August 6, 2021
“I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”
Ray’s Daily first published on August 6, 2007
I am sure you have often heard that perception is reality. Of course that does not mean that everything we see, understand, or hear is real; it is only real to us. As we grow older we understand more and more the value of avoiding falling into the trap of impressions that appear to be certainties. The choice we have to make is to decide how deep we want to look or even if looking at all is worth it.
To a large extent what we chose to look for controls what our world looks like in our own minds. Many of us see much of our world filtered through our own prejudice and our failure to look beyond just our daily activity. That’s why I like a healthy curiosity so much, it opens the door to adventure and discovery. The problem as I see it is that there is never enough time to see all there is to see. I think that’s good, at least from the standpoint that I don’t have time to look too deeply into both the bad and good things in my life. So guess what, I chose to spend my time looking at all that is good in my life fortunately that does not leave me much time to inventory the bad stuff.
Here is what Ralph Marston said about our choices:
It is just as easy to focus your thoughts on something positive in your life as it is to focus on something negative. It is just as easy to be sincerely thankful for your blessings as it is to be bitter and angry about your problems. Maintaining a positive outlook on life requires no more effort than it takes to go around with a negative attitude. And that positive approach will bring much more value, meaning and fulfillment to your life.
Staying positively focused requires no special skills or resources or position. All it takes is a choice. All it takes is the conscious choice to break away from the burdensome habit of negativity. It is a choice you can make right now, and in every moment that follows. Make that choice, and your limiting fears will be overwhelmed by purposeful determination. Make that choice, and your most difficult challenges will become your greatest opportunities.
Living with a positive focus is just as easy as spending your precious time immersed in negativity. And it’s a whole lot more enjoyable, too.
“Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons.
Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.”
Sadie bumps into her friend Rachel at the mall. “You’re looking very tired today, Rachel. Did you have a late night?”
“Yes,” replies Rachel, “but it was all very strange. While doing some gardening yesterday, I found a lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. He gave me a choice of two wishes.”
“Wow, fantastic,” says Sadie, “so what were the choices he gave you, Rachel?”
“He said he could either give me an excellent, sharp, 100% memory or else he could make my Harry the best lover in the world.”
“So tell me already, Rachel, what did you choose?”
“I can’t remember,” replies Rachel.
Remember the good old days when people killed time by working instead of by taking coffee breaks?
A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently. Then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
“Well, uh, I was thinkin’…perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.”
The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek.
Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.
Minutes passed and the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.” “Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s noo time aboot time for a wee cuddle.”
The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds.
Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.
After a while, she again said, “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg.”
The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the lock before the girl spoke again.
“Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”
The young man glanced down with a furled brow. “Well, noo,” he said, “my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time.”
“Really?” said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation.
“Aye,” said the lad, nodding.
The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request.
Then he said, “Dae ye nae think it’s aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?”
A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.
A woman visited a psychic of some local repute. In a dark and gloomy room, gazing at the Tarot cards laid out before her, the Tarot reader delivered the bad news: “There is no easy way to say this so I’ll just be blunt: Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year.”
Visibly shaken, the woman stared at the psychic’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know.
She met the Tarot reader’s gaze, steadied her voice, and asked, “Will I get away with it?”
“Economy” today means a large container of detergent or a small car.
A city slicker moves to the country and decides he’s going to take up farming. He heads to the local co-op and tells the man, “Give me 100 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.
A week later the man returns and says, “Give me 200 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.
Again, a week later the man returns. This time he says, “Give me 500 baby chickens.” “Wow!” the co-op man replies, “You must really be doing well!”
“Naw,” said the man with a sigh, “I’m either planting them too deep or too far apart!”
God invented mothers because he couldn’t be everywhere at once and God invented guilt so mothers could be everywhere at once.
Some of the children at a day care center were talking about their siblings.
“My brother takes karate lessons,” bragged one.
“My sister takes gymnastics,” said another.
Not to be outdone, the youngest piped up, “My sister takes antibiotics!”
I bought my wife a new car. She called and said, “There was water in the carburetor.”
I said, “Where’s the car?”
She said, “In the lake.”
Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.
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