January 28, 2022
“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”
Ray’s Daily first published onJanuary 28, 2009
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Maybe not to Poe’s extreme but I did get up this morning wondering about things. Things like why did I tell a new friend on my recent cruise that we had not had any real snow to speak of in Indianapolis for many years. I wondered when it would quit snowing when I went out and dug my morning paper out of the snow. I wondered if I could get another set of tickets to the play I did not see last night because I had a minor cold and wimped out of driving in the snow. I wondered when I had lost my desire to drive in ten or twelve inches of snow when years ago I drove in that frequently when I lived in Minnesota. I wondered if today’s lunch appointment was going to brave the weather and be at our restaurant meeting. So now I am wondering if I will go wandering out for lunch and run a few errands.
Of course wondering is not a new thing for me. I wonder many times each day, I wonder as I stand in front of an open refrigerator what I was going to get, I wonder about the name of the person across the room with the very familiar face, I wonder what I’ll put in the daily, I wonder about what it is that I need to do while trying to remember what I would like to do. Yep my life is full of wonder. While it often does border on chaos it does make life interesting and the best part is I pretty much have freedom of choice, I don’t have a boss to tell me what I must do, I have a wife that gave up trying to steer me towards better choices years ago, and I do have the ability of living a life full of wonderment.
When we realize we really don’t have to stay on stage image building every day and that we can be who we want to be and are not required to be what others think we should be, we can concentrate on being ourselves. And if you are like I am you have few regrets for allowing yourself to fully enjoy what life has to offer. Meanwhile I think I’ll wonder about today from the warmth of my hearth and wait for others to clean the path to what lies ahead outside.
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
“I Love Her, But…”
(Notice these are not complaints of mine – Ray)
… she has an uncanny way of standing between me and the television screen. Bases loaded, two strikes, three balls. The crowd goes wild, the pitch flies, and all I can see is her butt. –Howard, Dodge City, Kan.
… she was furious when I got up early once and made her breakfast. Called me controlling. How dare I decide that she would eat breakfast, let alone what she’d have? –Ted, Wexford, Pa.
… what’s mine is hers. I buy her negligees; she sleeps in my T-shirts. When she’s cold she wears my wool socks to bed, never her own. She steals my half-used razors; new ones are too sharp. She even wears my boxers. I’m tempted to switch to briefs just to see what she’d do. –Dave, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
… when she gets an idea in her head, there’s no stopping her. And no rest for anyone until it’s done. It’s not so bad when the idea is to bake cookies, or even to go on vacation. But when it’s to build a new house, or to get pregnant, things get pretty intense. –Jim, Minneapolis
… every so often boom! she’s a brunette. Or I come home to a redhead. Actually, I have no idea what her natural color is. –Cary, Seattle
… she takes her half of the bed out of the middle. -Robin, Gladwyne, Pa.
… she wears these false eyelashes. She left ’em lying around and I slammed ’em with my newspaper, tried to kill the things. Scared me half to death. –Gordon, Oklahoma City, Okla.
… she takes those soaps too seriously. I’ll come home and find her in tears because some character died. Or upset that some nonexistent guy’s having a fictional affair. –Archie, St. Louis
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
We were helping customers when the store optometrist walked by and flirted with a co-worker. Of course, we all had to stop what we were doing to tease her. But she quickly dismissed the notion of a budding romance.
“Can you imagine making out with an optometrist?” she asked. “It would always be, ‘Better like this or like this?'”
“I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?’”
When the graveside service had no more than just finished, there was a tremendous burst of thunder, accompanied by a distant lightning bolt and more rumbling thunder and more lightning.
The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”
“Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.”
There was a little guy sitting at a bar drinking a beer. A while later a huge guy walked into the bar and he went up to the little guy and karate chopped him in the back. The little guy fell off his bar stool and when he got up the big guy said, “That was a karate chop from Korea.” The big guy went to the restroom and the little guy ordered himself another beer. About 20 minutes later the big guy came back and karate chopped the little guy in the back again. The little guy got up and dusted himself off and the big guy told him, “That was a karate chop from China.”
The little guy got up and decided he wasn’t going to take any more of this, so he left the bar. About an hour later the little guy comes back to the bar and he hits the big guy in the back. The big guy is knocked out cold and he’s on the floor. The little guy tells the bartender, “Tell him that was a crowbar from Sears!”
“When someone is impatient and says, “I haven’t got all day,” I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?”
Ken and Melba had finished their breakfast at the retirement home and were relaxing in the library. “You know,” said Melba, “today, in most marriage ceremonies, they don’t use the word ‘obey’ anymore.”
“Too bad, isn’t it?” retorted Ken. “It used to lend a little humor to the occasion.”
“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
While working in the psychology department at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, MI, I was asked to enlarge a chart for a meeting. I called the copy room and asked, “Can I get something blown up down there?”
After a pause the voice on the line replied, “I think you want the chemistry lab.”
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”
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