The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.
M. Scott Peck
Welcome to all our new readers; I appreciate your spending time with us each day. I especially appreciate those who have been referred by a friend or relative and those of you from other parts of the world who stumbled across the Daily on one of the many places it is posted. It is hard for me to believe that this is Ray’s Daily’s 13th year. Today you will see something that I do on occasion when my day is full or my mind is empty, I send out a reprint from the past. Having a couple of thousand past editions in the archive is a blessing on a day like today. So here we go a Daily from yesteryear.
Ray’s Daily first published on July 12, 2006
I watched the Washington Week in Review that was broadcast from the Aspen Institute last Friday. During a discussion on how people like us get our news and form our opinions on the show one of the panelists stated that keeping up objectively on what is going on in our world is hard work. I find that there is so much information out there that it is too easy to find a single source or two that always reports with the same slant. It is easier when someone picks one commentator to tell them what to think so they don’t have to think at all. Fortunately most of us are willing to invest in learning all we can from a variety of sources so we can make the most intelligent decisions.
Life is filled with the opportunity to learn not just facts, but also how to live. I think Ralph Marston had it right when he wrote:
Life has important lessons to teach you today. Some of those lessons will be enjoyable, many of them will be a bit painful, and when the day is over you'll be wiser for them all.
Each person you meet today has something to teach you. Though they may make you somewhat angry, impatient, uncomfortable or frustrated at the time, those lessons are sure to be of much value.
Every situation in which you find yourself has something to teach you. Keep that in mind as you work your way through them all, and look for the positive value that you can retain.
Life becomes increasingly fulfilling when you choose to learn each lesson it has to teach. As you grow in wisdom, the difficulties will become less difficult to live through, and the joys will become more profound.
In triumph, in tragedy, in joy and in disappointment there are always valuable, positive lessons you can learn. As you learn more of what life has to teach, many of the things that once held you back will lose their power to do so.
Choose to respond to each encounter, each situation, and each challenge of this day in a way that will enable you to learn something new. Accept the lessons that life offers, and you'll quickly find them to be of great value.
Lifelong learning is an essential part of living. Therefore if you’re not learning, you’re not living. If you’re not living, then you’re probably dead. And if you’re dead, then you’ve lost a very important, part of your life. Thusly, if you’re dead, you don’t learn, and so... Oh, nevermind.
Sir Gordon Thompson
WISE ADVICE FROM KIDS
"Medicine only works if it's cherry flavored." -- Elissa, 9
"Good food always comes with a toy." -- Ryan, 6
"Just because your dog drinks from the toilet, doesn't mean you should." -- Juaquim, 7
"Don't dry the dog in the microwave." -- Brittany, 5
"If mommy says no, then you should ask daddy." -- Daniel, 7
"You can't eat soup with a fork." -- Mel, 4
"Never ask mom when she's going to go on a diet." --Bob, 11
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
Two guys were discussing life in general over drinks one night. "My grandfather lived to be 96."
"Ninety-six? What finally got him???"
"Liquor and women."
"Well, that just goes to show ya," snickered the one guy, "both will get you in the end."
"Well actually, no, it's not what ya think. Towards the end, Grandpa couldn't get either one, so he just laid down and died."
Good judgment comes from bad experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Traveling through New England a motorist stopped for gas in a tiny village. "What's this place called?" he asked the station attendant.
"All depends," the native drawled. "Do you mean by them that has to live in this dad-blamed, moth-eaten, dust-covered dump, or by them that's merely enjoying its quaint and picturesque rustic charms for a short spell."
The Levi's company announced they will make a line of blue jeans that have built-in docking station for an iPod music player. The built-in docking station is called a "pocket."
Hospital Chart Bloopers
1. The patient refused autopsy.
2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.
5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
6. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
9. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
12. She is numb from her toes down.
13. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
14. The skin was moist and dry.
15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.
19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
23. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.
25. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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