Ray's musings and humor


Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyam

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My spine doctor gave me a steroid shot in my spine to hopefully reduce pressure on a nerve. If it doesn’t work then they may have to do surgery. I am optimistic that I will be relatively pain free in a day or so.

Today is my day with the brain folks to make sure that all is well up there. When they are done I will have documentation that there is something there and that ought to quash the brainless rumors.

I am a little worn out so let’s see what was in the Daily eleven years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published on February 23, 2005

I worry about those who seem to always be unhappy. Some often tell me that others make them unhappy, I don’t think anyone makes us unhappy, we just let them do it. I am sure you have run into those who seem to revel in their unhappiness or at least are resigned to it. Maybe they should follow the advice of Tara D. Miller from Edmonton, Alberta. She suggests these four common sense ways to create a happy moment in each day:

  • Number One: The world of true wealth: friendship. Sunny and Cher had it right, “I got you to hold my hand, and I got you to understand. I got you to walk with me, and I got you to talk with me. I got you babe.” This song is true: everything feels better when there is someone there to help you through it. Try to feel bad when you are hugging your best friend, kissing your spouse, or remembering that funny thing you did when you were at that place, you know, the time when everyone was laughing! Go out and spend some time with your friends! If that is not possible, call an old friend on the phone.
  • Number Two: Be egocentric. The word egocentric is often negatively identified with being self-centered. Focusing on personal needs, rather then focusing on everyone and everything else. Feeding yourself so that you have something to give back to others. Reading something for sheer enjoyment, or watch a movie that you picked out. Getting away from the pressures of family and into a hot bath, or out on a trail. Centering on your own personal well-being. Truthfully, has anyone ever walked away from a spa and said: “All that relaxation has totally ruined my day”? Spend some time focusing on what brings you pleasure! Remember to relax!
  • Number Three: Be others focused. Have you ever graciously let someone cut in front of you on the freeway? A small task, but if you have done it, did you notice the sunlight dancing in your chest? Blessing others can be just that simple. Slowing down to notice other people’s needs and trying to meet them. Giving your empty cans to a transient person, listening to someone talk about their day, buying someone a coffee, or writing someone a note (maybe even a love note!). Remind yourself to perform an act of kindness!
  • Number Four: Get out there and do something! Too often life becomes a rut instead of an adventure. Sinking into the routine of life, and forgetting to experience life. Go to a concert! See how many samples you can eat in Costco before you are asked to leave! Sing in your car! Explore the countryside, or plan to go somewhere exotic! Learn a language, or how to play the guitar! Or, remember that thing you used to do, but you stopped because you got too old? Go out and do it! Stop being boring! Entertain yourself! Choose your own adventure!

She goes on to tell us that happiness is in us to enjoy! It is something that can be forgotten about, or remembered in each day. No one person, no one thing, or activity will make you happy. Happiness is something that needs to be chosen. It is knit into each person; the hard part is slowing down to experience it. It is not a cabin by the lake that is to be visited only on the weekends. It is the glow of your own heart. You can decide how brightly and how often happiness shines inside of you. Being happy in each day is something that you choose for yourself.

Happiness is not something that can be found, it is something that is created and refreshed from the inside out. Maybe the lure of Never-Never land has ceased to exist in the adult heart, but maybe we can choose to remember those happy thoughts moment by moment in each day.

So let others just try to make me unhappy if they wish, I choose happiness instead, and I am not going to let others take it away from me. Ray


What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.



The following quotes were allegedly taken from actual medical records as dictated by physicians: (maybe even yours?)

~ By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped and he was feeling better.

~ On the second day, the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.

~ The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.

~ Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.

~ Discharge status: Alive but without permission.

~ The patient refused an autopsy.

~ The patient expired on the floor uneventfully.

~ The patient’s medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

~ She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.

~ The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

~ She is numb from the toes down.

~ The skin was moist and dry.

~ When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the floor.


“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill


This Marine drill instructor, completely frazzled by the ineptitude of his recruits, burst into a blue streak of swearing hot enough to blister paint.  He broke off suddenly when he noticed one of the recruits had been talking in ranks.

“WHAT WAS THAT YOU SAID, RECRUIT??” the drill sergeant hollered.

In a quivering voice, the recruit replied, “I said, to myself, Drill Sergeant Sir, ‘if that sucker thinks I’m going to stand here and take his mess . . . well, he’s certainly an uncanny judge of character.”


First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi


The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. “Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.” At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.”

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.


Dear Sir,

Since taking your body building course, I now have a 44 inch chest, a 32 inch waist, 17 inch biceps and an 18 inch neck. I feel absolutely marvelous but at the same time, I do feel that my chances of marriage are spoiled.

Yours faithfully,

Mary Goldberg


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust


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.



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