June 2, 2020
“When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.”
I need to send a daily from the past. I am a little worn out and like so many others I am disappointed all the turmoil that surrounds us. Being sequestered we are out of the mainstream but right now that is a good thing.
Ray’s Daily t published on June 2, 2008
When I was looking for a citation for today to use as the foundation of my report I discovered Bridge’s quotation shown above. I had intended to share with you that my week off allowed me to make some real progress. I had restructured my time to give me more freedom of action. I made a major dent in my backlog and with a little discipline I should be able to both cope with what I do and stay current with what I promise to do. I was pleased with my progress then Bridge got me thinking that there is more for me to do.
As you know it is easy to make surgical cuts in our activity and to eliminate this and that and some other stuff. What the quote helped me to again realize is that so much of what we do is an investment in the quality of our own lives. That means that I need to place more importance on the quality and meaning of what I do and less on the quantity of time required to do it. Fortunately, I have reached a time in my life where I do not feel any need to prove myself to others; rather I feel a compelling need to prove myself to myself.
Each week I spend hours with others as they search their past, inventory their present and plan their futures. Often my friends will break through the life model they have been taught or the one that has been imposed on them as they listen to their hearts and free themselves for positive action. For most that have already gone beyond the moment of awareness life has exceeded the expectations they held but a short time ago.
I am glad that I have so much more yet to see and feel as I spent too many years ignoring my heart. Money isn’t everything but living a life that has meaning to you does; it is everything!
“The little that is completed vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A film crew was on location deep in the desert. One day an old Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow rain.”
The next day it rained.
A week later, the Indian went up to the director and said, “Tomorrow storm.”
The next day there was a hailstorm.
“This Indian is incredible,” said the director. He told his secretary to hire the Indian to predict the weather.
However, after several successful predictions, the old Indian didn’t show up for two weeks. Finally the director sent for him.
“I have to shoot a big scene tomorrow,” said the director, “and I’m depending on you. What will the weather be like?”
The Indian shrugged his shoulders. “Don’t know,” he said. “Radio is broken.”
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
An office technician got a call from a computer user. The user told the tech that her computer was not working. She described the problem and the tech concluded that her computer needed to be brought in and serviced.
He told her, “Unplug the power cord and bring it up here and I’ll fix it for you.”
About ten minutes later, she showed up at his door with the electrical cord in her right hand.
Some are born to greatness, others have greatness thrust upon them. Most of us just read about it.
A fellow is getting ready to tee-off on the first hole when a second fellow approaches and asks if he can join him. The first says that he usually plays alone but agrees to let the second guy join him. Both are even after the first couple of holes. The second guy says, “Say, we’re about evenly matched, how about we play for five bucks a hole?”
The first fellow says that he usually plays alone and doesn’t like to bet but agrees to the terms. Well, the second guy wins the rest of the holes and as they’re walking off of the eighteenth hole, and while counting his $80.00, he confesses that he’s the pro at a neighboring course and likes to pick on suckers.
The first fellow reveals that he’s the Parish Priest at the local Catholic Church to which the second fellow gets all flustered and apologetic and offers to give the Priest back his money. The Priest says, “No, no. You won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings.”
The pro says, “Well, is there anything I can do to make it up to you?”
The Priest says, “Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation. Then, if you bring your mother and father by after Mass, I’ll marry them for you.”
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis
“How was your blind date?” a college student asked her roommate.
“Terrible!” the room-mate answered. “He showed up in his 1932 Rolls Royce.”
“Wow! That’s a very expensive car. What’s so bad about that?”
“He was the original owner.”
The teacher asked her class what each wanted to become when they grew up. A chorus of responses came from all over the room. “A football player,” “A doctor,” “An astronaut,” “The president,” “A fireman,” “A teacher,” “A race car driver.”
Everyone that is, except Tommy. The teacher noticed he was sitting there quiet and still. So she said to him, “Tommy, what do you want to be when you grow up?” “Possible” Tommy replied.
“Possible?” asked the teacher.
“Yes,” Tommy said. “Mom is always telling me I’m impossible.
So when I get to be big, I want to be possible.”
Doing nothing is tiring, ‘cuz you can’t take a break!
Benny had told all his friends about the delicious steak he’d eaten in the Delancey Street restaurant the day before. So they decided to go down there and see if it was really as large and delicious as he said. But much to their disappointment, the waiter brought them the tiniest steak they’d ever seen.
“See here, my good man,” Benny barked. “I was in this restaurant yesterday and you served me a big juicy steak, and now today, when I’ve organized a party, you serve such a small one.”
“Yes, sir,” replied the waiter. “But yesterday you were sitting by the window.”
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
A friend and his wife were considering traveling to Alaska for a trip the husband had long dreamed of taking. He kept talking about how great it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt moose and drive a dog team instead of a car.
“If we decided to live there permanently, away from civilization, what would you miss the most?” he asked his wife.
She replied, “You.”
“I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects.”
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