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No Regrets

Ray’s Daily

February 19, 2021

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Mostly you regret things you did not do.”

Proverb

While I don’t know what the future holds I do know that much of it is up to me. It is the journey that makes our life good or bad. In my case I think of myself as a work in process. Each day is filled with opportunities to make them better than they otherwise might be.

Recently Marc Chernoff wrote an article where the offered us 40 things that we will regret later in our lives. We do not have to wait to make sure we minimize our regreats. Here are some that stood out for me.

Regrets You Don’t Want to Have

  • Spending too little time with the right people. – Remember, the people you take for granted today may be the only ones you need tomorrow.  Never be too busy to make time for those who matter most (even if it’s just a quick phone call or a text).
  • Not making your loved ones smile more often. – The most beautiful thing is to see a person you love smile, and even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it.
  • Constantly comparing yourself to everyone else. – Today, the only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.  Prove yourself to yourself, not others.
  • Letting others talk you out of your dreams. – Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?  Stop living for other people and their opinions.  Be true to YOU.
  • Collecting more excuses than you can count. – If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
  • Waiting, and waiting, and waiting until you’re ready. –You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.  Just do the best you can until you know better.  Once you know better, do better.
  • Not taking on enough risk. – Wouldn’t you rather have a life of “OH WELLs” than a life of “WHAT IFs”?  Do what you can while you can. 
  • Putting your own needs and happiness on the back burner. – All jokes aside, your life only comes around once.  This is IT.  So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you laugh, often.
  • Not helping others when you are able. – If you have a lot, give your wealth.  If you have a little, give your heart.  Just give what you can. 
  • Letting too many plans blind you from the beauty of now. – When life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better. 
  • Letting negativity get the best of you. – Remember, true strength is when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead.
  • Time spent on drama and needless arguments. – Life is too short to argue and fight.  Count your blessings, value the people who matter and move on from the drama with your head held high.
  • Endlessly worrying about things. – Move on.  Stop letting it bother you.  If a problem can be solved, there’s nothing to worry about.  If it can’t be solved, worrying is useless.
  • Not choosing to laugh at life more often. – Life is way better when you’re laughing.  Being positive in a negative situation is not naive, it’s a sign of leadership and strength.

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One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder

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A four year old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the doctor looked in her ears and asked, “Do you think I’ll find Big Bird in here?  “The little girl stayed silent.

Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked, “Do you think I’ll find the Cookie Monster down there?” Again, the little girl was silent.

Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest.  As he listened to her heart beat, he asked, “Do you think I’ll hear Barney in there?”  “Oh, no!” the little girl replied.

“Jesus is in my heart.  Barney’s on my underpants.”

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My Wife Is A Travel Agent For Guilt Trips
~~~

Two confirmed bachelors sat talking, their conversation drifted from politics to cooking. “I got a cookbook once,” said one, “but I could never do anything with it.”

“Too much fancy work in it, eh?” asked the other.

“You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way:

‘Take a clean dish…'”

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We child proofed our home 3 years ago and they’re still getting in!

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“THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT PUNCTUATION”

Compare these two letters:

Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy – will you let me be yours?

Gloria

Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Gloria

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The only time a woman wishes that she were a year older is when she is expecting a baby.

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A woman went into her kitchen to find a burglar loaded down with a bunch of stuff he was stealing from her kitchen. Not having any kind of weapon to scare him off, she raised her hand and said “Acts 2:38,” and proceeded to quote scripture.

The burglar froze in place and didn’t move. The woman called 911, the police arrived and were amazed to find the burglar still frozen where he stood. “What did you say to him that kept him from moving?” they asked the woman. She told them that she had simply said Acts 2:38 and quoted scripture.

The police chuckled and escorted the burglar out to the patrol car. “Why did the woman’s quoting scripture scare you so much?” they asked.

“Scripture?” said the burglar, “I thought she said she had an ax and two 38’s.

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Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done.

Chad Michael Murray

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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