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This Too WEill Pass

Ray’s Daily

March 25, 2020

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Stay positive, all other choices are pointless punishments to your psyche.

Joe Peterson

Stay Strong

So, how is it where you are? Here in Indiana they have pretty much shut us down. If you are not an essential worker you are required to hibernate and stay home.

It would be easy to become pessimistic these days but that does us no good. If we get down chances are we will take others down as well. In my case, while it is not easy. I also know that this too will pass. We are alive, we have our friends and each other and that is more than most have in our world.

Let’s take this time to truly appreciate what we do have and don’t spend time on what we don’t have. Here are excerpts from an article that I suggest we all consider while we have the time to do so.

Ways to Learn to Love Yourself and Be Happy

Jade Nyx

Cast out of the Idea That You Have to Be Perfect – You are never going to be perfect. But the good news is, you already are perfect, in your imperfection.

Understand That Societies’ Expectations of You Are an Unrealistic Standard That Can Never Be Met – Don’t compare yourself or your life to that unrealistic standard, it only leads to self hate and depression: The More We Compare, the More We Lose Ourselves

Live in the Moment, Just for a Moment Every Day – See where you have come from and appreciate the beauty of the moment that YOU ARE ALIVE — Living, breathing, functioning human being and how much of a luxury that is.

Embrace the Fact That You Can’t Control Everything – Instead of trying to control everything and everyone, do the best you can do and then put your hands up and say ” it is in the hands of the God’s now” and leave it to work itself out.

Self-Care – Get over trying to be “Good” and take care of yourself. Self care = Happiness.

Face Your Negative Thoughts – Before you say anything negative, ask yourself, does this thought benefit me in any way? Does this thought make me better in some way? Or is it just rude, belittling and cruel.

Tighten Your Circle – Your social circle affects your whole life. You don’t owe anyone anything so if someone is dragging you down like a really negative friend. Ditch, Avoid, Move On. It is your life.

Remember Who You Are – You have been through a lot and you have come through it, getting stronger and stronger every time.

Clear up Your Environment – Clear out all those negative people on social media. All of those relatable memes about underachieving alcoholics.

What you put in your mind becomes your life, therefore it is only logical that you fill your mind with positive information, and you will have a positive life.

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You cannot change reality, but you can control the manner in which you look at things. Your attitude is under your own control. Weed out the negative and focus on the positive!

Helen Steiner Rice

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Rules for Driving in New York City

* When on a one way street, stay to the right to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

* Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car.

* The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it.

* Never get in the way of a car that needs extensive body work.

* Always look both ways when running a red light.

* Never use directional signals when changing lanes. They only warn other drivers to speed up and not let you in. (Truest of All)

* Making eye contact revokes your right of way.

* Whenever possible, stop in the middle of a crosswalk to ensure inconveniencing as many pedestrians as possible. And if a pedestrian ahead of you steps into the road, speed up, honk or yell loudly and chase him back up on the curb. Pedestrians have no rights.

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The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.

Marcus Aurelius

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After telling the customs agent he had nothing in his bags but clothing, Mark was alarmed when the official decided to open them up and check. In the very first one she opened, cushioned between his socks was a bottle of cognac.

“Nothing to declare but clothing, huh?”

“Right,” Mark extemporized. “That, madam, is my nightcap.”

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.

Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

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A flight attendant on a cross-country flight nervously announced: about 30 minutes outbound from LA, “I don’t know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers aboard and only 40 dinners.”

When the passengers’ muttering had died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up his meal so someone else can eat will receive free drinks for the length of the flight.”

Her next announcement came an hour later. “If anyone wants to change his mind, we still have 29 dinners available!”

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Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

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The veterinarian told the blonde that her dog needed some exercise. You need to make sure the dog runs around, the doctor said. Try playing a game of fetch the ball.

“I can’t play fetch with my dog,” the blonde said.

“Why not?” the doctor asked.

“Because,” she replied, “He can’t throw, duh.”

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A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

William A. Ward

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He said: As a court clerk, I am well-versed in the jury-selection process. First a computer randomly selects a few hundred citizens from the entire county to report for jury duty on a particular day. Then another computer assigns 40 of those present to a courtroom. Then the 40 names are placed into a drum, and a dozen names are pulled.

During jury selection for one trial, the judge asked potential Juror No. 1 if there was any reason he could not be a fair and impartial juror.

“There may be,” he replied. “Juror No. 12 is my ex-wife, and if we were on the same jury, I guarantee we would not be able to agree on anything.”

Both were excused.

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No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.

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The boss was very exasperated with his new secretary. She ignored the telephone when it rang.

“You must answer the telephone,” he told her irritably.

“All right,” she replied, “but it seems so silly. It’s always for you.”

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Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits.

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.

 

 

 

Help If You Can

Ray’s Daily

March 24, 2020

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

– Dr. Seuss

Helping

Nancy and I are learning how to live as hermits, we continue to stay in our apartment, pretty much with no contact with others. Yesterday for the first time in our more than 66 years of marriage we slept the morning away in our recliners. We are watching a lot of television and are enjoying many movies produced years ago.

I do appreciate the e-mail and phone contacts from friends and family. I am also glad that we have a place that provides us food and a comfortable existence. I just wish that everyone had it as good as we do.

Far too many of our fellow citizens are on the brink of disaster and I hope that all who can help them will do so. I am grateful to those who are unselfishly reaching out to those in need.

I know it is not easy but please take care of yourself, this to will pass and you will be needed in the future.

Here is an excerpt from a message that I got from my friends at Oasis that I hope you will heed.

We advise taking social-distancing precautions that include:

1)    Avoid close conversations and maintain distance between yourself and others in both one-on-one and small group encounters.

2)    Ritualize frequent hand sanitizing and hand washing and be mindful of objects you touch often – your phone, keys, wallet – that could transfer disease even after you have self-sanitized. When possible, re-sanitize hands after touching frequently held objects AND sanitize those objects with disinfecting wipes.

3)    Avoid large gatherings when possible, and practice 1 and 2 above during and after all interactions.

4)    Health professionals recommend avoiding plane, train, and other shared travel unless absolutely necessary, and have escalated that recommendation to include all non-essential activities.

5)    At the first signs of infection, contact a health professional you trust and get evaluated. There is evidence that COVID-19 has an infection “tipping point” and early intervention leads to better outcomes.

6)    Finally: Don’t panic. If you are practicing social distancing and are engaging in good self-care, then you are unlikely to get sick. Eat well.  Get sleep. Go for a long walk when the weather is nice. Continue to think about good hygiene at all times, wash your hands frequently and clean frequent touch points.

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“We rise by lifting others.”

Robert Ingersoll

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I called to make airline reservations and was put on hold. After several minutes of taped music, a recorded voice came on: “If you have been waiting longer than ten minutes, press eight. This will not speed up your call, but it will give you something to do while you wait.”

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Among the most effective labor-saving devices is the neighbor who hasn’t returned your garden tools.

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There was a tailor named Mendel and he was worried about his business. Mendel was down to his last $50 and was torn between buying a sign and getting food for his family. Mendel decided to pray.

“Dear God,” he said, “I don’t know what to do. If I buy a sign it may bring in business, but I need to buy groceries for my family…and if the sign doesn’t bring in sales, we will starve.”

God replied, “Mendel, buy the sign. Don’t worry, your family won’t starve.”

So, Mendel bought the sign and business took off. The tailor fed his family and all was well. However, as time passed it became evident that Mendel couldn’t keep up with orders all by himself. He contemplated hiring on a helper, but wondered if he could afford it. So, he asked God if getting help would be a prudent move.

“Go ahead,” God tells Mendel, “hire some help, you’ll do okay.”

And so Mendel did. And business took off beyond his wildest dreams. After a time, the tailor decided to move to a larger site that would accommodate the growing demands of his business. As he surveyed certain locations, he found a perfect storefront, but the rental price was really steep.

“God,” Mendel again prayed, “I found the perfect place to relocate my business. But the cost of the lease worries me. I don’t want to get in over my head.”

“Go ahead and a get a lease on the store, Mendel,” said God. “Trust me, you’ll be okay–I haven’t steered you wrong yet, have I?”

So Mendel signed a lease on the 5th Avenue store and profits from his business went through the roof. Out of heartfelt gratitude, Mendel proposed to the Almighty that he dedicate the store to Him.

“How do you like the name “Yaweh and Mendel,” the tailor asked.

“Nah,” God said. “Let’s go with ‘Lord and Taylor.'”

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Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts.

Helen Gahagan Douglas

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An old wild west fort is about to be attacked. The wily old General sends for his trusty Indian Scout. “Yumti-Bi,” he said, “you must use all your thirty years of skill in trying to estimate the sort of army we are up against here.” Yumti-Bi laid down and put his ear to the ground… “Heap large war party,” he says, “maybe three hundred braves, four chiefs, two on black stallions, two on white stallions. All have war paint…many many guns. Medicine man also with them.” “Good grief!” exclaims the General, “you can tell all of that just by listening to the ground???” “No, General,” replied the Indian, “I can see under the gate…”

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“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

Robert F. Kennedy

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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 need to do our best

Ray’s Daily

March 23. 2020

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How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?

Satchel Paige

aging

These are trying times for us all. I was asked by a friend the other day if I was staying as upbeat as I usually am. My answer was that I was trying but it was not easy. My wife and me are pretty much required to stay in our apartment. There is not much we can do to change reality, we have to do the best we can. So we will go on, making the best of the difficult time. Rather than preparing a new Daily I am again sending you one from a better time.

Ray’s Daily first published on 2007

I was thinking the other day about the pros and cons of aging. In some respects life seems a little more complicated with all the health issues, taxes, and other bureaucratic stuff. It probably really isn’t any more complicated than it ever was, it just seems that way. On the other hand you get to the point where you are free to unleash all the unused youth that you kept pent up as the years went by. It is not a second childhood, it is more like, “watch out world I get to be me now and I don’t really care that much what people think.” You don’t have to like something because the critics tell you it is great or feel guilty because you like a piece of art without understanding in detail why you do. It really is sad how many years so many of us waste waiting before we set ourselves free.

Here are some thoughts I excerpted from a piece that Pat, one of our readers, sent me recently. It tells the story we all should hear as early in life as we can.

Old age, I decided, is a gift. I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be.  Oh, not my body!  Often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don’t agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As I’ve aged, I’ve become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio.  I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 40 &50’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten.  And I eventually remember the important things. Sure, over the years my heart has been broken.   How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car?  But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion.  A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think.  I don’t question myself anymore.  I’ve even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free.  I like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day.  (If I feel like it).

So my young friends I offer you the life style of the well lived generation. Won’t you come join me in the sand box, we have castles to build. I just wish I had reached these golden years when I was in my twenties.

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

John Barrymore

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A girl from North Carolina and a girl from California sat side by side on an airplane.

The girl from North Carolina, being friendly and all, said, “So, where ya from?”

The California girl said, “From a place where they know better than to use a preposition at the end of a sentence.”

The girl from North Carolina sat quietly for a few moments and then replied: “So, where ya from, bitch?

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

The Dalai Lama

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A big city corporate lawyer runs a stop sign in a small town in Tennessee, and gets pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy. He thinks that he is smarter than this hicktown deputy because he is a lawyer and is certain that he has a better education. He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the deputy’s expense. Deputy says, “License and registration, please.”

Lawyer says, “What for?”

Deputy says, “Y’all didn’t come to a complete stop at the stop sign.”

Lawyer says, “I slowed down, and no one was coming.”

Deputy says, “You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration, please.”

Lawyer says, “What’s the difference?”

Deputy says, “The difference is, y’all have to come to complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!”

Lawyer says, “If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I’ll give you my license and registration; and you give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.”

Deputy says, “sounds fair. Exit your vehicle, sir.”

At this point, the deputy takes out his nightstick and starts beating the ever-loving crap out of the lawyer and says, “Do y’all want me to stop or just slow down?”

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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.”

William James

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She looked like such a sweet little old lady, driving the cute Toyota with a bumper sticker that said, “Grow your own dope.”

How sweet, I thought, must be a medical marijuana patient.

Then I noticed the rest of her message … “Plant a man.”

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“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.”

Evan Esar

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On one occasion a student burst into his office. “Professor Stigler, I don’t believe I deserve this F you’ve given me.

To which Stigler replied, “I agree, but unfortunately it is the lowest grade the University will allow me to award.

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I called to make airline reservations and was put on hold. After several minutes of taped music, a recorded voice came on: “If you have been waiting longer than ten minutes, you may press eight. This will not speed up your call, but it will give you something to do while you wait.

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“Where facts are few, experts are many.”

Donald R. Gannon

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A man pacing back and forth glanced at his watch and yelled upstairs to his wife, “Honey, are you ready yet?”

Shouting back, the woman replies, “For crying out loud, I’ve been telling you for the last half hour that I’ll be ready in a minute!

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

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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!

Ray’s Daily

March 20, 2020

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrows, it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

you can do it

These are difficult times for all of us. So many things that we take for granted in our normal lives no longer are available to us all. My wife and I are pretty much restricted to our apartment cutting us of family, appointments, shopping and entertainment.

I have never been faced with so many challenges. We are adapting by what we do have. We have plenty to read, thousands of of streaming movies and videos and most of all we have each other. How well life goes on is as much up to each of us as it is to outside events.

Here is an abridged piece that I got from the Positivity blog that can help us.

 

Reminders for Keeping Calm During A Pandemic

THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER. – Whatever you’re going through right now, no matter how difficult, will not last forever.

GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM BAD TIMES.   You don’t know for sure what the future will hold. Yes, bad things happen, but often they lead to good things. Keep believing good things are coming.

DISTANCE CAN PROVIDE CLARITY. A situation that changes up your daily routine can distance you from your normal day-to-day life. This can be overwhelming and unsettling, yes, but that distance may also give you clarity on how your activities really impact you. What do you feel relieved to be without? What do you miss the most? Notice these things, and work to adjust your life in the future accordingly.

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. – A good time for a new life is when things have been completely transformed without your say so. If you want it to be, a disruption can be like a New Year, a clean slate, a fresh start.

CONNECTION IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. TREASURE IT. When times are toughest, you see who the people in your life really, truly are. Tough times show true colors, and seeing those colors can help you determine who you want in your life.

LITTLE THINGS REALLY DO MATTER.. Use this a sign to be grateful for what you do have now and a reminder to appreciate the little things once you’re back in your normal routine.

UNEXPECTED CHANGE OFFERS A NEW PERSPECTIVE. t’s so rare that we’re forced to step out of our patterns and routines. Pay attention to how you feel and what you now see.

PRACTICING POSITIVITY WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER. Staying positive when things aren’t great  is hard work. It comes naturally to some, but most of us have to practice. This is the time to practice positive thinking.

WHO YOU ARE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU DO. A dramatic change forces you to slow down, look around, and do some self-reflection. Look within. Work on self-love.

IT’S OKAY TO FEEL HOW YOU FEEL. In any difficult situation it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel how you feel. Accept your feelings and choose actions carefully.

GOOD THINGS CAN HAPPEN (EVEN IN BAD TIMES. If you’re generally in a bad place (or the world is), but something wonderful happens, embrace it. Don’t turn away from joy and happiness in difficult times. 

YOU MUST PLAY THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT. If nothing else, a dramatic change or difficult situation will serve as a reminder that a great deal of life is not under our control. We have to do the best we can, and know that we can only work with what we have access to. (Use these cards to serve as a tangible reminder of this.)

TOUGH TIMES TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF. Going through something difficult or life-changing is one of the greatest ways to find out more about yourself. Use this time to discover who you are and what really matters to you.

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Keep calm because pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver and eartbreak makes you wiser.

Ritu Ghatourey

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A young Jewish man falls in love with a Native American woman and they decide to get married. When his mother hears the news, however, she is extremely distressed because she wanted him to marry a nice Jewish girl. When she hears that not only is he marrying this Native American girl but has decided to live with her on the reservation, the mother becomes so upset that she refuses to even speak to the boy, practically disowning him.

After a year, the son telephones the mother to tell her that he and his wife are expecting a child. The mother is happy for him, but there is still quite a bit of tension in the air.

Nine months later, the son calls the mother again. “Mom,” he says, “I just wanted you to know that last night my wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I also wanted to tell you that we’ve talked it over and we have decided to give the boy a Jewish name.

Upon hearing this, the mother is overjoyed. “Oh, son, this is wonderful,” she gushes. “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. You have made me the happiest woman in the world.

“That’s great, Mom,” replies the son.

“And what,” asks the mother, “is the baby’s name?

The son proudly replies, “Smoked Whitefish!

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Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.

Ellen Sue Stern

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A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter. When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter. She didn’t know what to do, so she called her home and told the babysitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse.

She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.

The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me?” But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful. The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”

He said, “Sure”. He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.

She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.”

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, Thank you, thank you, God! You even sent me a Professional.”

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Many a man’s tongue broke his nose.

Seumas MacManus

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There is the story of a person who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: “I have good news and bad news.

“The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program.

“The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets.”

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I began my education at a very early age. In fact, right after I left college.

Winston Churchill

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A very nervous man, accompanied by his nagging wife, was examined by a doctor. After checking the chart, he nodded and wrote the man a prescription for a powerful tranquilizer.

The man asked, “How often do I take these.”

“Let’s start off with once every six hours. But they’re not for you.” replied the doctor. “They’re for your wife.”

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The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.

Carl Jung

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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.

 

 

It is Up to Us

Ray’s Daily

March 19, 2020

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“Always remember: if you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

everything OK

I find it frustrating sometimes when we have to deal with things we can’t control. The current epidemic has the potential to wear us down if we let it. I think it is important that we do what we can to deal with today’s challenges in the best way we can.

In my case my wife and I are establishing a new normal. I am grateful that we have ach others company as we learn the stay in our apartment. We have been asked to forgo meals in our residence dining room and to eat in our own apartments. That means we must stay close with friends and family using e-mail or telephone. In my case Ray’s Daily helps me to stay connected.

We can’t change what is going on, but we can make the best of what we are going through. Here is an edited offering from Gretchen Rubin that can help.

10 Tips for Staying Calm During the Time of the Coronavirus.

There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. So a question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances?

  1. Take care of your body. This is important for health and also for mood. Get enough sleep, wake up at a normal hour, eat healthy food, don’t drink too much, stick to a regular routine of personal hygiene and dress, and in particular…
  2. Keep moving. This may be tough if your normal exercise routine is disrupted. Figure out how to keep active. Even in a small space you can do yoga, you can use exercise apps, or one of many other resources to give you a work-out at home.
  3. Beware of information overload. Learn what you need to learn, but don’t get sucked into the three-hour scroll. You might want to schedule time to check current events—perhaps twice a day—so the news doesn’t overtake you.
  4. Tidy up. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous—such a petty gesture in the face of an overwhelming challenge—but over and over, people tell me that outer order gives them a sense of inner calm and inner focus.
  5. Help others. One of the best ways to make ourselves happier is to make other people happier—or safer, or calmer, or better prepared.
  6. Connect with friends and family, and reach out to people who might feel isolated. This is a time when technology can really come to our aid! Call, text, do video calls, send funny videos of your dog…we all want to feel connected and cared for. Strong social relationships are a key to happiness, so find ways to help others—and yourself—avoid feeling trapped and lonely.
  7. Make good use of this opportunity. Being stuck at home is an opportunity that none of us wished for, but it’s an opportunity nevertheless. Look for ways to use the time to get things done you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.
  8. Catch up on books, podcasts, movies, or TV shows. Is there something ambitious you’ve been wanting to tackle?
  9. Continue or create comforting rituals. You may already have rituals that help you feel grounded throughout the day. These might be helpful now—but it might also be true that you’ll have to adapt now, if your usual comforting ritual is disrupted. Find ways to have pleasant patterns through your day that make you feel grounded and calm.
  10. Reach out with love. What does it mean? It means many things…and it applies in this situation. The whole world is reeling under the weight of events. I hope that this experience, as terrible as it is, can be an event that reminds us all that we’re united in our common human hope for good health and peaceful prosperity, not something that drives us apart. Let’s keep our clean hands to ourselves, and our loving hearts open to others.

None of us want to experience this lesson, but we can learn from it, if we will.

~~~

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.”

– Victor Hugo

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He said: My wife and I went to a “Dude Ranch” while in Texas. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was.

He told her one had a horn and one didn’t, she replied, “The one without the horn is fine. I don’t expect we’ll run into too much traffic.”

~~~

A manager has to take on some sport by his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a couple of weeks his secretary asks him how he’s doing.  “It’s going fine”, the manager says, “When I’m on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand! To the net! Smash! Go back!”

“Really? What happens then?” the girl asks enthusiastic.

“Then my body says: Who? Me? Don’t talk nonsense!”

~~~

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!

~~~

Remember Gracie Allen? She said:

Appliance salesman: You’ll like this range. For instance, you put in a roast, you set the oven control, then you go out all day. When you come home at night, the roast is done.

Gracie: Haven’t you got one where I don’t have to go out?

George: Gracie, what do you think of television?

Gracie: Oh I think it’s wonderful, I hardly ever watch radio anymore.

~~~

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

Groucho Marx

~~~

Taxing down the tarmac, the jetliner abruptly stopped, turned round and returned to the gate. After an hour long wait, it finally took off.

A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, “What was the problem?”

“The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine,” she explained.

“Oh, and it took a while to fix it,” said the passenger.

“Not exactly.” replied the stewardess, “It just took us a bit to get a new pilot here.”

~~~

We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

~~~

My sister-in-law, a truck driver, had decided to get a dog for protection.  As she inspected a likely candidate, the trainer told her, “He doesn’t like mean.”

“Perfect,” my sister-in-law thought and took the dog. Then, one day she was approached by two men in a parking lot, and she watched to see how her canine bodyguard would react. Soon it became clear that the trainer wasn’t kidding.

As the men got closer, the dog ran under the nearest car.

~~~

One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.

~~~

The young lady walked over to the hospital room where she knew her friend was. “May I see Irving, please?” she asked the woman blocking the door.

“We don’t allow anyone but relatives to see the patients,” replied the woman. “Are you a member of the family?”

“Why-er-why, yes.  I’m his sister,” said the lady.

“Oh, I’m so glad to meet you,” said the woman. “I’m his mother!”

~~~

“Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.”

Ovid

~~~

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 Shall Overcome

Ray’s Daily

March 18, 2020

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“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Barbara De Angelis

advesity

If you are like I am the current crisis created by the Coronavirus epidemic has created unprecedented challenges. In my case we have had to develop a plan to deal with our basic needs without help from our family. It is not easy keeping separated from those who mean so much to us.

It is a time where we all need to cope as well as we can. Here is an abridged article that can help.

Six Ways to Thrive in Tough Times

by Aila Accad, RN, MSN

Tough times can bring you to your knees. They can also raise you to new heights. Here are six tips that can help you thrive in tough times.

Nourish Yourself – Let go of the bootstraps for a few moments, acknowledge your stress and be kind to yourself. What nourishes you — inspirational reading, music, a cup of tea …? Are there people or places, a favorite chair or spot in nature that provide sustenance? Make nurturing yourself every day a priority.

Stay Present – Don’t project ahead. Take life one day, one moment at a time. Tough times are more manageable when you pay attention to making decisions and taking action on only the next step. Fearful preoccupation or worries about dire imagined future possibilities can leave you open to illness, accidents and errors in judgment that compound your problems. Scale down, simplify your activities and concentrate your precious energy supply on only what is critically important right now.

Accept Support – This can be difficult for people who prize self-sufficiency. Remember it is as virtuous to receive, as it is to give. Without the receiver, the giver has no way to share their abundant gifts. Don’t deprive your friends and family of the pleasure to help you when you need it. Shared burdens provide opportunities for enhanced closeness and appreciation for one another.

Trust Your Resilience – Chances are you have been through tough times before. What natural strengths did you rely upon in those situations? How did you make it through adolescence, childbirth, marriage, divorce, school, first job? What are your natural inner resources? Trust that you have what you need to see this tough time through.

Visualize Success – See yourself moving into a new chapter of life. How do you want to write that chapter? Creation begins in the imagination. If you can think it, you can create it. In order to be free to dream and hope for something new, you must let go of old visions, descriptions and limitations of the person you think you are or can become.

 In times of crisis and radical change, remember that living means growing. I have never seen anything in nature grow backward. So, as bad as you feel, and as much as you doubt it, if you are alive you are growing.

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“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.

Ana Claudia Antunes

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“Say Ralph, you want to hit the golf course this afternoon?”

“Sorry, I can’t.”

“Why not?”

“The doctor told me I can’t play.”

“Oh, he’s been out with you too?”

~~~

After all is said and done, usually more is said than done.

~~~

A nice girl brings home her fiancé to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man. He invites the fiancé to his study for a chat. “So, what are your plans?” the father asks the fiancé. “I am a Biblical scholar,” he replies. “A Biblical scholar. Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she’s accustomed to?” “I will study,” the young man replies, “…and God will provide for us.” “And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” “I will concentrate on my studies, God will provide for us.” “And children? How will you support children?” “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide.” The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the fiance insists that God will provide.

Later, the mother asks, “So? How did it go?”

“He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I’m God.”

~~~

Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.

~~~

A Sunday school teacher was teaching her class about the difference between right and wrong.

“All right children, let’s take another example,” she said. “If I were to get into a man’s pocket and take his billfold with all his money, what would I be?”

Little Johnny raises his hand, and with a confident smile, he blurts out, “You’d be his wife!”

~~~

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

~~~

The flight home from a recent business trip was pretty empty, so the pilot made a simple request of the passengers.

“We have a little extra room tonight, folks,” he said over the PA system. “So, if you wouldn’t mind, please take a window seat so that the competition thinks the plane is full.”

~~~

When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.

Anonymous

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A man was in a Hallmark store, trying to pick out an anniversary card for his wife. The clerk was concerned that the customer had already spent a half-hour searching for the right anniversary greeting.

After watching the man lingering over one card after another, the clerk went to see if she could help. – “Is there a problem?” she asked.

“Yes, there is,” he replied ruefully. – “I can’t find one card my wife will believe.”

~~~

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

Author unknown

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One Sunday afternoon, the pastor’s wife returned home with an expensive dress in hand. When her husband asked her about it, she explained. “Well, I was on my way to put the church’s offering money in the bank, but I saw this amazing dress in the shop window. I was just trying it on when the Devil appeared and started tempting me to buy it.”

At this point, the pastor was beginning to become angry. “Why didn’t you just use scripture and say, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan’?”

The wife sheepishly answered, “I did, but the Devil said, ‘It looks even better from back here!'”

~~~

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

~~~

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.

 

 

Life Goes On

Ray’s Daily

March 17, 2020

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“The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.”

Allen Klein

Life goes on

The challenges abound. My upper permanent bridge is no longer anchored and cannot be reset. I need to have a couple of teeth removed and a new bridge built. The bad news is that I will have to go months with no upper front teeth. Meanwhile my family and me are working out a pan to meet my wife’s and my health needs during the Caronavirus lock down. I also need to transmit my pacemaker data to Medtronics today. So Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations will be postponed. In the meant time here is another Daily reprint.

 Ray’s Daily first published on March 17, 2008

Hi all, I am back, but only for one week. My three day hospital stay last week ended up being five days. They started me on my new drug and then decided to up the dosage and restart the three day observation clock. At least there was no cutting this time, only lot’s of needles during their Dracula imitation period. They were a little sneaky though as my main blood draws and EKG’s took place between 2:30 and 4:30 AM. I think they did it then so they could sneak up on me while I was still groggy from being awaken.

It went well, although I am still adjusting and had to cancel a meeting this afternoon. I have a blood draw on Wednesday and an EKG on Friday just to make sure I am still breathing. This is a little more scientific than in the past my first Doc use to have me breathe on a mirror and if it fogged up he would declare me alive and send me on my way.

This hospital stay was at the St. Vincent Heart Center here in Indianapolis. The staff was the most gracious I have ever experienced. They all went out of their way to make myself and the other patients as comfortable and happy as possible. I have never been where the cleaning people, food delivery staff, the nurses and technicians all went the extra mile like these good people did. I don’t like staying in the hospital but this was about as pleasant experience as one could have.

I thought as I was leaving that the recruiters must set the highest priority on attracting and keeping people who genuinely like people. It again demonstrated to me what I always found in business, friendly, courteous, caring people are the secret to a successful enterprise. And do you know what, in almost every case they are also the most competent people you’ll meet.

Anyway friends I am glad to be back, I missed you all. I am now working on full recovery. I still have a ways to go though, I tried to jump over a building this morning and really hit my head hard, but at least it was at the third floor level so I am on my way back.

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“It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.”

Joanne Kathleen Rowling

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He said: Yesterday my brother Jim was taking a test required for a management job with a local trucking company.   Part of the test involved a verbal section given by the company employment director (or whatever).

Question: “You are driving a forklift and 2 men get in your way, what do you do?”

My brother’s answer: “Go for the one with the most seniority!”

~~~

What is a friend? A single soul shared by two people.

Aristotle

~~~

Found on the retirement village bulletin board

FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim,5’4″ used to be 5-6), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and  am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

SERENITY NOW: I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and  meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

BEATLES OR STONES? I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.

MINT CONDITION: Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.

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Buddhist approaches a hotdog vendor and says: “Make me one with everything.”

He gives the vendor a $20 bill and waits. Finally he says: “Where’s my change?”

Says the vendor: “All change must come from within.”

~~~

Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the cowboy days of the 1880s. He’s buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona:

Here lies Lester Moore

Four slugs from a .44

No Les No More.

~~~

“Half our live is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed though life trying to save.”

Will Rogers

~~~

A hospital posted a notice in the nurses’ mess saying:

“Remember, the first five minutes of a human being’s life are the most dangerous.”

Underneath, a nurse had written:

“The last five are pretty risky, too.”

~~~

When my son was in third grade, his teacher asked him to spell “straight.”  He did so correctly.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

“Without water,” he replied.

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It’s easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

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A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”

~~~

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

~~~

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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