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Having Thankful Thoughts

Ray’s Daily

November 25, 2020


“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

I don’t know about you but I will miss being with my family during Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is easy these days to let our troubles influence our thinking to the point it makes us miserable. It does us no good to let that happen.

During these trying days I prefer to concentrate on what is still good in my life. My family remains well and I am thankful for that. I am well taken care of by my retirement residency staff and I am thankful for that. So tomorrow I plan on concentrating on what I still have.

I like rhis list that I got from the Life on Purpose blog, it reminded my about what I should appreciate.

14 Soothing Thoughts to Give Your Brain—Instead of Your Usual Stressful Ones

  1. I have everything I need in this moment.
  2. I have survived all of my hardest days.
  3. I am open to the lessons life is teaching me.
  4. I don’t judge or demean my own feelings. I let them in.
  5. I’m both a masterpiece and a work in progress.
  6. I have enough, I do enough, I AM enough. (via Shawn Fink)
  7. I am strong, calm, and stable.
  8. I’ve done hard things before. I can do it again.
  9. I love and accept myself just as I am.
  10. Everything will come together as it’s meant to.
  11. Mountains don’t rise without earthquakes.
  12. May I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else.
  13. There’s no emotion I can’t survive.
  14. I’m doing the BEST I can with what I have, and it is enough.


“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”

Gerald Good


Ridding Yourself of Telemarketers



“Hello! Mr. Michaels?”


“How are you today?”

“OK so far…”

“My name is Debbie from Pointless Industries, and I’m calling to offer you a fabulous new offer that we are offering….”

“Who is this really?”

“My name is Debbie from—“

“How did you get this number?”

“Well.. you are on our list of preferred—“

<urgent whisper> “Listen to me, and listen good! You tell Hugo and his goons I lived up to my end of the deal!  I cut up the bodies like he said, I ditched the car like he said, now I’m out of it, understand? You tell him he bothers me or my family again and I take everything I know to the Man, and don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about!”

<hang up>


“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

Helen Keller


Martin, a trendy dresser, fancied himself quite a lady-killer, and was delighted to find a note pinned inside a new shirt. It contained a girl’s name and address, and asked the recipient to send a photograph. “How romantic,” he thought to himself, very taken with the idea of this mystery woman so eager to meet him, and promptly mailed off a note and a photo.

Heart aflutter, he opened her response. It read, “Thanks for writing. I was just curious to see what kind of guy would buy such a goofy shirt.”


Law of Location: No matter where you go, there you are.


A grandmother was pushing her little grandchild around Walmart in a buggy. Each time she put something in the basket she said “And here’s something for you Diploma” and “there’s something for you Diploma”. And this carried on.

Eventually a bewildered shopper who’d heard all this finally asked “Why do you keep calling your grandchild Diploma?”

Replied the grandmother, “I sent my daughter to college and this is all she came back with!”


Thank you for holding. This call may be monitored for quality purposes.

Of course, if we really cared about quality we’d hire more people to answer the phone.


Bernie and Faye, a wealthy couple, are coming up to their 50th wedding anniversary and Faye has been thinking for some months about how they should celebrate. Then she comes to a decision.

“Bernie,” she says, “I’m going to book us a wonderful 6 weeks cruise. I know you don’t like ships because you got sea sick last time, but trust me, this one will be perfect for us. It’s called ‘Bubbeh of the Sea,’ an intimate seven-star luxury liner with everything kosher we could ever want to eat made available. Let’s give it a go.”

Bernie certainly isn’t pleased with Faye’s decision, but who is he to argue – he could never win. So he says, “OK dear.”

On the day of the cruise, Bernie and Faye drive up to the dock in their Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Captain Cohen is on the bridge as they pass by and calls in the purser. “Find out who they are and invite them to dine at my table tonight.”

Later, the purser knocks on the door of the Royal State Room. When Faye answers the door, the purser says, “Compliments of Captain Cohen, madam. He would very much like you both to dine with him this evening.”

Bernie comes to the door and says, “Who is it Faye, is there a problem?”

“This man says that Captain Cohen wants us to eat with him this evening,” replies Faye.

“I told you we shouldn’t have come,” says Bernie, “seven-star or no seven-star, we have only been on this boat half-an-hour and already we have to eat with the crew.”


She said: “Stop asking me for more details. I already told you more than I heard.”


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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