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Ray’s Daily

February 6, 2019

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“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!”

Ingrid Bergman

Aging

As most of you know my wife and me left our old life behind a few months ago. While we hated to leave a home that provided us so many years of pleasure it was time to move to a more practical living arrangement.

Our no longer being able to drive and health limitations made a move to a senior independent living facility a practical answer to meet our needs. Our children and their families researched various facilities and helped us chose the one best for us. They also turnkeyed the move so we had to do no more than just move in. They have been a blessing to us both.

Recently I was asked to share my thoughts about our new life and what follows is what I submitted. I am glad we did not wait until too late to start to enjoy the rest of our lives.

Life at the Forum

My wife and I chose to move to The Forum at the Crossings a few months ago. We were impressed with the classic structure and the size and quality of the common areas. We also are pleased that our apartment is spacious, well equipped and comfortable.

I have a den/office, two baths, large living area, a good-sized master bed room and a fully equipped kitchen. This is much more than we found elsewhere. The main dining room is high quality, manned by friendly staff who provide us excellent menu choices at every meal.

Best of all has been the friends we have made, the services we have received and the amenities provided to the residents. We are most appreciative of the transportation that is provided to doctor appointments, local stores and more. The talented caring staff make our days pleasant.

We, like many our age was not sure what our future would be like when we left our old life behind. We no longer have any concerns since the Forum has provided us a great worry-free living and for that I will always be grateful.

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“For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”

Hasidic saying

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A young woman decided to redecorate her bedroom. She wasn’t sure how many rolls of wallpaper she would need, but she knew that her friend next door had recently done the same job and the two rooms were identical in size.

“Buffy,” she said, “how many rolls of wallpaper did you buy for your bedroom?”

“Ten,” said Buffy.

So the girl bought the ten rolls of paper and did the job, but she had 2 rolls leftover.

“Buffy,” she said. “I bought ten rolls of wallpaper for the bedroom, but I’ve got 2 leftover!”

“Yeah!” said Buffy. “So did I.”

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The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.

John McEnroe

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St. Peter and Satan were having an argument one day about baseball. Satan proposed a game to be played on neutral grounds between a select team from the heavenly host and his own hand-picked boys. “Very well,” said the gatekeeper of Heaven. “But you realize, I hope, that we’ve got all the good players and the best coaches.” “I know, and that’s all right,” Satan answered, unperturbed; “We’ve got all the umpires.”

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Two nuns are out driving when a vampire drops onto the bonnet of their car. “Quick sister,” screams one nun, “Show him your cross!”

So the other nun leans out of the window and shouts, “Hey! You! Buzz off!”

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I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

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Two cars are waiting at a stoplight. The light turns green, but the man in front doesn’t notice it. A woman in the car behind him is watching traffic pass around them. The woman begins pounding on her steering wheel and yelling at the man to move. The man doesn’t move. The woman is going ballistic inside her car, ranting and raving at the man, pounding on her steering wheel and dash.

The light turns yellow. The woman begins to blow the car horn, flips him off, and screams curses at the man. The man, hearing the commotion, looks up, sees the yellow light and accelerates through the intersection just as the light turns red. The woman is beside herself, screaming in frustration as she misses her chance to get through the intersection. As she is still in mid-rant she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the barrel of a gun held by a very serious looking policeman.

The policeman tells her to shut off her car while keeping ! both hands in sight. She complies, speechless at what is happening.  After she shuts off the engine, the policeman orders her to exit her car with her hands up. She gets out of the car and he orders her to turn and place her hands on her car. She turns, places her hands on the car roof and quickly is cuffed and hustled into the patrol car. She is too bewildered by the chain of events to ask any questions and is driven to the police station where she is fingerprinted, photographed, searched, booked and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approaches the cell and opens the door for her. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the original officer is waiting with her personal effects. He hands her the bag containing her things, and says, “I’m really sorry for this mistake, but you see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping that guy off, and cussing a blue streak at the car in f! ront of you.  Then I noticed the “Choose Life” license plate holder, the “What Would Jesus Do” and “Follow Me to Sunday School” bumper stickers, and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.

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The worst thing about censorship is ___________ !

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THE DUMBEST SPORTS QUOTES OF ALL TIME

The list covers all major sports and features such gems as:

“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” –Jason Kidd

“You guys line up alphabetically by height.” –Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach

“As I remember it, the bases were loaded.” –Baseball player Garry Maddox, asked his reaction to hitting a grand slam.

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“Know that you are the perfect age. Each year is special and precious, for you shall only live it once. Be comfortable with growing older.”

Louise Hay

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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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Good bye old friend

Ray’s Daily

February 5, 2019

Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are.

Luvvie Ajayi

Good Bye

I was saddened to learn yesterday that my old friend and former colleague Jerry Beer had died on Sunday. Jerry had an illustrious career in the military followed by many years in a key position at Kiwanis International. Since his retirement he did volunteer work for a local hospital as well for my Kiwanis club and more.

Jerry always kept his word, did more than most others and had a good heart. I will miss him. Here is a poem that reminds me of my friend.

 

    My Creed

Edgar A. Guest

 To live as gently as I can;

To be, no matter where, a man;

To take what comes of good or ill,

And cling to faith and honor still;

To do my best, and let that stand

The record of my brain and hand;

And then, should failure come to me,

Still work and hope for victory.

To have no secret place wherein

I stoop unseen to shame or sin;

To be the same when I’m alone

As when my every deed is known;

To live undaunted, unafraid

Of any step that I have made;

To be without pretense or sham

Exactly what men think I am.

 

To leave some simple work behind

To keep my having lived in mind;

If enmity to aught I show,

To be an honest, generous foe;

To play my little part, nor whine

That greater honors are not mine.

This I believe is all I need

For my philosophy and creed.

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

Thomas Carlyle

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I was interviewing a jeweler for a story I was writing on giving new life to old jewelry, and I asked him to tell me about his most memorable client.

“It was a divorced woman who had me make a pair of earrings from her inscribed wedding band,” he remembered.  “One earring read, ‘with all,’ and the other, ‘my love.’

When I asked why she had wanted it done that way, she answered, ‘To remind me that the next time anyone says that to me, I should let in go in one ear and out the other.'”

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“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.”

Helen Keller

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Two horses were walking back to the paddock after a day’s training. One says to the other, “I can’t understand why we are so slow, we come from good stock, we have the best of food, great trainers, and yet we come last in every race.”

There was a dog running along side them who overheard and said, “I know what your problem is. I’ve seen you race and it looks to me like you begin the race really fast and use up all your energy too soon. Then towards the end, you have nothing left. What you should do is pace yourselves, and when all the other horses are exhausted, put in a spurt and you’re sure to win. What do you think of that?”

The horses looked at one another and said, “WOW, a talking dog!”

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Love consists in looking together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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A poor man and woman sat down in their living room and the man said, ”I’m going down to the pub for a bit, so put your coat on.”

The woman replied, ”Oh, sweetie, why? Are you taking me with you?”

The man replied, ”No, I’m turning the heat off.”

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Sign on a clothing store – Come inside and have a fit.

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A customer sent an order to a distributor for a large amount of goods totaling a great deal of money.

The distributor noticed that the previous bill hadn’t been paid. The collections manager left a voice-mail for them saying, “We can’t ship your new order until you pay for the last one.”

The next day the collections manager received a collect phone call,

“Please cancel the order. We can’t wait that long.”

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A wise man once said, “If you want to watch the world passing you by, just try driving the speed limit.”

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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, “My goodness, doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

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

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Sign seen in our veterinarian’s office: “All children left unattended will be given a free kitten.”

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“The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying.”

Mehmet Murat ildan

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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 friends

Ray’s Daily

February 4, 2019

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There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen
comfort

Last week was memorable. The record cold stopped mail delivery, trash collection and caused schools and businesses to close. We, like most folks hibernated staying in our residence waiting for better weather. It also provided me an opportunity to thank all that sent me birthday greetings.

One of the things that made last week tolerable was the time we spent at meals with our fellow tenants. The friendships we have made have enriched our stay here. I recently read an article that reminded me of how the folks I have met had offered their friendship. Here are few excerpts from the article that make sense.

Tips for Making People Feel Comfortable Around You

By Carolyn Steber

Get Your Smile OnIf you want to be incredibly approachable while also making people feel comfy in your presence, then pay attention to what your face looks like. “A smile is one of the clearest invitations you can send that you are receptive to interaction,” Barton says.

Give Off A Confident Vibe – Even if you’re secretly feeling nervous, projecting a confident vibe will help put others at ease. “A confident person is generally much easier to be around than someone who is uncomfortable in her own skin.”

Have Open Body LanguageThere’s a huge difference in how people feel around those who have closed off body language, versus those who are more open. People with open body language make good eye contact, turn towards whoever they’re talking to, and seem relaxed.

Show That You’re Actually ListeningNothing feels worse than trying to chat with someone who is constantly glancing at their phone. If you do this — accidentally or otherwise — make it point to stop. “The person you are speaking to at any given time should feel as though he is the most important person in the room.” “Make eye contact, smile when appropriate, and nod to show that you are listening.”

Let The Honesty FlyPeople can tell when you’re aren’t being truthful, or when you’re holding something back. And it doesn’t exactly make for the highest of comfort levels. That’s why dropping a little honesty is definitely a good idea.

Remember To Be NiceOK, so above anything else, remember to always be a nice person. As Mayne said, “The first step in putting others at ease is to be gracious and kind to everyone.” Not that it needs explaining, but saying thank you, sending sweet notes, or doing little favors will go a long way in making people feel good.

And that’s really the cornerstone of helping them feel more comfortable around you. Be nice, be kind, throw in some compliments, and you’ll be winning people over in no time.

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People crave comfort, people crave connection, people crave community.

Marianne Williamson

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Joe, the Governor’s most trusted assistant, died in his sleep one night. The Governor had depended on Joe for advice on every subject, from pending bills to wardrobe decisions. In addition, Joe had been his closest friend.

So, it was understandable that the Governor didn’t take kindly to the droves of ambitious office seekers who wanted Joe’s job. “They don’t even have the decency to wait until the man is buried,” the Governor muttered.

At the funeral, one eager beaver made his way to the Governor’s side. “Governor,” the man said, “is there a chance that I could take Joe’s place?”

“Certainly,” the governor replied. “But you’d better hurry. I think the undertaker is almost finished.”

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“Daddy. do all fairy tales begin with the words, “Once upon a time…”? the little girl asked.

“No,” he replied.  “A whole lot of them begin with, “If I’m elected, I promise…”

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She said:

It’s every airplane passenger’s nightmare:  Getting stuck near a crying baby.

I was manning the ticket counter at a busy airport when the sound of a sobbing infant filled the air.  As the next passenger stepped up to the desk, he glanced up to the tot and rolled his eyes.

“Don’t worry,” I said to him cheerfully.  “Chances are that baby won’t be on your flight.”

Head shaking, he grimly replied, “Oh, I bet he will. That’s my son.”

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Before setting off on a business trip to Tulsa, I called the hotel to see if there was a gym.  The hotel operator’s sigh had a tinge of exasperation in it.  “We have over 300 guests at this facility.  Does this ‘Gym’ have a last name?”

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You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

  Leo Aikman

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The Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, h e asked a young boy for directions to the post office. After being told the way by the lad, the Reverend Graham thanked him, adding:

“If you’ll come to the Central Baptist church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven.”

“No, I don’t think I’ll be there…” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”

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Will you loan me $20.00 and only give me ten of it?

That way, you will owe me ten, and I’ll owe you ten, and we’ll be even!

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Two Jewish ladies who were neighbors in New York met unexpectedly in Miami one winter.

“Why Shirley” one of them said, “I had no idea you were here”

“So listen Ruthie” said Shirley “now that we met I just must tell you, I am having an affair!”

“How wonderful” said Ruthie, “who is doing the catering?”

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All lives have triumphs and tragedies, laughter and tears, and mine has been no different. What really matters is whether, after all of that, you remain strong and a comfort to your loved ones. I have tried to meet that test.

Pat Nixon

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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.

 

Hello February

Ray’s Daily

February 1, 2019

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In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.

Patience Strong

february

Here we go a new month and hopefully warmer weather. The past few days of record setting low temperatures is enough.

I plan on making this month a good one. Our Condominium will be sold, our leased care returned and our lives will begin our new normal. I do have a few promises to keep but nothing major.

As I plan my activities I have reviewed February’s monthly themes with the following results

It is:

National Fasting February – OK I will fast between meals this month.

National Self Check Month – I would if I knew how,

American Heart Month – My Pacemaker is working, my heart surgeries went well, Thanks Doc.

An Affair to Remember Month – I don’t remember having any.

National Bake for Family Fun Month – Send the recipe.

National Hot Breakfast Month – Oh yes, I never miss one.

National Library Lover’s Month – I would think making love in a library would be frowned on.

And I cannot forget that it is Spunky Old Broads Month. Especially since I live amongst so many of them.

This special month exists to give all Spunky Old Broads (S.O.B.) the opportunity to recognize their importance, and to celebrate themselves and their accomplishments. It is also a perfect day for the young ladies among us an opportunity to begin planning and preparing to become a Spunky Old Broad someday.

When thinking about what an S.O. B. should be, one thinks of: successful, independent, self-reliant, smart, intelligent, outgoing and out-spoken, resourceful, bold, brave, and anything but shy.

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In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.

Linda Ellerbee

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An airline pilot was scheduled to take a flight from New York to Los Angeles. The weather was too bad in New York to allow his usual on time departure.

The weather in New York finally cleared and the pilot asked for his departure clearance. He was very dismayed to hear that he had another delay due to the increased traffic now leaving New York.

Sometime later he finally received his clearance and decided he would try to make up the time lost by asking for a direct route to Los Angeles. Halfway across the country he was told to turn due South.

Knowing that this turn would now throw him further behind schedule he inquired, quite agitated, to the controller for the reason of the turn off course. The controller replied that the turn was for noise abatement.

The pilot was infuriated and said to the controller, “Look buddy, I am already way behind schedule with all the delays you guys have given me today. I really don’t see how I could be causing a noise problem for pedestrians when I am over six miles above the earth!”

The controller answered in a calm voice, “Apparently, Captain, you have never heard two 747s collide!”

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“When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself.  Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target.  To improve your aim — improve yourself.”

Gilbert Garland

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A woman who plays cards one night a month with a group of friends was concerned that she always woke up her husband when she came home around 11:30. One night she decided to try not to rouse him. She undressed in the living room and, purse over arm, tiptoed nude into the bedroom – only to find her husband sitting up in bed reading.

“Dammit woman!” he exclaimed. “Did you lose everything?”

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My mail is a little slow.  Last month my flower seeds came as a bouquet.

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There are only two kinds of drivers: Idiots and Maniacs.

Idiots include anyone that drives slower than me, and the Maniacs are everyone that drives faster than me.

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A Sunday school teacher said to her children, “We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?”

One child blurted out, “Aces!”

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To fight fear, act. To increase fear—wait, put off, postpone.

David J. Schwartz

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My niece, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth. Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered.

Her response: “Just meet me in the parking lot!”

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I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

Robert Brault

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The guest lecturer to a famous Medical College stopped by the bulletin board on his way to the lecture room.

Listed for the day was the topic, “Surprises in Obstetrics.” Scrawled under it in pencil were the words,

“Mary had a little lamb.”

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There is always in February some one day, at least, when one smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer.

Gertrude Jekyll

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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.

 

I am not as old as I am

Ray’s Daily

January 31, 2019

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Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

Booth Tarkington

age2

Today I am a year older, older than I ever thought I would be. And you know what? It is just as rewarding a time as it has ever been. I think it is as much due to the fact I have forgiven myself for my past mistakes and allowed bad memories to fade.

There is too much left to do to allow the past to hold me back. I have found that the fading memory that comes from old age can be a blessing, especially since it leaves room for today’s delights.

Yesterday’s Door

 I have shut the door on yesterday,

Its sorrows and mistakes.

I have locked within its gloomy walls

Past failures and mistakes.

 

And now I throw the key away,

And seek another room.

And furnish it with hope and smiles,

And every spring-time bloom.

 

No thought shall enter this abode

That has a taint of pain.

And envy, malice, and distrust

Shall never entrance gain.

 

I have shut the door on yesterday

And thrown the key away.

Tomorrow holds no fear for me,

Since I have found today.

 

Author Unknown

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To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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A little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if You can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am!”

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WORDS OF WISDOM

Always give 100% at work…….

12% on Monday

23% on Tuesday

40% on Wednesday

20% on Thursday

5% on  Fridays

And remember …….

When you’re having a really bad day and it seems like people are trying to tick you off, remember it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4 to pull the trigger.

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I asked Mom if I was a gifted child… she said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.
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AT THE CASH REGISTER

“Cash, check or charge?” I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

“Do you always carry your TV remote?” I asked.

“No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.”

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Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

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A LETTER FROM GRANDMA

Got a letter from Grandma the other day. She wrote…

The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, I’m glad I did! What an uplifting experience that followed!

I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is…and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It’s a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed!

I found that LOTS of people love Jesus! Why, while I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, “For the love of GOD! GO! GO! Jesus Christ, GO!” What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!

Everyone started honking! I just leaned out of my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!

There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a “sunny beach”…I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. Then I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant and he said that it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I’ve never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back. My grandson burst out laughing…why, even he was enjoying this religious experience!

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I waved to all my sisters and brothers, grinning, and drove on through the intersection.

I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed the car down, leaned out of the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.

Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!

Love, Grandma

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Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

Confucius

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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.

 

Thanks for caring

Ray’s Daily

January 30, 2019

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Friendly people are caring people, eager to provide encouragement and support when needed most.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

caring

I hope you feel as good about yourself as you should. Over the last few years I have learned to value folks on what they do everyday more than the accolades they have accumulated. I have come to appreciate those who are basically good and who care about the wellbeing of others.

In one word what makes them special is they care. My appreciation of them has allowed me to become friends with people I might have missed otherwise. I have had the good fortune to know and work with some famous and near-famous people but there are none that I respect more than those unknowns who work everyday to make things better.

The Road to Significance and Success

The most traditional way to measure the quality of one’s life is to evaluate success by listing accolades, achievements, and acquisitions. After all, in its simplest terms, success is getting what we want and most people want wealth and status.

Yet, as much pleasure as these attributes can bring, the rich, powerful, and famous usually discover that true happiness will elude them if they do not have peace of mind, self-respect and enduring loving relationships.

Peace of mind doesn’t preclude ambition or desire for material possessions or high position, but it assumes a fundamental foundation of contentment, gratitude and pride – a belief that whatever one has is enough and an attitude of active appreciation for the good things in one’s life.

Feeling successful can generate satisfying emotions of self-worth, but feeling significant – that one’s life really matters – is much more potent. Peter Drucker, the great management guru, captured this idea when he wrote of the urge many high achievers have to  . . . ‘move beyond success to significance.’

The surprise for many is that one of the surest roads to significance is service. It doesn’t have to be of the Mother Teresa missionary variety. Parents who sacrifice their own comfort and pleasure for their children are performing service, as are teachers, public-safety professionals, members of the military, and volunteers who work for the common good.

In addressing graduates, Albert Schweitzer said . . . ‘I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.’

Written by Michael Josephson

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A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.

Denis Waitley

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“Top Ten Reasons To Ask Your Boss For A Raise”
10. You take your paycheck to the bank, and the teller bursts out in hysterical laughter.
9. The Red Cross calls and offers you emergency assistance.
8. Your only charge cards are for the Salvation Army, ARC, and DAV thrift stores.
7. You work full time and you still qualify for food stamps.
6. You empty out your piggy bank and then cook the bank and serve it for your Easter ham.
5. All you can think about morning, noon and night is clipping grocery coupons.
4. You file your income taxes and the IRS returns them stamped, “Charity Case — Return To Sender.”
3. You set the world record for mailing $1.00 rebate requests to Young America, Minnesota.
2. You pay all your bills, put your remaining $1 bill into your billfold and it goes into shock.
1. You get arrested for taking the coins out of the fountain in the mall.

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There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: Ask him. If he says yes, you know he is crooked.

Mark Twain

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The man looked a little worried when the doctor came in to administer his annual physical, so the first thing the doctor did was to ask whether anything was troubling him.

“Well, to tell the truth, Doc, yes,” answered the patient. “You see, I seem to be getting forgetful. No, it’s actually worse than that. I’m never sure I can remember where I put the car, or whether I answered a letter, or where I’m going, or what it is I’m going to do once I get there — if I get there. So, I really need your help. What can I do?”

The doctor mused for a moment, then answered in his kindest tones, “Pay me in advance.”

~~~

Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

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A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”

The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

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A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”

~~~

A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, “Your first job will be to sweep out the store.”

“But I’m a college graduate,” the young man replied indignantly. Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that,” said the manager. “Here, give me the broom – I’ll show you how.”

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“Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.”

Jim Murray.

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Having been married ten years and still living in an apartment, the wife would often complain about anything, as she was tired of saving every penny to buy a “dream home”.  Trying to placate her, the husband found a new apartment, within their budget.

However, after the first week, she began complaining again.  “Joel,” she said, “I don’t like this place at all.  There are no curtains in the bathroom.  The neighbors can see me every time I take a bath.”

“Don’t worry.” replied her husband.  “If the neighbors do see you, they’ll buy curtains.”

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I choose to be caring, compassionate and kind toward all people, and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip, petty complaints, and idle chatter. About those, I just don’t care.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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.

 

Brrrr!

Ray’s Daily

January 29, 2019

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The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.

Brian May

frigid

My brother is arriving today and he will be greeted by an arctic cold snap that is expected to last until he returns to his boat in sunny San Diego. His annual visit to Indianapolis for my birthday is quite a change from his summers in France and winters in California.

This frigid weather requires us to stay positive while doing our best to stay warm if we are not to let it get us down. One of the secrets is to stay with folks who don’t let the weather get to them, people like the fellow who wrote the following.

 

The Optimist Creed

Promise yourself . . .

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Written by Christian D. Larson in 1912

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Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.

Bernard Beckett

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Little Johnny and his family lived in the country, and as a result seldom had guests. He was eager to help his mother after his father appeared with two dinner guests from the office.

When the dinner was nearly over, Little Johnny went to the kitchen and proudly carried in the first piece of apple pie, giving it to his father who passed it to a guest. Little Johnny came in with a second piece of pie and gave it to his father, who again gave it to a guest.

This was too much for Little Johnny, who said, “It’s no use, Dad. The pieces are all the same size.”

~~~

The child comes home from his first day at school. His mother asks, “Well, what did you learn today?”

The kid replies, “Not enough. They want me to come back tomorrow.”

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Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don’t have a leg to stand on.

~~~

A DC-10 had an exceedingly long roll out after landing when his approach speed was just a little too fast.

San Jose Tower:  “American 751 heavy, turn right at the end, if able.  If not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off of Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport.

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  1. What’s the difference between a nine-month pregnant woman and a Playboy centerfold?
  2. Nothing, if the pregnant woman’s husband knows what’s good for him.

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The early worm gets eaten by the bird, so sleep late.

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I remember when Grandmas tended to their knitting, and their cookies were just swell.  They were always at the ready, when you needed some advice.  And their sewing (I can tell you) was available–and nice.  Well, Grandma’s not deserted you, she dearly loves you still..

You just won’t find her cooking, but she’s right there at the till.  She thinks about you daily–

you haven’t been forsook.  Your photos are quite handy, in the Pentium notebook.  She scans your art work though now, and combines it with cool sounds, to make electronic greetings.

She prints pictures by the pound.  She’s right there when you need her, you really aren’t alone, She’s out now with her “‘puter pals,” but she took her new cell phone. You can also leave a message on her answering machine; or page her at the fun meet;

She’s been there since eight fifteen. Yes, the world’s a very different place, there is no doubt of that. So “E” her from her web page, or join her in a chat.  She’s joined the electronic age,

and it really seems to suit her.

So don’t expect the same old gal, cause Grandma’s gone “Computer”

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There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives.

~~~

He went to United Airlines and asked for a reservation from Los Angeles to New York. The clerk knew that the plane was very full with baggage and passengers.

“How much do you weigh, Sir?” asked the clerk.

“With or without clothes?” the passenger asked.

“Well,” said the clerk, “how do you intend to travel?”

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Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children.

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A young man decided to join the police force. As a recruit he was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”

He answered, “Call for backup.”

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There are so many difficult things we’re living through in the world today, so many horrible events, but we cannot let them stop us. No matter what happens, I feel you must move forward with optimism and not get totally sideswiped.

Gloria Estefan

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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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