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Ray’s Daily

March 15, 2018


Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.


Enjoy your day

I got some needed work done yesterday and now have time to enjoy today, including lunch with a favorite performer. The weather is pretty good and spring is but a few days away. Now if Washington would get its act together I could do what I like to do and that is enjoy my leisure.

It is not always easy to avoid excessive seriousness but the alternative stinks. So I will continue avoid letting the turmoil cloud my vision and focus on the good stuff.

Here are some thoughts I picked up along the way for you to think about. Oh, and by the way enjoy your day as much as I will mine.

Some Wisdom…

  • Count your blessings at the end of every day – don’t focus on the problems you’ve faced that day; rather, think of all the good things that happened and the happiness they gave you.
  • Don’t allow your mind to remain idle – it may be clichéd, but it’s also true that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. So stay busy and keep doing something or the other to prevent negative thoughts from creeping in.
  • Stop negative thoughts before they form completely – if you find yourself becoming depressed because your mind is taking a negative bent, stop those thoughts in their tracks and start consciously thinking of positive things.
  • Spend time with people who love you and make you feel good about yourself– quality relationships make life worth living.
  • Anytime you feel that the weight of your burden is hard to bear, talk to a friend or someone with a sympathetic ear – even if they cannot do anything to help you out, just the fact that you have someone on your side is uplifting enough.
  • And finally, look around you before you start to feel sorry for yourself – there are people in situations that are a hundred times worse than yours, yet they manage to get through each day.


You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.

John Mason


These are actual comments made on students’ report cards by teachers in the New York City public school system.  All teachers were reprimanded…but boy, are these funny!!!

  1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
  2. Your child has delusions of adequacy.
  3. Your son is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
  4. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
  5. The student has a “full six-pack”; but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
  6. This child has been working with glue too much.
  7. When your daughter’s IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
  8. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.
  9. If this student were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.


We have to believe in free will.  We have no choice.


I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, -Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours – He said, -Yes, but not in a row.-

Steven Wright


Benefits of Growing Older

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

No one expects you to run into a burning building.

Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.

Things you buy now won’t wear out.

You can eat dinner at 4:00.

You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.

You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

Your eyes won’t get much worse.

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can’t remember them either.


The 50-50-90 rule: Any time you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.


“I never would have married you if I knew how stupid you were!” Shouted the woman to her husband!

The husband replied, “You should’ve known how stupid I was the minute I asked you to marry me!”


A wife, one evening, drew her husband’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple?  How devoted they are?  He kisses her every time they meet. Why don’t you do that?”

I would love to,” replied the husband, “but I don’t know her well enough.”


There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Clement Stone


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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