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Make it a good one!

Ray’s Daily

February 17, 2020

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“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on

your way.”

Dr. Seuss

Positive

I honestly think that the best way to enjoy your day is to stay positive. Not only will you get to feel you good about yourself, others will gravitate to you. No one really likes folks who are down most of the time.

How about you? Are you a positive person who makes not only your day but also the day of others around you?

I think the secret is to combine a good attitude with a belief in yourself. Too many of us take other people’s criticisms too seriously. I am glad that those of you I know personally are a pleasure to be around, so my friends stay positive and be happy.

Here is something I got from Joe Gordon that I would like to share with you today.

FEED THE POSITIVE TODAY (AND EVERY DAY)

Your mind is a like a garden. You need to weed it and feed it. Weed the negative. Feed the positive. Doing it one day won’t do a lot but if you weed and feed every day, over time the garden will look magnificent.

1) If they praise you, show up and do the work. If they criticize you, show up and do the work. If no one even notices you, just show up and do the work. Just keep showing up, doing the work, and leading the way.

2) Greatness isn’t achieved by worrying what everyone thinks of you. Don’t look outside. The praise, criticism, expectations; it’s all just noise. Look inside to your heart and soul and do your thing. Do it with love and create greatness from the inside out.

3) Today, shift your perspective and realize it’s not about having to do anything. Life is not an obligation. It’s a gift. Replace “Have To” with “Get To.” Focus on gratitude and you’ll find yourself feeling blessed instead of stressed.

4) Remember… big opportunities come from doing the small things with a big dose of passion, love, purpose and excellence. Be faithful with what you have and where you are today. Don’t chase success. Decide to make a difference and success will find you.

5) Tomorrow is a new day. Don’t let what you didn’t do become what you never did. No more putting it off. No more waiting till the “perfect” time. No more letting busyness get in the way. Get started.

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“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.”

Paulo Coelho

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We Were So Poor That We Could Only Afford…

Medicines called placebos

Five of the Ten Commandments

Bagel holes

Sunrise Or Sunset

Webster’s Extremely Abridged Dictionary

White Crayolas

Lipton Tea Bag strings

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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley

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In order for the Italians not to be left out in naming their ships, they finally registered the following designation with NATO :

USA is USS which means “United States Ship”.

British is HMS which means “Her Majesty’s Ship”.

….and now

Italy is AMB which means “Atsa My Boat!”

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“I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There’s a knob called brightness, but it doesn’t work.”

Eugene P. Gallagher

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– Hello, that’s you, Abe?

– Yes, dis is Abe…

– It doesn’t sount like Abe

– Vell, dis is Abe all right.

– You’re positive it’s Abe?

– Absolutely.

– Vell, listen Abie, dis is Moe. Can you lend me fifty dollars?

– Ven Abe comes in, I’ll tell him you called…

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My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.

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A member of the Country Club asked the lifeguard how he might go about teaching a young lady to swim.

“It takes considerable time and technique.” replied the guard. “First you must take her into the water, then place one arm about her waist, hold her tightly, then take her right arm and raise it very slowly…”

“This is certainly most helpful.” said the member. “I know that my sister will appreciate it.”

“Your sister?” said the lifeguard. “In that case, just push her into the deep end of the pool. She’ll learn in a hurry.”

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Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate.

The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly.  Another flash.  He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed.  Same result.

“This guy must have screwed up the settings,” the off-duty officer thought.

A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!

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I know I’m not going to understand women. I’ll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, and still be afraid of a spider.

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His son is a “high-energy” kid who never sits still and is always on the move. He was surprised when his wife suggested that they buy him a bike for his birthday.

“Do you really believe that’ll help improve his behavior ?” he asked.

“Well, no,” she admitted, “But it’ll spread it over a wider area.”

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“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

Francesca Reigler

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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.

 

 

How are you doing?

Ray’s Daily

February 14, 2020

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Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.

Pythagoras

Valantine

Happy Valentine’s Day, I am going to be busy so here is what I published on this day twelve years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published onFebruary 14, 2008

I like many others sometimes wonder if what I am doing has value. At one time the question was centered on value in the eyes of others but I have mostly outgrown the need for approval from others, so now the question is centered on value in my own eyes. What brought the question to mind was an article I read recently written by Zig Ziglar. I am not a very religious person yet his message says it so well that I wanted to share the article with you.

Ziglar wrote:

People frequently ask me, “How can I know when I am doing better than good?” I thought about that question and came up with 15 ways to measure yourself. Take a look and see what you think:

  • You are doing better than good when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand new day.
  • You are doing better than good when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your future.
  • You are doing better than good when you know that success (a win) doesn’t make you, and failure (a loss) doesn’t break you.
  • You are doing better than good when you are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.
  • You are doing better than good when you are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.
  • You are doing better than good when you know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.
  • You are doing better than good when you are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.
  • You are doing better than good when you have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.
  • You are doing better than good when you understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.
  • You are doing better than good when you are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.
  • You are doing better than good when you love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.
  • You are doing better than good when you can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.
  • You are doing better than good when you know that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.”
  • You are doing better than good when you recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.
  • You are doing better than good when you stand in front of the Creator of the universe and He says to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Think over each one of these 15 ideas and see how you can incorporate them into your life so that you truly are better than good!

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All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.

Anna Quindlen

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A magazine recently ran a “Dilbert Quotes” contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. hese were voted the top ten quotes from the Dilberts we work for in orporate America, circa 2004:

“As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.” (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA)

“What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.” (Lykes Lines Shipping)

“E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.” (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

“This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.” (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.” (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)

Quote from the Boss: “Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.” (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, “That would be better for me.” (Shipping executive, FTD Florists)

“We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.” (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

“Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.” (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)

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He does the work of 3 men… Moe, Larry & Curly.

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There is an old story about a mother who walks in on her six-year-old son and finds him sobbing.

“What’s the matter”? she asks.

“I’ve just figured out how to tie my shoes.”

“Well, honey, that’s wonderful. You’re growing up, but why are you crying”?

“Because,” he says. “Now I’ll have to do it every day for the rest of my life.”

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“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson

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A woman, searching for a job, inquired about the benefits. The Personnel Manager informed her they had group health and life insurance, but the costs were deducted from the employee’s pay.

She said, “My last employer had full health coverage, as well as five years salary for life insurance and a month’s sick leave AND they paid the full premiums.”

“I can’t help but asking madam why you would leave a job with such benefits,” the interviewer replied.

The woman shrugged her shoulders and said, “The company went bankrupt.”

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She said she believe in clubs for men – only after kindness fails.

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The Lamaze class was in full swing. The room was full of pregnant women and their partners. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly and was telling the men how to give the necessary assurances to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy.

She said, “Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier!”

She then looked at the men in the room. “And gentlemen, remember. You’re in this together. It wouldn’t hurt you to go walking with your partner.”

The room suddenly got very quiet as everyone absorbed this information. Then a man at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.

“Yes”? answered the instructor.

“I was just wondering, wouldn’t it be even more beneficial to her if she carried a golf bag while we walk”?

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

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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.

 

 

 

You can do it

Ray’s Daily

February 13, 2020

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Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

confidence

Ever since I was a young guy I have often found myself challenged to do what I did not think I could do. Usually I had no opportunity not to try. The fact that I almost always succeededdoing what needed to be done turned out to be a great gift.

When I was 15 and in a technical institute with second world war veterans I did well. It was the same when I was in the navy and during my career in the computer industry. All my life I was given chances to do more than I knew I could and usually did whatever it was.

Bottom line has been overcoming any fear of failure resulted in my confidence that I at least should try to do what needed to be done.

Choosing Confidence

Carefully examining a display in the drugstore, a man asked the pharmacist, ‘Do you really guarantee this hair-restorer?’

The pharmacist responded, ‘Better than that, sir. We give a comb with every bottle.’

Wouldn’t you love to have that kind of confidence?

One man quipped, ‘When it comes to believing in myself, I’m an agnostic.’

One of the greatest problems many people experience is lack of confidence. Some don’t believe in their ability to speak in public, others are afraid to try something they’ve never done before, and still others do not have the confidence to overcome their shyness.

Do you know that you can become more confident? One effective technique is to learn to do what you’re afraid to do.

I led a seminar a few years ago where I asked for three volunteers to speak to the group the next day. One young woman named Judy was the first to raise her hand. She explained to me later why she did so: ‘When you asked for three volunteers,’ Judy said, ‘I felt a knot of fear in my stomach. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve never really believed I could. But the fear was telling me something,’ she continued. ‘So because I felt so anxious, I decided that this was something I had to do. But I must to tell you, I’m terrified!’

She made up her mind to do that which she was afraid to do. And the following day, Judy’s five-minute talk was superb! She was honest and genuine, speaking right from her heart. Now she is more confident about her ability to speak in public.

People who are confident have choices. People who are fearful too often avoid much of life because they are afraid to venture into unknown territory.

Jim Loehr said, ‘With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.’

When you make what you’re afraid to do what you choose to do, you will soon have the confidence to do whatever you choose!

Written by Steve Goodier

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With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

Dalai Lama

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He said: When our lawn mower broke and wouldn’t run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, fishing, Always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few minutes. When I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

“When you finish cutting the grass,” I said, “you might as well sweep the sidewalk.”

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

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If a turtle loses his shell, is he naked or homeless?

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10 LAWS OF COMPUTING

  1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
  2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
  3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you’d least expect to find it.
  4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
  5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
  6. To err is human…to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, it’s downright natural.
  7. He who laughs last, probably has a back-up.
  8. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  9. A complex system that doesn’t work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
  10. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want it to do.

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“Someone’s boring me. I think it’s me.”

Dylan Thomas

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Quotes From Steven Wright

– “Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.”

– “Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.”

– “When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.”

– “I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.”

– “For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.”

– “The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.”

– “Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time.”

– “If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?”

– “I planted some bird seed.  A bird came up.  Now I don’t know what to feed it.”

– “What happens if you get scared half to death twice?”

– “Boycott shampoo! Demand REAL poo!”

– “I intend to live forever – so far, so good.”

– “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”

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“In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.”

Pliny the Elder

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Little Johnny and his friend were always boasting of their parents’ achievements to each other.

Friend: ‘Have you ever heard of the Suez Canal?’

Little Johnny: ‘Yes, I have’

Friend: ‘Well, my father dug it.’

Little Johnny: ‘That’s nothing, have you ever heard of Dead Sea?’

Friend: ‘Yes, I have.’

Little Johnny: ‘Well, my father killed it.

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“My Dog Can Lick Anyone”

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She wrote: My husband Jeff and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk. The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more.

“Sir,” my husband politely said, “please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old.” “Okay,” the computer technician replied. “Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?”

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

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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 trust them

Ray’s Daily

February 12, 2020

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He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.

Lao Tzu

trust

I am lucky enough to live among some really good people. They are the kind of folks who are open and honest. These days when some of us wonder who we can trust because of so much misinformation and animosity.

I gravitate to people who say what they mean so you can trust what they say. In my estimation trust is the glue that holds lifelong friendships together. Here is a short piece written by Jon Gordon that offers his thoughts on how we can can build trust.

11 WAYS TO BUILD TRUST

I want to share some thoughts about how we can build the trust that is essential for great relationships. Many of the suggestions you are already know. Many ideas I share are common sense. However, I’ve found that so often amidst the chaos of life and work we forget the simple and powerful truths that matter most. So here are 11 thoughts about trust. Feel free to share these simple reminders with your leaders, colleagues and team.

  1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!
  2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.
  3. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.
  4. Value long term relationships more than short term success.
  5. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short term commissions and profits.
  6. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.
  7. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”
  8. Become a coach. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.
  9. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”
  10. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.
  11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.

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Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Stephen Covey

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She said:

When I’m a little old lady, it’ll be so great,

I have so many plans, that I just can not wait.

I’ll live with my children and bring them great joy.

To repay all I’ve had from each girl and boy.

I shall draw on the walls and scuff up the floor;

run in and out without closing the door.

I’ll hide frogs in the pantry, socks under my bed.

And whenever they scold me, I’ll hang my head.

I’ll run and I’ll romp, always fritter away…..

the time to be spent doing chores every day.

I’ll pester my children when they are on the phone.

As long as they’re busy I won’t leave them alone.

Hide candy in closets, rocks in a drawer …

and never pick up what I drop on the floor.

Dash off to the movies and not wash a dish.

I’ll plead for allowance whenever I wish.

I’ll stuff up the plumbing and deluge the floor.

As soon as they’ve mopped it, I’ll flood it some more.

When they correct me, I’ll lie down and cry,

kicking and screaming, not a tear in my eye.

I’ll take all their pencils and flashlights, and then ..

when they buy new ones, I’ll take them again.

I’ll spill glasses of milk to complete every meal..

Eat my banana and just drop the peel.

Put toys on the table, spill jam on the floor.

I’ll break lots of dishes as though I were four.

What fun I shall have, what joy it will be

to Live with my children, the way they lived with me!

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A successful marriage isn’t finding the right person – it’s being the right person.

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Irving took Harry to a celebratory dinner at a really posh restaurant.

They walked in, were ushered to a table by a formally dressed maitre d’, and sat down at a table on which were displayed the finest china and crystal. Taking the damask napkin from the solid silver napkin ring, Harry unfolded it, put it around his neck and proceeded to tie a knot in the back.

Staring at him, the maitre d’ said, between gritted teeth, “Sir, will you be having a shave or a haircut?”

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It rarely occurs to teenagers that the day will come when they’ll know as little as their parents.

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A woman was chatting with her next-door neighbor. “I feel really good today. I started out this morning with an act of unselfish generosity. I gave a five dollar bill to a bum.”

“You gave a bum five whole dollars? That’s a lot of money to just give away. What did you husband say about it?”

“Oh, he thought it was the proper thing to do. He said, ‘Thanks.’ ”

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“I Used to Have a Handle on Life, but It Broke”

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Two cab drivers were waiting for fares in front of a downtown hotel.

“Hey,” asked one, “why did you paint one side of your cab red and the other side blue?”

“Well,” the other responded, “when I get into an accident, you should see how all the witnesses contradict each other.”

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

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The pilot was sitting in his seat and pulled out a .38 revolver. He placed it on top of the instrument panel, then asked the navigator, “Do you know what I use this for?”

The nav replied timidly, “No, what’s it for?”

The pilot responded, “I use this on navigators who get me lost!”

The navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 and place it on his chart table.

The pilot asked, “What’s that for?”

“To be honest sir,” the nav replied, “I’ll know we’re lost before you will.”

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I think someone should invent Beerguard, because how often do you actually spill Scotch on the carpet?

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After many years, a young Jewish Talmud student who had left the old country for America returns to visit the family.

“But–where is your beard?” asks his mother upon seeing him.

“Mama,” he replies, “In America, nobody wears a beard.”

“But at least you keep the Sabbath?”

“Mama, business is business. In America, everybody works on the Sabbath.”

“But kosher food you still eat?”

“Mama, in America, it is very difficult to keep kosher.”

The old lady ponders this information and then leans over and whispers in his ear, “Isaac, tell me you’re still circumcised?”

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“When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer him.”

Heather, age 16

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“Dana,” asked Kim thoughtfully one day, “what would you do if you caught another woman in bed with your husband?”

“With Jack?”  Dana thought it over.  “Let’s see; I’d break her cane, shoot her guide dog, and call a cab to take her back to the institution she escaped from.”

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Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.

Pope Francis

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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.

 

 

 

It can be a good week

Ray’s Daily

February 11. 2020

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

Leo Buscaglia

Water Jugs

I don’t know about you, but I know my week is going to be busy. It is a good thing I am retired or I would not have time to do everything I am offered to do.

Fortunately, it is mostly recreational with some mandatory caregiver opportunities and even a few chances to learn a thing or two. There is a lot to be said for keeping busy, it leaves little time to fret about a few minor setbacks.

In the following article Angel Chernoff repeats an old favorite story of mine. I, like the lady in the story have a few cracks in my bucket, but I don’t let them bother me.

Hard Thing to Remember When You Don’t Feel “Good Enough”

Once upon a time there was an elderly woman who needed to walk down to the river every morning to fetch water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. She carried two buckets with her, filled them up at the riverbank, and walked back with them to her rural cottage home.

One of the buckets was newer, perfectly sealed, and held its water flawlessly. But the second bucket was older and contained a few thin cracks that would leak water onto the ground as the elderly woman walked. By the time she arrived home, typically about one third of the water in the second bucket had leaked through its cracks.

One day, on the walk down to the river, the cracked bucket – who had always felt like it wasn’t as good as the other bucket – said to the elderly woman, “I want you to know that I’ve been leaking water every morning for the past several years. I’m so sorry for being cracked and making your life more difficult. I understand if you need to replace me with a better bucket.”

The elderly woman smiled. “Do you really think I haven’t known about your cracks this whole time?” she asked. “Look at all the beautiful flowers that grow on the path from my cottage to the river. I planted their seeds, but every morning it’s you who does the watering.”

REMEMBER:

  • Feeling good enough in life, in work, in business, and in our relationships has everything to do with how we personally judge the cracks in our own bucket. Because we all have a few cracks!
  • But are they cracks that wreck us, that taint us, and that ruin our experience and desirability? Or do our cracks water a trail of flowers we haven’t even stopped to appreciate?
  • Choose to see the flowers through the cracks in your own bucket – choose to see how it’s exactly those cracks that make you good enough…
  • Choose to THINK BETTER, and your whole universe will shift!

~~~

“The day you stop worrying will be the first day of your new life; anxiety takes you in circles, trust in yourself and become free.”

~~~

The Officer Said:

  • “So you don’t know how fast you were going. I guess that means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?”
  • “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”
  • “Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy, and step in monkey poop.”
  • “Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”
  • “Just how big were those two beers?”
  • “No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to have quotas, but now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we want.”
  • “I’m glad to hear the Chief of Police is a good personal friend of yours. At least you know someone who can post your bail.”

~~~

Follow your dream! Unless it’s the one where you’re at work naked during a fire drill.

~~~

“My father refused to spend money on me as a kid. One time I broke my arm playing football and my father tried to get a free X-ray by taking me down to the airport and making me lie down with the luggage.”

Glen Super

~~~

The tourist in London climbed into a cab and noticed by the license that his cab driver’s name was “Winston Churchill.” Trying to make conversation, he said, “I see your name is Winston Churchill.”

The driver simply said, “Yep. That’s my moniker.”

The passenger, not willing to give up yet on some banter said, “That’s a pretty famous name.”

The driver responded with: “As well it should be too. I’ve been driving a cab here for over forty years.”

~~~

It’s the little things you do day in and day out that count. That’s the way you teach your children.

Amanda Pays

~~~

A Student’s Creed

The more you study, the more you know.

The more you know, the more you forget.

The more you forget, the less you know, so why study?

The less you study, the less you know.

The less you know, the less you forget.

The less you forget, the more you know, so why study?

You can’t argue with that.

~~~

Boy, am I confused… I think.

~~~

There is an old story about a mother who walks in on her six-year-old son and finds him sobbing. “What’s the matter?” she asks.

“I’ve just figured out how to tie my shoes.”

“Well, honey, that’s wonderful.” Being a wise mother, she recognizes his victory in the Eriksonian struggle of autonomy versus doubt:

“You’re growing up, but why are you crying?”

“Because,” he says, “now I’ll have to do it every day for the rest of my life.”

~~~

There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about.

~~~

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 7-year-old hockey players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is?

What a team is?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is not whether we win or lose, but how we play together as a team?”

The little boy nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when a penalty is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the referee, or call him a pecker-head. Do you understand all that?”

Again the little boy nodded.

He continued, “And when I call you off the ice so that another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach ‘a dumb ass’, is it?”

Again the little boy nodded.

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your mother!!!”

~~~

“Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned but just how its meant to be.”

Anonymous

~~~

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.

 

 

 

Yes You Can

Ray’s Daily

February 10, 2020

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Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyam

happiness

OK, I have decided that I am not while going to waste my time on unhappiness. The years I have left are better spent enjoying life with my wife and friends. I know, you are right, it is not always easy to put unhappiness away when things get tough. But for myself I will continue to do my best to focus on what is right versus letting what is wrong take me down.

Today I am sharing an article that I have edited that offers tips on how to maximize our happiness.

 Techniques For Greater Happiness

By John D. Moore, PhD

I’d like to share with you ten cognitive restructuring techniques designed to reduce your stress and generate greater happiness.

  1. Avoid the playing the blame game – It takes courage to recognize you are responsible for many challenges you meet. Even if someone’s mean, how you view circumstances is up to you. When you blame another person, you let them control your well-being. It’s far better to take charge of your destiny.
  2. Create new mental pictures for stressful events – Whatever you picture stays alive in your mind. If you can’t stop creating mental images of unwanted memories, play with what you see. Change them from color to black and white. Put a frame around them. Shrink them and add a silly cartoon character voice to lighten the mood and the pictures may fade.
  3. Recognize life lessons – Everyone must deal with problems. Happy people consider setbacks stepping-stones to their greatest achievements though. Without them, they wouldn’t discover what to do or increase resilience.
  4. Talk about what works – When you talk about difficulties often, you focus on negativity. Before you can feel better, you must alter your mood. So, leave unproductive exchanges with pals for times when they offer wise advice unless you want to stay unhappy.
  5. Know your problems won’t last – Bear this idea in mind when you face troubles and train yourself to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  6. Encourage helpful conversations – Rather than strive to get friends to agree with you and strengthen your misery, ask them to help you recover. Seek wise counsel from people who offer fresh perspectives.
  7. Consider solutions – Never hang your hopes on one solution. If you think there’s only a single way to solve problems, you narrow your vision of what might be and miss opportunities to manage well.
  8. Understand you are not alone – However strange the problem you face, you’re not alone. If you don’t know how to cope, find out how other people deal with similar difficulties and learn from their mistakes and successes.
  9. Trust your inner voice – Many people who love to give advice will appear out of the blue if you talk about your problems. People might offer sensible counsel, but discount advice from individuals who insist you do as they say. Only you know what’s best for you.
  10. Let go when it’s time – If you are hanging on to a problem, recognize the time has come to let it go. When you forgive people who have caused pain in your life, you surrender negativity and regain your emotional freedom and get back to the business of living.

~~~

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Marcus Aurelius

~~~

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.

“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fella. Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles, she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful!”

The boy looked up, “Really?”

“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”

The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles.”

~~~

Some men break your heart in two,

Some men fawn and flatter,

Some men never look at you;

And that cleans up the matter.”

Dorothy Parker

~~~

He has a sure way to keep her from buying an outfit… When she tries it on, he says, “I love that middle-aged look it gives you.”

~~~

A very zealous soul-winning young preacher recently came upon a Farmer working in his field. Being concerned about the farmer’s soul the preacher asked the man, “Are you laboring in the vineyard of the Lord, my good man?” Not even looking at the preacher and continuing his work, the farmer replied, “Naw, these are soybeans.” “You don’t understand,” said the preacher. “Are you a Christian?” With the same amount of interest as his previous answer the farmer said, “Nope my name is Jones. You must be looking for Jim Christian. He lives a mile south of here.” The young determined preacher tried again asking the farmer, “Are you lost?” “Naw! I’ve lived here all my life,” answered the farmer.

“Are you prepared for the resurrection?” the fustrated preacher asked.

This caught the farmer’s attention and he asked, “When’s it gonna be?”

Thinking he had accomplished something the young Preacher replied, “It could be today, tomorrow, or the next day.” Taking a handkerchief from his back pocket and wiping his brow, the farmer remarked, “Well, don’t mention it to my wife. She don’t get out much and she’ll wanna go all three days.”

~~~

One half of all the troubles in the world can be traced to saying, “YES” too quickly and not saying, “NO” soon enough.

~~~

Tim was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. “Give me one last request, Dear,” he said.

“Of course, Tim,” his wife said softly.

“Six months after I die, he said, “I want you to marry Lawrence.”

“But I thought you hated Lawrence,” she said.

With his last breath, Tim said, “I do!”

~~~

On a scale of 1 to 10, 4 is about a 7.

~~~

While meditating in the country, a poet noticed a farmer looking at him curiously. “Ah,” said the poet, “perhaps you, too, have seen the golden-red fingers of dawn speeding across the eastern sky, the red-stained sulfurous islets floating in a lake of wine in the West, the ragged clouds at midnight, blotting out the shuddering moon?” “No,” replied the farmer, “not lately. I’ve been on the wagon for more than a year.”

~~~

The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces.

~~~

*Laws of Parenting*

  1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.
  2. For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
  3. Toys multiply to fill any space available.
  4. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.
  5. Yours is always the only child who doesn’t behave.
  6. If the shoe fits…it’s expensive.
  7. The surest way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
  8. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.
  9. Backing the car out fo the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.
  10. If it’s advertised on tv, it’s a sure guarantee it better be under the Christmas tree.

~~~

My Dog Can Lick Anyone

~~~

Do you know your neighbors?

After living in our house for four years, we were moving out of state.

My husband had backed the truck up to our garage door so that we could start loading all of the boxes. Just then one of our neighbors came walking across the lawn carrying a plate full of muffins. “Isn’t that thoughtful,” my husband said to me. “They must have realized that we packed our kitchen stuff.” The neighbor stuck out his hand and boomed, “Welcome to the neighborhood!”

~~~

I must have told you a zillion times, don’t exaggerate!

~~~

“I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.”

Marie Corelli

~~~

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.

Alice Walker

~~~

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.

 

 

 

Happy?

Ray’s Daily

February 7, 2020

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Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

caring

What I really like here in my retirement community is how so many residents go out of their way to help others. Sometimes it is something as little as just asking a neighbor how they are doing, letting them know someone cares. Many folks are always ready to help someone to get up or in any other way they can assist.

As we age, we really benefit from caring for each other. For some among us there is no relative or loved one to let them know they are appreciated. That is when we can fill the gaps by letting them know by our actions that we care. Loneliness can happen at any age, fortunately there are folks who care enough to offer their friendships. And you know what, there is no better way to feel good than by helping someone else.

Here is a short poem to help remind us of what we can do.

 

How To Be Happy

Author Unknown

 

Are you almost disgusted with life, little man?

I’ll tell you a wonderful trick

that will bring you contentment, if anything can

Do something for somebody, quick!

 

Are you awfully tired with play, little girl?

Wearied, discouraged, and sick –

I’ll tell you the loveliest game in the world,

Do something for somebody, quick!

 

Though it rains like the rain of the flood, little man

and the clouds are forbidding and thick,

You can make the sun shine in your soul, little man

Do something for somebody, quick!

 

Though the stars are like brass overhead, little girl,

and the walks like a well-heated brick

and our earthly affairs in a terrible whirl,

Do something for somebody, quick!

~~~

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

Harold Kushner

~~~

The kids said that marriage is:

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents” -Eric, AGE 6
“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.’ Then she says yes, but she’s wondering what the thing is and whether it’s naughty or not. She can’t wait to find out.” -Anita, AGE 9
“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” -Kelly, AGE 9
“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.” -Carolyn, AGE 8
“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife” -Bert, AGE 5
“You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan” -Kirsten, AGE 10
“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them” -Anita, AGE 9
“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” -Will, AGE 7

~~~

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

~~~

Some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first…

Your Clothes:

1st baby:  You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.

2nd baby:  You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd baby:  Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

The Baby’s Name:

1st baby:  You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.

2nd baby:  Someone has to name his or her kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.

3rd baby:  You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.

Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.

2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

~~~

“Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life in which you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”

Fran Lebowitz

~~~

A tourist was admiring the necklace worn by a local Indian.
“What is it made of?” she asked.
“Alligator’s teeth,” the Indian replied.
“I suppose,” she said patronizingly, “that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us.”
“Oh no,” he objected. “Anybody can open an oyster.”

~~~

Work: It isn’t just for sleeping anymore.

~~~

Boren’s Laws Of The Bureaucracy:  (1) When in doubt, mumble.  (2) When in trouble, delegate.  (3) When in charge, ponder.  – James H. Boren, Founder, President and Chairperson of the Board of the International Association of Professional Bureaucrats [INATAPROBU]

~~~

Nurturing is not complex. It’s simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.

Mary Anne Radmacher

~~~

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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