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Weathering the storm

Ray’s Daily

April 19, 2018


“Adversity quickens the mind, awakens the spirit and strength the soul.”

Lailah Gifty Akita,


I finally understand that the problems and disappointments of my youth helped me later in life. The years I spent in a boarding school for kids from broken homes where we went home one week a year taught me I could live with lonesomeness and survive with others. My being allowed to enter a technical engineering school at 15 with only second world war veteran classmates, while working as a dishwasher to pay for my tuition. The experience taught me I could survive and do well. I joined the navy reserve when I was 14 using a fake birth certificate which resulted in my being called to active duty when I was 16, the navy trained me on analog computers, sending me to school for a year which prepared me for a long career in the computer industry. I met my wife in New York on a blind date and we got married when I was 18. I sailed around the world on an aircraft carrier and participated in the Korean War.

I was discharged when I was 19 and went on to have a fantastic life. Most of it due to what I had learned growing up. I feel like I was the Oak tree in the following story.

Two Acorns

by: Neil Eskelin

If you want to understand adversity, take two identical acorns from the same oak tree and plant them in two different locations. Plant the first in the middle of a dense forest, and the other on a hill by itself.

 Here’s what will happen. The oak standing on a hillside is exposed to every storm and gale. As a result its roots plunge deep into the earth and spread in every direction, even wrapping themselves around giant boulders. At times it may seem the tree isn’t growing fast enough – but the growth is happening under ground. It’s as if the roots know they must protect the tree from the threatening elements.

 What about the acorn planted in the forest? It becomes a weak, frail sapling ­ having to compete with giant oaks for nutrients and space. And since it is protected by its neighbors, the little oak doesn’t sense the need to spread its roots for support.

 Don’t be afraid of adversity ­ welcome it! That’s your sure-fire route to ultimate success.


“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can?t build on it; It’s only for wallowing in.”

Katherine Mansfield


Helen and Kelly were discussing their busy schedules.

Helen said, “Kelly, I must ask you something.  Every day I feel incredibly run down and tired.  And yet, I see you looking as fresh as a rose.  I have to know: what’s your secret?”

“My secret?  Every morning, without fail, I wake up at six o’clock sharp.”

“You wake up at six o’clock?”

“Yes, and then I look at the clock, see what time it is, and go back to sleep for another four hours.”


Remember, half the people you know are below average.


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Miami Beach, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”

Abe says, “Do I care?”

A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”

Abe says, “Who cares?”

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”

Abe says, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.”


I never eat when I can dine.



From Ken


Ken: Can I buy you a drink?     SHE: Actually I’d rather have the money.

Ken: Hi. Didn’t we go on a date once? Or was it twice?     SHE: Must’ve been once. I never make the same mistake twice.

Ken: How did you get to be so beautiful?     SHE: I must’ve been given your share.

Ken: Your face must turn a few heads.  SHE: And your face must turn a few stomachs.

Ken: Go on, don’t be shy. Ask me out. SHE: Okay, get out.

Ken: I think I could make you very happy. SHE: Why? Are you leaving?

Ken: Where have you been all my life? SHE: Hiding from you.

Ken: Haven’t I seen you some place before?  SHE: Yes. That’s why I don’t go there anymore.

Ken: Is this seat empty?  SHE: Yes, and this one will be if you sit down.

Ken: So, what do you do for a living? SHE: I’m a female impersonator.


My wife can say more in a look than I can in a book.

Henny Youngman


“Once in the wilds of Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew and had to live on food and water for a number of weeks.”

W. C. Fields


An elderly gentleman wasn’t feeling well, and became irritated with his doctor because he wasn’t getting better after five visits.

“Look!” said the doctor. “I’m doing all I can to help you. I can’t make you younger!”

“I wasn’t interested in getting any younger,” said the man. “I just want to continue getting older.”


Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him.

Elie Wiesel


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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