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Stay Passionate

Ray’s Daily

June 20, 2022


“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

T.D. Jakes

Yesterday, fathers day, I was with my three children and again realized what a wonderful gift my wife had given us with their births. They have grown into accomplished adults and have helped my wife and me to age as gracefully as possible.

All three have accomplished a lot over the years. I hope they realize just how good they are. Too many folks I know never do. The following story should remind you of how good you are.

The brilliant you, released!

You’re a remarkable person. But, you knew that already. Still, buried among apathy, unbelief and inhibition, is the brilliant “you” waiting to be released. You already knew that, too.

A few disappointments here, several temporary defeats there, and POOF! just like that, you settled for being a risk-conscious, opportunity: self-denied, generality. Nobody has ever made any progress by standing still. You’re not an exception; and you’re not alone. In fact, you have plenty of company. But, why settle for a life that looks like just about everyone else’s? Do something magnificent with your God-given gifts and boldly distinguish yourself from the masses. Decide-on this day-to connect with your brilliance, within.

Paramount in your quest for brilliance is the personal development and daily utilization of your talents and abilities. As a matter of fact, it’s required. It’s not necessary to be perfect. Striving for excellence in everything you do is enough to release your brilliance.

Trust me. You were not born to be “mild.” So cut it out! There’s an entire universe out there starving for your gifts. How long will you continue to wait to take those last four classes needed for your degree? What career have you just been “wishing it were so” about? If all you can see is yourself remaining 16 units short of your degree, how can you possibly prepare for an exciting future? If you can’t believe for a meaningful vocation now, will you have the passion to believe for one later?

Challenge yourself. Commit to do just two things this hour that will untap your brilliance. Revamp your resume; make a phone call to your advisor. Even a modest amount of brilliance unreleased, would relay the message to your brain: “Wow, she’s serious!”

Ignite your passion. Inhale, then excel. Stand and deliver! See, then be!

Your life matters. Visualize your brilliance totally released. Then boldly, step into the vision.

Written by Fran Briggs


“It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.”

T. S. Eliot


Morris returns from a long business trip and finds out that his wife has been unfaithful during his time away.

“Who was it!!!???” he yells. “Goldstein?”

“No,” replied his wife. “It wasn’t Goldstein.”

“Was it Feldman, that dirty old man?”

“No, not him.”

“Aha! Then it must have been that idiot Rabinovich!”

“No, it wasn’t Rabinovich either…”

Morris was now fuming. “What’s the matter?” he cried. “None of my friends are good enough for you?”


Sign in a cafeteria: “Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want.”


         Florida blessing

Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry.

Please keep it cool in mid-July.

Bless the walls where termites dine,

while ants and roaches march in time.

Bless our yard where spiders pass

fire ant castles in the grass.

Bless the garage, a home to please

carpenter beetles, ticks and fleas.

Bless the love bugs, two by two,

the gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.

Millions of creatures that fly or crawl,

in Florida, Lord, you’ve put them all!!

But this is home, and here we’ll stay,

So thank you Lord, for insect spray.


When standing in a long lineup why do we feel so much better when somebody comes and stands behind us?


A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”


Haddon was desperate for business, and was happy to be appointed by the court to defend an indigent defendant.

The judge ordered Haddon, “You are to confer with the defendant in the hallway, and give him the best legal advice you can.”

After a time, Haddon re-entered the courtroom alone.

When the judge asked where the defendant had gone, Haddon replied, “You asked me to give him good advice. I found out that he was guilty, so I told him to split.”


There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.

Robert Byrne


A little girl asked her mother for a dollar to give to an old lady in the park. Her mother was touched by the child’s kindness, and gave her the required sum. “There you are, my dear,” said the mother. “But, tell me, isn’t the lady able to work any more?”

“Oh yes,” came the reply. “She sells candy.”


A South African doctor wrote about an epitaph he had seen in a local cemetery: In memory of my father: gone to join his appendix, his tonsils, his olfactory nerve, a kidney, an eardrum, and a leg prematurely removed by an intern who needed the experience.


Murphy’s Technology Law #16: Any given program, when running, is obsolete.


You Know You’re Trailer Trash If…

* The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.

* You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

* You think a woman who is “out of your league” bowls on a different night.

* Jack Daniel’s makes your list of “most admired people”.

* You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.

* You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.

* Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

* Your junior prom had a daycare.

* The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas is in it.

* You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.

* You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

* You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.

* You think loading a dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.


“Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.”

Niels Bohr


Boating Tips

Always stay at least five boat-lengths behind the whale in front of you.

While sinking to the bottom of a lake or ocean, screaming does not help.

When boating, always wear a swimsuit with suspenders. This makes it easier on the guys with the grapling hook when they’re trying to retrieve your body.

Drowning can cause severe shortness of breath. And you don’t even want to think about what it does to your complexion.

Always wear a life jacket in case you fall overboard. Also, it’s a good idea to take along something to read, in case you’re swallowed by a whale. Most whales seem to enjoy Moby Dick.

Boating while intoxicated is not illegal in some states, but it’s stupid in all of them.


Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either. Just leave me the hell alone.


A group of men sat around the pot-bellied stove in the country store, discussing the mysteries of life. “I’m going deaf and blind,” sighed one old fellow. “I don’t know what the good Lord wants to leave me here for.”

“Now, Mr. McCain,” replied his friend, “the Lord’s ways are not our ways, and we can’t always understand. But if He’s left you here He’s got work for you to do.”

Mr. McCain sat for a minute in quiet meditation, then announced, “Well, I’m not a-gonna do it.”


“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”

Wanda Skyes


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

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