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Don’t sweat it

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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NOTE: I will be on assignment Wednesday and Thursday so the next Daily will be on Friday.

One of the things that makes life difficult for some of us is stress, The good news is that stress can be managed. Here are excerpts from an article by Dr. Samantha Boardman that can tell you how.


Doctors keep telling us to get rid of the stress in our lives but, for most of us, this is an unrealistic option. Unless you are planning to move to a desert island any time soon, stress is an inevitable part of daily life. The key is learning how to manage it and to make the most of it.

The good news is, with a little patience and perseverance, you can learn to become stress-hardy. Create a personal reservoir of resilience to inoculate you against setbacks and keep you strong, even in the face of stress. Here’s how:

Hold the door open for a stranger

Studies show that when we help others we help ourselves. Small gestures like opening a door for a stranger, holding the elevator, bringing a co-worker coffee and asking someone if they need help mitigate daily stress.

Take the stairs

Exercise plays a key role in dampening the effects of stress. Do your best to build more movement into every day.

Grin and bear it

Smiling during stressful moments can reduce your body’s physical and mental response to stress.

Be a social butterfly

Fight the temptation to withdraw into a cocoon by scheduling specific times to meet up with friends. No, “let’s get together soon.”

Write a thank-you note

Expressing gratitude makes you feel mentally stronger. It also reduces frustration and irritability.

Nature calls

A walk in the park is an excellent antidote for stress. It also reduces rumination and has a calming effect on the body and mind.

Be your own voice of reason

Studies show when you talk to yourself positively in the third person—i.e.,“Samantha, you can do it!”—you increase confidence and reduce the effects of stress.

Leave a fruit bowl on the table

A readily available healthy snack will increase the likelihood of you making a healthy choice and avoiding junk food. A healthy diet keeps you physically and mentally strong.

Sleep on it

Make sleep a priority. The more sleep you get, the more resilient you will be.

Be in learning mode

When a setback arises, ask yourself, “what can I learn from this?” Framing the setback as a temporary challenge rather than a permanent roadblock will help you navigate your way through it.

Make stress your friend

The way you think about stress matters. A positive mindset about stress is linked with better health and greater life-satisfaction. Think about stress as positive energy you can use. Next time you have to give a speech, remind yourself that “the jitters” are your body telling you that you’re energized and ready to meet the challenge.


Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.

Marilu Henner


He said: As the manager of our hospital’s softball team, I was responsible for returning equipment to the proper owners at the end of the season. When I walked into the surgery department carrying a bat that belonged to one of the surgeons, I passed several patients and their families in a waiting area. “Look, honey,” one man said turning to his wife. “Here comes your anesthesiologist.”


Ask me about my vow of silence.


13 Laws of Work

  1. The first 90% of project takes 90% of the time, the last 10% takes the other 90% of the time.
  2. Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  3. After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
  4. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
  5. Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
  6. Keep your boss’s boss off your boss’s back.
  7. Never delay the ending of a meeting.
  8. If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
  9. If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  10. When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
  11. Following the rules will not get the job done.
  12. Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
  13. The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.


When I was a kid history was called current affairs.


While I was dining out with my children, a man came over to our table, and we started talking.  He asked where my kids go to school.  I told him we home-schooled them.  With a raised eyebrow, he asked if my husband is the sole breadwinner for our family.

I said, “No, I also work out of our home.”

Then, noticing our two-month-old son, he mentioned that his daughter had just had a baby, and he wondered what hospital our son was born in.

“He was born at home,” I answered.

The man looked at me and then said, “Wow, you don’t get out much, do you?”


She asked, “Are these your eyeballs? I found them in my cleavage.”


A very dirty little fellow came in from playing in the yard and asked his mother, “Who am I? ” Ready to play the game she said, “I don’t know!

Who are you?” “WOW!” cried the child. “Mrs. Johnson was right! She said I was so dirty, my own mother wouldn’t recognize me!”


“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”

Dean Smith


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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