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Keep Living

Ray’s daily

April 26, 2018


The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

Mother Teresa

Keep Living

Don’t tell anyone but my computer and me are going to play hooky today. Before we leave we will find a reprint for you. Have a great day.

Ray’s Daily first published on April 26, 2010

I mentioned to a friend at breakfast last Saturday how important I think it is for us to constantly refill gaps in our lives as the years go by. I think too many see friends retire and move away, others relocate, kids get jobs long distances away and far too many loved ones die too soon. If we don’t find replacements for them our lives can soon become uninteresting and far too lonely. It would be as if we were a tree in a forest where tree after tree has died through fire, disease or pestilence to the point where all that is left is our self, alone in a barren land.

The next day my Australian Guardian Angel sent me an article written by Nazia Mallick entitled 30 Ways to Add More Life to Your Years that has some good suggestions on how we can keep living interesting and rewarding lives thus helping us avoid the loneliness that comes from isolation. I have selected a few of the suggestions to share with you today. I honestly believe that we all have the capacity to enjoy what life offers us, all we have to do is not give up and continue to invest in ourselves every day.

Ways to Add More Life to Your Years

  • Great love and great achievement involve great risk. Take the risk anyway.
  • When you love someone, love them deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it is the only way to live life fully.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Make amends immediately.
  • When you realize you have made a mistake, hurt someone’s feelings, take immediate steps to correct it. Ask forgiveness.
  • Keep your arms open to change, but don’t let go of your personal values.
  • Quiet the voice in your head that says “I can’t do this.”
  • Always live in a radiating possibility; become part of life’s song.
  • Make conscious effort to change at least one negative attitude in your personality everyday. Surprise yourself.
  • Avoid judging people by their relatives. Accept them for who they are.
  • Try to live a good and honorable life because when you get older and reflect upon it, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Once a year plan to go to someplace you have never been before. It rejuvenates you like no other.
  • When you are having disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current problem. Never rake up the past.
  • The best relationship is the one when your love for one another is greater than your need for one another.
  • When you hug someone, open your heart. Do it with love.
  • Make eye contact. Look people in the eye softly when you speak to them. Try it and see the difference.
  • Your character is your destiny. Build your character.
  • Sometimes, not getting what you want is actually a blessing in disguise. Always look at the blessing.
  • Take serious care of your health. Health indeed is wealth, not a cliché.
  • Live life like it is your last day on the earth. King size.


To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain


You know you’re a nurse if……

You would like to meet the inventor of the call light in a dark alley one night.

You believe not all patients are annoying. Some are unconscious.

You know the phone numbers of every late night food delivery place in town by heart.

You can only tell time with a 24 hour clock

Every time you walk, you make a rattling noise because of all the scissors and clamps in your pockets.

You can tell the pharmacist more about the medicines he is dispensing than he can.

You carry spare meds in your pocket rather than wait for pharmacy to deliver.

You refuse to watch ER because it’s too much like the real thing and triggers flash backs.

You notice that you use more four letter words now than before you became a nurse.

You don’t get excited about blood loss…unless it’s your own.

You live by the motto, “To be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more difficult.”

You’ve told a confused patient your name was that of your coworker and to HOLLER if they need help.

Your bladder can expand to the same size as a Winnebago’s water tank.

You can sleep soundly at the hospital cafeteria table during dinner, break, sitting up and not be embarrassed when you wake up.


Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.

Mary Kelly


A young Army private seeks permission from his commanding officer to leave camp the following weekend. “You see,” he explains, “my wife’s expecting.”

“I understand,” the officer tells him. “You go, and tell your wife that I wish her luck.”

The following week the same soldier is back again with the same explanation: “My wife’s expecting.”

The officer looks surprised. “Still expecting?” he asks. “Well, well, my boy, you must be pretty bothered. Of course you can have the weekend off.”

When the same soldier appears again the third week, however, the officer loses his temper.

“Don’t tell me your wife is still expecting,” he says.

“Yes, sir,” says the soldier resolutely. “She’s still expecting.”

“What in heaven is she expecting?” cries the officer.

Says the soldier simply, “Me.”


Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.


A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice. The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”

The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds, he remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic. He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”

She says “No,” and the silence returns. After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, “Do you have a brother?”

Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again. The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”


Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head. Guard your good mood. Listen to music every day, joke, and love and read more for fun, especially poetry.

Meryl Streep


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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