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Appreciate the Compassionate

Ray’s Daily

November 18, 2019

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“Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.”

Elizabeth Lesser

compassion

I have worried lately that we seem to be a society who has lost its compassion. We don’t pay our teachers enough because we say we can’t afford it, yet we are the richest nation in the world. We don’t fix our failing infrastructure, leaving most of our citizens with unsafe bridges, unsafe roads and more, all be cause we can’t agree on a solution.

The income gap is the widest it has ever been, with one percent of the population controlling about fifty percent of our nation’s wealth, yet we refuse to pay for what we aquire, creating billions of dollars of debt that will burden and possibly bankrupt the country that will house our grandchildren.

What gives me hope is not what our failed leaders do to solve our problems, but the actions of folks like the Espinoza’s whose story is below.

Rosie’s Garage

Not long after Rose Espinoza and her husband, Eliasar, moved into their first home in Brea, California in 1991, they started wondering if they’d made a huge mistake. “Boys with baseball bats hung out on the corners  and they weren’t looking for a pick-up game,” recalls the 65-year-old electromechanical designer. “After a drive-by shooting on our street, we started to really worry about the safety of our eight-year-old son, Chris. I thought, ‘What had we gotten our family into?’”

The Espinozas initiated a neighborhood watch group, but the morning after the first meeting a clear message was spray-painted on their truck, ‘Don’t finger us, keep your mouth shut.” Rose knew she had to take a different approach to the problem, so she went directly to the root. In September 1991, she transformed her two-car garage into a free after-school K-12 tutoring program, Rosie’s Garage, complete with computers, books, and banners for kids who made the honor roll.

“We started by offering homework help and free lemonade, and 16 kids showed up the very first day,” recalls Espinoza, who recruited high school students with solid grades as tutors. “This was the first tutoring program in the neighborhood, and it was clear that these kids really dd want to learn.”

Rosie’s Garage literally transformed the Espinoza’s neighborhood; within two years, academic scores went up and the crime rate went down. And it’s such a great idea that it’s spreading: there are now four sites  one in Brea and three in the neighboring towns of Santa Ana and La Habra  that have served about 200 children at any given time.

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“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”

Thomas Merton

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A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies. It was his first time approaching a field during the night time. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said:  “Guess who?”

The controller switched the field lights off and replied: “Guess where!”

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Sound travels slowly.  Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don’t reach them till they’re in their 40s.

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Bumping into a woman on the sidewalk, the Tom Cruise look-alike apologized, “Pardon me!”

“That’s quite all right,” the woman replied.  “You look just like my fifth husband.”

“Wow!” he said.  “How many times have you been married?”

“Four,” she answered.

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“What is popular isn’t always right, and what is right isn’t always popular.”

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It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Pete was beginning his preshot routine. As he was visualizing his upcoming shot, a voice came over the loudspeaker, “Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please back up to the men’s tee, please!”

Pete was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement, “Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up to the men’s tee!”

Pete had had enough.

He yelled, “Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!”

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I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought:  What good would that do?

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The new Ensign was assigned to subs, where he’d dreamed of working since a young boy.  He was trying to impress the Master Chief with his expertise learned in Sub School.

The Master Chief cut him off quickly and said, “Listen, ‘sir’, it’s real simple.  Add the number of times we dive to the number of times we surface.  Divide that number by two. If the result doesn’t come out even, don’t open the hatch.”

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What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

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Office Rules

1) If it rings, put it on hold.

2) If it clanks, call the repairman.

3) If it whistles, ignore it.

4) If it’s a friend, take a break.

5) If it’s the boss, look busy.

6) If it talks, take notes.

7) If it’s handwritten, type it.

8) If it’s typed, copy it.

9) If it’s copied, file it.

10) If it’s Friday, forget it!

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“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

John Kenneth Galbraith

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Jack, a lawyer, lies dying with his partner of 40 years by his bedside. “Mike, I’ve got to confess. I’ve been sleeping with your wife for 30 years and I’m the father of your daughter. On top of that, I’ve been stealing from the firm for a decade.”

“Relax,” says Mike, “and don’t think another thing about it. I’m the one who put the poison in your martini.”

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If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

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The Judge admonished the witness, “Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?”

“I do.”

“Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?”

“Sure,” said the witness. “My side will win.”

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“Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.”

Susan Vreeland

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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.

 

 

 

Might as well enjoy it

Ray’s Daily

November 15, 2019

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“For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”

Hasidic saying

 happy Aging

It has been a busy week with a lot scheduled for today so I am againg sending you a reprint from yea.

Ray’s Daily first published on November 15, 2005

I friend I made through the daily (we have never met) sent this to me sometime ago. All I can say is that she and I have everything in common.

Ray

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THE OTHER DAY A YOUNG PERSON ASKED ME HOW I FELT BEING OLD.  I WAS TAKEN ABACK, FOR I DO NOT THINK OF MYSELF AS OLD.  UPON SEEING MY REACTION, SHE WAS IMMEDIATELY EMBARRASSED, BUT I EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS AN INTERESTING QUESTION, AND I WOULD PONDER IT AND LET HER KNOW. OLD AGE, I DECIDED IS A GIFT.  I AM NOW, PROBABLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, THE PERSON I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE.  OH, NOT MY BODY!  I SOMETIME DESPAIR OVER MY BODY—BUT I DON’T AGONIZE OVER IT FOR LONG.

I WOULD NEVER TRADE MY AMAZING FRIENDS, MY WONDERFUL LIFE, AND MY LOVING FAMILY FOR LESS GRAY HAIR AND A FLATTER BELLY.  AS I’VE AGED, I’VE BECOME MORE KIND TO MYSELF, AND LESS CRITICAL OF MYSELF.  I’VE BECOME MY OWN FRIEND.  I DON’T CHIDE MYSELF FOR EATING THAT EXTRA COOKIE, OR FOR NOT MAKING MY BED, OR FOR BUYING THAT SILLY CEMENT GECKO THAT I DIDN’T NEED, BUT LOOKS SO AVANT- GARDE ON MY PATIO.  I AM ENTITLED TO OVEREAT, TO BE MESSY, TO BE EXTRAVAGANT.  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 UNTIL 4 A.M., AND SLEEP UNTIL NOON? I WILL DANCE WITH MYSELF TO THOSE WONDERFUL TUNES OF THE 50’S AND 60’S, AND IF AT THE SAME TIME I WISH TO WEEP OVER A LOST LOVE, I WILL.  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.  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 TURN 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.  I CAN SAY”NO”AND MEAN IT.  I CAN SAY “YES” AND MEAN IT.  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 EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE WRONG.

SO, TO ANSWER THE 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.  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A REASON TO DO THE THINGS I WANT TO DO.  IF I WANT TO PLAY GAMES ON THE COMPUTER ALL DAY, LAY ON THE COUCH AND WATCH OLD MOVIES FOR HOURS, OR DON’T WANT TO GO THE BEACH OR A MOVIE, I HAVE EARNED THAT RIGHT.  I HAVE PUT IN MY TIME DOING EVERYTHING FOR OTHERS, SO NOW I CAN BE A BIT SELFISH WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY.

I SOMETIMES FEEL SORRY FOR THE YOUNG.  THEY FACE A FAR DIFFERENT WORLD THAN I KNEW GROWING UP, WHERE WE FEARED THE LAW, RESPECTED THE OLD, THE FLAG AND OUR COUNTRY.  I NEVER FELT THE NEED TO USE FILTHY LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS MYSELF.  AND THEY TOO WILL GROW OLD SOMEDAY.

I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN BORN WHEN I WAS, INTO A KINDER, GENTLER WORLD.

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I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find – at the age of fifty, say – that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about…It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.

Agatha Christie

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What I learned at the senior center:

  1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
  2. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.
  3. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
  4. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
  5. Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes and when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE!
  6. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  7. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
  8. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
  9. I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
  10. The golden years are really just metallic years, gold in the tooth, silver in your hair, and lead in the rear.
  11. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
  12. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
  13. Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.
  14. Yeah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
  15. Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled, and blind they don’t recognize you.
  16. If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.

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Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.

A.H. Maslow

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TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU’RE A TYPICAL MOM. . .

You’ve eaten your weight in Girl Scout cookies.

You always have at least 12 Legos and a Barbie shoe in your purse.

You catch yourself humming theme songs from kiddie shows about 3 times a day.

You can take construction paper, glue, pudding cups, and aluminum foil and make a delightful holiday centerpiece.

You know that a suspiciously sweet, “Mommy, I love you!” really means…

“I just decorated the wall with all your makeup.”

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If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?

Stephen King

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A man walks into a Chinese restaurant but is told by the Maitre’d that there will be at least a twenty minute wait.

“Would you like to wait in the bar, Sir?”, he says.

The man goes into the bar and the bartender says, “What’ll it be?”

The man replies, “Give me a Stoli with a twist.”

The bartender pauses for a few seconds, then smiles and says, “Once upon time, there were FOUR little peegs . . . ”

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Professor: You can’t sleep in my class!

Student: If you didn’t talk so loud, I could.

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An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two remarkable grandchildren.

Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.

“Tell me, Mrs. Rosenwasser, how old are your grandsons?”

Mrs. Rosenwasser gave her a grateful smile and replied, “The doctor is four and the lawyer is six.”

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All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

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A story is told of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon.

Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader: “Moishe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?”

Moishe replied: “I used to read the Jewish newspaper. But what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty, etc. So, I switched to the Arab newspaper.

“Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!!!”

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Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.

Billie Burke:

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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.

 

 

 

 

Charicter Counts

Ray’s Daily

                                                                                                                             November 14, 2019

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A good name will shine forever.

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One of the things Iike about the community where I now live is the quality of my friends and neighbors. Unlike most places in which folks live and work here people are appreciated for how they act and behave. Little regard is made for wealth, past titles or previous prestigious posts.

Here people are judged on their character, friendliness and goodwill. I truly enjoy the majority of these good people. They have shown that the best people don’t give up on life; they continue to do their best for themselves and others. I hope I can doas well as they do.

The following reminds me of my fellow residents.

Developing your character…. t .

It is something special to be around someone who has real character in all that they do. Below are 10 ways to build your character by adopting a positive attitude in achieving your own level of personal and business success.

  1. Do it even if it’s difficult.
  2. Take responsibility for your choices, your actions and your consequences.
  3. Know why you do what you do.
  4. Be honest, and be true to your word, both with yourself and with others.
  5. Know your strengths, and work from them. Know your weaknesses even better, and avoid feeding into them.
  6. Recognise your choices and use them wisely.
  7. Develop self-discipline and know how not to overdo it.
  8. Develop the ability to luxuriate, know when it’s time to stop, and be able to stop.
  9. Know the difference between what you want and what you need.
  10. Recognise and respect boundaries. Be clear about your own, and give equal value and weight to those of others.

With many thanks to my business colleague Hans Rubens who forwarded this to me.

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Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life.

John C. Geikie

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A few housewives were sitting around the table talking, and the subject turned to their husbands. One lady said “My husband just won’t go to church with me, I think he’s going to go to hell.” This led to talk around the table and it was generally agreed that, for one reason or another, all the husbands were going to end up in hell.
So, then the housewives started speculating about themselves. One woman said “I try to be good – I’m sure I’ll make it to Heaven.” Another one said “No, I did this bad thing, I won’t make it.” So, then they noticed that one of the ladies wasn’t saying anything. And they looked at her and said “You’re such a nice lady, surely you’re going to Heaven…?”
She says “No, first thing in the morning, I’m going to buy me a ticket straight to hell!” They were shocked and asked why. “Well, you don’t expect me to live in a world without men, do you??!?”

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Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW!
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A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a gaggle of cars all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.
The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me who were going just as fast, so why did *I* get the ticket?”
“Ever go fishing?” the policeman suddenly asked the man.
“Ummm, yeah…” the startled man replied.
The officer grinned and added, “Ever catch *all* the fish?”

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A woman was telling her friend, “It is I who made my husband a millionaire.” “And what was he before you married him?” asked the friend. The woman replied, “A billionaire.”

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When a three-year-old opened a birthday gift from his grandmother, he discovered a water pistol.
He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink.
His Mother was not so pleased. She turned to Grandmom and said, “I’m surprised at you.
Don’t you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water guns?”
Grandmom smiled and then replied, “I remember.” Eschew obfuscation.

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Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery, they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows.
Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.
“Holy cow, Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath. “You scared us half to death — we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?”
“Those fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my name!”

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As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools

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Two hunters went moose hunting every winter without success. Finally they came up with a foolproof plan. They got a very authentic cow moose costume and learned the mating call of a cow moose.
The plan was to hide in the costume, lure the bull, then come out of the costume and shoot the bull. They set themselves up on the edge of a clearing, donned their costume and began to give the moose love call.
Before long their call was answered as a bull came crashing out of the forest and into the clearing. When the bull was close enough, the guy in front said, ‘OK, lets get out and get him.’
After a moment that seemed like an eternity, the guy in the back shouted, ‘The zipper is stuck! What are we going to do!?’
The guy in the front says, ‘Well, I’m going to start nibbling grass, but you’d better brace yourself!’

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A lady inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: “Husband wanted”. Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: “You can have mine.”

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Every thought willingly contemplated, every word mincingly spoken, every action freely done, consolidates itself in the character, and will project itself onward in a permanent continuity.

Henry Giles

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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.

 

 

Who are you really?

Ray’s Daily

November 13, 2019

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

Aristotle

Be yourself

As I look back on my past, I realize that for much of my life I did not really know myself. My career success just took me from one role to another. While I don’t regret any of it, it was not until late in life that I found the most personal happiness and by my own standards, success.

I had retired from the computer industry in 1990 and soon began a new career and life working to benefit children and others. My wife tolerated a major cut in income while providing me support as I traveled to help Kiwanis International and UNICEF improve the lives of millions of children.

These days since leaving that life behind I find that I not only continue learn more about myself, but I also get to invent new ways to enrich my days. What about you, do you know yourself? You may find the following can help you learn what you might have missed.

The Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

by Dr. Dorene Lehavi

Self-knowledge is the KEY to having the life you want. Start by asking yourself some specific questions. Keep a record of your answers in a notebook or journal. Here are 10 questions to begin your journey and remember, YOU will always be a WORK IN PROGRESS.

  1. If you could do anything you want to tomorrow, what would it be? – The answer should not be something that is an escape from what you ordinarily would be doing, but in more positive terms of a true dream.
  2. What are your core values? – Core values became yours in childhood and you would not be you if you did not respect those. Make a list and then pare it down to the 5 that speak to you most strongly.
  3. What are your special talents?
  4. What do you do better than most people you know?
  5. What were your dreams as a child? – If you have trouble remembering, go back and look at early photographs. Notice details to jog your memory.
  6. What is the thing you are most proud of accomplishing in your life so far? – If you are tempted to answer “getting into college” or “passing the bar,” ask yourself something more personal and unique.
  7. What will you regret not doing in your life if you continue as you are now?
  8. What do you want people to say about you after you are no longer living? What is your legacy?
  9. What do you want to do when you retire?
  10. Outside of parents who influenced your life more than anyone else; who had an impact on your life and what was it about that person that meant something to you?

The next step is to put self knowledge into action. That means you begin planning your life based on what you know about yourself. You notice if WHAT you do, act, behave, work, and make choices are in sync with WHO you are. It is complex because we are all influenced by the outside world to make the choices we do.

When you know yourself and act in accordance, the path becomes clear.

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No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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“Sorry, we don’t have potted geraniums,” the clerk said, and then added helpfully, “Could you use African violets?”
“No,” replied Ed sadly, “It was geraniums my wife told me to water while she was gone.”
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n the first day of school, the Kindergarten teacher said, “If anyone h

s to go to the bathroom, hold up two fingers.”
A little voice from the back of the room asked, “How will that help?”

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Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

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Bob: “My wife drives like lightning.”

Ted: “She drives fast?”

Bob: “No, she hits trees!”

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The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.

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A couple was having a discussion about family finances. Finally the husband exploded, “If it weren’t for my money, the house wouldn’t be here!”

His wife replied, “My dear, if it weren’t for your money, I wouldn’t be here.”

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Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.

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A boy asks his father to explain the differences among irritation, aggravation, and frustration.
Dad picks up the phone and dials a number at random. When the phone is answered he asks, “Can I speak to Roger, please?”

“No! There’s no one called Roger here.” The person hangs up.
“That’s irritation,” says Dad.

He picks up the phone again, dials the same number and asks for Roger a second time.
“No, there’s no one here called Roger. Go away.
Don’t call again.”
“That’s aggravation,” says Dad.

“Then what’s ‘frustration’?” asks his son.
The father picks up the phone and dials a third time: “Hello, this is Roger. Have I received any phone calls?”

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Few women admit their age, Few men act it!

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A pious man who had reached the age of 105 suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance the Rabbi went to see him. He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, “How come after all these years we don’t see you at services anymore?”

The old man looked around and lowered his voice. “I’ll tell you, Rabbi,” he whispered. “When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So I figured that God is very busy and must’ve forgotten about me, and I don’t want to remind Him!”

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“Students rarely disappoint teachers who assure them in advance that they are doomed to failure.”

Sidney Hook

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A 16 year old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini. Very proud she came home and put it on. She then showed her mother how she looked in it. “What do you think mom.” , she asked.

Her mother replied: “If I wore that when I was your age , you would have been 5 years older.”

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

May Sarton

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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.

 

 

 

She is Amazing

Ray’s Daily

November 12, 2019

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True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.

Alek Wek

Be Kind

At lunch yesterday a friend and me were sharing the appreciation and affection we have for one of our fellow residents. I think our friend is more than ninety years old, yet she retains a zest for life. She sings with a beautiful voice and is always gracious in her demeanor. This wonderful lady, who is always maliciously dressed, brightens our days.

What impresses me the most is her kindness. She volunteers to help whereever she can, even assisting folks in our rehab facility. Just think of what the world would be like if we were all as kind as our friend. Here is a story that reminded me of her.

Spilled Apples

Author Unknown

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their families that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.

In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding. All but one. He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved goodbye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.  He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping, and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them into the baskets, and helped set the display up once more. As he did this, he  noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $20 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”

She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister…” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes.  She continued, “Are you Jesus?”

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”

Do people mistake you for Jesus?

Let us live like we are worth the price He paid.  Think about it.

~~~

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.

Josh Radnor

~~~

A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theater.

When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, “Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”

The man groaned but didn’t budge.

The usher became impatient.  “Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”

Again, the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager.

In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man.  The two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success.  Finally, they summoned the police.  The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked,” All right buddy, what’s your name?”

“Sam,” the man moaned “Where ya from, Sam?”

With pain in his voice Sam replied “the balcony.”

~~~

“I’ve been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.”

Wendy Liebman

~~~

“What’s the usual tip?” a man growled when, Jason, a college boy delivered his pizza.

“Well,” Jason replied, “this is my first delivery, but the other guys said that if I got a quarter out of you, I’d be doing great.”

“Is that so?” grunted the man. “In that case, here’s five dollars.”

“Thanks,” Jason said, “I’ll put it in my college fund.”

“By the way, what are you studying?”  questioned the man.

Jason replied, “Reverse psychology…”

~~~

“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.”

Billy Graham

~~~

A golfer who was well into his golden years had a lifelong ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California, the way the pros do it. The pros drive the ball out over the water onto the green that is on a spit of land that juts out off the coast.

It was something he had tried hundreds of times without success. His ball always fell short, into the water. Because of this he never used a new ball on this particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut or a nick.

One year he went out to Pebble Beach to try again. When he came to the fateful hole, he teed up an old cut ball and said a silent prayer. Before he hit it, however, a powerful voice from above said: WAIT … REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND-NEW BALL. He complied, with  some slight misgiving, despite the fact that the Lord seemed to be implying that He was going to let him finally achieve his lifelong ambition.

As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came down again: WAIT … STEP BACK … TAKE A PRACTICE SWING. So he stepped back and took a practice swing. The voice boomed out again: TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING. He did. Silence followed. Then the voice spoke out again: PUT BACK THE OLD BALL.

~~~

A husband said to his wife, “No, I don’t hate your relatives.  In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine.”

~~~

An old man goes to his doctor, complaining about a pain in his leg that doesn’t heal and wants a diagnosis and explanation.  The doctor checks out his leg, but can’t find anything wrong.  So he gives the old guy a full physical exam, and still can’t come up with any possible explanation for the pain.

The doctor hands the patient his bill and says, “I’m sorry but the pain in your leg is simply caused by old age, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

The old man replies with a look of disbelief, “That’s impossible! That can’t be!

“The Doctor says, “What do you mean? I’m the expert here; if you know so much, how can you say it’s NOT old age?”

The patient answers, “I’m no doctor but it doesn’t take a medical degree to tell that your diagnosis is wrong.  Clearly you’re mistaken.  After all my other leg feels just fine.”

“So what?” says the doctor “What difference does that make?”

“Well it doesn’t hurt a bit, and it’s the SAME AGE!”

~~~

One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all – to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.

Ezra Taft Benson

~~~

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.

 

 

 

 

A Special Day

Ray’s Daily

November 11, 2019

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I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?”

Eve Merriam

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It has been a busy weekend. My wife spent three days in the hospital recovering from congestive heart failure. She is home now with some additional new medications and a strict diet. Today is veterans day in my country so I am sending you a Daily I wrote 15 years ago on this day

 Ray’s Dailyfirst published on November 11, 2004

World War One ended on this day, it was the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Great War ended. World War I was known as the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. Unfortunately, the peace treaty that officially ended the conflict–the Treaty of Versailles of 1919–forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II.

When I was young the day was not called Veterans Day, it was called Armistice Day. I remember being in grammar school at 11:00 AM when we had a moment of silence, more in celebration of the peace than to remember the dead. Since then we have seen the Second World War, the Korean War (I was in the Navy for that one), the Vietnam War, and lately two wars in the Middle-East. Personally, I find little glory in war, my memories of the wars I have known are filled with the deaths of friends and those innocents caught in the middle of conflicts. I guess what I am saying is that while I hold my fellow veterans in high regard, I do long for the peacemakers who bring wars to their end. So today at 11 AM I plan on remembering for a minute the days when we all celebrated an armistice that brought peace, versus celebrating those of us who were called to war.

~~~

The peace makers shall be called the children of God.

Bible

~~~

She asks who understands men!

The nice men are ugly.

The handsome men are not nice.

The handsome and nice men are gay.

The handsome, nice and heterosexual men are married.

The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men, have no money.

The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men with money think we are only after their money.

The handsome men without money are after our money.

The handsome men, who are not so nice and somewhat heterosexual don’t think we are beautiful enough.

The men who think we are beautiful, that are heterosexual, somewhat nice and have money, are cowards.

The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice and have some money and thank God are heterosexual, are shy and NEVER MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!

The men who never make the first move, automatically lose interest in us when we take the initiative.

NOW ….WHO IN THE HELL UNDERSTANDS MEN?

~~~

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.

Edward de Bono

~~~

An elderly couple would constantly argue about everything. The woman often ended the arguments by stating vociferously, “I’ll dance on your grave!  I’ll dance on your grave!”

Well, sure enough, the old geezer died first. His last request was that he be buried at sea.

~~~

This is also how I feel about Wagner’s music.

“I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.”

Charles Baudelaire

~~~

A married couple was watching volleyball game at a beach when the wife spotted a couple in the bleachers. They were being very affectionate. The girl was running her hands all over the boyfriend and nibbling on his ear. He had his hands on her chest. Looking at them, the wife said to her husband “I don’t know whether to watch them or the game.”

Husband said, “Better watch them! You already know how to play volleyball.”

~~~

How many weeks are there in a light year?

~~~

She said, if men got pregnant:

* Maternity leave would last two years….with full pay.

* There would be a cure for stretch marks.

* Natural childbirth would become obsolete.

* Morning sickness would rank as the nation’s #1 health problem.

* All methods of birth control would be 100% effective.

* Children would be kept in the hospital until toilet trained.

* Men would be eager to talk about commitment.

* They wouldn’t think twins were so cute.

* Sons would have to be home from dates by 10:00pm.

* Briefcases would be used as diaper bags.

* Paternity suits would be a fashion line of clothes.

* They would stay in bed during the entire pregnancy.

* Restaurants would include ice cream and pickles as main entrees.

* Women would rule the world.

~~~

Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

~~~

A store manager overheard a clerk saying to a customer, “No, ma’am, we haven’t had any for some weeks now, and it doesn’t look as if we’ll be getting any again.”

Alarmed by what was being said, the manager rushed over to the customer who was walking out the door and said, “That isn’t true, ma’am. Of course, we’ll have some soon. In fact, we placed an order for it a couple of weeks ago.”

Then the manager drew the clerk aside and growled, “Never, never, never, never say we don’t have something.  If we don’t have it, say we ordered it and it’s on its way.  Now, what was it she asked about?”

And the clerk said, “Muggings in the parking lot.”

~~~

Experience teaches us that there is a small but important difference between keeping your chin up and sticking your neck out.

~~~

A blonde is taking the driving portion of her driver’s license exam.

She handles most of the maneuvers quite well.  However, she has a little trouble parallel parking, and winds up a about a foot from the curb.

“Could you get a little closer?” the examiner asks.

The blonde then unbuckles her seat belt and slides over toward the examiner and asks, “OK, sir. Now what?”

~~~

I have found that the sure cure for insomnia is sleep.

~~~

She said: Working as a court reporter, I hear to a lot of testimony that you won’t hear on LAW AND ORDER, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: “Was this child born out of wedlock?”

Mother: “No, sir, just outside of Louisville.”

~~~

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

~~~

“Beauty is not in the face;

Beauty is a light in the heart.”

Kahlil Gibran

~~~

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 ahve enough, do you?

Ray’s Daily

November 8, 2019

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He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tzu

enough

I was thinking the other day of the folks who never seem to have enough. Some even have been in retirement for years. These are the people who always wanted a more opulent house, a more luxurious car, a more prestigious title, more wealth and more.

They are so much more unhappy than those of us who have learned that they have enough. When we have enough it is amazing how all of a sudden, we have more. More free time, more relaxation, more new experiences and best of all more quality time with friends and family.

Recently Marc Chernoff wrote an article including tips on how we can open our eyes to understanding that for most of us what we have is enour. Here in part is what he wrote.

Making the Best of Your Ordinary Life

  • When you feel your “life isn’t good enough” anxiety rising, pause, close your eyes, and notice that you’re in the process of worrying about what you’re not doing, or what you haven’t yet achieved. Notice the feelings of disappointment you have with yourself and your life at the present moment.
  • Accept these feelings of disappointment as a part of you, focus on them, and just allow yourself to feel them. As you focus, notice the emotional sensations of this feeling throughout your body.
  • Open your eyes, turn your attention to the present moment: what are you doing right now? Put all of your awareness into this moment—be 100% present with the physical and emotional sensations of whatever you’re doing.
  • Notice that the present moment is enough—enough for right now. It doesn’t need to be better. It doesn’t need to be anything more. It’s good enough already, in its own unique way. And so are you.

~~~

There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say: ‘Enough is enough.’

Lance Armstrong

~~~

A farmer had a fairly large herd of cows and three bulls. Each bull keeping a strict eye on his portion of the cows. The bulls hear that the farmer is going to get another bull and are standing in the field discussing this.

The first bull says, “Well, there’s no way he’s going to get any of my cows.” The second bull agrees, “Yeah, I’m not giving up any. He can wait till next year and get some of the new ones.”

The third bull who was a bit smaller says, “I don’t have as many as you guys so I’m not giving any up.”

Finally, the new bull arrives.

The first three gather at the edge of the field to watch him being unloaded from the trailer. To their consternation, the biggest, meanest Brahma bull they have ever seen comes strolling down the ramp and glares at them. He’s at least three times bigger than any of them.

The first bull looks around nervously and says, “Well now, I suppose it would be a neighborly thing to give this guy some cows. I think I’ll give him twenty of mine.” The second bull says, “Yeah, I guess so, I’ll give him thirty of mine.”

They look over at the small bull. He’s busy pawing the grass, snorting, and shaking his head. They go over and ask him what he’s doing and suggest that he should give up some cows too.

He says, “Yes I know, I’m just making sure he knows I’m a bull!”

~~~

President Bush met with the King of Belgium.

The meeting got off with a rocky start when President Bush said, ‘I love your waffles.

Craig Ferguson

~~~

Mary:  There’s no mystery about the fact that most women are smarter than most men.

Jill:  Is that so?

Mary:  Absolutely!  In most cases, the man is bigger than the woman, so she can’t beat him up.  It’s illegal for her to kill him.  Her only chance is to outsmart him, and that’s both legal and easy.

~~~

According to MODERN BRIDE magazine, the average bride spends 150 hours planning her wedding.

The average groom spends 150 hours saying, “Yeah, sounds good.”

Jay Leno

~~~

This was a story told to us by our chemistry professor at school.  A student wished to make some potassium hydroxide solution (aqueous) and decided to throw a large lump of potassium into a bucket of water.

Out of the corner of his eye, the professor observed what the student was about to do and hurried over.  After confirming this was what was intended, he asked the student to first to stir the water in the bucket for five minutes before adding the potassium.

Puzzled, the student followed after him to ask the purpose of this ‘stirring’ action.

“It will give me time to run,” said the professor.

~~~

You know you are a senior citizen if you say “Lunch is on me,” and you’re talking about spillage.

~~~

Jill: That was nice of you to set up a blind date for your ex-boyfriend.

Nadine: I know, but I don’t hold any grudges.

Jill: I’m surprised he trusted you enough to agree to go out with her.

Nadine: Well, I had to swear to him she’s Jennifer Lopez’s double.

Jilll: Wow! Is that true?

Nadine: I wouldn’t lie. She’s twice her weight and twice her age.

~~~

“It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.”

Fletcher Knebel

~~~

A young man wanted to get his beautiful blonde wife something nice for their first wedding anniversary. So he decides to buy her a cell phone. She is all excited, she loves her phone. He shows her and explains to her all the features on the phone.

The next day the blonde goes shopping. Her phone rings and it’s her husband, “Hi hun,” he says “how do you like your new phone?”

She replies “I just love, it’s so small and  your voice is clear as a bell but there’s one thing I don’t understand though.”

“What’s that, baby?” asks the husband.

“How did you know I was at Wal- Mart?”

~~~

I am thankful for the way I was raised, to be positive. Even when times have gotten rough I have always tried to look on the bright side. Even when I was put down, yelled at and made feel insignificant, I still thought things were alright. I did realize when enough is enough.

Angela Merkel

~~~

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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