June 16, 2020
At the center of your being you have the answer;
You know who you are and you know what you want.
Sorry for no Daily lately. I have been recovering from a severe case of Gout. Still have pain and limited use of my right hand. I will try and send something for the next few days. They will be reprints.
Ray’s Daily from June 16, 2005
Someone said recently that we should try counting backwards from 10 to 1. He then asked what else we were thinking about as we did it. Of course the answer for almost everyone is nothing else. His point was that we have the ability to choose what we think about and if we get bogged down in the negatives we have the ability to shift our thinking to something positive.
This really hit home since I often spend time with those who have lost their job, lack happiness in their lives or have had faced tragedy. For many those are times when it very easy to slip into trying to find something or someone to blame, or to just give up, resigning themselves to their unhappiness. I know of nothing in life that steals more from us than blaming fate or resigning ourselves to failure. I think the problem for many of us is that we judge ourselves by the wrong measures. Below you will find a test that can be the foundation for more joy and acceptance in our lives. It was put together by the late Leo Buscaglia, one of my all time favorite guys.
Dr. Buscaglia wrote: Asking yourself questions and answering them honestly is a good path to self-knowledge. In keeping with this idea, I’d like to propose a few end-of-the-day questions for each of us…
Is anyone a little happier because I came along today?
Did I leave any concrete evidence of my kindness, any sign of my love?
Did I try to think of someone I know in a more positive light?
Did I help someone to feel joy, to laugh, or at least, to smile?
Have I attempted to remove a little of the rust that is corroding my relationships?
Have I gone through the day without fretting over what I don’t have and celebrating the things I do have?
Have I forgiven others for being less than perfect?
Have I forgiven myself?
Have I learned something new about life, living or love?
If at the end of the day we can answer with more yes answers than no answers our lives will be enriched and we will give ourselves the best chance at true satisfaction. Bottom line, measure yourself by what you are rather than by what you have.
It’s not what happens to you, It’s what you do about it.
A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the mess has been cleared up, an inquiry begins.
One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. “Okay Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene – what happened ?”
“Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.”
“He was smoking in the mixing room ?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?”
“About 20 years, sir”
“20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.”
“It was, sir.”
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.
If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi was going up to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked, does someone live in your shed?” and he said no. Then they said that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be along when available.
George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again. “Hello I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now, cause I’ve just shot them all.” Then he hung up.
Within five minutes three police cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips residence. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.
One of the Policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them?”
George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available?”
Marriage changes passion…Suddenly you’re in bed with a relative.
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: “Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?”
Moshe 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. 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!”
“Ignorance is the mother of admiration.”
A Sunday school teacher said to her young class, “We have been learning for awhile now how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a much higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?”
The room was silent until one child blurted out confidently. . .”Aces!”
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
An older lady was out shopping when she notices a very expensive boutique advertising, “DRESSES AND HATS ON SALE.” She can’t resist a sale and goes inside and starts trying on dresses and hats.
After awhile, she finds only a hat that she really likes and buys it.
When she steps back outside, a fierce wind has picked up on her way down the street to the bus stop.
While she is standing there at her stop, she is quite worried that the wind might blow off her brand new hat. So she holds on to it with both hands. Not paying mind to anything else, she soon feels a tap on her shoulder and turns to see a young man there who says,
“Excuse me, ma’am, but why are you just holding your hat while your dress is blowing clear up to your elbows?”
The old woman replies,
“Son, I’ve had what’s under this dress for almost eighty-six years, but I’ve only had this hat for half an hour!”
A woman, on meeting a psychologist at a party, made a pitch for some free professional advice. “What kind of toy would you suggest giving a little boy on his third birthday?” she asked.
“Well…I’d have to know a little more about the child,” the psychologist hedged.
The woman took a deep breath. “He’s very bright and quick-witted and exceptionally advanced for his age,” she said. “He has good coordination, expresses himself very well…”
“Oh, I see,” the psychologist said, “It’s YOUR child!”
In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.
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