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We are blessed

Ray’s Daily

May 16, 2017


The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.

Neale Donald Walsch

My wife and I are truly fortunate that our children and their families have chosen to live here in our community. As we have grown older they have provided us so many things that have made our lives more manageable. They have provided us transportation, helped us manage our finances, done household chores that we no longer find easy to do and more.

The thing I appreciate the most is that they not only lend us a helping hand even though we don’t ask for it but they do so with warmth and grace. Yes, our lives would be much more difficult if not impossible if it were not for our loved ones. We have a lot to be grateful for in our long lives and by far the greatest gift has been the affection of our children and their families.

Every day I realize that the gift does not count as much as the spirit in which it is given. Here is a short story that reminds us of the value of appreciation.


According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher.

After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.

Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container.

The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”

The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”!!!


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.




  1. When in the express lane, make sure that all items are rung up and bagged before you start looking for your checkbook. Then, after you make a futile search for your pen, borrow one from the clerk and make sure your checkbook is balanced before giving up the check.
  2. Never get into the 10-Items-or-Less line with less than 12 items. IT’S THE LAW!!!
  3. When in the 10-Items-or-Less line and you have your 12 to 20 items, always ask the clerk if it’s okay. That way, if he says “yes,” then the people behind you will get mad at HIM, not you. If he says “no,” then YOU can get mad at him. Either way, you win!
  4. Save all your pennies and dump them in the bottom of your purse so that when you are in the express lane you won’t be embarrassed by spending all that time looking for one and not finding any.
  5. When asked if you want paper or plastic, take all the time you need to make the right decision. Don’t be rushed. Get it right. If you’re not sure just say, “BAG.” That way they will have to ask you again, giving you more time to decide. You may want to practice this at home in case you are ever asked this question at a grocery store.
  6. Always, and I repeat, ALWAYS tell the checker your reason for choosing paper or plastic. Checkers by nature are very curious and if you should fail to give them your reason for choosing paper over plastic, the clerk is liable to lie awake at night wondering why you didn’t choose plastic.
  7. Always keep this in mind: If something is heavy and you don’t want to lift it out of the basket and put it on the belt. Don’t fret whether the checker will automatically know the price. After all, everyone knows how smart those clerks are.
  8. Since everyone knows how ignorant those clerks are, you must always remember to tell them to not put the eggs and bread in the bottom of the bag.
  9. Feel free to ask your clerk anything you may want to know. All checkers are experts on how to prepare whatever meal you should decide to make that night. They can give you precise directions to anywhere in the state you might want to go. They can tell you the best restaurant around, the kind of wine you will like best or anything else you may need to know about life.
  10. Don’t forget rule NO. 8
  11. After waiting in the checkout line for several minutes and it’s finally your turn at the counter, be sure to tell the clerk that more help is needed. He will certainly ensure that there is plenty of help next time.
  12. When the clerk greets you and asks how you’re doing, don’t feel pressured into answering him. After all the clerk has to be polite– but you don’t have to.


Sign in a veterinarian’s waiting room, “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”


She said: If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was and always will be yours. If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.

If, however, it just sits in your living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and never appears to have noticed that you actually set it free in the first place, you either married it or gave birth to it!


“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.”

Jack E. Leonard


Teacher asks the kids in spelling class to tell what their father does for a living, and spell it. First kid says, “My daddy’s a baker. That’s b-a-k-e-r. He makes bread and lots of sweet goodies to eat.”

Second kid says, “My daddy’s a banker. That’s b-a-n-k-e-r. He makes lots of money, buys us lots of toys.”

Next kid says, “My daddy’s an electrician. That’s e-l-a-k…uh, e-l-e-x…uh….”

Teacher interrupts, saying, “That’s okay, Rayford. Think about it and we’ll come back to you.” Turning to Little Johnny, she says, “You’re next, Johnny.”

Little Johnny says, “My daddy’s a bookie. That’s b-o-o-k-i-e, and I’ll lay you odds ten to one Rayford don’t ever spell electrician.”


Always carry two bags of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, “Hey, can you give me a hand?” You can say, “Sorry, got these bags.”

Jack Handey


During the banquet celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration. “Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?” an anonymous voice yelled from the back of the room.

Tom responded, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self restraint, meekness, forgiveness — and a great many other qualities you wouldn’t need if you stayed single.”


Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.

Author Unknown


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 http://rays-daily.com currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.




Let’s do our best today

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.

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.




Thanks for allowing me to be your friend

Ray’s Daily

May 12, 2017

a true friend

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. “

Benjamin Disraeli

Over the years I have met many people who have turned out to be friends. Ever since I was a young person I have realized how important friends really are. Years ago I had a working partner at Kiwanis who told me that she felt the reason I seemed to get along so well, even with strangers was that I always treated them as friends. Her comment has stuck with me over the years and has been a constant reminder of the importance of caring enough about the people you meet that they become a friend.

I think continuing friendships are earned by how we treat those folks we like. It is important that we focus on them and not on ourselves. I want to share with you the following piece as it defines the difference between an acquaintance (a simple friend) and a real friend. I think of all of you as friends and of many of you as true friends and I am grateful for that. I hope I have become a true friend in your eyes.

A Friend Is…

  • Anyone can stand by you when you are right, But a real friend will stand by you even when you are wrong.
  • A simple friend identifies himself when he calls. A real friend doesn’t have to.
  • A simple friend opens a conversation with a full news bulletin on his life. A real friend says, “What’s new with you?”
  • A simple friend thinks the problems you whine about are recent. A real friend says, “You’ve been whining about the same thing for 14 years.       Get off your duff and do something about it.”
  • A simple friend has never seen you cry. A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.
  • A simple friend doesn’t know your parents’ first names. A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
  • A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party. A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
  • A simple friend hates it when you call after he has gone to bed. A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
  • A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems. A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
  • A simple friend wonders about your romantic history. A real friend could blackmail you with it.
  • A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.
  • A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A real friend knows that it’s not a friendship until after you’ve had a fight.
  • A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend expects to always be there for you!


Author Unknown


A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

William Penn


I don’t get a lot of time for my lunch hour, so I stopped by a burger drive-through for a quick lunch to eat on the way back to the office. I ordered the #1 combo (burger, fry, coke) for $4.29. The cashier’s voice came over the drive-through intercom box. . . . “that’ll be $4.83, please drive forward.”

“Wait a minute. What? $4.83? For a $4.29 meal? That’s 54 cents tax! That can’t be right,” my mind raced. Tax is 8 cents on the dollar here in Mobile and for 4 dollars that would be 32 cents plus 1/3 (29) of 8 cents would be about 35 cents for my tax. I’d heard of window workers overcharging drive-through customers and skimming the money for themselves. Someone did just that to me at a Hardees couple of years ago. So since then, I’ve always paid attention when I order food at drive-through places. I didn’t have my calculator with me, so I got out a pen and paper and did the long division since there were 2 cars ahead of me yet. Plenty of time to figure this out before they would ask me to pay at the window. Let’s see … 483/429 … over 12 percent tax! When I got to the window I handed her a 5 dollar bill and asked, “What’s the sales tax here in Mobile?”

That threw her off. She didn’t know.

I said “$4.83 for a $4.29 meal is 12 percent tax. That can’t be right. Too high. Can I talk to the manager?”

She gave me my change and called the manager.

So the manager comes over. I ask what the sales tax is in Mobile, and she says 8 percent. I say that I just paid $4.83 for a $4.29 meal and that’s over 12 percent sales tax!

She got a funny look on her face and said that maybe the computer had rung it up wrong or had charged me for the biggie size. (biggie upgrade was 35 cents – which would be 4.64 plus tax which would put the total I owed over $5, so that can’t be right either.) After a quick check, she admitted it was supposed to be 4.63, and opened the drawer to give me my extra change.

“A-HA!” I thought to myself. “Six years of Engineering school has sooo heightened my mental mathematical adeptness that I can do percentages in my head, and thus my superior intellect has foiled a feeble attempt by a drive-through worker to overcharge me.”

With a very smug look across my face, I took the twenty cents she handed me, proud of my staggering victory, and promptly drove off. . . .without my food.


We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.

Madeleine L’Engle


Did you hear about the priest in Ireland, who kept running down the English? He would renounce his congregation of sinners by yelling, “If you don’t act better you’re all going to hell with the Englishmen!”

One day the bishop called him in, and told him that if he didn’t quit denouncing the English, he would be demoted and transferred. The priest agreed, and in his next sermon, he told the story of the betrayal of Jesus. “Jesus looked at all of the apostles one at a time and said, ‘Tonight, one of you will betray me!’ Peter said, ‘It is not I, is it master?’ Jesus just looked at Judas. Judas, realizing the steady gaze of The Lord upon him said, ‘Blimey govenor, you wouldn’t think it was me would you?'”


I’m just moving clouds today. Tomorrow I’ll try mountains.


In Jerusalem, a female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long, long time, so she went to check it out. She went to the Wailing Wall and there he was. She watched him pray, and after about 45 minutes when he turned to leave, she approached him for an interview.

“I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. Sir, how long have you been coming to the wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing! What do you pray for! ?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews, and the Muslims. I pray for all the hatred to stop and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and friendship.”

“How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a wall.


“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”

E.A. Bucchianeri


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.



Break Free

Ray’s Daily

May 11, 2017


“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

Jim Rohn

Recently I had lunch with the department head of one of our cities most important organizations. Much of our time was spent discussing the challenges that come with moving an organizations people out of their comfort zones to a place where they can help create a positive future.

I shared with my friend how in the past I worked for an organization that went out of its way to back the innovators. The effort empowered employees to break through the boundaries established by excessive rules and traditions. As is so often the case the person doing a task knows how it can be done better but is not given the opportunity to implement their ideas. It is the winning organizations who embrace the concept that future growth comes from rewarding the creative risk takers, those willing to see beyond “We’ve have always done it this way” syndrome.

Here is a story that reminds me of the reason why so many of us stay in our ruts not realizing that all we need to do is move out of them.

The Elephant Rope

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

John D. Rockefeller


At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? And….What the word team means?”

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

“Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?”

The little boy nodded yes.

“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head. Do you understand all that?”

Once again the little boy nodded.

He continued, “And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach a “dumb ass” is it?”

Again the little boy nodded.

“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother.”


Before resolving to jog five miles a day, visit a cardiologist to have your heart examined, a podiatrist to have your feet examined and a psychiatrist to have your head examined.


The Michaels family owned a small farm in Canada, just yards away from the North Dakota border. Their land had been the subject of a minor dispute between the United States and Canada for generations. Mrs. Michaels, who had just celebrated her ninetieth birthday, lived on the farm with her son and three grandchildren.

One day, her son came into her room holding a letter. “I just got some news, Mom,” he said. “The government has come to an agreement with the people in Washington. They’ve decided that our land is really part of the United States. We have the right to approve or disapprove of the agreement. What do you think?”

“What do I think?” his mother said. “Jump at it! Call them right now and tell them we accept! I don’t think I could stand another one of these Canadian winters!”


To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.

Marcus Valerius Martial


She said: Needing to shed a few pounds, my husband and I went on a diet that had specific recipes for each meal of the day.

I followed the instructions closely, dividing the finished recipe in half for our individual plates.

We felt terrific and thought the diet was wonderful. We never even felt hungry!

But when we realized we were gaining weight and not losing it, I checked the recipes again.

There in fine print, it said, “Serves 6.”


That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.

Lise Hand


A man pacing back and forth glanced at his watch and yelled upstairs to his wife, “Honey, are you ready yet?”

Shouting back, the woman replies, “For crying out loud, I’ve been telling you for the last half hour that I’ll be ready in a minute!


I’m addicted to placebos. I’d give them up, but it wouldn’t make any difference.

Steven Wright


Jack hadn’t been to a class reunion in decades. When he walked into this latest one, he thought he recognized a woman over in the corner, so he approached her and extended his hand in greeting, saying,

“You look like Helen Brown.”

“Well,” the woman snapped back, “you don’t look so great in blue either!”


“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain


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 them know how special they are

Ray’s Daily

May 10, 2017


There is no exercise better for your heart than reaching down and lifting others up.

The people I respect the most are those unselfish folks who really care for others. These are people who seem to be able to avoid focusing in on our flaws but see in us things we sometimes miss ourselves. It is their empathy and kindness that can brighten the days of the people they meet. They are a pleasure to be around and that is why I like being with so many of you.

A few years ago I got an article written by Angel Chernoff that I liked. Here is an edited version that includes highlights of her message.

Things Extraordinary People Give to Others

Reliable, sincere support. – The closest thing to being cared for is to care for others. We are all in this together and we should treat each other as such. The very demons that torment each of us, torment others all over the world. It is our challenges and troubles that connect us at the deepest level.

Undivided attention and focus. – There is greatness and beauty in making time, especially when it’s inconvenient, for the sake of someone nearby. You don’t have to tell people that you care, just show them. In your relationships and interactions with others, nothing you can give is more appreciated than your sincere, focused attention. Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of results is the ultimate compliment. It is indeed the most valued gesture you can make to another human being.

The freedom to be themselves. – Life’s greatest privilege is to become who you truly are. You have to dare to be yourself, one hundred percent, however anxious or odd that self may prove to be. The people who support you in doing so are extraordinary. Appreciate these people and their kindness, and pay it forward when you’re able.

Their willingness to be open-minded and wrong. – The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work when it’s closed. It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by others. But that doesn’t give you the right to immediately reject any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are thinking and saying. Learn to recognize the beauty of different ideas and perspectives, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.

A voice of inspiration and positivity. – If you attach to the negative behavior of others, it brings you and everyone close to you down to their level. Stay positive when negativity surrounds you. Smile when others frown. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Every time words are spoken, something is created. Be conscious of what you say and how you say it. Use words that build up, appreciate, encourage and inspire.

Recognition and praise. – A brave, extraordinary soul recognizes the strength of others. Give genuine praise whenever possible. Doing so is a mighty act of service. Start noticing what you like about others and speak up. Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are is extremely rewarding.

Gentleness and consideration. – Be gentle and compassionate with those around you. Mother Nature opens millions of flowers every day without forcing the buds. Let this be a reminder not to be forceful with those around you, but to simply give them enough light and love, and an opportunity to grow naturally.

Ultimately, how far you go in life depends on your willingness to be helpful to the young, respectful to the aged, tender with the hurt, supportive of the striving, and tolerant of those who are weaker or stronger than the majority. Because we wear many hats throughout the course of our lives, and at some point in your life you will have been all of these people.


Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.

Audrey Hepburn


Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

  • Dr. Phil: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on “this” side of the road before it goes after the problem on the “other side” of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his “current” problems before adding “new” problems.
  • Oprah: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
  • Anderson Cooper, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
  • Judge Judy: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
  • Martha Stewart: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level.
  • Dr. Seuss: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I’ve not been told.
  • Grandpa: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road and that was good enough.
  • Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
  • Bill Gates: I have just released eChicken2017, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken. The platform is much more stable and will never ever, ever reboot.
  • Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?


“I’m always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can’t understand is, if they don’t know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?”

Paul Merton


Scott and Peter had applied for jobs at a large company and had to take an intelligence test. Though both of them found the test a breeze, except that they admitted to being momentarily stumped by the final question: “Name a 14 letter word for someone in charge of a plant.”

“How did you answer that last one?” asked Scott. “I thought it was tough at first … then I thought of Superintendent.”

“I think I got it right too,” Pete said. “But I wrote down Horticulturist.”


“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

Mark Twain


In my English-as-a-second-language class, I explained the difference between a watch and a clock. I told the students that when it was a large timepiece on a wall and not attached to your body, it was called a clock. When it was worn on your body, it was called a watch.

A few days later we had a power outage, and our classroom clocks had not been reset. I asked Luis, who was wearing a wristwatch, for the time. Luis looked at his wrist, and then confidently announced, “It is exactly ten o’watch.”


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Seuss


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.




Why they do so well

Ray’s Daily

May 9, 2017


Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.

Ralph Marston

I have had the good fortune to know a number of people who are really successful at what they do. I recently was in conversation with someone who has had many highly-appreciated successes over the years. What I found interesting was that he is not sure if he is driven by fear of failure or a personal commitment to always doing his very best.

My personal belief is that he succeeds because he does not let others define his successes. He does not let them set the bar, which many times is set lower by others than it needs to be. Rather I think he succeeds because he measures his performance on criteria important to him. Criteria such as work ethic, honesty, concern for others, kindness and more. You see my friend always does well primarily because he always does his very best, just like so many of you do.

In that vein I would like to share a list written by Carol James on how you too can live an inspired and successful life

Here are 26 alphabetical tips for living an inspired and successful life.

Ask for what you want.

Be who you say you are.

Care about others.

Dare to live your dreams.

Ease through the day.

Find the best fit.

Give to another.

Hug a friend.

Inspire someone to greatness.

Jump over a boundary.

Kick a bad habit.

Leap across a fear.

Mention something uplifting.

Never say never.

Open your mind and heart.

Pursue your innermost passions.

Quit complaining.

Restore your smile.

Set your sights high.

Trust yourself.

Use all the day.

Value everything.

Wait until it feels right.

Xpress yourself.

Yank weeds from your mental garden.

Zoom into the now.


If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

Colin Powell


Common Sailing Terms…

  • Amidships – condition of being surrounded by boats.
  • Beam Sea – A situation in which waves strike a boat from the side, causing it to roll unpleasantly. This is one of the four directions from which wave action tends to produce extreme physical discomfort. The other three are ‘bow sea’ (waves striking from the front), ‘following sea’ (waves striking from the rear), and ‘quarter sea’ (waves striking from any other direction).
  • Berth – a little addition to the crew.
  • Boom – sometimes the result of a surprise jibe. Called boom for the sound that’s made when it hits crew in the head on its way across the boat.
  • Chart – a type of map which tells you exactly where you are aground.
  • Course – The direction in which a skipper wishes to steer his boat and from which the wind is blowing. Also, the language that results by not being able to.
  • Crew – Heavy, stationary objects used on shipboard to hold down charts, anchor cushions in place and dampen sudden movements of the boom.
  • Dinghy – the sound of the ship’s bell.
  • Estimated Position – a place you have marked on the chart where you are sure you are not.
  • Flashlight – Tubular metal container used on shipboard for storing dead batteries prior to their disposal.
  • Jack Lines – “Hey baby, want to go sailing?”
  • Landlubber – anyone on board who wishes he were not.
  • Mast – religious ritual used before setting sail.
  • Mizzen – an object you can’t find.
  • Ram – an intricate docking maneuver sometimes used by experienced skippers.
  • Sailing – The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense.
  • Tack – A maneuver the skipper uses when telling the crew what they did wrong without getting them mad.


If at first I don’t succeed, there is always next year.


A couple of Rednecks went on vacation in Colorado. They flew to Denver and rented a car to sight see. One of the sights was a bridge that was more than 1,000 feet above the river. Walking out onto the bridge, they noticed it swaying in the wind.

“I don’t think I want to drive the car across this bridge,” one said to the other.

“What are you worried about?” the second replied. “It’s a rental.


Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.

Libbie Fudim


“Wow, man,” Timmy said. “God parted the Red Sea and let all His people through on dry ground!”

“Sorry,” said the ‘biblical’ scholar. “But that wasn’t the Red Sea; it was the Reed Sea. And its water is only about one foot deep. No miracle was involved.”

“Oh,” said Timmy. Then, reading on a little more, he said, “Wow, man! What a miracle! God drowned all those Egyptians in one foot of water!”


“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield


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.



Don’t stick with obsolete habits

Ray’s Daily

May 8, 2017


“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”

Gordon Parks

I had lunch with a friend the other day and our conversation included a discussion on the differences between habit and ritual. It seems like many of us are so consumed by our personal rituals that we don’t take time to develop a habit that would allow us to lead a happier life.

Do we do something with great regularity because we always have, seldom asking ourselves if it is really worth the effort? Habits I feel are often the techniques we use to get through our days while rituals I believe have a tendency to keep us in our comfort zone. Ritual to many is a safe harbor that minimizes the risk that comes from adventuring out beyond the limits we have set for ourselves.

I admire those folks who are willing to try something new, people who make it a habit of exploring new ideas and techniques on a regular basis for these are the people that often establish a new ritual that provides them satisfaction and enjoyment. Want to try developing a new habit? If so this might help.

The 5 Keys to Forming Any Habit


     We all struggle with our habits — sticking to them, staying motivated, getting started, dealing with disruptions, it can become a big struggle. And yet, to change our habits is to change our lives. If we can’t make habit changes, we will be stuck in our current way of doing things, which might not be so helpful.

     If you want to lose weight, beat procrastination, write a book, get fit, live mindfully … you have to develop habits. Luckily, the process is simpler than most people realize. Simple, not easy: you have to be committed and really want to make the change. Otherwise you’ll just quit when things get difficult.

     Here’s the first thing to keep in mind: just choose one habit for now. Yes, you’ll want to change a bunch of things. Don’t ignore my advice. Later, you can form more, but for now, focus on just one. With that in mind, follow these simple steps:

Start super small. I’ve said this a million times on this blog, so you might gloss over this one — but don’t. It’s the most important thing. Do one habit at a time, and do it super small. How small? Just meditate for 2 minutes. Just write for 5 minutes. Just do 5 pushups or 5 sun salutations. Just eat one vegetable a day. If you start small, you remove the resistance to starting, which is the hardest part.

Remove choice. Don’t think about it — make a decision ahead of time to do it every day at the same time for at least a month, then each day, don’t make it a decision. Just start. Have a trigger that’s already in your daily life (like waking up, or showering, brushing your teeth, starting the coffee maker, eating lunch, whatever) and use that as the trigger for a when/then statement: “When I wake up, I’ll meditate for 2 minutes.” Put written reminders near where the trigger happens. The main point is: make the decision to do it every day, and then just do it without thinking.

Get some accountability. Have at least one person you report to — an accountability partner. Or a group of friends. Or a walking/running partner. It doesn’t matter how you set it up, but having someone to report to means you are much more likely to push yourself past resistance when it comes up.

Make it fun, find gratitude. Don’t just do the habit as if it were a chore. See if you can enjoy it. How can you make it fun, play, joyous? Can you find gratitude in the middle of your workout? The habit is much more likely to stick if you focus on the parts you enjoy, rather than mindlessly try to check it off your to-do list.

You can start with just the first item above, but I would recommend adding as many of the other four as you can during your first week or two, because you’ll be increasing your odds of success with each one.

     One habit, done daily. Small steps with intention, support and a smile. It can make all the difference in the world.


“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

Samuel Johnson


Americans are always on the lookout for a new diet. The trouble with most diets is that you don’t get enough to eat (the starvation diet), or you don’t get enough variation (the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat diet). Consequently, people tend to cheat on their diets, or quit after 3 days, or go right back to stuffing their faces after it is all over. Is there nothing you can do but give up and tell your friends you have a gland problem?

Well, now there’s the new Toddler Miracle Diet! Over the years you may have noticed, as I have, that most two-year-olds are trim. It came to me one day over a glass of water and a carrot that perhaps their diet is the reason.

After consultation with pediatricians, X-ray technicians, and distraught Moms, I was able to formulate this new diet. It is inexpensive, offering great variety and sufficient quantity. Before embarking on this diet, however, be sure to check with your doctor — otherwise, you might have to see him afterward.

Good luck!


Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape jelly. Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and clothes.

Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and a glass of milk (3 sips only, then spill the rest).

Dinner: A dry stick, two pennies and a nickel, 4 sips of flat Pepsi.

Bedtime snack: Toast a piece of bread and toss it on the kitchen floor.


Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drink half bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye.

Lunch: Half a tube of “Pulsating Pink” lipstick and a handful of Purina Dog Chow (any flavor). One ice cube, if desired.

Afternoon Snack: Lick an all-day sucker until sticky, take outside, drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping until it is clean again. Then bring inside and drop on the rug.

Dinner: A rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up your left nostril. Pour grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat with a spoon.


Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup, eat one with fingers, rub in hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in glass. After breakfast, pick up yesterday’s sucker from rug, lick off fuzz, and put it on the cushion of your best chair.

Lunch: Three matches, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spit several bites onto the floor. Pour glass of milk on table and slurp up.

Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato chips, some red punch.


Breakfast: A quarter-tube of toothpaste (any flavor), bit of soap, an olive. Pour a glass of milk over bowl of Cornflakes, add a half cup of sugar. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and feed cereal to dog.

Lunch: Eat crumbs off kitchen floor and dining room carpet. Find that sucker and finish eating it.

Dinner: A glass of spaghetti and chocolate milk. Leave meatball on plate. Stick of mascara for dessert.


I’m on a diet because my skin doesn’t fit me anymore.

Erma Bombeck


A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. The employer read all his applications and said, “We have an opening for people like you.” “Oh, great,” he said, “What is it?” “It’s called the door!”


“If you live in New York, even if you’re Catholic, you’re Jewish.”

Lenny Bruce


She said:

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!


“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi


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.


Slow Down and Live a Little

Ray’s Daily

May 5, 2017


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

I spent so much time getting ready to write today’s Daily that I ran out of time to do it. Since I am off to exercise and more I am again revisiting the past.

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. 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 voice on the office loudspeaker announced: “We will be testing the speaker system to make sure it will work properly in case of emergency. If you are unable to hear this announcement, please contact us.”


Joyce:   I’ve been asked to get married hundreds of times.

Gloria: (surprised) really?! By whom?

Joyce: My parents.


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


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.




Another Fresh Start

Ray’s Daily

May 4, 2017

Here comes the sun

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

Earl Nightingale

I have found that one of the benefits of a long life is the enjoyment that can accompany each new day. I end my days appreciating that I have made it through another 24 hours without any real troubles and grateful that I have long ago given up on imaginary plights. This sense of appreciation allows me to start my day anticipating that the hours ahead will be filled with moments to relish. I know that the outside will be welcoming if I am willing to appreciate my surroundings. And best of all I know my day will be filled with enjoyable encounters mostly with people I know and some with people I have yet to meet.

I may be moving slower these days, but that is ok, it gives me more time to see what I otherwise might miss. I also have more time to appreciate all the folks who help me along the way. Friends, family and even strangers add warmth to my days as they reach out to offer their best wishes and even a helping hand when I need one.

I am glad that I find more enjoyment in one day than so many others find in one month. And oh by the way, thanks for being part of my day today.

Here is a poem that I would like to share with you, I hope it inspires you to appreciate what your day can be,

As the light shines through my window I awaken.

I am reminded once more that today is another day stolen from borrowed time.

Today I will live and live to will. I will be thankful for all I love and all I have.

Every breath taken in shall be full as I take in the world around me.

I will push away the pain, hide my tears and sorrow and drown out all that threatens my very being.

Today I will climb that rock and sit on top staring and soaking in the beauty of nature, of life.

I will let the wind whisper in my ears and flow through me filling my every sense, breathing life once more into my soul.

Just for today I shall truly live, making the best of everything, because I know as the sun sets and sleeps, so shall I.

I will be there once more to watch the last ray of the sun disappear, knowing that one day it may never awaken me.

Just for today I will live.

Author Unknown


“Live today as though it’s the last day of your life on earth. For all you know, it could well be.”

Scott Curran


A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father’s word processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”


Maxine on “Lawn Care” – “The key to a nice-looking lawn is a good mower. I recommend one who is muscular and shirtless.”


A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning.

He said, “Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind.

The pastor shouted out “CROSS.” Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS.”

The pastor hollered out “GRACE.” The congregation began to sing “AMAZING GRACE, how sweet the sound.”

The pastor said “POWER.” The congregation sang “THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD”.

The Pastor said “SEX!” The congregation fell in total silence.

Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other afraid to say anything. Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing “PRECIOUS MEMORIES.”


We can’t change how we started out but starting now we can change the ending.


With all the new technology regarding fertility, a 65 year-old woman was able to give birth to a baby recently. When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, her relatives came to visit. “May we see the new baby?” one asked.

“Not yet,” said the mother. “I’ll make coffee and we can visit for a while first.”

Thirty minutes had passed, and another relative asked, “May we see the new baby now?”

“No, not yet,” said the mother.

After another few minutes had elapsed, they asked again, “May we see the baby now?”

“No, not yet,” replied the mother.

Growing very impatient, they asked, “Well, when CAN we see the baby?”

“WHEN IT CRIES!” she told them.

“WHEN IT CRIES??” they demanded. “Why do we have to wait until it CRIES??”

“BECAUSE, I forgot where I put it…”


A rabbi took a job at a Duracell factory.

His job is to stand on the production line and as the batteries go by, say, “I wish you long life”


An evangelist had a great revival camp going. One night he was up in front of a large audience, speaking on imperfection. He asked his audience towards the end, “Has anyone ever known anyone who has come CLOSE to the perfection of our lord, Jesus Christ?”

Nobody, of course raised their hand. So he issued the question again. “Anybody! Has ANYONE ever known that kind of perfection?”

Finally a guy in the back raised his hand, so of course he was asked to stand up. “Tell us. Tell us who you knew who was so close to perfection.”

The man responded, “My wife’s first husband.”


“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”

Will Rogers


Mr. & Mrs. Jones were eating breakfast one morning and Mrs. was reading a letter while she ate. Suddenly she looked up suspiciously at her husband.

“Henry,” she said, “I’ve just received a letter from mother saying she isn’t accepting our invitation to come and stay, as we do not appear to want her. What does she mean by that? I told you to write and say that she was to come at her own convenience. You did write to her, didn’t you?”

“Er, yes, honey, I did,” said the husband. “But I couldn’t spell ‘convenience’, so I substituted ‘risk’.” (last time we checked, this husband was still recovering from his injuries.)


I had amnesia once — or twice.


A colleague was planning a trip to my business office and asked if I could find him a hotel with exercise facilities. I called several hotels, with no luck.

Finally, I thought I had found one. I asked the receptionist if the hotel had a weight room.

“No,” she replied, “but we have a lobby. You can wait there.”


“Life presents many challenges where you have to decide which road you journey down. If you want happiness and success in your dream life you need to discover your values and set your goals accordingly.”

Janice Davies


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 am glad I let go

Ray’s Daily

May 3, 2017

just let go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”

Hermann Hesse

I have been amazed most of my life with what I have been able to see and do. My careers have taken me to many places in our world. I participated in the growth of the computer industry from its infancy. Through my work with Kiwanis I was able to work with key players in global public health i as well as government leaders from around the world.

In my city, I was given the opportunity to serve through public civic appointments and on not-for-profit boards. I also was selected to participate in our cities first leadership development program. Over the years I have met stars from the entertainment industry, government leaders, and a wide variety of really good people.

I don’t think any of this would have happened if I had not been willing to let go of where I was in my life and willingly move to something more. What brought this to my mind today was an article written by Marc Chernoff on letting go of the uncontrollable. Here are excerpts from what he offered.

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in your journey.

The most powerful changes happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over everything you don’t.

  • Most people make themselves unhappy simply by finding it impossible to accept life just as it is presenting itself right now.
  • If you worry too much about what might be, and wonder too long about what might have been, you will ignore and completely miss what is.
  • When you are lost in worry, it is easy to mistake your worries for reality, instead of recognizing that they are just thoughts. Mindfulness is the remedy.
  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a little while, and that includes YOU.
  • You won’t always have it easy, but there is always a reason to be grateful. And the greatest gift of your gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
  • The secret to getting ahead is to focus all of your energy not on fixing and fighting the old, but on building and growing something new.
  • In most cases, you can’t calm the storm – it’s not worth trying. What you can do is calm yourself, and the storm will pass.
  • Oftentimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on a situation – it’s looking at the same situation with fresh eyes and an open mind.
  • You must let go of certainty. And you must remember that the opposite of certainty is not uncertainty, it’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace life as it is, rather than resisting it. The ultimate challenge is to accept yourself exactly as you are, and accept life just as it is, but never stop trying to learn and grow to the best of your abilities.
  • Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
  • When it comes to social drama, letting go of other people’s rude remarks is the best step forward. Most haters don’t really hate you; they just hate where they are in life, and you’re a reflection of what they wish to become.      
  • Your heart might be bruised, but it will gradually heal and become capable of feeling the beauty of life once again.       It’s happened to you before, and it will happen again – life is always changing. When something ends or someone leaves, it’s because something else or someone else is about to arrive – you will feel alive and whole again soon.



“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”

Lao Tzu


Nadine and Jill were talking about a friend who had just given birth to triplets.

“You know, that only happens one in twelve-thousand times?” said Nadine.

“Amazing!” said Jill. “How did she ever find time to do any housework?”


Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke


Recently, I called to make reservations on a small charter plane that departs from Teterboro airport in New Jersey.

I knew that I would be flying in a very small plane, so I was not surprised when the clerk said, “The plane is very full with baggage and passengers.” Then she asked, “How much do you weigh?”

Not thinking clearly, I responded, “With or without clothes?”

“Well,” said the clerk, “how do you intend to travel?”


“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?”

Jean Cocteau


Mrs. Harrison took her three-year-old daughter, Jenny, to church for the first time. After arriving, the church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. There was silence in the entire sanctuary until Jenny’s voice was suddenly heard, loudly singing: “Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you…”


On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was…surrounded by trees and bushes.


Drew and Timmy were brothers. One day Mom and Dad had to go into town. Dad told Drew, “While we are gone I want you boys to clear away the dirty dishes, clean your room, and mow the grass.”

When they returned nothing had been done. Dad was very upset. He asked Drew, “What have you been doing while we were gone?”

Drew replied in a low voice, “Nothing.”

Dad then turns to Timmy and asks, “What have you been doing?”

Timmy replied, “Helping Drew.”


Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished!!!


What to Say When Caught Sleeping On the Job

This is just a 15 minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to.

I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!

This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!

I’m actually doing a Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan (SLEEP). I learned at the last mandatory seminar you made me attend.

Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!


“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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