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Good week ahead

Ray’s Daily

May 7, 2018


“We become what we think about.”

Earl Nightingale


I hope all is well with you. We have benefitted from nice weather, meeting with friends, andspending some time with family topped off by a day at the theatre. Our friends at the Actor’s Theatre of Indiana presented the award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood and it was wonderful. If you live in Central Indiana there still is time to see the show, if you do I think you will be glad you did.

I have a few lunches with friends this week along with plenty of time to enjoy the weather and more. As I have aged I find that I appreciate the simple things more than in the past. I found the following on the Let’s Redefine blog and it offers the keys to living a simpler , happier life.


A few secrets which need to be followed religiously to make your day a happier one are:

Love people not things

It is okay to form a bond with that iPhone you bought last week, but is it okay to not lend it to your friends as you did for the previous phone? Things don’t last forever. People do. That iPhone doesn’t comfort you during a breakup, your friend does. Set your priorities straight and you will know their importance.

Don’t take things too seriously

It’s okay to leave the things as they are sometimes. Give it some time and things will automatically settle down. Don’t take extra pressure in overthinking and ending up being unhappy or cursing yourself.

Follow a healthy lifestyle

This may seem a little out of the context, but it is important that you follow a healthy regular routine. It pumps you up with energy so that you need not feel lazy around your work. Eating healthy and exercising results in productive work results.

Think positive

Positive thinking keeps your hopes high thus resulting in greater chances of happiness. Be positive in every aspect of your life whatever the circumstances are because “ Whatever happens, happens for a reason”


“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

Marcus Aurelius


They have found, at the base of Mount Horeb, an ancient cave, unopened for three thousand years. Apparently this cavern was used by the Israelites to store and repair all the army’s rolling stock. There were hundreds of vehicles in all stages of repair that will keep archaeologists busy for years.

On of the mysteries was a container holding dozens of pieces of parchment that were apparently made to be carried on an upright spear into battle. The parchments were rolled into separate groups and, when the language scholars deciphered them they fell into several distinct groups — each containing a similar set of words.

The group with the most banners was a thick one with the same words on each. These apparently proclaimed, “Shout Huzzah if you love Moses.

Another group had wording which showed the Israelites grasp of the calendar, as they said, “In the name of Cain, Celebrate National Brotherhood Week.”

There were some that were apparently done to remind the people of the wrath of God, as they were printed with the slogan, “If you can see Sodom, you’re too darned close.”

It is amazing to find how safety minded the ancient people were. There were several banners which bore the writing, “Remember Goliath: support the ban on unlicensed slingshots.”

Finally, to indicate how the Israelites revered their elders, they found many banners that simply said, “In the name of Methuselah — be kind to senior citizens.”


The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

Josh Billings


A Jewish gentleman stood before a delicatessen display counter and pointed to a tray. “I’ll have a pound of that salmon,” he said.

“That’s not salmon,” the clerk said, “it’s ham.”

“Mister,” the customer snapped, “in case nobody ever told you, you got a big mouth!”


“I tell ya, my wife, we get along good cause we have our own arrangement. I mean, one night a week I go out with the boys and one night a week, she goes out with the boys.”

Rodney Dangerfield


An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics. The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair.  One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute. Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all. His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”


The restaurant was so bad, the doggie bags had a warning: Not for consumption by real dogs.


Harry Epstein was downtown with his wife and four little children when he decided to take a taxicab home.

Approaching a cab driver, he demanded, “How much will you charge to drive us to the Bronx?”

“I figure $2 apiece for you and your wife,” said the driver. “I’ll take the four kids along for nothing.”

Harry Epstein turned to his children and said, “Jump in kids, and have a nice ride home. Momma and I will take the subway.”


Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news: the good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.


I am passing this on to you because, I think I have found inner peace.

I read an article that said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish things I had started.

Today I finished two bags of potato chips, a chocolate pie, a bottle of wine, and a box of chocolate candy.


“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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