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Ray’s Daily

May 15, 2017


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

Og Mandino

Another Monday and I am off for some medical diagnostics. So no morning workout at the YMCA, no breakfast at my regular after workout-place, but it just means I’ll start the next page in my life a little later than usual. I am still basking in the warmth created by a great weekend with some of my family.

As you know I have slowed down somewhat but that has not kept me from being grateful for the good things ahead.

I recently read the following that provides guidelines for how I plan spend my time in the days ahead. It again reminded me that we are what we choose to be and I will continue to be the best I can be. Just like you do.

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”

Steve Maraboli,


Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to.

Bob Cousy


Bubba goes to a revival and listens to the preacher. After a while, the preacher asks anyone with needs to come forward and be prayed over. To the preacher’s surprise, Bubba gets in line. It takes awhile, but Bubba is very patient. When it’s his turn the preacher says, “It’s been a long time since you came in, Bubba.”

Bubba simply nods.

The preacher says. “What you want me to pray about?”

Bubba says, “Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing.”

So the preacher puts one finger in Bubba’s ear and the other hand on top of his head and prays a while. After a few minutes, he removes his hands and says, “OK, Bubba, how’s your hearing now?”

“I don’t know preacher,” Bubba says. “I don’t go to court until next Wednesday.”


No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.


A lady is having a bad day at the roulette tables in Vegas. She’s down to her last $50. Exasperated, she exclaims, “What rotten luck I’ve had today! What in the world should I do now?”

A man standing next to her suggests, “I don’t know. Why don’t you play your age?”

He then walks away. Moments later, his attention is grabbed by a great commotion at the roulette table. Maybe she won! He rushes back to the table and pushes his way through the crowd. The lady is lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her. The man is stunned. He asks, “What happened? Is she all right?”

The operator replies, “I don’t know. She put all her money on 29 and 36 came up. Then she just fainted!”


“Humor is the shortest distance between two people.”

Victor Borge


In a grocery store, a cashier held up a small dairy carton and yelled to a co-worker, “How much is half-and-half?”

Without a moment’s hesitation, the other cashier replied, “One.”


Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride, bridles the tongue, restrains the hand, and tramples upon temptations.

George Horne


Mr. Allen, a high-powered executive trying to impress a client in his office, flipped on his intercom switch and barked to his secretary, “Miss Hunter, get my broker!”

The client was impressed until he heard the secretary’s clear voice saying, “Yes, sir, stock or pawn!”


Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.” Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown.”

The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?”

She replied, “I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.”


Patience is the art of losing your temper slowly.



Two college football players could not stay up with their classes and the big game was on Friday. The Dean came to the Coach and said, “Coach, I have been getting a lot of complaints from the other teams because of the requirement that all players must be in educational good standing. Now, I want you to devise a test for Killer and Hulk that they are guaranteed to pass or they won’t be able to play in Friday’s game.”

“Dean, I can handle this one.”

Later, the Coach said to the players, “Men, you have to take this test and pass it to be able to play in the game Friday. Begin now and just leave when you finish.”

The players turn over their papers and found only one question: Old MacDonald had a _______.

Killer said, “Oh, I know! I know! It’s Old MacDonald had a farm!”

“That’s great, Killer! How do you spell farm?”

“Hey, I know that, too! It’s E-I-E-I-O!”


You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.

Harriet Martineau


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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