May 11, 2022
“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.”
Good morning my friends. I have been thinking a lot lately about how we can find ways to do more for ourselves and others. As we age it provides us more time to be who we would like to be. All it takes is taking control of our time and use what we have to make our tomorrows worthwhile.
I have an amazing good friend who recently had a hip operation that would have slowed most of us down, but not her. Her optimism and will have combined to provide a speedy recovery. All of us need to be as forward looking as she is.
Here some tips from Angel Chernoff that reminded me of what we can do for ourselves.
1. If you don’t allow yourself to learn and grow from the experience — from what was said, done, and felt — you will always look at your life through the same old lens. Realize this. In many ways, what you do today matters more than what happened yesterday.
2. Calmness does not mean to be in a space where there is no chaos, trouble, or hard realities to deal with. Calmness means to be in the midst of all those things and still remain mentally, emotionally and physically centered.
3. Breathe. Be where you are. You’ve been broken down dozens of times and put yourself back together again. Think about how remarkable that is, and how far you’ve come. You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even yesterday. You’re always growing… stronger!
4. As you journey forward, remember that the the way people see and treat you is their problem, how you respond is yours. So never regret the kindness and respect you have shown to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says more than enough about them.
5. The fundamental goal right now is to gradually change your response to what you can’t control. To grow stronger on the inside, so that almost nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace and wellness without your conscious permission.
“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”
Michael E. Gerber
“Yes,” answered the suspect.
“And what did you steal?”
“A dress, Your Honor,” replied the subject.
“One dress?” echoed the judge. “But you admit breaking in four times!”
“Yes, Your Honor,” sighed the suspect. “But three times my wife didn’t like the color.”
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
A man took his old duck to the Veterinarian, concerned because the duck wouldn’t eat. The Vet explained to the man that as ducks age their upper bills grow down over their lower bills, and make it difficult for the animal to pick up it’s food.
“What you need to do is gently file the upper bill down, even with the lower bill. But you must be extra careful because the duck’s nostrils are located in the upper bill and if you file down too far, when the duck takes a drink of water it’ll drown.”
The man goes about his business and about a week later the Vet runs into his patient.
“Well, how is that duck of yours?” the Vet inquires.
“He’s dead.” declared the heartbroken man.
“I told you not to file his upper bill down too far!
He took a drink of water and drowned didn’t he?” insisted the Vet.
“No.” lamented the man. “I think he was dead before I took him out of the vise.”
People who cough incessantly never seen to go to the doctor, they go to banquets, concerts, and church.
“I’m prescribing these pills for you,” said the doctor to the overweight patient, who tipped the scales at about three hundred pounds. “I don’t want you to swallow them. Just spill them on the floor twice a day and pick them up, one at a time….”
“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
A blonde is on board a small two seater plane when suddenly the pilot dies. Not knowing how to fly a plane she grabs the radio. “Mayday, Mayday! My pilot just died!” she screams.
Ground control receives her call for help and answers back: “Don’t worry, madam. I’ll talk you down, just do as I say. First I need you to give me your height and position”
“I’m 5″2′ and sitting in the front”
“Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.”
William Makepeace Thackeray
David wasn’t feeling well and so he went to the doctor to get himself checked.
After a thorough examination, the doctor said, “Well David, based on my examination, the best thing for you is to cut out all sweets and fatty foods, give up alcohol, and stop smoking.”
“I see,” said David. “Well, to be honest with you Doc, let’s go with second best.’
The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.
Jewish Mothers don’t differ from any other in the world when it comes to bragging about their sons. One Mother, trying to out-do another when it came to opportunities available to their just graduated-from-college sons said, “My Irving has had so many fine interviews, his resume is now in its fifth printing.”
We should all swap problems; everyone knows how to solve the other fellow’s.
I was visitin’ over at the old Perfesser’s, when little Maury came over, tugged on my pants leg and excitedly exclaimed, “I got a new bicycle, do you want to see it?”
I said, “Sure, little Maury.”
So off to the backyard we went. When we got there, I saw his brand new bicycle.
“Boy, Maury!! That’s a beautiful bicycle,” I complimented. “Can you ride it?”
“Yeah, I can ride it,” he said, then with a sad face he pouted, “but it’s broke.”
I looked at the new bicycle and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so I asked him, “Well, what’s wrong with it?”
“I don’t know,” little Maury shrugged, “but every time I ride it, it falls down!”
“My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
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