We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I don’t know where Ray and the rest of the staff have gone, probably to decorate for the New Year ’s Eve party. They have to do it early since they are so old they celebrate New Years about five o’clock. I am not going to hang around waiting for… Continue
Added by Ray on December 31, 2009 at 10:05am —
Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
Henry Ward Beecher
I think I hear the drums that accompany the marchers who will lead the New… Continue
Added by Ray on December 30, 2009 at 9:02am —
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Since I will probably spend the next couple of days thinking about 2010 and the part I will play, or at least audition for I am spending today looking back on 2009. Most of my friends and relatives have been surprised that I have not been more depressed and worried because of the major health… Continue
Added by Ray on December 29, 2009 at 7:53am —
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
I hope that the last four days were as good for you as they were for me. My Christmas with family and friends was especially meaningful as we spent even… Continue
Added by Ray on December 28, 2009 at 8:50am —
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It's lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It's higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man.
Wilfred A. Peterson
Today is the last Daily until after Christmas. Your Daily crew is going to take the next four days off to enjoy our family and friends and to embrace the hope that… Continue
Added by Ray on December 23, 2009 at 8:56am —
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie
As I am sure you understand I was pleased that yesterday was my last planned hospital visit in 2009. I spent the afternoon preparing for and then getting a brain scan to provide my brain docs pictures of my aneurysm to see if it has changed. Hopefully when I see my neurologist in January I’ll learn that it has stabilized and… Continue
Added by Ray on December 22, 2009 at 11:14am —
“We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other.
If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
Last Friday I got the following e-mail from my friend Francine that I want to share with you. She is one of our Canadian readers of the Daily. She is special to me as she often sends me notes on how she is doing as well as attachments and… Continue
Added by Ray on December 21, 2009 at 9:46am —
Live a good, honorable life.
Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
I don’t remember who sent me these rules for living, if it was you thanks, if not look it over and consider it a gift from someone who cares about us. It will be easy to just quickly scan it but if you linger for a moment or two on each offering you might find that it includes recommendations… Continue
Added by Ray on December 18, 2009 at 11:46am —
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
I wonder if we don’t sometime lose our identity as we play parts either dictated by convention and others or by ourselves being afraid to let people know who we really are. I worry sometimes if those who go through life always conforming to a script not of their own choosing will become so… Continue
Added by Ray on December 17, 2009 at 5:02am —
“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
In looking back over the past month or so and my health situation I reflected on how close I came to using my problems as an excuse for me to avoid opportunities to help others. I am glad I didn’t succumb to the temptation… Continue
Added by Ray on December 16, 2009 at 11:59am —
“One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”
It is the season where many will rededicate themselves to Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards men. It provides us the opportunity to rise above our differences and celebrate our… Continue
Added by Ray on December 15, 2009 at 10:29am —
The smallest good deed is greater than the greatest good intention.
I hope your weekend was as rewarding as mine was. If you read last Thursday’s Daily you know that I was scheduled to answer phones at one of Indianapolis’ leading radio stations as they hosted the 15th annual Central Indiana Salvation Army Christmas Radiothon. I worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 AM until noon, although I had to… Continue
Added by Ray on December 14, 2009 at 8:48am —
The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend.
Ann Kaiser Stearns
Today’s daily will have to last two days as I’ll be working phones at a radio station for the next three days answering phone calls from folks making contributions to the Salvation Army Christmas campaign. I’ll be leaving about 5 AM each day so I am shutting down the presses until next Monday later today. I hope you enjoy your weekend, I know… Continue
Added by Ray on December 10, 2009 at 2:07pm —
It’s the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it’s the little differences that make them interesting.
I had my Iron infusion yesterday and boy do I feel great today. Either I am doing great or the difference from where I was is so big that I don’t know the difference. I am of course happy that I have made so much progress but I am also pleased that there is no reason to believe… Continue
Added by Ray on December 9, 2009 at 9:21am —
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
As I said yesterday I decided to quit being sick for awhile, I did it mainly by following the advice in the Radmacher quote above. There is so much content in her suggestion that there… Continue
Added by Ray on December 8, 2009 at 7:01am —
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
Another Monday and another week closer to our Christmas Holidays. Time is flying by with me missing a lot of what is going on. My recovery has kept me from parties, social events and performances of one type or another and I am ready to change all of that. With the exception of a short time spent helping my Kiwanis Club’s… Continue
Added by Ray on December 7, 2009 at 9:08am —
"Every morning is a fresh beginning.
Every day is the world made new.
Today is a new day.
Today is my world made new."
Yep, it is another day. I have always looked at each new day is a fresh adventure but lately my energy level is pretty low so I am in semi-hibernation mode. I worry sometimes that I may not be suffering as much from lack of energy as I am from lack of will.… Continue
Added by Ray on December 4, 2009 at 11:47am —
The value of compassion cannot be over emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate.
No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.
Arthur H. Stainback
The doctor yesterday warned me that the severe blood loss that I experienced probably has resulted in the return of my chronic anemia due to very low levels of iron. I had a couple… Continue
Added by Ray on December 3, 2009 at 11:25am —
Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
Joan Ganz Cooney
I am off to the doctor’s this morning for a review of my progress and some lab work. After that I have a meeting that was delayed two weeks because of my hospital stay and slow recovery, it will be a stamina test. Rather than miss or provide a poor daily I am again falling back on a previous issue. See you tomorrow.
Ray’s Daily first… Continue
Added by Ray on December 2, 2009 at 9:51am —
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Wow, December already, what a year this has been. In some ways I suppose I should be glad it has whizzed by so fast with all its economic and political turmoil. My medical events while memorable haven’t been that much fun either. Fortunately… Continue
Added by Ray on December 1, 2009 at 2:24pm —