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Sometimes we just need to let go

Ray’s Daily

May 31, 2022

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“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”

Herman Hesse

It seems that many of us are so stuck in our pasts that we are missing what the future offers. I, like most folks have fond memories that I hope I never lose but I do not want being so locked in the past that I am kept from making most of the days ahead. So like the birds in the following story sometimes we need to let go.

Letting Go

In exactly the same way that birds have to find the courage to let go of a branch in order to actually fly, we must also let go of our emotional branches if we are to experience the exhilaration of soaring to our highest potential in life!

The branches we hold on to are our innermost attachments: our beliefs, our bad habits and those memories which keep us stuck. And then there are the outer attachments: they are people, possessions, positions and privileges – to name but a few. We must be aware that as long as we hold onto them, we will actually live in fear (of letting go and loss) and we will never feel the freedom that we all deserve. Once you become aware of those birds and the initial courage they display when they let go of their branches just prior to flying, you will be capable of experiencing life in a totally different way.

This can be your new recipe of how to live a life where you learn to let go of one branch at a time, and learn to have new experiences, one at a time. The birds have found that by letting go of one branch, they are then able to spend the rest of their lives trying many other branches, one branch at a time, and they can enjoy the view from each new vantage point. What a way to live!

Are you actually flying and soaring in your life, or are you stuck on one branch, resenting others as they fly past? You can do it, go on, just try letting go!

Remember this – not letting go of old stuff is the same as driving through life with a flat tyre on our cars; not stopping to change it; hoping that it will fix itself; pretending that the ride is smooth; knowing that it isn’t; until one day it gets so loud and bumpy that we are forced to stop and take a look, and actually get help!

Author Unknown

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”

Steve Maraboli,

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Grave Stones

  • On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:  

Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102. The Good Die Young.  

  • In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:  

Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.  

  • In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:  

Here lays The Kid. We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger But slow on the draw.  

  • In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:  

Anna Wallace: The children of Israel wanted bread, and the Lord sent them manna. Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him Anna.  

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If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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The man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman.  

“What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?” asked the officer.  

“I’m going to a lecture.”  

“And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?” the cop asked.  

“My wife.”  

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“Work to become, not to acquire.”

Confucius

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Then there’s the story of the woman who called up the fire department and said, “Look, I’ve just had a new rock garden built and I’ve just planted some new roses, and..”

The fireman said, “Where’s the fire?”

She said, “I’ve just spent a lot of money having my lawn mowed and my hedges clipped. Some of my new plants are very expensive…”

He said, “Look, lady, you don’t want the fire department, you want a flower shop.”

She said, “No, I don’t. The house next door is on fire, and I don’t want you clumsy firemen stamping all over my garden when you come over.”

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NASA reports that galaxies are speeding away from earth at 90,000 miles a second. What do you suppose they know that we don’t?

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Morris and Sidney were discussing the prospects of “looming” retirement. While Sidney had lots of hobbies, the poor Morris had none, and was rather concerned about being set loose with nothing to do.

Sidney suggested his friend go visit his kids. Morris said, “Well, I only have two kids, but I could buy a motor home and go visit my brothers and sisters a couple of weeks each. That would take about a year.”

Sidney looked a bit puzzled, so his friend said, “I’m one of eighteen kids in my family.”

Sidney’s eyes got rather large, contemplating eighteen children, so Morris volunteered to explain.

“The problem was, my mother was hard of hearing.”

Smile. “My Mom & Dad would go to bed at night, and my Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep, or what?’ and my Mom would say, `What?'”

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Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.

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After her son fell into the pond yet again and came home with his good school clothes dripping wet, the exasperated mother sent him to his room and washed and dried his clothes.

A little later, she heard a commotion in the back yard and called out “Are you out there wetting your pants again!?”

There was dead silence for a moment. Then a deep, masculine voice answered meekly, “No, ma’am, I’m just reading the meter.”

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“One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.”

Michael Cibenko

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Be Kind

Be Kind7

Ray’s Daily first published on May 27, 2004

I, like many others have been distressed by the things that are happening around us. War, rising prices, medical costs, terrorism, governmental fiscal mismanagement, political polarization and partisanship, these are all burdens we share. What is even more bothersome is the fact that these are legacies we will leave for our children and our grandchildren if everything continues as it is today. It becomes even worse if we let it all get to us and we become part of the problem. My  friend Jen offers the following advice on how to treat ourselves, I would suggest that the golden rule would tells this is how we should treat others as well..

Stop All Criticism – Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Everybody changes. When you criticize yourself, your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself, your changes are positive.

Don’t Scare Yourself – Stop terrorizing yourself with your thoughts. It’s a dreadful way to live. Find a mental image that gives you pleasure (mine is yellow roses), and immediately switch your scary thought to a pleasure thought.

Be Gentle And Kind And Patient – Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself as you learn the new ways of thinking. Treat yourself as you would someone you really loved.

Be Kind To Your Mind – Self hatred is only hating your own thoughts. Don’t hate yourself for having the thoughts. Gently change your thoughts.

Praise Yourself – Criticism breaks down the inner spirit. Praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can. Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little thing.

Support Yourself – Find ways to support yourself. Reach out to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong to ask for help when you need it.

Be Loving To Your Negatives – Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need. Now, you are finding new, positive ways to fulfill those needs. So, lovingly release the old negative patterns.

Take Care Of Your Body – Learn about nutrition. What kind of fuel does your body need to have optimum energy and vitality? Learn about exercise. What kind of exercise can you enjoy? Cherish and revere the temple you live in.

Mirror Work – Look into your eyes often. Express this growing sense of love you have for yourself. Forgive yourself looking into the mirror. Talk to your parents looking into the mirror. Forgive them too. At least once a day say: “I love you, I really love you.”

Love Yourself .. Do It Now – Don’t wait until you get well, or lose the weight, or get the new job, or the new relationship. Begin now — and do the best you can.

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“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”

Marvin Gaye

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I don’t know if I’ll ever get it right!
If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race, you’re a male chauvinist.
If you stay home and do the housework, you’re a pansy.
If you work too hard, there is never any time for her.
If you don’t work enough, you’re a good-for-nothing bum.
If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay, this is exploitation.
If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay, you should get off your butt and find something better.
If you get a promotion ahead of her, that is favoritism.
If she gets a job ahead of you, it’s equal opportunity.
If you mention how nice she looks, it’s sexual harassment.
If you keep quiet, it’s male indifference.
If you thump her, it’s wife bashing.
If she thumps you, it’s self-defense.
If you make a decision without consulting her, you’re a chauvinist. If she makes a decision without consulting you, she’s a liberated     woman.

If you ask her to do something she doesn’t enjoy, that’s domination.
If she asks you, it’s a favor.
If you like a woman to shave her legs and keep in shape, you’re sexist.  If you don’t, you’re unromantic.
If you try to keep yourself in shape, you’re vain.
If you don’t, you’re a slob.
If you buy her flowers, you’re after something.
If you don’t, you’re not thoughtful.
If you’re proud of your achievements, you’re up on yourself.
If you don’t, you’re not ambitious.
If she has a headache, she’s tired.
If you have a headache, you don’t love her anymore.
NO WONDER WOMEN OUTLAST MEN …

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A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
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A message from the rural Midwest: Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when Easterners and Californians cross states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, those states’ Tourism Councils have adopted a set of information guidelines. In an effort to help outsiders understand the Midwest, the following list will be handed to each driver entering the state:

1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.
2. It’s called a ‘gravel road’,  No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your car.
3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.
4. Any references to “corn fed” when talking about our women will get you whipped… by our women.
5. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don’t cry to us if a flathead catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for…bait.

6. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.
7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it! You might hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. That’s right. Whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you paid in the airport for one drink.
9. No, there’s no “Vegetarian Special” on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

10. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.
11. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends. We’re real impressed. We have a quarter of a million dollar combine that we use two weeks a year.

12. Let’s get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it’s red. We may even stop when it’s yellow.
13. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks–because they want to . So, you’re a feminist. Isn’t that cute.
14. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too–and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the bait shop.
15. They are pigs. That’s what they smell like. Get over it. Don’t like it? Interstates 70, 80, & 90 go two ways—Interstates 29, 35, & 69 go the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly.

16. The “Opener” refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.
17. So every person in every pickup waves. It’s called being friendly. Understand the concept?
18. Yeah, we have golf courses. Just don’t hit in the water hazard. It spooks our fish.
19. That Highway Patrol Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot…his name is “Sir”…no matter how old he is.

Now, enjoy your visit!
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Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.

Woody Allen

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Phil and Jill had been married for many years but now were in divorce court. The judge asked, “Phil, is it true that the last three years of your marriage, you did not speak to Jill?”

Phil replies, “Yes Judge, that is correct.”
“And how do you explain this unusual conduct?” the judge inquires.
Phil replies, “I didn’t want to interrupt her, Your Honor.  Momma always said that’s impolite!”

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A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Wizard to the Tin Man
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A farmer and his hired man were eating breakfast at a local diner. Thinking of all the work they had to get done that day, and that stopping for meals wasted time, the farmer told the hired hand that he might as well go ahead and eat his dinner here, too. The hired man didn’t say a word, but gladly filled his plate a second time and proceeded to eat. After awhile, the farmer said, “You know, we’ve got so much work to do today, you might as well eat your supper now, too.” Again, the hired man didn’t respond, but refilled his plate a third time and continued eating. Finally, after finishing his third plate of food, the hired man pushed back his chair and began to take off his shoes. “Hey, what are doing?” the farmer asked. The hired man replied, “I don’t work after supper.”

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If you don’t have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough.
Phyllis Diller

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You may have heard the old joke about Shirley, the Jewish mother in NYC, who brought her 6 year old boy to the psychoanalyst, who diagnosed: “Nothing much wrong with your son, just a slight Oedipus complex.

Said Shirley the mom… “Oedipus, schmedipus, the important thing is that he loves his mother”

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“The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars of the sky and ‘the lilies of the field’ — simply and unaffectedly.  Those are the lives that mold and shape us.”

Oswald Chambers

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Enjoy Your Weekend

Ray’s Daily

May 26, 2022

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“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Cynthia Ozick

As we start to get ready for the up coming three day Memorial Day weekend I hope you will do something that pleases you. It is good to remember those who have gone on but there is plenty of time to also find a pleasant experience. The list below offers some stuff that one person finds enjoyable. I hope you have something planned that will do as much for you.

Some natural highs

As you read this list take just a few moments to think about each one, before going on to the next one.

  • Laughing so hard that your face hurts.
  • No lines at the supermarket, bank or post office.
  • Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  • Hearing your favourite song on the radio.
  • Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
  • Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
  • A good conversation.
  • Lying on a warm, sunny beach.
  • Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
  • Sharing a sunset with someone special.
  • Running through sprinklers.
  • Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
  • Good friends.
  • Overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  • Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
  • Playing with a new puppy.
  • Having someone brush your hair.
  • Swinging on swings.
  • Making and then eating chocolate chip cookies.
  • Holding hands with someone you care about.
  • Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

Author Unknown

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“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

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The scene is sometime in the old era when cockpits had round dials plus flight engineers and navigators. The crusty old-timer captain is breaking in a brand new navigator. The captain opens his briefcase, pulls out a .38 and rests it on the glare panel. He asks the navigator, “Know what this is for?”

“No, sir,” replies the newbie.

“I use it on navigators that get us lost,” explains the captain, winking at his first officer.

The navigator then opens his briefcase, pulls out a .45 and sets it on his chart table.

“What’s THAT for?” queries the surprised captain.

“Well, sir,” replies the navigator, “I’ll know we’re lost before you will.”

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What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

Sir John Lubbock

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He said: I walked into my sister’s kitchen and found my nephew, Mitch, having a snack. “Where’s your mother?” I asked.

“She said she was going to take a shower. Just a second and I’ll see.” Mitch went to the kitchen tap and turned the hot water on full blast. An indignant yell came from above.

Mitch calmly turned off the tap and said, “Yep, she’s in the shower.”

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Life is a riddle; unfortunately the answer’s not written on the back of anything.

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A friend went to her doctor the other day and the man was not very sympathetic with her aches and pains. “You’ll just have to learn to live it,” he said.

When she got her bill for $90, she sent it back, with the notation, “You’ll just have to learn to live without it!”

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One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

Yiddish Proverb

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On a recent flight, an elderly passenger kept peering out the window. Since it was totally dark, all she could see was the blinking wing-tip light. Finally, she rang for the flight attendant.

“I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I think you should inform the pilot that his left turn indicator is on and has been for some time.”

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On a scale of 1 to 10, 4 is about 7.

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She said: For many years, I worked as a receptionist and switchboard operator for a busy company. After a good annual review, my supervisor told me I was up for a raise, pending approval of the vice president.

A month later, my supervisor called me into his office and told me the VP had refused to approve my raise.

His reason? I clearly wasn’t doing my job. Every time he saw me, I was either chatting with someone in the lobby or talking on the phone.

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Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.

Harold Coffin

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Doug asks, “I know you’re crazy about that little daughter of yours, Bill. What are you going to do when she starts to date?”

Bill says, “I figure I’ll take the first young man aside, put my arm around his shoulder and pull him close to me so that only he can hear.” “Then I’ll say, ‘Do you see that sweet, little young lady? She’s my only daughter and I love her very much. If you were thinking about touching, kissing or being physically affectionate to her in any way, just remember, I don’t mind going back to prison.'”

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A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Wizard of Oz to the Tin Man

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I was sitting in the foyer of a bank when a young man walked by and then stopped for a moment on his way out. I noticed that one of the latches on his overstuffed briefcase was unfastened, putting strain on the remaining latch. “You’re going to lose the contents of your briefcase,” I warned him.

Just then, the case burst open. He stared at me with something akin to fear in his eyes as he gasped, “How on earth did you do that?”

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Memories

Ray’s Daily

May 25, 2022

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You may not think you have a good memory, but you remember what’s important to you.

Rick Warren

These days I find my memories to be my lifes scrapbook. What surprises me is finding that some of my fondest memories are of things that seemed small at the time. It is the soft touch, acts of kindness and affection that linger. They are my history and I am glad they are there to provide warmth in my old age.

Here is a story about how a little thing can have lifetime meaning.

The Making of a Memory

One can’t predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings. My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. ‘I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I’m off.’

Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos. With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, ‘When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mum. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think her.’

‘Oh honey, that’s so sweet.  I know she’s watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face,’ I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids.

‘You know, I never fill my thermos that I don’t think of her, and I always smile too.’  The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.

Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving my mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos.  Being the ‘coffee drinker’ in the family, he’s always placed himself in charge of thermos duties. Mum then casually offered up a tidbit of advice.

‘Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive.’

The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in. Well of course it would!  It only makes all the sense in the world!  Who wouldn’t know that?

He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water.  After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mum, and to discuss this unique new idea.

Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten.  When spoken that morning, Jerry didn’t realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears, or that they would bring a smile to his face time and time again.  And Mother would never have dreamed her words would be a treasured, and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.

The ‘fondest, lasting memories’ don’t necessarily come from ‘major moments’ in life, the making of a memory simply happens.

Kathleene S. Baker

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The moments we share are the moments we keep forever.

Author Unknown

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The doctor knocked at the hospital door before entering Jill’s room. 

Jill called out to come in. 

The doctor then proceeded to tell Jill to remove all of her clothing after which he gave her a thorough exam, from top to bottom, front to back, leaving no part of her body untouched. 

When he had finished, Jill looked the doctor straight in the eye and asked, “Doctor, can I ask you a question?”

“Of course,” he replied.

Jill asks, “Why did you bother to knock?”

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Kind words are short to speak, but their echoes are endless.

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According to a survey in Men’s Health magazine, 85 percent of men admit they surf the Internet wearing nothing but their underwear. Sixty-three percent said that’s how they lost their last job.

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She said, “All you need to know about men and women: Women are crazy and men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is because men are stupid!” And I said…….I better not say.

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My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.

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“You Might Be A Preacher If…”

a. Everybody stops talking when you enter the room.

b. You’ve ever lied at a funeral.

c. You always read the obituaries.

d. You’ve ever suffered anxiety attack while playing Bible Trivia Pursuit.

e. You wonder why people who have some time to kill want to spend it with you.

f. You get your second wind when you say “And, in conclusion.”

g. The ideas you bounce off board members really do.

h. Your car tires are balding faster than your head.

i. You wish someone would steal some of your sheep.

j. You’ve seen more religion at a pool hall than you’ve seen at a Church cricket match.

k. Your Bible has more side notes than printed text.

l. “Annual Church Meeting” and “Armageddon” are one and the same to you.

m. You jiggle all the toilet handles before you leave the church building.

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Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.

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Many years ago, a beloved Pope died and went to heaven. Saint Peter greeted him in a firm embrace. “Welcome your holiness, your dedication and unselfishness in serving your fellow man during your life has earned you great stature in heaven. You may pass through the gates without delay and are granted free access to all parts of heaven.”

St. Peter continued: “You are also granted an open-door policy and may, at your own discretion, meet with any heavenly leader including the Father, without prior appointment. Is there anything which your holiness desires?”

“Well, yes,” the Pope replied. “I have often pondered some of the mysteries which have puzzled and confounded theologians through the ages. Are there perhaps any transcripts which recorded the actual conversations between God and the prophets of old? I would love to see what was actually said, without the dimming of memories over time.”St. Peter immediately ushered the Pope to the heavenly library and explained how to retrieve the various documents. The Pope was thrilled and settled down to review the history of humanity’s relationship with God.

Two years later, a scream of anguish pierced the quiet of the library. Immediately several of the saints and angels came running.

They found the Pope pointing to a single word on a parchment, repeating over and over: “There’s an ‘R’. There’s an ‘R.’ There’s an ‘R’… It’s CELIBRATE, not celibate!”

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“He’s the kind of friend who will always be there when he needs you.”

Adam Christing

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As he was standing in line at the grocery store checkout counter, a friend of Jack’s noticed he was purchasing a dozen roses and a card.

“You in trouble with Jill?” the friend asked Jack.

“Nope!” was Jack’s reply.  “Preventive maintenance.”

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Your memory is the glue that binds your life together; everything you are today is because of your amazing memory. You are a data collecting being, and your memory is where your life is lived.

Kevin Horsley

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Take a Risk

Ray’s Daily

May 24, 2022

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Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man’s hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.

  Don Marquis

Ray’s Daily first published on May 24, 2005

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I have regularly told you that I think risk takers are often the big winners in life. Notwithstanding what Marquis says above I am willing risk living in prosperity. In fact this morning I am off to a Riverboat Casino to win the big bucks. I should warn you though if I win more than I can carry I may not be able to get a daily off tomorrow from my plane on the way to Tahiti.

Oh yes, just in case I lose I want you to know that I think Horace had it right when he said centuries ago “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” Currently it is mostly my body that lays dormant; if I lose today my wife will probably require me to unleash a talent or two.

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When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

Confucius

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Real 911 Calls, “BELIEVE” it or not!!

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Dispatcher:  9-1-1 What is your emergency?

Caller:  I heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the brown house on the corner.

Dispatcher:  Do you have an address?

Caller:  No, I’m wearing a blouse and slacks, why?

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Dispatcher:  9-1-1 What is your emergency?

Caller:  Hi, is this the Police?     ;

Dispatcher:  This is 9-1-1.  Do you need police assistance?

Caller:  Well, I don’t know who to call. Can you tell me how to cook a turkey?  I’ve never cooked one before.

***

Dispatcher:  9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency?

Caller:  I’m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn’t have an eleven on it.

Dispatcher:  This is nine eleven.

Caller:  I thought you just said it was  nine-one-one

Dispatcher:  Yes, ma’am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.

Caller:  Honey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.

***

Dispatcher:  9-1-1 What’s the nature of your emergency?

Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart.

Dispatcher:  Is this her first child?

Caller:  No, you idiot!  This ! is her husband!

***

Dispatcher:  9-1-1

Caller:  Yeah, I’m having trouble breathing.  I’m all out of breath.

Darn….I think I’m going to pass out.

Dispatcher:  Sir, where are you calling from?

Caller:  I’m at a pay phone. North and Foster.

Dispatcher:  Sir, an ambulance is on the way.  Are you an asthmatic?

Caller:  No

Dispatcher:  What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing?

Caller:  Running from the Police.

~~~

If living conditions don’t stop improving in this country, we’re going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men.

Russell P. Askue

~~~

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.

“The front row please.” She answered.

“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”

“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.

“No.” he said.

“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“No.” she said.

“Good,” he answered.

~~~

Hearing is one of the body’s five senses. But listening is an art.

Frank Tyger

~~~

An octogenarian who was an avid golfer moved to a new town and joined the local Country Club. He went to the Club for the first time to play, but was told that there wasn’t anybody he could play with because they were already out on the course. He repeated several times that he really wanted to play today.

Finally, the assistant Pro said he would play with him and asked him how many strokes he wanted for a bet. The 80 year old said, “I really don’t need any strokes as I have been playing quite well. The only real problem I have, is getting out of sand traps.”

And he did play well. Coming to the par four 18th, they were all even.

The Pro had a nice drive and was able to get on the green and two-putt for a par. The old man had a nice drive, but his approach shot landed in a sand trap next to the green. Playing from the bunker he hit a high ball, which landed on the green and rolled into the cup. Birdie, match and all the money!

The Pro walked over to the sand trap where his opponent was still standing in the trap. He said: “nice shot, but I thought you said you have a problem getting out of sand traps?”

Replied the octogenarian “I do, would you please give me a hand.”

~~~

One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.

E.V. Lucas

~~~

We were driving our three-year-old grandson to his recently divorced father’s home when we stopped at a store.  Once inside, our grandson decided he wanted one of those large gum balls.

I told him he couldn’t have one, and he began to pout.  I leaned over to him and said, “This is a fact of life:  You don’t always get everything you want.”

“I know,” he replied.  “Just don’t tell my dad.”

~~~

She said, “I was playing tooth fairy when my daughter, Carrie, suddenly woke up.

Seeing the money in my hand, she cried out, “Aha! I caught you!”

I froze and tried to think of an explanation for why I, instead of the ‘tooth fairy’, was putting the money under her pillow, but her next words let me off the hook completely. .

“You put that money back!” she said indignantly.  “The tooth fairy left that for me!””

~~~

My wife told me I should be more affectionate.  So I got a girlfriend.

~~~

Here is a group of medical terms as defined by blondes, or was it brunettes:

Barium              What to do when treatment fails.

Cauterize          Make eye contact with her.

Colic                  Sheepdog.

Dilate                 To live long.

Enema               Not a friend.

Fester                Quicker.

Hangnail             Coat hook.

Labor pain          Hurt at work.

Tablet                 Small table.

Tumor                More than one.

Varicose             Nearby.

Vein                     Conceited.

~~~

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.

Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.

Jackson Brown, Jr.

~~~

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Frank Sinatra and More

Ray’s Daily

May 23, 2022

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Entertainment is in art like color in pictures.

Martin Kippenberger

I have a big week coming up highlighted by an appearance of one of Indiana’s most highly regarded entertainers, Don Farrell. Don is going to sing songs from his popular cabaret show “A Frank Sinatra Tribute”. Don will entertain us here at our senior living residence this Wednesday. I know we will enjoy it.

I have a full schedule including a mental health workshop on Friday. Sunday is the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

Some of us need to avoid getting down and giving up. Here are some thoughts offered by Angel Chernoff on how we can stay on tract.

15 Important Reminders for Your Darkest Moments of Self-Doubt

  1. When your marriage, parenting, faith, etc. gets tough, it’s not a sign that you’re doing it wrong. These intimate, intricate aspects of life are toughest when you’re doing them right – when you’re dedicating time, having the tough conversations, and making daily sacrifices.
  2. On particularly hard days when you feel that you can’t endure, remind yourself that your track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far.
  3. Have a little faith that the universe has a plan for you, and it’s all being revealed in the right time frame. Something you will eventually learn through all your ups and downs is that there are really no wrong decisions in life, just choices that will take your life down different paths.
  4. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
  5. Life is not about maintaining the status quo. Life is not about playing it safe every second. Life is not about standing still and wallowing in self-doubt. It’s about connecting with your soul, respecting your integrity, and telling yourself that you’re able. It’s about taking a few steps, regardless of how hard and small they may be, so you can move forward and evolve.
  6. You must make a firm decision that you’re going to move forward. It won’t always happen naturally or automatically. Sometimes you will have to rise up and say, “I don’t care how hard this is. I don’t care how disappointed I am. I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
  7. No matter what’s happening, you CAN efficiently fight the battles of today. It’s only when you add the battles of those two relentless eternities, yesterday and tomorrow, that life gets overwhelmingly complicated. It’s necessary, therefore, to let yourself live just one day at a time – just today – just right here, right now.
  8. When you stop worrying about what you can’t control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.
  9. Don’t worry about mistakes and failures, worry about what you’re giving up when you don’t even try.
  10. Making mistakes means you’re actually DOING something in the real world and learning from it. Real learning comes from making mistakes. And mistakes come from gradual implementation.
  11. If you never go after it again, you’ll never have it. If you never ask again, the answer will always be no. If you never step forward again, you’re stuck right where you are.
  12. In the space between “I’ll try again” and “I give up” there’s a lifetime. It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you are capable of being and who you have become; its the legroom for the fairy tales you’ll tell yourself in the future about what could have been.
  13. Everyone has a little talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it into the dark places where it leads, and beyond.
  14. Courage doesn’t always roar; sometimes it’s simply a whisper at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
  15. If you’re still sitting there thinking, “Things should be different right now,” take a deep breath. That’s not true and you know it. Because if it were true, things would be different right now. Stay present and focus on what you can create today. And tomorrow will reveal itself exactly as it should, just as yesterday already has.

~~~

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.

Blaise Pascal

~~~

Tips from the kids:

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? – You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? – Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.– Camille, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? – You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.– Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? – Both don’t want any more kids.– Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? – Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.– Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? – I’d run home and play dead.  The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.– Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? – When they’re rich.– Pam, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.– Howard, age 8 (this one has very good morals)

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? – I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife.  I don’t want to be all grossed out.– Theodore, age 8

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys.  Boys need someone to clean up after them.– Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED? – There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?– Kelvin, age 8

~~~

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

~~~

One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market.  They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour.  The ad said: We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition.  Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese.  Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.

The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club.  “I’m here about the ad,” he said.

The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite.  “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.

“Nope,” the old man said.

“Chinese? Japanese?”

“No, both times.”

“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”

“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”

“How about sports?”

“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”

“I see,” the young man said.  “Tell me something.  Why did you come here?”

“To tell you to count me out.”

~~~

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

James Matthew Barrie

~~~

The young rancher came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup from the parking lot!”

Bubba replied, “Did you see who it was? The young rancher answered, I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

~~~

To me, music is entertainment – what else can it be? In fact, it’s the only language I know of that’s universal.

Ray Charles

~~~

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

How Full Is Your Glass?

Ray’s Daily

May 20, 2022

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“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”

Alex Tan

Ray’s Daily first published on May 20, 2008

This is not the easiest of times for many people these days. Some of those I know seem to be depressed much of the time. They worry about the high cost of food and energy. Many are fearful that they will not have enough to sustain themselves in future years. Of course the news of the shrinking dollar, forecasted inflation, health concerns, war, national debt, and more does not make it any easier.

Sadly some measure happiness by how many vacations they can take, the ability to buy a new car every couple of years, being able to regularly spending a couple of hundred dollars for dinner at a gourmet restaurant, and generally getting everything they want. It is like we have been trained to lose sight of what really is important. Unfortunately those who place more value on things then they should let them selves slip into depression since they don’t see why they must now be deprived. Those of us who grew up in the 40’s and even the 50’s remember when the simpler life is what all we had and how much we valued friends and the special moments we spent together. It is not easy to adjust to difficult times but maybe if we placed more value on what we do have and less on what we don’t have we would realize just how fortunate we really are.

Some years ago my friend Jack in Florida sent me a reminder of the value of cherishing our real treasure. Here is what he sent:

Starting from Empty

We are all familiar with the metaphorical story of two people looking at the same glass and one perceiving it as half-full while the other sees it as half-empty. As much as we’ve heard this, it’s still a valuable exercise to really observe our minds and notice whether we are engaged in half-full or half-empty thinking. People will refer to themselves as being of one type or the other as if it was a permanent characteristic, but we are all capable of shifting into a half-full consciousness if we simply make the effort.

When we look at our lives with half-empty consciousness, we perceive a lack and think that the other half of what we want is missing. We are coming from a position of expectation and entitlement. On the other hand, when we look at our lives as half-full we perceive fullness. It is as if we recognize that our cup could be fully empty and so we are grateful for what we see as bounty, not something we expect or believe we are owed, but a gift. In half-full consciousness, we count our blessings. When we look at our lives we see all the elements that are in place and all the things we do have. This doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t seek more, but we seek from a place of fullness instead of from a place of lack. This fullness draws positive energy into our lives and often attracts more abundance.

If you would like to begin to make the shift into half-full consciousness, try imagining your life as an empty glass. This is your life without all the people you know, the work you do, your home, or your current state of physical wellbeing. This is just an empty, open space waiting to be filled. Once you have that feeling of openness in your mind, begin filling it with all the people, things, and places that make up your life. You may be surprised to find your glass overflowing.

~~~

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams.

May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.”

~~~

At a golf course, four men approached the sixteenth tee.

The straight fairway ran along a road and bike path fenced off on the left. The first golfer teed off and hooked the ball in that direction. The ball went over the fence, and bounced off the bike path onto the road, where it hit the tire of a moving bus, and was knocked back on to the fairway.

As they all stood in silent amazement, one man finally asked him, “How on earth did you do that?”

He shrugged his shoulders, and said, “You have to know the bus schedule.”

~~~

To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.

~~~

A minister was completing a Temperance sermon.

With great emphasis he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

With even greater emphasis he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

Sermon complete, he sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced – with a tiny smile, “For our closing song, Let us sing Hymn #365, ‘Shall We Gather at the River’

~~~

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in.

Morrie Schwartz

~~~

A golfer who was well into his golden years had a lifelong ambition to play one hole at Pebble Beach, California, the way the pros do it. The pros drive the ball out over the water onto the green that is on a spit of land that just out off the coast. It was something he had tried hundreds of times without success. His ball always fell short, into the water. Because of this he never used a new ball on this particular hole. He always picked out one that had a cut or a nick.

One year he went out to Pebble Beach to try again. When he came to the fateful hole, he teed up an old cut ball and said a silent prayer. Before he hit it, however, a powerful voice from above said, “WAIT. REPLACE THAT OLD BALL WITH A BRAND NEW BALL.”

He complied, with some slight misgiving, despite the fact that the Lord seemed to be implying that He was going to let him finally achieve his lifelong ambition. As he stepped up to the tee once more, the voice came down again, “WAIT. STEP BACK. TAKE A PRACTICE SWING.”

So he stepped back and took a practice swing. The voice boomed out again:, “TAKE ANOTHER PRACTICE SWING.” He did. Silence followed. Then the voice spoke out again, “PUT THE OLD BALL BACK.”

~~~

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.

~~~

Our 13 year old niece spent last night with us. When we dropped her off at home, my sister-in-law asked how she behaved. “She was an angel,” I informed her. “Really?” she questioned. “Yes, really. A perfect angel.”

I assured her. “I just don’t understand. Whenever she is with you she is well behaved. Whenever she is at home, she is a monster. She misbehaves for everyone else. In fact, the teachers at her school drew straws to see who would be stuck with her in their class. How come she always behaves for you?” My sister in law asked. “I don’t know. I guess I just have a way with children. I also try to educate them as well. A child is never to young to learn.” I answered. “What do you mean. What did you teach her?” She inquired. “Well, for instance, children need to learn about death and dying so they better understand this process. I explained this concept very carefully to her.” I informed my sister-in-law. “Really? You explained this to her at 13?”

She asked dumbfounded. “Well actually she was much younger when I explained this. She now understands death perfectly. Which is good, because it makes threatening her with it, much more effective.”

~~~

Spring is wonderful. It makes you feel young enough to do all the things you’re old enough, to know you can’t.

~~~

Karen: On the cover of a women’s magazine, I saw the title: “Men’s Secret Fear About Their Working Wives.” I decided to get a first-hand account. I asked my ex, “What’s your innermost fear about my working?”

Michelle: What did he say?

Karen: He said, “That you’ll quit.”

~~~

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.

Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith

~~~

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Keep Learning

Ray’s Daily

May 19, 2022

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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

Albert Einstein

It seems as if we learn something new every day. Each of us sees and learns in our own way. The good news is that what we learn helps define who we are. I know I benefit from what my friends and acquaintances share with me. I hope you too keep an open mind that allows new wisdom to flow in.

Learn of Me

A merchant, an old man, and his little daughter met by the side of a fountain of clear, sparkling waters. On the fountain was an inscription that read, “Learn of me!”

The merchant said he learned a great lesson from the fountain. It started as a trickle of water, but as it wended its way to the sea, it was joined by streams and brooks and creeks and, in due course, became a roaring river. We should do our work likewise, start with little beginnings and soon develop big businesses.

The old man said that the lesson he learned from the fountain was to serve silently, friends and strangers alike.

The little girl said that the lesson she learned was that the water is useless unless it is pure. Therefore, we should live a clean and chaste life.

The teacher is one. Everyone learns according to his or her aptitude and capacity. In this school of life the day on which we have not learned something new is a lost day indeed.

J.P. Vaswani

~~~

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

~~~

A wife says to her husband one weekend morning, “We’ve got such a clever dog. He brings in the daily newspapers every morning.”

Her husband replied, “Well, lots of dogs can do that.”

The wife responded, “But we’ve never subscribed to any papers!”

~~~

The only thing that men will brag about theirs being smaller than another man’s is his cell phone.

~~~

Over a pleasant evening meal Bill, John and Doug were discussing going to the gym and the various effects of working out.

Doug said that it was possible to get “pectoral inserts” for the “reasonable” cost of $6000.

Bill snickered, looked completely aghast and commented, “For $6000 you could get a personal trainer and get the same result without surgery.”

John replied, “For $6000 you could get a woman who doesn’t care what you look like.”

~~~

How about a constitutional amendment that declares anything said in a campaign speech to be under oath?

~~~

The Classifieds   If you see this describing a man, here’s what it really means:

40-ish – 52 and looking for 25-yr-old  

Athletic – Sits on the couch and watches ESPN  

Average looking – Unusual hair growth on ears, nose, and back  

Educated – Will always treat you like an idiot  

Free Spirit – Sleeps with your sister  

Fun – Good with a remote and a six pack  

Good looking – Arrogant  

Honest – Pathological Liar  

Huggable – Overweight, more body hair than a bear  

Likes to cuddle – Insecure, overly dependent  

Mature – Until you get to know him  

Open-minded – Wants to sleep with your sister  

Physically fit – I spend a lot of time in front of mirror admiring myself  

Poet – Has written on a bathroom stall  

Spiritual – Once went to church with his grandmother on Easter Sunday  

Stable – Occasional stalker, but never arrested  

Thoughtful – Says “please” when demanding a beer  

~~~

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

~~~

A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.  The little boy asked why he wore his collar that way.

The man, who was a priest, said, “I am a Father”

The little boy replied, “My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that”.

The priest looked up from his book and answered, “I am the Father of many”.

The boy said, “My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn’t wear his collar that way.

The priest, getting impatient, said, “I am the Father of hundreds” and went back to reading his book.

The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said, “Maybe you should wear your pants backwards instead of your collar”.

~~~

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

~~~

There is a new virus. The code name is WORK. If you receive WORK from your colleagues, your boss, via e-mail, or from anyone else, do not touch it under any circumstances. This virus wipes out your private life completely.  

If you should happen to come in contact with this virus, take two friends and go straight to the nearest bar. Order drinks immediately and after three rounds, you will find that WORK has been completely deleted from your system.  

Forward this virus warning immediately to at least five friends. Should you realize you do not have five friends, this means you are already infected by this virus and WORK already controls your life.  

If this is the case, go to the bar and stay until you make at least five friends. Then retry.  

I think I have five friends, but am not entirely positive, so I’m headed for the bar anyway…it never hurts to be safe.  

~~~

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”

Woody Allen

~~~

Rifka and Beckie were talking about their children. Rifka asked Beckie how her daughter was.

“Not too good. My daughter just divorced her husband. He was a doctor.”

Rifka replied, “Oh, I am so sorry to hear that.”

Beckie continued, “Yes, it is sad. Her first husband, whom she divorced three years ago, was a dentist. But she is OK now, she is  dating a handsome lawyer.”

“A dentist, a doctor and a lawyer,” Rifka exclaimed,  “OY VEY! All these blessings from just one daughter!”

~~~

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

They are our future

Ray’s Daily

May 18, 2022

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It’s not what you leave to your children, it’s what you leave in your children.

Unknown

Ray’s Daily first published on May 18, 2005

I had lunch yesterday with my all time favorite Irish,  political science college professor. Of course she is the only Irish PHD that I know, but even if I knew others she would still be a favorite. It is pure pleasure to sit with her as we solve the world’s problems. Yesterday was somewhat special as she gave me a newly published book authored by her husband that has been getting positive reviews in the national press. Now I am in a quandary since if I gave her anything I wrote she would not be able to read it, would learn of my inability to spell and my failure to properly punctuate. I am hoping that since I am more than 20 times older than her son that she will overlook my shortcomings.

While lunching we spent part of the time talking about the youth of today. I questioned whether today’s young people are committed to helping solve the problems of today’s society. Hopefully I am wrong but it seems to me that some of the spark of youth that has driven so many in the past is missing today. It looks to me that much of the young, like so many of us, have decided that it is just too much trouble to get involved. I am concerned that too many today find it easier to drop out, leaving the responsibility for the society we live in to others. If not us, and not them, then who will manage the world in which we live? Society today is as much what we have left to others as it is the result of natural political evolution. I hope I am wrong, I often am. While I continue to be personally optimistic I wish I was as hopeful for the world that we have built. What we reap today is the result of what we sowed yesterday.

~~~

Our children are the product of our counsel, our nurturing, and our example. It is as Dorothy Law Holte wrote:

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn;

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight;

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy;

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty;

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient;

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence;

If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate;

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice;

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith;

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself;

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

~~~

I know there is still hope as long as there are teachers like my friend who share their knowledge and wisdom with their students. It is up to us to make sure they are not alone as they develop the citizens of tomorrow who will run the communities in which we live.

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Melinda sent us: WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT? (taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people’s.

A grandfather is a man grandmother.

Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also! Why we shouldn’t step on “cracks.”

They don’t say, “Hurry up.”

Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

Grandparents don’t have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like “why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”.

When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time, and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.

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In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.

Mortimer J. Adler

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Moe and Lenny are strolling home from Shul one Saturday morning.

Suddenly a cab speeds past, and their friend, Irving, is running frantically behind it, flailing his arms wildly.

“Well,” said Lenny. “I never imagined our good friend Irving was a Sabbath violator! Look at him running for that taxi.”

“Wait a minute,” Moe replied. “Didn’t you read that book I lent you. ‘The Other Side of the Story,’ about the command to judge other people favorably? I’ll bet we can think of hundreds of excuses for Irving’s behavior.”

“Yeah, like what?”

“Maybe he’s sick and needs to go to the hospital.”

“Come on! He was running 60 miles an hour after that cab, he’s healthier than Arnold Schwartzennegger.”

“Well, maybe his wife’s having a baby.”

“She had one last week.”

“Well, maybe he needs to visit her in the hospital.”

“She’s home.”

“Well, maybe he’s running to the hospital to get a doctor.”

“He is a doctor.”

“Well, maybe he needs supplies from the hospital.”

“The hospital is a three minute walk in the opposite direction.”

“Well, maybe he forgot that it’s Shabbos!”

“Of course he knows it’s Shabbos. Didn’t you see his tie? It was his paisley beige l00% silk Giovanni tie from Italy. He never wears it during the week.”

“Wow, you’re really observant! I didn’t even notice he was wearing a tie.”

“How could you not notice? Didn’t you see how it was caught on the back fender of the taxi?”

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“Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.”

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A professor at the Michigan State University was known for giving boring, cliche-ridden lectures.  

At the beginning of one semester, an innovative class breathed new life into the course by assigning baseball plays to each hackneyed phrase.  

For example, when the professor said, “On the other hand,” that counted as a base hit. “By the same token” was a strike out; “and so on” counted as a stolen base. Divided into two teams by the center aisle of the lecture hall, the students played inning after inning of silent but vigorous baseball.  

On the last day of class, the impossible happened: the score was tied and bases were loaded. Then the batter hit a home run! The winning team stood and cheered wildly.  

Though deeply appreciative, the professor later was quoted as wondering why only half of the students had been enthusiastic about his lectures.  

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Jill complained to Nina, “Rosey told me that you told her the secret I told you not to tell her.”  

“Well,” replied Nina in a hurt tone, “I told her not to tell you I told her.”  

“Oh dear!” sighed Jill. “Well, don’t tell her know I told you that she told me.”  

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She was right then and I hope she is now.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

Surviving Bad Days

Ray’s Daily

May 17, 2022

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The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.

Dennis S. Brown

Some days are easy for us while others can be trying. It is how we deal with them that is important to our well being. Here is a piece written by Marc Chernoff that can help on those bad days.

10 Things to Start Telling Yourself on Hard Days

When you’re feeling discouraged and doubtful, and lacking the mindset you need to step forward, reflect on the simple mantras below.

  1. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being great. Do the best you can until you know better. Once you know better, do better.
  2. Stop running away. Breathe. Be where you are. You’re where you’re supposed to be at this very moment. Every step and experience is necessary.
  3. Use disappointment and frustration to motivate you rather than annoy you. Be mindful. You are in control of the way you respond to life.
  4. You are not a product of your circumstances. You are a product of your decisions regarding these circumstances. It’s about deciding to NOT let your frustration or fear decide your future.
  5. Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Focus on the step you are taking now, and make the best of it.
  6. In a culture that seeks instant results, we must learn the beauty of effort, patience, and perseverance. Be strong, present, and steadfast. Stick to your positive daily rituals. (Angel and I build positive daily rituals with our students in the “Goals and Growth” module of the Getting Back to Happy Course.)
  7. Patience is a genuine expression of confidence, acceptance, serenity, and faith in your own ability. It’s a sign of strength. Practice it.
  8. As you face life’s inevitable obstacles, remember, it’s far better to be exhausted from lots of effort and learning, than to be tired of doing absolutely nothing. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Adversity” chapter of our NEW edition of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  9. Your struggle is part of your story. Being rejected from something you want often means you are being directed toward something you need… to make a tiny bit of progress again.
  10. No life story is one chapter long. No chapter tells the whole tale. No mistake defines who you are. Keep turning the pages that need to be turned.

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Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

Marcus Aurelius

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Theology, kids style

1. Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Amanda

2. Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce

3. Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet

4. God, I read the bible. What does beget mean? Nobody will tell me. Love,  Alison

5. Dear God, how did you know you were God? Who told you? Charlene

6. Dear God, is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his golf words in the house? Anita

7. Dear God, I bet it’s very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. Nancy

8. Dear God, I like the story about Noah the best of all of them. You really made up some good ones. I like walking on water, too. Glenn

9. Dear God, my Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far back do you go? Love, Dennis

10. Dear God, do you draw the lines around the countries? If you don’t, who does? Nathan

11. Dear God, did you mean for giraffes to look like that or was it an accident? Norma

12. Dear God, in bible times, did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer

13. Dear God, how come you did all those miracles in the old days and don’t do any now? Billy

14. Dear God, please send Dennis Clark to a different summer camp this year. Peter

15. Dear God, maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they each had their own rooms. It works out OK with me and my brother. Larry

16. Dear God, I keep waiting for spring, but it never did come yet. What’s up? Don’t forget. Mark

17. Dear God, my brother told me about how you are born but it just doesn’t sound right. What do you say? Marsha

18. Dear God, if you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. Barbara

19. Dear God, is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you just know him through the business? Donny

20. Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God than you. Well, I just want you to know that. I am not just saying that because you are already God. Charles

21. Dear God, it is great the way you always get the stars in the right place. Why can’t you do that with the moon? Jeff

22. Dear God, I am doing the best I can. Really. Frank

And, saving the best for last. . . . .

23. Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool. Thomas

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If you’ve ended up in hell with someone, and you’re still mad at them, where do you tell them to go?

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Recently, I was on a plane that had taken off and was approaching cruising altitude, when one of the flight attendants came on the public- address system. She announced that she was sorry, but the plane’s restrooms were out of order.  The flight attendant went on to apologize to the passengers for any inconvenience. But then she finished cheerily with: “So, as compensation, free drinks will be served.”

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The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Norman Vincent Peale

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A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading: “GEORGE AND THE DRAGON”.

He knocked. The Innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window. “Could ye spare some victuals?” he asked.

The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition. “No!” she said rather sternly.

“Could I have a drink of water?”

“No!” she said again.

“Could I at least sleep in your stable then?”

“NO!”  By this time she was fairly shouting.

The vagabond still continued,  “Might I please…?”

“What *now*?” the woman interrupted impatiently.

“D’ye suppose,” he asked…”I might have a word with George?”

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“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”

Langston Hughes

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A man parked his car at the supermarket and was walking past an empty cart when he heard a woman ask, “Excuse me, did you want that cart?”

“No,” he answered. “I’m only after one thing.”

As he walked toward the store, he heard her murmur, “Typical male.”

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A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

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You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!

Aly Raisman

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.

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