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A fresh start

Ray’s Daily

January 2, 2018


“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”

Vern McLellan

bright future

I hope you enjoyed your New Year Day and are ready to start to make 2018 special. We can do a lot to make sure it is a year that we do well while getting a lot of satisfaction from the choices we make. In my case I just have to adapt to the challenges without letting them keep me from what I can do.

Yesterday I ran across an article by Maria Stenvinkel entitled 19 Things to Start Doing for Yourself in the New Year that provided me things to think about as I plan for the year ahead. While the article is way to long to include here I have excerpted pieces that would like to shate with you.

Start focusing on what you already have.

It’s easy to focus on scarcity. To turn your focus toward what you currently don’t have in your life. In this social media-dominated, hyper-commercial, and filtered society, a state of lack can often get the best of us. But, as Oprah said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Start living in the now.

Often, we live in past or future tense. Often, we’re so caught up in what took place or what might happen that we lose sight of what is happening. Start living where life actually takes place: here and now.

Start acting like you care about yourself.

Do you truly care about yourself? Do you act, speak, and treat yourself like the lovable and loving person you are? Because, here’s the thing: we cannot give what we don’t have. Just like we need to put our own oxygen mask on first when flying, we need to tend to ourselves first before we can tend to others.

Start caring about things that actually matter.

If you care too much about things such as judgment and criticism, you’ll mostly keep yourself stuck and paralyzed—unless you find things to care more about.

Start spending time with the right people.

How are the people you spend most time with? Do they give you energy or drain you? Friendships and connections aren’t something static; they’re always in motion. Set a high standard for yourself and choose to only spend time with people you enjoy.

Start creating the life you want now.

It’s easy to postpone. To fool ourselves into thinking “Once my situation is different, I’ll act on my dream” or “Once I’m in a relationship, I’ll start loving myself.” But to live the life you desire, you’re going to have to create it now, not sometime in the future.


◦“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.”

Hillary DePiano


In the traffic court of a large Midwestern city, a young woman was brought before the judge to answer for a ticket she received for driving through a red light. She explained to the judge that she was a schoolteacher and requested an immediate disposal of her case so she could get to the school on time.

A wild gleam came into the judge’s eyes. “You’re a schoolteacher, eh?” he said. “Madam, I shall realize my lifelong ambition. I’ve waited years to have a schoolteacher in this court. Now sit down at that table and write ‘I will not drive through red lights’ 500 times!”


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diet.


An attractive young girl, chaperoned by an ugly old woman, entered the doctor’s office. “We have come for an examination” said the young girl.

“Alright,” said the doctor. “Go behind that curtain and take your clothes off.”

“No, not me” said the girl. “It’s my aunt here.”

“Very well,” said the doctor. “Madam, stick out your tongue.”


The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.

Rule 1: The Boss is always right!

Rule 2: In the impossible hypothesis that a subordinate may be right, Rule 1 becomes immediately operative.

Rule 3: The boss does not sleep; he rests.

Rule 4: The Boss is never late; he is delayed elsewhere.

Rule 5: The Boss never leaves his work; his attention is required elsewhere.

Rule 6: The Boss never reads the paper in his office; he studies.

Rule 7: The Boss never takes liberties with his secretary; he educates her.

Rule 8: The Boss is always chief, even in his bathing togs.

Rule 9: Whomsoever may enter the boss’s office with an idea of his own must leave the office with the boss’s ideas.

Rule 10: If, in your lamentable ignorance, you fail to grasp the truth, fear not; return to rule 1.


Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.

-Caryn Leschen


Her definitions:

HARDWARE STORE (hard*war stor)n.

Similar to a black hole in space – if he goes in, he isn’t coming out anytime soon.

CHILDBIRTH (child*brth)n.

You get to go through 36 hours of contractions; he gets to hold your hand and says “focus,…breath…push…”

LIPSTICK (lip*stik)n.

On your lips, coloring to enhance the beauty of your mouth. On his collar, coloring only a tramp would wear…!

PARK (park)v./n.

Before children, a verb meaning, “to go somewhere and neck.” After children, a noun meaning a place with a swing set and slide.


“We are the authors of our destinies. No one can see the vision any clearer, believe in and work any harder to make it a reality more than the visionary.”

Nike Campbell-Fatoki


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "A fresh start" (1)

  1. all great reminders –

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