February 22, 2022
Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
I am off to an early Doctor’s appointment so here is another reprint.
Ray’s Daily first published on February 22, 2006
I think the key to real happiness is our ability to be kind, compassionate, thoughtful, considerate, and caring. There is nothing more satisfying than ending the day with the serenity that comes from caring about others.
There is no joy in being unkind, inconsiderate, or uncaring; all that you reap is isolation and loneliness. While it is not easy to be kind to those who are not, we should try anyway, for no one needs it more than they do. Those who lack the ability to be kind to others may feel they are superior since they care only about themselves, they just don’t realize how sad they are.
So do yourself a favor, smile at the stranger, thank the waitress, and appreciate those around you. Oh yes, by the way, please be there when we need you.
For me I would much rather hold your hand than hold a stick in fear. After all in the end we will be judged by our humanity and not our fame and fortune.
Only A Southerner Knows
* Only a Southerner knows how many collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
* Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”
* Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in: “Going to town, be back directly.”
* All Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
* Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.
* Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.
* No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
* A Southerner knows that “fixin” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
* A Southerner knows that when you say “crack” the window you mean open the window up (in the house) or roll it down (in the car).
* In the South, ‘y’all’ is singular….’all y’all” is plural.
* And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say “Bless her heart” and go your own way.
If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile.
Nobody needs more a smile than the one that cannot smile to others.
Nathan is talking to his lawyer. “Here’s the deal, Abe. If you’re absolutely sure I’ll win the case, I’ll give you the business.”
“OK,” replies Abe, “but before I can give you my opinion, I obviously need to know the facts.”
So Nathan goes into great detail about his failed partnership and ends up saying, “So now you’ve heard everything, do you think I can sue my partner and get my money back?”
“Well,” replies Abe, “from what I’ve just heard, it’s clear to me that you will win. It’s rare to have such an open-and-shut case.”
Nathan goes very white when he hears this.
“What’s the matter?” asks Abe.
“I told you my partner’s side of the case,” replies Nathan.
Is it my imagination, or do Buffalo wings taste like chicken?
A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and were blessed with 22 grandchildren. When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “Many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids….”
I’ve started a new exercise program. Immediately after waking in the morning, I always say sternly to myself, “Ready? Now. Up. Down. Up. Down!” And after two strenuous minutes I tell myself, “Okay, now try the other eyelid!”
Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Lawrence J. Peter
The restaurant where I took my two sons for a meal was crowded with fans watching a sporting event on television. The harried waitress took our order, but more than half an hour passed with no sign of her return.
I was trying to keep my kids from becoming restless when suddenly shouts of victory came from the bar.
“Hey,” commented my 11-year-old, “it sounds as if someone just got his food.”
“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”
After reading an ad offering split, dry firewood for $60 a cord, including delivery, Ernie phoned in an order. During the drop-off, though, Ernie became upset. “That’s not a full cord of wood,” he objected.
“That’s what I call a cord,” the man answered firmly.
Grudgingly, Ernie fished around in his pocket and thrust some bills into the man’s hands.
“Hey, wait a minute,” the woodsman complained after counting the money.
“You only gave me $30.”
With a shrug of the shoulders, Ernie replied, “That’s what I call $60.”
“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers”
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