June 21, 2022
“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”
Ray’s Daily first published on June 21, 2005
I have learned that you can’t go unless you leave. There is so much for us yet to see and do, but we must let some of the past go if we are to live well in the future. It is not just breaking out of the box that is created by our safe harbors, it also breaking out of the box created by our thoughts and our memories. It is never easy to leave a job and turn it over to someone else without looking back, we did what we did and it is time others took over and without our dwelling on how well they do it. I know it has been hard for me not to critique others serving on boards and committees where I once served. All that does is anchor us to a past that we can’t revisit.
Most of us can pick a moment in time and think backwards and see ourselves as we were then, we can then look forward from that moment and see what we became. Each new day is one of those moments in time; we can stop, stagnate, and maintain the status quo or we can say a fond farewell to yesterday as we move into tomorrow. It is almost as hard as finally understanding that your children are now adults and they need to be free to make their own mistakes and earn their own successes. We just need to free ourselves in the same way. The chains that bind are those we have placed on ourselves and we are the only ones that can set ourselves free.
So I will keep traveling and if we pass each other along the way I hope we will be able to spend a little time together. If we journey together for a bit, hand in hand, we will have the good fortune of sharing the discoveries that lay ahead for us both.
“Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.”
“Why God made moms” answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions.
Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?
1. We’re related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.
What kind of little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
EVERYONE IS GIVEN PATIENCE WISE PEOPLE USE IT.
Classic Tower Conversations
“Air Force ’45, it appears your engine has…oh, disregard…I see you’ve already ejected.”
“About three miles ahead, you’ve got traffic 12 o’clock, five miles.” If you hear me, traffic no longer a factor.”
“Climb like your life depends on it…because it does.”
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
After watching his mother change the diaper on his newborn sister, a three year old boy voices his concern that she seems to be missing some parts.
So in terms the mother thought he would understand, she explains to her son the difference between boys and girls. Then to make sure he understood what she said, she asks him,
“Okay son, now what do you have that your new baby sister doesn’t?”
Smiling broadly, the boy proudly says, “Teeth!”
Those who want much, are always much in need.
A friend and I were shopping for dresses for her three-year-old girls to wear to a wedding. In the store, another girl staring intently at Sarah and Becky asked, “Are those girls twins?”
“Actually they’re triplets,” I explained. “They have a brother at home.”
“Wow,” she replied. “They sure look like twins to me.”
We were driving our three-year-old son to his Grandma’s home when we stopped at a store. Once inside, our son decided he wanted one of those large gumballs.
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 Gramma.”
On the bottom of an office memo: “If you have any questions, please read again.”
A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a group of cars that were all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got caught and was pulled over.
The officer handed him the citation and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?”
“Ever go fishing?” the policeman asked the man.
“Ummm, yeah…,” the driver replied.
The officer grinned and said, “Ever catch all the fish?”
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
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