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Ray’s Daily

June 1, 2021

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“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Those of us in the U.S.A had a holiday weekend so we had three days to rest and recreate. Here in Indianapolis we held the annual 500 mile auto race and it was a great one. Of course in our part of the world it is Spring with balmy weather which adds to our enjoyment. While we still are dealing with the Covid epidemic things are much better.

I plan on continuing to make my days as good as these past few have been. I will start each day knowing that it will be as good as I can make it. Here are some tips on how you can too.

7 Ways to Have a Great Day–Every Day

BY GEOFFREY JAMES

1. Listen to or read something that inspires you. – Rather than distract yourself with news or “entertainment” that only adds to your stress, fill your quieter moments with music, books, and TED-like talks that are uplifting and help you aspire to be your best.

2. Make your body stronger and more resilient. – When it comes to physical condition, there’s no such thing as staying in the same place.. Take time each day to exercise and eat well–at least enough so you’re headed in the right direction!

3. Review and hone your plans for the future. – You’ll make better decisions and be more satisfied with your results if you know that most of what you’re doing fits into your long-term plans and goals.

4. Do at least one thing that’s worthwhile. – Hopefully your day-to-day activity is a worthwhile endeavor, but if you’re stuck in a holding pattern of busywork  make the extra effort to find something to do that makes a difference and improves the world.

5. Help somebody less fortunate. – Self-centered people are always unhappy because they’re shoveling all their energy into the bottomless pit of their egos. The best and easiest way to get over yourself is to do something for somebody who needs your help. Do it anonymously, if possible.

6. Spend 20 seconds appreciating what you have. – If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably striving to achieve an even higher level of success. However, if you don’t stop and feel grateful, I guarantee that you won’t enjoy yourself when you get wherever you’re headed.

7. Record at least one good memory. – At the end of the day, take out your journal, smartphone, or tablet and write down at least one positive memory about that day. In future months and years, you can glance through these memories to give yourself a boost.

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“I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over, so I refuse to have a bad day.”

Paul Henderson

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The Dean of admissions at Bates College in Maine reads through reams of applications from nervous high school seniors, some maybe a little more nervous than others. Here are a few…  

  • “If there is a single word to describe me, that word would be  ‘profectionist’.
  • “I was abducted into the National Honor Society.”  
  • “I function well as an individual and a group.”  
  • “Mathematics has hung like a stork around my neck.” 

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Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.

Danny Thomas

~~~

“Hello, is this here the Sheriff’s Office”?

“Yes. What can I do for you”?

“I’m calling to report my neighbor, Virgil Smith. He’s drillin’ holes in his farwood and hiding marijuana inside!”

Thank you very much for the call sir.”

The next day, the Sheriff and his deputies descend on Virgil’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they split every piece of wood, but find no marijuana.

They sneer at Virgil and leave.

The phone rings at Virgil’s house.

“Hey, Virgil! This here is Floyd. Did the Sheriff come”?

“Yeah!”

“Did they split yer farwood”?

“Yep!”

“Happy Birthday, buddy!”

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If you insist on measuring yourself, place the tape around your heart rather than your head.

Carol Trabelle

~~~

The telephone solicitor selling basement waterproofing must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven when she reached my very polite and patient son on the phone.  At the end of her long sales pitch, she asked, “Do you mind if we send out someone to give you an estimate?”

“Not at all,” my son said.

“When would be a good time?” she asked.

My son answered, “Just as soon as I dig a basement.”

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Live today to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised.

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A couple trying to live up to a snobbish lifestyle went to a party. The conversation turned to Mozart. “Absolutely brilliant, magnificent, a genius!”  

The woman, wanting to join in the conversation, remarked casually, “Ah, Mozart. You’re so right. I love him. Only this morning I saw him getting on the No. 5 bus going to Coney Island.”  

There was a sudden hush, and everyone looked at her. Her husband was mortified. He pulled her away and whispered, “We’re leaving right now. Get your coat and let’s get out of here.”  

As they drove home, he kept muttering to himself. Finally his wife turned to him. “You’re angry about something.”  

“Oh really? You noticed?” he sneered. “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life! You saw Mozart take the No. 5 bus to Coney Island? You idiot! Don’t you know the No. 5 bus doesn’t go out to Coney Island?”  

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Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Richard L Evans

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A snail was moving along the beach when he happened to look back behind him and saw three turtles wearing leather jackets.

After moving along for about four weeks, the snail looked back again and saw that the three turtles were still there and closing in on him. So, the snail picked up his pace.

After about six more weeks, the snail looked back again, and saw that the turtles were still chasing him. And they were getting closer and closer! So, he kept on going as fast as he could.

After another few weeks, the turtles finally caught up with the snail and mugged him, took all of his clothes and the keys to his car.

After another couple of weeks, the snail got to a pay phone and called the police.

“I’ve been mugged by three turtles wearing leather jackets! You need to get down here and take a report or do something!” he said.

“Can you give us a description of the turtles?” asked the police officer.

“No, I can’t. It all happened too fast!” cried the snail.

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius

~~~

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.

Comments on: "Let’s Make It A Good One" (1)

  1. it was a nice long weekend here, and love your suggestions

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