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Do you like you as much as I do?

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”

Gautama Buddha


As you know I get concerned about folks who don’t give themselves enough credit. We all need to like ourselves and quit putting ourselves down. Here are some ideas we all could use to boost our self-appreciation. I got them from a post entitled How to find the good in yourself published on the Positively Present blog.

THINK DIFFERENTLY. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes easier to be hard on yourself than it is to lift yourself up, but if you want to love yourself, you have to change your mindset. You have to believe that you’re worthy of love, and you have to actively seek out good things about who you are. Changing the way you think about yourself is the first (and most essential!) step to finding the good in yourself.

APPRECIATE THE PAST. One of the hardest parts of self-love is not beating yourself up for things you’ve done, said, been in the past. We all have things we’re not super proud of, but clinging to these things can get in the way of finding the good in the present moment. If you struggle to embrace your past, remember this: everything that happened in the past made you the person you am today. That, in itself, is a reason to appreciate it.

GIVE IN TO YOUR DESIRES. Of course, not every desire should be indulged, but, when it comes to finding the good in yourself, it’s important to treat yourself to the things in life that make you happy. Consider what inspires you, delights you, or fills you with excitement. These are the things you love, and recognizing these can give you insight into who you are — and show you what you deserve to indulge in.

SET YOUR GUILT FREE. We all make mistakes — that’s a part of life. Looking at them (and overanalyzing them) can really make you cringe, so why dabble in that negativity? Instead, recognize what you’ve done wrong, resolve to change your behavior in the future, and move forward with the knowledge that you are a self-aware and thoughtful person. Guilt is a huge waste of time, and the less of it you have in your life, the more self-love you’ll cultivate. (Another way to avoid guilt: ask yourself before you do something you’re unsure about, “Will I feel guilty about this later?”)

BE PROUD OF YOURSELF. It can be tough to be proud of yourself without feeling as if you’re boastful, but it’s okay to remind yourself how awesome you are every once and awhile. It’s okay to admit that you did an amazing job on something or accomplished something you never thought you could. When you celebrate yourself and your achievements, you’re focusing on the really good things about you — and that’s going to make self-love a lot easier!

Finding the good in yourself can be an uphill battle at times, but never, ever give up on the idea of self-love. When you love, appreciate, and respect who you are, everything in your life changes for the better. Your relationships are stronger. Your work is more brilliant. You feel braver and better and more in love with simply being you, just as you are. 


“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

Michel de Montaigne


Phil and Jill had been married for many years but now were in divorce court. The judge asked, “Phil, is it true that the last three years of your marriage, you did not speak to Jill?”

Phil replies, “Yes Judge, that is correct.”

“And how do you explain this unusual conduct?” the judge inquires.

Phil replies, “I didn’t want to interrupt her, Your Honor.  Momma always said that’s impolite!”


A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.


A farmer and his hired man were eating breakfast at a local diner. Thinking of all the work they had to get done that day, and that stopping for meals wasted time, the farmer told the hired hand that he might as well go ahead and eat his dinner here, too. The hired man didn’t say a word, but gladly filled his plate a second time and proceeded to eat. After awhile, the farmer said, “You know, we’ve got so much work to do today, you might as well eat your supper now, too.” Again, the hired man didn’t respond, but refilled his plate a third time and continued eating. Finally, after finishing his third plate of food, the hired man pushed back his chair and began to take off his shoes. “Hey, what are doing?” the farmer asked. The hired man replied, “I don’t work after supper.”


Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.

Woody Allen


You may have heard the old joke about Shirley, the Jewish mother in NYC, who brought her 6 year old boy to the psychoanalyst, who diagnosed: “Nothing much wrong with your son, just a slight Oedipus complex.

Said Shirley the mom… “Oedipus, schmedipus, the important thing is that he loves his mother”


A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

The Wizard to the Tin Man


On their 50th wedding anniversary, the couple summed up the reason for their long and happy marriage.

The husband said, “I have tried never to be selfish.  After all, there is no “I” in the word ‘marriage.'”‘

The wife said, “For my part, I have never corrected my husband’s spelling.”


All people smile in the same language.


Tammy was waiting with the cart, browsing in the small appliances aisle, while Doug gathered a few last-minute items. When Doug returned, Tammy was facing the opposite direction, so Doug silently approached and gave her a playful pat on the fanny.

Without turning around she said, “That had better be my husband but if it’s not, I shop here every Tuesday.”


There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM.

It could be a right number. Think about this…


A C-141 cargo plane was preparing for departure from Thule Air Base in Greenland, and they were waiting for the truck to arrive to pump out the aircraft’s sewage holding tank.

The aircraft commander was in a hurry, the truck was late in arriving, and the airman performing the job was extremely slow in getting the tank pumped out.

When the commander berated the airman for his slowness and promised punishment, the airman responded, “Sir, I have no stripes, it is 20 below zero, I’m stationed in Thule, and I’m pumping sewage out of airplanes. Just what are you going to do to punish me?”


“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

Golda Meir


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.


I have few regrets, do you?

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.”

 Jonathan Larson quotes


Well we made it through another week and mine was trouble free. Mother’s day included time with children, grandchildren and our always entertaining great grandson. The tranquil days included the scents of spring accompanied by mostly mild weather. As I recalled that nothing special had occurred I realized that that in itself was special.

I needed the reminder that living a life in relative comfort without the challenges that the majority of the folks we share the earth with is a great luxury. I have friends, family, food on the table and a home to live in. I am truly blessed. It is a shame that I sometimes don’t appreciate all I have as much as I should.

So there is no “Woe is me” or regrets. We waste too much time regretting, there is little use in agonizing over the past.

Here is an old favorite story by an unknown author that I like.

Regret City

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. This is my annual “Guilt Trip.”

I got tickets to fly there on “WISH-I-HAD” airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my “baggage,” which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was loaded down with a thousand memories of “what might have been.” No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the “Last Resort” Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event — the annual “Pity Party.” I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the “Done” family; you know, “Should Have,” “Would Have” and “Could Have.” Then came the “I Had” family. You probably know old “Wish” and his clan. Of course, the “Opportunities” family; “Missed and Lost,” would be present. The biggest family there would be the “Yesterday’s.”

There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Of course, “Shattered Dreams” would surely make and appearance. “It’s Their Fault” family would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in their life. Each story would be loudly applauded by the “Don’t Blame Me” and “I Couldn’t Help It” committee.

To make a long story short, I went to this depressing party, knowing full well there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that this trip and subsequent “pity parties” COULD be cancelled by ME!

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. And I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as being encouraging.

Knowing this, I left Regret City immediately, and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to Regret City, please cancel all those reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a nice place called: “Starting Again.” I like it so much that I made it my permanent residence. My neighbors, the “Been Forgiven” and the “We’re Saved” are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around the heavy baggage anymore either. That load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. But don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself


“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”

 Fulton Oursler


At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.

“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”

“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.


My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers. Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience.

“Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.

The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”


“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ”

Douglas MacArthur


The poor Jewish tailor is beside himself with worry. His wife is very ill and he wants the best doctor in town to treat her. But the doctor is somewhat reluctant because the tailor is so poor and, it being unlikely that his wife could be saved, the tailor might not pay him should his wife die. However, the tailor promises he will pay anything, no matter whether the doctor cures his wife or kills her!

This is sufficient for the doctor and he agrees. Unfortunately, the doctor cannot save her and the tailor’s wife dies. However, when the doctor’s bill arrives the tailor refuses to pay it despite his promise. After much argument, the doctor and the tailor agree to let the Rabbi decide the case since they both are, after all, Jewish.

The doctor puts his case to the Rabbi that the tailor promised to pay “no matter whether the doctor cured his wife or killed her.”

After much thought the Rabbi asks the doctor, “Did you cure her?”

“No,” admitted the doctor.

“And did you kill her?” “I certainly did not,” expostulated the doctor.

“In that case,” said the Rabbi, “the tailor has no case to answer because you fulfilled neither of the conditions on which you agreed that the fee should be paid.”


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy


A man who had been in a mental institution for some years finally improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The psychiatrist that ran the institution decided it was better to proceed with caution, and chose to interview him first. “Tell me,” said the doctor, “if we release you, as we are considering, what do you plan to do with your life?”

The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life, and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you see, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped to put me here. If I am released, I shall limit myself to work in pure theory, where I believe the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”

“Wonderful,” said the psychiatrist.

“Or else,” continued the patient, “I might teach. There is something to be said for dedicating your life to expanding the knowledge of young people.”

“Definitely,” said the psychiatrist.

“Then again, I might write. There is always a need for books on science, or I may even write a novel based on my experiences in the psychiatric institution.”

“Another interesting possibility,” agreed the doctor.

“And finally, if none of these things appeals to me, I can always continue to be a teakettle.”


Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand without regret for the past or worry over the future.

William de Witt Hyde


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.


You doing OK?

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.

Cynthia Nelms


I hope all is well with you and that you are at least as happy as I choose to be. I have found that by keeping things in perspective I have learned that most of what I let bother me in the past really were not that important. Being able to quickly unload bothersome events and issues allows me to focus on how good things really are.

I hope you seldom get blinded by your troubles so that you can concentrate on being happy. Life is too short to spend time wallowing in misery. Here is some food for thought from Marc Chernoff.

The pursuit of happiness is about finding meaning.

Pursuing happiness is not at all the same as being happy, which is a fleeting feeling dependent on momentary circumstances.  If the sun is shining, by all means bask in it.  Happy times are great and often fun-filled, but happy times pass, because time passes.  This is something we rarely grasp at first.

The lifelong pursuit of happiness, on the other hand, is more elusive; it’s not based on a particular outcome.  What you are really pursuing is meaning – living a meaningful life.  It starts with your “why.”  (Why are you doing what you’re doing with your life?)  When your “why” is meaningful, you are pursuing happiness.  There will be times when things go so wrong that you barely feel alive.  And there will also be times when you realize that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a lifeless existence for eighty years on someone else’s terms.  The pursuit isn’t all or nothing; it’s all AND nothing, with ups and downs and worthwhile lessons along the way.

In other words, happiness comes most easily when you know what you’re doing, believe in what you’re doing, and love what you’re doing (and who you’re doing it with), regardless of how things turn out.


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Openheim


While a small child, I once became lost at the mall.I found a policeman, and asked him to help me find my parents.

After searching for some time, I said to him through tears, “Do you think we’ll ever find them?”

He said, “I don’t know kid. It’s a big mall, and there are so many places they can hide.”


“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

Wayne Dyer


A college student has been thrown out of his apartment for not paying his rent, so he sends an e-mail to his father. “Please send money. I’m in the street.”

The father replies, “Have no money. Watch out for cars.”


Love doesn’t really make the world go round, but it makes the ride worthwhile.



State-of-the-art: Any computer you can’t afford.

Obsolete: Any computer you own.

Microsecond: The time it takes for your state-of-the-art computer to become obsolete.

Syntax Error: Walking into a computer store and saying, “Hi, I want to buy a computer and money is no object.”

Hard Drive: The sales technique employed by computer salesmen, especially after a Syntax Error.

Keyboard: The standard way to generate computer errors.

Mouse: An advanced input device to make computer errors easier to generate.

Portable Computer: A device invented to force businessmen to work at home, on vacation, and on business trips.

Disk Crash: A typical computer response to any critical deadline.

System Update: A quick method of trashing ALL of your software.


A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.


An old Jewish man, Mr. Goldberg, dies and his family is planning the funeral. The local rabbi, they discover, is on a trip to Israel. After many telephone calls, they manage to reach a rabbi from the next town; he agrees to officiate at the funeral the next day. After chanting the “Kaddish” and “El Molay Rachamim” the rabbi begins his eulogy.

“We are here to mourn the passing of our friend, Mr. Goldberg, a respected citizen and honored member of the community,” Suddenly, an old man jumps up and says, “What are you talking about, Rabbi? This man was a gonnif, a momzer, and would cheat his own grandmother for fifty cents!

“The rabbi decides to take another approach, “We are here to mourn the passing of our friend Mr. Goldberg, a patron of the synagogue and dedicated Talmudic scholar.”

Again the old man jumps up and says, “Are you meshuggeh, Rabbi? This man hasn’t been in a shul since his bar mitzvah!”

Again, the rabbi begins his eulogy, “We are here to mourn the passing of our friend, Mr. Goldberg, a loving husband and dedicated father.” Once again the old man jumps up and says, “Rabbi, you obviously didn’t know Goldberg. He cheated on his wife whenever he could and he never had time to spend with his children!”

At this point, the rabbi is at a loss for words. Finally, he says, “My friends, have we not as Jews suffered from the insults and prejudices of our neighbors? Must we stoop to their level and speak ill of our own people? Surely, there is someone in this congregation who knew Mr. Goldberg and can say something good and kind about his life.”

After an entire minute of silence, the old man stands up again and says, “His brother was worse!”


Heredity is something parents comfortably believe in, if they have a bright child.


A mouse returned to his cage from the laboratory and told a fellow mouse, “I’ve finally got Dr. Snooker trained.”

“You have?” asked the other.

“Yes, explained the first mouse. “Every time I press down a bar, he gives me food.”


Happiness is the place between too little and too much.


She said: I noticed my husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. Thinking he was trying to weigh less with this maneuver, I commented, “I don’t think that is going to help.”

“Sure it does,” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers…”


Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.

Author Unknown


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.


Next time will be better

“To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.”


Not too long ago I shared with you a list of life principles compiled by a fellow in India. Yesterday I was sent a list of 40 tips for a better life from someone else. The list is too long to put it all in today’s Daily but I do want to share with you those that that I think have real merit.

Tips for a Better Life

Life is made up of good and bad lessons we accumulate along the way. In order to understand it, we must separate it into a few domains, each with their own lessons to teach us. This list of good advice was given by a group of people from all ages. So here are great tips for a great life!

  • Eat your breakfast like kings, lunch like princes, and dinner like beggars.
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods made in factories.
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  • Don’t compare your life to those of others. You have no idea what their journey actually looks like.
  • Don’t waste time on negative thoughts or things you cannot change. Instead, divert your energy to a positive moment in the present.
  • You don’t have to win EVERY argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You may already have all you need, but if not, envy won’t get it for you.
  • Forget past events and don’t remind your partners of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present happiness. The past should stay in the past.-
  • Life’s too short to hate people. Don’t hate in vain.
  • No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
  • Smile more. Laugh more.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously, no one else will!
  • Every day give or do something good for another. Even if it’s as small as holding a door for someone. Add to the good in the world.
  • Forgive everyone, for everything. At least try.
  • Try to make at least three people smile, every day.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or brings you enjoyment.
  • Forgiveness heals all wounds.
  • The best is yet to come.
  • When you wake up alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace it.
  • Never forget to enjoy the time you have, the moment you are experiencing, and the people that share these things with you!


Do more than belong: participate.

Do more than care: help.

Do more than believe: practice.

Do more than be fair: be kind.

Do more than forgive: forget.

Do more than dream: work.

    William Arthur Ward


On his first visit to the zoo, a little boy stared at the caged stork for a long time. He waved, jumped up and down, and stared at the stork a while longer. Finally, turning to his father, he exclaimed, “Gee, Dad, he doesn’t recognize me.” (Kids use to be told that the stork brought them)


Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.


Jill wanted a divorce from Todd.  The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”

“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”

“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”

“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”

“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”

“I didn’t know it before I married him.”

Todd shouted out, “She did too!”


Education gets you the only important thing in life. An assigned parking space.


While attending a convention, three psychiatrists take a walk. “People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,” one says, “but we have no one to go to with our own problems.”

“Since we’re all professionals,” another suggests, “why don’t we hear each other out right now?”

They agreed this is a good idea. The first psychiatrist confesses, “I’m a compulsive shopper and deeply in debt, so I usually over bill my patients as often as I can.”

The second admits, “I have a drug problem that’s out of control, and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs for me.”

The third psychiatrist says, “I know it’s wrong, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t keep a secret.”


In my day, we didn’t have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.


An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair.  One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


There are only two things to worry about.

Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about.

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about.

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well, there is nothing to worry about.

If you die, there are only two things to worry about.

Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with friends you wouldn’t have time to worry!


“You don’t need to wait for that second chance, because every second is a chance to change your life for the better.”

Jeanette Coron


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.


Life goes on, are you enjoying the ride?

It doesn’t matter what happened in the past or what will happen in future what matters the most is that what you are doing in your present.

Anurag Prakash Ray


One of the good things in my life is how my children are helping my wife and I organize our important papers while updating our legal documents. We are also making sure we have provided them access to our accounts and valuables. Knowing they have the ability to step in if we become too infirm to do all that needs to be done is a relief.

It has also been a good time to reflect on our long lives as well as the days ahead. Too many of us never get to doing what we can do to make our later years better than they otherwise might be. Here is some food for thought worth considering

What Will Matter

Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.


Twenty years from now it won’t matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked, or what kind of jeans you bought. What will matter is what you learned and how you used it.

 Ritu Ghatourey


This is why we trail so many countries in math…I was sitting in a cafeteria recently, next to a woman who was engrossed in her newspaper. One of the headlines blared: “12 Brazilian Soldiers Killed.” She shook her head at the sad news.

Then, turning to me, asked, “How many is a Brazilian?”


If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

Bob Hope.


“Things A Gal Doesn’t Want To Hear Her Blind Date Say:”

“I really feel that I’ve grown in the past few years. Used to be I wouldn’t have given someone like you a second look.”

“Nice outfit. Is that a wonder-bra?”

“I never thought I’d look at a woman again but my last boyfriend broke my heart, so I said to myself ‘come on, give it another try’ ”

“I really don’t like this restaurant that much, but I wanted to use this 2-for-1 coupon before it expired.”

“I used to come here all the time with my ex.”

“It’s been tough, but I’ve come to accept that most people I date just won’t be as smart as I am.”

“How come you are so much fatter than your sister, anyway?”


There was a typo on a test I was taking. Instead of “(D) none of the above,” it said “(D) one of the above.” So I circled it.


An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, “Stop! Acts 2:38!” (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven.)

The burglar stopped in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”

“Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an ax and two 38’s!”


“A new poll reveals that 56% of Americans believe that Wal-Mart is bad for the country, while the other 44% work there.”

Amy Poehler


A computer instructor for an adult-education program at a community college became keenly aware of the gap in computer knowledge between his younger and older students.

His observations were confirmed the day a new student walked into their library area and glanced at the encyclopedia volumes stacked on a bookshelf.

“What are all these books?” he asked.

Somewhat surprised, the instructor replied that they were encyclopedias.

“Really?” he said. Someone printed out the whole thing?”


Life can be only understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.


The featured guest on a local radio talk show was a woman who owned a home-cleaning service. After she described what her clients could expect, the program’s telephone lines were opened to the audience. The first caller struck to the heart of every woman who had ever contemplated employing such a service.

Her question: “How much cleaning do I have to do before your people come?”


“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then, will be people.”

Max Lucado


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.


Let’s have coffee

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.

Henry Van Dyke

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Last Saturday I attended a celebration of a good friend’s graduation from Butler University. Our friendship over the years included many meals where we discussed the world, our thoughts and our lives. I really enjoyed these meetings as it allowed me to better know my friend and also allowed me to understand the world of a generation a lot younger than mine. I am hoping that as he goes on to the next phase of his life he will still have time for us to visit occasionally. Oh, by the way my good friend is one of my grandsons.

As I have aged I have come to understand just how important friendships are to our wellbeing. There are few pains worse than lonesomeness, I am grateful for all those have given me the gift of their friendship many who now only live in my memory. The good news is there are always new friends awaiting those who look for them. If you could use a few more here are some tips I picked up from the Very Wll blog that may help.

How to Make New Friends

  1. Before you try to make new friends, it is important to spend some time working on yourself. The more well-rounded a person you are, the easier it will be to talk with others. Brush up on current events, take up a new hobby; anything that you can do to become more comfortable with who you are will make it easier to make friends. Find out what you are passionate about in order to find like-minded people.
  2. The second step in making friends is finding potential friends. When looking for potential friends, the best places to start are also the easiest. Do you work with others? Do you know someone who has a large circle of friends? Could you join a group or organization to increase the number of people that you are in contact with?

It is important not to be too picky in the beginning. Anyone could be a potential friend; first impressions are not necessarily the best indicators of who could become a long-term friend. Consider asking a coworker to lunch, joining a book club at the library or volunteering at a local non-profit to meet new people and potential friends.

  1. Make sure to get contact information for the people that you meet. Whether it’s their cell phone number or a link to their social media pages, find a way to reach out to them.
  2. The most critical step in making friends is both accepting invitations and making plans with others. Do your best not to turn down any invitations. If you turn people down often enough they will stop asking you to do things. By the same token, you shouldn’t always expect the other person to make plans. Though making plans can be a challenging task for those with SAD, it is important to show others that you are interested in them and want to get together.
  3. Once you have begun to form friendships, it is important to stay in touch. Over time you will come to learn how often certain people stay in touch. Be sure to do your part to contact your new friends and make plans. With the ease of online communication, there isn’t any reason why you can’t keep in touch with those that you meet.


I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

Charles R. Swindoll


A young married couple lived in a cheap housing complex.  Their chief complaint was that the walls were paper-thin and that they had no privacy.  This was painfully obvious when one morning the husband was upstairs and the wife was downstairs on the telephone.  She was interrupted by the doorbell and went to greet her neighbor.

“Give this to your husband,” he said thrusting a roll of toilet paper into her hands.  “He’s been yelling for it for 15 minutes!”


You know you’re getting older when your favorite pickup line is, “Do you come here often, and do you know CPR?


Fifteen days ago, I read that smoking can kill you; The next day I stopped smoking.

Twelve days ago, I read that too much red meat can kill you; The next day I stopped eating red meat.

Eight days ago, I read that drinking can kill you; the next day I stopped drinking.

Yesterday, I read that having sex can kill you;  this morning I stopped reading.


The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

Carl Sagan


The doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all her medicines. The young doctor’s eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills. “Mrs. Jones, do you realize these are birth control pills?

“Yes, they help me sleep at night.”

“I assure you, NOTHING in these could possibly help you sleep!”

She patted the young Doctor’s knee. “Yes, dear, I know that. But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16 year old granddaughter drinks. Believe you me, it helps me sleep at night.”


Don’t insult the alligator until after you cross the river.


She said: My husband and I were making our own funeral arrangements, and the director showed us into a room in which containers for ashes were on display.

After we looked at the choices, my husband asked if I had decided. I sighed. “Yes, the wood-finish one, as it will likely go into the ground.” After a moment’s pause, however, I continued. “But I really prefer the blue one. You know I always look good in blue.”


I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented…. I forgot where I was going with this.


They think we’re dumb, so they put too many directions on products. Like on the home pregnancy test, it says, “For use in the privacy of your own home.”

Oh, good, I was going to drive to a crowded shopping center.

Elayne Boosler


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.


Take it easy, I am

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.

Douglas Pagels

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It is Friday and I am worn out so I am taking a long weekend nap. So I will leave you something from my world eleven years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published on May 6, 2005

I honestly think the real secret to success, both on the job and in life is the ability to just stop, drop out, and spend a little time with and for yourself. Later this morning I will be having breakfast with someone who is an achiever, she is dedicated, works hard and does good things, unfortunately never taking enough time for herself.

You know the feeling, I will be able to take some time this weekend, or after this project, or as soon as things lighten up. Lo and behold the weeks and months go by with no relief. The sad part is that most of us do much better when we keep things in balance, take some time for ourselves, and just rest once in awhile. I know it was always easier to come back to work than it was to never leave it. Maybe what a guy by the name of Will Pate wrote recently will help those who could use a reason to lighten up.

After 8 months as an entrepreneur I’m ready to give up on trying to squeeze more working hours out of the day. I’m absolutely convinced of the value of rest and recreation time. Without proper R&R the human mind experiences the law of diminishing returns; you simply cannot get more than 8 good hours of work out of a day. Intellectual and creative atrophy set in and work gets sloppy, details are missed and little overall progress is made. It’s a question of quality over quantity.

If I had a meeting the next day, I used to stay up as late as it took to get the work necessary done and then drag my corpse out of bed as late as possible the next day. Practice proved this was a bad idea. Now I do some personal reading, listen to something pleasing and drift off to sleep earlier than the returning bar hound. I get up early, do a little blog reading to get myself into the mental groove and start working. If inspiration strikes I do a little blogging as I sip (instead of chugging) coffee and listen to CBC Radio 3. I cut off work around 5 or 6 and then avoid the computer for the rest of the evening.

Weekends can be a chance for deeper renewal. This past weekend I went on a spiritual retreat, properly dubbed the “Weekend of Awesome”. Sure I lost some sleep but I made new friends, grew closer with older buds and played video games until my fingers hurt. The entire weekend I made a resolution to keep work out of my mind. Consequently, I’ve never been more ready to start the work week on a Monday morning.


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.



What to say to phone solicitors who call to sell you credit cards, vacation packages, etc.:

  • The police photographer is still here, and the county medical examiner hasn’t released the body to the coroner yet. Can you call back a little later?
  • What’s that you say? Speak up, please, will you? The battery has run down on my hearing aid. Louder, please, louder. Is that the best you can do? I’m afraid we’re just not communicating.
  • I’m gonna have to put you on hold. The baby is due any minute now. Quick someone, get some hot water. Lots of it. Sorry, gotta hurry now, don’t go away.
  • Oh, it’s you again. I was hoping you’d call back. The better business people said I need more positive identification to file my complaint. Now first let me have your name and telephone number…


There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mahatma Gandhi



  1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonalds
  2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do
  3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage
  4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with
  5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate
  6. COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets
  7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living
  8. EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist
  9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does
  10. LEFTBANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money
  11. MISTY: How golfers create divots
  12. PARADOX: Two physicians
  13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower
  14. PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm
  15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with
  16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV
  17. RELIEF: What trees do in the spring
  18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife
  19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does
  20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official


The younger we are the more we want to change the world.  The older we are the more we want to change the young.


An attendant on a cross-country flight nervously announced: “I don’t know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers aboard and only 40 dinners.” When the passengers’ muttering had died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up his meal so someone else can eat will receive free drinks for the length of the flight.”

Her next announcement came an hour later.  “If anyone wants to change his mind, we still have 29 dinners available!”


Whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.

Swedish Proverb


A man walked into a restaurant in a strange town. The waiter came and asked him for his order. Feeling lonely, he replied, “Meat loaf and a kind word.”

When the waiter returned with the meat loaf, the man said, “Where’s the good word?”

The waiter put down the meat loaf and sighed, bent down, and whispered, “Don’t eat the meat loaf.”


If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me


It was a difficult subject to bring before his aged mother, but Morris felt that he must.  “Mom, you are no longer a spring chicken and you do need to think ahead of what will happen in the future.  Why don’t we make arrangements about when….. you know… when…. God Forbid …you pass on?”

The mother didn’t say anything, just sat there staring ahead.

“I mean, Momma, like…. how do you want to finally go? To be buried? Cremated?”

There was yet another long pause.  Then the mother looked up and said, “Son, why don’t you simply surprise me?”


A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies


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.


Let’s have a happy day

Open your arms and welcome the joy of today!

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OK I have decided to have a happy day, what about you? It really is up to us you know. The happiness we decide to wait for often never comes so let us enjoy today with whatever it has to offer for in not too many hours it will be gone.

Here is a article I got from the Livin 3 blog that I think is worth sharing with you today.

Stop Waiting for Happiness to Arrive!

Too many people think of happiness as the ultimate goal of life. But, if you’re waiting for happiness to arrive then it’s likely that it never will! You convince yourself that life will be happy when you’re married. When the mortgage is paid off. When you have children. When the weekend arrives. Next summer. Whatever particular dream you have, you’re sure that when you reach it you’ll finally be happy.

Unfortunately, this way of thinking is a trap. You’re always wanting something more, always looking forward to a time when you’ll be “happy”. And, if you fall into this trap, you’ll never reach that goal. When you get married, you might wish your partner was more affectionate or more proactive. When you have children, you might find their young age restrictive and long for them to grow up too quickly. When you’ve paid off that mortgage you might long for a better house, a better neighborhood, a better car. Life will pass you by with that goal of happiness forever in sight but never quite in reach.

Happiness should not be your life’s goal, it should be your life! The only time to be happy is right now! It’s state of mind, not a set of accomplishments or the accumulation of material things. There is no time to achieve happiness other than right now. You must accept that life will always have challenges and things will not always go your way and make the decision to be happy right now.

Instead of feeling disappointed when things don’t work out the way you’d hoped, feel grateful for the experience. Instead of dreaming of a brighter, happier, richer tomorrow, make today as wonderful as you can. Treasure each moment that you have air in your lungs and treasure the people you share those moments with.

Alfred D. Souza put this perfectly when he said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

His perspective helped me to see that happiness is a conscious decision and that I can make it right now. He’s not saying that having dreams, goals and ambitions is a bad thing. Thinking of the future and having aspirations is essential to leading a happy and fulfilled life. The trick is not to let thoughts of the future overshadow your enjoyment of the present and the appreciation of the things and people you have in your life right now!

There is no way to happiness: happiness is the way!

Stop waiting to meet your soulmate, to get married, to have children, to pay off your mortgage. For Friday night, for payday, for the summer time. Stop waiting for happiness to arrive and simply decide to be happy! It’s not some great goal or destination, it’s a journey and a way of life. Why not try it out today?


The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

James M. Barrie


The Doggy Dictionary

LEASH: A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.

DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.

DROOL: What to do when your persons have food and you don’t. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or, better yet, on their laps.

DEAFNESS: A malady which affects a dog when its person wants it in and the dog wants to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction, or lying down.

THUNDER: A signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, peeing on the rug, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.

BATH: A process by which the humans drench the floor, walls and themselves. You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. To show your love, wag your tail and gaze adoringly. If you’re lucky, a human will love you in return.


“I’m trying to read a book on how to relax, but I keep falling asleep.”

Jim Loy


A man walked into a therapists office looking very depressed. “Doc, you’ve got to help me. I can’t go on like this.”

“What’s the problem?” the doctor inquired.

“Well, I’m 35 years old and I still have no luck with the ladies. No matter how hard I try, I just seem to scare them away.”

“My friend, this is not a serious problem. You just need to work on your self-esteem. Each morning, I want you to get up and run to the bathroom mirror. Tell yourself that you are a good person, a fun person and an attractive person. But say it with real conviction. Within a week you’ll have women buzzing all around you.”

The man seemed content with this advice and walked out of the office excited. Three weeks later he returned with the same downtrodden expression on his face. “Did my advice not work?” asked the doctor.

“It worked alright. For the past several weeks I’ve enjoyed some of the best moments in my life with the most fabulous looking women.”

“So, what’s your problem?”

“I don’t have a problem,” the man replied. “My wife does.”


Hypochondriac’s headstone epitaph: “See?”


“Things A Guy Doesn’t Want To Hear His Blind Date Say:”

  • I’m glad we have this date tonight. My boyfriend just got out of prison and I really didn’t want to be alone.
  • That’s odd, you sounded handsome on the phone.
  • This is my first date since I was released from Bellevue. They think that schizo-paranoia thing was because of unresolved issues in my past lives. By the way, why do you keep calling me Mary?
  • Turn here! That looks like my husbands car ahead.
  • You look surprised. Didn’t you know I was a female impersonator?


The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic’s terrible.

Jeff Taylor


A husband stepped on one of those penny scales that tell you your fortune and weight and dropped in a coin. “Listen to this,” he said to his wife, showing her a small, white card. “It says I’m energetic, bright, resourceful and a great lover.”

“Yeah,” his wife nodded, “and it has your weight wrong, too.”


If you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding it in lot of other places, too.



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.


Enjoy Yourself

Do what you need to do and enjoy life as it happens.

John Scalzi

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I spent some time yesterday with my neurologist reviewing the results of my brain scans and mental function tests. All the news was good, no medical concerns and my function tests were great. He is a good guy so we even talked about the reality of an aging brain.

As you may know I often find it difficult to quickly bring up the names of even close friends. My conversations don’t flow as well as they once did as I slow down searching for the right word. Bottom line, he said ”You’re are doing great, live with it.”

And you know what I really am. So rather than dwelling on trying to be what I once was I can concentrate on enjoying what I am now.

Here is something I saved that offers some tips on enjoying who we are.

Taking Care of You . . . 25 Great Ways To Self-Nurture

by Terri R. Marshall, CHSMS

Self-nurturing is taking care of yourself. Many people put themselves at the bottom of their own list of priorities. The result is burnout, exhaustion and resentment. We are unable to be at our best if we don’t take time out for ourselves to rest, relax and renew.

Self-nurturing does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming. Anything that helps us feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. Below is a list of 25 ideas, but don’t limit yourself. Think about simple pleasures that speak to you personally and incorporate them into your life each and every day.

  1. Be Grateful (Keep a Gratitude Journal . . . write down 5 things you are grateful for each day)
  2. Practice Relaxation Techniques/Relaxation Therapy
  3. Surround Yourself with Positive People (Choose people who help you grow and thrive, Re-connect with loved ones with whom you’ve lost touch)
  4. Practice Kindness and Compassion (Remember to help and pray for others)
  5. Give Praise and Let Go of Criticism
  6. Visualize (Choose where you want to be vs. where you are for your visualizations)
  7. Do Not Complain (Learn to let it go)
  8. Listen to Music You Enjoy (and if you can, dance)
  9. Exercise (Choose something you really enjoy, why not try a type of mind/body/spirit exercise like yoga, tai chi or qi gong?)
  10. Volunteer and Donate (Promote a cycle of goodwill; pay it forward)
  11. Learn Proper Self-Care (Get enough sleep, detoxify, eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water . . . learn to listen to your body)
  12. Create a Comfort Drawer for Yourself (fill it with goodies you love including favorite teas, bubble bath, magazines, the sky’s the limit!)
  13. Seek New Experiences and Knowledge (why not try a holistic therapy such as acupuncture or that store you’ve always wanted to go in, but never took the time)
  14. Follow Your Bliss (Use your creativity, gifts and talents . . .begin a hobby or career you are passionate about)
  15. Have Great Sex (Especially Tantric/Sacred Sex or a romantic evening with that special someone)
  16. Read a Good Book or Watch a Great Movie (Why not try reading some poetry?)
  17. Laugh (Laughter truly is the best medicine)
  18. Seek Solitude (Meditate, go within and get creative, try a fun excursion by yourself)
  19. Use Positive Affirmations (Make a conscious choice to be happy)
  20. Take A Long, Hot Bath (Add soft music and candlelight for ambience or some relaxing aromatherapy Lavender . . . simply add a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil)
  21. Spend Time with Your Pet(s)
  22. Have a Cup of Your Favorite Coffee or Tea (Chamomile Tea is especially relaxing; avoid caffeine before bed)
  23. Get Out in Nature (Try a walking meditation in the warm sunshine, spending time near the water, cloudwatching or enjoying a beautiful sunset)
  24. Get a Massage (Touch can be very healing)
  25. Remember the Purpose of Life is Joy!


Today I will do something just for the fun of it. I will find something to do thats just for me, and I wont worry about what I should be doing. I will learn how to make myself feel good and enjoy life to the fullest.

Author Unknown


Jill and Nadine were having lunch and Nadine looked a little upset.

“What’s wrong?” asked Jill.

“I’m really worried about myself,” Nadine said forlornly. “My memory has always been a source of quiet pride to me, but lately it’s been failing me. I’m having a hard time remembering things from the mundane to the major.”

“I wouldn’t worry too much about it,” Jill said consolingly, “sounds like you’ll forget all about it tomorrow.”


I was shopping at the supermarket today and I saw a package of Turkey Bacon. What’s up with that?? Makes me wonder WHAT is going on at that farm?


In a small town in the Old Country, the Rabbi died. His widow, the Rebbetzin, was so disconsolate that the people of the town decided that she ought to get married again. But the town was so small that the only eligible bachelor was the town butcher. The poor Rebbetzin was somewhat dismayed because she had been wed to a scholar, and the butcher had no great formal education. However, she was lonely, so she agreed, and they were married.

After the marriage, Friday came. She went to the mikvah (a Jewish ritual bath to get rid of impurities). Then, she went home to prepare to light the candles. The butcher leaned over to her and said, “My mother told me that after the mikvah and before lighting the candles, it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.

She lit the candles. He leaned over again and said, My father told me that after lighting the candles it’s good to have sex.” So they did.

They went to bed after prayers to get ready for Shabbos. When they awoke he said to her, “My grandmother said that before you go to the synagogue it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.

After praying all morning, they came home to rest; and again he whispers in her ear, “My grandfather says after praying it’s a mitzvah to have sex.” So they did.

On Sunday she went out to shop for food and met a friend who asked, “Nu, so how is the new husband?” She replied, “Well, he is no scholar; but he comes from a wonderful family.”


The question is not “Do I have the gifts and strengths that I need for my life,” but “Am I seeking to discover my gifts and strengths?”

Paula Ripple


She said: I was self-conscious about going to the gym, because I thought the pounds I had put on would make me stand out among the spandex-clad regulars.

I chose a treadmill way in the back corner so I’d be inconspicuous. However, as I exercised, my worst fears came true. At least a dozen people turned to stare at me periodically. I thought it might be my imagination, but then one woman even squinted to get a better look. Imagine!

Completely mortified, I stepped off the machine and started to leave.

When I turned around to see if I left my towel back there, I realized that the gym’s only wall clock had been hanging just inches above my head.


“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life”

Bernard Kelvin Clive


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.


Learn and Live

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou

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One of the advantages of a long life is the ability to look back on all we have learned as the years have gone by. If we are smart our mistakes have helped us to steer a better path. The multitude of experiences has let us see what is important and what isn’t. The people we have met have taught us the value of those who share their wisdom, kindness and support.

No matter where we are on life’s journey we can use what we have learned so far to help is do well in the future. Sometime ago I ran across a list prepared by Tony Peeris who listed life principles that he values. I liked them so I thought I would share some of them with you today.

Principles Of Life

  • You would achieve more, if you don’t mind who gets the credit.
  • When everything else is lost, the future still remains.
  • Don’t fight too much or the enemy will know your art of war.
  • If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything.
  • If you do little things well, you’ll do big ones better.
  • Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
  • You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
  • Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
  • If you are not failing, you’re not taking enough risks.
  • Don’t try to get rid of your bad temper by losing it.
  • Those who don’t make mistakes usually don’t make anything.
  • There are two kinds of failures: Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
  • All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
  • Change your thoughts and you change your world.
  • Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
  • There are two kinds of fools in this world.: Those who give advice and those who don’t take it.
  • Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Star Jordan


One day, Abe meets Sam at the shopping mall.

“Nice to see you again, Sam.” Abe says.

“Is this how my friend greets me?” says Sam, “Aren’t you going to ask me how I am?”

“So how are you, Sam?” Abe asks.

“Don’t ask.” replies Sam.


I Am Cleverly Disguised As A Responsible Adult.


Two men are waiting at the gates of heaven and strike up a conversation.

“How’d you die?” the first man asks the second.

“I froze to death,” says the second.

“That’s awful,” says the first man. “How does it feel to freeze to death?”

“It’s very uncomfortable at first,” says the second man. “You get the shakes, and you get pains in all your fingers and toes. But eventually, it’s a very calm way to go. You get numb and you kind of drift off, as if you’re sleeping. How about you, how did you die?”

“I had a heart attack,” says the first man. “You see, I knew my wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home unexpectedly but found her alone watching television. I ran around the house looking for her lover but could find no one. As I ran up the stairs to the attic, I had a massive heart attack and died.”

The second man shakes his head. “That’s so ironic,” he says.

“What do you mean?” asks the first man.

“If you had only stopped to look in the freezer, we’d both still be alive.”


“After 12 years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, “No hablo ingles.”

Ronnie Shakes


Why we love kids:


I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, “Mom! That lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!”


My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he’d dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, “We better throw this one out too then, ’cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.


A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”


While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years  old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, “Are you a cop?” Yes,” I answered and continued writing the report. “My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?” “Yes, that’s right,” I  told her. “Well, then,” she said as she extended her foot toward me, “would you please tie my shoe?”


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.” “And why not, darling?” “You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.”


A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “I can’t read, I can’t write and they won’t let me talk!”


“He laughs best who laughs last, the wiseacres vow; but I am impatient, I want to laugh now.”

Carolyn Wells


If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.

Immanuel Hermass von Fichte


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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