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Ray’s Daily

November 17, 2017


To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.



So far it appears that my eye surgery yesterday is helping my eyesight. It will still be a day or two before I will know for sure. I am not quite up for preparing another Daily today so we will again visit yesteryear.


Ray’s Daily first punished on November 17, 2009

 had the good fortune to attend a lecture and discussion last week on Confucianism. It was an excellent program and reminded me of the wisdom imparted by Confucius over the centuries. It was also helpful for the attendees to be reminded that Confucianism is not a traditional religion but a guide for living. In fact it is not mutually exclusive with organized religion; you can be a Christian, Jew or Muslim and benefit from the precepts of Confucius.

For me it is its belief that cooperation and harmony are worthwhile goals and that adversarial relationships result in non-productive conflict. I think that in today’s highly partisan society we would benefit with more cooperative problem solving than we ever will by battling against each other.

A few things from the Analects which were communicated via the writings of Confucius’ disciples that hit home for me are:

“The Master said, A gentleman who never goes on eating until he is sated, who does not demand comfort in his home, who is diligent in business and cautious in speech, who associates with those that possess the Way and thereby corrects his own faults – such a one may indeed be said to have a taste for learning.”

To me this reminds us that if we spend all our time in material pursuits we will have little time to enrich our lives and benefit from the wisdom of others. It also reminds me that having the biggest house or biggest TV does not make me a better person.

“The Master said, (the good man) does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.”

I can think of few things in life more important than “to thine own self be true.” I believe that it is I who must establish my values and then live up to them. We should strive to be able to end each day and look back and say “I did the best I could and I did it well.” It is when I strive for the approval of others, feeling that their values are superior to my own that I can stray from what I might become. I also believe that each of us has a duty to recognize the good works of others, learn from them and make sure that they know we appreciate what they do.

Of course there is much more of the wisdom of Confucius that is worth our time. I know I’ll again revisit his teachings for I can use all the help I can get.


Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.



Lefkowitz was a very pious old man, who had lived his life according to the Commandments, never asking anything, always giving to others. Finally, wanting to have something for himself, and to experience the other side of life, he began to pray to God.

“Lord”, he said, “All my life I have tried to be good, to follow all your Laws and Commandments, and to always help others, never asking anything for myself when I have prayed to you.  Now that I am old, I am finally asking for something for myself. All that I want is to win the Lottery, so I can have a comfortable old age.”

For year after year, he repeated this prayer, and nothing would happen.  Finally, in despair, he again prayed to God, saying  “Why have you abandoned me?  Is this all I am to have in life?  All I have ever asked you for is to just once to win the Lottery. What have I done wrong that you punish me this way?”

And an aggravated voice boomed down from the heavens, saying, in exasperation,   “Lefkowitz, BUY A TICKET ALREADY!!!”


If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.



Signs That You Live In 2009

  1. You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.
  2. You call your son’s beeper to let him know it’s time to eat, he emails you back from his bedroom.
  3. Your daughter sells Girl Scout cookies via her web site.
  4. You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven’t spoken with your next door neighbor yet this year.
  5. Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
  6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
  7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20-50 years of your life, is cause for panic and turning around to go get it.
  8. Cleaning up the dining room means getting the fast food bags out of the back seat of your car.
  9. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.
  10. You’re reading this.


It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.



An old Jewish man and a young Jewish man are traveling on the train. The young man asks: “Excuse me, what time is it?” The old man does not answer. “Excuse me, sir, what time is it?”

The old man keeps silent.

“Sir, I’m asking you what time is it. Why don’t you answer?!”

The old man says: “Son, the next stop is the last on this route. I don’t know you, so you must be a stranger. If I answer you now, I’ll have to invite you to my home. You’re handsome, and I have a beautiful daughter. You will both fall in love and you will want to get married. So tell me, why would I need a son-in-law who can’t even afford a watch?”


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.



“I think a really funny joke would be for NASA to send up rockets and push a bunch of planets out of alignment. Then they could sit back and laugh when everyone realizes that their horoscopes aren’t coming true.”

Eric Presbrey


It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.





Ray’s Daily

November 16, 2017


I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

Helen Keller


Before I go for my eye surgery this morning I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate those of you who have offered me your friendship. Too many old friends have passed on without my letting them know how much I valued our time together. As we age we realize that it is the people in our lives that are important and not the things we have accumulated.

I think these days, more than ever, we are known by the friends we keep. I appreciate that in that regard so many of you make me appear to be better than I really am. So again let me say thanks for being there, you enrich my life.

Here is a poem that I like, I hope you will too.


Author Unknown

Friends answer your needs before their own.

You come to them with your hunger,

And they satisfy you with peace.

That’s how friends are.


Friends let you speak your mind,

Without worrying what their thoughts will be.

Friends know when you are silent,

They need to listen your heart.


Friends share the joy and the pain.

They know about desire and rejection.

Friends allow you to be who you are,

Without expectations of who you should be.


Friends don’t come with a purpose,

They don’t come with a plan.

They come to enlighten your spirit,

They come to brighten your heart.


They come to give you a hand when needed

And expect nothing in return.

It is the little things that friends do.

Like fill your heart with pleasure, hope and joy.


AAHH… The Sweetness Of Friendsip

There can be no price placed on Friendship

It has once been told.

For Friendships are worth far more than gold.


Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham


She told me that as an attendant at an exclusive golf club, her work includes welcoming guests to the course and loading bags in and out of vehicles.  She’s the only female on the staff, and works with eight teenage boys.

One day a golfer drove up in a yellow Lamborghini.  Three of the teens rushed to help him.  Later, they gushed about their conversation with the man, who told them he owned three of the Italian sports cars.

“Really?” she replied. “What line of work is he in?”

“We didn’t talk about that,” said one of the boys. “We only asked if he has a daughter.”


Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.


One of the single girls in the office came in one morning and began passing out cigars and candy, both tied with blue ribbons.

When asked what the occasion was, she proudly displayed a diamond solitaire on her left ring finger. “It’s a boy,” she announced, “six feet tall, 178 pounds!”


I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.


The social studies teacher had just finished a unit on war and peace. “How many of you,” he asked, “would say you’re opposed to war?” Not surprisingly, all hands went up. The teacher asked, “Who’ll give us the reason for being opposed to war?”

A large, bored-looking boy in the back of the room raised his hand.

“Johnny?” the teacher said.

“I hate war,” Johnny said, “because wars make history, and I hate History!”


A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

General George S. Patton



BUYAGRA: Stimulant to be taken prior to shopping. Increases potency and duration of spending spree.

MENICILLIN: Potent anti-boyotic for older women. Increases resistance to such lines as, “You make me want to be a better person.”

EMPTY NESTROGEN: Highly effective supplement that eliminates melancholy by enhancing the memory of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn’t wait till they moved out.

FLIPITOR: Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

ANTI-TALKSIDENT: A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers.

DAMMITOL: Take two and the rest of the world can go to hell for 8 hours


The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



You’re never too old

Ray’s Daily

November 15, 2017


Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?

Dennis and Wendy Mannering


I had an interesting conversation with one of my physical therapists yesterday. Our discussions included our observations on the behavior of people we know, meet or see during our day to day activities. A lot of my friends concerns was how he saw so many people moving to fast trying to keep up with things that really are not that important.

I expressed my concern for some of the folks my age who rationalize their inactivity and sedentary existence as being the natural result of old age. In truth I know many of my fellow seniors who are just as vibrant and interested as they always were, in fact my wife frequently meets with a group of friends for coffee who are outgoing, smart and fun to be with. They just stay positive.

A long time ago the Reverend Charles Swindoll wrote a piece that I think is the secret to the life of the happy people I knw, it is ther attitude. Here is what he had to say:


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, then circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.


Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

Francesca Reigler


What I learned at the senior center:

  1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
  2. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.
  3. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
  4. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
  5. Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes and when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE!
  6. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  7. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
  8. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
  9. I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
  10. The golden years are really just metallic years, gold in the tooth, silver in your hair, and lead in the rear.
  11. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
  12. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
  13. Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.
  14. Yeah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
  15. Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled, and blind they don’t recognize you.
  16. If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.


Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.

A.H. Maslow



You’ve eaten your weight in Girl Scout cookies.

You always have at least 12 Legos and a Barbie shoe in your purse.

You catch yourself humming theme songs from kiddie shows about 3 times a day.

You can take construction paper, glue, pudding cups, and aluminum foil and make a delightful holiday centerpiece.

You know that a suspiciously sweet, “Mommy, I love you!” really means…

“I just decorated the wall with all your makeup.”


If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?

Stephen King


A man walks into a Chinese restaurant but is told by the Maitre’d that there will be at least a twenty minute wait. “Would you like to wait in the bar, Sir?”, he says.

The man goes into the bar and the bartender says, “What’ll it be?”

The man replies, “Give me a Stoli with a twist.”

The bartender pauses for a few seconds, then smiles and says, “Once upon time, there were FOUR little peegs . . . ”


Professor: You can’t sleep in my class!

Student: If you didn’t talk so loud, I could.


An elderly, wealthy woman in Florida was boring fellow beachcombers as she bragged on and on about her two remarkable grandchildren.

Unable to stand it any longer, a fellow sunbather interrupted her.

“Tell me, Mrs. Rosenwasser, how old are your grandsons?”

Mrs. Rosenwasser gave her a grateful smile and replied, “The doctor is four and the lawyer is six.”


“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.”

Norman Vincent Peale


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



We need each other

Ray’s Daily

November 14, 2017


“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.”

 Alexander Graham Bell


I worry that too many of us have let ourselves become so polarized that we have lost our ability to communicate with people who don’t agree with us. I hope I am wrong for if we spend too much of our time arguing we have little time left for finding solutions.

What must the children think when the ears are filled with venomous comments from folks intent on degrading others. The great gains in society have come from the concerted efforts of those who sought consensus rather than those who close their minds to alternatives.

I recently read about a presentation made by Megan Phelps-Roper during a TED talk. Many of us would benefit if we heeded her advice.

4 tips for talking to people you disagree with

  1. Don’t assume bad intent. Assuming ill motives almost instantly cuts us off from truly understanding why someone does and believes as they do. We forget they’re a human being with a lifetime of experience that shaped their mind, we get stuck on that first wave of anger, and the conversation has a very hard time ever moving beyond it. But when we assume good or neutral intent, we give our minds a much stronger framework for dialogue.
  2. Ask questions. When we engage people across ideological divides, asking questions helps us map the disconnect between our differing points of view. That’s important because we can’t present effective arguments if we don’t understand where the other side is actually coming from and it gives them an opportunity to point out flaws in our positions.

But asking questions serves another purpose; it signals to someone they’re being heard. When my friends on Twitter stopped accusing and started asking questions, I almost automatically mirrored them. Their questions gave me room to speak, but they also gave me permission to ask them questions and truly hear their responses. It fundamentally changed the dynamic of our conversation.

  1. Stay calm. This takes practice and patience, but it’s powerful. People often lament that digital communication makes us less civil, but this is one advantage that online conversations have over in-person ones. We have a buffer of time and space between us and the people whose ideas we find so frustrating. We can use that buffer. Instead of lashing out, we can pause, breathe, change the subject or walk away, and then come back to it when we’re ready.
  2. Make the argument. This might seem obvious, but one side effect of having strong beliefs is we sometimes assume that the value of our position is, or should be, obvious and self-evident; that we shouldn’t have to defend our positions because they’re so clearly right and good; that if someone doesn’t get it, it’s their problem — that it’s not my job to educate them. But if it were that simple, we would all see things the same way.


The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation – a force for construction and destruction.

Jonathan Haidt


An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the “accident of evolution” had created. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!”, he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look.

He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing. He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer.

His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear; right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out “Oh my God!….”

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, “You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don’t exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of his predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?”

“Very well,” said the voice. The light went out. The river ran again. And the sounds of the forest resumed.

And then the bear dropped his right paw… brought both paws together… bowed his head and spoke: “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.”


If you find yourself in an argument with a woman, plead insanity–they never argue with that.


No matter what we learned from the movies, when they make me the Evil Overlord I will: Be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show they pose no threat.

Make sure that one of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

That all slain enemies are cremated, or at least have several rounds of ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

That the hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.

Never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

Never utter the sentence “But before I kill you, there’s just one thing I want to know.”


A Smith and Wesson beats four aces.


“Hello, Bill,” exclaimed Jim, meeting a buddy for the first time in a while. “Did you marry that girl you used to go with or are you still doing your own cooking and ironing?”

“Yes,” replied Bill.


A store manager overheard a clerk saying to a customer, “No, ma’am, we haven’t had any for some weeks now, and it doesn’t look as if we’ll be getting any soon.” Alarmed by what was being said, the manager rushed over to the customer who was walking out the door and said, “That isn’t true, ma’am. Of course, we’ll have some soon. In fact, we placed an order for it a couple of weeks ago.” Then the manager drew the clerk aside and growled, “Never, never, never, never say we don’t have something. If we don’t have it, say we ordered it and it’s on its way. Now, what was it she wanted?” The clerk smiled and said… “Rain…”


“Willingness to compromise with others’ ways of living and cooperation in common tasks, these make living happy and fruitful.”

Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



We need you

Ray’s Daily

November 13, 2017


“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

Please Help

I got big news on Friday, my wife’s Doctors have decided to bar her from ever driving again, This is really hard on her as she was out every day before her illnesses. Now I need to do the driving for her to visit her friends, do the mall walking and the like. So I need to reprogram and spend more time with her and less time on other activities.

I am running behind and have things I must do so I am again sending you a Ray’s Daily reprint.


Ray’s Daily first pblished om November 13, 2007

A friend of mine spoke to a group not long ago about how lucky we are to live in my hometown. He told us great things are happening because people like you and me are involved in so much of what is going on in our community. He shared examples of how so many that were not rich nor had prestigious family connections had lead or influenced many of the good things happening around us.

I thought about what my friend had said and realized the room was full of people with untapped potential, people who observe but don’t come alive and get involved. Far too many of us sit and wait to be discovered and then wonder why our lives are so drab and our rut too deep to crawl out of. My concern resulted in my reflecting back on how I had become involved in so many meaningful activities. I realized that I could be one of those my friend had described, I came to town without wealth and with absolutely no family or friend connections and yet I have been privileged to have been allowed to do so much at the local, state, and national level. I have no outstanding academic credentials and hold no records. As I thought about it I realized that the secret was being myself and just being there.

Nobody is going to discover our talents and interests if we stay in our cocoon. No matter what they say, opportunity won’t knock on your door if it does not know where you live. I am not talking about change the world opportunities, I am talking about being asked to join with others next Saturday for a few hours to make your neighborhood a better place or going to a lecture and talking to the person in the next seat and discovering a new friend.

We are at a time in our world that we need all the help we can get and yet many of us stay home wondering why our lives are not more exciting. I have two suggestions, first decide that it is perfectly all right to just be yourself and second come out and meet us somewhere, we would love to have your help. So the next time I am at a class at the center I’ll look for you, if I am volunteering ringing bells for the Salvation Army I hope we do it together, and when I hear you stand up and suggest how things can be changed for the better I’ll be thankful that you were there to say it.


“If you’re not actively involved in getting what you want, you don’t really want it.”

Peter McWilliams


The ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members.

“How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.

“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”

“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”

“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”

“Are you in any pain?” she asked.

“No, I have never had a pain in my life.”

“Well, what are you worried about?” her friend asked again.

The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry.

“Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to heaven.  I’m afraid they’re all wondering where I went.”


Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.


She said:

You! Off my planet!!

Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?

Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.

Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be…?

I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.

Allow me to introduce my selves.


Short skirts have a tendency to make men polite. Have you ever seen a man get on a bus ahead of one?


He said:

Women love to shop. It is the one area of the world where they feel like they’re actually in control.

Women especially love a bargain. The question of “need” is irrelevant, so don’t bother pointing it out. Anything on sale is fair game.

Women never have anything to wear. Don’t question the racks of clothes in the closet; you “just don’t understand”.

Women need to cry. And they won’t do it alone unless they know you can hear them.

Women will always ask questions that have no right answer, in an effort to trap you into feeling guilty.


If nobody measures up, check your yardstick.


Unaware that Indianapolis is on Eastern Standard Time and Chicago on Central Standard Time, Bob inquired at the Indianapolis airport about a plane to Chicago.

“The next flight leaves at 1:00 p.m.,” a ticket agent said, “and arrives in Chicago at 1:01 p.m.”

“Would you repeat that, please?”  Bob asked.

The agent did so and then inquired, “Do you want a ticket?”

“No,” said Bob, “But I think I’ll hang around and watch that thing take off.”


The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

Alfred Adler


A wife says to her husband one weekend morning, “We’ve got such a clever dog. He brings in the daily newspapers every morning.”

Her husband replied “Well, lots of dogs can do that.”

The wife responded, ” But we’ve never subscribed to any papers!”


Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive, anyway.


“Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me.  She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night.  She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market.”

“Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically,” remarked his friend.

“I’m not bitter.  Now that I’m so improved, she just isn’t good enough for me.”


“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”

Jeff Valdez


When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session.  “I’m not aware of your problem,” the doctor said.  “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”

“Of course,” replied the patient.  “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”


“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”

Napoleon Hill


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Make it a good one

Ray’s Daily

November 10, 2017


If you don’t think every day is a day, just try missing one.

Cavett Robert

I may be retired but my days are still usually full. I find my ability to cope and perform depends on my getting adequate rest and my peace of mind. Those of you have known me for sometime may remember I have always been an extreme morning person and I still am.

I just read the following piece from Time Magazine where I learned that in the main I still get it right. I am not after riches but I do appreciate manageable days.

5 Ways to Have a More Productive Morning, According to Science

By Paul Schrodt

Here are five hacks that can help you get the most out of the beginning of your day.

Wake up a lot earlier. The old “9 to 5” schedule isn’t necessarily the way to fulfillment and riches beyond your dreams. Wealthy people frequently tout the benefits of getting up earlier than many of their peers, and Arianna Huffington even wrote a book on the importance of sleep. Science backs them up. One study found that people who preferred to go to sleep late had more negative thinking. And research shows that getting sleep helps problem solving. So don’t skip sleep, but instead try to get under the covers early, so you can get your full sleep cycle and take on the new day as soon as it starts. Another benefit of being an early riser? You’ll deal with a lot fewer distractions while others are snoozing.

Meditate as soon as you can. You don’t have to be into Eastern culture to meditate. Research shows that the practice has mental and physical benefits. Jack Dorsey, who runs both Twitter and mobile payments company Square, says he wakes up at 5 a.m. every day and meditates for half an hour in order to clear his head so he can focus on what’s ahead. If you’re feeling a little foggy first thing, you should consider doing the same.

Get your exercise in early. A morning workout can make everything after it seem so much easier. That’s because aerobic exercise has a whole host of benefits, according to research, from improving memory and thinking skills to reducing stress and actually fighting depression. Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, is 67, but he’s able to stay extremely active by waking up every day around 5 a.m. for his exercise routine, which at times, has included kitesurfing. He says the routine allows him to “achieve twice as much.”

Eat a smarter breakfast. The research is mixed on whether breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, but you can’t dispute the significance of what you put into your body. If you’re trying to get a lot done, you should eat a high-protein meal in the morning (consider eggs, and stay away from carbohydrates), which will keep you satisfied for longer, scientists agree. One study even suggests that a high-protein breakfast may help people eat less throughout the day — if you’re not snacking, you’re probably working.

Handle your toughest task first. It’s better to face your problems head-on rather than let them loom over you. Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, says that you’re at your most productive just after you get up. That means you should identify the hardest challenge on your schedule and instead of putting it off—the instinct many of us have—deal with it immediately. Then everything else will look a lot rosier.


The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.

Tony Robbins



You Know You’re a Nurse..IF

The front of your scrubs reads: “I’m a Nurse. I’m here to save your ass, not kiss it!”

You occasionally park in the space with the “Physicians Only” sign, and knock it over.

You’ve ever told a patient to “move toward the light.”

You believe some patients are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.

You always follow the rules, but are wise enough to “forget” them sometimes.

You have seen more “moons” than the Hubbell telescope.

You own at least 3 pens with the names of prescription medications on them.

You hope there’s a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light system.

You wash your hands before you go to the bathroom.

You’ve ever thought a blood pressure cuff would be an excellent gift for Christmas.

You’ve spent more money to buy a good stethoscope than you did on a trip to Six-Flags.

You consider a tongue depressor an eating utensil.

You know it’s a full moon without having to look at the sky.

Eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is perfectly natural.

You’ve been exposed to so many x-rays that you consider it a form of birth control.

You’ve ever had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring, a pierced tongue, and a pierced naval say, “I’m afraid of shots.”

You’ve ever bet on someone’s blood alcohol level.

You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac.

You believe every waiting room should have a Valium salt lick.


It’s called “fast” food because you’re supposed to eat it really fast. Otherwise, you might actually taste it.


A 92 year old Morris went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. A couple of days later, when Morris had an appointment with the doctor again, the doc said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Morris replied, “Just doing what you said doctor, ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'”

The doctor said, “Morris, I didn’t say that. I said you got a heart murmur.  Be careful.”


Guns don’t kill people… but they make it real easy.


A salesman, tired of his job, gave it up to become a policeman. Several months later, a friend asked him how he liked his new role.

“Well,” he replied, “the pay is good and the hours aren’t bad, but what I like best is that the customer is always wrong.”


“A day is a day. It’s just a measurement of time. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day is up to you. It’s all a matter of perception.”

Donald L. Hicks,


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Take it easy

Ray’s Daily

November 9, 2017


The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.

James Taylor


I had lunch with a friend the other day and our conversation turned to yearning for the less hectic days of the past. Those were the days when we ate dinner with our families every day, a time when we shared experiences and discussed our lives.

These days it seems that everyone is in a rush to get somewhere and when there are a few moments they are retreaving tweets or text messages. I have found I have enjoed disovering thaty I really don’t have to do everything. Do me a favour, don’t wait to enjoy life. Here are some tips to consider.

The 10 Essential Rules for Slowing Down and Enjoying Life More


  1. Do less. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to do a million things. Instead, make the conscious choice to do less. Focus on what’s really important, what really needs to be done, and let go of the rest. Put space between tasks and appointments, so you can move through your days at a more leisurely pace. Read more.
  2. Be present. It’s not enough to just slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment. That means, when you find yourself thinking about something you need to do, or something that’s already happened, or something that might happen … gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Focus on what’s going on right now. On your actions, on your environment, on others around you. This takes practice but is essential.
  3. Disconnect. Don’t always be connected. If you carry around an iPhone or Blackberry or other mobile device, shut it off. Better yet, learn to leave it behind when possible. If you work on a computer most of the day, have times when you disconnect so you can focus on other things. Being connected all the time means we’re subject to interruptions, we’re constantly stressed about information coming in, we are at the mercy of the demands of others. It’s hard to slow down when you’re always checking new messages coming in.
  4. Focus on people. Too often we spend time with friends and family, or meet with colleagues, and we’re not really there with them. We talk to them but are distracted by devices. We are there, but our minds are on things we need to do. We listen, but we’re really thinking about ourselves and what we want to say. None of us are immune to this, but with conscious effort you can shut off the outside world and just be present with the person you’re with. This means that just a little time spent with your family and friends can go a long way — a much more effective use of your time, by the way. It means we really connect with people rather than just meeting with them.
  5. Appreciate nature. Many of us are shut in our homes and offices and cars and trains most of the time, and rarely do we get the chance to go outside. And often even when people are outside, they’re talking on their cell phones. Instead, take the time to go outside and really observe nature, take a deep breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of water and greenery. Exercise outdoors when you can, or find other outdoor activities to enjoy such as nature walks, hiking, swimming, etc. Feel the sensations of water and wind and earth against your skin. Try to do this daily — by yourself or with loved ones.
  6. Eat slower. Instead of cramming food down our throats as quickly as possible — leading to overeating and a lack of enjoyment of our food — learn to eat slowly. Be mindful of each bite. Appreciate the flavors and textures. Eating slowly has the double benefit of making you fuller on less food and making the food taste better. I suggest learning to eat more real food as well, with some great spices (instead of fat and salt and sugar and frying for flavor).
  7. Drive slower. Speedy driving is a pretty prevalent habit in our fast-paced world, but it’s also responsible for a lot of traffic accidents, stress, and wasted fuel. Instead, make it a habit to slow down when you drive. Appreciate your surroundings. Make it a peaceful time to contemplate your life, and the things you’re passing. Driving will be more enjoyable, and much safer. You’ll use less fuel too.
  8. Find pleasure in anything. This is related to being present, but taking it a step farther. Whatever you’re doing, be fully present … and also appreciate every aspect of it, and find the enjoyable aspects. For example, when washing dishes, instead of rushing through it as a boring chore to be finished quickly, really feel the sensations of the water, the suds, the dishes. It can really be an enjoyable task if you learn to see it that way. The same applies to other chores — washing the car, sweeping, dusting, laundry — and anything you do, actually. Life can be so much more enjoyable if you learn this simple habit.
  9. Single-task. The opposite of multi-tasking. Focus on one thing at a time. When you feel the urge to switch to other tasks, pause, breathe, and pull yourself back. Read more.
  10. Breathe. When you find yourself speeding up and stressing out, pause, and take a deep breath. Take a couple more. Really feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down. It’s also nice to take a deep breath or two — do it now and see what I mean. 🙂


Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.

Karolina Kurkova


A traveler stopped to observe the curious behavior of a farmer who was plowing his field. The single mule hitched to the plow was wearing blinders, and the farmer was yelling, ‘Giddyap, Pete! Giddyap, Herb! Giddyap, Ol’ Bill! Giddyap, Jeb!’

After watching the farmer carry on like this for a while, the traveler asked, ‘Say, mister, how many names does that mule have?’

‘Just one, his name is Pete.’

‘Then why do you call out Herb and Bill and Pete, and Jeb?’

‘It’s like this,’ explained the farmer. ‘If Ol’ Pete knew he was doing all this work alone, I couldn’t make him do it. But if he thinks he’s got three other mules workin’ alongside of him, he does the whole job all by himself.’

‘What a marvelous idea!’ exclaimed the traveler. And when he got back to his corporate office in New York, he invented the committee.


A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern.


‘I have good news and bad news,’ a defense attorney told his client. ‘First the bad news: The blood test came back, and your DNA is an exact match with the sample found on the victim’s dress.’

‘Oh, no – I’m ruined!’ cried the client. ‘What’s the good news?’

‘Your cholesterol is down to 140!’


A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.


Weiss is standing over a gravestone and he’s crying and saying, ‘If only you had lived, if only you had lived.’

A gravedigger comes up to him and says, ‘You’re wife’s in there?’

He says, ‘No, my wife’s first husband.’


Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.

Rachel Ann Nunes


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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