Ray's musings and humor

Have a breathless day!

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.



As many of you know I have a couple of hobbies, my main hobby is collecting friends another that I find rewarding is collecting stories, thoughts and quotes that I can share with you someday. Preparing the Daily over the years has been good for me since it requires me to think about the world and our place in it almost every day. It helps me focus on enriching my life as well as how to deal with some of the problems we all face as we age.

So thank you all for being there I am not sure how well I would do without those who are friends and without having you to read the Daily when you can.

As you also know I have collected a lot of Marc Chernoff’s writings over the years, today I want to offer you a few of the thoughts he recently included in an article entitled Things Your Soul Wants You to Know.

  • Some people talk with you in their free time, and some free their time to talk with you. Today, and every day, you can be the latter to the people you love.
  • The smallest act of kindness is always worth more than the grandest intention.
  • Sometimes you have to be kind to others, not because they’re nice, but because you are.
  • It usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s how you think about it all.
  • Consider the possibility that the little obstacles in your life are not obstacles at all, but stepping-stones.
  • It’s easy for people on the sidelines to doubt and judge you when they aren’t taking any risks themselves. Don’t let them get to you.  They may call you crazy when you’re just getting started but they’ll label you a genius once you’ve succeeded.
  • Don’t be afraid to provoke the status quo. Maybe some of your ideas are crazy.  But crazy ideas are what shake the world.
  • You can’t always wait for the ideal moment. Sometimes you must dare to do it because life’s too short to regret and wonder what could’ve been.
  • Don’t let the idea of being rejected stop you from affirming what’s important to you. The right people will respect you more and hold you in higher regard if you’re honest and rigorous about your principles and values.
  • Let people take you as you are, or not at all. By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.  And this helps everyone who’s worth helping (including YOU).
  • Consider the fact that being wrong is OK, and then admit that you are wrong when you are. Yes, it’s hard.  Yes, it takes strength to admit it, but it makes you more humble and commendable.  And even more importantly, realize that when you’re wrong, you’re meant to be wrong so that you may outgrow the things you need to outgrow.
  • Remember the good times, be strong during tough times, love always, laugh often, live honestly, and be thankful for each new day.


Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen


An Irish friend of mine went to play golf some time ago; when he arrived he met a group of Hassidic Jews who invited him to play with them. He joins the group and tees off.  His shot is about 200 yards out and off to the right rough.  Reb Moshe tees off 300 yards straight out into the middle of the fairway.  Reb Yitzchak’s shot is about 290 and Reb Yaacov’s is 300, but slightly off center.  O’Brian has trouble with getting out of the rough and four-putts, while the rabbis’ approach shots are right on the pin, they two-putt for par.

The rest of the round is the same, with the rabbi’s scores either par or under par, while O’Brian has a 95.  He says to them, “You guys must play and practice all the time.”

Reb Yitzchak says, “No, we study all the time and only play once a week. But, on our Sabbath, while we are in shul, we say a prayer asking God to give us one good round of golf each week.”

O’Brian is so impressed that he goes home and tells his wife that they are converting.  They study, convert, join a shul, and go to services every Shabbat. About a year later, O’Brian runs into the threesome of rabbis at the same course and they invite him to play with them. The game is exactly like last year’s. O’Brian is doing nothing right, and the three are perfect. At the end, O’Brian says to the rabbis, “I don’t understand it.

I converted, I joined a shul, pray every week.”

Rabbi Moshe says, “You joined a shul?  Which one?”

O’Brian says, “Beth Shalom.”

Rabbi Moshe says, “No, no, no!  Beth Shalom is for TENNIS!”


Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.

Victoria Holt


A recent medical survey reported on the causes of short term work illnesses, they results are listed below:

  1. The Macy’s One Day Sale Flu.
  2. The Drivers License Renewal Appointment 24-Hour Virus.
  3. The Friday-Afternoon-Start-The-Weekend-Early Sudden Unbearable Stomach Pains.
  4. The I’m Looking for a New Job and I Don’t Know How Long It’s Going to Take, but I Want To Stay On The Payroll Until Then Mysterious Infection.
  5. The My Boyfriend’s Got the Week Off So Suddenly I’m Too Contagious To Come In To The Office Disease.
  6. The I Need a Hair Cut and My Stylist Doesn’t Make Evening Appointments Bout of Influenza.
  7. The There’s No Federal Holidays for Two Months and I Want a Day Off Sickness.
  8. The It’s Spring Break and I Want To Pretend I’m a Teenager Again General Ailment.
  9. The I’ve Messed Up Royally and I Won’t Come In To Face the Music Terminal Illness.
  10. The I Really Am Sick and I’ve Got the Doctor’s Bills and the Completed Medical Expense Reimbursement Forms to Prove It Infirmity.


“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Mark Twain.


I’d had a pretty hectic day with my four-year-old. When bed- time finally came, I laid down the law: “We’re putting on your p.j.s, brushing your teeth, and reading ONE book. Then it’s lights out!”

Her arms went around my neck in a gentle embrace, and she said, “We learned in Sunday school about little boys and girls who don’t have mommies and daddies.”

Even after I’d been such a grouch, I thought, she was still grateful to have me. I felt tears begin to well up in my eyes, and then she whispered, “Maybe you could go be THEIR mom?”


But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.

Elizabeth Edwards


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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