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Take it Easy

Ray’s Daily

November 12, 2020

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Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.

David Allen

I am off to see my cardiologist this morning. I think I am doing ok but like so many others I do have to cope with the restrictions resulting from the covid epidemic. If you are like I am you find staying stress free is not easy.

I spend most of my days reading, watching television and napping. I miss not living with my wife. While we do stay in touch via phone I miss our visits. I hope the  lock down in her long term care facility will soon be lifted so we can agin resume our inperson visits.

We all need to devlop our coping skills so we are ready to return to a more nomal life in the future. Here are some tips to help us avoid stress.

“What to do about Stress – The 30 Point Plan

by Craig Lock”

1. Be positive- see problems as opportunities. Have goals and visions. Have a positive mental attitude.

2. Play sports and step up your exercise.

3. Talk things over with someone.

4. Determine what causes you stress and try to eliminate it.

5. Become physically fit.

6. Balance work, home/family and recreation.

7. Enjoy your play and relaxation- it is precious time! Learn to delegate- don’t try to do everything yourself.

8. Get adequate sleep and rest

9. Allow yourself some relaxation and meditation time every day.

10. Learn relaxation techniques: systematic ways to relax.

11. Give yourself time to think.

12. Know your limits and your symptoms of stress…and how to relieve them. Learn to say ‘no’ to others’ excessive demands on you. Don’t say “yes” when You mean “no”.

13. “Coast” if necessary.

14. Worry only about that which can be changed by you. I like the quotation which goes something like this: “Accept that which cannot be changed by you and let God give me the wisdom to know the difference.” I often do not follow this rule.

15. Use your imagination to reduce your stress levels. Be creative.

16. Learn to switch off thinking about work when you get home.

17. Think about your diet and eat nutritious food.

18. Learn to plan your time better.

19. Learn to recognize and to accept your limitations as well as the limitations (and faults) of others.

20. Learn to have FUN: you must be able to enjoy your work.

21. Learn to praise others and be positive,

22. Learn to tolerate and to forgive.

23. Learn to avoid unnecessary competition: you don’t have to be the

best at everything.

24. Learn to confide in others.

25. Learn to accept what can’t be changed in others, eg.. personality or decisions.

26. Learn to accept that some things aren’t as important to others as they are to you.

27. Learn to delegate.

28. Learn to recognize stress. Do not become so accustomed to feeling stress that it becomes a normal part of your life.

29. Have trust in other people.

And finally, no matter how stressful or hopeless your situation may

appear to be…

30. Have FAITH IN YOURSELF that things ill eventually work out for you.

~~~

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Peter Marshall

~~~

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!”

~~~

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.    

John Newton

~~~

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 twenty 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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