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It Is Up To You

Ray’s Daily

April 16,2021

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“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

These are challenging times for many of ua. Some have had to deal with restrictions caused by the Covid epidemic. Others have lost their job and income, some even cannot get enough food. The rest of us face problems that really are not that severe, but how we deal with our setbacks is up to us.

If we just accept adversity things will not get any better. If we accept and understand what we face we can work to overcome our problems. Here is a story that offers us a lesson on how we can cope with adversity.

Your reaction matters more than what happens to you

“Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. ‘Daughter, what do you see?’

‘Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,’ she hastily replied.

‘Look closer,’ he said, ‘and touch the potatoes.’ She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

‘Father, what does this mean?’ she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

‘Which are you,’ he asked his daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?’

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“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Barbara De Angelis

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Andy came to work one day, limping something awful. One of his co-workers, Josh, noticed and asked Andy what happened.

Andy replied, “Oh, nothing.  It’s just an old hockey injury that acts up once in a while.”

Josh, “Gee, I never knew you played hockey.”

Andy, “No I don’t. I hurt it last year when I lost $100 on the Stanley Cup play-offs. I put my foot through the television…”

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Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

Charlotte Whitton

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Dear Sir,

Since taking your body building course, I now have a 44 inch chest, a 32 inch waist, 17 inch biceps and an 18 inch neck. I feel absolutely marvelous but at the same time, I do feel that my chances of marriage are spoiled.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Goldberg

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There will always be a conflict between “good” and “good enough.”

Henry Martyn Leland

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Morris had died. His lawyer is standing before the family and reads out Morris’ Last Will and Testament.

“To my dear wife Esther, I leave the house, 150 acres of land, and 1 million dollars.

To my son Barry, I leave my Big Lexus and the new Jaguar.

To my daughter Shirley, I leave my yacht and $250,000.

And to my brother-in-law Aaron, who always insisted that health is better than wealth, I leave my treadmill.”

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Jewish curses

May you sell candles for a living and then may the sun never set.

May you be like a chandelier, hang by day and burn by night!

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Did you know that Moses had to make a third trip up to the top of Mount Sinai?

Well, on this third trip, Moses arrived at the burning bush after much climbing, removed his sandals, kneeled and prayed to God.

“Oh mighty God, King of the Universe, your people have sent me back here to ask you a question about the Ten Commandments.”

“What question do they have for me?” roared the voice of God.

“They want to know whether the commandments are listed according to priority.”

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Sign in restaurant: If you are over 80 and accompanied by your parents, we will cash your check.

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He said: After enlisting in the 82nd Airborne Division, I eagerly asked my recruiter what I could expect from jump school.

“It’s three weeks long,” he said.

“What else?” I asked.

“The first week, they separate the men from the boys,” he said. “The second week, they separate the men from the fools.”

“And the third week?” I asked.

“The third week, the fools jump.”

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If you help a relative in need, he/she will remember you the next time they are in need.

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While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin.

Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his Father always said: “Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn ….. and into the hole he gooooes.”

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Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

E.B. White

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Appreciate the Difference

Ray’s Daily

April 15, 2021

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“Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure”

Francesco Petrarch

I have a busy day so we again will visit yesteryear’

Ray’s Daily first publisjed on April 15, 2008

Have you had the feeling that everything is becoming the same these days? All the Mc Donald’s serve the same food in the same setting, Starbucks is starting to feel like they are all the same, restaurants have the same chicken fingers and garden salad, and the theatre popcorn is the same wherever you get it. The stores have the same stuff, the super markets feel close to the same, you see the same fast food restaurants and the same theme restaurants and on and on and on.

Oh I know that it really isn’t totally that bad but to me it just seems like it is. One of my favorite breakfast places got so fashionable that they opened clones, got rid of the mismatched tables and chairs, now all the coffee mugs are the same and for me the character of the place is gone. Some of my favorite memories over the years were a neighborhood restaurant in Greenwich Village, New York, a greasy spoon in Upstate New York, a tiny one grill restaurant in Flagstaff, Arizona, the roadhouse in Texas with the E out in their beer sign, a Pizza place in Chicago and many more places that were filled with real people eating real food. We also had neighborhood taverns where people would go for a few hours to get together and solve the world’s problems. We had meat markets, green grocers and Jewish delis; hot dog stands on the street corners, ice cream sellers in trucks and on tricycles. In other words we had a world that was enriched by its differences rather than diluted by its sameness.

I miss the people we met in those places and I miss the variety that we discovered as we wandered. I think I know the answer, let’s start the Society to Stamp out Standards! Let’s promise ourselves we will try to visit a mom and pop restaurant, specialty food shop, neighborhood pub, or a hot dog stand at least two times a month. I am pretty sure there is a real world out there behind all the shiny chains and franchises, all we have to do is look. In my experience variety and adventure won’t come to us, we have to venture out to find it and when we do we discover there is still some magic for us in our world.

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“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

Henry Van Dyke

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Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide. The first old guy says to the second guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

The second old guy says, “That’s OK, It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.”

The first old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?”

The second old guy says, “Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, long legs, big busted, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?”

To which the first old guy says, “Doesn’t matter, — let’s look for yours.”

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I’ve always wanted to spend money lavishly, but I certainly never thought it would be on gasoline, sugar, milk, bread, and mayonnaise

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He said: I am a deputy sheriff assigned to courthouse security. As part of my job, I explain court procedures to visitors.  One day I was showing a group of ninth-graders around.  Court was in recess and only the clerk and a young man in custody wearing handcuffs were in the courtroom.

“This is where the judge sits,” I began, pointing to the bench. “The lawyers sit at these tables.  The court clerk sits over there.  The court recorder, or stenographer, sits over here. Near the judge is the witness stand and over there is where the jury sits.

“As you can see,” I finished, “there are a lot of people involved in making this system work.”

At that point, the prisoner raised his cuffed hands and said, “Yeah, but I’m the one who makes it all happen.”

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Three frogs walked into a bar, the fourth frog ducked.

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True Mother-in-Law

Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit. “This young lawyer agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.

“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.

And so they argued before the King until he called for silence.

“Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and I shall cut the young attorney in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”

“Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.

But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman’s daughter marry him.”

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “The attorney must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.

“But she was willing to cut him in two!” exclaimed the king’s advisor.

“Indeed,” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law.”

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“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.”

Frederick William Faber

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These two couples play golf together regularly at their club, and on the sixth hole, a par four, the second shot to the green must carry 80 yards over water.

One of the women, Mrs. Smith, for over a year, could never carry the water, and would always hit into it, totally psyched out by the presence of the water.

Her friend in the group suggested that she might want to see a hypnotherapist to overcome her anxiety near the water. So the woman went to a hypnotherapist for four sessions. In those sessions, the woman was hypnotized and the therapist would “plant suggestions” that when playing the second shot on the sixth hole, she would not see water, but rather a plush green fairway leading all the way up to the green.

About six months later, a woman at the club asked whatever happened to Mrs. Smith, that she hadn’t seen her playing golf at the club for almost four months now.

She was informed that five months earlier, Mrs. Smith had *drowned* at the first leg of the sixth hole!!

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If you cannot hear a pin drop, you are a lousy bowler.

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A child asks his mother, “Do all fairy tales begin with, ‘Once upon a time?’ “

His mother answers, “No, dear. Once in a while they begin with ‘I’ll be working late at the office tonight.'”

“Does Daddy tell you fairy tales like that ?”

“He used to.”

“What made him stop ?”

“One day he told me he’d be working late, and I said, ‘Can I depend on that ?'”

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Success, for some people, depends on becoming well known; for others, it depends on never being found out.

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An absent-minded husband thought he had conquered his problem of trying to remember his wife’s birthday and their anniversary. He opened an account with a florist, provided that florist with the dates and instructions to send flowers to his wife on these dates along with an appropriate note signed,

“Your loving husband.”

His wife was thrilled by this new display of attention and all went well until next year, on their anniversary, when he came home, kissed his wife and said off-handedly, “Nice flowers, honey.  Where’d you get them?”

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“Blessed is the one who has learned

to admire but not envy,

to follow but not imitate,

to praise but not flatter,

and to lead but not manipulate.”

William Arthur Ward

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Taking it Easy

Ray’s Daily

April 14, 2021

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“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

Sydney Harris

As I limit my time out of my apartment for a few days I now have a few more hours of available time. Rather than fill them with more tasks I am using the time for relaxation. There are few rewards that we can give ourselves than spending time just relaxing.Here is why:

POSITIVE EFFECTS OF RELAXATION

  • the ability to think more clearly and make better decisions
  • the power to better resist future stressors
  • a more positive outlook on life and your experiences
  • a healthier body, with a slower breathing rate, more relaxed muscles, and reduced blood pressure
  • a reduced risk of heart attack, autoimmune disease, mental health disorders, and other stress-related illnesses

The following tips are extracted from the Healthline blog.

Easy ways to relax

When it comes to relaxation strategies, the easier the better! If you can find five minutes of your day for yourself, you can easily slip in a simple relaxation strategy. Here are some easy ways to help relax:

Breathe it out. Breathing exercises are one of the simplest relaxation strategies, and can effectively calm your stressed-out body and mind anywhere at any time. Breathe in to a slow count of three, and then breathe out to the same slow count of three. Repeat five times, or as long as you need to feel relaxed.

Release physical tension. When we feel mentally stressed, we often feel physically stressed as well. Releasing any physical tension can help relieve stress in your body and mind. Tense up one part of your body at a time, and then slowly release your muscles. As you do this, notice how your body sensations change.

Write down your thoughts. Getting things off your mind by writing them down may help you relax. When you feel stressed, take a few minutes to write down some short notes about how you’re feeling or how your day is going. You might do this in a notebook or in a notes app on your smartphone. Focus on expressing yourself to help release some of your stress.

Make a list. Making a list about what you’re grateful for can help some people feel relaxed. Experts say that when we’re stressed, we tend to focus on the negative parts of life rather than the positive. Thinking about the positive parts of your life and writing them down may help you chill out.

Visualize your calm. Have you ever heard the expression “find your happy place”? Sit in a quiet and safe place, such as your bedroom, and begin to think about a place in the world where you feel most calm. Close your eyes and imagine all the details linked to that place: the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile feelings.

Connect to nature. Spending just a few minutes in nature when you feel stressed may help you relax.

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“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

Steve Maraboli

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She said: Lisa, my co-worker at the travel agency, needed to send a letter of apology to a customer whose trip was a complete fiasco from start to finish. I reminded her of a similar situation a year earlier and dug out the letter I’d written then.

“All you have to do,” I told her, “is to change the details, the date, and the name.”

She looked it over and smiled wryly. “We won’t need to change the name.”

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Rossini suggested, “Well, I can get along without the songs, since I compose my own.”

The doctor said, “Well, which of the other two are you prepared to give up?”

Rossini relied, “That depends entirely on the vintage.”

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Don’t worry about avoiding temptation…  As you grow older, it will avoid you.

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Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?”

“98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.”

“So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.

She responded, “Hardly worth going home is it?”

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I think the nice thing about being senile is I can hide my own Easter eggs.

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Walter and Maury were good friends and neighbors. Walter was Christian, Maury was Jewish, but they liked and respected each other very much.  (Which is as it should be.)  The neighborhood in which they were next door neighbors included many Jewish and Christian families.

One day, Maury and Walter were both trimming their yards.  Walter called over the yard to Maury, “Hey, Maury!  Why do you and so many of our Jewish friends often answer a question with a question?”

Maury replied, “Why shouldn’t we?”

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If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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Timmy was roughhousing with his dog.

His mother said to him, “Now, Timmy, I know you love Grover, but you’re loving him too much. How would you feel if someone huge picked you up and squeezed you so hard you couldn’t breathe?”

The boy thought a moment and then said, “I guess I’d feel like it was my birthday and Aunt Donna was here!”

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Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman:     “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”

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Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. Thought you’d might like to see what happened to me last week.

I went downtown the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, “Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a piece of horse s**t. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket.

This went on for about 20 minutes, the more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t care. My car was parked around the corner. I try to have a little fun each day. It’s important at my age.

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“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”

Sonia Ricotte

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Getting Healthy

Ray’s Daily

April 13, 2021

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He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian proverb

I am hibernating for a few days as my upper tooth bridge is being repaired. Since I will be staying in my apartment until I get the bridge back I think I will rewstart some healthy habits. That’s the plan anyway.

Many years ago I sent the following abriged article to some of my senior friends. I already have implemented the sleep component and am thinking about the others.

Five Components of Good Health (and Easy Ways to Achieve Them

By Judi Sheppard Missett

Want to look and feel better? Who doesn’t? It may be easier than you think if you pay attention to what I call the “Big 5” — five areas of your life that have a tremendous impact your health, but which you can easily influence.

Diet/Nutrition – Don’t fall prey to the latest diet fad. Fill your menus with lean meats, omega-3-rich fish, whole grains, nuts, low-fat dairy products and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, limit your intake of processed and packaged foods that are high in refined sugars and fats.

Regular Checkups – Visit your physician annually for an exam. It’s the best way to stay abreast of your health and keep current on important screenings for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. Likewise, don’t skip your semi-annual dental cleanings and exams. And if you’re a woman, be sure to do a monthly breast self-exam!

Relaxation – Don’t underestimate the power of relaxation! Chronic stress increases the risk of hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain, insomnia and depression. Fortunately, there are several ways to relax and reduce stress. Try:

  • Designating 20 minutes each day for “you'” time. Spend it alone reading, soaking in a hot bath, stretching or meditating.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Playing with your children.
  • Going to a comedy club or funny movie with a friend.
  • Taking a walk in the woods.

Sleep – We live in a sleep-deprived society. Most individuals do not get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Your body needs this time to rejuvenate, and when you skimp on this investment it impairs your ability to think, handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate your emotions. Recent studies have linked lack of sleep with weight gain as well.

Exercise – Chances are you know the many benefits of exercise, both physical and emotional, but they are worth repeating. Regular aerobic and strength training will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes. Studies also indicate that exercise reduces stress, improves self-esteem and can help alleviate depression.

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Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.

Naval Ravikant

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After experiencing difficulties with his computer, a poor, incognizant user called the system maker’s technical support line for assistance…

Technician: Hello. How can I help you today?

Customer: There’s smoke coming from the power supply on my computer…

Technician: Looks like you need a new power supply…

Customer: No, I don’t! I just need to change the startup files…

Technician: Sir, what you described is a faulty power supply. You need to replace it…

Customer: No way! Someone told me that I just had to change the system startup files to fix the problem! All I need is for you to tell me the right command…

For the next ten minutes, in spite of the technician’s efforts to explain the problem and its solution, the customer adamantly insisted that he was right. So, in frustration, the technician responded…

Technician: I’m sorry. We don’t normally tell our customers this, but there’s an undocumented DOS command that will fix the problem…

Customer: I knew it!

Technician: Just add the line ‘LOAD NOSMOKE.DLL’ at the end of the CONFIG file and everything should work fine. Let me know how it goes…

About ten minutes later, the technician received a call back from the customer…

Customer: It didn’t work. The power supply is still smoking…

Technician: Well, what version of Windows are you using?

Customer: Windows XP…

Technician: Well, that’s your problem. That version of Windows doesn’t include NOSMOKE. You’ll need to contact Microsoft and ask them for a patch. Let me know how it all works out…

When nearly an hour had passed, the phone rang again…

Customer: I need a new power supply…

Technician: How did you come to that conclusion?

Customer: Well, I called Microsoft and told the technician what you said, and he started asking me questions about the make of the power supply…

Technician: What did he tell you?

Customer: He said my power supply isn’t compatible with NOSMOKE…

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“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

Emo Philips

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Defendant: Judge, I want you to appoint me another lawyer.  

Judge: And why is that?  

Defendant: Because the Public Defender isn’t interested in my case.  

Judge (to Public Defender): Do you have any comments on the defendant’s motion?  

Public Defender: I’m sorry, Your Honor, what did you say?  

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“Ahhh. A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself.”

Peter da Silva

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Shirley:  They say that with age comes wisdom.

Mary:  Maybe; but since impotence and incontinence also come with age, it hardly seems like a fair trade-off.

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“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

Robert Frost

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A guest at dinner noticed the small family dog looking hungrily at every bite she took. Finally she took a small piece of meat from her plate and held it up for him.

“Speak!” she said to the dog.

The dog says, “Under the circumstances, I hardly know what to say!”

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Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.

Naval Ravikant

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Controlling Your Life

Ray’s Daily

April 12, 2021

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“The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”

Irene C. Kassorla

It was Nancy and my 68th anniversary yesterday. It was a day filled with memories. Our lives these days are limited to our few hours together as I visit her at her extended care facility or when we talk on the phone, While her short term memory is a challenge she does remember highlights from our past, especially the good times. I wish she was doing better but am grateful for all she has done for me and our children over the years.

You and I still have a lot in our lives that we control. Here is an article that is a reminder of what is up to us. I wish I had saved the authors name but I did not.

The 10 things in life that you DO control:

1. What you do. – Your actions are yours alone. You choose to make them or not make them and you are responsible for the effects of those actions.

2. What you say. – Likewise, the words you speak (or write) are also consciously chosen. Like actions, they have an impact on your life and the lives of those you contact.

3. What you think. – Yes, there are some subconscious thoughts that you can’t control. But the things that you really think about, your beliefs, your ideals, etc. are concepts you have chosen to accept and believe in.

4. Your work. – Many people like to overlook this one, it being much easier to say “Oh, I’m trapped in my job because I don’t have a degree, experience, etc.” Hogwash! That’s simple a way of denying one’s responsibility in having chosen the job in the first place. It’s your job and you chose it. If you stay (or go), that’s a choice as well.

5. The people you associate with. – There’s a famous t-shirt that states: “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” Colloquial is very often correct! Your friends can either lift you up or bring you down. You make the decision which type of friends you wish to have.

6. Your basic physical health. – Much about our health is a factor of genetics, environment, and exposure. Much more of our health is simply a matter of the things we choose: diet, exercise, drugs, sleep, routine physicals, check-ups, etc.

7. The environment you live in. – Your house, the condition of your home, the town you live in, the amenities available to you are all things you can control, although some to a lesser degree (i.e., you decide to tolerate them or move someplace else).

8. Your fiscal situation. – Having or not having enough money is a factor of what you make versus what you spend.

9. Your time. – You choose how to “spend” your time and how much of your time to give to various activities. You’ll never get more time than the 24 hours your given each day.

10. Your legacy. – All your actions, words, and knowledge that you share while you are living become the gift that you leave when you are gone.

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. “No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”

Barbara de Angelis

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He said: The company I work for offers tours through the historic district of Annapolis, MD, led by guides dressed in Colonial clothing.  While leading a group, one of our guides, Dave, tripped and fell, breaking his wrist.

He went to the hospital, and as he sat in the emergency room, a policeman walked by.  Doing a double-take at Dave in his 18th-century garb, he asked,

“Just how long have you been waiting?”

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Rampage………Section of a book about male sheep

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Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?….What do women really want?

Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end. He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first. The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!

Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewerage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden, but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur’s question thus: What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen, lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half. Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous, intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What Lancelot chose is below. BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below. OKAY?

Noble Lancelot, knowing the answer the witch gave Arthur to his question, said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself. Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now….what is the moral to this story?

The moral is….. If you don’t let a woman have her own way….things are going to get ugly.

~~~

Doing nothing is tiring, ‘cuz you can’t take a break!

~~~

The owner of a golf course in West Virginia was confused about paying an invoice,  so he decided to ask his secretary for some  mathematical help.

He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from the West Virginia University and I need some help. If I were to give you  $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

The secretary thought a moment, then replied, “Everything but my earrings.”

~~~

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

Franklin P. Jones

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An English teacher at Iowa State University spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors in her students’ written work. She wasn’t sure how much impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, “What’s the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?”

“Tense,” she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again… “What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter…”

~~~

“Control your thoughts. Decide about that which you will think and concentrate upon. You are in charge of your life to the degree you take charge of your thoughts.”

Earl Nightingale

~~~

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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

They Made Me Better

Ray’s Daily

April 9, 2021

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“Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain.”

Mandy Hale

I hope you have been as fortunate as I have been. Over my lifetime I have been surrounded by good people. Thay have been mentors and role models and their good works have been inspiring. The goodness we find in others is contagious and makes us better.

Here is a story that reminds me of many of you.

Be a Good One

Pablo Picasso, the great Spanish painter and sculptor, once said this about his ability: ‘My mother said to me, if you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as Pope. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.’ No lack of confidence here!

But he would have agreed with Abraham Lincoln. ‘Whatever you are,’ said Lincoln, ‘be a good one.’ He demonstrated the wisdom of that advice with his own life. And in this present age, which often seems to be contented with mediocrity, his words summon a yearning for improvement and growth.

I think it helps to remember that excellence is not a place at which we arrive so much as a way of travelling. To do and be our best is a habit among those who hear and understand Lincoln’s admonition.

Viennese-born composer Frederick Loewe, whom we remember from his musical scores that include – My Fair Lady, Gigi and Camelot, was not always famous. He studied piano with the great masters of Europe and achieved huge success as a musician and composer in his early years. But when he immigrated to the United States, he failed as a piano virtuoso. For a while he tried other types of work including prospecting for gold and boxing. But he never gave up his dream and continued to play piano and write music.

During those lean years, he could not always afford to make payments on his piano. One day, bent over the keyboard, he heard nothing but the music that he played with such rare inspiration. When he finished and looked up, he was startled to find that he had an audience – three moving men who were seated on the floor.

They said nothing and made no movement toward the piano. Instead, they dug into their pockets, pooled together enough money for the payment, placed it on the piano and walked out, empty handed. Moved by the beauty of his music, these men recognized excellence and responded to it.

Whatever you are, be a good one. If what you do is worth doing, if you believe that who you are is of value, then you can’t afford to be content with mediocrity. When you choose the path of excellence through this life, you will bring to it your best and receive the best it can offer in return. And you will know what it is to be satisfied.

Writtne by Steve Goodier

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“Being a good person doesn’t depend on your religion, your race or your skin color or your culture. It depends on how good is your heart and how good you treat others.”

~~~

She said:

“Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something with which you’d like to have dinner with.”

He said:

“Women are like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache.”

~~~

Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

~~~

The kid said:

My young brother asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth–that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally–but I didn’t want to upset him.

Age 10

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“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.”

~~~

After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know on Valentine’s Day.” he said.

On Valentine’s Day, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it – to find a book entitled….

“The Meaning Of Dreams.”

~~~

I don’t want to express an opinion … I have friends in both places.

Mark Twain (asked what he thought about the existence of heaven or hell.

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A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.

After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?”

“I give it to them,” replied the lawyer, “and then I send them a bill.”

The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.

~~~

I have learned that if you upset your wife she nags you. If you upset her even more you get the silent treatment. Don’t you think it’s worth the extra effort?

~~~

The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped, exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word.

“My, you look tired,” she said.  “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said, “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.”

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“Never regret being a good person, to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them.”

Marc Chernoff

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Spread Love

Ray’s Daily

April 8, 2021

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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Mother Teresa

Ray’s Daily first published on April 8, 2002

Life is about whom you love and whom you hurt.

It’s about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully.

It’s about keeping or betraying trust.

It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.

It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.

It’s about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.

It’s about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.

It’s about whom you’ve ignored with full control and intention. It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.

It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.

But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.

Only you choose the way those hearts are affected,

And those choices are what life’s all about.

~~~

A person’s true character is revealed by what he does when no one is watching.

~~~

About a month from now I will be in London, I have been preparing. For example here are some signs found in England:

In a cemetery:

Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.

In a Laundromat:

Automatic washing machines. Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.

In a London department store:

Bargain Basement Upstairs

In an office:

Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

In another office:

After the tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

On a church door:

This is the gate of Heaven. Enter ye all by this door. (This door is kept locked because of the draft. Please use side entrance.)

Outside a second hand shop:

We exchange anything—bicycles, washing machines etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain.

Quicksand Warning:

Quicksand…any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council.

Notice in a dry cleaner’s window:

Anyone leaving his or her garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.

In a health food shop window:

Closed due to illness.

Spotted in a safari park:

Elephants Please Stay in Your Car.

Seen during a conference:

For anyone who has children and does not know it, there is a day care on the first floor.

Notice in a field:

The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

~~~

The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.

~~~

Girl: When we get married, I want to share all your worries.

Boy: It’s very kind of you, darling. But I don’t have any worries or troubles.

Girl: Well that’s because we aren’t married yet.

~~~

Another road sign from our past:

DON’T STICK YOUR HEAD

OUT THE WINDOW TOO FAR

IT MAY GO HOME

IN AN OTHER CAR

***Burma Shave***

~~~

A man was bragging to his friends about how his sister disguised herself as a man and was able to join the army.

“But, wait a minute,” said one listener, “She’ll have to dress with the boys and shower with them too. Won’t she?”

“Sure,” replied the man.

“Well, won’t they find out?!”

The man shrugged, “Yes…but who’ll tell??”

~~~

I know God won’t give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.

~~~

Mom’s definitions:

ALIEN: What Mom would suspect had invaded her house if she spotted a child-sized creature cleaning up after itself.

BABY: 1) Dad, when he gets a cold. 2) Mom’s youngest child, even if he’s 42.

BATHROOM: a room used by the entire family, believed by all (except Mom) to be self-cleaning.

BED AND BREAKFAST: Two things the kids will never make for themselves.

CAR POOL: Complicated system of transportation where Mom always winds up going the furthest, with the biggest bunch of kids, who have had the most sugar.

ENERGY: Element of vitality kids always have an oversupply of until asked to do something.

“EXCUSE ME”: One of Mom’s favorite phrases, reportedly used in past times by children.

FABLE: A story told by a teenager arriving home after curfew.

HANDI-WIPES: Pants, shirt-sleeves, drapes, etc.

“I SAID SO”: Reason enough, according to Mom.

JUNK: Dad’s stuff.

MAKEUP: Lipstick, eyeliner, blush, etc. which ironically make Mom look better while making her young daughter look “cheap.”

MAYBE: No.

REFRIGERATOR: Combination art gallery and air- conditioner for the kitchen.

SNOWSUITS: Warm, padded outer garments that, when completely zipped and snapped performs two important functions: Protecting children from the cold and reminding them that they have to go to the bathroom.

SOAP: A cleaning agent Mom puts on the sink on the off-chance one of her kids will accidentally grab it while reaching for the towel.

~~~

It was the wise custom at the retirement home to pair the old couples, and then send them out for dinner and a movie, or other entertainment. This one night, John who was 84, was paired with Jill who was 86.

A few hours later, Jill returned to the Home and was she angry!

“What happened that you should be so upset, Jill?”, the attendant asked her.

“Coming back with that silly old man John, I had to slap him three times while we were riding back in the cab.”

“Oh that’s terrible…and at his age too. John ought to be ashamed of himself, making passes at you.”

“Passes???”, Jill said, “he didn’t make passes. I had to slap him three times to see if he was asleep or dead.”

~~~

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put youin that position.”

Leo Buscaglia

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Doing My Best

Ray’s Daily

April 7, 2021

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“Always do your best. What you plant now you will harvest later.”

Og Mandino

While I do not aspire to being the best I do want to do my best. It seems to me that doing what we can to do well will help us to live well. I am pretty happy with who I am these days but still think of my self as a work in progress.

I think always striving to do our best is the key to the good life. Here is an article I just got from Jon Gordon that reminded me of what will help me focus on doing what I can to be who I want to be.

11 TRAITS OF THE BEST OF THE BEST

1. The best know what they truly want. At some point in their lives, the best have a “Aha!” moment when their vision becomes clear. Suddenly they realize what they really, truly want to achieve. They find their passion. When that happens they are ready to pay the price that greatness requires.

2. The best want it more. We all want to be great. But the best of the best are willing to do what it takes to be great. The best don’t just think about their desire for greatness; they act on it. They work hard and do the things that others won’t do, and they spend more time doing it.

3. The best are always striving to get better. They are always looking for ways to learn, apply, improve, and grow. They stay humble and hungry and are lifelong learners.

4. The best do ordinary things better than everyone else. For all their greatness, the best aren’t that much better than everyone else. They are simply a little better at a lot of things. They work hard to master the fundamentals. They don’t do anything different. They just do the ordinary things better.

5. The best zoom focus. The best focus on what matters most and tune out distractions. Distractions are the enemy of greatness and the best don’t let distractions get in the way of their growth and improvement.

6. The best are mentally stronger. Life is not a sprint or a marathon. It’s a series of sprints combined with a boxing match. You’re not just running; you are getting hit along the way. The best are able to overcome adversity and challenges. with mental and emotional toughness.

7. The best overcome their fear. Everyone has fears. The best of the best all have fear, but they overcome it. To beat your enemy, you must know your enemy. Average people shy away from their fears. They either ignore them or hide from them. However, the best seek them out and face them with the intent of conquering them.

8. The best seize the moment. When the best are in the middle of their performance, they are not thinking “What if I win?” or “What if I lose?” They are not thinking “What if I make a mistake or miss the shot?” They are not interested in what the moment produces but are concerned only with what they produce in the moment. The best define the moment rather than letting the moment define them.

9. The best tap into a power greater than themselves. The best are conductors, not resistors. When the best look back on their life and accomplishments they know they didn’t accomplish it alone. They know a higher and greater power guided and fueled them on their journey.

10. The best leave a legacy. The best live and work with a bigger purpose. They leave a legacy by making their lives about more than them.

11. The best make everyone around them better. They do this through their own pursuit of excellence and in the excellence they inspire in others. One person in pursuit of excellence raises the standards of everyone around them. And as they strive for greatness they bring out the greatness in others.

Jon Gordon

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“One finds limits by pushing them.”

Herbert Simon

~~~

A new employee calls the Help Desk to complain that there’s something wrong with her password.

“The problem is that whenever I type the password, it just shows stars,” she says.

“Those asterisks are to protect you,” the Help Desk technician explains, “so if someone were standing behind you, they wouldn’t be able to read your pass- word.”

“Yeah,” she says, “but they show up even when there is no one standing behind me.”

~~~

“View every problem as an opportunity.”

Joseph Sugarman

~~~

A very religious man lived right next door to an atheist. While the religious one prayed day in, day out, and was constantly on his knees in communion with his Lord, the atheist never even looked twice at a church.

However, the atheist’s life was good, he had a well-paying job and a beautiful wife, and his children were healthy and good-natured, whereas the pious man’s job was strenuous and his wages were low, his wife was getting fatter every day and his kids wouldn’t give him the time of the day. So one day, deep in prayer as usual, the pious man raised his eyes towards heaven and asked: “Oh God, I honor you every day, I ask your advice for every problem and confess to you my every sin. Yet my neighbor, who doesn’t even believe in you and certainly never prays, seems blessed with every happiness, while I go poor and suffer many an indignity. Why is this?”

And a great voice was heard from above… “BECAUSE HE DOESN’T BOTHER ME ALL THE TIME!”

~~~

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

Franklin P. Jones

~~~

Morris had proposed to young Sherry, and was being interviewed by Sam, his prospective father-in-law.  

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked Morris the suitor.  

“Yes, sir,” replied Morris, “I’m sure that I am.”  

“Think long and carefully now,” said Sherry’s father. “There are twelve of us…including uncle Izzy”  

~~~

You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

~~~

Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff announced his plans to expel every illegal immigrant in this country. This policy has a lot of illegal immigrants panicking.

Though not as much as Americans when they find out they have to clean their own houses, cut their own lawns and take care of their own kids. Then you’ll see panicking!

Jay Leno

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She said, “On our anniversary, I told my husband, “I know I married you for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m ready now for better and richer.”

~~~

Things You Wish You Would Hear

Try to gain a few pounds.

You’re flossing too much.

It was only a loose wire; there’s no charge.

You can retire right now.

I think you need a smaller size, Ma’am.

Let’s go to lunch.  I’ll treat.

I found this hundred-dollar bill right at your feet. It must be yours.

No, Sir, I’m not a telemarketer.  I’m with the prize division, and you’ve just won a new car.

No, I don’t think we should get married.  In fact, let’s keep separate residences.  I’ll pay all the bills for both of them.

No, Honey, you control the remote tonight.  It’s too big a burden on me.

I’m with the IRS.  We found an error on your return. It seems we owe you a lot of money.

No, your check didn’t bounce.  In fact, you have plenty of money in your account.

I know we just met, but would you consider going to the Bahamas with me for two weeks?

You’ve lost weight!

Your house sold for twice what you thought it would!

~~~

“Strange things happen when you’re in debt. Two weeks ago my car broke down and my phone got disconnected. I was one electric bill away from being Amish.”  

Tom Ryan

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A Sunday School teacher was telling his class the story of the Prodigal Son. Wishing to emphasize the resentful attitude of the elder brother, he laid stress on this part of the parable. After describing the rejoicing of the household over the return of the wayward son, the teacher spoke of one who, in the midst of the festivities, failed to share in the jubilant spirit of the occasion. “Can anybody in the class,” he asked, “tell me who this was?”

One hand waved in the air. “I know!” The student said, beaming. “It was the fatted calf.”

~~~

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

A New Day

Ray’s Daily

April 6, 2021

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“Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.”

Colin Powell

Here we go again a new day. I have decided that I am going to let Spring back into my life. Not only the warmth of the weather but also the harbringer of the better days coming. I don’t know about you but I have had enough of our bad days and have decided to make the best of whats ahead.

Here is a poem that reminds us that we need to work to stay positive but the effort is well worth the reward.

In this day and age…..,

It’s not easy….,

Being positive……,

But we’ve got to….,

Make the effort…..,

To carry on…..,

And get by…..,

All the negative thinking…..,

That’s going on…..! ! !

So bring yourself up….,

And reach for the high ground….,

Even if you’re feeling down….,

Try to turn yourself around…..,

We’re all well aware….,

That life is never fair….,

And Optimism Is Difficult….! ! !

Trade Martin

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“The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.”

William Arthur Ward

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What A Teacher Really Means: In this political correct world here’s some help in understanding what the teacher is trying to tell you.

1. “Your son has a remarkable ability in gathering needed information from his classmates,” really means, “He was caught cheating on a test.”

2. “Martha is an endless fund of energy and vitability,” really   means, “The hyperactive monster can’t stay seated for five minutes.”

3. “Fantastic imagination. Unmatched in his capacity for blending fact with fiction,” really means, “He’s definitely one of the biggest liars I have ever met.”

4. “David exhibits a casual, relaxed attitude to school, indicating that high expectations don’t intimidate him,” really means, “The lazy thing hasn’t done one assignment all quarter.”

5. “His athletic ability is marvelous. Superior hand-eye coordination,” really means, “The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away.”

6. “Nick thrives on interaction with his peers,” really means, “Your son needs to stop socializing and start working.”

7. “Your daughter’s greatest asset is her demonstrative public discussions,” really means, “Classroom lawyer! Why is it that every time I explain an assignment she creates a class argument.”

8. “John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers,” really means, “He’s a bully.”

9. “An adventurous nature lover who rarely misses opportunities to explore new territory,” really means, “Your son was caught skipping school at the swimming pond.”

10. “I am amazed at her tenacity in retaining her youthful personality,” really means, “She’s so immature that I can hardly stand it!”

11. Unlike some students who hide their emotions, Charlie is very expressive and open,” really means, “He must have written the Whiner’s Guide.”

12. “Her exuberant verbosity is awesome!” really means, “A mouth that never stops yacking.”

~~~

I don’t get even, I get odd.

~~~

Laws of Slow People

1. Slow people always walk side by side, even if they don’t know each other.

2. They drive side by side, too. If they can’t find another slow driver to pair up with, they drive in the fast lane.

3. Slow walkers never look back. When they drive, they never look in their rearview mirrors, either.

4. Slow people drift sideways so they’ll block the path of anyone trying to pass them. If two people or vehicles are trying to get around them at the same time, they drift into the path of the one that is moving at the highest speed.

5. Follow behind a slow person in the grocery store and you’ll wind up with soggy ice cream every time.

~~~

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

~~~

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Howard Zinn

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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@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Be Resilient

Ray’s Daily

April 5, 2021

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”

Alain de Botton

The last few days have been a disappointment. A resident in my wife’s Memory Care unit was found to be infected with the virus. This meant the facility was locked down and I could not visit my wife..

She has taken the setback pretty well and I am glad about that. I have found this past year that we have to roll with what ever happens. The key is not to let adversity keep us down. Here is an article that I abridged that reminds us of the value of resiliency. I wish I kept the authors name but I did not.

Happiness is…Being Resilient

Resilience is measured by how well you can bounce back from what life has dealt you. I’d like to offer you the following tips for becoming resilient.

Bend but don’t break. Flexibility is an essential part of resilience. By learning how to be more adaptable, you’ll be better equipped to respond when faced with a life crisis.

Learn to follow the formula E + R = O. You can’t control the Event dealt to you, but how you respond to it, can determine the outcome. Be pro-active.  Whenever you encounter a new challenge, make a quick list of some potential ways you could solve the problem.

Stay Connected. Nothing gives you strength like a strong social network. Have 2 or 3 people among your network that you can confide in.

Find a way to let off steam. I found exercise to be the outlet I needed.  It worked when medication didn’t.  Other suggestions are writing, either in a journal, or write your first book or learn to draw or paint.  For some people, meditation and yoga works.

Find purpose in your life. Write a mission statement. Make it about others, not you.  It might be you becoming active in your community, civic organizations or your church. 

Throw negative thoughts out with the trash. Hijack negative thoughts.  Head them off at the pass. Immediately replace them with positive thoughts.  A major part of resilience is becoming more confident in your own abilities, including your ability to respond to and deal with a crisis. 

Keep on the Sunny side: Stay optimistic, even through the darkest storms.  Keeping a hopeful outlook is an important part of being resilient. Learn to take care of yourself.  I don’t mean in a selfish, narcistic way.  Get plenty of sleep.  Eat the proper foods.  Get sufficient exercise. 

Don’t worry, be happy: Most of the negative thoughts in our life are not based upon actual events, but our perception of those events.

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“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”

Gever Tulley

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A very drunk gent checked into a hotel late one Saturday night. He awoke very ill, and summoned a bellboy to fetch him a bottle of whiskey and a Sunday newspaper. The bellhop was gone a long time.  

When he returned, the lush remarked, “It must be hard to buy a bottle in this town on Sunday.”  

“There was no trouble with the liquor,” replied the bellboy, “but it’s tough finding a Sunday paper on Tuesday.” 

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Women are hard to figure out. They love lingerie and they love garage sales, but they don’t seem to like getting garage-sale lingerie as a gift.

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An old-timer in Maine was approached by a surveying group for the state and informed him though he thought he’d been living in Maine for 70 years, he was actually living in New Hampshire.

“Thank God!!” he exclaimed. “I don’t think I could take another of those Maine winters!”

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Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90 per cent probability you’ll get it wrong.

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Airport Security alerted an airline crew to keep an eye a blonde passenger who appeared excessively nervous and shifty-eyed. Soon after takeoff, the blonde man called a stewardess to his seat and said, “I have a live grenade in my pocket. I’ll blow up the plane if you do not divert to Cairo.”

The stewardess said, “But, ma’am. This is TWA flight 1219 to Cairo.”

“Oh, no!” replied the blonde passenger, “I got on the wrong plane.”

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A FEW HINTS

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Sing like nobody’s listening.

Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

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A screenwriter comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.

“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is…”

“Wait! Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”

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Many men don’t understand the true value of a woman’s love…….until they start paying alimony.

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A woman goes to the police station to report that her husband was missing.

“Can you give me a description of him?” asked the officer.

“He’s short and bald and skinny and wrinkled and wears dentures,” answered the woman.  “Come to think of it, most of him was missing before he was.”

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THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT THE GAME OF LIFE IS THAT WINNING AND LOSING ARE ONLY TEMPORARY. UNLESS YOU QUIT.

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Margaret:  “That was nice of you to set up a blind date for your ex-boyfriend.”

Jill:  “I know, but I don’t hold any grudges.”

Margaret:  “I’m surprised he trusted you enough to agree to go out with her.”

Jill:  “Well, I had to swear to him she’s Jennifer Lopez’s double.”

Margaret:  “Wow! Is that true?”

Jill:  “I wouldn’t lie. She’s twice her weight and twice her age.”

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“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

Elizabeth Edwards

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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