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Interesting week ahead

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama XIV


This will be an interesting week for me as I get to deal with health issues. They have made changes in my medications to try to lower my blood pressure. Tomorrow my Dentist will see what we can do about a significant dental problem. The next day I fast and am limited to clear liquids followed by my pre-colonoscopy prep work. I will be at the Indiana University Surgical Center at 5 AM the next day getting ready for the 6:30 AM invasion of my intestines where the Doc will snip and slice any bad growths. I have history of being a prolific producer of precancerous growths so even though they don’t usually do colonoscopies on folks as ancient as I am they make an exception in my case.

Since this will be about my eleventh experience I treat it as a weight loss program as much as a health precaution. I will not be publishing the Daily on Thursday since they won’t let me bring a computer to the operating room. One of the benefits of the procedure will be that the rest of the month will seem a lot better than it may really be.

Here is an edited article written by life coach Margie Warrell that is similar to how I mentally prepare for my surgeries.

The Power of Optimism

Below are 7 strategies for filling up your cup of optimism. My challenge to you is to try at least one of these and notice the difference it makes to your outlook and your life.

SET YOUR INTENTION – Before you step out of bed (and if you forget, before you leave your home) take one minute to set your intention for the day by coming up with one word that resonates with you about the attitude or spirit you want to bring to the day. Being intentional acts like a compass and helps you better focus your time and energy.

PERFORM AN ACT OF COURAGE – Often the very thing we need to improve our circumstances requires courage. That is, closing the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be in life will require stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something that scares you in some way. There is no better way to build self-confidence than doing something that stretches you as it teaches you that you are capable of more than you thought you were.

REFRAME A PROBLEM INTO AN OPPORTUNITY – You can’t solve your problems by complaining about them. But you can solve them (or if they are unsolvable, learn to accept them) by reframing them so that you can approach them from a new angle. To quote Einstein: “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking at which they were created.”

Where pessimists see problems, optimists find opportunities. If you change the way you look at your problems, your problems change and transform into a rich array of opportunities to grow, learn and discover inner resources you never knew you had!

AVOID ENERGY DRAINERS – Optimism is contagious. So too is pessimism. If you are struggling to feel as positive as you would like, don’t spend your time hanging out with “emotional vampires” — those people who suck the life out of you with their complaints and commentary about everything that is wrong with the world (and the people in it).

CARRY YOURSELF LIKE AN OPTIMIST – If you change how you hold yourself physically, it will change how you feel emotionally. Slump your shoulders, pout your bottom lip and look down to the ground and optimism (and opportunity) will elude you. But stand tall, chin up, smile and engage with people as though you were the outgoing, confident, optimistic and successful person you aspire to be, and you will attract all sorts of positive people and opportunities into your life.

LIGHTEN UP  Why is it that comedians tend to live very long lives? It’s because they have become so masterful at finding the humor in even the most unfunny situations. While it’s not always easy to see the lighter side of things, it’s always helpful.

EXERCISE – If you are one of those people who never exercises, then I’m sorry, I know you hate to hear it again and again but EXERCISE IS VERY GOOD FOR YOU. Not only is it great for you physically, but it’s a very potent drug for making you feel better psychologically.


“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.”

Swedish Proverb


“Are you my caddie?” asked MacTavish.

“Aye, sir,” replied the boy.

“And are you any good at finding lost balls?”

“Aye, sir.”

“Right, then. Find one and let’s get the game started.”


“I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.”

Jackie Mason


A six-year-old ran up and down the supermarket aisles shouting frantically, “Marian, Marian!”

Finally reunited with his mother, he was chided by her, “You shouldn’t call me ‘Marian.’  I’m your mother, you know.”

“I know,” said the child, wise beyond his years, “but the store is full of mothers!”


“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.”

John Milton


Once upon a time there lived three men: a doctor, a chemist, and an engineer. All three had offended the king and were sentenced to die on the same day. The day of the execution arrived, and the doctor was led up to the guillotine. As he strapped the doctor to the guillotine, the executioner asked, “Head up or head down?”

“Head up,” said the doctor.

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, and z-z-z-z-ing! Down came the blade — and stopped barely an inch above the doctor’s neck. Well, the law stated that if an execution didn’t succeed the first time the prisoner had to be released, so the doctor was set free.

Then the chemist was led up to the guillotine. “Head up or head down?” said the executioner. “Head up.”

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, and z-z-z-z-ing! Down came the blade — and stopped an inch above the chemist’s neck. Well, the law stated that if the execution didn’t succeed the first time the prisoner had to be released, so the chemist was set free.

Finally the engineer was led up to the guillotine. “Head up or head down?”

“Head up.”

“Blindfold or no blindfold?”

“No blindfold.”

So the executioner raised the blade, but before he could cut the rope, the engineer yelled out: “WAIT! I see what the problem is!”


The predominant quality of successful people is optimism…. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.



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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