Ray's musings and humor

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”

Lemony Snicket

! how-to-start-the-day

How are you doing this morning? I hope you are going to have a good day. I know I hope I am going to as well. Yesterday was somewhat a bust as my dentist gave my four shots of Novocain in hopes of finding a nerve that he had to deaden to do the work. Long story short he never did and we try again next week. The visit was far from painless though as I struggled getting out of the chair as my back pain took me down.

This afternoon I meet with the Spine Pain Specialist who I hope has better luck. Being limited to sleeping and sitting in a recliner keeping me locked up is getting old. If this is some sort of penance for bad behavior I sure wish I would remember what I did and if whatever it was fun. The good news is that almost everything that lies ahead will not seem as bad as it might of if I had not learned how really bad can be.

The following might work for you, but today I am too busy managing my pain to try it.

How to Start The Day Happy

What you do the first thing in the morning, has the capability to make or break your day. How to start the day? Some may work for you and others may not. Included in the list, are some ways which some of our successful people used to start their day with.

So, first thing, first.

Alarm, Snooze and Fight – You wouldn’t have to face the dilemma every morning, whether to embrace the quilt for another few moments or to get up this moment, waiting for the deadlines to swoosh by and then rushing through the morning chores, if and only if, you’d go to bed early. Place the alarm away from the bed, so that you’ve to get up to turn it off. Fill your room with soothing light, color, flowers, fragrance or anything that grabs your attention. I’d recommend not to use your Smartphone as an alarm!

Plan It A Night Before – Before you go to bed, 10 minute planning for the next morning, would change the morning routine for good. What are you going to wear, documents/backpack/car-keys, could be arranged a night before. 10 minute planning, organizing things could be a good turning point of your day.

Exercise – Yoga, 2-5 minute stretching, or even a walk/run would wrap an invisible positive coat that would shield you all day long. It boosts your immune system.

Appreciate the New Day – Every day is a new start. One minute prayer, or just words of appreciation hummed in heart, sends a positive message out into the universe. Or you could appreciate the things/person you like. Be grateful for things you own, the company of friends/people you enjoy.

Smile 🙂 – And you don’t need no reason.

Shower – Warm/Hot/Cool, whatever is comfortable and activates your body, whatever that get you out of sleep mode. If done right after waking up, this is one of the best way to start the day.

Visualize the day over coffee/tea – Visualize how you will make your day while sipping coffee. A thought or a rough planning of the things you’d fill your day with, brings things in perspective.

No Email, No Notification – In the morning, when mind is creative, it’s always better to get important things done than wasting this precious time over Facebook, Twitter or Emails. This is the time for the most important work. It could be writing a new article, or solving the problem at hands or devising new ideas and ways to do certain things.

Read – If time allows, you could read something inspirational or some jokes that would set the day in motion. When I said “read”, it doesn’t include “news”.

Rich Breakfast – Whatever suits your system. Though, I’d recommend high-fibre breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit and low-fat protein. And, do not skip it at any cost.


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”

Steve Maraboli


Preacher: “How come I never see you in church anymore, Morris?”

Morris: “There are too many hypocrites there, Reverend.”

Preacher: “Don’t worry, Morris; there’s always room for one more.”


“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

Sidney J. Harris


My brother wants me to find him a summer job. He asked me to check with my boss, my friends, my business associates.  Then he asked me to run off 100 copies of his resume, call up the employment agencies, and write an ad for the Positions Wanted section of the newspaper. I asked him what he wanted to call himself in the ad. He said, “A self-starter!”


“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”

Glenn Turner


Jane walked into a pharmacy, strolled over to the counter, and caught the pharmacist’s attention. “Can I please get some arsenic?” she asked.

“Arsenic? What do you want arsenic for?” asked the pharmacist.

“It’s for my husband,” she replied.

“Your husband?” exclaimed the pharmacist, “I hope you don’t mean what I think you mean!”

She just nodded.

“Well, lady,” he replied, “I’m an honest man. I can’t sell you arsenic, I wouldn’t if I could, and I don’t know what made you think you could just stroll into a respectable store and expect me me to sell you arsenic!”

She didn’t say a word. She just reached into her purse, fished out a photograph, and handed it across the counter. It was a picture of her husband, in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.

Slowly the pharmacist looks up, over the counter, and then straight at her. “Lady,” he said, “why didn’t you tell me you had a prescription?”


Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before him.

Mark Twain


A minister was opening his mail one morning.  Drawing a single sheet of paper from an envelope he found written on it only one word:  “FOOL”.

The next Sunday he announced, “I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their name.

“But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter.”


At the Olympics a man went up to a competitor who was carrying a very long pole.

“Are you a pole vaulter?”

“No, I’m German, but how did you know my name is Walter?”


Suzanne and Lorna were talking about their work. “I hate filing,” Lorna said, “No matter how careful I am, I can never find the papers I’m looking for. I forget where I have filed them.”

“I used to have that problem too, but no more,” Suzanne replied, “Now I make 26 copies of everything I type and file one under each letter of the alphabet. That way, I can’t miss it!”


If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.



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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