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Ray’s Daily

February 9, 2022


“Anger is like a flame blazing up and consuming our self-control, making us think, say, and do things that we will probably regret later.”

Nhat Hanh

I think one of life’s worst emotions is anger. I have often thought that people can only make me mad when I let them do it. The one thing I do not want to do is respond in kind to someone out of control for that would only mean  I am behaving as badly as they are.

We can live up to who we would like to be, we reap great personal rewards when we do. Here is a story that I have always liked, I hope you will too. It has a great message.

Who will you be tomorrow?

One man sat at a stop light. The woman in front of him was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green she didn’t go. A green light is not a suggestion, you know, it is more of a commandment. But she didn’t notice.

When the light turned red again, she still had not moved. The man in the car behind her now started screaming epithets and beating on his steering wheel.

A policeman tapped on his windshield. ‘You can’t arrest me for hollering in my car,’ the man said. The cop asked for his license and registration, returned to his car, talked on the radio for a while, and finally handed the papers back. The driver protested, ‘I knew you couldn’t cite me for yelling in my own car!’

The officer replied, ‘I didn’t want to cite you for shouting in your car. But I was directly behind you at the light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, ‘That man is out of control. He’s going to hurt someone!’

‘Then I noticed the cross hanging from your rear view mirror, the bright yellow ‘Love Is a Choice’ license tag, the ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Prayer Changes Things’ bumper stickers, and I was sure you must have stolen the car.’

His behaviour did not reflect his bumper stickers. But let’s not be too critical. Are we always the people we want to be?

We make changes by stretching. Personal transformation can happen when the person we presently are does not yet resemble the person we hope to be. Better to set high ideals and occasionally fall short than to settle for mediocrity and succeed.

The important question is not, ‘Who are you today?’ It is better to ask, ‘Who will you be tomorrow?’

Remember: if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

Written by Steve Goodier


“He who angers you conquers you.”

Elizabeth Kenny


My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.

Jimmy Durante


Coming home from his Little League game, Billy swung open the front door very excited.

Unable to attend the game, his father immediately wanted to know what happened. “So, how did you do son?” he asked.

“You’ll never believe it!” Billy said, “I was responsible for the winning run!”

“Really? How’d you do that?”

“I dropped the ball.”


Passengers not remaining in their seats until the aircraft comes to a full and complete stop at the gate will be strip-searched as they leave the aircraft.


There was a student who was desirous of taking admission for a study course. He was smart enough to get through the written test, a GD and was to appear for the personal interview.  Later, as the interview progressed, the interviewer found this boy to be bright since he could answer all  the questions correctly. The interviewer got impatient and decided to corner the boy.

“Tell me your choice,” said he to the boy, “What’s your choice: I shall either ask you ten easy questions or ONE real difficult. Think well before you make up your mind.”

The boy thought for a while and said, “My choice is ONE real difficult question.”

“Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice!” said the man on the opposite side.  Tell me : What comes first , Day or Night ?”

The boy was jolted  first but he waited for a while and said: “It’s the DAY, sir.”

“How ???????” the interviewer was smiling (“At last, I got you!” he said to


“Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!”

Admission for the course was thus secured.


I believe that we need nothing so much than to get rid of unjust suspicion of one another.

Abraham Lincoln


Coming to a hard drive near you:  The worst computer viruses yet!

AT&T Virus:  Every three minutes it tells you what great service you’re getting.

MCI Virus:  Every three minutes it reminds you that you’re paying too much for the AT&T virus.

Paul Revere Virus:  Warns of impending hard disk attack–once if by LAN, twice if by C:/>.

Politically Correct Virus:  Never calls itself a “virus.”  Instead, it’s an “electronic microorganism.”

Government Spokesman Virus:  Nothing works, but all your diagnostic software says everything is fine. 


After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an automobile accident, you begin to worry about history.


Mary was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self-pitying. She moaned to her Mom and brother, “Nobody loves me.  The whole world hates me!”

Her brother, busily occupied playing a game, hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: “That’s not true, Mary. Lots of people don’t even know you.”


“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs—jolted by every pebble in the road.”

Henry Ward Beecher


John was furious when his steak arrived too rare.

“Waiter,” he shouted, “Didn’t you hear me say ‘well done’?”

“I can’t thank you enough, sir,” replied the waiter. “I hardly ever get a compliment.”


The veterinarian told the blonde that her dog needed some exercise. “You need to make sure the dog runs around, the doctor said. Try playing a game of fetch.”  

“I can’t play fetch with my dog,” the blonde said.  

“Why not?” the doctor asked.  

“Because,” she replied, “He can’t throw.”  


“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”

Jim Henson


Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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