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So, how are you doing?

Ray’s Daily

July 11, 2017



“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.”

Germany Kent

I often have difficulty when I am asked about my health. The choices are usually poor, fair, good, excellent, with some times more choices. My problem is that even though I have COPD, a brain aneurism, a leaky heart valve, sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia requiring a pacemaker, arthritis and few other maladies people don’t understand when I report I am in relatively good health. True, I have some physical limitations that keep me from doing everything I would like to do, but I am able to do enough.

My Doctors have operated on me, medicated me and done what is necessary to keep me functional. And my mind seems to still be working. True I have had a few near death experiences but I survived and recovered.

So while those who don’t know me think I am in poor health I know I am really doing pretty well. I think part of the reason I feel as good as I do is because of a positive outlook, Here are excerpts from a New York Times article that helps explain why I feel the way I do.

A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health


  • “Look on the sunny side of life.”
  • “Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.”
  • “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”
  • “See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.”

Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed optimists,” can do far more than raise one’s spirits. They may actually improve health and extend life.

Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions. In earlier research at the University of California, San Francisco, she and colleagues found that people with new diagnoses of H.I.V. infection who practiced these skills carried a lower load of the virus, were more likely to take their medication correctly, and were less likely to need antidepressants to help them cope with their illness.

An important goal of the training is to help people feel happy, calm and satisfied in the midst of a health crisis. Improvements in their health and longevity are a bonus. Each participant is encouraged to learn at least three of the eight skills and practice one or more each day. The eight skills are:

■ Recognize a positive event each day.

■ Savor that event and log it in a journal or tell someone about it.

■ Start a daily gratitude journal.

■ List a personal strength and note how you used it.

■ Report a relatively minor stress and list ways to reappraise the event positively.

■ Recognize and practice small acts of kindness daily.

■ Practice mindfulness, focusing on the here and now rather than the past or future.

Dr. Moskowitz said she was inspired by observations that people with AIDS, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic illnesses lived longer if they demonstrated positive emotions.


“There’s no better time than the present to be better than we were yesterday.”

Gary Kelley


He said: My kid brother, a strict vegetarian, travels abroad for long periods on business. When he got back from Europe one time, he called our parents’ home and told Dad he was about to pay them an unexpected visit. When Dad hung up the phone, he called to my mother. “The prodigal son is returning! Kill the fatted zucchini!”


Men always want to be a woman’s first love.

Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

Oscar Wilde


Fresh out of business school, the young man answered a want ad for an accountant. Now he was being interviewed by a very nervous man who ran a small business that he had started himself. “I need someone with an accounting degree,” the man said. “But mainly, I’m looking for someone to do my worrying for me.”

“Excuse me?” the accountant said.

“I worry about a lot of things,” the man said. “But I don’t want to have to worry about money. Your job will be to take all the money worries off my back.”

“I see,” the accountant said. “And how much does the job pay?”

“I’ll start you at eighty thousand.”

“Eighty thousand dollars!” the accountant exclaimed. “How can such a small business afford a sum like that?”

“That,” the owner said, “is your first worry.”


Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.


The new family in the neighborhood overslept, and their six-year-old daughter missed her school bus.

The father, though late for work, agreed to drive her if she’d direct him to the school.

They rode several blocks before she told him to turn the first time, several more before she indicated another turn. This went on for 20 minutes – but when they finally reached the school, it proved to be only a short distance from their home.

The father asked his daughter why she’d led him around in such a circle.

The child explained, “That’s the way the school bus goes, Daddy. It’s the only way I know.”


Hors D’oeuvres — A sandwich cut into 20 pieces.


The relatives of the family’s rich dowager gathered for the reading of her will after her long awaited death.

“Being of sound mind,” read the lawyer, “I spent every last cent before I died.”


The teacher has listed things she’d like to write on a student’s report card **

  1. Since my last report, the student has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
  2. I would not allow this student to breed.
  3. This student has delusions of adequacy.
  4. The student sets low personal standards and then occasionally fails to achieve them.
  5. Student has been working with glue too much.
  6. When the student’s IQ reaches 50, he/she should sell.
  7. Student has a photogenic memory but the lens cover is glued on.
  8. The ‘Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.’
  9. If you give the student a penny for his/her thoughts, you would get change.
  10. The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.


One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people.


A little girl walks in to the lounge one Sunday morning while her Dad is reading the paper. “Where does poo come from?” she asks. The father feeling a little perturbed that his 5 year old daughter is already asking difficult questions thinks for a moment and says:

“Well you know we just ate breakfast?”

“Yes,” answers the girl.

“Well the food goes into our tummies and our bodies take out all the good stuff, and then whatever is left over comes out of our bums when we go to the toilet, and that is poo.”

The little girl looks shocked, and stares at him in stunned silence for a few seconds and asks:

“And Tigger?”


A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

-Mahatma Gandhi


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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