September 18, 2020
“There are none so blind as those, that will not see”
Ray’s Daily first published on September 18, 2006
I thought he could not hear and that he was blind but what he had was a closed mind. I wonder sometimes how much we miss in life because we have chosen not to look or listen. Some say that they won’t eat Chinese, German, or some other countries food because they had some once. To me that is like saying “I don’t like any American food because I ate fried chicken once and did not like it.” I have found in every cuisine food I liked and food that was not to my taste, but I would not have found what I liked if I had not tried it.
It would not be so bad if the barriers stopped at food, but they do not. Too many of us avoid travel because we had a bad experience one time in the past. If I had let an unpleasant hotel stay in Paris keep me from returning, I would have missed seeing the city at night from Montmartre or having a pleasant spring lunch on a river barge while cruising on the Seine. I don’t like Wagner but it did not keep me from learning that I really enjoy the works of Puccini. Soccer was never for me until I had grandchildren who played and when I attended their games I learned what I had been missing.
When I stop to think of things, I avoid because of a past experience it becomes embarrassing to know that I have made decisions based on only one or two experiences from the past. What have I missed? Unfortunately, I think I missed too much. Since retirement I have become more adventurous, I do more, listen more, and see more. Not only do I learn things I never knew, I also now see things I am sorry I missed in the past.
Maybe some of us close our minds because we just don’t want to be bothered, or because it is sometimes unpleasant to deal with things in our world. I regret that these closed minds miss so much, I also regret that we often could have used their wisdom if only they would see, hear, think and share their thoughts.
Our lives are finite; each minute is an opportunity to reward ourselves with a new discovery, a new experience, and new found pleasure. I feel sorry for those who will try to hold up their coffin lid to holler out “wait! I am done yet” only because they have let too much pass them by in their life.
“Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
A college professor asked his class a question.
“If Philadelphia is 100 miles from New York and Chicago is 1000 miles from Philadelphia and Los Angles is 2000 miles from Chicago, how old am I?”
One student in the back of the class raised his hand and when Called upon said, “Professor you’re 44.”
The Professor said, “You’re absolutely correct, but tell me, how did you arrive at the answer so quickly?”
The student said, “You see professor, I have a brother, he’s 22, and he’s only half crazy.”
Don’t bother me. I am in the midst of living happily ever after!
Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science.
She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron.
Later it was question time, and she asked, “My name begins with the letter ‘M’ and I pick up things. What am I?”
A little boy on the front row proudly said, “You’re a mother!”
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Three older ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand in front of the refrigerator and can’t remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich.”
The second lady chimed in, “Yes, some times I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.”
The third one responded, ” Well, I’m glad I don’t have that problem; knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table, then told them “That must be the door, I’ll get it!”
When choosing between two evils, I always take the one I haven’t tried before.
Church Bulletin Bloopers
- The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
- The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister’s daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.
- 22 members were present at the church meeting held at the home of Mrs. Marsha Crutchfield last evening. Mrs. Crutchfield and Mrs. Rankin sang a duet, The Lord Knows Why.
- On a church bulletin during the minister’s illness: GOD IS GOOD. Dr. Hargreaves is better.
- Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
- Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
- The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
- Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door.
- Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.
“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”
“So, what’s the matter?” asked Becky. “I thought you just got back from a nice relaxing fishing trip with the old professor?”
“Oh, everything went wrong,” says Mrs. Professor. “First he said I talked so loud I would scare the fish. Then he said I was using the wrong bait and then that I was reeling in too soon. “All that might have been all right; but then, to make matters worse,” lamented Mrs. Professor, “I ended up catching the most fish!”
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
The little boy was caught swearing by his teacher.
“Jeffrey,” she said, “you shouldn’t use that kind of language. Where did you hear it?”
“My daddy said it,” he responded.
“Well, that doesn’t matter,” she explained, “you don’t know what it means.”
“I do, too,” Jeffrey corrected. “It means the car won’t start.”
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
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