The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
OK, everyone this is it. The staff is packing up and is ready to leave. Spring is here and soon we’ll be gone for a couple of weeks. I plan on following the above advice and search for success by lying around. The time off will give me a chance to recharge so I’m ready for everything that… Continue
Added by Ray on March 20, 2009 at 8:44am —
When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
It is almost dinner time and I am just getting home to the business of the day. It is catch up and wind down time in anticipation of shutting off the power to the presses tomorrow. In fact I think tomorrow is the first day of spring as well so I am going to see what today was like seven years ago, send you that day’s Daily and then prepare for… Continue
Added by Ray on March 19, 2009 at 2:18pm —
The best things in life aren't things.
I think my two weeks spring break is going be rejuvenating. Lately I am having a hard time listening to people who only want to tell me what is wrong and never anything about what is right. That coupled with their blaming everyone else for the problems they have while never taking any responsibility for their previous excesses turns them into bitter people that I would be… Continue
Added by Ray on March 18, 2009 at 9:16am —
"The tragedy is that so many people look for self-confidence and self-respect everywhere except within themselves, and so they fail in their search."
Dr Nathaniel Branden
Lately I have run into a few people who have seemed to give up on themselves. I am always shocked when I find those who just don’t realize how good they really are. I wish every one would do an objective personal inventory of themselves… Continue
Added by Ray on March 17, 2009 at 11:12am —
“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being”
Orison Swett Marden
The Ray’s Daily staff had a meeting and has decided to take their spring break early this year so we will be shutting down the presses and turning off the lights this Friday March 20, 2009. We will resume publishing again on Monday April 6th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we will add a ten issue… Continue
Added by Ray on March 16, 2009 at 8:16am —
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
Even though I could find reasons to complain about our losses from the economic meltdown and our having to back off of some of our travel plans, I do realize I am way better off than most of the folks in the world. This morning I took a little time to review my weekend schedule and it again reminded me that my life is filled with easily overlooked… Continue
Added by Ray on March 13, 2009 at 12:27pm —
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
You are probably like I am and know folks who are having real problems due to the major upheaval being created by the economic melt down or who are on the edge of ruin. I just read an article that reported that there are few these days that are more than one event away from disaster. No job, no insurance, dramatically reduced… Continue
Added by Ray on March 12, 2009 at 11:45am —
“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
A week or so ago a friend lent me a copy of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell suggesting I read it since some things I do were covered in the book. I did so fully expecting that he had exaggerated my role since I really don’t do anything all that special. I am glad I read the book for it opened my eyes to just how important some of the… Continue
Added by Ray on March 11, 2009 at 1:06pm —
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Another big day for Ray again today. At least it keeps my mind off the sound of the economy sucking up our nest egg. But it also means not enough time to do justice to the daily. I do have some things I want to share but they’ll have to wait until another day. So here is what the… Continue
Added by Ray on March 10, 2009 at 1:18pm —
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
I have been thinking about criticism lately. Over the years I have occasionally gotten defensive and even angry when faced with criticism but fortunately I have learned just how valuable the critics are. In fact if the truth be known we are probably hurt more by those who only tell us what we want to hear than by those who tell us what they think.… Continue
Added by Ray on March 9, 2009 at 11:30am —
“The one thing you have to have is patience, ... You just can't rush everything. I use myself as an example. The last couple of years have been great, but it took some time to get up to that point.”
Here it is Friday and I only have about three days of backlog, a doctor’s appointment, an errand, a lunch meeting and a class to get done by five tonight. Sometimes I don’t slow down as fast as I would like to. So you… Continue
Added by Ray on March 6, 2009 at 7:20am —
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
I just realized that spring is right around the corner. I cannot believe how fast time is going by these days. It seems like minutes are but instants and weeks are more like days. I know the world is not spinning any faster although sometimes… Continue
Added by Ray on March 5, 2009 at 12:01pm —
“Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”
There are two things that concern me about many of us today. One is that some of us seem prone to spend so much time preparing to get started we never start or if we do we find we waited too long. The other is that many of us let things we encounter along the way help us to… Continue
Added by Ray on March 4, 2009 at 8:02am —
“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”
As you guys know, I am a wild and crazy guy so I don’t care if this is National Procrastinators Week I am not going to wait to plan my month. After all March is the bridge to April and you know what that means….. So my friends who live here in the US here is what the month holds in store for us. For those of… Continue
Added by Ray on March 3, 2009 at 8:15am —
It takes a long time to become young.
You have often heard me say that I think each year of my life has been better than the last. I am sure that to some extent my belief is the result of my inability to remember the bad stuff while remembering just the good stuff. It seems that my mind has the ability to put mostly fond events in my memory scarp book. But the greater reason is my ability to do what I do and… Continue
Added by Ray on March 2, 2009 at 11:43am —