January 14, 2021
Appreciate what you have, where you are and who you are with in this moment
I am afraid my wifes dementia seems to be worsening. I miss getting to see her as we are still restricting visitors due to the virus. I am having some hearing problems and my eyesight is limited due to my macular degeneration. But through it all I retain the warm memories provided me by so many over the years, I am finding that I need to stay focused to stay happy and productive.
I recently read the following and have found that what it reports works for me.
How to improve your vision
Did you know that the English word ‘thanks’ comes from the same root word as ‘think’?
And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated the how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.
She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset.
She told him all she was grateful for . . . her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things.
‘My eyesight is getting worse,’ she summarized, ‘but I’m not going to fret over that.’
Her doctor later made this observation: ‘Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.’ She clearly saw what many never see – all the good in her life. And she was content.
When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly. It sounds like an good way to improve your vision.
Written by Steve Goodier
Embrace your uniqueness. Be the best original self you can be
A man asks his guru, “Do you have anything that stops the aging process?”
The guru responds, “Sure. What kind of disease would you like?”
A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error.
“I’ll admit I’m wrong,” the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, “if you’ll admit I’m right.”
He agreed and, like a gentleman, insisted she go first.
“I’m wrong,” she said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, “You’re right!”
My home church welcomes all denominations, but really prefers tens and twenties.
While trying to explain to our five-year-old daughter how much technology had changed, my husband pointed to our brand-new personal computer and told her that when he was in college, a computer with the same amount of power would have been the size of a house.
Wide-eyed, our daughter asked, “How big was the mouse?”
A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
A priest and a rabbi were traveling on a plane. After a while the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”
The rabbi responded, “Yes, that is still one of our beliefs.”
The priest then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”
To which the rabbi replied, “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb and tasted pork.”
The priest nodded in understanding and went back to his reading. After a while the rabbi asked the priest, “Father, is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”
The priest replied, “Yes that is still very much a part of our faith.”
The rabbi then asked him, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?”
The priest replied, “Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”
The rabbi nodded understandingly for a moment and then said, “A lot better than pork, isn’t it?”
“A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.”
They tell me that:
Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption, and that you don’t “HAVE” them but “PITCH” them.
Only a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”
Only a true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in, “Going to town, be back directly.”
Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.
All true Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!)
Only true Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a true Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A true Southerner knows that “fixin'” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines”; and when we’re “in line,” we talk to everybody!
Put 100 true Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they are related, even if only by marriage.
True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”
True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every true Southerner knows that eating tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee is perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food and that fried green tomatoes are not.
When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’… ,” you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened. “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
Only true Southerners ask for “light bread.” That means you don’t want cornbread or biscuits.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, “Bless her heart” and go your own way!
Basic human contact . the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words . .is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can
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