Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
I am truly grateful for… Continue
Added by Ray on June 30, 2009 at 9:19am —
“I lay in the bed at the hospital and said, 'let's see what I have left.' And I could see, I could speak, I could think, I could read. I simply tabulated my blessings, and that gave me a start.”
Dale Evans Rogers
I want to thank those of you who sent me your get well wishes and prayers. I pleased to report it is working extremely well. In fact the progress to date has allowed me to move my physical capability… Continue
Added by Ray on June 29, 2009 at 10:34am —
“Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, ''This is a misfortune'' but ''To bear this worthily is good fortune.''”
I am sorry about the unplanned suspension of the daily. I got up at 1 AM Tuesday morning and could not stand up. I was rushed to the hospital where I was until late yesterday. It turns out I had a mini-stroke that wiped out my balance… Continue
Added by Ray on June 26, 2009 at 8:30am —
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."
As you know I often talk about our freedom to choose the life we want to have. I suggest that happiness can often be found if we are willing to climb out of the box that we and others have built for us. What I realized in conversation with a friend the other day that there are some that feel that… Continue
Added by Ray on June 22, 2009 at 9:20am —
Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.
I have a lot going on today and if the truth be known I also would like to take a little time off, so here is another of our past efforts. Fortunately we have so many new readers that this will be the first time they have seen it. Happily most of my contemporaries may enjoy it also since they won’t remember this edition's… Continue
Added by Ray on June 19, 2009 at 8:19am —
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose
The other day I spent a few hours with a guy who spent most of the time telling me why nothing could make his future brighter. Unhappily I left feeling he was defeated before he started and used his perceived victimization as the rationale for all of his problems. He seemed to feel that the world was… Continue
Added by Ray on June 18, 2009 at 8:29am —
If you remain in your comfort zone you will not go any further.
I have often talked about the adventure that can be found just around the corner or over the hill for those who are willing to venture out of their current comfort zone. I have found that it is often the fear of the unknown that provides walls that we are afraid to climb even though there may be a field filled with reward on the other side.… Continue
Added by Ray on June 17, 2009 at 7:17am —
Slaves are anyone who refuses to free themselves from the doldrums of their jobs
Yesterday a friend and I talked about the mid-life changes that are being made everyday by more people than ever before. While it is true that most have been unplanned fortunately when it does happen there is a choice; people can either invest in a life that may well be better than they ever dreamed possible or they can sink… Continue
Added by Ray on June 16, 2009 at 12:02pm —
“Thoughts and words create our future experience."
During periods of challenge in life I find that far too many just give into bad times, they do not just fear the worst, they expect it. If you ask them about alternatives they will often tell you that there aren’t any. Often these are the folks that spend all of their waking hours in a gray world filled with drab experiences. Frequently these are people who tell… Continue
Added by Ray on June 15, 2009 at 4:29am —
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I had planned on writing about comfort zones today but something came up that is more important. You see I sent the following poem to a respected friend and it triggered a response that is both poignant and loving.
Train of Life
Some folks ride the train of life
Looking out the rear,
Added by Ray on June 12, 2009 at 2:00am —
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
As you know I am prone to finding an excuse to create a new Daily now and then and when I do I just send out an old one. Well today I am going to send out a previous Daily but not because I am too lazy but because I… Continue
Added by Ray on June 11, 2009 at 4:14am —
How big can you dream? There's no limit. I recently saw this quote:
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
I was saddened not too long ago when I learned that a friend and Daily reader who lived in Florida had passed away. It was his son who I had never met who notified me of Jack’s passing. It turns out that his dad was frequently forwarding the Daily onto him. A… Continue
Added by Ray on June 10, 2009 at 5:52am —
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.
I had breakfast with a new friend this morning. He is accomplished and has a history of business successes. He is currently in the process of planning and implementing a new future for himself. Wisely he is researching alternatives that are open to him as he explores possible lifetime vocational opportunities. One of the things I… Continue
Added by Ray on June 9, 2009 at 11:09am —
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
I have a lot more years on me than Steve Jobs but I strongly endorse his thought. Fortunately we all have the ability to move on when we are… Continue
Added by Ray on June 8, 2009 at 4:35am —
“What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Yesterday I was interviewed on a TV show that will be aired by a local station Monday. The moderator and I were touting the rewards that come to those who volunteer some of their time to serving others. In my mind service is not a gift we give others as much as a gift we get from having the opportunity to… Continue
Added by Ray on June 5, 2009 at 10:03am —
“This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing.”
It seems lately that more and more people are questioning their life decisions even to the point of blaming themselves for being caught in the turmoil of today’s economic upheaval. As you know the world is changing at an ever faster pace so most people can no longer find a niche and just stay in it for the rest of their… Continue
Added by Ray on June 4, 2009 at 9:37am —
My own experience has taught me this: If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.
As many of you know I am often kept occupied working with people who are searching for enjoyment in their jobs and in their lives. I am richly rewarded by the new friends I make in the process,… Continue
Added by Ray on June 3, 2009 at 4:01am —
“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”
I wish I could say I lived up to Einstein’s challenge all my life but I am afraid I missed the mark by a mile when I was younger. I was driven by ambition, materialism, and self gratification to the… Continue
Added by Ray on June 2, 2009 at 9:12am —
It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses.
Nathaniel Parker Willis
It is hard to believe that it is June already. The trees are in full foliage, kids are out of school or soon will be, and now we begin the ramp up to what probably will be another torrid summer. For many in the work place activities slow down in anticipation of… Continue
Added by Ray on June 1, 2009 at 8:37am —