June 24, 2022
“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.”
Ray’s Daily first published on June 24, 2003
One of the real advantages I get from publishing our daily is what I get back from some of you. As you know a couple of days ago I raised the issue of our understanding of the Middle East and what we might do as individuals to better understand the issues and some thought on how we might become personally involved. I want to share with you the thoughts of two people I respect, they demonstrate the value of our sharing our views.
Good morning Ray – I have been appreciating your thoughts. I certainly understand, have observed, and to some extent feel the frustration that often leads us to do nothing. Your list of things we could do is good … but there are two more very important things to add.
1.) we can take every opportunity to make a positive contribution to the world we come in contact with everyday, even if it is just a kind word to someone. We never know how far those ripple effects reach.
2.) we can pray! I don’t pretend to know how, but I’ve seen enough examples to know that prayer works. And if enough Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus … whatever religion … prayed in their own way, according to their own faith, there would be a force for good so strong that I believe it would bring about peaceful solutions.
I totally agree with your article today. There is so much misunderstanding and grouping all people as being alike. I have taken two trips that opened my eyes. One in the late 90’s to Morocco to visit my daughter who was in the Peace Corp. We traveled together and visited families and govt officials for three weeks. I ate in people’s homes and walked the streets with Molly. I came to respect the commitment that Muslim country has for its religion. It was so apart of their day with the call to pray over loudspeakers. My daughter married a Moroccan. Right now they live in Bloomington but soon moving to Florida. It has brought a wonderful dimension to our family.
My second important trip (2001) was with an AFP (Association Fundraising Professionals) group that went through People to People to South Africa. I was the only Indiana delegate out of 36 people. I have always had an interest in South Africa. In the 80’s I attended an intensive **** on South Africa and apartheid. I was with the YWCA and they did a lot of work in South Africa on anti-apartheid. I just got from the library Long Night’s Journey into Day – about the Truth and Reconciliation hearings. It is the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid. The history of South Africa and the AIDS issue there are passions for me. After returning, I was speaker at several churches and groups on my experience.
My thoughts for today.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
Tao Te Ching
A fine funeral was ordered for a woman who had henpecked her husband, driven her kids half nuts, scrapped with the neighbors at the slightest opportunity, and even made neurotics of the cat and dog with her explosive temper.
As the casket was lowered into the grave, a violent thunderstorm broke, and the pastor’s benediction was drowned out by a blinding flash of lightning, followed by terrific thunder.
“Well,” commented one of the mourners, “sounds like she got where she was going.”
A Michigan circuit judge tells about a divorce suit he handled recently. “I think you might as well give your husband a divorce,” he advised the wife.
“What!” shouted the lady. “I have lived with this bum for twenty years, and now I should make him happy?”
Someone sent me a postcard picture of the earth. On the back it said, “Wish you were here.”
When visiting the senior center I heard him say:
I’m the life of the party…… even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps … with a hammer.
I’m usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
I’m very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over…
I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.
I’m so cared for — long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.
I’m not really grouchy, I just don’t like traffic, waiting, crowds, lawyers, loud music, unruly kids, Toyota commercials, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can’t seem to remember right now.
I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, …somewhere.
I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.
I’m having trouble remembering simple words like…….
I’m beginning to realizing that aging is not for wimps.
I’m sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen?
I’m wondering, if you’re only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
And, how can my kids be older than I feel sometimes?
I’m a walking storeroom of facts….. I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.
I am pretty sure he said it and not me, I just can’t remember for sure.
I heard that there is a sign taped to the women’s room mirror at my old office that reads:
“Objects in this mirror are MUCH prettier than they appear.”
A lady walks into the drugstore and asks the pharmacist for some arsenic.
“Ma’am, what do you want with arsenic?”
“To kill my husband.”
“I can’t sell you arsenic to kill a person!”
The lady lays down a photo of a man and a woman in a compromising position.
The man is her husband and the woman is the pharmacist’s wife.
He takes the photo and nods. “I didn’t realize you had a prescription!”
A mother may hope that her daughter will get a better husband that she did, but she knows her son will never get as good a wife as his father did.
He said: One Sunday morning when my son, David, was about 5, we were attending a church in our community. It was common for the preacher to invite the children to the front of the church and have a small lesson before beginning the sermon. He would bring in an item they could find around the house and relate it to a teaching from the Bible.
This particular morning, the visual aid for his lesson was a smoke detector. He asked the children if anyone knew what it meant when an alarm sounded from the smoke detector.
My child immediately raised his hand and said, “It means Daddy’s cooking dinner.”
A good friend will come and bail you out of jail…but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, “Damn…that was fun!”
Coming out of church, Mrs. Peterson asked her husband, “Do you think that Johnson girl is tinting her hair?”
“I didn’t even see her,” admitted Mr. Peterson.
“And that dress Mrs. Hansen was wearing,” continued Mrs. Peterson, “Really, don’t tell me you think that’s the proper costume for a mother of two.”
“I’m afraid I didn’t notice that either,” said Mr. Peterson.
“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” snapped Mrs. Peterson. “A lot of good it does you to go to church.”
“I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which I must stop and look fear in the face… I say to myself, I’ve lived through this and can take the next thing that comes along… We must do the things that we think we cannot do.”
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