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You Are Special

Ray’s Daily

April 26, 2021


“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

Malcolm S. Forbes

I think what has surprised me most over the years has been how many people I have met who are better than they think they are. Often I would sit with folks for hours as they searched for a better future helping them  see themselves in a new light. In most cases they did not value their everyday attributes, rather chosing to feel they were not attractive enough, were not smart enough, had not won enough or somne such. Yet in every cas it was their untapped wisdom and goodness that made them special, they just had never convinced themselves of their worthyness.

Make Life More Positive By Practicing Self-Compassion

By Adrian Sullivan,

In a world where a lot of things are naturally against you, you have to make sure you aren’t against yourself. Growing to be your biggest cheerleader and motivator is what self-compassion is all about. Self-compassion can also help boost your happiness by helping you become mindful of your internal dialogue.

Here are tips on how you can start practicing self-compassion.

Remember Not Everything Happens Overnight – Having patience with yourself to see your endeavors through is a way to practice self-compassion. We have to make ourselves comfortable with the process of being better.

Accept That It’s Okay To Make Mistakes – You are human and will make mistakes—that’s okay. Take accountability for mistakes you make and create better habits. Having self-compassion means that you care enough to not want to make the same mistakes. Learning from the past and responding well to adversity is one of the best ways we can develop self-compassion.

Embrace Mindfulness and Positive Intention – Being as intentional as possible is another great way to show self-compassion. When we are not measured, we are not being a friend to ourselves. Take time to be as thorough as possible to the situations you encounter.

Practicing Self-Compassion Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint – Don’t emphasize the things that are going wrong. Self-compassion can help you emphasize things that are going right or neutral. I invite you to align yourself with the virtues of your self-compassion, which is a true form of self-care and self-love. Let’s empower ourselves by treating ourselves how we deserve to be treated. Do you want to pat yourself on the back or bring yourself down?

If we water and nurture ourselves, we will have taken a huge step in showing self-compassion. Let’s show up for ourselves and be in our own corners every day.


“Self-care is never a selfish act–it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”

Parker Palmer


(Notes pinned to the pillow of a mother who has the flu by a well meaning husband who has inherited the house and kids.)

Monday A.M.  Dearest: Sleep late.  Everything under control.  Lunches packed.  Kids off to school.  Menu for dinner planned.  Your lunch is on a tray in refrigerator: fruit cup, finger-sandwiches.  Thermos of hot tea by bedside.  See you around six.

Tuesday A.M.  Honey: Sorry about the egg rack in the refrigerator. Hope you got back to sleep.  Did the kids tell you about the Coke I put in the Thermoses?  The school might call you on this.  Dinner may be a little late.  I’m doing your door-to-door canvas for liver research.  Your lunch is in refrigerator.  Hope you like leftover chili.

Wednesday A.M.  Dear Doris: Why in the name of all that is sane would you put soap powder in the flour canister!  If you have time, could you please come up with a likely spot for Chris’s missing shoes?  We’ve checked the clothes hamper, garage, back seat of the car and wood box.  Did you know the school has a ruling on bedroom slippers?  There’s some cold pizza for you on a napkin in the oven drawer.  Will be late tonight.  Driving eight Girl Scouts to tour meatpacking house.

Thursday A.M.  Doris: Don’t panic over water in hallway.  It crested last night at 9 P.M.  Will finish laundry tonight.  Please pencil in answers to following:

1.  How do you turn on the garbage disposal?

2.  How do you turn off the milkman?

3.  Why would that rotten kid leave his shoes in his boots?

4.  How do you remove a Confederate flag inked on the palm of a small boy’s hand?

5.  What do you do with leftovers when they begin to snap at you when you open the door? I don’t know what you’re having for lunch!  Surprise me!

Friday A.M.  Hey: Don’t drink from pitcher by the sink.  Am trying to restore pink dress shirt to original white.  Take heart.  Tonight, the ironing will be folded, the house cleaned and the dinner on time. I called your mother. have a great day.


A man’s best friend is his dogma.



             2000 BC:  Here, eat this root

             1000 AD:  That root is heathen.  Say this prayer.

             1850 AD:  That prayer is pure superstition. Here, drink this potion.

             1940 AD:  That potion is snake oil.  Here, swallow this pill.

             1985 AD:  That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic

             2000 AD:  That antibiotic doesn’t work any more.  Here, eat this root.


Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.


She said, as the bus pulled away, I realized I had left my purse under the seat. Later I called the company and was relieved that the driver had found my bag. When I went to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded me.  One man handed me my pocketbook, two typewritten pages and a box containing the contents of my purse.  “We’re required to inventory lost wallets and purses,” he explained.

“I think you’ll find everything there.”  As I started to put my belongings back into the pocketbook, the man continued, “I hope you don’t mind if we watch.  Even though we all tried, none of us could fit everything into your purse.  And we’d like to see just how you do it.”


Don’t worry about temptation — as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.


A local priest and pastor stood by the side of the road holding up a sign that said, “The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.

“Leave us alone you religious nuts!” yelled the first driver as he sped by.

From around the curve they heard a big splash.

“Do you think,” said one clergy to the other, “we should just put up a sign that says ‘bridge out’ instead?”


“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Fred Rogers


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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