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Never give up

Ray’s Daily

February 13, 2018


“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”

don't give up.

I got e-mail yesterday from an old friend who reminded me of past good times and how our lives change. The message brought back many fond memories of my traveling days and the special folks I met along the way.

Time takes its toll as we continue our life’s journey. I have found there is little use in spending time agonizing over what can no longer be. It is far too easy to just stop and whither, letting our longing for the past take us down. We all have the capability of enriching our current lives if we are willing to embrace what is still left for us to explore and discover.

Some time ago Marc Chernoff sent his thoughts on why so many of is stagnate. Here is an excerpt from his article that rings true to me.

Should haves, would haves and could haves…

As Thich Nhat Hanh so perfectly said, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

In many cases you stay stuck in your old routines for no other reason than that they are familiar to you.  In other words, you’re afraid of change and the unknown.  You continually put your dreams and goals off until tomorrow, and you pass on great opportunities simply because they have the potential to lead you out of your comfort zone.

You start using excuses to justify your lack of backbone:  “Someday when I have more money,” or “when I’m older,” or the over-abused “I’ll get to it as soon as I have more time.”  This is a vicious cycle that leads to a deeply unsatisfying life – a way of thinking that eventually sends you to your grave with immense regret.  Regret that you didn’t follow your heart.  Regret that you always put everyone else’s needs before your own.  Regret that you didn’t do what you could have done when you had the chance.

So how do you prevent regretting all the potential should haves, would haves and could haves?

Simple.  Forget the past.  Forget what you can’t change.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  From this point on, let there be no excuses, no explanations and no regrets.  Start from where you are right now, break free from your cage of comfort and take a bold step forward.


“I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.”

Maya Angelou


She wrote: My husband Jeff and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk. The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more.

“Sir,” my husband politely said, “please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old.” “Okay,” the computer technician replied. “Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?”


“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girl friends.”

Benjamin Franklin


When the wise company president learned that his employees were tanking up on no-trace vodka martinis during their lunch hours, he issued the following memo: To all employees; If you must drink during you lunch hours, please drink whiskey. It is better for our customers to know you’re drunk than to think you’re stupid.


“If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.”

Agatha Christie


Nights in England are coal black, making parachute jumps difficult.  We attach small lights called chemlites to make our jumpsuits visible to the rest of the team. Late one night, lost after a practice jump, we knocked at the door of a small cottage.  When a woman answered, she was greeted by the sight of five men festooned in glowing chemlites.

“Excuse me,” I said, “Can you tell us where we are?”

In a thick English accent, the woman replied, “Earth.”


How Many Roads Must A Man Travel Down Before He Admits He Is Lost?


A shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a watch from an exclusive jewelry store. “Listen,” said the shoplifter, “I know you don’t want any trouble either. What do you say I just buy the watch and we forget about this?”

The manager agreed and wrote up the sales slip. The crook looked at the slip and said, “This is a little more than I intended to spend. Can you show me something less expensive?”


I’ve Gone to Find Myself. If I Get Back Before I’ve Found Me, Please Keep Me Here


As you know from some of my previous daily’s that the following is true for me, I hope not for you, or at least not yet.

Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1950.


  1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.
  2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.
  3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.
  4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
  5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
  6. Causes you to hit “SEND” before you’ve finished.
  7. Causes you to hit “DELETE” instead of “SEND.”
  8. Causes you to hit “SEND” when you should “DELETE.”



“Plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

Jose Luis Borges


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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