September 9, 2021
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
Ray’s Daily first published on September 9, 2005
We are again learning what we can do when we all work together. Individuals, organizations, and even nations have come together in response to the challenges created by hurricane Katrina. Just think what our world would be like if we chose to stay together on an ongoing basis. Too often we think of the great human tragedies as being solvable only by others, when if we all rallied to the cause we could do amazing things. It is again obvious that it is not just our money that makes a difference; it is also our hearts, our hands, and our minds.
Over the past month or so I have had people join our daily distribution from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. It just reinforces the fact that we are rapidly becoming a flat global society. We no longer have to communicate with each other through the media or via contacts made by national leaders. Our readers in the farthest reaches of the globe are just as close as my next door neighbor, and like Ford said, coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success. We are all members of the family of man and we should do all we can for our family.
A friend from Iceland years ago chose as his theme “Together We Can Do it,” and you know what? He was right, we can work miracles if we want to bad enough. Katrina is an unprecedented disaster, let her legacy be that we learned to come together and never again drifted apart.
Inspiration does not come from just words or out of the mouths of the famous, it comes from what is done by people like you, people who at the end of the day can look back and say, I did OK today. Miracles will happen in the weeks and months ahead because of the hands and hearts of thousands, not the pronouncements of a few. Too all of you who are doing so much, thank you.
Working together works.
Dr. Rob Gilbert
During a temporary shutdown of operations at a large plant, trained police dogs were hired to protect the building from vandalism. A company executive who was unaware of the new regime arrived at the plant early one morning.
As the executive was walking down the corridor to his office, he came face to face with one of the dogs, accompanied by his trainer.
The dog reacted to the presence of the stranger by baring his teeth and uttering a menacing growl. The executive froze to the spot. The trainer shouted in an authoritative tone the command:
The unnerved executive promptly sat down on the floor.
We should make tail lights different colors so that gridlock is more interesting.
Over a round of golf, two doctors were talking shop.
“I operated on Mr. Lee the other day,” said the surgeon.
“What for?” asked his colleague.
“What did he have?”
“Oh… About $17,000.”
Nadine confided to Jill, “My cooking left my husband cold.”
“He divorced you because of your cooking?” Jill asked.
“No,” Nadine replied, “he died.”
There are two kinds of home-repair projects:
Those too big to undertake yourself and those too small to bother with.
The first kind, you can’t afford, and the second kind, if left alone, will develop into something you can’t afford either.
A great many people confuse their lack of planning with an emergency.
Here is what she sent:
Ten Interesting Points about Men
1. A good place to meet a man is at the dry cleaner. These men usually have jobs and bathe.
2. All men hate to hear, “We need to talk about our relationship.” These seven words strike fear in the heart of even General Schwartzkopf.
3. Men like phones with lots of buttons. It makes them feel important.
4. Men like to barbecue. Men will cook if danger is involved.
5. Most men hate to shop. That’s why the men’s department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door.
6. Men forget everything; women remember everything. Think about it! How many women’s sports use something called an “instant replay?”
7. Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with super-heroes. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie.
8. No man is charming all of the time. Even Cary Grant is on record saying he wished he could be Cary Grant.
9. Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say, “Oh no, I’m so embarrassed; I’ve got to get out of here. There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”
10. Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.
“Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.”
She said: One of my most difficult tasks as a flight attendant is to enforce rules while keeping customers happy. The electronic equipment that comes on board creates the greatest challenge. I walk the aisle asking passengers to turn off computers, electronic games and cell phones, which can create interference in communications between the pilot and the air traffic control tower.
During one landing, a man persistently kept his cell phone at his ear. I confronted him and said, “Sir, you cannot talk on your phone until we reach the gate.”
“I am not talking,” he replied. “I’m listening.”
Do bankruptcy lawyers really expect to be paid?
A young American tourist goes on a guided tour of a creepy old castle. At the end of the tour the guide asks her how she enjoyed it. She admits to being a bit worried about seeing a ghost in some of the dark cobwebby rooms and passages.
“Don’t worry” says the guide, “I’ve never seen a ghost all the time I’ve been here.”
“How long is that?” asks the girl.
“About three hundred years.”
“My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.”
P. J. Plauger
Stephanie, the young blonde, came running through the door. “Uncle! Uncle! Guess what?”
“What?” The surprised uncle replied.
“I was getting a hundred dollars a week and the boss just doubled my salary!”
“Really?” said Uncle. “That’s great! What are you getting now?”
Stephanie beamed with pride and answered, “A hundred dollars every two weeks!”
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
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