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Compassion Rewards

Ray’s Daily

April 22, 2021


“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.”

John Connolly

I think our world would be a batter place if we all were mo0re compassionate. There are so many little things we can do for those who will benefit from a small act of kindness from someone like you and me. I find that a simple gesture of goodwill to another is heart warming. I know I do not want to spend the rest of my days so self centered that I have little time for kindness to others.

I edited the following article but retained the things we can do for others and our selves.



1. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO SMILE MORE. – Changing your look from unemotive to something more like this smile is a small action can that can have a huge impact on someone else.

2. OPEN THE DOOR FOR SOMEONE. – Take a few seconds to open the door for someone else and better yet, remember to smile as they walk by you.

3. MOTIVATE OTHERS. – Motivation is often an idea that many people struggle with. With the help from others, encouraging words and positivity can help to uplift someone’s spirit.

4. PRACTICE ACTS OF KINDNESS. — Attempt to practice at least two different acts of kindness a day. This could include donating clothes to the poor, time to help serve meals, or maybe just taking a minute to hold the door open for someone else. The possibilities are endless!

5. ALLOCATE TIME TO BOND WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. – Set aside time to forget about everything you need to do and just spend a few hours catching up with family and friends. It will be time well spent and you will have plenty of time to catch up on your to-do list later.

6. SAY ENCOURAGING WORDS. – Instead of dwelling on everything people do wrong, use your voice to tell them what they are doing right and encourage them to continue working towards their goals.

7. SHARE A HUG OR A HANDSHAKE. – The power of touch is unique. Sharing a hug or a hand shake can be a powerful but simple way to show compassion.

8. INCORPORATE THE PHRASE “THANK YOU” INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. – Manners matter! Incorporate the phrase “thank you” into more of your routine activities. Gratitude is something that should never be left unspoken.

9. OFFER TO HELP SOMEONE WITH THEIR TO-DO LIST. – Volunteer to help someone out with his or her chore list. Checking any task off that list will feel like a great accomplishment.

10. NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS BY TAKING TIME TO LISTEN TO OTHERS. – Sometimes, the easiest way to build a relationship can be done simply by listening. Put forth an effort to just listen to what others have to say around you. It is easy to be the only person talking in a situation, it is much more difficult to listen to the contributions of others.


“May your daily choices be a reflection of your deepest values.”

Coleen Patrick-Goudreau


An engineer, a psychologist, and a theologian were hunting in the wilderness of northern Canada. Suddenly, the temperature dropped and a furious snowstorm was upon them. They came across an isolated cabin, far removed from any town.  The hunters had heard that the locals in the area were quite hospitable, so they knocked on the door to ask permission to rest. No one answered their knocks, but they discovered the cabin was unlocked and they entered.  It was a simple place …  2 rooms with a minimum of furniture and household equipment.  Nothing was unusual about the cabin except the stove.  It was large, pot-bellied, and made of cast-iron.  What was strange about it was its location …  it was suspended in midair by wires attached to the ceiling beams.

“Fascinating,” said the psychologist.  “It is obvious that this lonely trapper, isolated from humanity, has elevated this stove so that he can curl up under it and vicariously experience a return to the womb.”

“Nonsense!” replied the engineer.  “The man is practicing the laws of thermodynamics.  By elevating his stove, he has discovered a way to distribute heat more evenly throughout the cabin.”

“With all due respect,” interrupted the theologian, “I’m sure that hanging his stove from the ceiling has religious meaning.  Fire LIFTED UP has been a religious symbol for centuries.” The three debated the point for several hours without resolving the issue. 

When the trapper finally returned, they immediately asked him why he had hung his heavy pot-bellied stove from the ceiling. His answer was succinct.  “Had plenty of wire, not much stove pipe.”


SHE SAID: Darling, I want to dance like this forever.

HE SAID: Don’t you ever want to improve?


Heavily laden with groceries, my aunt asked a young clerk at the grocery store to accompany her to her car.  Arriving there, she unlocked and opened the doors and, without thinking, sat down in the back seat to check off her list of errands. A moment later, the perplexed clerk walked around the car to my aunt.

“Lady,” he said firmly, “I don’t mind helping you load your groceries, but I really gotta draw the line at driving you home.”


A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.


A little girl runs out to the backyard where her father is working, and asks him, “Daddy, what’s sex?”

Her father sits her down, and tells her all about the birds and the bees. He tells her about conception, sperms and eggs. He goes on to tell her about puberty, menstruation and he thinks, what the hell, and goes on to tell her the works.

He covers a wide and varied assortment of sub-topics and by the time he’s finished, his daughter is somewhat awestruck with this sudden influx of bizarre new knowledge.

Her father finally asks, “So what did you want to know about sex for?”

“Oh, mommy said to tell you lunch would be ready in a couple of secs…”


“Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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