November 23, 2022
“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
Tomorrow is our annual Thanksgiving holdiday and a busy day for me. In fact I will be taking the next few days off so no daily until next Monday. In the meantime here is Ray’s Daily first published on November 23, 2004
It is our children that become our legacy, they are our heritage, and they leave our mark on future generations. The ultimate test of who we are is what we leave behind. Each of us owns a small portion of the world with its opportunities and its problems. At the same time we hold the key to the future of those who are ours, and through them on others. I am afraid however that too many of us get carried away by time and events and don’t make our responsibilities to our children our top priority.
Unfortunately we sometimes have to do even more. There are many children that do not get any nurturing, hand holding, or support as they mature. They pretty much do it on their own, often failing to reach their potential. They need more, they need us or others. Many will say it is not my problem; it is their family’s problem. Unfortunately little kids do not get to choose their parents or their environment. If we let these kids flounder we often pay a terrible price later since dysfunctional families beget dysfunctional children who often become dysfunctional adults. The following tells the story:
If a child lives with criticism ~ he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility ~ she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule ~ he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame ~ she learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance ~ he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement ~ she learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise ~ he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness ~ she learns justice.
If a child lives with security ~ he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval ~ she learns to like herself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship ~ he learns to find love in the world.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Ken sent us words to live by:
1) Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.
2) Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3) Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4) Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
5) Eat a live toad in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.
6) If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
7) If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
8) It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
9) Never buy a car you can’t push.
10) Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don’t have a leg to stand on.
11) Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
12) The early worm gets eaten by the bird, so sleep late.
13) When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14) Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.
15) You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16) Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
17) Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.
18) We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors but they all have to learn to live in the same box.
19) A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
20) Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.
To lose patience is to lose the battle.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
A distinguished rabbi and a friend were playing golf. It was a very close match, and at the last hole the two were only one stroke apart. The rabbi teed up, addressed the ball, and swung his driver with great force…slicing the ball deep into the woods.
The rabbi glared, and bit his lip while his face turned crimson, but said nothing. His opponent looked at him for a moment and then remarked, “Rabbi, that is the most profane silence I have ever heard.”
He said, “My father is so old that when he was in school, history was called current affairs.”
The blonde had been married about a year when one day she came running up to her husband jumping for joy.
Not knowing how to react, the husband started jumping up and down along with her.
“Why are we so happy?” he asked.
“Honey, I have some really great news for you!” She said. “Great!” he said, “Tell me what you’re so happy about.”
She stopped jumping and was breathless from all the jumping up and down. “I’m pregnant!” she gasped.
The husband was ecstatic as they had been trying for awhile.
He grabbed her, kissed her, and started telling her how wonderful itw as, and that he couldn’t be happier.
Then she said “Oh, honey there’s more!”
“What do you mean more?”, he asked.
“Well we are not having just one baby, we are going to have TWINS!”
Amazed at how she could know so soon after getting pregnant, he asked her how she knew.
“It was easy” she said, “I went to the pharmacy and bought the 2-pack home pregnancy test kit and both tests came out positive!”
Waiter: Would you like your coffee black?
Customer: What other colors do you have?
A wee guy was sitting at a bar staring at his drink for ages. Suddenly, a big biker came along, snatched his glass, guzzled down the contents and laughed, “Hah! So what you gonna do about that, little man?”
“Nothing,” sighed the little guy despondently. “You see, today has been the worst day of my life. This morning I overslept and was late for an important meeting. My boss was furious and so he sacked me. I cleared my desk, went to my car, only to discover that it wasn’t there – somebody had stolen it. So I got a taxi home, but when it came to paying the driver I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. I then went into my house and I found my wife in bed with the gardener. So I left home and came to this bar. And just when I was thinking about ending it all, you came along and drank my poison…”
If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
It takes a really tall tale to win the annual Burlington, Wis., Liars Club Contest. So tip your hat to Gordon Zwicky, because he’s a worthy champion. A neighbor, said Zwicky, told him and his wife Dorothy that they’d be fine as long as they paid attention to the road signs along the way. But they’d driven just 30 miles when they saw one that read, “Clean Restrooms Ahead.”
Two months later, they arrived in Florida exhausted, having used up 86 bottles of Windex, 267 rolls of paper towels, and three cases of toilet-bowl cleaner.
Total restrooms cleaned: 450.
Life, love, and laughter–what priceless gifts to give our children.
Phyllis Campbell Dryden
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