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Stay in the game we need you.

If I have failed today I will get up and keep trying because a brand new day can become a fresh new start.

Veronica Saenz



I had lunch with an old friend the other day who was bemoaning the fact that there was so much that needs to be done to resolve all the problems society is facing these days and he felt he was not doing enough. My friend like I am is getting up in age and sometimes fatigue sets in since we don’t have the energy we once had. But we also must understand we may not be able to hit the long ball that wins the big game but we still can do our part.

I suggested to my friend that he still influences a lot of people, many who try out for the team and either hit the long ball or facilitate it being done by others. I know one thing if good people like my friend and others like him don’t do what they can to make things better they never will get better. Not everyone will know the contributions he and others like him make but it is important that he knows what he does makes a difference and that we appreciate him and others like him.

I find it is not all that easy to keep going when my age creeps up on me, especially when I am recovering from my latest malady. The following thoughts on fighting fatigue that I got from the Positively Present blog can help; I know they have for me.


5 tips for being positive when you’re tired

There are times when you choose something else over sleep. And there are times when your mind or circumstances chooses for you (like when you’re really worried or have a new puppy). Whatever the reason, if you’re fighting the battle against fatigue, here are some ways to stay positive:



Start your groggy morning off by asking yourself: what really needs to get done today? The more you can push off to a day when you’re feeling like your normal self, the better. It’ll probably be tempting to plow on through the day as you normally would, but if you do whatever you can to make your schedule easier for yourself, you’ll be able to handle whatever tasks really must get done with more efficiency and attention. Also, the less you put on your plate, the less you’ll have to drive, and driving when you haven’t had any (or little) sleep is extremely dangerous. Don’t do it if you can avoid it. No errand or to-do list item is worth getting in an accident for.


This is the hardest one for me. When I’m tired, I’m ravenous. I want to eat everything in sight — and all of those things better be salty, sweet, or fried. Of course, eating unhealthy food is never a good idea and it’s especially bad when you’re tired. On extra-tired days, strive to eat well-balanced meals and incorporate healthy, energy-boosting snacks (like nuts or fruit). Drink lots of water and avoid sugar. Apparently it’s not a bad idea to indulge in a little caffeine, too — as long as you realize that you will crash after it. (On a really tough day, though, sometimes that energy high is worth the low of the crash…)


Let’s face it: when you’re exhausted, you’re not at your peak communication capacity, which means the day after a sleepless night is not the time for an important meeting, a difficult conversation, or connecting with new people. If at all possible, cancel or reschedule anything important. It might be a pain to adjust your schedule, but it’s way better than dealing with the repercussions of your potential irritability, forgetfulness, or inattentiveness. Even with the little events in life — chatting with your partner or kids, talking with a close friend, or conversing with a coworker — try to shorten your interactions to avoid becoming irritated or saying something your un-exhausted self wouldn’t normally say.


When you’re exhausted, a big dose of exercise isn’t recommended (so don’t feel guilty about skipping the gym), but a brisk walk in the sunlight can work wonders. Moving around can encourage alertness and sunlight (with sunscreen!) can be an excellent mood booster. Being in nature can really help your mood too, so if there’s somewhere you can walk with lots of trees and flowers, even better. When you’re really tired, walking around might seem like the last thing you want to do (sitting sounds so much better), but it’s really useful to get moving, particularly when it comes to boosting your mood — one of the most essential elements of making the most of sleep-deprived day.


Not gonna lie: I’m not a fan of napping. I didn’t care for it as a kid, and I don’t care for it now. It always seems to throw my whole day off, and I hate the confused feeling I typically have when I wake. That being said, I’ve read over and over again that taking a nap (less than 25 minutes) is recommended when you haven’t had any sleep. Even if you’re not a nap-taker, give it a try, and even if you can’t fall asleep, just resting for a little bit might help your body gain a bit of extra energy to get through the day. If you are a nap-taker, consider this a free pass to sneak a midday snooze.


Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you away from playing the game.


Moses and his flock arrive at the sea, with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Moses calls a staff meeting.

Moses: Well, how are we going to get across the sea? We need a fast solution. The Egyptians are close behind us. The General of the Armies: Normally, I’d recommend that we build a pontoon bridge to carry us across. But there’s not enough time – the Egyptians are too close. The Admiral of the Navy: Normally, I’d recommend that we build barges to carry us across. But time is too short.

Moses: Does anyone have a solution?

Just then, his Public Relations man raises his hand.

Moses: You! You have a solution?

The PR Man: No, but I can promise you this: If you can find a way out of this one, I can get you two or three pages in the Old Testament.


I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.

Susan Sarandon


She said: When I arrived for my daughter’s parent-teacher conference, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. “For example, she’ll do the wrong page in the workbook,” the teacher explained, “and I’ve even found her sitting in the wrong desk.”

“I don’t understand that,” I replied defensively. “Where could she have gotten that?”

The teacher went on to reassure me that my daughter was still doing fine in school and was sweet and likeable. Finally, after a pause, she added, “By the way, our appointment was for tomorrow.”


I panicked and hung up! What kind of sick company has an actual PERSON answer their phone?!


Mrs. Taylor, asked her 5th grade history class, “When was Rome built?” and called on Timothy to answer first.

“Rome was built at night.” was his answer.

“At night?” asked Mrs. Taylor, holding her ruler firmly in her hands.  “How ever did you get such an idea?”

“Well,” gulped the student, hoping his answer would satisfy her, “everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day.”


I took a course in speed waiting.  Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes.

Steven Wright


Cessna: “Newark tower, Cessna 12345, student pilot, I am out of fuel.”

Tower: “Roger Cessna 12345, reduce airspeed to best glide!! Do you have the Newark airfield in sight?!?!!”

Cessna: “Uh, um…tower, I am parked on the south ramp. I just want to know where the fuel truck is.”


“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping BUSY and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

Lucille Ball


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 am skipping the stress lesson today

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mohandas K. Gandhi


Yesterday wore me out so this morning I am sending you what I wrote eleven years ago today.

 Ray’s Daily first published on August 15, 2003

In this day and age we are all expected to stay stressed. Those of us who stay calm and are committed to a more relaxed life are often viewed with suspicion. Obviously we don’t have ambition, nor do we understand just how bad everything is. So if you are being discriminated against because you lack acceptable levels of stress follow these tips. You’ll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:

Never Exercise – Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

Eat Anything You Want – Hey, if cigarette smoke can’t cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn’t likely to.

Gain Weight – Work hard at staying at least 25% over your recommended weight.

Take Plenty of Stimulants – The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

Avoid Relaxation Practices – Ignore the evidence suggesting that meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress. The ‘perpetual work’ ethic is good for staying stressed.

Get Rid of Your Social Support System – Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that you concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

Personalize All Criticism – Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Don’t take time to listen, be offended, then return the attack!

Males and Females Alike – Be Macho. Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

Become a Workaholic – Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

Discard Good Time Management Skills – Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

Procrastinate – Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress.

Worry about Things You Can’t Control – Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, the approaching Ice Age, you know, all the big issues.

Become Not Only a Perfectionist But Set Impossibly High Standards – and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don’t meet them.

Throw Out Your Sense of Humor – Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn’t be treated as one.


The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.



Cowboy: “Well, I suppose you’ve been alright.  You’ve been a decent horse, I guess.  A bit slow sometimes, but a decent horse, and…”

Horse: “No, you stupid idiot I didn’t ask you for FEEDBACK!  I said that I wanted my FEEDBAG!”


She didn’t know it couldn’t be done so she went ahead and did it.

Mary’s Almanac


Do you remember when you said to the kids?

Don’t ask me, ask your mother.

Were you raised in a barn?

Get your elbows off the table!

If you forget, you’ll be grounded till the end of the world.

You call that a haircut??

“Hey” is for horses.

This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.

Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?

Don’t give me any of your lip, young lady!

You call that noise “music?”

We’re not lost. I’m just not sure where we are.

No, we’re not there yet.

As long as you live under my roof, you’ll live by my rules.

I’ll tell you why. Because I said so. That’s why!

So you think you’re smart, do you?

What’s so funny? Wipe that smile off your face.

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times.

You want something to do? I’ll give you something to do.

This is your last warning!

I’m not just talking to hear my own voice!

What do you think I am a bank?

What part of NO don’t you understand?

I don’t care what other people are doing! I’m not everybody else’s Father!

Hey, did you hear me talking to you?

Don’t use that tone with me!

Am I talking to a brick wall?

If I catch you doing that one more time, I’ll..

Act your age.

Don’t make me stop the car!

What did I just get finished telling you?


If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.

Katherine Hepburn


She said:

What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? Shut the door.

If we put a man on the moon, why can’t we put them all there?

Tell him you’re not his type — you have a pulse.

Never let your man’s mind wander — it’s too little to be let out alone.

Go for younger men. You might as well — they never mature anyway.

Men are all the same. They just have different faces so you can tell them apart.

Bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some woman miserable.

Women don’t make fools of men — most of them are the do-it-yourself types.

The main point of having a boyfriend is so that he can one day graduate to the exalted status of a “former boyfriend.”


The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

G.K. Chesterton


Three sisters, ages 92, 94, and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts one foot in and pauses. She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?” The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know. I’ll come up and see.” She starts up the stairs and pauses. Then, she yells, “Was I going up the stairs or down?” The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea, listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”


You have to be careful about being too careful.

Beryl Pfizer


“Despite protests, CBS is still considering making a reality show about Hillbillies.  The show will be called, ‘Big Brother Who’s Also Your Cousin.'”

Conan O’Brien


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Charles Dickens


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.


What would you do?

“Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”

Rodolfo Costa

Best is yet to come 

I was talking to a friend yesterday who may be at one of life’s crossroads. You see he will soon be 65 and is an organization that is restructuring. His company like many others today believes that their future depends on a streamlined workforce; you got it, less people. My friend stands a good chance of being offered an attractive volunteer severance package. He, like I was when I first retired, is examining what the future will hold if he starts fresh.

Too many folks faced with the same decision look for the easy path which often leads to a slippery slope with nothing at the bottom but a pool of boredom. I am pleased to report that will not happen to my friend for if he does go he is not focused and the end of a career but rather on the beginning of a happier future where he will have the freedom to use his talents as he chooses while structuring his time and energy where he can do some good while having fun in the process. I am truly glad for he is one of the good guys. You see he will do well because he has a positive attitude towards life, do you too? If not you can start today to develop one? Here are some tips I extracted from the Purica Blog if you need help.

 Develop your positive attitude!

Here are some ways to help you cultivate a positive attitude and ease in your life:

  • Listen to internal dialogue. Divide one or more sheets of paper into two columns and, for a few days, jot down in the left column all the negative thoughts that come into your head. Rewrite each thought in a positive way in the second column. Practice doing this in your mind until it becomes a habit. (For example, “I’ll never get this finished by the end of the day!” could become, “I will probably get most of this finished by the end of the day.”)
  • Learn to communicate. Not saying the things we feel can lead to a sense of frustration, hurt, anger or anxiety.
  • Get back to basics. Reconnect with old friends, take the dog for a walk, visit an art gallery or listen to your favorite music. The simplest things in life give us the most pleasure.
  • Help someone out. The simple act of helping others (humans, animals or Nature in general) helps us to feel joy.
  • Find your spirituality. Research has shown that those who have developed their spirituality through associating with other spiritual individuals or having cooperative mindful beliefs live longer, more satisfying lives.
  • Allow love in your life. The ability to love and be loved is a most basic human trait. Finding cooperative and harmonious ways to reconnect with others is extremely helpful in developing a positive attitude.
  • Participate in new physical and mental activities to improve confidence levels and coping mechanisms. Building confidence could be as easy as learning the meanings of new words.
  • Follow the principles of holistic health – enlightened body, speech and mind in harmony (better nutrition and exercise appear to be associated with positive mood and attitude)
  • Remember that the mainstream media focuses on information that leads to attachment to fear, negative thoughts and emotion. Perhaps instead focus on positive things to do with your precious moments.


It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.

Annie Gottlier


Some of the best Norm Peterson quotes from “Cheers”:

  • “What’s shaking, Norm?” “All four cheeks & a couple of chins.”
  • “What’ll you have, Normie?” “Well, I’m in a gambling mood Sammy. I’ll take a glass of whatever comes out of the tap.” “Looks like beer, Norm.” “Call me Mister Lucky.”
  • “Hey Norm, how’s the world been treating you?” “Like a baby treats a diaper.”
  • “Hey Mr. Peterson, there’s a cold one waiting for you.” “I know, if she calls, I’m not here.”
  • “Whatcha up to, Norm?” “My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”
  • “How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “Poor.” “I’m sorry to hear that.” “No, I mean pour.”
  • “Pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “Alright, but stop me at one….make that one-thirty.”
  • “How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?” “It’s a dog eat dog world, Woody & I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear.”
  • “Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?” “A little early, isn’t it, Woody?” “For a beer?” “No, for stupid questions.”


“Law of Volunteer Labor” People are always available for work in the past tense.


A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?   His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home cooked meal?”  

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later, the woman came to dinner. His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.   “I was totally humiliated,” he moaned. “She insisted on washing the dishes.”  

“What’s wrong with that?” asked his mother. “I think it’s a wonderful gesture.”  

“We hadn’t started eating yet.”  


I used to eat a lot of natural foods, until I learned that most people die of natural causes.


An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight. The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened.

She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn’t get out of her room. “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked, “Why not?” The stewardess replied: “There are only three doors in here,” she sobbed, “one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”


If I begin to procrastinate today instead of tomorrow, would that be considered self-improvement?


After the birth of their child, an Episcopal priest, wearing his clerical collar, visited his wife in the hospital. He greeted her with a hug and a kiss, and gave her another hug and kiss when he left. Later, the wife’s Catholic roommate commented, “Your priest is sure friendlier than mine.”


“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.”

Robert Redford


Sue:  Mary, what exactly is an “oxymoron”?

Mary:  It’s a phrase made up of contradictory terms, like “deafening silence.”

Sue:  Oh, I get it.  Like “Mr. Perfect”!


“Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be”

Anthony Robbins


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 got this from my close friend Ken let us do what we can to create a miracle

Kens Grand Son

To all who read this plea for Prayer:

Asking for Prayers for our Great grandson Mason. He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4

Neuroblastoma Cancer throughout his body. This was a shocking diagnoses coming after

several weeks of low level medical testing to determine the cause of various, but relatively

minor symptoms.  A Chemo Series began immediately with this diagnosis, and more such

Series to continue. So there is no time to lose in gathering all the support we can get.

We have living proof that when Modern Medicine is combined with the Power of Prayer

miraculous results can occur. A Great granddaughter Braylee, was born a preemie 19

months ago, weighting in at 15 ounces, yes ounces. Today, as seen in a current photo below,

she is a healthy, smiling, robust 20 pounds. We attribute this wonderful and amazing outcome

to Modern Medicine and the Power of Prayer.

We ask all who see Mason’s story to include him in their Prayers and to pass along Mason’s

dire story to friends and family members. Please circulate our plea to your social-media contacts

requesting them to further circulate our message. Ask those who speak from the alters of places

of worship to add a prayer for Mason. Cover all the bases.

If we can create a cloud of continuing Prayer energy around Mason, combined with today’s Modern

Medicine it will give him the greatest opportunity for recovery.

For those sympathetic to Mason’s cause, but not comfortable with the idea of Prayer please know

that shout-outs also add energy to Mason’s cloud. So consider quiet thoughts of, “We’re with you

Mason”, “Hang in Mason” or create your own message for Mason. It all counts!

Thank you, any energy you can send Mason’s way will be appreciated. Together we can have Mason smiling again.

Let’s go out

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

W. M. Lewis

 Walk with me

Lately I have been advocating that no matter what our age we need to make sure we don’t stagnate by hiding in our own little world. The thing I just realized is how fast our world is changing every day. What brought this to mind was the fact that a long time Indianapolis TV Station has lost its CBS affiliation which puts its future in doubt. This is a station with more than a half-century of great service to our community using superior on the air talent. It has won many awards and served us well and now who knows what will happen. Another unaffiliated station owned by the Chicago Tribune will be the CBS outlet starting in January and they will start from there now zero news and community coverage so we will see.

If that was not enough there are major changes going on at our newspaper which will include most probably a loss of some long time staff members. Here too we stand a chance of making it difficult for people who have been vital to our cities success.

Besides the outside world ‘s rapid change people of my generation often lack the computer skills that are starting to become vital if they want to stay abreast of what is going on. Bottom line is that if we don’t get out there and participate we may find one day that we live in a place we don’t understand and find it a difficult place in which to live.

Here are some suggestions I probably sent you before but are always worth our consideration as we all need stay as active as we can.


24 Things to Remember as Each Day Passes

  1. Your presence is a present to the world.
  2. You’re unique; one of a kind.
  3. Your life can be what you want it to be.
  4. Take the days just one at a time.
  5. Count your blessings, not your troubles.
  6. You’ll make it through whatever comes along.
  7. Within you are so many answers.
  8. Understand, have courage, be strong.
  9. Don’t put limits on yourself.
  10. So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
  11. Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
  12. Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.
  13. Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
  14. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
  15. Don’t take things too seriously.
  16. Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
  17. Remember that a little love goes a long way.
  18. Remember that a lot goes forever.
  19. Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
  20. Life’s treasures are people — together.
  21. Realize that nothing is ever too late.
  22. Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
  23. Have health and hope and happiness.
  24. Take the time to wish upon a star.

Author Unknown


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Helen Keller


Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.

The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”

The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.

“Sure,” said the young boy confidently. “Means carrying a child.”


As you can tell from some of the things I have sent you before, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.


She said: Who Needs a Man???

If you want someone who will do anything to please you, get a dog.

If you want someone who’ll make a total fool of himself because he’s so glad to see you, get a dog.

If you want someone who eats whatever you put in front of him and never says his mother made it better, get a dog.

If you want someone who never touches the remote, couldn’t care less about Monday Night Football, and watches dramatic movies with you as long as you want, get a dog.

If you want someone who never criticizes anything you do, doesn’t care how good or bad you look, acts as though every word you say is worth hearing, never complains, and loves you unconditionally all the time, get a dog!

On the other hand… If you want someone who never comes when you call him, totally ignores you when you walk in the room, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, prowls around all night and come home only to eat and sleep all day, and acts as though you are there only to see that HE’s happy…

Get a CAT!


The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.


During training as a medical-group receptionist, she was told never to recommend one doctor over another, but simply state who had available appointments. One day a woman came in and looked at her conspiratorially. “I’m a nurse,” she whispered, “and I know the staff always knows which doctors are good and which aren’t. Who do you think I should see?”

Knowing her supervisor was listening close by, she tried to sound most professional… “Oh, I’m sorry,” she replied. “I can’t recommend any of our doctors.”

“Well, you must know!” said the nurse, headed for the door and left.


Don’t let aging get you down…It’s too hard to get back up!


During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another jeep stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel.


“Your jeep stuck, sir?” asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside.

“Nope,” replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, “Yours is.”



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

Eleanor Roosevelt


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.


Join me on the other side?

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

Anna Freud


 I have been getting a lot of positive comments on the Daily lately as well as picking up a number of new readers for which I am grateful. Over the fourteen years I have been doing the Daily I have come to believe that while the grass is not always greener on the other side we will never know if we don’t venture out of our home ground. I think many of us don’t because we lack the self confidence that it takes to explore beyond where we are.

Far too many of us don’t realize just how good we really are.  Here are some thoughts from Jon Gordon on how you can gain competence and confidence. Look over the list, you probably are already doing what he suggests and are ready to venture out, if you are don’t wait.

 Humble and Hungry

I have found that two words are the key to a life and career of continuous improvement and growth. Whether you are just starting out and trying to make a name for yourself or you have achieved the pinnacle of success it’s important to remember to be humble and hungry.


  • Don’t think you know it all. See yourself as a life-long learner who is always seeking ways to learn, grow and improve.
  • See everyone as a teacher and learn from everyone you meet.
  • Be open to new ideas and strategies to take your life, school and work to the next level.
  • When people tell you that you are great don’t let it go to your head. And when they tell you that you stink, don’t let it go to your head.
  • Be kind to everyone and let people know that they matter.
  • Live with humility because the minute you think you have arrived at the door of greatness it will get shut in your face.
  • Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It just means you think of yourself less.


  • Follow your passion, continuously improve, and continue to dream.
  • Seek out new ideas, new strategies and new ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • Invest the time, energy, sweat and dedication to be your best and let God do the rest.
  • Be willing to pay the price that greatness requires. Don’t be average. Strive to be great.
  • Become the hardest worker you know.
  • Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.
  • Decide to leave a legacy. Even at a young age it’s important to think about what legacy you want to leave because knowing how you want to be remembered helps you decide how to live today.
  • Don’t focus on where you’ve been. Focus on where you are and where you are going.
  • Make your life and work a quest for excellence. Every day ask how I can be better today than I was yesterday?
  • Make your next work your best work.


As I share this advice my hope is that these words will move you to action. Regardless of your age, education or career status, if you stay Humble and Hungry everything else will take care of itself.


Don’t wait until everything is just right, it will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen


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…”


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”

Anne Frank


While vacationing on Cape Cod, my wife and I stopped at a small way-side stand and bought some tomatoes. When I commented how small they were, the proprietor’s reply was “Ay-up.” Returning a day or two later, my wife told the man the tomatoes he had sold us were tough and not very flavorful. The old gentleman nodded, looked at us a moment, then said, “Lucky they was small, ain’t it?”


All answers questioned here.


At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy.

A man scornfully said, “No woman can keep a secret.”

“I don’t know about that,” huffily answered a woman guest. “I have kept my age a secret since I was twenty-one.”

“You’ll let it out some day,” the man insisted.

“I hardly think so!” responded the lady. “When a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever.”


“If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.”

Merry Browne


An old Jewish man on his deathbed whispered, “Sarah, Sarah, where are you, my dear wife?”

“Right here at your side, my love.”

“And my son, Moishe…where is he?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“And my daughter, Miriam…where is she?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“And my son, Abraham…where is he?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“What, none of you idiots is minding the store?”


All I ever wanted was an unfair advantage.


A West Virginia state trooper, stopped a woman for going 15 miles over the speed limit.  After he handed her a ticket, she asked, “Don’t you give out warnings?”

“Yes, Ma’am,” he replied.  They’re all up and down the road.  They say, ‘Speed limit 55.'”


What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.

Henry David Thoreau


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Are you ready to fly?

Stop being self-absorbed, get out of your cocoon, and search for a purpose that will add meaning and excitement in your life.

Senora Roy


I am just beginning to realize that some of us have a cocoon around us. A cocoon that has been constructed by convention, tradition, fears, demands on our time, our history, our family and our environment. It is a cocoon that gets stronger as each year adds more threads.

While a cocoon can keep us protected from the world outside it also keeps us in unless we are willing to work our way out. Many of us become so accustomed to life in our cocoon that like drones we do our jobs, live our lives with everyday being pretty much the same.

If you are like I am you also know many people who have broken out of their cocoon and like the butterfly have soared exploring our world. Often these are the dreamers who become creators. They are the artists, risk takers, builders, leaders and are responsible for much of the good that happen every day.

It is not easy to leave a safe harbor but it is only those that do who see the world while making new friends. Life can be exciting but not if we hide behind a wall, so if you have yet to break out of your cocoon why not do it soon? Here is an edited article I got from the Inspiration Line that may help.



The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming and the clear skies and sun are pulling us out into the beautiful world. We no longer need our protective cocoon. This changing of the seasons draws us out of our cocoon of warmth to the warming rays of the sun. As the butterfly spreads its wings as it emerges from its cocoon, its life is transformed. The caterpillar was limited to crawling slowing from leaf to leaf. The world has opened up to the butterfly; it is no longer bound to the area it could crawl to.

Your life can be transformed like the butterfly’s. Most of us live in a cocoon of safety, called our comfort zone, to protect ourselves from the elements. We are accustomed to the routine of our lives. We know what to expect each day as we crawl out from under our warm covers.

Our comfort zone keeps us safe. But our comfort zone limits us, just as the caterpillar is limited when compared to the butterfly. To the caterpillar, life is fine. There are branches to climb. There are leaves to eat. It can even use the leaves to hide from the birds of prey. But to the observer who can see the whole picture, the reality of the caterpillar’s life is very limited.

Our comfort zone limits us in the same way the caterpillar is limited. The vision of the caterpillar is limited to a few feet around it. It cannot even imagine a life beyond its vision. But the caterpillar is lucky. Nature has provided a path that will transform it into a butterfly with a hugely expanded vision. It doesn’t have a choice. We also have a path of possibilities. But instead of nature making the transformation for us, we have to do it ourselves. We do have a choice.

We do have a vision beyond our comfort zone. But our comfort zone wraps us tightly to keep us safe. Break out of your limiting comfort zone, just like the butterfly emerges from its cocoon. Do what is uncomfortable. Do what scares you. Do what stretches your limits. The more you do, the more your vision expands and the more you can see is possible for you.

Breaking out of your comfort zone does amazing things for you. It transforms your life, just like the butterfly’s life is transformed. Today, just like the caterpillar, you cannot even imagine what your life can be like. But you too can emerge from your comfort zone into a life of limitless possibilities and beauty.

Russ Stiffler


A butterfly is incapable of flight until the struggle to free himself from his cocoon has given his wings the strength he needs; the hardest you’ve ever struggled is the strongest you’ll ever be.

Christopher Abraham


She said: In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup… gonna be a bear.


It’s easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference.

Tom Brokaw


A girl went over to her friend and said, “I hear you broke off your engagement to Bob. Why?”

“It’s just that my feelings towards him aren’t the same any more.”

“Are you returning his diamond ring?”

“No way! My feelings towards the ring haven’t changed a bit!”


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson


Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. “In the last 16 races, I’ve won 8 of them!”

Another horse breaks in, “Well in the last 27 races, I’ve won 20!!”

“Oh that’s good, but in the last 37 races, I’ve won 29!” says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening.

“I don’t mean to boast,” says the greyhound, “but in my last 91 races, I’ve won 89 of them!”

The horses are clearly amazed. “Wowwwww!” says one, after a hushed silence.

“A talking dog.”


“If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.”

Italian Proverb


Suzanne went over to visit one of her friends. While she was at her friend’s house a severe thunderstorm rolled in. Her friend told her to spend the night at her house and go home the next day. When she heard this, Suzanne rushed out the door then came back a while later totally drenched and carrying a small shopping bag.

So her friend asked, “Where did you run off to?”

Suzanne brushed the wet hair from her face and replied, “I went home to get my pajamas!”


No expectations, no prejudgment. Like a butterfly flies from its cocoon into a fresh new beginning, don’t let your past be your tour guide.

Ritu Ghatourey


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.

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Things are really pretty good

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

 Stay Positive

Yesterday I told a friend that I had been to a cardiologist on Wednesday where he reviewed my status as follow-up to my open heart surgery. I continue to have some manageable discomfort from the surgical site and the doctor said that that was fairly normal this early in my recovery. He went on to say things could be much worse and since they are not that bad I felt better.

I also met with a group of folks yesterday who have made a commitment to improving their health status. The discussions centered on how to stay motivated to do what needs to be done to maintain a healthy weight while getting enough exercise to sustain an active lifestyle. I commented on how I thought we should not worry too much about how much will be required to succeed but rather on how far we have come and take pride in our accomplishments. It is much easier to build on success than it is to overcome worry of failure.

You know me, I hate spending time on the negative when I can spend it finding the positive in life. Here are excerpts from an article by Henrik Edberg I liked, I hope you will too.


How to Stay Positive

Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation.

When I am in what seems like a negative situation – maybe I have made a mistakes, I have failed or stumbled in some kind of way – then I like to ask myself questions like:

  • What is one thing that is positive or good about this situation?
  • What is one opportunity within this situation?

I do however not always use these questions right away. Oftentimes I need a bit of time to process the thoughts and feelings that arise in situation before I can do that. Trying to force optimistic thinking when you are still in an emotional turmoil or a bit shocked usually don’t work that well.

Cultivate and live in a positive environment.

To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down. So carefully consider what you let into your mind.

You can for example ask yourself:

  • Who are the 3 most negative people I spend time with?
  • What are the 3 of most negative sources of information I spend time on?

Consider the answers. Then think about how you can start spending less time with one of those people or information sources this week. And how you can spend more of the time you have now freed up with one of the most positive sources or people in your life.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast. And so a molehill can become a big and terrifying mountain in your mind.

Add value and positivity to someone else’s life.

What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it. Not from everyone. And not every time.

What you give them and how you treat them is what you’ll get back. And they way you treat others and how you think of them also tend to have a big effect on how you treat and think about yourself.

Learn to take criticism in a healthy way.

One of the most common fears is the fear of criticism. It can hold people back from doing what they want in life. Because having negativity flowing out of someone’s mouth or email and it being about you can hurt. And being rejected can sing quite a bit. But if you want to take action on what you deep down want then criticism is pretty much unavoidable. So the key is learning to handle it in a healthier way. By doing so your fear of it will lessen and it will hurt less if you do get criticized.

Mindfully move through your day.

When you spend your time in the present moment then it becomes so much easier to access positive emotions and to stay practical about what you can actually do about something in your life. When you get lost in the past or future like so many of us have spent a lot of time on doing then worries very easily become bigger. And failures and mistakes from the past being replayed over and over in your mind drag you down into pessimism.

A simple way to reconnect with the moment in you are in and to put your full attention there again is to focus just on what is going on around you right now for a minute or two with all your senses. See it. Hear it. Smell it. Feel the sun, rain or cold wind on your skin. It might sound like a small and insignificant thing to do. But this simplifying reconnection with the moment can have a very positive effect on the rest of your day.


“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”

Norman Vincent Peale


She said: My husband and I both work, so our family eats out a lot. Recently, when we were having a rare home-cooked meal, I handed a glass to my three year old and asked her to please drink her milk. She looked at me bewildered, “But I didn’t order milk.”


The face of a child can tell it all; especially the mouth part of the face.


Near the end of a particularly trying round of golf, during which the golfer had hit numerous fat shots, he said in frustration to his caddy, “I’d move heaven and earth to break a hundred on this course.”

“Try heaven,” said the caddy.

“You’ve already moved most of the earth.”


School days can be the happiest days of your life–if your kids are old enough to attend.


A couple of nuns who were nursing sisters had gone out to the country to minister to an outpatient. On the way back they were a few miles from home when they ran out of gas. They were standing beside their car on the shoulder when a truck approached. Seeing ladies of the cloth in distress, the driver stopped to offer his help. The nuns explained they needed some gas. The driver of the truck said he would gladly drain some from his tank but he didn’t have a bucket or can.

One of the nuns dug out a clean bedpan and asked the driver if he could use it. He said yes and proceeded to drain a couple of quarts of gas into the pan. He waved goodbye to the nuns and left. The nuns were carefully pouring the precious fluid into their gas tank when the highway patrol came by. The trooper stopped and watched for a minute, then he said: “Sisters, I don’t think it will work, but you sure have faith!”


“What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.”



It was a difficult subject to bring before his aged mother, but Morris felt that he must.  “Mom, you are no longer a spring chicken and you do need to think ahead of what will happen in the future.  Why don’t we make arrangements about when….. you know… when…. God Forbid … you pass on?”

The mother didn’t say anything, just sat there staring ahead. “I mean, Momma, like…. how do you want to finally go? To be buried? Cremated?”

There was yet another long pause.  Then the mother looked up and said, “Son, why don’t you simply surprise me?”


The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.


A Navy Chief and an Admiral were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces. The admiral shouted, “Hey, don’t put that stuff on me! My wife will think I’ve been in a Red Light District!”

The chief turned to his barber and said, “Go ahead and put it on.  My wife doesn’t know what the inside of a house in a Red Light District smells like.”


“Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.”

Will Durant


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.

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Thanks Steve

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson


I read a simple story yesterday that I will share with you in a minute. As I read it I thought about the people I know in Kiwanis, the Salvation Army and others who I really regard. Stories such as this one could be written about them. The thing that always impresses me is just how grateful these people usually are. Not grateful because of something someone did for them, but grateful because they had the opportunity to do something for someone else.

There is a special warmth that comes from realizing that someone’s life is a little better because you cared enough to do something for them, not for recognition or glory but from a willingness to help when you can. I mentioned to friends the other day that a buddy of mine took the initiative and started an annual clothe-a–child program years ago that continues to this day and will for many years to come. Few know the role my friend played, he is no longer running the program, but I know and I know his legacy will be the hundreds of kids who will have warm clothes at Christmas time for generations to come because someone cared enough to do something for others.

Here is the story I mentioned, it does show an example that each of us can emulate thus giving us the chance do something that will warm our hearts.

The Circle Is Unbroken

He was driving home one evening, on a two-lane country road. Work, in this small, mid-western community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac. But he never quit looking. Ever since the Levis factory closed, he’d been unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home.

It was a lonely road. Not very many people had a reason to be on it, unless they were leaving. Most of his friends had already left. They had families to feed and dreams to fulfill. But he stayed on. After all, this was where he buried his mother and father. He was born here and knew the country.

He could go down this road blind, and tell you what was on either side, and with his headlights not working, that came in handy. It was starting to get dark and light snow flurries were coming down. He’d better get a move on. You know, he almost didn’t see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road. But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe, he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill that only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm. By the way, my name is Joe.”

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Joe crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down her window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid. Joe just smiled as he closed her trunk.

She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have been all right with her. She had already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Joe never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that they needed, and Joe added “…and think of me.”

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight. A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The cash register was like the telephone of an out of work actor, it didn’t ring much.

Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Joe.

After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get her change from a hundred dollar bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. She wondered where the lady could be, and then she noticed something written on a napkin. There were tears in her eyes, when she read what the lady wrote. It said, “You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do. Don’t let the chain of love end with you.”

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could she have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s gonna be all right. I love you, Joe.

Unknown Author


Life is just a chance to grow a soul.

A. Powell Davies



–1.  Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will have.

–2.  Success stops when you do.

–3.  When your ship comes in….  make sure you are willing to unload it.

–4.  You will never “have it all together.”

–5.  Life is a journey…not a destination.  Enjoy the trip!

–6.  The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.

–7.  I’ve learned that ultimately, “takers” lose and “givers” win.

–8.  If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.

–9.  He or she who laughs….lasts.  (My personal favorite!)

–10. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.


Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.


I work with a number of ladies who own farm’s. They have taught me so much, for example did you know the top 10 reasons farm trucks are not stolen?  Read this and you will.

They have about 20 miles before they overheat, breakdown or run out of gas. Only the owner knows how to operate the door to get in or out. It is difficult to drive fast with all the fence tools, grease rags, ropes, chains, syringes, buckets, boots and loose papers in the cab.

It takes too long to start, and the smoke coming up through the rusted-out floorboard clouds your vision. The Border Collie on the toolbox looks mean. They’re too easy to spot. The description might go something like this: The driver’s side door is red, the passenger side door is green, the right front fender is yellow, etc.

The large round bale in the back makes it hard to see if you’re being chased. You could use the mirrors if they weren’t cracked and covered with duct tape. Top speed is approximately 45 mph.

It is hard to commit a crime with everyone waving at you.


Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?


A burglar broke into the house of a Quaker in the middle of the night and started to rob it. The Quaker heard the noise and went downstairs with his shotgun. When he found the burglar he pointed his gun at him and said most gently, “Friend, I mean thee no harm, but thou standest where I am about to shoot!”


Love life and life will love you back.

Love people and they will love you back.

Arthur Rubinstein


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.

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It’s never too late

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis

 be who you are

My Cardiac rehab is a little more difficult than I expected it to be, mainly because my body seems to want to remind me that it is not as young as I think I am. I see one of my main Doctors later this morning but I am pretty sure I will not leave with a magic elixir that will eliminate my recent back aches. Of course I realize that my rehab masters will return me to what will be my new normal by a gradual build-up of my body through my exercise routines, I just liked it more when it was easier.

At least I am again out and about and my life is returning to days that offer lots to do and include some vicarious wonder as I get to spend time with so many interesting and talented people. Yesterday I had breakfast with a friend who continues to help improve health care in the third world among the other great things she does. Monday I did a video for my Kiwanis Club about the benefits of working with others who make our communities and our world a better place. As we are inundated with reports of famine, war, bitter partisanship and disease it does my heart good to know that there are thousands of unsung folks quietly doing things to make life better for others. I am truly fortunate that they allow me to work with them.

In somewhat the same vein I would like to share with you something sent to me yesterday by Angel Chernoff. She reminded me that there is always something we can do no matter how old we are. Here in part is what she wrote:

7 Things You Won’t Regret When You’re Older

Over the years, it has become clear to us that, in the end, more than anything else, we regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were too afraid (or too busy) to deal with, and the decisions we waited too long to make.  Think about it…The things you didn’t do when you had the chance.  That priceless relationship you neglected.  Those important words you left unspoken…

Every one of us has experienced feelings of regret.  But it’s not too late to set things straight.  We’re still here breathing.  Today we have an opportunity to change tomorrow.  Right now we can choose to erase regret from our later years. It’s time to make the best of each and every day.  Here’s how – seven things you can start doing now that you won’t regret when you’re older:

  1. Exploring what you love and then owning it completely. – If you spend your life trying to define yourself by what someone else loves, you’re going to be miserable. Try things – try everything.  Explore.  Love what you love and be yourself, and you will end up with a lifestyle and relationships that make you happy.
  2. Living YOUR idea of your life, every day. – As you’re working on point #1, you will inevitably meet people who try to steer you in a different direction – their direction. Just remember, what’s right for you may be wrong for them, and vice versa.  The truth is that the world isn’t really as it is, but as we see it.  And we all see it differently.  It’s better to die your way, than live someone else’s idea of your life.
  3. Waking up every morning and getting the RIGHT things done. – The world does not owe you a living. You owe the world a life.  So stop daydreaming and start DOING.
  4. Working less and spending more time smiling with people you love. – You’ve heard the saying, “The best things in life are free.” Well spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the antics of a pet, seeing your son smile, experiencing intimate and heart-felt moments with your significant other – these times are precious and priceless.
  5. Being present with life while you’re living it. – Is there anything worse than getting somewhere and not realizing how you got there? Even worse is only realizing how great something is after it’s gone.  When life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better every single second.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.
  6. Saying what you need to say. – Speak up. Don’t hide your thoughts and feelings, especially when you can make a difference.  Be brave.  Say what needs to be said.
  7. Leaving toxic relationships behind. – It can be difficult to leave a long-term relationship, even when our inner-wisdom tells us it’s time to let go. At this point, we can choose let go and endure the short-term pain of leaving behind the familiar to make way for a new chapter in our life. Remember, all failed relationships hurt, but letting go of a toxic relationship is actually a gain, not a loss. 


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

Dr. Seuss


Blessings on this fine machine,

May its data all be clean.

Let the files stay where they’re put,

Away from disk drives keep all soot.

From its screen shall come no whines,

Let in no spikes on power lines.

As oaks were sacred to the Druids,

Let not the keyboard suffer fluids.

Disk full shall be nor more than rarity,

The memory shall not miss its parity.

From the modem shall come wonders,

Without line noise making blunders.

May it never catch a virus,

And all its software stay desirous.

Oh let the printer never jam,

And turn my output into spam.

I ask of Eris, noble queen,

Keep Murphy far from this machine.


Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet.


A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note: “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.”


Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.


A mom sat with her three oldest children and watched a PBS special showing the birth of a baby.  The mom thought it would be a good starting point for answering questions about the facts of life. As her five-year-old studied the baby coming out of the birth canal, he asked, “Mom, does that hurt?”

“Oh, yes, it does,” she said, remembering her difficult deliveries.

“Gee,” he continued in awe, “does it hurt the mother too?”


Quoting one is plagiarism; Quoting many is research.


Mary announced that she was going to start a diet to lose some pounds she had put on recently.

“Great,” Sue exclaimed. “I’m ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. And when I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I’ll call you first.”

“Wonderful,” Mary replied. “I’ll go with you.”


It is never too late, no matter how old you get because anytime or any point in your life you can always have a chance to make a difference. You can always make a change for the better no matter what background you derived from. You can always do your best and be all that you can be because you will always be uniquely you. It is why it is always wise to listen to your eternal heart, your eternal instincts, and what it had always strove for and/or to do because really anybody can make a difference not only in their own lives but in the lives of others. It is never too late to shine; never.     

George Eliot


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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