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We need each other

“It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived”

I was on a field trip to Ohio yesterday and did not return until late last night and had an early meeting this morning. I did not even make it to the Gym for my daily exercise. I hope you’ll understand why another reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on November 15, 2007

We just had a local election in my city and the incumbents lost in what appeared to be a tax protest. Many in…

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Added by Ray on November 15, 2012 at 8:23am — No Comments

Join the Rut Extraction Society

“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.”

Edith Wharton

If you are like I am you hear a lot of folks complain about their lives. I hear things like “is this all there is,” or “I am just not enjoying my job anymore,” or “I just never have any fun,” the list goes on and on. The thing that concerns me is that so many just seem to accept their fate and live in the same old…

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Added by Ray on November 14, 2012 at 4:17am — No Comments

Always look for the silver lining

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Christopher Robin to Pooh

I have often written that I believe that our world exists to a large extent in how we look at it. It is something like semi-selective vision. If most of what we chose to see is negative our would will not be very inviting, but if we make sure we see all that is positive and bring what we see into balance with the negative we get a…

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Added by Ray on November 13, 2012 at 2:44am — No Comments

I hope you know how good you are!

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.

Roderick Thorp

One of my greatest concerns in recent years has been how easy it is for some people I spend time with to give up on themselves. Sometimes they sink even deeper into depression because they spend so much of their time agonizing over the past instead of searching for ways to pull themselves back up.

Recently it dawned on me that people like me may…

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Added by Ray on November 12, 2012 at 2:34am — No Comments

Bon Voyage

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ernest Hemingway

I was having breakfast with a friend the other day and we talked about how some people seem to be happier and more successful than most of us. He shared a little bit of his dreams which were descriptions of reaching a goal without much thought about the journey that would be required to get there. As the years have gone by it has become more obvious to me that…

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Added by Ray on November 9, 2012 at 2:43am — No Comments

Will you join the choir?

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.

Sallust

Our elections are over and now we will see what kind of a people we are. We have monumental issues that must be quickly resolved and if they are not we will all pay a terrible price. If we continue the polarizing dissonance that has created absolute failure to work on our debt, our wars, our economy I am afraid we will be driven to even more difficult times. As I thought about what is ahead I realized…

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Added by Ray on November 8, 2012 at 2:34am — No Comments

At last

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

Thomas Jefferson

At last, it is finally here, our National Election Day. I am so glad that the campaigns will soon be over and the inundation of vitriolic mail and constant phone calls as well as the…

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Added by Ray on November 6, 2012 at 2:56am — No Comments

I hope you don't wait too long

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!”

Steve Maraboli,

I have been rambling on a lot lately about not waiting to get more out of life than we are now.…

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Added by Ray on November 5, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

Let's have some fun

Follow your dreams. Just make sure to have fun too.

Chris Brown

 

Here we go another weekend. I hope you will decide to use it to reward yourself and have some fun. I have found that I have benefited by not worrying too much about how I look or what others are going to think about how I…

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Added by Ray on November 2, 2012 at 2:37am — No Comments

Here's November

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.

Mario Fernandez

Can you believe it, November already. Our many friends in the eastern part of the US face weeks if not months to get their lives back in order after the monstrous storms and will never forget October. Let us hope that November treats them…

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Added by Ray on November 1, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments

I hope you like your job as much as I like mine

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I chatted for a few minutes yesterday with my favorite YMCA wellness coach who monitors my workout activity. She mentioned to me that she had been…

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Added by Ray on October 31, 2012 at 2:34am — No Comments

We can do well and be better for it

"What quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs?"

George Eliot

I am afraid we face some tough times in the weeks ahead. The massive storm that has…

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Added by Ray on October 30, 2012 at 2:31am — No Comments

How well do you know yourself?

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln

I continue to be surprised how little we know about ourselves. When asked we often frame our responses through what we do for a living, or the family statistics like I am married with three children or the like. When pressed we…

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Added by Ray on October 29, 2012 at 2:52am — No Comments

Ray looks back again

A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry Adams

I had another one of those busy but productive days yesterday that was capped off by my Kiwanis club’s 35th anniversary dinner that kept me out and about later than usual so I slept in this morning. I even missed…

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Added by Ray on October 26, 2012 at 3:36am — No Comments

Mistakes pay off

“Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”

Ray Bradbury

I think I have shared with you in the past my belief that excessive striving for perfection does more harm than good. I honestly believe that requiring perfection provides the…

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Added by Ray on October 25, 2012 at 2:50am — No Comments

I am going to have another happy day today.

“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.”

Horace Friess

Someone asked me recently why I seem so happy most of the time. My response was because I am. As I thought about it I wondered why I am different than far too many of the people I meet these days. All I really could come up…

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Added by Ray on October 24, 2012 at 2:52am — No Comments

I am glad I did

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

I have two new friends who have decided that they do not want to wait to pursue their dreams. I am really glad for them for far too many of us never take even that first step that would enrich our lives. In my case I waited a long time before…

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Added by Ray on October 23, 2012 at 2:45am — No Comments

Never Ever.....

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!”

Barbara Hoffman

I like the way I have chosen to age. I have lots of experience with disappointment, health challenges and the many mistakes I have made. Fortunately I have learned enough that a little bit of adversity and even an…

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Added by Ray on October 22, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

The future is in the hands of the teachers, they need our support

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

Henry Brooks Adams

 

 

Do you worry about what the future has in store for your children, grandchildren and even their children? I do sometimes, but not so much about the fact that they will…

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Added by Ray on October 19, 2012 at 2:37am — No Comments

If you would like to see more clearly open your mind

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

Albert Einstein

I did not get back from my special assignment until late last night and my day today starts at 5 AM and won’t end until late afternoon, so let’s see what I wrote on this day eight years ago , I am sure it will be better than anything I put…

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Added by Ray on October 18, 2012 at 2:48am — No Comments

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