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A better Ray is back

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

David Carradine

! 00000 Be-Yourself-Brand

I am back and much better than I was last week. My spine Doctor’s steroid shot has helped a lot I am able to walk without a lot of pain. I don’t have the results of my brain scan (EEG) but they did verify that I am not brainless. Then on Thursday they replaced the lens in my right eye and I have been amazed at the results, I can see better now with no glasses then I did with glasses. The healing process will take a few more weeks but it all looks good.

So now I can start to adventure back out into an active world. I just need to decide what I can and will do. Here is an edited article that has meaning as I plan what’s next. While he talks about employment the same principles apply to other activities. In my case I need to avoid committing to things I won’t do well.

Be Where You Are

Byron Pulsifer

Do you dream and hope to be someplace else than where you are today?  If you do, you are not fully engaged in the here and now. You are losing an opportunity to be the best you can be right here and right now.  You need to act and be fully committed to where you are for the present is the place that all action takes place and not someplace else.  Your commitment to how you act, how you do things, and whether you are successful depends on everything in the present.

It is not wrong to have a set goal that can take you to other places in life whether that is a new career, or to a new business, it really doesn’t matter. But, what does matter is that you have to understand that what you do right now, in this day, will matter to what happens next.

Success here is the way you will demonstrate success there wherever that may be. There are no exceptions. It boils down to this: if you cannot work to your full capacity and do the absolute best job you can right now where you are you probably will not do the best job you can in whatever it is that you hope to end up.

Over the past few years, I have spoken to many people about their desires to have a different job or career. Some of these people were young adults and some were in their middle years. The common element became clear after several conversations and that element was that each person felt that they were in the wrong job and simply marking time doing a half-hearted job with just enough effort to keep their position. They all felt desperate to do something more worthwhile but were all at a loss about what they could do about their current situation. To each, there was absolutely no reason to expend more energy to their job.

In these situations, they all were guilty of demeaning their own current job to the point where they did not feel good about what they did, about their effort, or about themselves. The more they continued to work, the more they became depressed with barely enough energy to get out of bed in the morning to go to work. They were all in a downward spiral that certainly would not lead to feeling better nor with enough energy to look for other available options. What each person needed was a little resurrection of their own self-esteem so that the more they put into their current job, the more they would have the inner strength and capacity to develop a new plan to seek a new career. You have to feel good about yourself before you are able to step forward otherwise you are stepping backwards.

There is a lot to be accomplished where you are and if you cannot see it, you are missing the fact that there is much more to life.  It is something like thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence – not always the case. So, eat here until it is all gone and you are ready to move to a new pasture.


Knowing who you are takes pressure off. Just be you & let the chips fall where they may. Might surprise you to see who picks up the pieces.


The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.

When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, “The captain said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued.”


TEAMWORK…means never having to take all the blame yourself.


“Things We Learn From Children”

  • There is no such thing as child-proofing your house.
  • If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
  • A 4 year-old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
  • If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape.
  • It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.
  • Baseballs make marks on ceilings.
  • You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
  • When using the ceiling fan as a bat you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit.
  • A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
  • When you hear the toilet flush and the words “Uh-oh,” it’s already too late.
  • If you use a waterbed as home plate while wearing baseball shoes it does not leak — it explodes.
  • A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 square foot house 4 inches deep.
  • Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a four year old. Duplos will not.
  • Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same sentence.
  • Super glue is forever.


My idea of cleaning the house is sweeping the floor with a glance.


A stalwart Vermont farmer bought some land that was still just as it had been before the Pilgrims landed.  He dug up hundreds of stones and built a fence; cut down trees to create a clearing; built a house and a small barn; cleared land for pasture, dug a well and over several years just generally worked his fingers to the bone in creating a small, neat, productive farm.

Eventually his pastor came out for a visit and marvelled rather fulsomely, and at great length, at all that “you and God have done together.”

“Eh,” the farmer said dubiously.  “Ya shoulda seen the place when God ran it on his own.”


A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all.


Haircuts–The difference between men and women

Women’s version:

Woman 2:  Oh!  You got a haircut!  That’s so cute!

Woman 1:  Do you think so?  I wasn’t sure when she gave me the mirror.  I mean, you don’t think it’s too fluffy looking?

Woman 2:  Oh Gosh, no!  No, it’s perfect.  I’d love to get my hair cut like that, but I think my face is too wide. I’m pretty much stuck with this stuff I think.

Woman 1:  Are you serious?  I think your face is adorable. And you could easily get one of those layer cuts–that would look so cute I think.  I was actually going to do that except that I was afraid it would accent my long neck.

Woman 2:  Oh–that’s funny!  I would love to have your neck!  Anything to take attention away from this two-by-four I have for a shoulder line.

Woman 1:  Are you kidding?  I know girls that would love to have your shoulders.  Everything drapes so well on you. I mean, look at my arms–se how short they are?  If I had your shoulders I  could get clothes to fit me so much easier.

Men’s version:

Man 2:  Haircut?

Man 1:  Yeah.


Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel


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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