July 27, 2022
“When the path reveals itself, follow it.”
Reprint of Ray’s Daily published on July 27, 2004
Many of us follow in the foot step of others, while others of us follow the path less traveled. They are the ones that break the new ground, and whose lives are often filled with adventure and rewards. Each of our lives is filled with opportunity after opportunity to take the road less traveled.
We get to choose if we are going to do the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year as we follow either in the footsteps of others or on the path we have always traveled. While there may be no risk or challenge, I can almost guarantee there will be little discovery or new found pleasure. It is as Robert Frost said when he wrote:
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long as I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth,
Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim;
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet, knowing how way leads onto way I doubted
if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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A woman goes to the police station to report that her husband was missing.
“Can you give me a description of him?” asked the officer.
“He’s short and bald and skinny and wrinkled and wears dentures,” answered the woman. “Come to think of it, most of him was missing before he was.”
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Two very reform Jews from the big city were traveling in Florida where on Shabbos they found an orthodox shul in a small town where they could attend services.
The shul Rebbe, seeing strangers at the entrance, greeted the two strangers and asked where they would like to sit.
Looking somewhat confused, one out-of-towner smiled and said, “Non-smoking please.”
The future is not what it used to be.
She said: As a Dominican sister, I lived in a convent named for a deceased pope. One day while I was wearing contemporary clothes instead of my habit, I drove into a gas station to get the communal car filled up.
After the young attendant topped off the tank, he walked toward my car window to return my credit card. It was clear from his furrowed brow that he had something on his mind. The young man looked at me shyly and pointed to the convent’s name, John XXIII Hall, imprinted on the card.
“Pardon me,” he asked hesitantly, “but how do you pronounce your husband’s middle name?”
A young minister, sitting down to dinner was about to say grace when he opened the casserole dish that his thrifty bride had prepared from countless refrigerator leftovers.
“I don’t know,” he said dubiously. “It seems to me that we’ve blessed all this stuff before.”
The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.
“I was relaxing in my favorite chair on Sunday,” said Doug to Bill, “reading the newspaper, watching a ball game on TV and listening to another on the radio, drinking a beer, eating a snack, and scratching the dog with my foot — and my wife has the nerve to accuse me of just sitting there doing nothing !”
Happiness comes when we stop wailing about the troubles we have, and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.
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