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Make today be a good day

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

Marcus Aurelius

! 000000 Be Positive

If you are like I am there are days that are not all that easy. Seems that often these days when my mind sends my body an order it responds with “You must be kidding!.” I usually have enough positive mental thoughts going that I am patient long enough for my body to tough it out and get me moving.

With the external strife, physical challenges and the like it is important for me, and I suspect for you to stay positive. When we start to feel sorry for ourselves we take the risk of slipping down the slope that leads to depression. I am glad that you and I don’t have to let that happen if we choose happiness over unhappiness.

A few years ago Jessica Lee wrote an article that included some tips on staying positive. Here are some that I think have merit:

Ways to Encourage Positive Thinking

  • Stop saying, “I can’t.” If you hear it too often, you’ll convince yourself it’s true. Instead, say, “I’ll try my hardest,” or, “I’ll do my best.”
  • When you start to feel overwhelmed with negative thoughts, force yourself to focus on positive things. Look around you and appreciate the simple things—even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Assume the best. Don’t go into a project with a negative mindset, convinced you will fail. Approach each task knowing that you have the power to succeed.
  • Look for the silver lining. Bad things happen; as much as you try to prevent those situations from happening, they will. When they do, look for the silver lining.
  • Sit up! Slouching is bad for your posture and your attitude.
  • Write down your negative thoughts. You may be able to detect a pattern.
  • Write down your successes. Once you stop to think about it, you’ll realize there are a lot more good things happening in your life than you thought.
  • Help someone else. Often times, we get too wrapped up in our own drama. We forget how fortunate we really are. Volunteer to help a good cause.
  • Take a class. Often times, we feel overwhelmed by all the things we need to do. Adding one more event to your daily (or weekly) routine might seem counterintuitive. But learning something new can help your brain stay active.
  • Go somewhere new. Explore things you’ve never noticed before. Venture down a new walking path, eat at a new restaurant, visit an art gallery.
  • Don’t make excuses. Whether you voice them out loud or simply pass them off in your thinking, don’t make excuses for your behavior—or anyone else’s.
  • Look at old pictures. Remember the good ol’ days.
  • Just smile–even if it is for no reason at all. Bad things can’t possibly seem as devastating if you’re smiling.


You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer


A young executive is working late one evening. As he comes out of his office about 8 PM he sees the Big Boss standing by the shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand. “Do you know how to work this thing?” the older man asks. “My secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it.” “Yes, sir,” says the young executive, who turns on the machine, takes the paper from the other man, and feeds it in. “Now,” says his boss, “I just need the one copy…”


All men have the same amount of hormones. If you want to use yours growing hair, that’s your business. – Baldy


She said: I’m A Senior Citizen

I’m the life of the party…even when it lasts till 8 p.m.

I’m very good at opening child-proof caps with a hammer.

I’m usually interested in going home before I get to where I’m going.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a word you are saying.

I’m so cared for: Long term care, Eye care, Private care, Dental care . . .

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a secure place.

I’m realizing that aging is not for sissies.

I’m going to reveal what goes on behind closed doors . . .Absolutely nothing!

I’m sure they are making adults much younger these days.

I’m in the initial stage of my golden years: SS, CD’s, IRA’s, AARP. . .

I’m wondering . . If you’re only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?

I’m a walking storeroom of facts . . . I’ve just lost the storeroom.


Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself.



Doug:  I know you’re crazy about that little daughter of yours.  What are you going to do when she starts to date?

Bill:  I figure I’ll take the first young man aside, put my arm around his shoulder, and pull him close to me so that only he can hear.  Then I’ll say, “Do you see that sweet, little young lady?  She’s my only daughter, and I love her very much.  If you were thinking about touching, kissing, or being physically affectionate to her in any way, just remember this:  I don’t mind going BACK to prison.”


I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.

Fran Lebowitz


A person enters a service station and asks for the quickest way to get to Oak St.

The attendant says, “Are you walking or driving?”

The person says, “Driving.”

The attendant responds, “That’s the quickest way”.


Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, “You’re only interested in one thing,” and you can’t remember what it is.

Milton Berle


A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards.

She says to the clerk, “May I have 50 Chanukah stamps?”

The clerk says, “What denomination?”

The woman says, “Oh my God. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform.”


“Today is a new beginning, a chance to turn your failures into achievements & your sorrows into so goods. No room for excuses.”

Joel Brown


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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