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It’s a start

It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.

Jules Renard


Being more realistic than I often am I realized that it would take me 20 or so years to read all the books I have stored to read someday. When I added all the movies on discs and tapes that we have saved there would be no time for sleep anytime in the future. While immortality is tempting I have decided not to depend on it to provide me additional time. Fortunately my wife and I have gone into pre-downsizing mode so unloading excess is easier as well as letting us demonstrate that we are not going to wait for others to make our keep or pitch decisions.

While we are not dependent on our family to decide for us, we do have children and grandchildren who have stepped up to provide a good home for some of our stuff. So my component stereo system which has lain dormant for some time is off to a grandson at college in the south. My poet grandson has left with two bags of books. And my film expert grandson and his significant other are providing a home for a load of movies as well as a number of reference books on film and the arts. I am waiting for another grandson to hopefully find things what will please him.

This has been a healthy first step in our preparation to enjoy the next phase in our lives. Sure it is only a toe in the water but it is a pleasant start.

Here is a piece I am sure I sent you before but since I am in the graceful aging mode I thought I would send it to you again.

How to Stay Young

Author Unknown

  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
  4. Enjoy the simple things. 
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves (and GOD). Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants or hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER… Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


Age is totally unimportant. The years are really irrelevant. It’s how you cope with them.

Shirley Lord


Speaking of ways to live our lives, here are some alternatives that you might want to consider.

Follow your dream! Unless it’s the one where you’re at work in your underwear during a fire drill.

Each day enjoy something from each of the four food groups: the bonbon group, the salty-snack group, the caffeine group and the “What-ever- the-thing-in-the-tinfoil-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-is.”


She said: All men are idiots… I married their King.


Pete and Gladys were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store.  Pete says to the salesman, “We really like it, but I don’t think we can afford it.”

The salesman says, “You just make a small down payment.  Then you don’t make another payment for six months.”

Gladys wheeled around with her hands on her hips and says, “Who told you about us?”


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


At the airport for a business trip, I settled down to wait for the boarding announcement at Gate 35. Then I heard the voice on the public address system saying, “We apologize for the inconvenience, but Delta Flight 570 will board from Gate 41.”

So my family picked up our luggage and carried it over to Gate 41. Not ten minutes later the public address voice told us that Flight 570 would in fact be boarding from Gate 35.

So again we gathered our carry-on luggage and returned to the original gate. Just as we were settling down, the public address voice spoke again: “Thank you for participating in Delta’s physical fitness program.”


A well adjusted woman is one who not only knows what she wants for her birthday, but even knows what she’s going to exchange it for.


Top brass from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps were arguing about who had the bravest troops. They decided to settle the dispute using an enlisted man from each branch.

The Army General called a private over and ordered him to climb to the top of the base flagpole while singing “The Caissons Go Rolling Along,” then let go with both hands, and salute. The private quickly complied.

Next, the Admiral ordered a sailor to climb the pole, polish the brass knob at the top, sing “Anchors Aweigh,” salute smartly and jump off. The sailor did as he was told and landed on the concrete below.

Finally, the marine was told to do exactly as the army and navy men had done, but in full battle gear, pack filled with bricks, loaded weapon carried high. He took one look at the Marine General and said, “You’re out of your mind, sir!”

The marine commander turned to the others. “Now THAT’S guts!”


Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

John Lennon


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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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 more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Comments on: "It’s a start" (1)

  1. Will Teets said:

    Merry Christmas, Ray.

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