"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson,
Wow, do you realize that tomorrow is September? I don’t know what is going on but I sometimes think I must be napping more since the days are flying by so fast. It is not that I don’t like September, I really do. I do better in cooler weather; September… Continue
Added by Ray on August 31, 2009 at 11:30am —
“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau
I have been concerned lately with the number of people who come to see me who seem to have given up on themselves. Loss of job, economic stress, poor working conditions, family problems and other negative events seem to take… Continue
Added by Ray on August 28, 2009 at 8:14am —
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
As many of you know I have limited my activities this week by avoiding negative meetings, e-mails and the like. As I suspected this not only resulted in my staying in a positive frame of mind, it also provided more time to deal with the things that I have in backlog -- mostly notes and other documents that clutter up my desk, the floor… Continue
Added by Ray on August 27, 2009 at 9:57am —
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
I am enjoying my drop out week. I am not listening to the naysayers, opening hate mail, or being in places where arguments drown out reasoned discussion. Of course I know it is only one week and then I’ll again be in the mainstream. But this week again reminds me how important it is not to let negativism get to… Continue
Added by Ray on August 26, 2009 at 10:11am —
Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
One of the great things about my week away from negativism and the strident arguments going on these days is that it lets me spend time in the minds of others who offer suggestions on how we might… Continue
Added by Ray on August 25, 2009 at 6:55am —
I have decided that I am going to have a good week. No one is going to make me unhappy or get me angry. If you want to argue, wait for a week, if you want to share some joy let’s do it. There is too much to enjoy to let others or events take us down.
August 23, 2009
Yep I am going to focus on what is right. So:
If I won the Irish Sweepstakes, have money in a… Continue
Added by Ray on August 24, 2009 at 11:58am —
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."
As time goes by I find it more and more… Continue
Added by Ray on August 21, 2009 at 11:12am —
"The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart.
For the traveler who knows his direction, there is always a favorable wind."
Stuart Avery Gold
Ray is away all day today and had nothing to say so here is something from a different day.
August 20, 2002
It was only 10 (now 17) years ago today that some of us in the US were… Continue
Added by Ray on August 20, 2009 at 12:51pm —
“Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.”
Bobby Unser (American Automobile Racer who won the Indianapolis 500 race three times (1968, 1975, 1981).
As most of you know I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana USA on a semi-temporary assignment forty years ago. It changed to a permanent non-temporary some years later when I refused to leave. I needed to let you… Continue
Added by Ray on August 19, 2009 at 9:19am —
"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between."
I was mentioning to a friend yesterday how disappointing it is to have people I know decide that they need to make a change in their life and then decide it is too much effort to do what is needed to get to where they want to go. I don’t know if it is lack of courage, lack of will or just… Continue
Added by Ray on August 18, 2009 at 10:00am —
"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity.... The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."
As the years go by I have learned that life is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Economic conditions… Continue
Added by Ray on August 17, 2009 at 10:32am —
Three keys to more abundant living:
Caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.
William Arthur Ward
First I appreciate all the positive comments that readers sent on yesterday’s tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver. I had started it two days before but there was so much that might have been said that it took awhile. I am faced with the same dilemma today, I have been trying to say something… Continue
Added by Ray on August 14, 2009 at 12:44pm —
"In ancient Rome, the gladiators went into the arena with these words on their lips.
'Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.'"
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
This week we lost one of the world’s shining lights, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Mrs. Shriver was someone who I will always hold in high regard. She touched my life in many ways both personally and through her good works. I fist met her… Continue
Added by Ray on August 13, 2009 at 3:46am —
Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.
I was working on today’s special Daily and found it was taking more time than I could devote to it so I am going to go back to an earlier edition. I will try tomorrow to share with you what I have been working on. I would have been devoting more time to writing but I had a meeting with a lady who is in the… Continue
Added by Ray on August 12, 2009 at 12:52pm —
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
As most of you know I worked with my fellow Kiwanis Club members at a major horse show last week where we prepared and sold food with the profits going to our annual clothe-a-child project.… Continue
Added by Ray on August 11, 2009 at 12:53am —
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
Eleanor Holmes Norton:
I am beginning to wonder about myself, it seems that I am tending towards intolerance and that is not good. Lately it seems like there are more and more people who find pleasure is screaming down the other guy and giving little opportunity to learn about anybodies ideas other than… Continue
Added by Ray on August 10, 2009 at 1:28am —
“The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”
I am working at the Horse Show again today helping my Kiwanis club raise money that we will use to provide winter clothes to kids who would be cold without them. My job is to cook a variety of items on a… Continue
Added by Ray on August 7, 2009 at 2:27am —
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
Today I heard that there are folks who are giving in to anger often when they don’t even know what they are angry about. They are attacking others in meetings that are no more than learning experiences for the… Continue
Added by Ray on August 6, 2009 at 9:32am —
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
Sir Cecil Beaton
Yesterday I shared a note with you from a friend that mentioned he had made a risky and non-traditional life change. He left the world of business for the world of art. As I thought more about… Continue
Added by Ray on August 5, 2009 at 9:30am —
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
I did not know what I was going to write about today until I read what a friend sent me yesterday. We met last week for an hour or so to catch up, exchange where our lives are these days and to share some personal philosophy. Here is the gift he sent to me:
I wanted to thank you for taking the… Continue
Added by Ray on August 4, 2009 at 5:58am —