January 18, 2022
“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.”
Ray’s Daily first published on January 18, 2004
They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
An hour to appreciate them,
A day to love them,
But an entire life to forget them.
This is really true. As life goes on I find the greatest joy comes from making new friends and revisiting old ones, even if only in memory. As an example, yesterday I learned that an old friend passed away in Minnesota. I had not seen Joe in many years and yet he lives on in my memory. The good times we had will never be lost.
Someone said to me once that I treated everyone as if they were my friend, I thought about what she said, not realizing that I behaved that way. Maybe if I behaved differently I never would have met so many of you. I wonder how much many of us have lost in our lives because we waited for the other guy to smile, extend a hand, or just say hello. I am beginning to think the real pleasure of retirement is to find and enjoy others. When you brighten someone else’s day you are often rewarded with not only a smile but sometimes even a hug. It is even hard for those we think of as soreheads to behave badly when they are faced with a friendly act. It is so much better walking through life expecting good from others and offering your friendship to all, than to be afraid to reach out to them.
So old friend, have a great day. Say hi to a stranger, and please hug someone once in awhile, you will be glad you did.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
A man asks his guru, “Do you have anything that stops the aging process?”
The guru responds, “Sure. What kind of disease would you like?”
A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error.
“I’ll admit I’m wrong,” the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, “if you’ll admit I’m right.”
He agreed and, like a gentleman, insisted she go first.
“I’m wrong,” she said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, “You’re right!”
I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.
She said: While trying to explain to our five-year-old daughter how much technology had changed, my husband pointed to our brand-new personal computer and told her that when he was in college, a computer with the same amount of power would have been the size of a house.
Wide-eyed, our daughter asked, “How big was the mouse?”
A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Anne meets up with Dana as she is picking her car up from the mechanic.
Anne asks, “Everything ok with your car now?”
Dana replies, “Yes, thank goodness. I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was $12 worth of blinker fluid.”
“I still believe that love is all you need.
I don’t know a better message than that.”
The Italian composer, Rossini, went to see his doctor. After examining him, the doctor said, “Your trouble stems from wine, women and song.”
Rossini suggested, “Well, I can get along without the songs, since I compose my own.”
The doctor said, “Well, which of the other two are you prepared to give up?” Rossini relied, “That depends entirely on the vintage.”
“Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”
A man was waiting at the train station. The train was due at 5:23 PM. Finally, it rolled into the station at 6:07 PM.
“You’re LATE,” the man said to the conductor. “What’s the use of having a schedule if you’re going to be late anyway?”
The Conductor looked at him, and said, “Sir, if we didn’t have a schedule, how on earth would you realize what time you were supposed to be at the station? And how would you know that we were late?”
“The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.”
Robert R. Coveyou
A famed English explorer was invited to Dartmouth to tell of his adventures in the African jungle.
“Can you imagine,” he demanded, “people so primitive that they love to eat the embryo of certain birds, and slices from the belly of certain animals? And grind up grass seed, make it into a paste, burn it over a fire, then smear it with a greasy mess they extract from the mammary fluid of certain other animals?”
When the students looked startled by such barbarism, the explorer added softly, “What I’ve been describing, of course, is a breakfast of bacon and eggs and buttered toast.”
“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”
Billy Bob and Lester were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob told Lester, “Ya know, I reckon I’m about ready for a vacation. Only this year I’m gonna do it a little different. The last two years I took your suggestions as to where to go. Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii and Marie got pregnant. Then two years ago you told me to go to the Bahamas, and Marie got pregnant again. Last year you suggested Tahiti and darned if Marie didn’t get pregnant again.
Lester asks Billy Bob, “So what you gonna do this year that’s different?”
Billy Bob says, “This year, I’m takin’ Marie with me.”
“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
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