Ray's musings and humor

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

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The other day I shared with you my concern about the fact that too many people I meet don’t realize just how good they are. I suggested that people would benefit from doing a periodic inventory in order to focus in on what they do that they overlook.

I am gratified when I see folks realize that the things they do every day are important and provide reason io feel good about themselves. I am especially pleased when the knowledge of their self-worth results is a growth of self-esteem.

I recently read an article on the Wings for the Heart blog that I wish more folks would read. Here it is.

 

Building Your Self-Confidence

 The key to being able to accomplish our goals in life is having unshakable self-confidence and a belief in ourselves. Without confidence, we would never have the courage to apply for jobs, go to college, or even commit to a serious relationship. We may find ourselves holding back on pursuing our dreams, sabotaging our own efforts, or even refusing to try at all. Building up our self-confidence doesn’t have to be a daunting task; it can actually be quite fun. It may take time and practice before we see big results, but if we keep at it, we will eventually notice positive changes.

Try these suggested techniques to jump start your own self-confidence, and be on your way to creating success for yourself.

Use creative visualization – Rest your mind and imagine a situation where you are confident and successful. Go over the details thoroughly in your mind. What did you do? What did you say? You can also try to remember a time in the past when you acted with a lack of confidence. Go over the situation in your mind, changing whatever details you would need to alter the outcome to a desired one. Visualize yourself strengthening your self-confidence and acting the way you wish you would have acted. Don’t judge yourself – simply re-create the situation and envision yourself with strong self-confidence, and having the outcome be better.

Practice affirmations – Believing you have what it takes to be successful in life means embedding it so far in your subconscious mind that you can no longer deny it. One way to accomplish this is to practice affirmations that make you feel empowered and strong. Write down statements such as “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and “Nothing can hold me back.” Say these nightly before bed, and any time during the day when you feel fearful or hesitant, and they will stick in your subconscious, which will ultimately remind you of these truths when you need them the most.

Act “as if” – This is similar to creative visualization, but a little more specific. Pretend you are already what you want to become. Do you want to lose ten pounds and fit into your old jeans? Picture yourself ten pounds lighter, and actually take the time to imagine what it is like to slip those jeans on. Take in all the senses of being ten pounds lighter. On a side note: Did you know that basketball players who visualize the ball going into the net prior to throwing it are far more likely to actually make the throw than those who don’t? It’s true.

Graciously accept praise – When people offer you praise for a job well-done, accept politely and don’t add any negative comments. For instance, if a friend compliments your new hairstyle, say “Thank you,” not “Thanks, but I think it looks funny.” People almost always mean what they say, especially if they say it unprovoked. Don’t second guess their praises of you. If you graciously accept, the result is that you will appreciate yourself just as much as others appreciate you.

Finally, allow yourself to believe you have the ability to accomplish anything, and you will be rewarded with feelings of confidence and courage. Remember that your thoughts have tremendous power! If you believe yourself to be confident and strong, guess what? You will be.

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Success comes in cans, not cant’s.

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You Live in California when…

  1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.
  2. The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.
  3. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
  4. You know how to eat an artichoke.
  5. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
  6. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.

You Live in Maine when…

  1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
  2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
  3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
  4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
  5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

You live in Colorado when…

  1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
  2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he stops at the day care center.
  3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
  4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

You live in the Midwest when…

  1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
  2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
  3. You have had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” on the same day.
  4. You end sentences with a preposition: “Where’s my coat at?”
  5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, “It was different!”

You live in Florida when…

  1. You eat dinner at 4:15 in the afternoon.
  2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.
  3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
  4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
  5. Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.

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Law of the Search – The first place to look for any thing is the last place you would expect to find it.

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The police recently busted a man selling ‘secret formula’ tablets he claimed gave eternal youth. When going through their files they noticed it was the fifth time he was caught for committing this same criminal medical fraud. He had earlier been arrested in 1794, 1856, 1928 and 1983………..

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“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”

Maxwell Maltz

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I’m not saying our new receptionist is dumb, but this is how she filled out her insurance forms:

Date of Birth: January 12, 1988

Weight: 6 pounds, 10 ounces

Height: 20 inches

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Don’t wait until everything is just right, it will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

Aristotle

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 debate

Hi everyone, this Monday is Labor Day in my country and it is a national holiday. Since we have picked up so many readers from outside the country I thought it was better to send something rather than just be missing in action. Instead of my working here is my Labor Day message from 2004. Enjoy. I’ll be back Tuesday.

Ray’s Daily

First Published on 9/2/2004

 I am having difficulty dealing with today’s political rhetoric. It seems to me that Vannevar Bush was on target when he said “A belief may be larger than a fact.”

Our politicians keep telling us that the American People want this, the American People want that, and that the American People believe this or that. I am not sure I have ever met any of these American People for they would have to be both for tax cuts and higher taxes, for both right-to-life and choice, for free trade and protectionism, you know the rest of it, we hear it every day. It seems like too many politicians believe that if they say it often enough it will be true, no matter what the facts, they even seem to start believing it themselves. Sadly it seems that how messages are presented and how often they are repeated does make a difference, no matter if they are true or not. It also seems that too many of my fellow citizens are committed to their current beliefs no matter what the facts may be. When you ask a specific, or an in depth question, way too many will say “I just know, that’s all,” or will repeat something they heard said over and over that justifies why they think the way they do.

If you have been following what is going on this election season you might find the game interesting. It seems the real players are the spin doctors, image consultants, and campaign strategists. It would be an insult to believe that our country would make critical choices on the basis of who had the best advertising or the slickest message; it would be an insult if it was not the way things seem to be going.

Too many of us seem to want to be left alone and not bothered with having to get the facts. Maybe those of us that can ignore reality are the illusive American People that the politicians report are for everything and against everything. Alice seems to have left Wonderland and is working its magic on us, or maybe Orwell’s characters have sprung to life.

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Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.

Richard Whately

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A soldier was asked to report to headquarters for assignment. The sergeant said: “We have a critical shortage of typists. I’ll give you a little test. Type this,” he ordered, giving him a pamphlet to copy and a sheet of paper, and pointing to a desk across the room that held a typewriter and an adding machine. The soldier, quite reluctant to become a clerk typist, made a point of typing very slowly, and saw to it that his work contained as many errors as possible.

The sergeant gave the typed copy only a brief glance. “That’s fine,” he said. “Report for work at 8 tomorrow.” “But aren’t you going to check the test?” the prospective clerk asked. The sergeant grinned.

“You passed the test,” he replied, “when you sat down at the typewriter instead of at the adding machine.

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Pablo Picasso

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She wrote:

Dear Tide,

I am writing to say what an excellent product you have! I’ve used it all through my married life, as my Mom always told me it was the best. Now that I am in my fifties, I find it even better! In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to berate me about how clumsy I was, and generally started becoming a pain in the neck.

One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with a lot of his blood on my white blouse. I tried to get the stain out using a bargain detergent, but it just wouldn’t come out. After a quick trip to the supermarket, I purchased a bottle of liquid Tide with bleach alternative, and to my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I would no longer be considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband.

What a relief! Going through menopause is bad enough without being a murder suspect! I thank you, once again, for having such a great product.

Well, gotta go. I have to write a letter to the Hefty bag people . . .

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Blessed are the meek, for they make great scapegoats.

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The doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired.  At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills!!

“Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are BIRTH CONTROL pills?!?”

“Yes, they help me sleep at night.”

“Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely NOTHING in these that could possibly help you sleep at night!”

She reached out and patted the young Doctor’s knee. “Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16 year old granddaughter drinks…And believe me…….it helps me sleep at night!!!”

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We have enough people who tell it like it is; now we could use a few who can tell it like it can be.

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Lil’ Johnny’s mother took her 6 year old son with her to the bank.  They were in line behind a rather obese lady.  As the mother patiently waited, Lil’ Johnny looked at the women in front of him and observed loudly, “Hey, Mom, she’s really fat.”

The lady looked at Johnny, made eye contact with his mother and gave an understanding smile.  Lil’ Johnny received a reprimand. After a minute or two, Lil’ Johnny spread his hands as far as they will go and loudly said, “I bet her butt is ‘that’ wide.”

At this the lady glared at Johnny. His embarrassed mother severely scolds her son. Again after a couple of minutes Lil’ Johnny stated loudly, “Look how the fat hangs over her belt.” The lady turned and told Johnny’s mother to control her child and his mother threatened him with severe bodily harm.

The lady’s pager begins to go off. Lil’ Johnny yelled in a panic at the top of his voice, “Run for your life, she’s backing up”

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I don’t have a solution, but I admire the problem.

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A Stanford Medical research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out. All from the same person.

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Pray for a good harvest, but keep on plowing.

Nancy Otto

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Forever is composed of nows.

Emily Dickinson

Now

Emily Dickinson is right. Life is one now after another and they go flying by with many of us just watching them go past. The tough part is that we can’t slow them down or save them. Every one we don’t use is a missed opportunity. If we spend our time agonizing over yesterday or planning and maybe even worrying about tomorrow we won’t have much time to enjoy today.

When you get to be my age I hope you won’t look back and regret not doing all the things you might have done. Too many of us think in terms of years, you know, “next year I am going to” or “I will someday.” Well my friends each day is made up of a finite number of moments and today is yesterday’s someday, don’t waste it, make your someday be today.

I recently read an article written by Kelly Niven called Ways to Live in the Moment here is an edited copy of what she had to say.

 

For a long time I believed that living in the moment meant doing what I wanted, when I wanted to. It has taken me many years to realize that I was wrong.

What I have come to realize is this: Living in the moment does not mean doing what you want, when you want. Doing what you want, when you want may give the illusion of freedom. But the fact is, the constant need to escape life’s normal daily circumstances is just another kind of captivity.

It has been a long journey, but I have finally learned that genuine freedom is this:

Acceptance of What Is

Acceptance of what is does not mean that you have to submit to it indefinitely. You can change your circumstances over time; however, it requires that you first accept where you are right now. When you accept where you are now, you are not fighting against what is.

Fighting and resistance create more of what you don’t want — a losing battle against the constraints of reality. Acceptance means that you move into the flow of life.

Discipline and Focus

This may sound contradictory. How can freedom require discipline and focus? Because, if it’s allowed to, the mind will take you away from the present moment. If it’s not forced to focus, the mind will return to memories of the past, when circumstances may not have gone well. The mind will race ahead to the future, worried that things will not go well there, either. It operates on fear as a way of self-preservation.

The only way to truly overcome fear is to come into the present moment and focus on the activity in hand. In all likelihood, there is nothing to fear in the immediate moment.

So, although it may sound contradictory, it is not. Present moment awareness takes you beyond the fear of the mind. This is necessary for freedom.

Knowing Yourself

Most people are highly uncomfortable being alone with themselves. They need other people and things to entertain them constantly. If presented with situations and circumstances that require them to be alone, they usually put up great resistance. Stripping away the noise and distraction leaves these people with the responsibility of being who and what they are.

Dedication to Your “Truth”

I put that in quotation marks because what we generally think of as the truth is usually just our perception of people, events and situations. Identifying your truth requires that you know yourself well, and that you are not easily influenced by the views and opinions of those around you.

If you are avoiding your truth, you are also missing the reality of the present moment because you are allowing others to define it for you. When you realize that this is not living your own life fully, you will be ready to embrace the truth of each moment.

Love

Acceptance of what is, discipline and focus, knowing yourself and dedication to the truth create the space for you to love. When you accept yourself and love life just as it is, the love flows over into everything that you do.

To live in the moment is beautiful. It is genuine freedom. And every single one of us deserves to experience it.

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One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.

Michael Cibenko

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From kids test papers, essays, etc. The spellings are the original ones.

*H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.

*When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.

*Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is water and gin.

*A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.

*Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.

*Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.

*The pistol of the flower is its only protection against insects.

*For head colds: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.

*Germinate: To become a naturalized German.

*The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

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What this country needs today is fewer experts on what this country needs.

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Jill and Nadine hadn’t seen each other in awhile, so they decided to meet for lunch.  The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives.  Jill confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life.

Nadine, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found.  “He’s perfect.  He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!”

“He said ‘will you marry me’?” Jill asked.

Nadine replied, “No, he said ‘put your money away’

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Birthdays are good. The more you have, the longer you live.

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A guy about to tee off was approached by a man who held out a card that read, “I am a deaf mute. May I please play through?”

The first man gave the card back, angrily shaking his head, and saying, “No, you CANNOT play through.” He assumed the guy read lips so he mouthed, “I can’t believe you would try to use your handicap to your own advantage like that! Shame on you!”

The deaf man walked away and the first man whacked the ball onto the green and then walked off to finish the hole.

Just as he was about to put the ball into the hole he was hit in the head with a golf ball that knocked him out cold. When he came to a few minutes later, he looked around and saw the deaf mute sternly looking at him, one hand on his hip, the other hand holding up four fingers.

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“The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”

Ivy Baker

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A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the mess has been cleared up, and inquiry begins. One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. “Okay Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene – what happened ?”

“Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.”

“He was smoking in the mixing room ?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?”

“About 20 years, sir”

“20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.”

“It was, sir.”

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We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

John Newton

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

 

Laugh alot today

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

Dr. Seuss

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One of the things I like about you and our other readers is that we get to share some laughter almost every day. It took me a while to realize that there was no value in taking life too seriously. A few years ago I was slipping into unconsciousness in the ICU of a local hospital when I heard someone on the crash team say “Can you believe this guy, he is going under and he is still joking.” And I probably was as I learned a long time ago that there is little use in letting adversity take you down. In my experience it is really hard to cry if you are having fun.

I have had a lifetime of obstacles to overcome and have found that maintaining a sense of humor has a way of lightening the load. I also honestly feel that the secret of my frequent rapid recovery from illness has been the therapeutic value of humor mixed with the friendship of positive people. So my friend I want to thank you for if you were not there to possibly read our daily attempt at humor I might not be as diligent in mixing a daily dose laughter for myself and to share with you and the others.

I think author Elizabeth Scott understands, here is an article she wrote recently on how to reduce stress.

 

Laughing More and Having Fun

Guide to Having More Fun In Your Life and Reducing Stress

Having fun is an important part of stress management. Because studies show such wonderful health and stress relief benefits to laughter and even the anticipation of laughter, we should all work on getting more giggles into each day. And because of the many wellness benefits of leisure time, having fun should be a priority in the life of anyone who wants better health, greater happiness and less stress. Here are some strategies for having more fun in your life:

Have Friends Over More Often

Most people find themselves very busy these days — often busier than they want to be. While the activities that occupy our time are important, having fun is equally important. While busy lifestyles can sap us of our spontaneity, having friends over and setting aside some time just to play can offer a regular outlet for having fun.

Tell Jokes

Aside from forwarding emails that make us chuckle (which isn’t bad, as long as you’re sure not to forward things that people may find annoying), most people don’t just tell jokes anymore, which is too bad. If you cull the internet, Reader’s Digest and other sources for just one or two good jokes, you’ll find that the laughter is often contagious, others may share jokes right back, and you’re suddenly having more fun in your life.

Be ‘In The Now’

There’s currently a lot said in the media on mindfulness and “being in the now,” and for good reason. When you’re basing yourself firmly in the present moment (rather than ruminating on past or anticipated stressors), you’re more open to happiness, laughter and having fun.

Maintain a Sense of Humor

You can turn your stresses into fun with an attitude shift if you focus on maintaining a sense of humor in your daily life. With a lighthearted attitude, events that would normally be annoying become amusing; big hassles become humorously absurd; major stressors become really great stories waiting to be told. Having a sense of humor is a big part of having fun — it’s a way to actively seek out fun and happiness instead of waiting for it to come to you.

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I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.

Anne Wilson Schaef

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Two dogs were walking down the street.  The one dog says to the other, “Wait here a minute, Herb, I’ll be right back.” He walks across the street and sniffs this fire hydrant for a couple minutes, then walks back across the street.

The other dog, Herb, says, “So, what was all that about?”

The dog first dog says, “Oh, nothing much. I was just checking my messages.”

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“Being over the hill is lots better than being under it!”

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A priest is repairing a fence surrounding his parish. He notices a small boy is standing nearby for a long time. The priest finally asks him, “Do you want to speak with me, my son?”

“Oh, no. I’m just waiting.”

“Well, waiting for what?” came the priest’s reply.

“Waiting to hear what a priest says when he hits his finger with a hammer.”

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Time flies whether or not you’re having fun.

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Morris bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying . “Free to good home, You want it — you take it”. For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it….

Eventually, Morris decided that people were too untrusting of the deal, that it looked “too good to be true”…So he changed the sign to read “Fridge for sale — $150″. The next day someone stole it.

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If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

Rachel Carson

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A conversation heard at a local pub:

“Gee, Sam, wish you were here with me.”

“But Tom, I am. Look see, I’m right in front of you.”

“No you’re not.”

“Yes, I am.”

“Can prove you’re not. Bet you $5.”

“You’re on.”

“You’re not in New York City, are you?”

“That’s true.”

“And you’re not in Montreal.”

“Can’t argue with you there.”

“And you are definitely not in Paris.”

“Nope.”

“If you’re not in New York City, Montreal or Paris, then you must be someplace else.”

“Yea, that makes sense.”

“Well, if you’re someplace else, you can’t be here. So pay up, let’s have the $5.”

“Can’t.”

“Why not?”

“I’m not here.”

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Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.

Anthony Robbins

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

 

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

Voltaire

Move On

I wonder sometimes how many roadblocks we throw up that keep us from a happier life. Some of us seem to be so self-critical that we lose our confidence and start to stagnate. As I have said before I am shocked at how many people don’t realize just how good they are. I wish more would take inventory at the end of the day to note the positive moments their day held.

Taking a moment to be pleasant with someone else is as important as most things we do and we should appreciate those moments. An unselfish act counts too. Also what about those tasks we complete that may not seem like much, but they are, they are jobs well done.

Don’t let your mind hold you back, there is a lot of life to live yet and you can make it special if you set yourself free. Angel Chernoff wrote a piece a while ago that she titled Questions that Will Free Your Mind and Turn Your Life Around. It is far too long to reprint here but I am sharing some parts that I especially like. Here is what she wrote:

 

Questions that Will Free Your Mind and Turn Your Life Around

It’s not the answers you get from others, but the questions you ask yourself that will help you grow stronger.  In fact, the simple questions you ask yourself on a daily basis will determine the type of person you become in the long run.

Keep in mind that these questions have no right or wrong answers…Because sometimes asking the right questions IS the answer.

  1. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?

Remember, the way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.  You must love who you are or no one else will.  So treat yourself the way you want others to treat you.  Stop discrediting yourself for everything you aren’t, and start giving yourself credit for everything you ARE.  We have to learn to be our own best friends, because sometimes we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.

  1. If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?

Think long and hard.  And when your answer is NO for too many days in a row, you know it’s time for a change.

And this is an interesting conversation, because we are all aware deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to every one of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know.  It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step.  You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment, before your mind shifts back to reality and how the world really is.

You’ve got to take that step.  Because sadly, there are far too many people who live their entire lives on the default settings, never realizing they can customize absolutely everything.  Don’t be one of them!  You have to live your own life your own way.  That’s all there is to it.  Each of us has a unique fire in our heart for something that makes us feel alive.  It’s your duty to find it and keep it lit.  You’ve got to stop caring so much about what everyone else wants for you, and start actually living for yourself.

  1. What are you holding on to that you need to let go of?

It happens to you slowly as you grow.  You discover more about who you are and what you want, and then you realize that there are changes you need to make.  The lifestyle you’ve been living no longer fits.  The people you’ve known forever no longer see things the way you do.  So you cherish all the great memories, but find yourself in desperate need of moving on.

Some things simply are NOT meant to be.  Everything from your past does not belong in your present.  To hold on to relationships and circumstances that have already moved on without you, is to stay stuck in a place and time that no longer exists.  Moving on doesn’t mean you erase or completely forget the wonderful things from your past, it just means that you find a positive way of surviving without them in your present.

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Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.

Ralph Marston

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A man was going up to bed, when his wife told him he’d left the light on in the garden shed – she could see it from the bedroom window. But he said that he hadn’t been in the shed that day. He looked himself, and there were people in the shed, stealing things. He rang the police, but they told him that no-one was in his area, so no-one was available to catch the thieves. He said ok, hung up, counted to 30 and rang the police again.

“Hello. I just rang you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed? Well, you don’t have to worry about them now, I’ve just shot them all.”

Within five minutes there were half a dozen police cars in the area, an Armed Response unit, the works. Of course, they caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to this man: “I thought you said you’d shot them!”

He replied: “I thought you said there was no-one available!”

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“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

Lloyd Alexander

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A young man is reported to have approached the renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (one of the great musical prodigies of all time), and asked, “Herr Mozart, I have the ambition to write symphonies and perhaps you can advise me how to get started.”

Mozart said, “The best advice I can give you is to wait until you are older and more experienced, and try your hand at less ambitious pieces to begin with.”

The young man looked astonished. “But, Herr Mozart, you yourself wrote symphonies when you were considerably younger than I.”

“Ah,” said Mozart, “but I did so without asking advice.”

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Teacher: “Remember, Class — Nothing Is Impossible.”

Melissa: “What about squeezing all the toothpaste out of the tube and putting it back in again?”

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The Minister, after listening to an impromptu campaign speech, “Before I vote for you for sheriff, I’d like to know if you partake of intoxicating beverages?”

Candidate for sheriff, “Before I answer, tell me if this is an inquiry or an invitation.”

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Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.

Denis Waitley

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On a street, where the speed is limited to 30 mph the police stop a driver.

“Not only have you been driving too fast, you’ve been passing cars where it is not allowed.  Your lights don’t work, your tires all completely worn out. This is surely going to cost you a lot.  What’s your name?”

“Schtrathewisizeski Vocgefastilongchinic”, replied the foreign driver.

“Well, I’ll let you go this time but don’t do it again.”

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The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.

Dan Stevens

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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What do you think?

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Yesterday I suggested that we all would benefit by investing some of our time in introspection. Too many of us are inundated with hundreds of things coming our way each day, some of which are important and some of which are not. We can all benefit by not wasting time thinking about that which is unimportant and thinking about what we might do to make our lives even better.

I know one thing; we are never going to do more than when we do now if we don’t think about what we might do instead of waiting time. Who knows we might even be able to replace our unimportant time wasters with some exciting new activities,

Here is a poem that I like I hope you will too.

 

Reflecting on Life

 

Take time to stop today

Take time to stop a while

Reflect on how life changes

Then take the time to smile

 

Know that as the days go by

These things that challenge you

Will one day just be memories

Of times you have gone through

 

Look back now on yesterday

And all you have achieved

Recognize the strengths you’ve gained

The blessings you’ve received

 

One day in the future

You will think about today

You’ll see just how these challenges

Have helped you on your way

 

Written by Michelle Tetley

 

Michelle is an Australia based poet who is passionate about conveying positive, heartfelt messages to others through her poetry.

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Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so

Marcia Wieder

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Actual excerpts from Royal Navy and Marines officer fitness reports:

*  His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.

*  I would not breed from this officer.

*  He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire satisfaction.

*  He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle.

*  This young lady has delusions of adequacy.

*  Since my last report he has reached rock bottom; has started to dig.

*  She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to meet them.

*  He has the wisdom of youth, and the energy of old age.

*  Works well  under constant supervision when cornered like a rat in a trap.

*  This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

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I used to be stupid but I’ve turned that situation around 360 degrees.

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Jeff, Bill and John stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. As luck would have it, Jill was their waitress.  Jeff ordered a tuna-fish sandwich on white bread.

“Tuna?” Jill asked. “You’ll like our chicken salad better. And how about whole wheat bread instead of white? It has more vitamins.”

“All right,” Jeff answered. “Make it chicken salad on whole wheat.”

Bill ordered next: “Green salad, no dressing and coffee.”

“No dressing?” asked Jill. “There isn’t much to that. Why not a pear and cottage cheese salad? And coffee will only keep you awake. Have an ice cold milk.”

“All right,” Bill answered. “Let me have a pear and cottage cheese salad with an ice cold milk.”

With that, John asked Jill what she would suggest for him.

“Suggest?” said Jill. “Who’s got time for suggestions?”

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“A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.”

Smiley Blanton

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Michael was an extremely avid golfer with a cynical attitude and arrogance, that when he passed away, few people shed a tear. Michael approached the Pearly Gates where St. Peter was waiting for him. Rather than pass through the gates as normal people had done, Michael stopped to ask a question.

“Before I agree to come in, I want to know exactly what kind of golf course you have here” he said to St. Peter.

“That shouldn’t matter to you.” said St. Peter.

“But it does. And then in his arrogant manner exclaimed “Well if I can’t see it, then I’m not coming in!”

“Very well Michael. As you wish…look through the gates.” He looked and saw the poorest, most rundown, excuse for a golf course that it made him sick to his stomach.

“Forget it. There is no way in Hell I’m going to spend eternity playing on that course!”

Just then, Michael heard the Devil calling him over the gate. “Come over here and see what I have to offer.” Michael peers through the gate and he is elated! There is the most absolutely fabulous golf course he has ever seen! He turns to the Devil and says “I want to play THAT course!”

“Ok. Step on through and it’s yours forever.”

St. Peter pleaded with Michael as he headed off with the Devil and the gates closed behind him. Michael walked up to the first tee and said “I can’t wait to play! Where are my clubs and ball? The Devil roared with laughter. “Oh, there aren’t any.”

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Please understand my friend, that where you find yourself tomorrow is a function of the positive decisions and actions you take today

Akin A. Awolaja

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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What do you think?

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, if you see it and believe it you will achieve it”

Mary Giuseffi

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The other day I shared with my Facebook friends an article from the New York Times Sunday Review entitled No Time to Think written by Kate Murphy http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/sunday-review/no-time-to-think.html?_r=4. In the article she reports that most of us stay so busy that we never give ourselves time for personal reflection. The article goes on to suggest that many of us stay busy because it keeps us from having to think beyond our own little world. What scares me is that if too many of us stop looking outwards for answers to today’s major questions the answers will come from those willing to impose their solutions on us all.

I agree that it is not always easy to face up to reality so that we can take action when appropriate; But if we don’t who will? Recently Marcy McKay offered some ideas on how we can do some productive thinking once we decide to do it. Here is some of what she wrote on the Change Blog:

 

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

 

Many people are on the go 24/7. Overworked, overcommitted, and overstimulated seems to be the norm these days. It’s harder than ever to slow down long enough to connect with ourselves and find the solutions we need.

Write it Out

Okay, okay, I hear the groans, but stay with me. I’m not talking New-Agey mumbo-jumbo here. You don’t have to keep a daily diary. I’m talking about writing to find solutions. Write in order to make your world right. Writing is an excellent tool for finding solutions because it incorporates both our left and right sides of the brain. I’ve been using this process for 18 years. Here’s what you do.

  • Butt in chair – Enough said.
  • Pick Your Poison – Either write by hand, or type at the computer. If you’re hand writing, don’t use a pretty, little journal. They’re expensive and you feel compelled to only write pretty, little thoughts. You need space to gripe and groan, mumble and moan. I use either a legal pad, or a thick, multi-subject notebooks like from high school. For computers, you can use the word processor available in your program.
  • Write on Fire – Once you’ve chosen your method, write out the question/situation troubling you. Next, write as fast as you can without stopping, editing, or criticizing. Don’t censor your thoughts. This is for your eyes only. Turn your brain off and your hands on. Write anything to get started, like: I don’t know what to say. This is stupid. I hate this. It’s not working.
  • Eventually, your brain will tire of your whining and start to focus on the problem. List all your negative feelings about the situation: How unfair it is. How angry you are. The sadness it brings up. Get everything out on paper. The more you write, the more the process is working.
  • Hello, Fear. I’ve Been Expecting You – It may take pages and pages to vent all your anger, but underneath that rage, don’t be surprised to find good ol’ fashioned Fear. That’s Fear with a capital ‘F.’ Fear of failure. Fear of success. That’s Fear’s job. To keep us small and in our place. Status quo. To not let make positive changes. Write through the Fear.
  • How to Get Unstuck – At some point, you’ll want to quit before you’ve reached a resolution. When you want to stop that’s GOOD! It means you’ve struck a nerve and are onto something important for yourself…a possible solution, maybe an idea, or perhaps a change in attitude. When you keep writing even when you don’t want to, you blast through the gripes and groans, then start to discover the answers you need.
  • Write Until The End – This isn’t a timed exercise. I wish I could tell you how long it takes to find your answers, but life isn’t that simple. It may take 20 minutes, or it may take you all afternoon. The key is to stick with it until you start to form an action plan.

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A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

Charles Kettering

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Sam Cohen, father of 3 and faithful husband for over 40 years, unexpectedly drops dead one day. His lawyer informs his widow that Stu Schwartz, Sam’s best friend since childhood, is to be executor of the will. The day comes to divide Sam’s earthly possessions, over a million dollars’ worth. In front of Sam’s family, Stu reads the will:

“Stu, if you’re reading this, then I must be dead. You’ve were such a good friend for so long, how can I ignore you in this will? On the other hand, there are my beloved Sophie and my children to be looked after. Stu, I know you can make sure my family is taken care of properly. So Stu, give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself.” Stu then looks at the survivors and tells them that, in accordance with Sam’s instructions, Stu will give fifty thousand dollars to Sam’s widow. The rest he is retaining for himself.

The family is beside itself. “This is impossible! Forty years of marriage and then *this*?!  It can’t be!” So the family sues. Their day in court arrives, and after testimony from both sides, the judge gives his verdict: “To Stuart Schwartz, I award fifty thousand dollars of the contested money. The remainder shall go to Sophie Cohen, widow of the deceased.”

Needless to say, the family is elated, but Stu is dumbfound. “Your honor, how can you do this? The will made Sam’s wishes quite clear: ‘Give what you want to her and take the rest for yourself!’  I wanted the lion’s share! What gives?”

The judge answered back, “Mr. Schwartz, Sam Cohen knew you his whole life. He wanted to give you something in gratitude. He also wanted to see his family taken care of. So he drew up his will accordingly. But you misread his instructions. You see, Sam knew just what kind of a person you are, so with his family’s interest in mind, he didn’t say, “Give what you want to her and keep the rest for yourself.’  No. What Sam said was, “Give what YOU want to HER; and keep the rest for yourself.”

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Sign spotted in a toilet in a London office block:

TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

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Stan was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents. When she rang the bell, Stan answered. “I’d like to talk to your mother or father,” she said.

“Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

“Stan!” she said, “what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” he replied, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again!”

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“Although I can accept talking scarecrows, lions and great wizards of emerald cities, I find it hard to believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.”

Dave James

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It seems like every time our piano tuner John comes to our house, he scolds me for waiting too long between tunings. I agree with him that it should be done every six months, but I don’t really think about it until the the piano sounds off-key. The last time he came over, I was on the defensive. “If you would send out a postcard reminder like the dentist,” I declared, “I would make sure to call you for an appointment in a timely fashion.”

Without hesitating, he replied, “From now on, when the dentist sends you a postcard, call me.”

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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. 

Mahatma Gandhi

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

 

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