of voice you use when you’re tired or the amount of time you spend looking at a screen in your hand instead of the faces around you.

Thoughts – Do you have any thoughts that regularly cross your mind but are only holding you back? Are any of the following familiar?

  • “No one appreciates me.”
  • “I’m not cut out for this.”
  • This is emotional clutter.

The Past – Our memories can bring us so much joy… but also so much pain. Especially if we’re refusing to let go of past wounds, whether inflicted by others or inflicted by ourselves. Forgiveness is power.

A Visualization Exercise to Help You Let Go

To help you let go, can you imagine—with as much detail as you can possibly summon—that each item you get rid of reduces the weight on your chest? Imagine that every piece you donate—every toxic relationship you navigate away from, every limiting thought you decide to stop believing—takes you closer to a lighter, freer, purer version of yourself.

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

Leo F. Buscaglia

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David can’t get to sleep and is tossing and turning in his bed all night, turning this way, turning that way and keeping his wife Elizabeth awake. Finally she has enough!

“David! What’s wrong? Why can’t you sleep?”

“Oh, Elizabeth,’ says David. It’s business.”

“What business?” asks Elizabeth. “I borrowed a million dollars from Samuel next door.”

“So?” asks Elizabeth. “Well, I’m due to pay it back tomorrow.” “So?” asks Elizabeth. “Well, I haven’t got the money.”

“Right,” says Elizabeth. And she gets up, goes to the window, throws it open and shouts: “Samuel, Samuel, wake up!” Samuel comes to his window.

“What’s wrong, Elizabeth? Why are you making all his noise?”

“My David tells me he owes you a million dollars.” “Yes, that’s right,” says Samuel. “And it’s due back tomorrow.” “Yes, that’s right,” says Samuel. “Well, he hasn’t got the money and can’t pay!” says Elizabeth and slams the window shut again.

David is beside himself. “O vey, o vey, why did you tell him that?” he asks.

Replies Elizabeth: “And you should be the only one to have a sleepless night?”

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Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin

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“Do you love me with all your heart and soul?” asked Becky.

“Mmm hmm.” replied Dave.

“Do you think I’m the most beautiful girl in the world?”

“Mmm hmm.”

“Do you think my lips are like rose petals?”

“Mmm hmm.”

“Oh Dave,” gushed Becky, “you say the most beautiful things!”

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Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

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Two blondes are walking along the beach when a seagull comes along and poops right on the head of one of them.

“Oh dear,” she says. “I have bird poop on my head.”

“Don’t worry,” says her friend. “I’ll get a tissue…be right back!”

“Don’t bother,” she says. “He’ll be miles away by then.”

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“It takes a long time to become young.”

Pablo Picasso

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PROCRASTINATOR’S CREED

NOTICE: You may wish to delay reading this until you have more free time.

  1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
  3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  7. If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.
  8. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  9. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
  10. I will ver put off tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

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”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”

George Bernard Shaw

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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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It is up to you

Ray’s Daily

September 20, 2019

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

Christopher Morley

Enjoy your day

Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing as well as I am. I just took inventory, spending some time counting my blessings, I quit counting my woes sometime ago. You see I had breakfast with a friend yesterday who is at another crossroad in her life. She has just retired and is now free to do what she pleases.

The freedom that comes from more available time can be frightening if it is thought of as the harbinger of old age and infirmity rather than the opportunity to find and be yourself. I actually find that being released from the burdens of vocational and other obligations can be like an injection of youth serum. Our bodies may age but our minds can thrive and lead us to happiness and satisfaction.

I shared with my friends that I felt the secret of graceful aging is to enjoy getting through another day always deferring as many concerns as possible until the day after tomorrow. Like Swindoll says below, it is a matter of attitude.

Attitude on Life

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone might say or do.

It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill.

The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable.

The one thing we can change is the only thing we have control over, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us and 90% how we react to it.

Charles Swindoll

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Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives

William James

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A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on newcomers. When he finished, he found his horse had been stolen.

He comes back into the bar, handily flips his gun into the air, catches it above his head without even looking and fires a shot into the ceiling. He yelled with surprising forcefulness “Who stole my horse?”

No one answered. “I’m gonna have another beer and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I’m finished, I’m gonna  do what I dun back in Texas and I don’t want to have to do what I dun back in Texas!”

Some of the locals shifted restlessly. He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, what happened in Texas?”

The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home!”

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A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.

Fred Allen

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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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“There will always be two kinds of people: those who say what they think, and those who keep their friends.”

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A man brings some very fine material to a tailor and asks him to make a pair of pants. When he comes back a week later, the pants are not ready. Two weeks later, they still are not ready. Finally after 6 weeks, the pants are ready. The man tries them on. They fit perfectly. Nonetheless, when it comes to pay, he cannot resist a jibe at the tailor.

You know, he says it tool God only six days to make the world. And it took you six weeks to make just one pair of pants.

Ahhh says the tailor But look at this pair of pants, and then look at the world.

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Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

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The boss returned from lunch in a good mood and called the whole staff in to listen to a couple of jokes he had picked up.  Everybody but one woman laughed uproariously.  Used to having a better audience, his good mood quickly faded.

“What’s the matter?” grumbled the boss.  “Can’t you get the joke?”

“I don’t have to laugh,” she said.  “I’m quitting Friday.”

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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.

 

Learn to be happy now

Ray’s Daily

September 18, 2019

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“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

Anne Frank

Happy Seniorss

I recently read an article on what life looked like when looking back by 90-year-old folks. While I am not there yet what the article reported did express some of my current views. I hope you youngsters will take advantage of their shared wisdom while you can for it will go a long way to your having a happy life.

Here are the main points from the article. Have a great day and make sure you hug someone.

What do 90-somethings regret most? Here’s what I learned about how to live a happy, regret-free life

Lydia Sohn

  • They regretted not cultivating closer relationships with their children.
  • They regretted not putting their children on the right path in life.
  • They regretted not taking risks to be more loving, such as being more open about their feelings for new people or more affectionate with those already in their lives.
  • They regretted not being better listeners; they wish they had been more empathetic and considerate.
  • They regretted not spending enough time with the people they loved.

How to live a happy and regret-free life

The lesson, it appears, is that now is the time to be crazy, overextended, in love, curious and explorative. That might sound unrealistic at first; parenting is hard, marriage can be emotionally taxing, work is crazy and “leisure time” is so limited. But if we take these fleeting moments for granted, we’ll regret it later on.

According to my 90-something interviewees, the secret to happy and regret-free life is to savor every second you spend with the people you love. Put another way, when I asked one man if he wishes he had accomplished more, he responded, “No, I wish I had loved more.”

Despite their deepest regrets, the elders I met still laugh like crazy, fall madly in love and fiercely pursue happiness.

These days, when I find myself reverting back to my default pattern of idealizing the past or future, I ask myself, What and who will I miss most during this period, after it’s all gone? Then, suddenly, the chaos of my life becomes a wondrous adventure teeming with abundance and love.

Despite their deepest regrets, the elders I met still laugh like crazy, fall madly in love and fiercely pursue happiness.

Turns out, aging ain’t so bad after all.

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“People should find happiness in the little things, like family.”

Amanda Bynes

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Louise was describing her new apartment to her mother.  “Mom, you’ve got to come and see it.  It’s gorgeous!  Great sitting room and the bedroom is exquisite.  The kitchen is a model of efficiency and the bathroom…well, all I can say is…the bathroom is out of this world!”

There was a pause, then her mother remarked, “Isn’t that a little inconvenient?”

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Believe it, those were sad days!

In the winter of 1926, Thelma Goldstein from Chicago treated herself to her first real vacation in Florida. Being unfamiliar with the area, she wandered into a restricted hotel in North Miami.

“Excuse me,” she said to the manager. “My name is Mrs. Goldstein, and I’d like a small room for two weeks.”

“I’m awfully sorry,” he replied, “but all of our rooms are occupied.” Just as he said that, a man came down and checked out.

“What luck,” said Mrs. Goldstein. “Now there’s a room.”

“Not so fast, Madam. I’m sorry, but this hotel is restricted. No Jews allowed.”

“Jewish? Who’s Jewish? I happen to be Catholic.”

“I find that hard to believe. Let me ask you, who was the Son of God?”

“Jesus, Son of Mary.”

“Where was he born?”

“In a stable.”

“And why was he born in a stable?”

“Because a schmuck like you wouldn’t let a Jew rent a room in his hotel!”

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There is no failure except in no longer trying.

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A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car.  She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter, she didn’t know what to do, so she called her home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do.

The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse.  She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door”.

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car.  Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”

So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.  The woman thought, “Great God. This is what you sent to help me????”  But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help.  She said “Yes, my daughter is very sick……I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car, I must get home to her.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car.”

He said, “SURE”.  He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.

She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “THANK YOU SO MUCH…..You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man, see, I just got out of prison today.  I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.”

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud…..”THANK YOU, GOD, FOR SENDING ME A PROFESSIONAL!!!!”

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“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”

Marty Feldman.

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A woman was driving down the highway about 75 miles an hour, when she noticed a motorcycle policeman following her. Instead of slowing down, she picked up speed. When she looked back again, their were two motorcycles following her. She shot up to 90 miles. The next time she looked around, there were three cops following her.

Suddenly, she spotted a gas station looming ahead. She screeched to a stop and ran into the lady’s room. Ten minutes later, she innocently walked out.

The three cops were standing their waiting for her. Without batting an eye, she said coyly, “I’ll bet none of you thought I would make it.”

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.    

Denis Waitley

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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 hope you are as happy as we are

Ray’s Daily

September 17, 2019

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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

thinkpositivebepositive_0

This week marks my wife and my 12th month here in our new residence. I am shocked at how fast time has flown by. Adjusting to senior living took some doing. Fortunately, our children offered to help us make the move. It was the right time.

Our bodies are not what they were, long walks are a chore as are a few other things we use to easily do. It is not easy to make major changes in one’s life if we try to hold on to the past. In our case I find that our new life is better than we imagined it would be.

I think it has gone so well because we have focused on what is right rather than on our limitations. I wish those who complain about their situation could see the silver lining instead of only the storm clouds. I was recently sent the following article that could have been written by so many of my happy fellow residents.

The Four Steps to a Super Attitude – by Brian Tracy.

DECIDE HOW TO REACT – It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind. Here are four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances.

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE – First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future.

THINK ABOUT THE SOLUTION – Second, whenever you’re faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem.

Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being.

LOOK FOR THE GOOD – Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem.” The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive.

SEEK THE VALUABLE LESSON – Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.

DECIDE TO BE POSITIVE – A Positive Mental Attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.

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STAYING POSITIVE does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather it is knowing that YOU will be okay no matter how things turn out.

Author unknown

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One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market.  They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour.  The ad said:

We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition.  Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese.  Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.

The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club. “I’m here about the ad,” he said.

The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite.  “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.

“Nope,” the old man said.

“Chinese? Japanese?”

“No, both times.”

“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”

“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”

“How about sports?”

“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”

“I see,” the young man said.  “Tell me something.  Why did you come here?”

“To tell you to count me out.”

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The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Dorothy Nevill

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Thought you would want to know about this email virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears (more frequently) to affect those who were born prior to 1960.

Symptoms:

  1. You send the same e-mail twice.
  2. You send a blank e-mail.
  3. You send e-mail to the wrong person.
  4. You send it back to the person who sent it to you.
  5. You forget to attach the attachment.
  6. You hit “SEND” before you’ve finished.
  7. You hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND.”
  8. You hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.”

This is called the “C-NILE VIRUS and it

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To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

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“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”

Harvey Mackay

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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.

 

 

 

Brain Health

Ray’s Daily

September 16, 2019

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Your self is created by your memories, and your memories are created by your mental habits.

Rick Warren

Don't forget

Some of us start to have problems remembering as we age. Ihn my case I have always had a problem remembering names and still do. I like others my age have a few problems pulling up the right word or recalling some fact. I like most folks wonder if I may someday slip into dementia, as have some of my fellow residents.

I have learned that there are things we can do to keep our mind healthy. I attend a memory health workshop once a month held here in our senior resident and learn a lot about what I have in common from experts and from my fellow residents.

The good mews is there are things we can do. Here is an article that offers health tips.

Great Minds: Keeping Your Brain Active as You Age

Think about it. Your brain is a tool that helps you understand, learn and remember. It helps you make decisions and feel a sense of well-being. So keeping it sharp as you age may be every bit as useful as strong muscles and a healthy heart.

There’s no surefire way to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But engaging in mentally stimulating activities may benefit the brain — and your mood. After all, active minds are often happier minds.

To tap into potential brain benefits, give some of these ideas a try:

Play games. Work on a puzzle, solve a riddle or try your hand at a mind teaser. Even better, play board games or cards with family and friends. Social activities are good for your mind and mood too.

Have fun with a hobby. What have you always wanted to try? Maybe it’s photography, quilting or gardening. Besides the possible brain benefits, hobbies may be a great way to meet new people and stay active.

Be a volunteer. Helping out at a school, library, hospital or food bank, for instance, may teach you new skills or help keep old ones sharp. Plus, helping others just feels good.

Hit the books. Dare yourself to read books or magazines that challenge you. Let your mind explore new ideas, places, people or time periods.

Learn something new. Want to know how to program a computer? Speak a foreign language? Check out community classes in your area. Or watch videos online.

Encourage your creative side. Take up cooking, painting, acting or other forms of art. Creative activities can help exercise memory, thinking and problem-solving skills.

Talk with your doctor if you think you may have a problem with memory loss.

Source: National Institute on Aging. Cognitive Health and Older Adults. nia.nih.gov/health/cognitive-health-and-older-adults

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Your memory is the glue that binds your life together; everything you are today is because of your amazing memory. You are a data collecting being, and your memory is where your life is lived.

Kevin Horsley,

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He said: I think I am going to make a great father someday, because I really have a way with kids. Take the other day for example. I was in Taekwondo class standing next to a nine or ten-year-old kid. I was watching him out of the corner of my eye while we did punches in the air.

I saw him punching with his wrist bent. Instead of a straight line from his knuckles to his elbow, he was pointing his knuckles down at the end of every punch. This is a problem when you do finally hit a solid target, because you will break your wrist.

With the aim of helping him out and correcting his mistake, I grabbed him after class and led him over to one of the heavy bags. “I noticed a mistake in your form,” I told him, “and I want to show you how to correct it.” “Here, take a fighting stance. Now, punch the bag as hard as you can!” He threw a vicious over-handed punch and let out a scream as his wrist buckled and he collapsed to the floor cradling his forearm.

“Now,” I continued, “let me show you what you did wrong!”

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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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A father was shopping in a department store with his small daughter, when the little girl pulls on his coat sleeve and announces, “Daddy, I have to go!”

“In a few minutes, sweetie.” says the dad.

“But, I’ve got to go NOW,” the little girl insists in a loud voice.

A saleslady standing nearby can’t help but hear the conversation and says, “I’ll take her, sir. It’s no problem.”

So, as the father watches, the two hurry off hand in hand. When they return the father asks his daughter, “Did you thank the nice lady for being so kind?”

“Why should I thank her?” asks the little girl in a loud voice. “She had to go, too!”

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There is a guaranteed way to get what you want: want less.

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At the end of a job interview, a young Engineer fresh out of MIT was asked, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”

The Engineer replied, “In the neighborhood of $150,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 6-weeks vacation, 21 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a Corvette?”

The Engineer sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

And the interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.

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It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

Hans Selye

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I just got back from a sailing holiday where I remembered this true tale you might be interested in. A friend was looking for a second hand boat (a Laser) to buy, when he hit on a great idea… At his sailing club (the Queen Mary in London) there was a large trailer park and a smaller yard where the management put trailers and boats if the owner didn’t pay their membership for 12 months. The Queen Mary club is very big and at the time there were three or four Lasers in this yard that judging from their condition hadn’t been sailed for at least a year.

My friend took down the numbers of these boats and asked the club secretary for the owners address so that he could make them an offer. The first chap he rang said he wasn’t interested in selling as he was going to sail it himself “one of these days”.

He then rang the second owner who lived about 100 miles away. A woman answered the phone and confirmed that they did still own the Laser. My friend explained that he had seen it in the defaulters yard and that as it clearly hadn’t been sailed for a year – did she think her husband would be interested in selling?

“Oh no” she said “there must be some mistake – come rain or shine my husband spends one weekend a month in London sailing…”

I bet he had some explaining to do when he got home!

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We must use time wisely for our development and advancement; so that when we are old, we can look back and recollect the pleasant memories and deeds that we have achieved.

Michael Lee

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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.

 

 

 

 

Wisdom from Judy

Ray’s Daily

September 13, 2019

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“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

Age fun

Here we go again, another Friday. I’ll be dining with friends tonight and seeing the new production of the Actors Theatre of Indiana on Sunday. They are part of what I get to do being an unencumbered senior.

Folks my age can enjoy their lives if they just let go and have fun. We really do not need to worry about impressing anyone, nor do we have to worry about the critics. My friend Judy sent me the following yesterday and it reminded me that what life offers us is up to us.

A message from my friend Judy

I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors e-mail list because it is so well written. Please send back ( I did ) It’s neat. Don’t delete this one, you’ll laugh when you see the return message. 

As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon;before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. 

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will. 

I will walk the beach, in a swimsuit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things. 

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet passes? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect. 

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. 

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong. 

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like  it). 

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART! 

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

Booth Tarkington

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A reporter from New York was visiting an old colleague who now edited a newspaper in a tiny Vermont town.

“I don’t see how you do it,” the NY reporter said. “How can you drum up interest in the news when everybody in town knows what everybody else is doing?”

“Sure they know,” the editor said, “but they read the paper to see who got caught at it.”

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Men who don’t understand women fall into two categories: bachelors and husbands.

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A pretty young lass had just joined the golf club, and Greg offered to give her some instruction. He stood close behind her and showed her how grip the club and how to swing back and forward.

Their moving bodies caused the zipper on his fly to get caught in the zipper of her skirt. They were stuck fast together. Slowly they were moving towards the club house to get assistance, when suddenly a big brown dog jumped out from behind a bush and threw a bucket water over them.

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We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.

Ben Weininger

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Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One says to the other, “I can’t understand why we are so slow, we come from good stock, we have the best of food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”

There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race and it looks to me like you begin the race really fast and use up all your energy too soon. Then towards the end, you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are exhausted, put in a spurt and you’re sure to win. What do you think of that?”

The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW, a talking dog!”

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Without geometry, life is pointless.

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A man walks into a dentist’s surgery and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “The light was on.”

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“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”

Anonymous

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Engineering classes at the University of Maryland are tough, and struggling students sometimes go to extremes in order to pass. Grading exams one semester, I got to this question: “What is the relationship between kinetic and potential energy?”

One student, obviously stumped, decided to get clever and wrote, “As far as I know, they’re just friends, but there could be something else going on there.”

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To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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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 Worry

Ray’s Daily

September 12, 2019

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Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Benjamin Franklin

911

I had a full day yesterday and have a lot to do this morning so I am again sending you a reprint. While it is from sixteen years ago it seems still relevant to today’s challenges.

 I, like so many others around our nation yesterday, concentrated much of my thoughts on 9-11. The program at my Kiwanis club was focused on not only the event itself but also on the aftermath and the experiences of those who were personally affected. One of our members was on-site as a grief counselor the week following the tragedy, others had relatives who could have been lost, many had visited the site and viewed the destruction. A guest reported that she has chosen her profession as a grief counselor for children due in part to her own 9-11 experience. Everyone has been affected in some way by the events of that day.

Later in the day I had lunch with two good friends. One of my lunch partners soon will be off to Italy to spend time in Rome, and then on to Tuscany where she will stay in a villa that will be her base of operations as she visits Florence and other beautiful cities of the region. Her mother and her daughters will be with her, as well as others. Our discussions at one point centered on the fears that have been instilled in so many of us by the regular reports of the threat of terrorist activity. I shared my regret that so many of our fellow citizens either travel in fear or don’t travel at all anymore. What a tragedy—the world has so much to offer us all.

Logically foreign travel to most of the world is safer than driving on our superhighways, in fact the odds of encountering terrorism are millions to one. My wife and I will continue to travel as we always have. We expect to enjoy ourselves and refuse to spend our time in worry. I wonder what the effect will be on the next generation of children if parents bar travel or frighten their children with what might happen when they do travel. I honestly believe that if we let events effect us to such a degree, the terrorists will have scored another victory because we gave in to their threats. Life is too short, enjoy it, have faith, and please don’t spend your time in worry.

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When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.

Dale Carnegie

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And God Created Dog and Cat

A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to ‘Where do pets come from?’ Adam said, ‘Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you any more. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.’

And God said ‘No problem. I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.’

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and it wagged its tail.

And Adam said, ‘Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.’

And God said, ‘No problem. Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him Dog.’

And Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord and said, ‘Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock and he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.’

And the Lord said, ‘No problem. I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever and who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.’

And God created Cat to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the Supreme Being. And Adam learned humility.

And God was pleased. And Adam was greatly improved. And Dog was happy.

And Cat didn’t care one way or the other.

~~~

I’m a light eater.  As soon as it’s light, I start to eat.

~~~

Rabbi Bloom had just accepted a junior role at a synagogue for his first posting. The senior Rabbi there, Rabbi Gold, was well loved by his congregation and considered to be very wise with a wicked sense of humor.

One day, not long after he joined, Rabbi Bloom said to Rabbi Gold, “You know I told you during my interview that I had won many prizes in the Yeshiva for my sermons? Well, I don’t think there is a subject in the world that I could not instantly find a Biblical text for and then incorporate it into a sermon.”

Rabbi Gold couldn’t help but decide to put him to the test. “Rabbi Bloom,” he said, “I want you to give my sermon next Shabbos. But there will be no need to prepare it in advance. Instead, when you get into the pulpit, you will find a sealed envelope and inside the envelope will be a single sheet of paper on which I will have written a one-word topic. I challenge you to find any kind of text that will fit.”

Rabbi Bloom thanked Rabbi Gold for the opportunity and said he looked forward to the challenge with relish. The day came. Rabbi Bloom walked up the stairs to the pulpit, opened the envelope, looked at the sheet of paper on which was written “constipation”, and started his sermon. “And Moses took the two tablets and went off down the mountain…..”

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Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

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While working at the mall, I saw an elderly couple holding hands while they were walking. As they approached, I commented on how romantic it was.

He replied, “We have been holding hands when we go out in public for over thirty years. I have to. If I let go, she shops.

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Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night. Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.

Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD)

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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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