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I’m happy, are you?

Ray’s Daily

October 31, 2017


If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.

Roy T. Bennett

Happy Man 2

Time sure flies, here we are Halloween and the last day of October. While I am too old for costumes or new tricks I am going to enjoy today. I have an early meeting with two of my favorite people, the head of our cities premier senior organization and the VP of one of our cities leading universities. They are fun to be with and are always brainstorming on how we all can help to make our world a little bit better.

I will begin my latest round of physical therapy before I don my chauffeur’s hat to drive my wife to her medical appointment. The highlight of my day will be the joy I will feel when my therapy session has ended.

I have had a few challenging days lately but in the main things are good. I, like the guy in the following story know that happiness is mine, but only if I stop long enough to realize it.

“Happiness is a choice”

An old man lived in the village. He was one of the most unfortunate people in the world. The whole village was tired of him, he was always gloomy, constantly complained and always was in a bad mood. The longer he lived, the more bile was becoming and the more poisonous were his words. People avoided him, because his misfortune became contagious. It was even unnaturally and insulting to be happy next to him. He created the feeling of unhappiness in others.

But one day, when he got eighty years old, an incredible thing happened. Instantly everyone heard the rumour: “An Old Man is happy today, he doesn’t complain about anything, smiles, and even his face is freshened up”. The whole village gathered together. An old man was asked: – What happened to you?

– Nothing special.. – he answered. – Eighty years I’ve been chasing happiness, and it was useless. And then… I decided to live without happiness and just enjoy life… That is why I am happy now!


Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire


I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.


An old lady had always wanted to travel abroad. Now that she was getting on in years, she thought she would really like to do so before she died.

Until then, she’d never even been out of the country. So she began by going in person to the Passport Office and asking how long it would take to have one issued.

“You must take the loyalty oath first,” responded the passport clerk. “Raise your right hand, please.”

The old gal raised her right hand.

“Do you swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all its enemies, domestic or foreign?” was the first question.

The little old lady’s face paled and her voice trembled as she asked in a small voice, “Uhhh . . . all by myself?”


“I was in the supermarket the other day, and I met a lady in the aisle where they keep the generic brands. Her name was ‘Woman’.”

Steven Wright


Driving to a new restaurant, Margaret took several wrong turns. When she finally found the right road, she asked her husband, “Why didn’t you tell me I was lost?”

“I thought you knew where you were going,” he replied. “You always know where you’re going when I’m driving.”


Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.


She said: My husband had been stationed in Europe and away from home for what seemed like years when I went for my annual gynecological checkup.  My doctor asked the usual questions, including what I was using for birth control.  I gave the only possible response I could:

“The Atlantic Ocean.”

n, her husband, and their three very rambunctious young sons were in their car waiting at a traffic.  The woman glanced over at the car next them, noticing a blissfully happy mother with her baby daughter.

Looking at her husband she said, “As soon as I lose my weight from the last baby, I want to try for a daughter.”

The husband reached up to the dash, grabbed an open box of snacks, and said, “Here, have another cookie.”


It is better to have loved and lost, then to have hated and won.


Mary:  So we went back to my place, and I put on a little show for him.

Jill:  Ohmigod!  You did a strip tease?

Mary:  No!  I tried to sell him some Tupperware!


What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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