February 24, 2022
The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.
I am off getting early morning x-rays so we again revisit the past.
Ray-s Daily first published on February 24, 2005
The other day when I notified a physician friend of mine, at the University of Alabama, of the death of our mutual friend, she reminded me that we have reached the stage in our lives when we lose many old friends. The sad part is that often they leave us without knowing how much we cared for them. We seem to take for granted the gifts we are given each day by others.
When I reflect back on my many friends and colleagues who are no longer with us, I can’t help but wish we would have talked more together, walked more together, laughed more together, and hugged once in awhile. It is a shame that life does not permit us to spend huge amounts of time with all the people we meet and know. Often we meet someone special only once or twice when fate or duty brings us together, yet in those few moments a spark that we share ignites the torch of friendship that is often too fleeting. In my case there are many of you who I have never even met and yet you provide me pleasure by allowing me a few moments of your time each day.
When you get down to it, we really don’t have to wait until the end of someone’s life to tell them how much they are appreciated. We really can do it often, in fact in small ways we can do it everyday. And you know what; we don’t have to limit showing our appreciation for others to only our friends. The tapestry of our lives is woven from the threads of all the people we encounter each day, they enrich our lives. Some are good some, some are not, yet at the end of each day they all have made our day what it was. Each of these encounters provides us an opportunity to appreciate others and to show them we are glad they are there. If we make it a habit, maybe we will not have to feel as I do as I bid farewell to my friend Terry today, knowing that I did not let him know more often how much the gift of his friendship meant to me.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
“Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.”
I sat there waiting for my doctor’s partner to make her way through the file that contained my very extensive medical history. After she finished all 17 pages, she looked at me and said, “You look better in person than you do on paper.”
She said: Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.
A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card. The reservation specialist asked him,
“Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?”
The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”
There are no more hours in a bad day than in a good one!
A Sunday school teacher asked her second graders if anyone knew another name for God. She was picturing answers like ‘Lord’ or ‘Almighty’.
After a long moment of silence a little boy raised his hand and said, “Howard.”
“Howard?” replied the confused teacher.
“You know,” continued the boy, “Howard be thy name.”
“Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?”
The 15-year-old daughter brought home a young Naval Aviator to meet her parents. During dinner, the pilot happened to mention that he was from Glen Burnie, MD. The Mother said, “What a coincidence. My husband and I lived there 17 years ago when we were first married.” The pilot got a strange look on his face and changed the topic of conversation.
The daughter fell strangely silent. After he left, the teen said, “Thanks a LOT Mom. I told him I was 18. Now I’ll have to tell him that I was illegitimate.”
Even though I was an engineering student, chemistry was a required course in my day. The Professor, on the first day of class, asked everyone to name the most outstanding contribution chemistry had made to society. When my turn came, I answered, “Blondes!”
My nursing colleague was preparing an intravenous line for a 15-year-old male patient. The bedside phone rang, and the boy’s mother reached over to pick it up. After talking for a few minutes, the mother held the phone aside and said, “Your father wants to know if you have any cute nurses.” The boy gazed at the nurse, who had the needle poised above his arm, ready for insertion. “Tell him,” he replied, “they’re absolutely gorgeous.”
If, instead of a gem or even a flower,
we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.
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