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Ray’s Daily

August 14, 2019

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Three keys to more abundant living:

Caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.

William Arthur Ward

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Yesterday was full of activities that kept me away from my computer and today looks like it will be just as busy. I start with an early appointment with my cardiologist and them more things to do. So I again offer a reprint from yesteryear.

Ray’s Daily first published August 14, 2019

First I appreciate all the positive comments that readers sent on yesterday’s tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver. I had started it two days before but there was so much that might have been said that it took awhile. I am faced with the same dilemma today, I have been trying to say something about life’s journey with all its twists and turns but I am not done so you’ll see it next week. So you’ll have to live with the Daily I wrote on this day a few years ago.

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An actress friend who I hold in high regard wrote me and said, “You have the heart of a writer…and a poet.” She sent the note in response to yesterday’s daily. I appreciate what she said but a more accurate statement might have been “He is someone with a heart who tries to write.” I would hope at the end of my days they would say, “He cared.”

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Someone else sent me what Albert Einstein had to say about our reading habits. He wrote:

“Somebody who reads only newspapers and at best the books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely nearsighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.

There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste with a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind. Nothing is more needed than to overcome the modernist’s snobbishness.”

 The quote really hit home with me as I think that contemporary society often suffers from a false sense of superiority fed by those who think only as they do. I don’t think that reading the classics is an indication of any intellectual prowess; rather I think that lingering with the skilled writers of old allows us to walk slowly through fields of ideas. I don’t feel that completing the reading of anything is an accomplishment in itself, nor do I think being able to recall all that was written is all that important, with my memory that would be impossible. For me the experience is a success if it generates one thought, opens one door, or starts me examining something I would overlook otherwise. Some of my greatest satisfaction comes from contemplation that has been triggered by something I read as I often find things that I did not know about myself. Those of you who are regular readers of the daily then often hear the results of these “Eureka” moments. I don’t share my innermost secrets with others, just you, and like I have often said “I may not be all that great but this is as good as I get.”

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“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness”

Harold Kushner

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Here are some of the best Norm Peterson quotes from “Cheers”:

“What’s shaking, Norm?” “All four cheeks & a couple of chins.”

“What’s new, Normie?” “Terrorists, Sam. They’ve taken over my stomach & they’re demanding beer.”

“What’d you like, Normie?” “A reason to live. Give me another beer.”

“What’ll you have, Normie?” “Well, I’m in a gambling mood Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of the tap.” “Looks like beer, Norm.” “Call me Mister Lucky.”

“Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?” “Like a baby treats a diaper.”

“Hey Mr. Peterson, there’s a cold one waiting for you.” “I know, if she calls, I’m not here.”

“What’s going on, Mr. Peterson?” “A flashing sign in my gut that says, ‘Insert beer here.'”

“Whatcha up to, Norm?” “My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”

“How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “Poor.” “I’m sorry to hear that.” “No, I mean pour.”

“What’s going down, Normie?” “My butt cheeks on that bar stool.”

“Pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “Alright, but stop me at one….make that one-thirty.”

“How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “It’s a dog eat dog world, Woody & I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”

“What’s the story, Norm?” “Boy meets beer. Boy drinks beer. Boy meets another beer.”

“Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “A little early, isn’t it, Woody?” “For a beer?” “No, for stupid questions.”

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“Law of Volunteer Labor” People are always available for work in the past tense.

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A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

“I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother. “I think it’s a wonderful gesture.”

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”

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“Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them.”

Jimmy DeMaret

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Lil’ Johnny’s mother asked him what he would like for his birthday. “I’d like a little brother,” he replied.

“Oh my, that’s such a big wish,” said the mother. “Why do you want a little brother?”

“Well,” responded Lil’ Johnny, “there’s only so much I can blame on the dog.”

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I used to eat a lot of natural foods, until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened.

She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn’t get out of her room. “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked, “Why not?” The stewardess replied: “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”

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If I begin to procrastinate today instead of tomorrow, would that be considered self-improvement?

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After the birth of their child, an Episcopal priest, wearing his clerical collar, visited his wife in the hospital. He greeted her with a hug and a kiss, and gave her another hug and kiss when he left.

Later, the wife’s roommate commented, “Your pastor is sure friendlier than mine.”

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“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”

Robert Redford

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Sue:  Mary, what exactly is an “oxymoron”?

Mary:  It’s a phrase made up of contradictory terms, like “deafening silence.”

Sue:  Oh, I get it.  Like “Mr. Perfect”!

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“I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal.”

Dalai Lama

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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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Staying Positive

Ray’s Daily

August 13, 2019

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Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

Elbert Hubbard

Stay Positive

I continue to struggle trying to recapture the mailing list for folk’s who get the daily by e-mail. I have a new version of Outlook, that coupled with my poor eyesight has made the computer recovery more difficult then I thought it would be. But I will keep trying.

I am staying optimistic and positive but it was helpful to be reminded by Jon Gordon to stay positive. There are far too many complainer these days, it seems like many folks just want to stay angry and depressed. It is up to us to make sure they don’t influence our thinking. In truth the difficult days make all the others seem so much better and I hope tomorrow is one of the good ones.

7 DAY NO COMPLAINING CHALLENGE

Instead of complaining about what you don’t have, appreciate what you do have. Instead of complaining about other people, think about something good about them. Instead of complaining about problems, look for solutions. Focus on the positive and help overcome negativity.

Join me and thousands of others for a 7 Day No Complaining Challenge! Go a week without complaining and see how it changes your life and team.

5 Things To Do Instead of Complain

  1. Practice Gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. It’s also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. Two thoughts cannot occupy our mind at the same time. If you are focusing on gratitude, you can’t be negative. You can also energize and engage your coworkers by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work.
  2. Praise Others. Instead of complaining about what others are doing wrong, start focusing on what they are doing right. Praise them and watch as they create more success as a result. Of course, point out their mistakes so they can learn and grow, but make sure you give three times as much praise as criticism.
  3. Focus on Success. Start a success journal. Each night before you go to bed, write down the one great thing about your day. The one great conversation, accomplishment, or win that you are most proud of. Focus on your success, and you’ll look forward to creating more success tomorrow.
  4. Let Go. Focus on the things that you have the power to change, and let go of the things that are beyond your control. You’ll be amazed that when you stop trying to control everything, it all somehow works out. Surrender is the answer.
  5. Pray. Scientific research shows that daily prayer reduces stress; boosts positive energy; and promotes health, vitality, and longevity. When you are faced with the urge to complain or you are feeling stressed to the max, stop, be still, plug-in to the ultimate power, and recharge.

Jon Gordon

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Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

Mary Lou Retton

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Because they needed some help around the house, the minister’s wife placed an ad for a manservant. Around 8 a.m. the next morming a nicely dressed young man appears at their front door. “Can you fix breakfast by 7 a.m. every day?” the minister asks the young man.

“Well…… I guess I can,” came the bewildered reply.

“And can you make the beds, dust the living room, do the dishes, cut the grass, and polish the silver also.” the minister continued.

“Gee, sir, I just came by to see about getting married. But if it’s going to be that much work, you can count me out right now!”

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Waiter to blonde customer: “How do you want me to slice your pizza? Into six or twelve slices?”

Blonde: “SIX!!!! Gosh sakes, I could *never* eat 12 slices!”

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I was listening to a lady who called a radio pastor.  The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear. The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life.  I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.” The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white tipped canes?” “Yes I do,” she replied. “Then the next time someone says that, hit them over the head with the cane,” He said.  “Then tell them ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”

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In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow.

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A man was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, “Have you ever been arrested?”

He wrote, “No.”

The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was “Why?”

The applicant answered it anyway: “Never got caught.”

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Don’t play stupid with me…. I’m better at it!

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  1. Muslims do not recognize Judaism as a religion.
  2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
  3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
  4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.

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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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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.

 

 

 

Ray’s Back

Ray’s Daily

August 12. 2019

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Seneca

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Back at last. Thankfully my grandson was able to replace my hard drive after recovering my old files. It was strange to be without my computer and our daily contacts for so many weeks.

I really appreciated all of you that contacted me with e=mail, phone calls and text messages worried that I was OK. While I was watched old movies and read some, I missed the daily effort to put something together that pleases you. Old movies are no substitute for daily reflection on life.

After almost twenty years of Ray’s Daily we start anew. Thanks for being here, I have missed you all. I am still trying to recover the distribution list for those who det direct e-mail of the daily.

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A Friend

By Stephen Wayne Modawell

 

Where do they come from

Ones who just appear in life

Some finer than rum

Others closer than man an’wife

 

They may not be old

without them, what was before

Their warmth, on days’ cold

Their presence we seek but more

 

 How we want many

Yet we find so very few

treasured like a new penny

Their value great, one will do

 

When found, never let go

Too many years may pass, you see

Before God allows to flow

The gift of a friend like thee.

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Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham

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A little girl in first grade was doing very well especially in spelling.  One day she came home with new words to study for an upcoming test and she asked her mother to help.  They came to the word “knit” and her mother asked her to spell it.

She said, “n-i-t”.

Her mother said, “No, try again.”

She said, very slowly, “n-i-t”.

Her mother said, “Now, honey, I know you know how to spell this word, try again.”

Very aggravated and very slowly, as if her mother was just not getting the whole picture, she spelled, “N-I-T!”

Finally, her mother told her that the correct spelling was k-n-i-t. The little girl looked at her mother, put her hands on her hips and said, “THE ‘K’ IS SILENT!”

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There must be more to life than having everything.

Maurice Sendak

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A guest lecturer to the Medical college stopped by the bulletin board. 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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“You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.”

Liz Smith

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One Sunday a pastor told the congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly and saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”

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BEEN THERE!  —  DONE THAT!

And I’d do it all over again if I could remember the way. But now that I’m older I’d probably forget what I was going back for and most likely wouldn’t be able to do it again anyway.

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Volvo has unveiled an auto designed by women for women called the YCC, ‘Your Concept Car.’ Among its cutting-edge femi-features:

* Turn signals that are able to change their mind at the last minute.

* An OnStar satellite tracking system that can locate, on command, all retail outlets within 500 miles.

* Permanent press fenders.

* A dashboard voice console that’s programmed to ask strangers for directions.

* Side mirrors that make the driver appear slimmer than she actually is.

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When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.

Mark Twain

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At the airport check-in counter, I overheard a woman ask for window seats for her and her husband. The clerk pointed out that this would prevent them from sitting together.

“Sweetie,” the woman replied, “I just spent ten days of quality time in a compact rental car with this man. I know what I’m requesting.”

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The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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.

NOTICE

My Computer is not working properly and I will not be able to send new daily’s for probably a week.

Stay well and have good days. I will be back when it  is repaired.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

 

 

And Life Goes On

Ray’s Daily

July 12, 2019

“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.”

Eustace Budgell

Friends

I am having major computer problems; I am hoping I can get this to you. It is another Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published July 12, 2012

Yesterday was a greater challenge than I thought it would be. I started at 4:45 AM and spent most of the day at the hospital complex. Between the tests, blood draws and IV I had five needle stabbings and seven hours of waiting and participating. Today should be better because the Iron Absorption tests are over and I have an IV access port installed so this afternoon they will just hang the bag and plug me in, I should not be there more than three hours. I do have a couple of key meetings starting early today so I am sending you another blast from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on July 12, 2004

As you know we have friends in all parts of the world who share our daily. Fortunately all know some English, some better than I do (I know that is not saying much). Sadly I am like so many of my fellow countrymen and have no skills in any other language. I am totally dependent on lots of hand signals, finger pointing, and written addresses whenever I am in other parts of the world. What I have found in the notes I exchange with many of these friends is that we work a little harder to understand. We look for words that mean the same thing to us both. I wonder when I have the good fortune to hear from them if our e-mail to each other is more effective since we try for clarity. Even if we struggle it is still worth the effort as I place high value on learning how others are doing in other parts of the world well as here in North America.

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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Why a Kitten is Better Than a Baby

Veterinarians have evening hours.

Your kitten won’t be able to disturb the whole movie with its crying. Heck, you don’t even have to take the kitten with you, and if you don’t, you don’t even have to worry about whether or not the sitter is available tonight.

Your kitten won’t grow out of those cute but expensive clothes within three months.

Kittens look cute if they haven’t had a bath in a month.

You probably don’t have to lie awake nights wondering how you’re going to finance your kitten’s college education.

No one will question your abilities to function normally at your job when they hear you just got a kitten.

You only have to change the litter box once a day.

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“Every single moment is absolutely extraordinary. But the next day is a thousand times better.”

Salvador Dali

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An airbus with 346 passengers on board met with technical problems and as the message was flashed to the passengers, they started screaming with fear. The Captain said, “Don’t panic. I want to ask you. Who among you is the greatest believer. Who has the greatest faith in God?”

A passenger from the economy class yelled “Myself” Captain: “Are you sure?”

Passenger: “Yes, I am.”

Captain: “Please stand at that corner and pray. We have a shortage of 1 parachute.”

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Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.

Pele

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Esther broke-up with her boyfriend.

She asked her Mother’s advice about returning the gifts he’d given her.

Without a pause, her Mother replied: “Send back the stuffed animals and letters, but keep the jewelry for sentimental reasons.”

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“There’s an old saying – There’s No Place Like Home. Well, I went in the house next door, and it was very similar.”

Geoffrey Parfitt

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A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams.  He asked her about what he should do next.

His mother had an idea:

“Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your place for a home-cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone.

“Oh, mom, the evening was a disaster,” he moaned.

“Why…….didn’t she come over?” asked his mother.

“Oh, she came over alright………but she refused to cook…”

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Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

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An employment interviewer for a big company in New York was talking to an attractive young woman applying for a job. Looking over the application form, the interviewer noticed that the girl had not answered one important question concerning transportation to and from work.

“What about your bus line?” the interviewer asked her.

“I don’t believe I mentioned it,” came the pleased reply, “but it’s a 36C.”

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“Live your life and forget your age.”

Norman Vincent Peale

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A couple with their four-year-old son was dining at one of San Francisco’s sophisticated restaurants.  “What do you suggest for a little boy who likes nothing but hamburgers, hot dogs, and tacos?” asked the mother.

“Los Angeles or San Diego,” sniffed the waiter.

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Of all the people I have met, you are certainly one.

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An aspiring young actor asked a young lady’s father if he could have his daughter’s hand in marriage. The father said, “I would never let my daughter marry an actor.”

The actor said, “Sir, I think you may change your mind if you see me perform. Won’t you at least come and see the play?”

So the father went to see the play, and the next day he called the actor, “You were right. I did change my mind. Go ahead and marry my daughter. You’re no actor.”

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Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.”

Irving Berlin

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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.

 

Yes there is

Ray’s Daily

July11, 2019

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“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Believe

As we age life does not get any easier. Of course, we have always had bad days but we were able to avoid letting them get us down. The worse than that can happen to us at any age is depression. It is the knowledge that we are strong enough to weather the storms coupled with how we know that storms are temporary and tomorrow often means a brighter day.

It is important that we not lose faith in ourselves. So take inventory of all your capabilities and remember them when you are challenged. Don’t waste your time agonizing over the rocks in the road, step over them or walk around them but don’t let them stop you.

Believe In Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be, ….that’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are, So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep believing in yourself.

Author Unknown

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

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I was self-conscious about going to the gym, because I thought the pounds I had put on would make me stand out among the spandex-clad regulars. I chose a treadmill in the corner so I’d be inconspicuous.

However, as I exercised, my worst fears came true. At least a dozen people turned to stare at me periodically. I thought it might be my imagination, but then one woman even squinted to get a better look.

Mortified, I stepped off the machine to leave. When I turned around, I realized that the gym’s only wall clock had been hanging just inches above my head.

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At my age, “getting a little action” means I don’t need to take a laxative.

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He said: Tiring of the same old buzz cut from the base barber at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I went into town to get my haircut. The hairdresser noticed my accent and asked where I was from.

“Trinidad,” I said.

“Is that in Arabia?”

“The Caribbean.”

She laughed, “Sorry, I never was very good at geometry.”

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You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same stuff?

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A story concerns itself with a wholesaler in New York who sent a letter to the postmaster of a small mid-western town. He asked for the name of a honest lawyer who would take a collection case against a local debtor who had refused to pay for a shipment of the wholesaler’s goods. He got this reply:

“Dear Sir:

I am the postmaster of this village and received your letter. I am also an honest lawyer and ordinarily would be pleased to accept a case against a local debtor. In this case, however, I also happen to be the person you sold those crummy goods to. I received your demand to pay and refused to honor it. I am also the banker you sent the draft to draw on the merchant, and I sent that back with a note stating that the merchant had refused to pay. And if I were not, for the time being, substituting for the pastor of our local church, I would tell you just what I thought of your claim.”

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Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?

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He said: When I worked for the security department of a large retail store, my duties included responding to fire and burglar alarms. A side door of the building was wired with a security alarm, because it was not supposed to be used by customers. Nevertheless they found the convenience of the exit tempting. Even a sign with large red letters, warning “Alarm will sound if opened,” failed to deter people from using it.

One day, after attending to a number of shrieking alarms, I placed a small handmade sign on the door that totally eliminated the problem: “Wet paint.”

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Never trust a man who says he’s the boss at home. He probably lies about other things too.

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A kind-hearted fellow was walking through Central Park in New York and was astonished to see an old man, fishing rod in hand, fishing over a beautiful bed of lilies. “Tsk Tsk!” said the passerby to himself. “Wha

t a sad sight. That poor old man is fishing over a bed of flowers. I’ll see if I can help.”

So the kind fellow walked up to the old man and asked, “What are you doing, my friend?” “Fishin’, sir.” “Fishin’, eh. Well how would you like to come have a drink with me?” The old man stood put his rod away and followed the kind stranger to the corner bar. He ordered a large glass of beer and a fine cigar. His host, the kind fellow, felt good about helping the old man, and he asked, “Tell me, old friend, how many did you catch this morning?” The old fellow took a long drag on the cigar, blew a careful smoke ring and replied, “You are the sixth today, sir!”

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir

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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 need to do it again

Ray’s Daily

July 10, 2019

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“Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.”

Gary Ryan Blair

Control

I am off early this morning for my final physical therapy session. Yippee! It has done me some good but I am looking forward to more free time. Now let’s see if can follow todays advice and start a new exercise routine.

I am taking the easy way out and sending you my Daily from seven years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published July 10, 2012

My docs called today and added one more inoculation to my monthly routine, this one is to help me generate red blood cells, at least that is what I think they said. At least I’ll know I am a red-blooded American while others will not be as sure of themselves. As I reported yesterday things are going pretty well in my life even with some occasional health setbacks. Some folks have been complimentary of the self-discipline that I have exhibited lately as I follow a fairly ambitious exercise and good health routine.

I now wonder about all the years that I treated the need for self-discipline as a burden and as a distasteful activity. Now I view it as the gift I give myself since the results are a sense of wellbeing and measurable health improvement. Instead of rationalizing my traditional procrastination as being almost rewarding in its avoidance of doing what was best for me and losing, I now win every morning as I work to make each day better than the one before. The discipline is the wrapping on the gift I keep giving myself, I just sometimes wish that I hadn’t demonstrated my dumbness by waiting so long.

Jim Rohm the late human potential guru wrote this piece on discipline some years ago. I wish I had read it and heeded its advice back then.

Discipline

  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
  • We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
  • All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.
  • Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
  • Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
  • Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.
  • The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.
  • It’s best to start the discipline of generosity when the amounts are small. It’s easy to give ten cents out of a dollar; it’s a little harder to give a hundred thousand out of a million.
  • One discipline always leads to another discipline.
  • You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
  • The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.

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“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”

Aristotle

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Little Debbie came running into the house after school one day, shouting, “Daddy!  Daddy!  I got a 100 in school today!” “That’s great, Sweetheart,” said her daddy.  “Come in the living room and tell me about it.” “Well,” began the confession, “I got 50 in spelling, 30 in math, and 20 in science…”

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“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

David Brinkley

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The company where my friend worked had a phone system that rerouted after-hours calls. If any calls came in on a certain line while he was working late, Dave knew it would be a wrong number.

It got to the point where, as soon as the phone rang, Dave would pick up and say, “Psychic Hotline. I’m sorry, but you’ve dialed the wrong number.”

The callers would often reply with something like, “But I didn’t even ask to speak to anyone yet. How did you know I dialed the wrong… Oh!

(Click)

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The reason computers can do more work is they don’t have to stop and answer the phone.

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A 16-year-old girl bought herself a very tiny bikini.  Very proud she came home and put it on. She then showed her mother how she looked in it.

“What do you think mom?” she asked.

Her mother replied: “If I wore that when I was your age, you would have been 5 years older.”

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Some day I’ll get around to joining the “Procrastinators Club of Tomorrow”.

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A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin.  “Listen to this,” he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. “It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great husband.”

“Yeah,” his wife nodded, “and it has your weight wrong, too.”

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“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

Oprah Winfrey

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You know what happens when you play country music backwards? You quit drinking, you get your wife back, you’re rehired and your lost dog comes home.

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When Nancy and I went up to New England a few years ago we decided to stay in one of those quaint little inns. The clerk at the inn asked me if we wanted a room with a shower or a tub.

“What’s the difference?” I asked.

“Well, sir, in a tub, you can sit down.”

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison

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A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama.

Then she asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence with……

“I think I’d throw up!”

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It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

Buddha

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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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