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Ray’s Daily

August 7, 2018


Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard


Those of you who have been reading the Daily for some time know that I am not much of a worrier. I find worry is mostly a waste of time for the worst seldom happens. I know you have heard me say I don’t worry until it is too late and then I just have to do what needs to be done.

I would much rather enjoy life letting humor and goodwill fill my days. Some times it is worth working on adding some sunshine into our days rather than accepting gray days. Here is an abridged article that can help do just that.

How to Stop Worrying and Be Happy

By WingsfortheHeart

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by worry, you know how difficult it is to feel happy at the same time. Worry and happiness are by nature complete opposites; they cannot co-exist. When you worry, you’re focusing more on the negative side of a situation, and therefore attracting it into your life! When you’re happy, you’re not focusing on the negative side but rather affirming all that’s good in your life, and therefore attracting it!

The problem that many people face is figuring out how to minimize worry and spend more time feeling happy. Below you’ll find easy ways to transform worry into a genuine state of happiness:

Find something to laugh about. – Laughter automatically relaxes you and makes you feel less anxious. Turn on the television and watch a funny sitcom for half an hour, or pop a comedy film into the DVD player and have yourself a good belly laugh. If you’re not at home or the television isn’t available, simply play a funny movie in your mind! Think about a memory from the past that made you laugh and relive it again.

Make an investment in cheer. – Gazing at something cheerful and uplifting can ease anxiety and worry too! Buy a bouquet of flowers for your home or workspace, or purchase some soothing artwork to hang on the walls. Even a wall calendar with soothing or cheerful pictures can provide a positive focus and help ease worry.

Stimulate your senses. – Besides looking at cheerful or soothing surroundings, you may want to stimulate your other senses too. Try baking something delicious and allowing the scents of vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg to fill your home with warmth and comfort. Put on your favorite comfy clothes and curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter what you do to ease worry, as long as you’re doing something that comforts or uplifts you and helps you to focus on happier thoughts. When you do this, you automatically blot out worry and shift immediately into a happier state of mind.

Let Go and Allow Life to FLOW…One of the simplest and fastest ways to allow more goodness into your life is to LET GO! When you let go, universal forces go to work on your behalf, delivering all kinds of wonderful surprises, opportunities, people, and resources that will help you get exactly what you want. Stop struggling and allow MORE – faster and easier.


Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.



She said: My grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.

He asked me how old I was, and I told him, “83.”

He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at 1?”


I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington


One day there were two men walking down a dirt path. One of them had a big potato sack over his shoulder. The other decided to ask what was in the sack.

When he asked, the man said, ”I got me some chickens for dinner tonight. Mmm Mmm Mmm… Chicken sure sounds good tonight.”

The other one wanted to know how many chickens were in the sack.

”Well I’ll tell you,” replied the man, ”If you can guess how many chickens I got in this here sack I’ll give them both to you.”


Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.

Marva Collins


She told me: My mother never let me help much in the kitchen. As a result, my cooking ability was practically non-existent when I got married. But, I did remember mother mentioning to her friends that she did make cakes, pies and other things from scratch. So my first priority after the honeymoon, was to locate some scratch.

With mother’s delicious cakes in mind, my first trip to the supermarket was to buy some scratch. I found the aisle that read — Baking Items. I spent a good 15 minutes looking at everything from vegetable oil,sugar, flour and chocolate without seeing a sign of scratch. I was sure it wouldn’t be with the pickles or the meat. I asked the clerk if they carried scratch. He looked at me funny and finally said, “You’ll have to go to the store on the corner.”

When I got there, it turned out to be a feed store. I thought it rather strange, but I decided cakes were food. “Do you have scratch?” I asked the clerk.

He asked me how much I wanted. I suggested a pound or two. His reply was, “How many chickens do you have? It only comes in 20 pound bags.” I really didn’t understand why he mentioned chickens, but I had heard mother say she made chicken casserole from scratch. So, I bought 20 pounds and hurried home.

My next problem was to find a recipe calling for scratch. I went through every single page of my lovely “Better Homes and Gardens” Cookbook — a wedding gift. I looked and looked for a recipe using scratch. There I was with 20 pounds and no recipe.

When I opened the scratch, I had doubts that a beautiful, fluffy cake would ever result from such a hard looking ingredient. I hoped with the addition of liquids and heat the result would be successful. I had no need to mention my problem to my new husband. He had suggested very early in our marriage that he liked to cook and would gladly take over anytime. One day he made a pie and when I told him how good it was, he said that he made it from scratch. That assured me that it could be done.

Being a new bride is scary and when I found out he made pies, cakes, and even lemon pudding from scratch . . . . well, if he made all those things from scratch, I was sure he had bought a 20 pound bag of scratch also. But, I couldn’t find where he stored it, and I checked my supply. It was still full! At this point I was ready to give up because all the people knew about scratch except me. I decided to try a different approach. One day when my husband was not doing anything, I said, “Honey, I wish you’d bake a cake.” He got out the flour, sugar, eggs, milk and shortening. But, not a sign of scratch. I watched him blend it together, pour it into a pan and slide it into the oven to bake. An hour later, as we were eating the cake, I looked at him and smiled and said, “Honey, why don’t we raise a few chickens?”


My wife must think I’m an idiot! “Separate the white clothes from the colors.” Ha! Whether I separate them left-to-right or top-to-bottom, the washing machine will mix them all together anyway!


Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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