June 17, 2022
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Ray’s Daily first published on June 17, 2005
What did they say, “Stop and Smell the Roses,” I would like to add that it is perfectly alright to chose the work or life path that takes you through the most rose gardens. I would much rather trade off a little bit of income or title for more of life’s pleasures. In our early years we stay busy; it is a time when we are still learning who we are and what pleases us. As time goes by we have more and more opportunity to pick a more pleasurable path for ourselves, but too often we are carried on by the tide and just go with the flow. Finally we reach the point in our lives where we can be selective and choose to do what gives us the most pleasure, unfortunately too many have lost the ability to know what would give them enjoyment much less choosing something to enjoy. Part of the problem is that we often look for that unbelievable fantasy fulfillment event that will make up for all the opportunities we missed, when we could be finding pleasure in the moment, the little things we do, the people we meet everyday, and so much more.
In my case I get great pleasure from escaping into a book. I also like spending hours with someone new, we often find something that we have in common and get mutual pleasure in the sharing. I like BBQ, movies, learning new things, talking to five year olds (they are so much smarter and fun than we think they are), and cruising. The list is too long to put it all here but you get the idea. Of course there are lots of things I don’t like, I either don’t do them or don’t pay attention to them.
Can you put a list together? A list that helps you to appreciate your day-to-day pleasurable experiences and that includes the things you could do if you just let yourself do them. If you can, why not do it now, you might find that you will be glad you did.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
An effusive client brought a litter of golden-retriever puppies to my veterinary clinic for inoculations and worming. She loved them so much, she couldn’t keep from remarking about their cute habits.
As the look-alike pups squirmed over and under one another in their box, I realized it would be difficult to tell the ‘treated’ ones from the rest. So I came up with a quick solution. I turned on the water faucet, wet my fingers, and moistened each dog’s head when I had finished.
After the fourth puppy, I noticed my hitherto talkative client had grown silent. As I sprinkled the last pup’s head, the woman leaned forward and whispered,
“Gee, doctor, I never realized you performed baptisms also!”
“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!”
Jack forced himself to open his eyes. The first thing he saw was a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!
Jack then looks over, and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.
He notices that the entire room is in perfect order, Spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.
He takes the aspirin, and cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. There’s a note on the table:
“Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping–Love you!”
He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, “Son…what happened last night?”
“Well, you came home after 3 A.M.., drunk and out of your mind. You broke some furniture, puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.”
“So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean, I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?”
His son replies, “Oh… THAT!…
Well, mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to undress you, you screamed, “Leave me alone, lady, I’m married!”
Happiness does not come from doing what you want, but wanting what you do.
YOU KNOW IT’S A “NO FRILLS” AIRLINE WHEN …
* They don’t sell tickets, they sell chances.
* All the insurance machines in the terminal are sold out.
* Before the flight, the passengers get together and elect a pilot.
* You cannot board the plane unless you have the exact change.
* Before you took off, the stewardess tells you to fasten your Velcro.
* The Captain asks all the passengers to chip in a little for gas.
* When they pull the steps away, the plane starts rocking.
* The Captain yells at the ground crew to get the cows off the runway.
* You ask the Captain how often their planes crash and he says, “Just once.”
* No movie. Don’t need one. Your life keeps flashing before your eyes.
* You see a man with a gun, but he’s demanding to be let off the plane.
* All the planes have both a bathroom and a chapel.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
Edward R. Murrow
This message still rings true, especially when you realize that the loyal opposition may soon have the power and then we become the loyal opposition.
Tom had never been on a fishing boat before, and he was now thinking it was the stupidest thing he’d ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining two hours of the trip.
One of the deckhands came up to him and said, “Don’t worry, young fella. Nobody ever died of seasickness.”
“You’ve just taken away my last hope for relief,” Tom said.
On the phone with a golf buddy who has asked him to play, a guy says: “I am the master of my home and can play golf whenever I want. But hold on a minute while I find out if I want to.”
A burglar alarm sent out its piercing wail in the dark of a December night in Brooklyn, and the police arrived just in time to collar the burglar, Morris Spiegel, as he was leaving the premises with a big bag full of loot. Soon, he was in court, facing a grim-looking judge.
“Did you have an accomplice?” asked the judge.
“What’s an accomplice?” replied Morris.
“A partner. In other words, did you commit this crime by yourself?”
“What else?” demanded the culprit. “You can’t get honest and reliable help these days?”
My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
Our family held a reunion when my mother was 88 years old, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending. The talk turned to honeymoons, and my three daughters began to tell about their trips to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Niagara Falls. One of my daughters turned to my mother.
“Grandma, where did you go on your honeymoon?” she asked.
Mother never hesitated. “Upstairs!” she said.
Love What You Do.
Do What You Love.
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