Everybody can be great....because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
As you know I have had the good fortune of being given many opportunities to serve via volunteering. I hope you do too and have the time to… Continue
Added by Ray on April 30, 2009 at 12:29pm —
Days are scrolls: write on them only what you want remembered.
Bchya Ibn Pakuda
Yesterday we talked about how fleeting both the good and the bad events in our lives are as the days and years go by. I suggested that having the bad linger but for a little while allows us to deal with disappointment, learn from our mistakes and then move on. I also said that the good things can pass us by without too much notice if we don’t… Continue
Added by Ray on April 29, 2009 at 12:26pm —
"Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art - an individual masterpiece."
I wonder sometimes if we have been so conditioned to make quick decisions, do instant analysis and learn only from sound byte information as we live a pseudo fast track life that we have forgotten how to stop and do an objective inventory of… Continue
Added by Ray on April 28, 2009 at 11:58am —
"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
It’s a good news bad news day. The good news is that our Kiwanis volunteer appreciation luncheon on Saturday was a great event. It is not often that we get a chance to express our thanks to the good people who help make things better for people and communities like these fine folks do.
The other good news is that I got my Shingles vaccination this morning,… Continue
Added by Ray on April 27, 2009 at 1:34pm —
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
James M. Barrie:
I am looking forward to tomorrow when my Kiwanis Club will be hosting a group of good people for lunch in appreciation of their helping with some of our projects. Many have been with us as we honored the athletes at Special Olympics, they have cooked with us as we raised money to help make our area a better place, they have… Continue
Added by Ray on April 24, 2009 at 6:52am —
“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
It seems awfully easy these days for many people to look around themselves and say “It’s too bad but it is not my problem.” Some don’t see or don’t want to see those who are hurting due to no fault of their own. There is hardly a day that goes by that we are not tested in one way or the other, it may be a neighbors job… Continue
Added by Ray on April 23, 2009 at 12:30pm —
"Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day."
I, like most people have days that I am glad when they are over. In actuality my bad days are mostly self-induced. Fortunately I am often able to stop long enough to ask if what’s bothering me is all that important and as I’m sure you know it seldom is. The world doesn’t end if I am a little late, people won’t hate me if I failed to accomplish a task -- it is… Continue
Added by Ray on April 22, 2009 at 9:43am —
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
As you know I often spend time talking about happiness keys and what we might do to use them. Recently I read an article that provided tips for what I believe is the most important element of true happiness and that is building and sustaining strong relationships with others. I sincerely believe that the greatest contributor to unhappiness is… Continue
Added by Ray on April 21, 2009 at 9:25am —
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde quotes
Last Saturday evening I attended the final performance of a long time performing arts series that has always been a favorite of mine. The Indianapolis newspaper did interview me and allowed me to express my regrets at the loss of… Continue
Added by Ray on April 20, 2009 at 1:04pm —
What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning
The week has caught up with me, I only have two days activities to complete today and now I have been actioned to visit with my Primary Doc so I am going back to see if things were easier a few years back. Here is that day’s Daily.
Ray’s Daily April 17, 2006
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of… Continue
Added by Ray on April 17, 2009 at 8:41am —
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
Last Saturday a friend and I talked about how the burden to achieve a happy life is really on ourselves. It can be frightening when we realize that there are no magic answers nor can we expect others to do it for us. The problem, I believe is that too many of us get frightened by the challenge and end up resigning ourselves to the belief that nothing can be done.… Continue
Added by Ray on April 16, 2009 at 2:22pm —
You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.
Tomorrow I will be taping a Radio Show for the Salvation Army and I plan on talking about the value of volunteerism. Mainly I plan on focusing in on what the act of volunteering does for those who do it. We all know that there are hundreds of thousands of unselfish examples of… Continue
Added by Ray on April 15, 2009 at 9:01am —
There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
Has anyone seen me today? I have been so busy with meetings, Doctor and x-ray appointments I have not been able to catch up with myself and I have no reason to believe I’ll find me later. Since I don’t want to take the risk of missing another daily I am sending you this one instead and… Continue
Added by Ray on April 14, 2009 at 2:16pm —
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.
I have a couple of opportunities to share with you before we get started today. I hope you don’t mind but every once in awhile a reader will ask if there is someway they can help with something I have going on; well today there is.
First, if you live in Central Indiana and would like to join me on… Continue
Added by Ray on April 13, 2009 at 9:12am —
"GRATITUDE unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
It is Easter weekend for most of the world’s Christians and for us in the… Continue
Added by Ray on April 10, 2009 at 11:44am —
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
The older I get the more I believe that true happiness in life comes from the quality of the connections we make with others. I often run into folks who want for little from the material world and yet… Continue
Added by Ray on April 9, 2009 at 11:52am —
The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose.
Hi all, it has been another one of those days, an early blood draw at the hospital then a meeting with a colleague followed by a seminar on Pakistan and Afghanistan and if that wasn’t enough I just finished spending a couple hours finishing my State and Federal Taxes. So since I am worn down I am going to send you a Daily… Continue
Added by Ray on April 8, 2009 at 1:36pm —
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
It is not easy these days as so many struggles to deal with problems created by a world in economic turmoil. Many have fallen into depression waiting for something good to happen while they wallow in self pity. Fortunately most of the people I know who have suffered have realized that they don’t have to let the world take them… Continue
Added by Ray on April 7, 2009 at 9:12am —
“There's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.”
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
It is always nice to come back home and it is especially so this time. While my cruise was good the first 7 days, I spent the rest of the voyage pretty much cabin bound with the Cruiser Flu. I am still moving slow but getting better. But even if it had gone well I would be glad to be back since there is so much going on here, there is a… Continue
Added by Ray on April 6, 2009 at 10:49am —