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Don’t Worry

Ray’s Daily

October 22, 2020


“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow”

Orison Swett Marden

Ray’s Daily first published on October 22, 2007

I really like the Marden quote. I am a big believer in always expecting the best because almost always things do turn out that way. I am sure I have told you before that I don’t worry until it is too late. When things turn out well, as they usually do, I will not have been bogged down in worry. If per chance something does not go well it can be dealt with when it happens. Of course I do believe that I should do what I can to keep the odds in my favor as an example I quit smoking many years ago and I am sure that made a difference in my recent test results.

 While I am not racing or even walking fast today I am pleased to report that my Cardiac Cath procedure indicated that I do not have any significant blockage and will not need a bypass or angioplasty. I do have a lot of bruising and discomfort from the incision and the procedure but it is not bad. I again was pleased with the medical team, nice people but I would prefer to meet them socially and not professionally. I was especially pleased that the operating room nurses were so self controlled. The only thing covered just prior to the procedure was my feet and not one of them pointed and laughed. We’ll see if the nurses on November 8th are equally as kind since that operation will be even more revealing.

 This week should be pretty good as there will be no cutting on my body. Tomorrow I get a CAT scan which just runs me into a tube and Wednesday they will only draw a little blood. Isn’t life grand?

 I am still limiting myself to about one outside activity a day since I am still moving slow, but soon I will again be jumping over tall buildings and more. I hope all of you will have remained close enough that I can catch back up when that happens.


“I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso.”

Rita Rudner


Things You Wouldn’t Know Without Help From the Movies

1. Most people keep a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings – especially if any of their family or friends has died in a strange boating accident.  

2. If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick’s Day parade at any time of the year.  

3. It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involved martial arts – your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessor.  

4. All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.  

5. It’s easy for anyone to land a plane, providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.  

6. Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.  

7. The ventilation system of any building is a perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.  

8. All single women have a cat.  

9. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German accent will do.  

10. When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.  

11. Mothers routinely cook eggs, bacon and waffles for their family every morning, even though the husband and children never have time to eat them  

12. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.  

13. During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.  

14. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.  

15. It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.  

16. Medieval peasants had perfect teeth.  

17. If there is a deranged killer on the loose, this will coincide with a thunderstorm that has brought down all the power and phone lines in the vicinity

18. If a killer is lurking in your house, it’s easy to find him. Just relax and run a bath.  

19. Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.  


“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.”

Sir Francis Bacon


A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”  

“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.” She wasn’t selected for the jury.  


If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

Morris West


Yeshiva University decided to field a rowing team. Unfortunately, they lose race after race. Even though they practice and practice for hours everyday, they never manage to come in any better than dead last.

Finally, the team decides to send Morris Fishbein, its captain, to spy on Harvard, the perennial championship team. So Morris schlepps off to Cambridge and hides in the bushes next to the Charles River, where he carefully watches the Harvard team at its daily practices.

After a week, Morris returns to Yeshiva. “Well, I figured out their secret,” he announces.

“What? Tell us! Tell us!” his teammates shout.

“We should have only one guy yelling. The other eight should row.”


The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.


“I know the country has been mired in deficit spending and it’s been terrible burden on the country in terms of interest payments. Good news today out of Washington. They have raised the limit of debt we can go to to $9 trillion. 

It sends a great message to the kids: Hey, are you getting an F? Don’t study harder, make the grading curve go out to K. Then your F looks like a C.”

Jon Stewart


“If parents would only realize how they bore their children.”

George Bernard Shaw


I was sitting in the foyer of a bank when a young man walked by, and then stopped for a moment on his way out. I noticed that one of the latches on his overstuffed briefcase was unfastened, putting strain on the remaining latch.  

“You’re going to lose the contents of your briefcase,” I warned him.  

Just then the case burst open. He stared at me with something akin to fear in his eyes as he gasped, “How on earth did you do that?”  


You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy. You are not depressed because trouble has come to you, but trouble has come to you because you are depressed. You can change your thoughts and feelings and then the outer things will come to correspond. Indeed, there is no other way of working.

Emmet Fox


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

I miss her

Ray’s Daily

October 21, 2020


To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

My wife has now been moved to our long term care memory facility. While it is located in our complex, we will not be living together for the first time in sixty-seven years of marriage. I am finding it difficult to adjust to living alone. Especially while our community is on lockdown which prevents me from visiting my wife or interacting with fellow residents.

I plan on adjusting to my new life without bitterness. I will do all I can to make my wife’s life as pleasant as possible and keeping my outlook positive. Here is plan offered to help us all stay upbeat.

A recipe for joyful living

Keep cheerful friends.

Keep learning.

Never let the brain idle.

Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud.

Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

Be alive while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.

Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Author Unknown


She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.

Nicholas Sparks


A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”


“Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

Mark Twain


At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl.  Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.

“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”

“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.


Good leaders guide the willing and persuade the stubborn.


She said: Soon after our last child left home for college, my husband was resting next to me on the couch with his head in my lap.

I carefully removed his glasses. “You know, honey,” I said sweetly, “Without your glasses, you look like the same handsome young man I married.”

“Honey,” he replied with a grin, “Without my glasses, you still look pretty good too!”


“The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him.”



Grandma Goldberg, a woman of 85, was slowly ambling down the street when she met her physician Dr. Cohen. Dr. Cohen, a dapper graying man in his early 60’s asked the elderly lady—“Mrs. Goldberg how are you feeling?”

For a long moment the woman gave the good doctor a terrible stare and then she said–“You ask me how I’m feeling! I’ll tell you how I’m feeling!! My legs hurt, my chest is sore, my heart is beating too fast and I can’t sleep!!! I have horrible headaches and stomach pains too!”

The good doctor looked at the elderly lady with compassion. “If you’re feeling so awful, why don’t you come and see me right away?”

Grandma Goldberg let out a sigh and said, “I was just waiting until I felt a little better.”


Q. What’s the most common cause of hearing loss amongst men?

A. Wife saying she wants to talk to him.


A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The horse’s trainer meets him before the race and says, “All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, “ALLLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly in the horse’s ear. Providing you do that, you’ll be fine”.

The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer’s ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the centre of the jump.

They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers “Aleeee ooop” in the horse’s ear. The same thing happens — the horse crashes straight through the centre of the jump.

At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, “It’s no good, I’ll have to do it” and yells, “ALLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.

The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, “Nothing is wrong with me — it’s this bloody horse. What is he — deaf or something?”

The trainer replies, “Deaf?? DEAF?? He’s not deaf — he’s BLIND!”


Wear sleeveless shirts!  Support your right to bare arms!


Cheer Up!!!”

* The parachute company says you’ll get a full refund.

* They say the house didn’t float very far at all.

* Well, at least the operation was a partial success.

* The “National Inquirer” just loved those nude shots of you.

* With the lights dimmed, it looks almost normal.

* The District Attorney says he only has a few more questions.

* The reward for your capture has reached fifty thousand dollars.

* At least we never thought you were guilty like that Jury did.

* The insurance pays the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.

* Those Grand Juries always overreact. Don’t worry about it.

* The boss said while you’re sick, he’d do all your work personally.


Gene the lawyer was walking down the street and saw an auto accident. He rushed over, started handing out business cards, and said, “I saw the whole thing. I’ll take either side.”


And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.

James Frey


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Keep Your Balance

Ray’s Daily

October 20, 2020


Here is another Daily from yesteryear

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”

Brian Tracy

Rays Daily first published on October 20, 2009

It seems like a lot of the Dailies lately have focused on slowing down, enjoying life and ignoring the unimportant. Of course we all have things we must do, things we probably should do and things that trap us into doing what we really don’t need to do. Lately it seems that far too many are so bogged down in just constant doing they never stop to spend time being. The wise know that you cannot keep the engine revved up at full speed all the time, it needs time to slow down and even stop for maintenance for if you don’t it will wear out. We are like that, we need our own maintenance, for if we don’t stop and recharge we take the risk of a real breakdown. Taking a break is not running from the things we must do, rather it is the rest stop that assures that we will be able to do what we do well. It is all a question of balance.

This morning I want to share with you some advice from professional life strategies coach and inspirational author Steve Brunkhorst. It is longer than my usual material from the wise but I think it is important enough to include it.

A Plan for Balance

In today’s fast-paced society, it is normal to fall out of balance from time to time. Our sense of control seems to vanish in a whirlwind of career schedules, appointments, family responsibilities, and a search for more personal time. Simplicity appears to be chance rather than voluntary, and we backslide into chaos.  Today, I’m going to introduce you to a helpful seven-step plan for achieving a more integrated balance in daily living.

1. Identify your imbalance and recognize your current mind-set: If you felt as fulfilled as you would like, what would be different? What is the exact gap between where you are now and where you want to be? This identification may be the most difficult step to take; however, it is essential. Take the time to work through it, and name the gap. Then, notice the way you are looking at any particular issue (e.g., “My schedule won’t allow me any time for myself.”). The process begins with awareness of a trapped perspective.

2. Brainstorm new perspectives: Reexamine your viewpoint. Are you driving your choices, or does someone or something else have the wheel – habits, time-wasting activities, limiting beliefs, low energy, the need for additional skills? Stretch your boundaries to include new ideas – without attachment to any one option. Make a “What if” list (e.g., What if I began my dream job part time, hired an assistant, dropped out of a group or committee, etc.). Here is a great example: What could you do with the hour you normally spend watching TV each day – gaining you the equivalent of more than three 8-hour work days each month?

Ask yourself these questions: “What has been my most effective response to the greatest challenges in my lifetime?” “What is one thing I could alter in my environment today that may be having a negative impact on me spiritually, emotionally, or physically?”

3. Imagine living from your new perspectives: Here, your power of choice begins to expand. Imagine viewing your life through the window of your new choices. Visualize and mentally inhabit different perspectives. Live each of these viewpoints for a moment, as if you were trying on a new garment. What does each one feel like?

4. Choose one perspective: This is your gateway to life-changing action. Now that you’ve tried on a few new perspectives, choose your favorite. You can always go back to others; however, for now, choose one to live with for a month. You will be moving closer to balance.

5. Design a personal action plan: What additional skills and resources will you need? What will be the advantages or disadvantages in all the key areas of your life? What will be the first step of your plan, and when will you begin? What are you willing to take ownership of in order to achieve the balance and fulfillment you desire? Write out a plan that you can easily manage and carry out over the next month.

6. Make a commitment to your plan: Commitment enhances resolve, determination, and mental strength. Without commitment, our plans are external to us, and we remain trapped in uncertainty and fear. When we commit to a plan of action, we move beyond choice. We step into new territory, unwilling to turn back from keeping our desires, values, and actions in harmony with one another.

7. Take massive action: This process is about accepting responsibility for your well-being and taking control of your life. You have identified limiting viewpoints and mentally “tried on” new perspectives. You have become aware of new options, made a plan, and made a commitment. Now, work your plan intensely each day. Learn from mistakes, restructure your plan as needed, and gain from your efforts the most valuable asset you will ever own: experience. Your experience is life’s instant feedback manual. It uncovers options and contains the awareness of choice that will lead you toward greater balance and wholeness.

When you accept this responsibility, not ever delegating your power of choice to another, you place yourself in charge of your outcomes. Your actions will begin to lead you toward additional possibilities and options for creating a more balanced and fulfilling life. The process continues.


“We need to maintain a proper balance in our life by allocating the time we have. There are occasions where saying no is the best time management practice there is.”

Catherine Pulsifer


The following reminds me of when, as an adult I was initiated into the Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow. I was left in the woods alone, with a blanket and two matches, I never got past step 7.


Sixteen Steps to Build a Campfire

1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers.

2. Bandage left thumb.

3. Chop other fragments into smaller fragments

4. Bandage left foot.

5. Make structure of slivers (include those embedded in hand)

6. Light Match

7. Light Match

8. Repeat “a Scout is cheerful” and light match.

9. Apply match to slivers, add wood fragments, and blow gently into base of fire.

10. Apply burn ointment to nose.

11. When fire is burning, collect more wood.

12. Upon discovering that fire has gone out while out searching for more wood, soak wood from can labeled “kerosene.”

13. Treat face and arms for second-degree burns.

14. Relabel can to read “gasoline.”

15. When fire is burning well, add all remaining firewood.

16. When thunder storm has passed, repeat steps.


“Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.”

Marty Robbins


My wife is a shopping expert, here are some tips:

1. Get it now. Tomorrow it might be gone.

2. If it’s on sale, you need it.

3. Never ask your mother her opinion.

4. You can always take it back.

5. You’ll grow into it.

6. By the time you need it, you’ll lose ten pounds.

7. Never believe anyone who says, “It’s really you”.

8. If they’re working on commission, they’re lying.

9. Know when to yell, “Charge!”

10. So many malls, so little time.

11. If you put it on your credit card, it’s not really spending money.

12. Always try to spend someone else’s money first.

13. There’s no such thing as compulsive shopping, just enthusiastic shopping.

14. Shopping is patriotic. It’s good for the economy.

15. If you’ve still got checks, there must be money in the account.

16. You can always get more credit.

17. If you want it, you deserve it.


“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Mother Teresa


There was a blonde sitting on the side of the road because her 1968 Volkswagon beetle had broken down. She started waving her arms to get the attention of another blonde who was also driving a Volkswagen beetle. After she was waved down, the second blonde got out of the car and asked what was wrong.

The first blonde said that when she opened up the hood of her car she noticed that her engine was missing. After hearing this, the second blonde walked over to her car, opened up the trunk and said that she was in luck because there was a spare engine in her trunk.


Every soul is a melody which needs renewing.

Stephane Mallorme


The young lady walked over to the room where she knew her friend was. “May I see Irving, please?” she asked the woman blocking the door.

“We don’t allow anyone but relatives to see the patients,” replied the woman. “Are you a member of the family?”

“Why-er-why, yes. I’m his sister,” said the lady.

“Oh, I’m so glad to meet you,” said the woman. “I’m his mother!”


“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.”

Ethel Barrymore


Two women that are dog owners are arguing about which dog is smarter. First woman, “My dog is so smart, every morning he waits for the paper boy to come around and then he takes the newspaper and brings it to me.” Second woman, “I know.” First woman, “How?” Second woman, “My dog told me.”


“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life.”

William Arthur Ward


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

I am locked in

Ray’s Daily

October 19, 2020


“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Marie Curie

Sorry for the interruption in Daily deliveries.I had another severe case of the Gout and could not use my righthand.


We had bad news. One of the residents in our senior community was found to be infected with the Covid virus. So now our residence has been forced to quarantine and we no longer can leave our apartments. 

So I cannot make my daily visit to my wife at the skilled nursing facility in our complex. It also means that there is no chance to interact with others. I especially miss seeing my wifebeing only able to speak on the phone. I do miss the companionship we have had for our long marriage.

It will not be easy but we must make the best of what it is. Here a few tips I extracted from How to Cope With Quarantine Fatigue written by Sara Lindberg

Explore Your Wants – Once your foundational needs are met, beg.

in to explore your wants. Ask yourself: “What would I like to accomplish?” Are there podcasts or books you’d like to flex your intellectual muscles on or different skill sets you would like to cultivate.

Maintain a Routine – While this tip may seem obvious, we can all use a gentle reminder that sticking to a routine is important when life is uncertain. Dr. Alexa Mieses, MD, a family physician, says going to sleep and waking at the same hour each day, eating nutritious food, and incorporating physical activity are all healthy ways to fight quarantine fatigue.

Acknowledge and Validate Negative Feelings

In order to harness these feelings and direct them in productive and adaptive ways, we must acknowledge them to ourselves. Not only can this provide relief, but it also reduces the power these feelings may have over you.

Seek Short-Term Rewards by Setting Manageable Goals – When you set small, manageable goals, you can benefit from short-term rewards, which may help us deal with so many unknowns. Identify something within your control that provides an immediate sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Practice New Forms of Self Care – We all have our “go-to” forms of self-care that are easy to access and typically results in a feeling of satisfaction. But with extra time, and more unstructured time, and an emphasis on health.


“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”

Angelina Jolie


All I really need to know about Life, I learned from Noah’s Ark:

1. Don’t miss the boat.

2. Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead-it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

4. Stay fit-when you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big.

5. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.

6. For safety’s sake travel in pairs.

7. Two heads are better than one.

8. Build your future on high ground.

9. Speed isn’t always an advantage, after all, the snails were on the same ark with the cheetahs.

10. When you’re stressed, float awhile.

11. Remember the ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic was built by professionals.

12. Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm outside.


“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.”

Arthur Brisbane


An elderly gentleman was reading his recovery-room record at the hospital where I work. He looked quite concerned at one notation. “I know I was in a bit of a muddle, but I didn’t realize I was that bad,” he said to me apologetically. “I hope I didn’t offend anyone.” He was greatly relieved when I explained the acronym in question meant “short of breath” and not what he thought.


Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.


SIX stages of married life:

1: Tri-weekly

2: Try weekly

3: Try weakly

4. Try oysters

5: Try anything

6: Try to remember


I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.

Carl Sandburg


Little Johnny’s teacher was having trouble with him disrupting the class by always telling lies and making up stories. So she went to the principal about this and he told her the next time this happened to send little Johnny to his office. Sure enough here came little Johnny and the principal was ready to teach him a lesson.

He told Johnny to take a seat, he wanted to tell him a story. He said, “Johnny, the other day I decided to go duck hunting but I only had two shots. So, I fired my first shot and killed two ducks. They were falling out of the sky and fell into a tree, where they hit four squirrels and killed them. So, the two ducks and four squirrels came falling to the ground where they hit two rabbits and killed them. Just as I was going to gather up my animals, a bear came out and started to get them.

“Then the weirdest thing happened. A little dog showed up out of nowhere and attacked the bear, so I was able to get all the animals I had killed. Now, little Johnny, you believe that story don’t you?”

Little Johnny said, “Sure I do. That was my dog and that’s the third bear he’s got this year!”


Happiness: The result of being too busy to be miserable.


A doctor examined a woman and took her husband aside. “I don’t want to alarm you,” he said, “but I don’t like the way your wife looks at all.”

“Me neither, Doc.” said the husband. “But she’s a great cook and real good with the kids.”


“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God…. I could be eating a slow learner.”

Lynda Montgomery


A high-school geometry teacher, started one lesson on triangles by reading a theorem. “If an angle is an exterior angle of a triangle, then its measure is greater than the measure of either of its corresponding remote interior angles.” He noticed that one student wasn’t taking notes and asked him why.

“Well,” he replied sincerely, “I’m waiting until you start speaking English.”


When you can’t go outside, how about exploring the inner universe, it has far more potential than the external world can ever offer.”

Prem Jagyasi


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Ray’s Daily

October 9, 2020


Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.

George W. Bush

Yesterday I was picked up and taken to lunch by one of the best people I know. It was great to get caught up on what has been going on in our lives. We also spent a little time sharing what we know about mutual friends.

The rest of our lunch focused on how dismayed we are with the political lack of civility these days. That coupled with how todays spread of falsehoods and innuendos reflects on all of us as a people. When our top leaders spend their time calling those who disagree with them uncivil names it sends a terrible message to our children and grandchildren,

It is important that we do not become part of the problem by following the lead of those who hate. We need to remember that we control our lives and our behaviors. My friend is a humanitarian, professor author and one of our cities best people. I am fortunate to have her as a friend, she is an excellent role model.

10 Things in Life You Control

by Jim Allen

There are just a few aspects of life that we can truly control, and it’s useful to know just what those areas are. If you don’t know, you’ll spend a lot of time blaming others for your own failings. Try and exert too much control in areas you shouldn’t and the universe will create some interesting ways to remind of your place. So be prepared an learn the 10 things in life that you DO control:

1. What you do.- Your actions are yours alone. You choose to make them or not make them and you are responsible for the effects of those actions.

2. What you say.- Likewise, the words you speak (or write) are also consciously chosen. Like actions, they have an impact on your life and the lives of those you contact.

3. What you think.- Yes, there are some subconscious thoughts that you can’t control. But the things that you really think about, your beliefs, your ideals, etc. are concepts you have chosen to accept and believe in.

4. Your work. – Many people like to overlook this one, it being much easier to say “Oh, I’m trapped in my job because I don’t have a degree, experience, etc.” Hogwash! That’s simple a way of denying one’s responsibility in having chosen the job in the first place. It’s your job and you chose it. If you stay (or go), that’s a choice as well.

5. The people you associate with. – Your friends can either lift you up or bring you down. You make the decision which type of friends you wish to have.

6. Your basic physical health.- Much about our health is a factor of genetics, environment, and exposure. Much more of our health is simply a matter of the things we choose: diet, exercise, drugs, sleep, routine physicals, check-ups, etc.

7. The environment you live in.- Your house, the condition of your home, the town you live in, the amenities available to you are all things you can control, although some to a lesser degree (i.e., you decide to tolerate them or move someplace else).

8. Your fiscal situation. – Having or not having enough money is a factor of what you make versus what you spend.

9. Your time.- You choose how to “spend” your time and how much of your time to give to various activities. You’ll never get more time than the 24 hours your given each day.

10. Your legacy.- All your actions, words, and knowledge that you share while you are living become the gift that you leave when you are gone.


Civility, politeness, it’s like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it.

Jeremy Irons


Radar: “Flight 1234, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees.”

Pilot: “Roger, but we are at 35,000 feet, how much noise can we make up here?”

Radar: “Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 727 makes when it hits a 747?”


“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!”

Tom Lehrer


She married him because he was such a “strong man” She divorced him because he was such a “dominating male.”

He married her because she was so “fragile and petite.” He divorced her because she was so “weak and helpless.”

She married him because “he knows how to provide a good living.” She divorced him because “all he thinks about is business.”

He married her because “she reminds me of my mother.” He divorced her because “she’s getting more like her mother every day.”

She married him because he was “happy and romantic.” She divorced him because he was “shiftless and fun-loving.”

He married her because she was “steady and sensible.” He divorced her because she was “boring and dull.”

She married him because he was “the life of the party.” She divorced him because “he never wants to come home from a party.”


My wife tends to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately, things are rarely well enough.


The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior’s bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more. Before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.

“Mother,” the nuns asked with earnest, “Please give us some wisdom before you die.”

She raised herself up in bed with a pious look on her face and said, “Don’t sell that cow.”


It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.


A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side committal service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns.

He arrived a half-hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place.  Taking out his book, he read the service.

As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: “Think we should tell him it’s a septic tank?”


“A child of five would understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five.”

Groucho Marx


Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail  as you surely will adjust your lives, not the standards.

Ted Koppel


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

I will stay positive

Ray’s Daily

October 8, 2020


It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters


Over the past few years my main job has been helping to care for my wife. I would give her medicine, food and whatever she needed. My daily chores turned into a rewarding ritual. Now that she is being moved into a permanent resident where she can receive specialized care for both her physical and mental well being, my life has changed.

The limitations created by the Covid epidemic make it difficult to fill the gaps in my days. I will conitue to do what I can to stay positive and visit my wife with a good attitude.

Here is an abridged article that outlines some of the steps I am taking to stay upbeat.

The Best Doctors

My best doctors are: Movement, Sleep, Moderation, Family/Friends, Stimulation and Attitude. Let me introduce you.

Movement. Movement can be anything – walking, skipping, swinging your legs, waving hello or goodbye and millions of other everyday actions that gets our bodies going in one direction or another . . . all without a gym membership.

Sleep. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults, including seniors, need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Sleep comes easy to some and is elusive to others.

Moderation. Today, researchers and scientist promote moderation as a principle of life reflecting that too much of a good thing is bad and too much of a bad thing is worse.

Family/Friends. Yes, family can be stressful. Regardless of the highs and lows, family is an important element in our lives. Friends- these are the family of our heart. People we’ve chosen and, who have chosen us. They’re the forever constant of support, acceptance and a reality check. They love us enough to tell us we’re wrong and the first to defend us when others say we’re wrong.

Stimulation. What gets you going? What causes the light behind your eyes to shine brightly? What makes you smile, think and cheer? Whatever ‘stimulates’ you it should be fun, engaging, and interactive as well as helping you think, learn and understand.

Attitude. A positive attitude, or POSITUDE as my husband and I call it, is the best ‘doctor’ and one of the most important factors in getting you through the highs and lows of life. By changing the inner thinking of your mind, you can change the outer aspect of your life. The best thing about attitude – you control it. You take the positive or negative ‘picture’ of situations you want to. Imagine, the ability to be happy lies within you. Now that’s power!

Written by Rosie Taylor


Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

Benjamin Disraeli


The 5 toughest questions for men are:  

1. What are you thinking about?  

2. Do you love me?  

3. Do I look fat?  

4. Do you think she is prettier than me?  

5. What would you do if I died?  

 What makes these questions so difficult is that each one is guaranteed to explode into a major argument if the man answers incorrectly (i.e. tells the truth). Therefore, as a public service, each question is analyzed below, along with possible responses.  

Question # 1: What are you thinking about?  

The proper answer to this, of course, is: “I’m sorry if I’ve been pensive, dear. I was just reflecting on what a warm, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, intelligent woman you are, and how lucky I am to have met you.”  

This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer, which most likely is one of the following:  

a. Baseball.  

b. Football.  

c. How fat you are.  

d. How much prettier she is than you.  

e. How I would spend the insurance money if you died.  

(Perhaps the best response to this question was offered by Al Bundy, who once told Peg, “If I wanted you to know what I was thinking, I would be talking to you!”)  

Question # 2: Do you love me?  

The proper response is: “YES!” or, if you feel a more detailed answer is in order, “Yes, dear.”  

Inappropriate responses include:  

a. Oh Yeah, loads.  

b. Would it make you feel better if I said yes?  

c. That depends on what you mean by love.  

d. Does it matter?  

e. Who, me?  

Question # 3: Do I look fat?  

The correct answer is an emphatic: “Of course not!”  

Among the incorrect answers are:  

a. Compared to what?  

b. I wouldn’t call you fat, but you’re not exactly thin.  

c. A little extra weight looks good on you.  

d. I’ve seen fatter.  

e. Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.  

Question # 4: Do you think she’s prettier than me?  

Once again, the proper response is always: “Of course not!”  

Incorrect responses include:  

a. Yes, but you have a better personality.  

b. Not prettier, but definitely thinner.  

c. Not as pretty as you when you were her age.  

d. Define pretty.  

e. Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.  

Question# 5: What would you do if I died?  

A definite no-win question.  

(The real answer, of course, is “Buy a Corvette!”)  


“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

Eddie Cantor


When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed Send.

His mother answered and I told her what happened.

“Don’t worry,” she said. “I’ll take care of it.”

A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.”

“Martin,” she said. “You left your cell phone at the convenience store.”


It’s bad luck to be superstitious.


My broker called me this morning and said, “Remember that stock we bought and I said you’d be able to retire at age 65?”

“Yes, I remember,” I said.

“Well,” my broker continued, “your retirement age is now 108.”


Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Kahlil Gibran


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

My Home Town

Ray’s Daily

October 7, 2020


It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.


I am off to an early doctor’s appointment so here are my thoughts from years ago.

Ray’s Daily fst published on October 7, 2009

In a conversation with a friend the other day we talked about Indianapolis, the city in which I live. As our talk continued we examined our view of what our city is and what it has to offer. Naturally there were comparisons made with other cities, their attributes versus ours. Some of our focus was on institutions like museums, recreational areas, theatre, restaurants and the like. In my case I sang the praises of the Art Institute in Chicago, Theatre in New York, Shows in Las Vegas, Gulf Coast beaches, Southern Barbecue and the like, all good stuff.

I really enjoy partaking what others have to offer but I truly like what we have, we don’t draw from a diverse population of millions but we do have our own special gifts. Our Art Museum is excellent and is always rewarding, of course our Indianapolis Colts Football time is world renowned, while none of our restaurants will ever be rated as 4 star in the Michelin Guide they do offer a wide variety of great experiences. We do benefit from major visiting Musical road shows, concerts and so on but to be honest not as many as we would find elsewhere and for that I am grateful for the result is a wide variety of modestly priced theatrical and dance organizations that bring a special brand of theatre to us. The intimacy that comes from the bond between performers and their audiences is really special.

I love our easy access to so many great things, all close by, all special in their own way. We get some great experiences without the hassle or the expense found elsewhere. For me I am not interested in us aspiring to be the biggest, loudest, or gaudiest what a I want us to do is appreciate what we have and always do what we can to be the best of what we are, a great place to live. Life is grand if you appreciate what you have and don’t long for what you don’t have.

Here is a story about a child that understands what I mean:

One day . . . a wealthy family man took his son on a trip to the country, so he could have his son see how poor country people live. They stayed one day and one night in the home of a very humble farmer.   At the end of the trip, and when they were back home, the father asked his son, “What did you think of the trip?”

The son replied, “Very nice dad.”

Then the father asked his son, “Did you notice how poor they were?”

The son replied, “Yes.”

The father continued asking, “What did you learn?”

The son responded, “I learned that we have one dog in our house, and they have four.  

Also, we have a fountain in our garden, but they have a stream that has no end.  

And we have imported lamps in our garden . . . where they have the stars!  

And our garden goes to the edge of our property.   But they have the entire horizon as their back yard!”

At the end of the son’s reply the father was speechless.  

His son then said, “Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are.”

Isn’t it true that all depends on the lens you use to see life? One can ask himself what would happen if we give thanks for what we have instead of always asking for more.

Learn to appreciate what you have. Wealth is all in one’s point of view.

Author unknown


“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Author Unknown


So there’s this soldier who is all excited about joining the army. He heads for the local recruiter’s office and says he’s psyched to join. The recruiter says “Hey, great! Here’s your gun,” and hands the new soldier a broomstick.

The new dude says, “Hang on, what kind of a gun is this? It doesn’t even have a bayonet!” The Sarge ties a piece of string on the end, and says “You’re all set now, just head out to the battle front, point your gun, and say ‘Bangity-Bangity-Bang’ and the gun will work fine. Swing it around, and say ‘Stabity-Stabity-Stab’ and the bayonet will do its thing.” The soldier is a sceptic, but he’s also not the brightest guy, so he believes the Sarge and heads for the battle front.

There he is, in the middle of all the fighting, with a crazed look in his eye. He picks up his trusty broomstick, and waves it around at the enemy, saying “Bangity-Bangity-Bang!, Stabity-Stabity-Stab!, Bangity-Bangity-Bang!, Stabity-Stabity-Stab!” To his amazement, everyone on the field is completely wiped out. Everyone, that is, except for one fighter, who is advancing very slowly and steadily toward our hero.

The soldier thinks, “Hey, no sweat,” and aims his broomstick. “Bangity-Bangity-Bang!” No difference — the enemy soldier keeps advancing, slowly and steadily. Our man waves his weapon threateningly and says “Stabity-Stabity-Stab!” Still nothing. The enemy advances steadily toward the soldier. He bumps into the soldier, knocks him down, advances up over his legs, stomach, chest, and face and continues over the other side — slow and steady.

As the enemy moves away, the soldier hears him saying “Tankity-Tankity-Tank.”


“The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.”

Will Rogers


Mama goes shopping and scrutinizes everything. Here is how her shopping went..

Mama: “I don’t like the looks of this whitefish.”

Merchant: “Lady, for looks you don’t buy whitefish; you buy goldfish.”

Mama: “Oy, and this chicken, it has a broken leg.”

Merchant: “Look lady, you gonna eat it or dance with it?”

Mama: “And before you weigh the meat, take out the bones.”

Merchant: “Lady, I buy with bones; you’ll buy with bones.”

Mama: “I don’t pay with bones.”

Merchant: “All right, no bones.”

Mama: “Thank you, you are a gentleman. Now put the bones in a separate bag for soup. And never mind the meat. I don’t like your meat anyhow.”


“I Wish the Buck Stopped Here — I Could Use a Few”


A fellow in a bar notices a woman, always alone, who comes in on a fairly regular basis.

After the second week, he made his move. “No thank you,” she said politely.”

“This may sound rather odd in this day and age, but I’m keeping myself pure until I meet the man I love.”

“That must be rather difficult,” the man replied.

“Oh, I don’t mind too much,” she said. “But, it has my husband pretty upset.”


“I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.”

Victor Borge


Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

The man said, “I do Father.”

The priest said, “Then leave this pub right now!” and approached a second man. “Do you want to got to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then leave this den of Satan,” said the priest, as he walked up to O’Toole. “Do you want to go to heaven?”

“No, I don’t Father,” O’Toole replied.

The priest looked him right in the eye, and said, “You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole smiled, “Oh, when I die, yes, Father. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”


Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Don’t Despair

Ray’s Daily

October 6, 2020


Despair is the greatest of our errors.

Luc De Clapiers

Things are not easy these days. Unfortunately, most of the things going on we cannot change. But it is up to use how we handle our realities. We all are challenged by the pandemic, todays extreme partisanship and some of us are dealing with the changes that come with aging.

My greatest challenge is learning to live separated from ny wife for the first time in our sixty-seven years of marriage. Her memory issues coupled with her failing health has made it necessary to permantly move her to an advanced care residence in our senior living facility.

It is important that I stay upbeat when I visit her as she struggles with adjusting to our living separately. All of us are challenged as years go by and how well we deal with our concerns will often keep us from despair. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Angel Chernoff that shares her thoughts on how we can cope with difficult times.

First Steps for Coping with Unfavorable Outcomes

Here’s a brief outline of some initial steps Marc and I actively take (and cover with our course students and live event attendees) to cope with the immediate tension that arises from unfavorable outcomes in our lives:

Acknowledge the tension inside you. – If you notice yourself getting angry and flustered, it’s a sign that you need to pause, take a deep breath, and practice the remaining steps.

Resist the urge to act in haste. – The greatest harm comes whenever you act out of anger — actions that might include giving up too soon, consuming unhealthy substances, or even attacking someone else. So whenever you notice anger building up inside you, try not to take any form of destructive action. Instead, turn inward and mindfully assess whatever it is that’s arising.

Sit with your feelings, and give them space. – Turn directly towards the tension you feel, and just be a witness. See it as something that’s passing through you, but is NOT YOU. It’s a feeling, a dark cloud passing across a vast sky, not a permanent fixture. Treat it that way. Instead of obsessing yourself with the dark cloud’s presence, try to broaden your perspective — give it the space it needs to pass. Sometimes you need a little distance to see things clearly again.

Be OK with not knowing. – Now that you’ve given yourself some necessary space, tell yourself, “I don’t know why things are this way.” And be OK with this unknowing. Give yourself full permission to not have concrete answers in this moment.

The bottom line is that when life dishes you a harsh dose of reality, the best first steps involve sitting silently and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure witness. The moment you rush to say, “this is absolutely terrible” or “things should be different,” you have already jumped head first into the chaotic tension.

It takes practice to create a gap between the witnessing of thoughts and your response to them. Once the gap is there, however, you are in for a great surprise — it becomes evident that you are not the thoughts themselves, nor the tension and chaos influencing them. You are the witness, a watcher, who’s capable of changing your mind and rising above the turmoil.


Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you’ll always find despair.    

Irvin D. Yalom


She says this is what he really means:

“I can’t find it.” MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.

“That’s women’s work.” MEANS: It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.

“Will you marry me?” MEANS: Both of my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer, and there’s no milk left.

“It’s a guy thing.” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.

“Can I help with dinner?” MEANS: Why isn’t it already on the table?

“It would take too long to explain.” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.

“I’m getting more exercise lately.” MEANS: The batteries in the remote are dead.

“We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.

“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.” MEANS: I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.

“That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?

“Honey, we don’t need material things to prove our love.” MEANS: I forgot our anniversary again.

“You expect too much from me.” MEANS: You expect me to stay awake?

“It’s really a good movie.” MEANS: It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and half clothed women.

“You know how bad my memory is.” MEANS: I remember the words to the theme song of F-Troop, the address of the first girl I kissed, and the vehicle identification number of every car I’ve ever owned, but I forgot your birthday.


A Doctor’s secretary called an old farmer out my way and said: “Your check came back.”

The old man replied, “So did my arthritis.”


Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Rail Road.  He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.  One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically.  

“Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.

Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”


“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.”

Maurice Chevalier

In the same vain, an executive of a company I once worked for told me that he “would rather have an imperfect Christmas Tree in mid-December than a perfect tree in mid-January.” His words have stuck with me ever since. How often do we withhold something of value because it is not yet perfect? In my experience we often find that others can fine tune our work and perfection soon comes after we have made a timely release of something of value.



“If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?”

Steven Wright


A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “The light was on…”


The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.

Marion Zimmer Bradley


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

We can do it

Ray’s Daily

October 5, 2020


“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

Ben Carson

One of the things I have noticed is how many of us decide to just stop and do little after we retire. In the senior community in which I now live I have learned that the vibrant and happiest residents are those who stay active. I have found that it is never too late to commit to achieving the happiness that comes from perseverance and accomplishment. We may not be able to do everything we use to do but there is still plenty we can do.

The following abridged article provides insight in how we can all find happiness through keeping active.

11 ways to make this your best year yet

To help you make this year your best ever, take a few moments to ponder these 11 suggestions:

1. Challenge yourself – Have a clear vision and focus of what you want to achieve and set a time frame. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be at all times. Write down your goals, have a plan of action, and never doubt you will be successful.

2. Find the love factor – Surround yourself with loving, supportive people.  Stay away from the dream stealers, the people who would bring you down.

3. Dedicate quality time – Life is so precious; make the most of each and every day.  Value not only the time you spend with your loved ones, but also the time you spend by yourself.

4. Stretch your comfort zone – Do at least one thing a day, which makes you feel uncomfortable.  Push yourself; you will be amazed how far you can go. 

5. Be passionate – Show passion in everything you do. Let it show in your body language, in your smile, in your voice.  Let the world see and hear your enthusiasm and let it feel your passion.

6. Serve others – Your world will be enriched and a better place for sharing your talents and giving freely of your time.  Leave a lasting legacy.

7. Don’t sweat the small stuff – Let go of the little things you can’t control.  Be tolerant, smile…don’t waste your energies on the small stuff, you have much bigger fish to fry.

8. Live with integrity – Always be true to yourself.  Take pride in whatever you do.  Be proud of who you are and what you represent.  Accept others with all their flaws.  Show compassion and goodwill to your fellow human beings.  Be dignified.  Lead a life of purpose and be proud of your values.

9. Show gratitude – Show gratitude and say thank-you to the people who have helped you along the way. Show people you appreciate and care about them.  Acts of kindness cost nothing but mean everything.

10. Celebrate success – Take time to recognise yourself and others for even the small successes.  But also be humble and dignified, sensitive to people who are not as fortunate as you.

11. Exude a positive attitude – I cannot express enough the importance of having a positive attitude and believing in yourself.  Yes, you can be well intentioned, you can be determined, but without a positive attitude about yourself and about life, you will not succeed.  Dreams will die, goals will fade, and gloom and darkness will replace clear blue skies and sunshine in your mind and heart.

Written by Charles Marcus


“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw


Real teachers buy Excedrin and Advil in bulk.

Real teachers grade papers in the car, during commercials, in faculty meetings, in the bathroom, and at the end of nine weeks have even been seen grading in church.

Real teachers cheer when they hear that April 1st does not fall on a school day.

Real teachers drive older cars owned by credit unions.

Real teachers wear glasses from trying to read the fine print in the teacher’s manuals.

Real teachers have been timed gulping down lunch in 2 minutes 18 seconds. Master teachers can eat faster than that.

Real teachers know it is better to seek forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Real teachers know the difference between what ought to be graded, what should be graded, and what should never see the light of day.

Real teachers know that the first class disruption they see is probably the second one that occurred.

Real teachers have their best conferences in the parking lot.

Real teachers know that rules do not apply to them.

Real teachers know that happy hour does indeed begin on Friday afternoons.

Real teachers do not take “no” for an answer unless it is written in a complete sentence.

Real teachers know the value of a good education and are appalled upon seeing their paychecks.

Real teachers hear the heartbeats of crisis; always have time to listen;  know they teach students, not subjects; and they are absolutely nonexpendable.


In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.


After going through Lamaze, Leboyer, and La Leche classes with his expectant wife, the proud new father remained by her bedside throughout the labor delivery and wanting to be as sympathetic as possible, he took his wife’s hand afterward and said emotionally. “Tell, me how it was, darling, how it actually felt to give birth.”

“OK, honey,” his wife replied. “Smile as hard as you can.” Beaming down at his wife and smile, the man followed her instructions. “That’s not hard.”

She continued, “Now stick a finger in each corner of you mouth.” He obeyed, smiling broadly. “Now stretch your lips as far as they’ll go,” she went on.

“Still not to tough.” he remarked.

“Right.” she snapped. “Now pull them over your head.”


A day without sunshine is like night.


A man who had been battling a mental disorder for years finally seemed to have improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The head of the institution, in a fit of commendable caution, decided, however, to interview him first.

“Tell me,” said he, “if we release you, as we are considering doing, what do you intend to do with your life?’

The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you know, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped put me here. If I am released, I shall confine myself to work in pure theory, where I trust the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”

“Marvelous,” said the head of the institution.

“Or else,” ruminated the inmate. “I might teach. There is something to be said for spending one’s life in bringing up a new generation of scientists.”

“Absolutely,” said the head.

“Then again, I might write. There is considerable need for books on science for the general public. Or I might even write a novel based on my experiences in this fine institution.”

“An interesting possibility,” said the head.

“And finally, if none of these things appeals to me, I can always continue to be a teakettle.”


“A worrier always seems less troubled by what happens today than by what might happen tomorrow.”


Little Johnny’s class was having an English lesson, and the teacher called on Little Johnny to recite a sentence with a direct object.

Little Johnny stood and thought, then said, “Teacher, everybody thinks you are very beautiful.”

“Why thank you, Little Johnny,” the teacher said, blushing.  “But what is the direct object?”

“A good report card next month,” he replied.


You have to push yourself when you’re older because it’s very easy to fall into the trap. You start to fall apart – you just have to do your best to paste yourself together. I think doing things and being active is very important. When your mind is busy, you don’t hurt so much.

Iris Apfel


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

We Can Do It

Ray’s Daily

October 2, 2020


“To lose patience is to lose the battle.”

Mahatma Gandhi

It seems like we have been isolated forever. I know I miss socializing, getting out and more. My wife living in a long-term care facility, even though close, adds to my loneliness. I am glad that things have loosened up some and that I am staying optimistic.

The pun dents predict a new normal, I just hope that it is not here already. Here is an offering on how to make life during lockdown as painless as possible. It is from the Positively Present blog. I know it is long but I think it is worth reading.

15 Reminders for Keeping Calm During A Pandemic

Here’s a list of 15 reminders I want to keep in mind as we continue to battle the coronavirus globally.

THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER. – Whatever you’re going through right now, no matter how difficult, will not last forever. The impacts of your situation may impact you for a long time (they might even change your life dramatically), but nothing is forever. Things will change. Be grateful for the good times and be accepting of the bad ones.

GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM BAD TIMES.  – You don’t know for sure what the future will hold. Yes, bad things happen, but often they lead to good things. Keep believing good things are coming.

DISTANCE CAN PROVIDE CLARITY. – A situation that changes up your daily routine can distance you from your normal day-to-day life. This can be overwhelming and unsettling, yes, but that distance may also give you clarity on how your activities really impact you. What do you feel relieved to be without? What do you miss the most? Notice these things, and work to adjust your life in the future accordingly.

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. – Change begets change. If something disrupts your life suddenly, it might be a sign that you need a fresh start. A good time for a new life is when things have been completely transformed without your say so.

CONNECTION IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. TREASURE IT. – When times are toughest, you see who the people in your life really, truly are. You notice who is there for you and who is not. You notice who might need your attention and care, who is responsive to your love and affection. Tough times show true colors, and seeing those colors can help you determine who you want in your life.

LITTLE THINGS REALLY DO MATTER. – If you’re missing something you were used to seeing, doing, or being, you’ll start to notice the little things you miss in particular about that person, place, or thing, things you might not have paid much attention to before. Use this a sign to be grateful for what you do have now and a reminder to appreciate the little things once you’re back in your normal routine.

UNEXPECTED CHANGE OFFERS A NEW PERSPECTIVE. – When you’re suddenly swung around, your life changed without permission, you’re presented with a different view of your life. This new vantage point can be overwhelming or upsetting at times, but it is a gift. It’s so rare that we’re forced to step out of our patterns and routines. Pay attention to how you feel and what you now see.

PRACTICING POSITIVITY WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER. – It’s great to be optimistic when things are going well. But it’s also easy. Staying positive when things aren’t great is hard work. It comes naturally to some, but most of us have to practice. This is the time to practice positive thinking.

WHO YOU ARE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU DO. – When you’re removed from your well-trod patterns and routines, it can be startling to realize that you’re more than what your job is, who you’re related to, and all of the items on your to-do list. A dramatic change forces you to slow down, look around, and do some self-reflection.

IT’S OKAY TO FEEL HOW YOU FEEL. – In any difficult situation (or any situation at all!), it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel how you feel. Feelings happen, but they aren’t facts. You are allowed to feel any feeling you feel. If and how you act on that feeling is what can be helpful or harmful, but feelings on their own are okay. Accept your feelings and choose actions carefully.

GOOD THINGS CAN HAPPEN (EVEN IN BAD TIMES). – Bad things happen during good times. Good things happen during bad times. If you’re generally in a bad place (or the world is), but something wonderful happens, embrace it. I know it might feel strange, but the world needs more joy, no matter how small. Don’t turn away from joy and happiness in difficult times. 

YOU MUST PLAY THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT. – If nothing else, a dramatic change or difficult situation will serve as a reminder that a great deal of life (where we’re born, who raised us, where we live, the current time period, other people’s actions and reactions) is not under our control. We have to do the best we can, and know that we can only work with what we have access to.

TOUGH TIMES TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF. – Going through something difficult or life-changing is one of the greatest ways to find out more about yourself. You know how sometimes people bond with each other while going through a challenge? You can do that with yourself, too. It sounds odd, but you really can. Use this time to discover who you are and what really matters to you.

PRODUCTIVITY ISN’T LIFE’S SOLE PURPOSE. – Any disruption at all can worsen productivity, but let this low productivity be a reminder that something is off, and that’s okay. You don’t have to be productive all the time. It’s okay to relax.

FIND JOY AND INSPIRATION WHEREVER YOU CAN. – Maybe this kind of self-help article helps you. Maybe you find inspiration while looking at photographs or taking walks or riding a flamingo down an empty beach. I don’t know what your deal is, but you do what brings you joy or inspiration during a difficult time — even if it looks very different than what others call “inspiration.” Find what makes you feel comforted and uplifted and do it often.


“The ingredients of health and long life are great temperance, open-air, easy labor, and little care.”

Philip Sydney


She says there is a difference.

If Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose.  If Mike, Charlie, Bob and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.

When the bill arrives, Mike, Charlie, Bob and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller, and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t want.

A man has six items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Holiday Inn. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change and she does.

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.


“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was the genius.”


Mrs. Ogden went to her doctor and said “Please give me a prescription for the Pill.”

“I don’t think you need the Pill at your age.”

“It relaxes me.”

“But you know the ‘purpose’ of the Pill. It’s not for relaxing,” exclaimed the physician.

“I know,” said Mrs Ogden, “but my daughter dates, and every morning I drop one in her orange juice. Believe me, I feel more relaxed.


“The economy depends on economists about as much as the weather does on forecasters.”


Little Johnny was walking down the beach, and he spied a matronly woman sitting under a beach umbrella on the sand. He walked up to her and asked, “Are you a Christian?”

“Yes.” she replied.

“Do you read your Bible every day?”

She nodded her head, “Yes.”

“Do you pray often?” Little Johnny asked next, and again she answered, “Yes.”

With that he asked his final question, “Will you hold my quarter while I go swimming?”


When dog food is new and better tasting, who tests it?


A woman was on the witness stand, accused of poisoning her husband. “After you put poison in the coffee, you sat at the breakfast table and watched your husband drink it. Tell me, didn’t you feel the slightest bit of pity for him?” the defense attorney prompted.

“Yes,” she replied, “I think there was one moment when I felt sorry for him.”

“And when was that?”

“When he asked for his second cup.”


“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.”

A.A. Milne


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

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