September 2, 2021
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
I was chatting with a friend the other day about how important the friends we have are to our well being these days. My friends family have suggested she move to another state to be close to her daughter which means she would be leaving behind her friends.
In my community many of us spend more time with our friends than with family members which is understandable. It is important to me that my children and grandchildren concentrate on living their own lives without my wife and me becoming their burden. In reality the friends we make later in life become as important to us as are our family members. I hope I am worthy of your friendship.
Whose list are you on?
I had to say goodbye to someone. You know I hate goodbyes, so I struggled with what I needed to say to him. But at the same time I discovered something special about how I feel about people and myself.
The following is taken, in part, from the note I just emailed to him:
‘It’s the thing about caring for people. They get into your life, sometimes briefly, and manage to become a part of who you are. Not all people, but those special individuals who arrive unexpectedly and linger there. How does it happen?
They are the ones who, the first time you meet them, touch you in such a way that they leave an imprint on your heart. They are the people you look for and hope to meet along the way. They make the journey easier. Some become close friends and share everyday happenings in your life. Others just pass through leaving behind bits and pieces of who they are.
Then there are those who are always there, but off in the distance somewhere within reach whenever you need them. You may only see them once in awhile, but when you do you are made better, lifted up, energized by the time you shared with them.’
After reading this I thought about the many people in my life who fit into this group. I realized how many people I depend on each day, sometimes just to get through it. I am blessed beyond measure. It also brought up this question…’Am I one of those people?’
Wouldn’t it be great if we could become more like the people we personally depend on?
Like the old, ‘If you want a good friend, be one.’ or, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’
Look at the people around you that you love and depend on daily. Make a list of all of the qualities they possess that you admire and value. Now, take that same list and ask yourself, ‘I am I as good a person?’ Do you reflect those same qualities in the lives of others? Now, ask yourself, ‘Whose list are you on?’
Written by Bob Perks
“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
Arnold H. Glasgow
Nathan is talking to his lawyer. “Here’s the deal, Abe. If you’re absolutely sure I’ll win the case, I’ll give you the business.”
“OK,” replies Abe, “but before I can give you my opinion, I obviously need to know the facts.”
So Nathan goes into great detail about his failed partnership and ends up saying, “So now you’ve heard everything, do you think I can sue my partner and get my money back?”
“Well,” replies Abe, “from what I’ve just heard, it’s clear to me that you will win. It’s rare to have such an open-and-shut case.”
Nathan goes very white when he hears this.
“What’s the matter?” asks Abe.
“I told you my partner’s side of the case,” replies Nathan.
If you love someone, fight fair.
Our minister announced that admission to a church social event would be six dollars per person. “However, if you’re over 65,” he said, ” the price will be only $5.50.”
From the back of the congregation, a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give you that information for only 50 cents?”
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
Actual quotes of Bill Peterson, legendary Florida State football coach:
- “I’m the football coach around here and don’t you remember it.”
- “You guys line up alphabetically by height.”
- “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”
- “I used to have this slight speech implement and couldn’t remember things before I took the Sam Carnegie course.”
- “Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.”
- “Just remember the words of Patrick Henry – ‘Kill me or let me live.'”
- “The greatest thing just happened to me. I just got indicted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. They had a standing observation for me.”
We recently went to a seaside resort for a change and a rest. The maid got the change and hotel got the rest!
Jack’s grandfather left him ten million dollars, and the next week Diane agreed to marry him. After three months of married life, Jack noticed that his beautiful new wife was ignoring him more and more. Whenever they went out in public, she ignored him and flirted with other men. Finally, he decided to confront her.
“Diane,” he said, “was the only reason you married me was because my grandfather left me ten million dollars when he died?”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” she replied, “I don’t care who gave you the money!”
“If it’s beautifully arranged on the plate, you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.”
President Bush was very curious about how the Jewish people knew everything before he did. So he called the CIA and FBI and asked them to figure it out. A week later they came back and said, “Mr. President, the Jews have something called Shabbat, and they meet each other at the synagogue, and there is a code.
They sit, they pray, and there is a word that is the key to this secret: “Nu?” When one says to other, “Nu?”, the other tells him everything… every bit of news.”
This Bush wanted to see for himself. The secret service dressed him like a Hassid, and taught him to read from the right to the left of the Siddur (prayer book ).
Bush arrived at a synagogue on Shabbat, and sat beside another religious man. He waited for a moment, and said, “Nu?”
The man answered… “Shh, Bush is coming!”
“My car has this feature I guess is standard, because it was on my last car, too. It has a rotating gas tank. No matter what side of the pump I pull up to, it’s on the other side.”
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
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