Ray's musings and humor

Live on or dream on

“You can get what you want or you can just get old.”

Billy Joel


I had a full day yesterday and have another ahead today. Since we are experiencing winter weather I have chosen to hibernate this morning and am sending you another Daily from the archive.

Ray’s Daily first published on December 9, 2004

All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about… We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live. 

Joseph Epstein


The sad part is that so many of us do not choose our dreams. The world carries us away and leaves us in little nooks and crannies where we resign ourselves to a belief that it is where we have to be. Lately I have had the chance to spend time with many people who want to follow a dream but just don’t know how. We often substitute title, income and material goods for what we might be if we only had the courage to follow our dreams. It takes nerve to say I will sacrifice income or title as the price I will pay for an investment in my own happiness and satisfaction. As time goes by, life goes by and each day we choose to stay where we are becomes a day that becomes lost to the, “what might have been.”

The thing I have learned in recent years is that it is never too late. I also have learned that dream fulfillment does not have to be dumping everything for a life on a deserted island. We can find so much that will feed our soul in the little things we can do. When was the last time that you did something that made no sense to anyone but yourself? When was the last time you did something that you always wanted to do, but always found the reasons why not?

I’ll tell you what, you can do me a big favor this Christmas, I would like for you to give yourself a gift. Think about something you have wanted to do that you might never do. Maybe it is to go to New York to see a Broadway musical. Or maybe it is to sign up for a course in painting so that you can spend the rest of your life seeing things others don’t while putting what you see on canvas. I don’t know what it is for you but I doubt that you can think of nothing. Once you know what it is, no matter if it is crazy or not, write it on a piece of paper, and put it in a box, on the card write, this is my gift to me. When you open your present do not think of the reasons why you can’t, just promise yourself that you will do it next week, or on the weekend after, and then do it. You will be glad you did and I will get a vicarious thrill knowing that you got something you deserved.


Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


Murphy’s Laws Of Computers …..

  1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
  2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
  3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you least expect to find it.
  4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
  5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
  6. To err is human . . . to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, it is downright natural.
  7. He who laughs last probably made a back-up.
  8. If at first you do not succeed, blame your computer.
  9. A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
  10. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  11. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but…..rarely what you want them to do!


Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Norman Cousins


Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK).

It’s a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere–even sitting in an armchair by the fire–yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disk.

Here’s how it works: Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper, each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder that keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. The user scans each sheet optically, registering information directly into his or her brain. A flick of the finger takes the user to the next sheet.

The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The “browse” feature allows the user to move instantly to any sheet and to move forward or backward as desired. Most BOOKs come with an “index” feature that pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows the user to open the BOOK to the exact place left in a previous session–even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus…ie: (PENCILS).


A couple is lying in bed. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world”

The woman says, “I’ll miss you…”


Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions.

One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man,” he announced, “Called in sick yesterday!” There on the sports page, was a photo of the ‘supposedly’ ill employee, who had just won a local golf tournament with an excellent score.

The silence in the room was broken by a union negotiator. “Wow,” he said.  “Think of what kind of score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!”


There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking! How nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.


Little Johnny was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents.  When she rang the bell, Little Johnny opened the door.  The teacher said, “Hello, Johnny.  I would like to talk to your mother or your father.”

Little Johnny said, “Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

The teacher said, “Johnny, what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” said Little Johnny, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again.”


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.


A little girl was sitting on her daddy’s lap.  She gazed up at her father and said, “Daddy, did anyone ever tell you that you’re the most wonderful and smartest man in the world?”

Her father, filled with pride said, “Why no, honey, they haven’t.”

“Then where did you get the idea?” She asked.


If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.


She said: Co-workers sympathized as my mother, Claire, complained that her back was really sore from moving furniture.

“Claire, dear, why didn’t you wait ’till your husband got home?” someone asked.

“I suppose I could of….” my mother told the group, “but, the couch is easier to move if he’s not on it.


“If we cannot live so as to be happy, Let us least live so as to deserve it.”

Immanuel Hermann Fichte


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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