Ray's musings and humor

Do I know the real you?

I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.

Bobby Brown

 BeYourself

This has been a full week so far. Some of it required more energy that I currently have available so I have been physically challenged a few times, hopefully next week’s hospital stay will recharge my batteries. I even have been back on my exercise schedule, not so much due to self-discipline but more out of fear of my Wellness Coach Julia who has returned from an extended sick leave. She never threatens bodily harm if I don’t stay on schedule she just implies it.

As you know I benefit from the wisdom that Marc and Angel Chernoff provide me almost daily. Today as an example Angel sent a copy of her Happiness Quotes to Change the Way You Think. I liked a number of them and so I have provided them below.

Happiness Quotes to Change the Way You Think

  • It only takes one person to make you happy and change your life:  YOU.
  • Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.  It could be so much worse.
  • It is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you.  Count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
  • When you smile about the life you live, you end up living a life worth smiling about.
  • Remember, social comparison is the thief of happiness.  You could spend a lifetime worrying about what others have, but it wouldn’t get you anything.
  • Happiness comes more easily when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.
  • Set an example. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.
  • Give as much as you can, but don’t allow yourself to be used.  Listen to others closely, but don’t lose your own voice.
  • You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you.  All you can do is change how you react and who you choose to be around.
  • When other people treat you poorly, walk away, smile and keep being YOU.  Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
  • One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and that’s OK.
  • The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.
  • Work to create a life that feels right to YOU, not one that looks right to everyone else.
  • You can’t always wait for the perfect moment.  Sometimes you must dare to do it because life is too short to regret and wonder what could have been.
  • The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.  Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by.
  • As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind.  Sometimes walking away is a step forward.
  • One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  • Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak truthfully.  Breathe deeply.  Do your best.  Leave everything else to the powers above you.
  • The trick is to enjoy your life today.  Don’t wish it away by waiting for better days ahead.
  • Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss “the good old days,” you miss the little things the most, like just laughing with someone special.

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Dr. Seuss

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Church bulletin bloopers:

This Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the alter.

The service will close with “Little Drops of Water.” One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and do so.

The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement Friday.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

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“As a matter of fact” is an expression that precedes many an expression that isn’t.

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An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, “How do you expect to get into Heaven?”

The boy thought it over and said, “Well, I’ll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, ‘For Heaven’s sake, Jimmy, either come inside or stay outside!'”

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“Growing up, my Mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam head-first into our living room window. If she *really* felt bad, though, she’d have moved the bird feeder outside.”

Rich Johnson

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A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town, which he planned to visit on his vacation.

He wrote, “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly.  And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill.  Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel, and if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too!”

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If I save the whales, where do I keep them?

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An applicant 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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There are only two things a child will share willingly: communicable diseases and their mother’s age.

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After a hard day of drilling, the drill sergeant let the troops go. “All right, you idiots, report to the mess hall.” Everybody walked away, sweating and their heads down, thankful for the end of the hard day. Only one private remained. He looked at the officer and sincerely said, “Boy, there sure were a lot of them, huh, serge.”

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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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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