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July 17, 2017


you can do it

No one knows what he can do until he tries.

Publilius Syrus

One of the good things that happened to me recently was hearing from an old friend who I only met in person a few times years ago but who has continued to be a contact via e-mail. My friend is one of my heroes. I met her years ago when she was on loan from the US Centers for Disease Control to Ted Turner’s UN Foundation. She facilitated a partnership with the Foundation and Kiwanis International for a multi-million dollar humanitarian project in Africa.

Since then she has done some amazing things in Egypt while working for the World Health Organization and later when she went on to provide global assistance to third world public health organizations. Today she leads the charge by the American Red Cross to control measles and rubella.

What makes her special is that she has never avoided doing the most difficult tasks. I think she could have written the following article that was penned by Angel Chernoff. I have edited it some but you’ll get the idea.

5 Regretful Lies and Excuses Your Mind Likes to Tell You

The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a liar and an excuse machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. This ultimately prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives.

  1. “I can’t do it.” – It seems too difficult at first, so you think you can’t stick to the positive change you’re making. You subconsciously don’t believe in yourself enough to take another step. This is a common lie/excuse that can be countered by looking at the fact that other people no more capable than you have done it. Truth be told, the only person who can tell you “I can’t” is you. If you hear those words echoing in the back of your mind, tune them out.
  2. “They can do it, but that doesn’t apply to me because they have it better than me.” – Just because someone else can, doesn’t mean you can, right? You look for reasons they can do it but you can’t. OK, fine, it’s easy to find excuses: but look at all the other people who have considerable obstacles too who’ve done it.
  3. “It’ll be too hard because I can’t get by without _______.” – Fill in the blank: I need my wine, my cheese, my sweets, my TV shows, my nine hours of sleep, my big house, my fancy wardrobe, etc. These are luxuries we convince ourselves we can’t live without, so we can justify not making positive changes like eating healthier or exercising daily or saving money or simplifying our lives or building a profitable side hustle.
  4. “Life is meant to be easier and enjoyed more.” – Sure, I agree that life should be enjoyed (as many of us do) but the problem is that the idea that life should ALWAYS be easy and enjoyable is used to justify all kinds of lazy behavior. Might as well sit on the couch and scarf down those Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? Nope. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up a lot of comfort in your life and not lose a thing. In fact, the path of least resistance is often the path of least reward.
  5. “I can do it later.” – Sure, you can always do it later… but your later self will feel the same exact way. Think about it: Why should your later self be more disciplined than your present self? In fact, because you’re allowing yourself to slack off now, you’re building a habit of procrastination and actually making it less likely that your later self will be more disciplined. Most great things in life don’t happen by chance, they happen by choice. You never know what’s possible until you risk finding out. In the end, there is only one thing that makes your dreams and goals completely impossible to achieve: Your lack of action today.


“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Hellen Keller


The bride said she wanted three children, while the young husband said two would be enough for him.

They discussed this discrepancy for a few minutes until the husband thought he’d put an end to things by saying boldly, “After our second child, I’ll just have a vasectomy.”

Without a moments hesitation, the bride retorted, “Well, I hope you’ll love the third one just as if it’s your own.”


Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.

William Penn


David and Bernice had just given their teenage daughter family-car privileges. On Saturday night she returned home very late from a party. The next morning her father went out to the driveway to get the newspaper and came back into the house frowning.

At 11:30am the girl sleepily walked into the kitchen, and her father asked her, “Sweetheart, what time did you get in last night?”

“Not too late, Dad.” she replied nervously.

Dead-panned, her father said, “Then, my precious one, I’ll have to talk with the paperboy about putting my paper under the front tire of the car.”


“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.”

Laurence J. Peter


I’ve been feeling down for so long that I finally decided to seek the aid of a psychiatrist.

I went there, laid on the couch, spilled my guts then waited for the profound wisdom of the psychiatrist to make me feel better.

The psychiatrist asked me a few questions, took some notes then sat thinking in silence for a few minutes with a puzzled look on his face.

Suddenly, he looked up with an _expression of delight and said, “Ummmmm, I think your problem is low self-esteem. It’s very common among losers.”


When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.

Lee Ann Womack


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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