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Keep It Simple

Ray’s Daily

July 6, 2017



“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

John Wooden

It doesn’t take long after you retire to learn that the big difference is that no one pays you for what you need to do. Just doing what needs to be done is still a necessity. Most days are filled with tasks that need to be done or should be done.

My calendar is filled with doctor’s appointments, occasional meetings and visits with friends. To live I need to shop, cook and medicate. Just keeping up includes tasks. Of course I also feel the obligation to visit with you and others through Ray’s Daily.

I am not complaining just recognizing that the need to do it right is not much different than when I was working, Recently I got an article written by Henrik Edberg that included some tips that I have always followed or at least tried to. These are extracted fro the longer article,

How to Get More Done with (a Lot) Less Stress

  •  Prepare your day the evening before. Pack your bag or suitcase. Put your keys, wallet etc. in a place where you can easily find them as you head out. This preparation will help you to have a less stressful morning.
  • Be 5-10 minutes early for appointments. This will make your time of travel during the day into a time of relaxation and recharging. Instead of a time of stress and anxiety. Plus, people tend to like when other people are on time.
  • Work on just one thing at a time. It will be easier to focus and to do a good job. And to do it in less time compared to if you try to multi-task (at least if you are anything like me).
  • During your day regularly ask yourself questions for simplicity and focus. It is easy to get off track during a regular workday. To stay on track or to get back there if you get lost use questions like:
  • What is the most important thing I can do right now?
  • Am I keeping things extremely simple right now?
  • Be smart about the 3 fundamentals of energy. By that I mean getting enough sleep, exercising a couple of times a week and eating healthy. This may seem very obvious in theory. But in practice it makes a world of difference for your optimism and self-talk, energy levels, ability to handle stress and to think clearly.



“When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.”

Lolly Daskal


In an attempt to force himself into a healthy routine of exercise, a Florida man hired a hit man to kill him if he failed to show up to any of his three weekly workouts for the past five years.

He said:

“At first I thought the ridiculous membership fees and that ludicrous up front joining fee would make me workout so I wouldn’t waste the money, but that didn’t work. Within weeks I was coming up with all sorts of lame, pathetic excuses not to go. So I decided that if money wouldn’t promote me to go, losing my life would. The hit man idea has worked like a charm, maybe even too good. There were some times that I truly would have preferred not to go, like that time I had bronchial asthmatic pneumonia. I’ve never had so much dark green mucus running down my face in my life. You should have seen that treadmill afterwards. But with all its ups and downs, my only complaint lately is that what I originally thought were expensive gym fees have been overshadowed by the high cost of the hit man. Now that I want to stop, I can’t because I told him to shoot me if I told him I wanted to give up.”


Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.

David Borenstein


Restroom Graffiti

The best way to a man’s heart is to saw his breast plate open. * Women’s rest room, Murphy’s, Champaign, Ill.

Beauty is only a light switch away. * Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

If life is a waste of time, and time is a waste of life, then let’s all get wasted and have the time of our lives. * Armand’s Pizza, Washington, D.C.

Remember, it’s not “How high are you?”, it’s “Hi, how are you?” * Rest stop off Route 81, W. VA.

No matter how good she looks, some other guy is sick and tired of putting up with her. * Men’s rest room, Linda’s Bar and Grill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere. * Written in the dust on the back of a bus, Wickenburg, Ariz.

A woman’s rule of thumb: If it has tires or testicles, you’re going to have trouble with it. * Women’s rest room, Dick’s Last Resort, Dallas, Tex.

Express Lane: Five beers or less. * Sign over one of the urinals, Ed Debevic’s, Phoenix, Ariz.

You’re too good for him. * Sign over mirror in women’s rest room, Ed Debevic’s, Beverly Hills, CA


“A homemade bomb was found in the bathroom of a Starbucks in San Francisco. Police defused the device, saving over $85 million worth of coffee. 100 people were evacuated from the Starbucks. They were taken to the Starbucks two doors down.”

Jay Leno


My kids love surfing the Web, and they keep track of their passwords by writing them on sticky notes.

One day I noticed their password was “BatmanSupermanRobinJoker”. And so I asked why it was so long.

“Because,” my son explained, “they say it has to have at least four characters.”


“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.”

Deepak Chopra


On a train from London to Manchester, an American was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.

“You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lips make you above the rest of us. Look at me. I’m me. I have Italian blood, French blood, a little Indian blood, and some Swedish blood. What do you say to that?”

The Englishman replied, “Very sporting of your mother.”


“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked.

“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”


As the Army Sergeant strode into the Barracks, he and loudly barked, “ALL YOU BASTARDS, FALL IN, ON THE DOUBLE!”

Each soldier grabbed his hat and jumped to his feet, expect one, a private who lay in his bunk reading a book.

The Sergeant roared, “WELL?”

“Well,” observed the private, “There certainly were a lot of ’em, weren’t there?”


“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

Pablo Picasso


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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