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It’s up to you

Ray’s Daily

June 30, 2016



Life is short and it’s up to you to make it sweet.

Yesterday I suggested that one of the most important things for us to remember was that life goes on and it is up to us to go with it or it will pass us by. Sadly many folks let their troubles take them down and they never get back up only to regret that decision for the rest of their lives.

I know for many of us staying positive is easier said than done, but going on is always worth it. I like the following poem for it is a good reminder that our futures are up to us.

Life’s Tug Of War

Author Unknown

Life can seem ungrateful and not always kind.

Life can pull at your heartstrings and play with your mind.

Life can be blissful and happy and free.

Life can put beauty in the things that you see.

Life can place challenges right at your feet.

Life can make good of the hardships we meet.

Life can overwhelm you and make your head spin.

Life can reward those determined to win.

Life can be hurtful and not always fair.

Life can surround you with people who care.

Life clearly does offer its ups and its downs.

Life’s days can bring you both smiles and frowns.

Life teaches us to take the good with the bad.

Life is a mixture of happy and sad.


Take the life that you have and give it your best.

Think positive be happy let God do the rest.

Take the challenges that life has laid at your feet.

Take pride and be thankful for each one you meet.

To yourself give forgiveness if you stumble and fall.

Take each day that is dealt you and give it your all..

Take the love that you’re given and return it with care.

Have faith that when needed it will always be there.

Take time to find the beauty in the things that you see.

Take life’s simple pleasures let them set your heart free.

The idea here is simply to even the score.

As you are met and faced with Life’s Tug of War.


Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

Joel Osteen


Identifying Where A Driver Is From

* One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: Chicago

* One hand on wheel, one finger out window: New York

* One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: Boston

* One hand on wheel, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator: California.

* Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror: Ohio, but driving in California.

* Both hands in air, gesturing, both feet on accelerator, head turned to talk to someone in back seat: Italy

* One hand on latte, one knee on wheel, cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on game: Seattle

* Four wheel drive pickup truck, shotgun mounted in rear window, beer cans on floor, squirrel tails attached to antenna: West Virginia

* Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above window level, driving 35 on the interstate in the left lane with the left blinker on: Florida


China has a population of a billion people. One billion. That means even if you’re a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you.

Whitney Brown


I knew these Siamese twins. They moved to England, so the other one could drive.

Steven Wright


Signs Your Church Minister Needs A Vacation:

His first words to the congregation on Sunday morning are “alright, listen up you heathens…”

He falls asleep during his own sermon.

He shows up for Sunday service wearing Bermuda Shorts and a Tank Top

Every time his pager goes off, he shouts, “Why can’t they just leave me alone?!”

He announces baptismal services will be at the Grand Canyon

You go to his office for counseling and pour your heart out to him and he says, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.”

For the past two months he has preached the same sermon every Sunday.


The older you get, the better you realize you were.




“If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.”

Professor Irwin Corey


A warning received from Ireland.

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives’ duties.

Terry had married a woman from America, and bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning that needed to be done at their house. He said that it took a couple of days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.

Jimmie had married a woman from Australia. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. He told them that the first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the table.

The third man had married an Irish girl. He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything, but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye. Enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher, and call a landscaper.


Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.

Eckhart Tolle


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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