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Ray’s Daily

March 22, 2018


When you stay focused and keep a commitment you create momentum, and momentum creates momentum.

Rich Fettke


One more day until I restart my daily visits to the gym. I am afraid I have let too many other things keep me away lately and that is not good.

Even though I am doing much less these days it seems like I am letting too many distractions keep me from doing some of the things I really should do. When I read the following article, I realized I am letting too much clutter divert my attention from what I should be doing. See if you recognize yourself not being as focused as I need to be,

5 Ways to Become More Present Everyday


In a world full of distractions, it’s become increasingly important to learn how to detach ourselves from all the surrounding “buzz” and become more present. In fact, we owe it to ourselves to pause once in awhile and take in all that life has to offer. We live in such a fast paced world and with all the noise that surrounds us, it’s become quite difficult to stay present.

Most of us are aware of the benefits of paying attention to the world around us. However, when it comes to putting it into practice we don’t know where to begin. If you’re looking for stress reduction, increased productivity, higher quality relationships, and more happiness here are five ways to live in the moment.


Stopping to breathe, even for a few moments, allows you to check in with yourself and tap into your intuition. The more you can harness your intuition the more conscious you will become allowing yourself to make clearer decisions. Your breathing is also always in the present moment.

Limit notifications

Technology is an excellent tool when used properly, but it easily becomes distracting. Make it a priority to determine which notifications are important and turn off the rest. An overwhelmed mind is not a present mind.

Step away from the noise

Limiting your notifications is the perfect first step, but imagine yourself away from your devices for an hour. If you’re a millennial like me this might be hard to imagine, but just think for a second, our parents and their parents never had all of these distractions.

Once you get past the need to know what’s going on in everyone else’s life, you allow yourself to focus on what’s going on in yours.

Go outside

When is the last time you really went outside? I’m not talking about walking to and from your car when you leave the office. Think back to your younger years.

Do you remember that sense of joy you felt as a child running your fingers through a patch of grass? Or the feelings of happiness when you tried to make shapes out of clouds. It’s no surprise that connecting with nature can increase your happiness.

Focus on the details

We get so caught up in our response that sometimes we fail to listen. Whether it’s a conversation with a loved one or listening to the birds chirping while sipping your morning coffee focus on the intricacies each situation offers.


Be true to yourself, stay focused and stay you, take advice from other folks, use what you can, but never mind what is not for you. For the most part, trust yourself and believe in what you are doing.

Musiq Soulchild


** FATHERS OF 1900 and TODAY **

** In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 4-car garage. And that’s just the vacation home.

** In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived. Today, a father must wear a smock and know how to breathe.

** In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons. Today, kids wouldn’t touch Dad’s clothes if they were sliding naked down an icicle.

** In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer.

** In 1900, fathers shook their children gently and whispered, “Wake up, it’s time for school.” Today, kids shake their fathers violently at 4 a.m., shouting: “Wake up, it’s time for hockey practice.”

** In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table. Today, a father comes home to a note: “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at gym, Pizza in fridge.”


Avoid temptation… unless you just can’t resist!


Little Jenny walked into the kitchen one day and looked up at her mother, who was busy cooking dinner. “Mommy, how old are you?” she asked. “Now dear,” said her mother, “You should never ask a woman what her age is.” “Why not?” demanded Jenny. “Because it isn’t polite. You’ll understand better when you grow up.”

Jenny thought about it for a moment, then piped up, “Mommy, how much do you weigh?” “Jenny,” said her mother, “That’s not a question you ask people.” “Why not?” “Because it’s not polite to ask grown-ups about how much they weigh. You’ll understand some day.”

“Mommy,” Jenny asked, “Why did you and Daddy get divorced?” “Darling,” her mother replied with a sigh, “That’s something that’s still very painful for Mommy, and I really can’t talk about it now. I’ll explain when you are a little older.”

The next day, Jenny told a friend at school about the conversation with her mother. The other little girl explained to her, “All you have to do is get a look at your mom’s driver’s license. It has all the information about any grown-up you want on it.” So little Jenny sneaked a peek in her mother’s purse when she got home, and looked over her license, examining it carefully. That evening, she went back into the kitchen and announced, “I know how old you are, Mommy, you are 36!” Her mother looked down at her, surprised. “And I know how much you weigh said Jenny. “You weigh 135 pounds.” “Jenny, where did you learn this?” her mother asked. Jenny just smiled and continued, “And, I know why you and Daddy got a divorce.” Her mother just gasped and asked, “Why?” Jenny replied, “Because you got an F in sex!”


Being selective doing less is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.

Timothy Ferriss


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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