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Ray’s Daily

August 6, 2018


Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

Henry David Thoreau


Today I hope to start becoming more like Henry David Thoreau and start living a less cluttered life. I, like most people, have accumulated much more stuff then I need. I am beginning by reducing my collection of Kiwanis hats, shirts, jackets and memorabilia and giving it to others who will put them back into use.

I am finding that much of my stuff really don’t contain my memories, I do. I also find that starting to return to a simpler existence feels really good. So now it begins the first steps toward a freer life.

Now is not the time to let the unknown erode my confidence. Here a few thoughts I picked up over the years on how I can stay focused on what is important.

Embrace your individuality. Try to avoid comparing yourself to others and embrace your individuality. Comparing yourself to others will not make you feel good about yourself because you are different than any other person. There’s no one out there just like you, who has grown up with your experiences and who has your talents. Focus on being the person that you want to become, not like your neighbor, the “cool” people in your school, your job, or your neighborhood. Once you define your own version of success, you’ll be able to achieve it.

Develop your confidence. Confidence is the key to feeling good about yourself and loving the person you are and will become.

  • To look more confident, perk up your body language. Stand taller, have better posture, and look straight ahead instead of at the ground. Try to sit still or stand with an open demeanor to give off a more positive, approachable vibe.
  • Find something to really excel at or work on excelling in something you already love. If you are already great at something, focus on how amazing you are for being able to do those things.

Take pride in your strengths. Every person has something that they can feel good about. Take the time to sit down and make a list of all of the things you love about yourself. Think of qualities like your compassion, your sense of humor, your trustworthy character, or your work ethic.

Work on developing a positive attitude. This can be difficult. It may take time to be positive all the time, but you can make it more a part of your life. Developing a positive attitude is a decision you have to make yourself, and stick to every day. If you have a more positive attitude, then you’ll feel better about yourself, as well as your future prospects and all that you can accomplish.

Pay less attention to what others think. Care more about what you think of yourself instead of what others think of you. Focus on your own uplifting, positive thoughts about yourself instead of on others opinions about you. At the end of the day, you are the only person who has to live with himself or herself, so your opinion should matter the most.


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

Henry David Thoreau


A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently. Then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’…perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.” The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

Minutes passed and the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.” “Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s noo time aboot time for a wee cuddle.” The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while, she again said, “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg.” The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the lock before the girl spoke again.

“Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

The young man glanced down with a furled brow. “Well, noo,” he said, “my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time.”

“Really?” said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

“Aye,” said the lad, nodding. The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request. Then he said, “Dae ye nae think it’s aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?”


A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.

C.S. Lewis


A woman visited a psychic of some local repute. In a dark and gloomy room, gazing at the Tarot cards laid out before her, the Tarot reader delivered the bad news: “There is no easy way to say this so I’ll just be blunt: Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year.”

Visibly shaken, the woman stared at the psychic’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. She simply had to know.

She met the Tarot reader’s gaze, steadied her voice, and asked, “Will I get away with it?”


“Economy” today means a large container of detergent or a small car.


A city slicker moves to the country and decides he’s going to take up farming. He heads to the local co-op and tells the man,    “Give me 100 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.

A week later the man returns and says, “Give me 200 baby chickens.” The co-op man complies.

Again, a week later the man returns.  This time he says, “Give me 500 baby chickens.”  “Wow!” the co-op man replies, “You must really be doing well!”

“Naw,” said the man with a sigh, “I’m either planting them too deep or too far apart!”


God invented mothers because he couldn’t be everywhere at once and God invented guilt so mothers could be everywhere at once.


I bought my wife a new car. She called and said, “There was water in the carburetor.”

I said, “Where’s the car?”

She said, “In the lake.”

Henny Youngman


You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Henry David Thoreau


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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