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We get to start again

Ray’s Daily

December 13, 2017


The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln


One of the things that has changed in my life in recent moths has been its unpredictability. Mywife’s needs tend to change day by day, even sometimes hour by hour. My ability to commit to far in advance to activates is limited because of the demands of unplanned challenges. Any significant planning is often shelved due to the lack of clarity into what the future will hold.

At first this reality was overwhelming and then I discovered I could still enjoy my life by focusing on making the best of each day without worring too much about tomorrow. And you know what it is a great feeling when I make it through another day without much difficulty.

So you can see why I valued the following message I got from Henrik Edberg.

One day at a time

This Wednesday I’d like to quickly share one tip that really helped me when I got into better shape in 2009 and still helps me to stay effective, keep the overwhelm and stress at bay and to focus and think clearly.

That tip is to focus on just taking care of today. And to not think of all the days in the future when I have to eat healthy and work out if I want to stay in shape. To not think of the weeks of work it will take to create a new course, a new helpful habit or reach some other goal in my life.

If you look too far into the future, if you look at all the things you need to do to reach a goal it can feel overwhelming and like such a long journey. If you just look at what you have to do during next week it can cause quite a bit of stress and anxiety and so you escape into procrastination.

Sure, sometimes you need to plan and think of the future. Do that early in the week. Or early in your day. But when that is done or when you feel overwhelmed by your day or life, then just then sit down for a minute. And breathe. Focus on just the air going and out of you and nothing else to clear your mind and relax your body.

Then shrink your focus to what you can control and do something about. Focus on just taking care of what is on your plate today. Nothing else. Tomorrow will come in time. And then you will take care of it too. Day after day. And that string of todays will become weeks and months and you’ll reach the goals you want to reach and you’ll create what you want in a way that preserves your inner peace, keeps you away from procrastination and stress and does not suck so much extra energy out of you.

Henrik Edberg


We do the best we can in life, we take things one day at a time and sometimes we all just need a simple reminder of that.

Demi Lovato


More signs of the times:

Billboard on the side of the road:”Keep your eyes on the road and stop reading these signs.”
On an Electricians truck:”Let us remove your shorts.”
In a Nonsmoking Area:”If we see smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”
On Maternity Room Door:”Push, Push, Push.”
At an Optometrists Office”If you don’t see what your looking for you’ve come to the right place.”
On a Taxidermist’s window:”We really know our stuff.”


Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.


The two young boys were discussing their ailments together in the children’s ward.

“Are you medical or surgical?” asked the first, who had been in the ward for a week.

“I don’t know what you mean,” replied the second.

“It’s simple,” replied the first.  “Were you sick when you came in here? Or did they make you sick when you got here?”


“There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.”

James Holt McGavran


“Honey,” said this husband to his wife, “I invited a friend home for supper.”

“What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I didn’t go shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!”

“I know all that.”

“Then why did you invite a friend for supper?”

“Because the poor fool’s thinking about getting married.”


He said: What’s new? Most of my wife.


From the files

Dear Valued Employee:

Year 2000 passed and we are happy to inform you that Y2K did not affect us.

Yet our records indicate that you have not used any vacation time over the past 100 year(s). As I’m sure you are aware, employees are granted 3 weeks of paid leave per year or pay in lieu of time off. One additional week is granted for every 5 years of service.

Please either take 9,400 days off work or notify our office and your next pay check will reflect payment of $8,277,432.22 which will include all pay and interest for the past 1,200 months.


Automated Payroll Process


Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.

Marie Lu


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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  1. yay! that’s so lucky for us –

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