January 25, 2022
“There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.”
Ray’s Daily First Published on January 25, 2006
I read an article the other day suggesting that Starbucks has replaced the tavern that use to exist in neighborhoods all over America. I can tell you the Starbucks I frequent are not even close. The corner tavern was a gathering place where you ran into friends, neighbors, and strangers that turned into friends. We had neighborhood cookouts, picnics, and sometimes even parades and carnivals. Our kids played with their friends outside and we sat outside and talked to neighbors. I don’t know about you but all that is missing where I live. I am concerned that we are in the process of de-socializing America. Many of us are even stay at home workers and don’t even have those human contacts we once had in the workplace.
Some of us have chosen to find other avenues to regain the social interaction through volunteerism, service clubs, seminars, and the like. Trust me our time is well spent not only by what we do for others but by what we do for ourselves. In my case I also have the good fortune of having connected up with so many of you and yesterday was no exception. A new friend, Marie-Pier Charron from Quebec, joined our daily readership. Marie-Pier is a people development coach in her working life and is willing to share her wisdom. For example she sent me the following yesterday.
“How about being a little more SPONTANEOUS this week? Trust your feelings and your intuition. If you feel something, there’s a reason. If you WANT something, it may very well be exactly what you NEED. Look inside, and don’t rationalize too much. Trust your inner wisdom, even if it doesn’t make much sense now. That’s how we make magic happen.”
“When you look back at your greatest accomplishments, at the most constructive choices you’ve made in your life, do you find that they were the most logical? I doubt it. You were probably “in the flow”, not limited by your brain, or some notion of what you should be or do. Go back to that place and ride the wave; stop swimming against it, and see how it goes. Put your thoughts on hold, and trust what you know in your gut.”
I could not agree more with what she said, I am prone to mistake when I spend too much time thinking things through. Some of the very best things I have done have been when I let my experience and knowledge provide a spontaneous answer, without even waiting for the question.
“Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot, with your best deliberation and heed, come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
10 reasons Adam was the luckiest man
1. He is the only man who has never been compared to the man she could have married.
2. He had no in-laws to drop in.
3. There were no Jones for him to keep up with.
4. There were no credit cards OR shopping centers.
5. He never had his dinner interrupted by window salesmen.
6. He got away with wearing a simple wardrobe.
7. He never had to shovel snow!
8. If he had gone bald, who would have known that wasn’t normal.
9. There was no “standard weight and height” tables – and the word FAT meant good.
10. When God asked “Adam, where are you?” He replied, “The woman you gave me was reading the map.”
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.
The question?….What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one! could give him a satisfactory answer.
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged. The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.
The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend! Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewerage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.
He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden, but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur’s question thus: What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen, lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened.
The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half. Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day ….or night?
Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous, intimate moments?
What would YOU do?
Noble Lancelot, knowing the answer the witch gave Arthur to his question, said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
The moral is…..If you don’t let a woman have her own way….Things are going to get ugly.
If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try taking a nap on a Saturday afternoon.
A property manager of single-family residence was showing a unit to prospective tenants and asking the usual questions. “Professionally employed?” he asked.
“We’re a military family,” the wife answered.
“Oh, yes, ages nine and twelve,” she answered proudly.
“Oh, no,” she said earnestly. “They’re very well behaved.”
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
A blonde was summoned to court to appear as a witness in a lawsuit. The prosecutor opened his questioning with, “Where were you the night of August 24th?”
“Objection!” said the defense attorney. “Irrelevant!”
“Oh, that’s okay,” said the blonde from the witness stand. “I don’t mind answering the question.”
“I object!” the defense said again.
“No, really,” said the blonde. “I’ll answer.”
The judge ruled: “If the witness insists on answering, there is no reason for the defense to object.”
So the prosecutor repeated the question: “Where were you the night of August 24th?”
The blonde replied brightly, “I don’t know!”
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
E. E. Cummings
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