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Be Yourself

Ray’s Daily

October 17, 2018

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer

Be Yourself

I think far to many of us either strive to be somebody else or fail to appreciate who we are. It is especially troubling for me to see young people struggle to fit into a mold that has been designed by others but that often holds little personal happiness.

No matter how old or young we are we benefit from learning more about ourselves and the value of our uniqueness. Life offers each of us the opportunity to be the best us instead trying to be the best someone else.

Here is a piece that has been around for some time. I wish it was mandatory reading for every young person that is beginning their adulthood.

    Steps to Happiness

Everybody Knows:

You can’t be all things to all people.

You can’t do all things at once.

You can’t do all things equally well.

You can’t do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.

So:

You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

Then:

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare to Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And we’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.

May God Bless you and keep you safe,

Father Pat

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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

Buddha

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If 99.9% Is Good Enough…

-12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

-114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be shipped/year.

-18,322 pieces of mail will be mishandled/hour.

-2,000,000 documents will be lost by the IRS this year.

-2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong covers.

-Two planes that land at Chicago’s O’Hare airport will be unsafe every day!

-315 entries in Webster’s Dictionary will be misspelled.

-20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written this year!

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“I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.

Steven Wright

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A out-of-towner in New York at the height of the tourist season decided to revisit an uptown restaurant he’d enjoyed on a previous trip to the city.

Finally catching the eye of an overworked waiter, he said, “You know, it’s been over five years since I first came  in here.”

“You’ll have to wait your turn, sir,” replied the harried waiter. “I can only serve one table at a time.”

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“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr

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Here are some translations for all the misleading things hotels say.

Old world charm …………….    No bath

Tropical …………………..           Rainy

Majestic setting ……………      A long way from town

Options galore ……………..      Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway ………….. Impossible to find or get to

Pre-registered rooms ……….. Already occupied

Explore on your own ………… Pay for it yourself

Knowledgeable trip hosts …. They’ve flown in an airplane before

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Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

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You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice. Some of our notices have not been noticed. This is very noticeable. It has been noticed that the responses to the notices have been noticeably unnoticed. This notice is to remind you to notice the notices and respond to the notices, because we do not want the notices to go unnoticed.

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I don’t think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you’ve been blessed.

Robert Brault

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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I am glad I took a different train

 

Ray’s Daily

October 16, 2018

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Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Anais Nin

Train

It is another day where I find myself with too much to do so here is another reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on October 16, 2007

Since I will be going for my cardiac stress echo test first thing in the morning and doing additional medical stuff tomorrow I am putting the daily together twelve hours early, so if something newsworthy has taken place in the interim I probably didn’t miss it.

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Some of our readers are still in school laying the foundation for the rest of their lives, some are in their middle years, and then there are the rest of us who are given another chance to be what we want to be. It is not important where you are on life’s timeline it is only important that you realize it won’t stop and there is nothing you can do about that. But if you find that it is a train taking you to places you don’t want to go, remember you really don’t have to be on it.

It is not always easy to pick up your bags, leave the train with all its familiarity and board a train going someplace else, but for many of us it is the best thing we can do. The happiest people I know are those who have chosen a new destiny rather than staying on a train that goes nowhere. We all can begin again no matter how old we may be; all we have to do is get off the train. I did and it was the smartest thing I ever did.

Here is what Bill Greer suggests you do to begin again.

Begin to see yourself as you were when you were the happiest and strongest you’ve ever been.

Begin to remember what worked for you (and what worked against you), and try to capture the magic again.

Begin to remember how natural it was when you were a child — to live a lifetime each day.

Begin to forget the baggage you have carried with you for years:

The problems that don’t matter anymore,

The tears that cried themselves away,

And the worries that are going to wash away on the shore of tomorrow’s new beginnings.

Tomorrow tells us it will be here every new day of our lives; and if we will be wise, we will turn away from the problems of the past and give the future — and ourselves — a chance to become the best of friends.

Sometimes all it takes is a wish in the heart to let yourself begin again.

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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

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Things wives wish we would say:

~Wow, I just don’t know what to do with this money we won in the lottery, so why don’t you take it to the mall and see if you can find something to buy with it.

~Hey, how about inviting your mother to spend the summer with us.

~Oh, go ahead and eat that third piece of chocolate cream pie. If it’s one thing I hate it’s skinny women.

~What a break, I won a prize on the radio station…. tickets to either the super bowl or the opening of the New York Ballet. I got first choice so pack your bags for New York, we get to go to the ballet!!!

~Who wants to play golf when I can get to see how good the lawn looks when it’s freshly mowed.

~Shoot, there’s nothing on TV but football games. Let’s go furniture shopping.

~Man I tell you, nothing feels better than getting all spruced up in a suit and tie.

~I’m getting a little tired of steak on the grill. How about a nice quiche?

~You know, I think I’d really prefer the four-door sedan to that impractical Corvette.

~Golly I think we’re lost. Let me find a gas station to ask for directions.

~If the guys call and want me to go to that new sports club with them, tell them I’m busy. I really want to get the living room painted tonight.

~Sports cars are just such stupid little toys for men who have never really grown up.

~If you’re looking for me later, I’ll be over there looking at the home decorating magazines.

~You know, we really don’t visit your relatives enough.

~Why don’t you relax this weekend. I’ll take care of the cooking and housework.

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“Two wrongs are only the beginning.”

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At his request, each morning three-year-old Ray’s mother pinned a bath towel to the back shoulders of his size two T- shirt. Immediately in his young imaginative mind the towel became a brilliant magic blue and red cape. And he became Superman. Outfitted each day in his “cape,” Ray’s days were packed with adventure and daring escapades. He was Superman.

This fact was clearly pointed out last fall when his mother enrolled him in kindergarten class. During the course of the interview, the teacher asked Ray his name. “Superman,” he answered politely and without pause.

The teacher smiled, cast an appreciative glance at his mother, and asked again, “Your real name, please.”

Again, Ray answered, “Superman.”

Realizing the situation demanded more authority, or maybe to hide amusement, the teacher closed her eyes for a moment, then in a voice quite stern, said, “I will have to have your real name for the records.”

Sensing he’d have to play straight with the teacher, Ray slid his eyes around the room, hunched closer to her, and patting a corner of frayed towel at his shoulder, answered in a voice hushed with conspiracy, “Clark Kent.”

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“Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.

Wendell Johnson

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There’s this little guy sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

The poor man starts crying.

The truck driver says: “Come on man, I was just joking.

Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t see a man crying.” “No, it’s not that. Today is the worst day of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss, outraged, fired me. When I left the building for my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said they could do nothing. I got a cab to return home, and after I paid the cab driver and the cab had gone, I found that I left my whole wallet in the cab. I got home only to find my wife was in bed with the gardener. I left home and came to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink the darn poison …”

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“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

Diane Ackerman

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

You can be happy too!

Ray’s Daily

October 15, 2018

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Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Frank Tyger

Happiness

I recently read an article published in INC magazine about how we can find long-term happiness. As I read the article I realized that the traits they describe were not just the behaviors of happy people they also the traits that I have found in the truly successful people I know. I think that personal integrity is the cornerstone of a happy person’s foundations.

Here are excerpts from the article for your revue.

Want to Find Long-Term Happiness?

By Marcel Schwantes

I’ve learned to adapt these nine principles found in people who are generally at peace and in a state of happiness — the same habits commonly found in people of character who value the humanity of others.

  1. Happy people avoid arrogance.- People with a happiness advantage don’t trample over their colleagues to get what they want at the expense of relationships; they humbly acknowledge that they don’t have all the answers and will ask for feedback from trusted sources.
  2. Happy people avoid gossip. – Happy people will walk away the moment they pick up gossipers on their radar; it’s in the gossiper’s DNA to dig up things about other people and spread rumors like a tumor. Happy people take the higher road by not associating with such people because it will save them in the long run.
  3. Happy people gauge their emotions and that of others – Because they’re highly empathic, happy people are typically great listeners, self-reflective, and curious about the lives of others, according to research.
  4. Happy people walk in integrity – As the famous saying goes, “do the right thing, even when no one is looking,” isn’t always easy. However, when you walk the talk like most happy people, the benefits are tremendous.
  5. Happy people focus on what they can control – Take a hint from the happiest of people: relax, slow down, take one thing at a time, and then focus again on what’s immediately in front of you. This will help to ease your anxiety.
  6. Happy people practice mindfulness – A growing body of research in neuroscience suggest that mindfulness is one of the best-kept secrets to help manage anxiety. All you need to do to is sit down for five minutes and pay attention to the present moment, without judgment, accepting whatever thoughts and sensations you’re experiencing as you breathe in and out.
  7. Happy people admit their mistakes – Happy people are radically honest people; they show their likable humanity when the chips are down, rather than letting hubris rear its ugly head. When they make mistakes, they will admit them.
  8. Happy people are assertive when managing conflict – Courageously run toward the eye of the storm because assertively cutting through a conflict to resolve a problem with respect, dignity, and good listening skills is much, much easier than the negative consequences of running away from a conflict.
  9. Happy people speak their truth – Happy people are authentic; they don’t say things to sugarcoat or try to please others or look good in front of their peers. Speak clearly, honestly, and with integrity.

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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.

Joseph Addison

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A four-year-old was showing a little friend the family photos that covered one wall in their basement. Out of sight but not out of earshot, her mother overheard her say, “Here’s a picture of my mommy when she was a little girl. I wasn’t there, but people say she used to be nice.”

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It’s easy to identify people who can’t count to ten. They’re in front of you in the supermarket express lane

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Obrien and Nealy were getting well on in years, and Obrien was in the hospital in his last days.

Obrien reached out his hand to his friend and said, “Me friend, we’ve been pals since we were wee lads, and I haven’t got much more time left of this earth. When I’m gone, would you do me the biggest of favors?”

To which Nealy replied, “Why of course my good friend … anything you’d ask of me.”

Obrien asked, “When I’m well planted, please pour a bottle of the very best Irish whiskey on my grave.”

Nealy’s response … “Of course my good friend but … would you be offended if I was to strain it through me kidneys first?”

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffet

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“That was nice of you to set up a blind date for your ex-boyfriend.”

“I know, but I don’t hold any grudges.”

“I’m surprised he trusted you enough to agree to go out with her.”

“Well, I had to swear to him she’s Jennifer Lopez’s double.”

“Wow! Is that true”?

“I wouldn’t lie. She’s twice her weight and twice her age!”

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Veni, Vidi, Velcro. (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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He said: I’ve sure gotten old. I’ve had two By-pass surgeries. A hip replacement, new knees. Fought prostate cancer, and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, I’m winded, and subject to blackouts.

I have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends.

But… Thank God, I still have my Florida driver’s license.

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Enjoy the Game

Ray’s Daily

October 12, 2018

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

Michael Jordan

Cards

As I spend more time with folks older than I am; many who have an infirmity that slows them down, I realize the value of losing gracefully. While many of us are so competitive we are disappointed if we fail to win these people have an appreciation of the game itself.

It is the opportunity to play and interact with others that adds pleasure to their days. We all need the company of others to prevent loneliness and isolation. There is joy inherent in playing together, oh and by the way winning once in a while is fun too.

Here is a short poem describes the kind of plyers I like.

      A Smile

  Poet Unknown

 Let others cheer the winning man,

There’s one I hold worthwhile;

‘Tis he who does the best he can,

Then loses with a smile.

 

Beaten he is, but not to stay

Down with the rank and file;

That man will win some other day,

Who loses with a smile.

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Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.

Mike Singletary

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Introducing the Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge software: B.O.O.K.

BOOK is a revolutionary technological breakthrough: no wires, no electric currents, no batteries. Nothing to be connected or switched on. So easy to use, even a child can operate it! Compact, portable, it can be used anywhere — even on a beach, yards from a power point. Yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc! Here’s how it works:

BOOK is constructed of literally hundreds of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom fit device (a “binder”) which maintains each sheet in its correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows the manufacturer to utilize BOTH sides of each sheet, thus doubling information density while cutting costs. Sheets are scanned optically, registering information directly to the brain — the most efficient interface yet developed! And simple: a flick of a finger takes you to the next sheet! BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it!

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting. The “browse” feature permits you to move instantly to any single sheet, AND move forward and backward as you wish. Forget scrolling arrows or multiple key commands! BOOK often comes with an “index” feature which pinpoints the exact sheet location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open book at THE EXACT PLACE YOU LEFT IT IN A PREVIOUS SESSION … even if BOOK has been closed!

Best of all, BOOKmarks fit universal design standards …any BOOKmark can be used in any BOOK by any manufacturer!

A brand new BOOKmark can even be used in a BOOK that predates it by months, even years!

Should you wish to store numerous views in a single book, multiple BOOKmarks can be used.

You also have the option to make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as the precursor of a new information-delivery wave. BOOK’s appeal is so certain that thousands of self-employed content creators (like me) have committed to the platform, and edit technicians are evaluating their submissions.

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“Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.”

Marty Robbins

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A little girl says, “Daddy, I wish I had a little sister.”

Trying to be funny, the daddy says “Honey, you do have a sister. You just don’t see her because when you are coming in the front door, she is always leaving through the back door.”

The little girl thought about this and remarked, “You mean like my other Daddy does?”

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Take my advice, I don’t use it anyway.

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The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted. His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word.  “My, you look tired,” she said.  “You must have had a hard day today.  What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said.  “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.”

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There is no They, Only Us.

Graffito

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As a Delta Air Lines jet was flying over Arizona on a clear day, the copilot was providing his passengers with a running commentary about landmarks over the PA system.

“Coming up on the right, you can see the Meteor Crater, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Arizona. It was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons, struck the earth at about 40,000 miles an hour, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction. The hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep.”

From the cabin, a passenger was heard to exclaim, “Wow! It just missed the highway!”

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At the marriage counselor’s office, the woman complained, “What’s-his-name here says I don’t give him enough attention.”

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Mother:  “Why are you home from school so early?”

Son:  “I was the only one who could answer a question.”

Mother:  “Oh, really?  What was the question?”

Son:  “Who threw the eraser at the principal?”

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Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

Sai Baba

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

We Are OK

Ray’s Daily

October 11, 2018

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“Doing your best is more important than being the best.”

Zig Ziglar

We're OK

If there is one key behavior I have found to be important these days it is to be OK with my limitations and to just do the best I can. I can’t see as well as I did but I can still see, I can’t hear as well as I did but I can still hear, I can’t walk as far but I can still walk. All-in-all I am doing much better than many of my contemporaries and I am grateful for that as it is more than enough.

I recently read an article written by Sara Fabian entitled When I Stopped Competing, I Set Myself Free that reminded me of the value of being happy with what you can do. Here are excerpts that I would like to share with you today.

Stop competing against myself.

Perfection is nothing but pure fiction, an illusion created by our minds. It’s also a learned practice. Most of us were raised to constantly strive to become better people—to focus on our flaws and perceived limitations—and we either take our strengths for granted or aren’t even aware of them.

While we are all learning from our experiences and mistakes, we also need to be aware of our gifts and talents. We need to celebrate our uniqueness and detach ourselves from the toxic habit of comparing ourselves to others.

Why turn my life into a never-ending competition? True friendship is not about competing against each other. It’s about support and collaboration. Why act as my competitor when I can be my own best friend?

As the Chinese proverb says, “Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”

Since I changed my perspective, I’ve stopped beating myself up. I now talk to myself kindly. I treat myself with dignity and respect. I know I am worthy of the best things life has to offer, and it is my birthright to be happy. My happiness is nothing to compete or fight for.

I’ve learned to forgive myself for my mistakes in the same way I forgive others, knowing I am also human. As a student at the school of life, I will sometimes rise and sometimes fall, and that is okay. I no longer strive to become the best version of myself. Instead, I always do the best I can. When I know I’ve done the best I could, there’s no room for regrets. Whenever I know better, I do better. The day I stopped competing against myself and others, I set myself free.

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Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Don Miguel Ruiz

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The kids said:

“If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.” — Anita, age 8

“Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.” — Christine, age 9

“It isn’t always how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything, and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” — Brian, age 7

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The Trouble With the Gene Pool Is That There’s No Lifeguard

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A guy is walking down the street with his friend. He says to his friend, “I’m a walking economy.”

His friend replies, “How’s that?”

“It’s like this: My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and the combination of these factors is putting me into a deep depression.”

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A man went to the Police Station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before.

“You’ll get your chance in court,” said the Desk Sergeant.

“No, no, no!” said the man.  “I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I’ve been trying to do that for years!”

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An insurance agent was teaching his wife to drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill grade.

“I can’t stop!” she shrilled.  “What should I do?”

“Brace yourself,” advised her husband, “and try to hit something cheap.”

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Adults are just kids who owe money.

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As I was driving home from work one day, I stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-baseline, I asked one of the boys what the score was.

“We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile.

“Really,” I said. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.”

“Discouraged?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.”

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“I just recently had my Visa card stolen … Right now it’s everywhere I want to be.”

Scott Wood

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A guy had been feeling down for so long that he finally decided to seek the aid of a psychiatrist.

He went there, laid on the couch, spilled his guts then waited for the profound wisdom of the psychiatrist to make him feel better.

The psychiatrist asked me a few questions, took some notes then sat thinking in silence for a few minutes with a puzzled look on his face.

Suddenly, he looked up with an expression of delight and said, “Um, I think your problem is low self-esteem. It is very common among losers.”

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“At the end of the day, remind yourself that you did the best you could today, and that is good enough.”

Lori Deschene

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

 

 

 

Let’s do something worthwhile today

Ray’s Daily

October 10, 2018

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

Ralph Marston

Do well

Yesterday wore me out, I had an early morning Doctor’s appointment and a long physical therapy session were I learned just how out of shape I really am. My muscles are reminding me this morning that I have to work to do to restore my health.

The good news is that I can rest today and enjoy lunch with one of my favorite friends. She is an educator, author, former CEO ae well as a highly regarded philanthropist. Her and her husband continue to good works focused on children.

As I looked forward to my lunch I remembered the following list I picked up years ago, It describes behaviors similar to those of my friend,

Thoughts for The Day

  • Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
  • A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.
  • If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.
  • Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
  • The best vitamin for making friends….. B1!
  • The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
  • The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.
  • One thing you can give and still keep…is your word.
  • You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself
  • If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.
  • One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.
  • Ideas won’t work unless ‘You’ do.
  • Your mind is like a parachute…it functions only when open.
  • The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.
  • The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!
  • It is never too late to become what you might have been.

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

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One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market.  They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour.  The ad said:

We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition.  Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese.  Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports. The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club.  “I’m here about the ad,” he said.

The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite.  “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.

“Nope,” the old man said.

“Chinese? Japanese?”

“No, both times.”

“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”

“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”

“How about sports?”

“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”

“I see,” the young man said.  “Tell me something.  Why did you come here?”

“To tell you to count me out.”

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An eternity is very, very long, especially towards the end.

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A nervous taxpayer watches with growing unhappiness as an IRS tax auditor goes over his records, making notations on a legal pad. Finally, the auditor finishes his work. He turns to the taxpayer and says, “We feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the United States. As a citizen, you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”

“Thank goodness,” the man says, a grin spreading from ear to ear. “I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash!”

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Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Kelly

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A couples happy married life almost went on the rocks because of the presence in the household of old Aunt Emma. For seventeen long years she lived with them, always crotchety, always demanding. Finally, the old girl died.On the way back from the cemetery, the husband confessed to his wife, “Darling, if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I would have put up with having your Aunt Emma in the house all those years.”

His wife looked at him aghast. “My Aunt Emma!” she cried. “I thought she was ‘your’ Aunt Emma!”

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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Mark Twain

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An older couple went on a cruise for their anniversary. Their conversation with the other couples they met tended towards political and international events.

At one point, the husband asked, “Honey, what do you think about the Middle East position?”

She replied, “Oh, I don’t know, dear, you know I’m not into any of that kinky stuff.”

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Let’s Be Civil

Ray’s Daily

October 9, 2018

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Civility is not a sign of weakness.

John F. Kennedy

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I am worried that too many of us have lost our ability to look at today’s issues with an open mind. Modern media makes it too easy to see only what we want to see and hear only what we want to hear. For example the current political ads are more negative than ever, many loded with innuendo and falsehoods.

The consensus building that has been the foundation of our democracy has been stifled by polarization, animosity and tribalism. Our leaders seem to have little time for constructive dialogue spending more of their time raising funds to increase their power than solving problems.

In some settings it has gotten so bad that neighbors are reluctant to discuss current events for fear of triggering an angry response, even from their friends. What must our children think? Our tradition of civil discourse has been diluted by the angry rhetoric of today. Too many of us seem to believe we already know all the answers and have no need to listen to others. The right and left use to meet in the civil middle as we built our nation, I miss those days. I yearn for a return to civility.

Choosing Civility

The 25 rules of considerate conduct

Pay attention

Acknowledge others

Think the best

Listen

Be inclusive

Speak kindly

Don’t speak ill

Accept and give praise

Respect even a subtle “no”

Respect others’ opinions

Mind your body

Be agreeable

Keep it down (and rediscover silence)

Respect other people’s time

Respect other people’s space

Apologize earnestly

Assert yourself

Avoid personal questions

Care for your guests

Be a considerate guest

Think twice before asking for favors

Refrain from idle complaints

Accept and give constructive criticism

Respect the environment and be gentle

Don’t shift responsibility and blame

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We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.

James McGreevey

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Radar: “Flight 1234, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees.”

Pilot: “Roger, but we are at 35,000 feet, how much noise can we make up here?”

Radar: “Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 727 makes when it hits a 747?”

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My wife tends to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately, things are rarely well enough.

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The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior’s bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more. Before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.

“Mother,” the nuns asked with earnest, “Please give us some wisdom before you die.”

She raised herself up in bed with a pious look on her face and said, “Don’t sell that cow.”

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It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

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A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side committal service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns.

He arrived a half-hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place.  Taking out his book, he read the service.

As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: “Think we should tell him it’s a septic tank?”

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On a trip to the zoo, I made a casual stroll by the cage of a laughing hyena.  A young man was leaning over the bar at the edge of the cage, whispering something in the animal’s direction.  As I stepped closer, I heard him say, “Did you hear the one about…”

~~~

Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health. Taking an active interest in the well-being of our community and concern for the health of our society is also involved in civility.

  1. M. Forni

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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