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11 years, who would of thought it would go on so long

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”

Charles F. Kettering


I had breakfast with a friend yesterday and our conversation reminded me of how much I have changed the Daily’s format over the years. Since I am running behind this morning I decided I would go back and see what I offered 11 years ago today. So here we go, I think you will see there was not much meaningful content but I was just having fun getting started.


Ray’s Daily first published on June 20, 2001

It was on this date in 1948 that “Toast of the Town,” a variety show hosted by Ed Sullivan, debuted on CBS. Later known as “The Ed Sullivan Show,” it ran until 1971 as one of the most popular programs in American television history. Many of you won’t remember but it was the “never miss” variety show. We first saw Elvis, the Beatles, and many other American icons on the show.


I wish us all Love, Joy, Creativity, Pleasure, Abundance, Grace, Self-Esteem, Courage, Balance, Spontaneity, Passion, Peace, Beauty, and Life Energy.


He said;

I’m a man, you don’t have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you cried at the end of it, I didn’t.

I’m a man, I think what you’re wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it — looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?

I’m a man, and this is, after all, the year 2001, I will share equally in the housework. You just do the laundry, the cooking, the gardening, the cleaning, the vacuuming, the shopping and the dishes, and I’ll do the rest.


“My Dog Can Lick Anyone”


So you think you know what most computer acronyms really mean? Think again!

CD-ROM – Consumer Device, Rendered Obsolete in Months

IBM – I Blame Microsoft, or I Bought Macintosh

PCMCIA – People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms

ISDN – It Still Does Nothing

APPLE – Arrogance Produces Profit-Losing Entity

DEC – Do Expect Cuts

CA -Constant Acquisitions

OS/2 – Obsolete Soon Too

SCSI – System Can’t See It

DOS – Defunct Operating System

BASIC – Bill’s Attempt to Seize Industry Control

WWW – World Wide WAIT


If your behind is in front, you turned around!


My wife seems to be losing her sense of humor for no apparent reason.

Why just the other day, she got mad when she announced that she was going to the beauty parlor.

I asked, “Are you going in for an estimate or are you going to get the work done?”


Indecision may, or may not, be my problem.

Jimmy Buffett


Two women were chatting about their weekend, but the one was kind of upset.

“So, what’s the matter? I thought you just got back from a nice relaxing fishing trip with your husband,” her friend said.

“Oh, everything went wrong: First he said I talked so loud I would scare the fish. Then he said I was using the wrong bait; and then that I was reeling in too soon. All that might have been all right; but then, to make matters worse, I ended up catching the most fish!”


Procrastination has its good side. You always have something to do tomorrow.


One Sunday morning a young lady is out shopping when she receives a call notifying her that her Grandfather had died. She immediately races over to visit her Grandmother..

“Grandma,” she sobs, “how did it happen? Grandfather seemed so healthy and full of the joy of living when I last saw him and now barely two days later he’s dead.”

“Well”, replies the old lady, “the truth is he had a heart attack while we were having sex this morning.”

“Sex! He was having sex at the age of 94?! Isn’t that asking for trouble?”

“Oh no.” Granny replied “You see we had a routine every Sunday morning we used to keep time with the church bells coming from a church around the corner.  In with the “dings”, out with the “dongs.” She paused for a moment to wipe her eyes.

“And if it wasn’t for that damn ice cream truck, your Grandfather would still be alive today.”


People rarely disclose their character so clearly as when they describe someone else’s.


On a trip to the zoo, I made a casual stroll by the cage of a laughing hyena.  A young man was leaning over the bar at the edge of the cage, whispering something in the animal’s direction.

As I stepped closer, I heard him say, “Did you hear the one about…”


It’s easy to understand modern art: If it hangs on the wall it’s a painting, if you can walk around it it’s a sculpture.


A man went to his lawyer and said, “I would like to make a will but I don’t know exactly how to go about it.”

The lawyer said, “No problem, leave it all to me.”

The man looked somewhat upset and said, “Well, I knew you were going to take the biggest slice, but I would like to leave a little to my children too!”


If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.

Dave Barry


“The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.”

Herbert V. Prochnow


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


Are you ready for a new friend?

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

Thomas A. Edison


One of the things that happens to me when I am semi-immobile is I reflect on what is good about my life. These last few days have been no exception and I again realized just how fortunate I am to have met and known so many good and interesting people. What makes it even better is that I get so many chances to encounter new folks all the time. This week is going to be especially rewarding as later today I will be breakfasting with someone I met on a recent flight to the west. Tomorrow I’ll be with a long time reader of the Daily who I have yet to meet in person and then on Friday I will lunch with a friend who spends almost all of her time doing things for others.

In all honesty I have learned more from the folks I have the good fortune to visit with than anything I have learned from other vehicles. They share their thoughts, their wisdom, their experiences and their dreams. Will Rogers said long ago that he never met a man he didn’t like, while I have learned to dislike a few I always consider everyone I meet as a potential special friend and I am rewarded by the fact that so many allow me into their life. Of course the secret is to always be ready to make a human connection. Friendship depends on your willingness to openly care for others, it is not a one way street where only you get tangible benefits, rather it is the opportunity to enrich both lives. Your future friends are everywhere but you have to do your part. Read the following and heed its advice, if you do you too will benefit as I have.


Life Lesson

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there…to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be but, when you lock eyes with them, you know that every moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair but, upon reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, Injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to. If someone loves you, love them back, unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you.

Author Unknown


A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

Douglas Pagels


A hospital posted a notice in the nurses’ mess saying:

“Remember, the first five minutes of a human being’s life are the most dangerous.”

Underneath, a nurse had written:

“The last five are pretty risky, too.”


(1) When in charge ponder.

(2) When in trouble delegate.

(3) When in doubt mumble.”

James H. Boren


A professor was one day walking along a very narrow street when he came face to face with a rival. The street was too narrow for two to pass. The rival, pulling himself up to his full height, said haughtily, “I never make way for fools!”

Smiling, the professor stepped aside and said, “I always do.”


Imagery is All In The Mind.


A friend hosted a dinner party for people from work and everyone was encouraged to bring their children. All during the sit-down dinner one co-worker’s three-year-old girl stared at the man sitting across from her. The girl could hardly eat her food from staring.

The man checked his tie, felt his face for food, patted his hair in place, but nothing stopped her from staring at him.  He tried his best to just ignore her but finally it was too much for him.

He asked her, “Why are you staring at me?”

Everyone at the table had noticed her behavior, and the table went quiet for her response. The little girl said, “I just want to see how you drink like a fish!”


Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.

Mark Twain


At a clearance sale, the wife of a federal district court judge found a green tie that was a perfect match for one of her husband’s sports jackets. Soon after, while the couple was vacationing at a resort complex to get his mind off a rather complicated cocaine conspiracy case, he noticed a small, round disc sewn into the design of the tie.

The judge showed it to a local FBI agent, who was equally suspicious that it might be a ‘bug’ planted by the conspiracy defendants.  The agent sent the device to FBI headquarters In Washington, DC for analysis. Two weeks later, the judge phoned the Washington office to learn the results of their tests.

“We’re not sure where the disc came from,” the FBI told him, “but we discovered that when you press it, it plays ‘Jingle Bells.'”


My Dad bought my Mom a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it.

“Oh,” said My Dad, “I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet.”

“How come?” I asked.

“Well,” he answered, “because with a clarinet, she can’t sing.”


In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Take one as needed

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish Proverb


I am still mending, my recovery has been slower than I expected but for what they did it is going pretty well. In fact tomorrow I get to start eating real food again, yippee. This morning I am getting out and going to my exercise place to do a relatively easy cardio routine as the first step in regaining whatever I had before my couple week hiatus. I really am surprised and pleased that my exercise program has worked so well for me. Once I get back in the grove I should be able keep it up until October when my Docs are going to repeat last week’s procedure to make sure they got everything out. Hopefully they will not need to do any big time cutting so my recovery will be quicker.

Fortunately my favorite home remedy has made this recovery tolerable. It is really hard to stay down if you make sure you take many doses of humor. So even though I did not produce a new Daily every day I did do some hilarity research and it worked.

Catherine Pulsifer wrote the following article some time ago and I think it should be part of everyone’s wellness program.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter brightens your day. One of the best things to do if you are in a bad mood, or if you are feeling down, is to laugh. It makes you feel better. 

As children, we laughed much more than we do as adults. Unfortunately, we grow up with sayings like:

“life isn’t all fun and games”,

“life isn’t a bowl of cherries”, or

“be serious”.

Sayings like these seem to erode the childlike attitude we once had towards laughter. As we grow older, we somehow don’t see it as appropriate to laugh as much. Laughter, though, is one of the best medicines we can give ourselves. Studies have shown that laughter actually improves your health. Just like exercising everyday, laughing every day will also improve your health.

– Find ways to take yourself less seriously, like the old saying goes, “don’t sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff.

– Looking for the positive in situations, remember Elbert Hubbard’s saying, “Positive anything is better than negative nothing”.

– Allow yourself to express your sense of humor. As William James once said, “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

Count how many times you have laughed today. Find ways to laugh more often – watch a comedy on TV, rent a funny movie, read a joke book, watch children playing, the list can go on and on. Find humor in everyday life situations!

Some people feel that laughter during their work hours is not something that they should engage in but laughter is appropriate no matter where you work. Actually, work is a lot less stressful if they are many times during the day that you can have a really good outrageous laugh and all employees should be encouraged to have a few good laughs. You may have heard that there is such a thing as laughter yoga where you actually force yourself to laugh and this is really effective when you can get a few more people to join in. It seems that when one person starts to really laugh hard, others cannot avoid starting to laugh themselves and so the more you have engaged, the better this makes everyone participate.

If you really know the great benefits of laughter for your health, you will make sure that laughter is also encouraged at home. And, if you are alone, put on a super funny comedy movie or TV show and laugh out loud as much as possible. This kind of laughter has helped many people through illness and had helped them improve their health.


“The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.”

Nicolas Chamfort


Heard on the answering machine

  • Hellooo….Hellloooo, well if you won’t talk to me maybe you’ll talk to this machine, it’s at home and I’m not, leave a message and it’ll give it to me when I return.
  • Alpha Centauri Space Station. Commander Marlin can’t come to the phone right now. He’s either saving the universe from some dread, unnamed peril, or perhaps taking a nappie. Leave your name and number after the beep and he will return your call.
  • (With loud music playing in the background) “Hello… HELLO?? I can’t hear you! What? Oh.. we’re not home, leave a message.
  • Please leave a message. However, you have the right to remain silent. Everything you say will be recorded and will be used by us.
  • We’re sorry. You have reached an imaginary number. Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again.
  • Hello, this is Susan. I don’t live here, so if you were trying to call me, you’ve dialed the wrong number. On the other hand, if you were trying to call Ray, please leave your name and number at the tone. I don’t guarantee that he will call you back — only that I won’t.


Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have begun to grow in the middle.


A young man volunteered to baby-sit one night so his mom could have an evening out. At bedtime he sent the youngsters upstairs to bed and settled down to watch football. One child kept creeping down the stairs but the young man kept sending him back.

At 9pm, the doorbell rang, it was the next-door neighbor Mrs. Brown, asking whether her son was there. The young man brusquely replied, “No”.  Just then a little head appeared over the banister and a voice shouted, “I’m here Mom but he won’t let me go home.”


She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.

Anita Brookner


A Congressman was once asked about his attitude toward whiskey.

“If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.

But, if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it.

This is my position, and I will not compromise.”


“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”

Audrey Hepburn


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Do you know how?

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I am afraid to drink too much water for fear I will become a fountain with water shooting out of all the holes in my body that I continue to make while giving myself injections. I had hoped it would be over by now but it appears that my diet has slowed down my blood thinners kicking in. At least I am eating again, even if it is only a bland diet. While I am going a little slower I intend to enjoy my weekend and even venture out as an alternative to my current hibernation.

You and I both know that everyday has the potential to be enjoyed but not if we stay hidden in our caves. So while slow I may be for the next few days the speed will give me time to make sure I don’t miss anything. Too many of us fool ourselves into believing that we are too busy for savoring a little leisure time when in truth it is the fuel that can feed our happiness. If you think you are too busy please take a little time and see what Peter Clemens has to say about our ability to have happier lives.


How to Enjoy Life

1. Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.

2. Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.

3. Laugh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.

4. Have Simple Pleasures. A good cup of coffee when I first wake. Time spent playing with my 8 month old son. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.

5. Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers.

6. Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. My favorite way to find time for learning is to make the most of the commute to and from work. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for this purpose.

7. Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you may choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising. In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation.

8. Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for, but why not take a moment to celebrate your success? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.


May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift


Stumpy’s English teacher was a perfectionist and demanded the very best of his pupils. So it was only to be expected that he would get furious when Little Stumpy handed in a poor paper. “This is the worst essay it has ever been my misfortune to read,” ranted the teacher. “It has too many mistakes. I can’t understand how one person would have made all these mistakes.”

“One person didn’t,” replied Little Stumpy defensively. “My dad helped me.


Ever notice how ignorance picks-up confidence as it goes along.


A note to the teacher from a parent said: To all teachers

Please put this in a prominent place on your desk so that you may refer to it throughout the year. Attach it securely, as no copies will be made available. So that there is no misunderstanding between thee and me, it is expected that the following rules be obeyed:

1. Students must leave their homes no later that 7:30 A.M. and return no earlier that 3:00 P.M. No hanging around the front yards. Parents have enough to do in the mornings without babysitting your students.

2. Students may come home for lunch only if they live within thirty feet of the school.

3. If school is to be dismissed at noon on any given day, notice must be sent home six months in advance.

4. No student may come home claiming illness unless he a) is bleeding from both ears, b) has a broken bone protruding from the skin, c) is unconscious. In such cases, the student may come home if s/he brings a note from the school nurse testifying that the child is not faking.

5. Oil paints, India ink, and Magic Markers are strictly prohibited and if brought into the home, will be confiscated and destroyed. In the event that said items are smuggled into the home, and are found by a preschool age sibling, it shall be understood that the teacher will then be required to report to the home that evening to wash down the walls, clean the carpet, and explain the whole thing to Dad.

6. Requests for milk money, hot-lunch money, mission money, field-trip money, or any other money must be made before the 21st of the month, as no respectable mother can be expected to come up with any petty cash after that date.

7. Students who are persuaded to go out for band will be allowed to practice only in the home of the band instructor.

8. In the interests of peace at home, the following policy will be strictly adhered to: No PTA meetings, scout banquets, Christmas programs, graduations, etc., may be scheduled on Monday nights unless they are first cleared by all parents.

9. Students are expected to return home from school in reasonably reputable clothes. Trousers with holes, jackets with rips, and shoes with irremovable tar will not be tolerated. In the case of primary students, parents of first and second-graders will be satisfied if their children just return home in the same clothes they wore to school.

10. We realize that personality conflicts may occur throughout the year. However, we must insist that teachers do not request that their students be assigned to another family. While many parents would be happy to cooperate with such a request, surveys have shown that one home is pretty much like another, and students and teachers will just have to adjust. If you have any questions concerning this letter, please feel free to call me anytime before 3:00 P.M. yesterday afternoon.

I am sad to say that I believe this note reflects the thinking of many parents today. They are so busy in self-centered activities that they have no time for the inconveniences brought on by parenthood.


Last week I forgot how to ride a bicycle.


I believe life is to be lived, not worked, enjoyed, not agonized, loved, not hated.

Leland Bartlett


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It is going to be a great day today

What we give our attention to – stays with us

What we let go of – will let go of us

Cat Forsley


Hooray I get to start to eat again today, but only soft foods for five more days. I can’t believe that I have lost eight pounds since Sunday. All in all things are going pretty well after my surgery. I have again learned the value of not agonizing over what we cannot change. People often ask if I really don’t let adverse happenings bother me and they don’t that much. I have had enough experience to know that adversity is part of life and that challenges are best treated as events that begin and end and life goes on. I do know that the agony of worry serves no purpose and is usually unfounded. The secret is to go on, deal with whatever it is and then move on.

I like to think that each of us has the ability to unleash our resiliency and put distressful experiences behind us. Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. If you would like to improve your personal bounce back skills you might want to use the following advice offered by clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Vogel.



Give yourself positive self-talk

View stressors as challenges with solutions. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware of the critic that resides in their own minds. When they are faced with a challenging situation, that critic is the first to respond with thoughts that are hurtful, not helpful. These thoughts often arise without effort and automatically. One way to fight back is to create a personal mantra of positive thoughts: “I can get through this,” “I’m strong and capable” or “This is a temporary setback, not a permanent one.” Repeating these thoughts to yourself at every opportunity or having a daily reminder (e.g., a special key ring or a note on your computer) that prompts you to say your mantra will encourage the negative part of you to pipe down.

Be more self-aware

To be self-aware means you recognize and identify the emotions you are feeling but are not immobilized or overwhelmed by fear or anxiety. To develop self-awareness, a good tool is journaling. Journaling encourages a person to confront the emotions they are experiencing in a non-threatening way and allows him/her to focus and reflect on the emotions they are having. Becoming aware of your emotional response to life’s disappointments is often the first step in overcoming obstacles you face.

Take control (of what you can!)

Distinguish between the factors under your control and those beyond your control – and focus on addressing the factors within your control. If you try to change something that is not changeable, you will only feel like you are banging your head against the wall.

More important, you have control over your reactions to life – whether you have control of the actual situation or not. You can control your reactions by controlling how you think. Again, talk back to that internal critic that wants to be negative about everything! Find the opportunity that exists within the obstacle. And remember, learning to control your reactions takes time and practice, so be patient with yourself.

Lean on your social support

Healthy friendships and social networks provide feedback, solutions and emotional support to lift you up during those hard times. Research has shown that having a social support network is crucial for not only facing and overcoming the obstacles that we encounter but for being happier in general.

Learn from the present

Individuals who are resilient are not just good at coping with the present but learning from their experience (however painful) to shape their future. Even if you can’t think about the future at this moment, taking the time later to think about what you can learn from what you’ve overcome can be valuable for the next obstacle and make you more resilient.

Individuals who can cope with adversity bounce back – no matter what they face. You, too, can become more resilient to face the many challenges life throws your way.


“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.”

H. Jackson Brown


A group of elderly Jewish men meet every Wednesday for a coffee and a chat. They drink their coffee and then sit for hours discussing the world situation. Usually, their discussion is very negative. One day, Moishe surprises his friends by announcing, loud and clear, “You know what? I’ve now become an optimist.”

Everyone is totally shocked and all conversation dries up. But then Sam notices something isn’t quite right and he says to Moishe, “Hold on a minute, if you’re an optimist, why are you looking so worried?”

Moishe replies, “Do you think it’s easy being an optimist?”


You know you’re into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.


A passenger jet was suffering through a severe thunderstorm. As the passengers were being bounced around by the turbulence a young woman turned to a minister sitting next to her and with a nervous laugh asks, “Reverend, you’re a man of God, can’t you do something about this storm?”

To which he replies, “Lady, I’m in sales, not management.”


“The main fault we, as human beings have is the preoccupation with the faults of others.”


The mother of a problem child was advised by a psychiatrist: “You are far too upset and worried

about your son. I suggest you take tranquilizers regularly.”

On her next visit the psychiatrist asked, “Have the tranquilizers calmed you down?”

“Yes” the mother answered.

“And how is your son now?” he asked.

“Who cares?” she replied.


Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.


A man pleaded with the psychiatrist, “You’ve got to help me. It’s my son.”

“What’s the matter?”

“He’s always eating mud pies. I get up in the morning and there he is in the backyard eating mud pies. I come hoes at lunch and he’s eating mud pies. I come home at dinner and there he is in the backyard eating mud pies.”

The psychiatrist reassured him, “Give the kid a chance. It’s all part of growing up. It’ll pass.”

“Well, I don’t like it, and neither does his wife.”


“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it was a valuable plant.”


“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

J. B. Priestley


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I hope your life is magnificent too

“‎Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Wow, I have lost seven pounds so far and that in only three days. But to tell you the truth I would not recommend the diet to you. I fasted, limited to only clear liquids for two days and today they are letting me go a little further, I can have soup and other liquids that have a little more substance. And then for the next five days I am on a soft food diet. I also get to give myself injections to hold down blood clots until my blood thinners kick back in. This was sure not what I had planned but my surgery was a little more complicated than expected and requires a substantially more ridged post operation regimen. I can do more today but cannot restart exercise until next week.

They did remove a giant polyp and then added metal clamps to hopefully keep it from opening and putting me back in the hospital like it did two years ago. Since I am pretty much homebound I won’t be passing through metal detectors so that will be no problem. They did tell me that after I do some healing the metal clamps will fall off and I will pass them out of my body; I don’t think they pass out by magic but rather via my normal body functions. yuk! They expect the biopsy to be negative and that all will be well, at least until they do it all over again in four months when they are going back in to make sure they got it all this time. So I will have another round of fasting, self-administered shots and baring my body for a multitude of health workers who will again promise not to laugh.

So I have lost some needed pounds and expect to lose a few more which is good since I had gained some on my recent cruise to Alaska. It also looks like I avoided the need to remove part of my insides and that is good too. I suppose getting some more forced leisure should also be good and might be if I don’t go stir crazy. All in all I have a lot to be thankful for and soon I will be able to get back in action, yippee!

It is true our life is mostly what we make it. While I do have an occasional interruption mine is great, maybe even magnificent because I see it that way. Here is what Ralph Marston offers for all of us to consider as we live on.

Make life magnificent

Don’t merely seek to do it. Get busy working on it.

Don’t just think about it, or talk about it, or plan for it, or wish you could have it done. Make the effort right now to make it happen.

Are you unsure about how to get started or what the next step should be? The fact is that you can never be sure, so go ahead and do what your heart tells you to do.

Are you worried about making mistakes or looking foolish or wasting your time? Just remember that the biggest waste of time, the most foolish looking mistake, is to sit around worrying and doing nothing.

There is immense value in the unique person you are. Every moment of every day is an opportunity for you to live and express that value in ways that will astound the world and fulfill your spirit.

So what are you waiting for? Get motivated, get focused, get serious, get up, get going, get out there and make life as magnificent as you know it can be.


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London


In the spirit of keeping you abreast of the world news we have included some headlines you may have missed:

War Dims Hope for Peace

If Strike isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While

Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge


A fool and his money are soon partying.


Manager: Sorry, but I can’t give you a job. I don’t need much help.

Job Applicant: That’s all right. In fact I’m just the right person in this case. You see, I won’t be of much help anyway!!


Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?


A factory owner said to a store owner, “Thank you, Mr. Smith, for your patronage. I wish I had twenty customers like you.”

“Gosh, it’s nice to hear that, but I’m kind of surprised,” admitted Smith.

“You know that I argue every bill and always pay late.”

The factory owner said, “I’d still like twenty customers like you. The problem is, I have two hundred.”


I’m out of bed and dressed. What more do you want?


On Husband-and-Wife day at La Quinta in Palm Springs, a player drove straight down the 1st fairway. Taking over, his wife sliced the ball 100 yards into the rough. The husband gritted his teeth and made a magnificent recovery right onto the green. The wife blasted her putt past the pin into a deep trap. Delicately, the man lifted the ball back to the green-where it rolled into the cup. He turned to his wife. “We’ll have to do a bit better than that from now on, dear. The hole was bogey five.” “Don’t give me a hard time,” she snapped, “only two of those strokes were mine.”


A lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.


Retired professor Moriarty was brought before the country judge on charges. The judge said sternly, “This is not the first time you have been brought before this court on charges of being drunk and disorderly. Have you any reason why a stiff sentence should not be pronounced?”

The old drunk stood up and looked at the judge. “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourns.” Then he turned and faced the courtroom. “I’m not as debased as Poe, as ungrateful as Keats, as intemperate as Burns, as timid as Tennyson, as vulgar as Shakespeare, as—”

The judge interrupted, “Shut up! That’ll be ninety days.” And he slammed down the gavel.

Then he said to the bailiff, “Take down that list of names and round them up. They’re as bad as he is!”


Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.

Drew Barrymore


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I just stopped by to say hi

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.”

Tim McGraw


I have returned from my latest adventure that took me to Alaska via the Celebrity Infinity. I had the good fortune to be with old friends who also shared a trip into the Yukon Gold Country high in the mountains via a narrow gauge railroad. The food was good, the company great, and I even got some rest which I appreciated. I did add a few pounds and did not exercise enough which may have contributed to some minor medical discomfort.

The weight gain is being offset today by a thirty-two hour fast and purge in preparation for surgery tomorrow. It should be no big deal and I should be back in action in a few days. Since they won’t let me delay the procedure to publish a Daily tomorrow it will be a day or two before the Daily will be back on schedule.

The good news is that I have added a few new friends to my collection in recent weeks and am looking forward to getting to know them better. All in all it has been a good couple of weeks and once my surgery is over it will be even better.

Recently I was speaking with a new friend who sat next to me on the plane during the first leg of my journey, shared with her that my hobby was collecting friends and how glad I was that we had met. It turns out her and her husband live close by and we have much in common she we are going to stay in touch.

I shared with her that I think friends are worth more than money or material things, they warm our hearts, cheer us on, pick us up when we fall and make life worthwhile. The friends I have and those I have had have left with me with a multitude of fond memories that will never be lost, they are always with me wherever I go. I owe so much too so many for the gifts of their friendship, thank you all.

Here is a poem I read recently that I like, I hope you will also.


You Should Know

By Abby Heard


I don’t know how to say this, but I thank you very much

for always being there for me you’re gentle, friendly touch


You helped me to get better and stop what I regret

you helped me through the hard times that, I can’t forget. thank you.


You listened to my problems in a kind and caring way

and without you I may not be smiling today. thank you.


I trust you with my secrets the no one has been told

I trust you with my feelings and in my heart, your words I’ll take until I’m grey and old. thank you.


Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it is a comfort to go hand in hand.”

Emily Kimbrough


Speaking of flying, here are a few things heard on the way from here to there:

·       A flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”

·       After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight Attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”

·       Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of US Airways.”

·       A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax – OH, MY GOD!”

Silence followed and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier; but, while I was talking, the flight attendant brought me a cup of coffee and spilled the hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger in Coach said, “That’s nothing. He should see the back of mine!”


He said, my girlfriend takes advantage of me. I asked her out and she asked if she could bring a date.


A mother and a daughter are shopping in the mall, when the mother eyes an expensive fur coat.  “This year,” she says, “I think that I will buy my present instead of making you and dad shop for me.” The daughter protests, “But mom, some helpless, poor creature has to suffer so that you can have this.”

“Don’t worry honey,” says the mother, “your father won’t get the bill for a couple of weeks.”


If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try to take a nap on a Saturday afternoon.


When Jack Benny’s daughter Joan was married for the first time, the L.A. Times had a headline, “Jack Benny’s Daughter Married in $25,000 Affair.”

The L.A. Examiner’s headline was “Benny Spends $50,000 on Daughter’s Wedding.”

Eddie Cantor woke him up with a phone call to say “Did you read either of the morning papers yet?”

Jack said no.

Cantor said, “Well, do yourself a favor and just read The Times.  You’ll save $25,000.”


TROUBLE: Area of nonspecific space a child can always be sure to be in.


“Dad,” said Little Johnny, “I’m late for football practice. Would you please do my homework for me?”

Little Johnny’s father said irately, “Son, it just wouldn’t be right.”

“That’s okay,” replied Little Johnny, “At least you could try, right?”


Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.

Winston Churchill


A teacher observed a boy entering the classroom with dirty hands.  She stopped him and said, “Johnny, please wash your hands.  My goodness, what would you say if I came into the room with hands like that?”

With a smile the boy replied, “I think I’d be too polite to mention it.”


“It is by chance we met

By choice we became friends.”


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special 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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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