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Coping With The Crisis

Ray’s Daily

Decenber 15, 2020

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“Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.”

Ryan Reynolds

As we begin another week most of us will take care of ourselves by following the guidelines that will help protect us from Covid infection. While many of us are locked down and stay isolated giving us time to grow our minds.

After a mile-a-minute life it is refreshing to be able to take a mental vacation. It offers us a tme to recharge and even prepare for our tomorrows. I have taken the liberty of making signifant edits in the following article as I wanted to share with you the basic thoughts of the author.

Here are five positive lessons I have learned so far from this global crisis:

1. We have a lot to appreciate. – “Your ancestors were called to war. You are called to stay on your couch. You can do this.” That’s what my Facebook newsfeed reminded me the other day. Oh, boy! That really helped to put things into perspective.

2. Everything is easier when we stay grounded in the now. – Life doesn’t always go as planned; it can be very unpredictable. With so much confusion and uncertainty, staying grounded can be a challenge. Especially for people like me, who’ve lived decades trying to have full control over everyone and everything—how people acted or felt, how my future was going to look, and so on.

Whenever I find myself tormented by “what if” questions, I check the sanity of my thoughts. I ask myself: Is that true? How is this thought helping me right now? How would my life be if I let go of this thought? I need to learn how to trust the flow of life and surrender when the only reality is time will tell.

3. Life isn’t just about doing; it’s also about being. – Today’s modern society has transformed many of us into doers, performers, and over-achievers. Since an early age, we’ve been conditioned to value ourselves through how well we do things in life. Most of us were raised to deliver results, always running somewhere, always busy.

Most of us are currently getting the gift of time. And what a golden asset that is, as it means life and it’s never coming back!

Unable to go out, so many of us go in. Sleep, recharge, pray, meditate, journal. Reflect on what’s important and what makes us truly happy. To many, it’s a transition from survival to living. During times of pain, we are invited to learn new ways of being—to do less and be more. Reconnect with our true human nature.

4. We are all one. – In a world with so much scarcity, hunger, poverty, divisions, and wars, we are reminded that, in front of adversity, we are all one.

During times of physical disconnection, staying emotionally connected is a true blessing. Unity, collaboration, giving, support, community, service, compassion, inclusion, empathy, collaboration—such human values have never been so essential as today. People all over the world are doing so many acts of kindness!

5. Challenges always lead to growth. –  Real, sustainable growth happens during challenging times that stretch us, not when everything is nice and easy.

Besides keeping our hands clean, let us take a mind shower, and do it often. In most countries, this is the spring season, reminding us that all endings are new beginnings and this too shall pass. It is a time for evolution, creativity,and connection. Let us be the light we want to see in the world and press the reset button. Let us take a big leap from fear to love.

Sara Fabian

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“Crisis is what suppressed pain looks like; it always comes to the surface. It shakes you into reflection and healing.”

Bryant McGill

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A seven year old boy was at the center of Chicago courtroom drama this week when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.  

The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents, and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with the child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.  

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents, and he adamantly refused to live with her.  

When the judge suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.  

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Chicago Cubs, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.  

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Q.  What is worse than being a bachelor?

A.  Being a Bachelor’s son.

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Top Ten Signs You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart

10. You get a threatening note made up of letters cut out of a magazine with pinking shears, and they’re all the same size, the same font, and precisely lined up in razor-sharp rows.

9. You find a lemon slice in the dog’s water bowl.

8. On her TV show she makes a gingerbread house that looks exactly like your split-level, right down to the fallen licorice downspout and the half-open graham cracker garage door.

7. You find your pet bunny on the stove in an exquisite tarragon, rose petal & saffron demi-glace’, with pecan-crusted hearts of palm and a delicate mint-fennel sauce.

6. The unmistakable aroma of potpourri follows you even after you leave the bathroom.

5. You discover that every napkin in the entire house has been folded into a swan.

4. No matter “where” you eat, your place setting always includes an oyster fork.

3. Twice this week you’ve been the victim of a drive-by doilying.

2. You wake up in the hospital with a concussion and endive stuffing in every orifice.

AND THE NUMBER 1 Sign You’re Being Stalked by Martha Stewart…

1. You awaken one morning with a glue gun pointed squarely at your temple.

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People who live well are experts at giving. They give their money; they give their time. They share their wisdom and their skills. They quickly say yes when asked to help. For them…to give is to love and to love is to live. It’s a formula for a successful life.

Steve Goodier

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Wendy was waiting her turn at the bakery, when she heard a prospective bride give the cake decorator a hard time as she previewed her wedding cake. She demanded many extras and was critical of the work he’d done so far. After she left, he muttered, “I’m glad I put my special golden award on this cake. That young woman is sure eligible for it.”

Curious, Wendy studied the cake closely, but saw nothing.

Finally the decorator pointed to the tiny bridegroom atop the cake with his tiny bride and there it was. Barely visible was the “golden award”, a tiny wedding ring, inserted in the groom’s nose.

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Streakers beware: Your end is in sight!

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According to experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, depressed people die much sooner than everyone else. Well, that’s just what depressed people need to hear! That should cheer them up!

Jay Leno

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“In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.”

Amit Ray

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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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