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Now What?

Ray’s Daily

August 17, 2018


“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity…. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.”

John Schaar

What;s Next

Our North Carolina visitors are on their way back home this morning, my wife’s birthday celebration is being interrupted for one day until another that is being hosted by friends tomorrow. Since I have roles to play I am going to send you a Daily from the past that I think still has merit.

Ray’s Daily first published on August 17, 2009

As the years go by I have learned that life is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Economic conditions change requiring adjustments in purchasing plans, vacations, and expensive entertainments. Health issues arise that limit our ability to perform as well as we had in the past. Life partners require more attention and, in some cases, pass on. Job loss, moves, children leaving the nest and so much more can throw us off stride. When we encounter roadblocks and detours some of us just stop and wait for the road to reopen which most times is a futile exercise, others find a different road and move on.

I often spend time with friends who are locked down allowing memories of past accomplishments that can no longer be replicated to block them from moving forward. They often sit in pain believing that their only hope is a miracle that will restore them to what they once were. What concerns me is that they miss so much that they could be doing that often would give them as much pleasure as other activities did in the past. One of the great gifts that life gives us is a lot more things to see, do and learn about than we could absorb in a hundred life times much less one.

I have had enough health and professional challenges to learn that taking a path I have never walked before provides exciting new opportunities, new friendships and added experiences that add to my capabilities. My heroes are the people who remember the good from the past, work to understand what they might do and then expand their horizons. I told a friend the other day that the limits his health has placed on his ability to perform athletically has freed up hours that I would love to have since I could use them to follow other pursuits that would add new meaning to my life.

I actually believe the blind can see; they see through the eyes of others who have left them great novels, reports of the wonders of the world and a wealth of knowledge. They have learned that their limitations open alternative ways to cope that can make up for what was missed. In fact in some respect the sightless see more than those who have isolated themselves within the walls of doing the same thing day, after day, after day…..

Bottom line some of us allow ourselves to be pushed into a rut by events and others of us just live in a rut all the time. Here is something that Michael Bungay Stanier wrote that may help if you if you would like to join with those of us who have decided to follow the yellow brick road to new adventures.

4 steps to find a new groove

Too often our ‘revealed preferences’ reveal a life that’s less than we imagine for ourselves. Follow this exercise and see if you can find a new groove.

  1. Scan your life and pick a general area where you feel you’ve got into a comfortable rut. There’s plenty of places to look: your role at work; a regular commitment you have to perform; your relationship with your partner, your boss, your kids, your parents; your idea of fun; how you maintain your heath; what you eat; your physical environment. Yep, it’s the whole life, full enchilada scan.
  2. Now that you’ve picked one of those areas, dig a little deeper. First step is to pick out what you really like, the things you don’t want to change. You might consider not changing: parts of your behavior; the people involved; the location; the ‘things’ – whatever ‘stuff’ is involved.
  3. Now you’re clear on what you want to keep the same, can you see one thing that you’d like to change? One person, one behavior, one element of the mix that you’d like to be new?
  4. Pick an action: get rid of it entirely; add something to it; remove something; rearrange it to a different position; do it in a different order; bring in something new; break the rules.

I’m not really asking you to rearrange your entire world here.  But perhaps it’s time to step out onto a new path.


“Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”

Rabindranath Tagore


Bob meets Doug at the bar after his day at divorce court.

“Did the judge split everything fairly when he granted your wife a divorce?” asked Doug.

Bob replies, “Sort of. She got to keep the house, the car, the boat, the furniture and MY dog. I got to keep everything I was wearing.”


The value of a dog is its constant reminder of how much fun it is to act idiotic.


Now These Really Do Ring True!!

  • Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
  • Law of the Workshop – Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
  • Law of the Telephone – When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy Signal.
  • Law of the Alibi – If you tell the boss you were late for work because you Had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat Tire.
  • Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were In will start to move faster than the one you are in now. (works every time)
  • Bath Theorem – When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.
  • Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases When you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
  • Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
  • Law of Bio-mechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
  • Theatre Rule – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last
  • Law of Coffee – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
  • Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
  • Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich of landing Face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.


If you can’t read this, you’re illiterate.


At the end of the college year, a star football player celebrated the relaxation of team curfew by attending a late night campus party. Soon after arriving, he became captivated by a beautiful young thing and eased into a conversation with her by asking if she met many dates at parties.

“Oh, I have a 3.9, so I’m much more attracted to the strong academic types than to dumb party animals,” she said. “What’s your G.P.A.?”

Grinning from ear to ear, the jock boasted, “I get about 27 in the city and 38 on the highway.


It is not a lucky word, this “impossible”; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouth.

Thomas Carlyle


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Get Happy

Ray’s Daily

August 16, 2018


“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

Frank Tyger

Stay Happy

Today is my wife’s birthday and my family is going to make it special. Next year we will celebrating her day in our new residence, We are adjusting to the changes in our lives with positive attitudes. When I read the following article, I had to edit it for space, by Travis Bradberry it reminded me of how important it is to eliminate the barriers to happiness in our lives.

9 traps you fall into that limit your happiness

Some habits lead to unhappiness more than others do. These traps are easily avoided once you’re aware of them.

Holding your feelings in – One of the great misconceptions concerning emotional intelligence (EQ) is that it is about repressing our feelings and holding them in. Emotional intelligence means honoring your feelings and allowing yourself to experience the catharsis that comes from embracing them for what they are.

Numbing yourself with technology – Everyone deserves the opportunity to binge-watch a TV show now and then or to switch on your Kindle and get lost in a book. When your escape becomes a constant source of distraction, it is a sure sign you have fallen into the trap of too much of a good thing.

Spending too much time and effort acquiring “things” – There’s an ocean of research that shows that material things don’t make you happy. When you make a habit of chasing things, you are likely to become unhappy because, beyond the disappointment you experience once you get them, you discover that you’ve gained them at the expense of the real things that can make you happy, such as friends, family, and hobbies.

Waiting for the future – Telling yourself, “I’ll be happy when … ” is one of the easiest unhappy habits to fall into. Don’t spend your time waiting for something that’s proven to have no effect on your mood. Instead focus on being happy right now, in the present moment, because there’s no guarantee of the future.

Fighting change – Change is an inevitable part of life, and those who fight it do so because they are struggling to remain in control. The problem with this approach is that fighting change actually limits your control over the situation by putting up a barrier between yourself and the actions you need to take to improve your situation.

Pessimism – Nothing fuels unhappiness quite like pessimism. The problem with a pessimistic attitude, beyond it being hard on your mood, is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect bad things, you’re more likely to get bad things.

Trying to keep up with the Joneses – Jealousy and envy are incompatible with happiness, so if you’re constantly comparing yourself with others, it’s time to stop. Be wary of this kind of thinking as it won’t make you happy and, more often than not, has the opposite effect.

Not improving

Staying home – When you feel unhappy, it’s tempting to avoid other people. This is a huge mistake as socializing, even when you don’t enjoy it, is great for your mood. Recognize when unhappiness is making you antisocial, force yourself to get out there and mingle, and you’ll notice the difference right away.

Bringing it all together – Changing your habits in the name of greater happiness is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. But it’s also important for another reason — taking control of your happiness makes everyone around you happier.


To stay happy, we must stop complaining about the troubles we have and learn to be thankful for the troubles we don’t have.



“I finished the Oreos.”

“Not to imply anything, but I  don’t think the kid weighs forty pounds.”

“Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby.”

“I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay like that!”

“Well, couldn’t they induce labour? The 25th is the Super Bowl.”

“Are your ankles supposed to look like that?”

“Get your own ice cream.”


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost


Jolene had been wanting new kitchen cabinets for a long time, but her husband insisted they were an extravagance. She went to visit her Mother for two weeks, and when she returned, she was overjoyed to find that beautiful new cabinets had been installed.

A few days later a neighbor came over to visit and after admiring the new cabinets, the neighbor added, “All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the kitchen.”


True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan


“So,” the woman asked the detective she had hired, “did you trail my husband?”

“Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out of the way restaurant and then to an apartment.”

A big smile crossed the woman’s face, “Aha!! Then I’ve got him!” she said, gloating.” Is there any doubt what he was doing?”

“No ma’am.” replied the sleuth, “It’s pretty clear that he was following you!”


“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”

Saul Bellow


Early in their marriage, the old perfesser did something really stupid. Doesn’t matter what it was, for the sake of this story, just trust me… it was stupid.

Mrs Perfesser chewed him out for it. Knowing it was really dumb, he sensibly apologized, and they made up.

However, from time to time, Mrs Perfesser reminds him what a dolt he had been on that occasion.

“Honey,” the old perfesser finally said one day, “why do you keep bringing that up? I thought your policy was ‘forgive and forget’?”

“It is,” said Mrs Perfesser. “I just don’t want you to forget that I’ve forgiven and forgotten.”


You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.

John Greier


Miss Figpot was quizzing her third-grade students on their spelling words.  She asked Little Johnny to spell “straight.”  Johnny did so without error.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

Johnny replied, “Without water.”


“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.”

Peter Hagerty


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Leave the baggage behind

Ray’s Daily

August 15, 2018


“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”

Roy T. Bennett

Worry Free

At lunch yesterday a friend and me discussed what we need to do to free ourselves up in order to take advantage of future opportunity. She mentioned how much she and her significant others enjoyed a recent cruise, She said just leaving behind all their cares and concerns for a few days was invigorating. I think she was reporting how much our lives would be better if we treated all our days as if we left our worries on the dock as we ventured out on our search for happiness.

Our conversation reminded me of a recent article posted on the Positively Present blog. Here is an edited version of the piece.

 5 Types of Baggage You Don’t Need to Carry

Just as we’ve all likely accumulated a wide variety of knickknacks, we all carry a unique set of emotional luggage. Sorting through it all is an individual experience; it’s something we each have to do for ourselves, in our own time. But I thought this week I’d talk a little bit about five kinds of emotional baggage many of us are carrying around — suitcases of inner burdens that make each of our paths a little bit more difficult to travel.

YOUR PAST – The first bag we could all benefit from setting down is the past. Yes, there’s value in remembering what’s happened so that you can learn from it, but dragging it around with you doesn’t serve much purpose. Like it or not, the past is over. What’s done is done, and you cannot go back (no matter how much you might want to at times!).

NEGATIVITY – The next load of luggage we need to set down is a negative attitude. For many of us negativity feels like safety. Imaging what could go wrong (or noticing what is going wrong) can feel like a form of self-protection, a way to cope with (or potentially prevent) bad things in life. But focusing on the negative aspects of life is like lugging around a bag of rocks while trudging up a mountain — all it does is make your journey more difficult.

GUILT – The concept of guilt is closely tied with the past, but it’s not quite the same. Even if you’ve done your best to let the past go, you might still cling to guilt, feeling as if you deserve to lug around the blame for something that’s happened, even when you know it cannot be undone. Guilt is a waste of time, and what is life, really, but doing what we can to make the most of the time we’ve been given.

EXPECTATIONS – Letting go of expectations is essential if you want to carry around less weight. Expectations (both of ourselves and of others) often lead to a lot of stress and strife, and quite frequently you don’t even realize how much they weigh you down. They might seem like something beneficial — guidelines that should you what you do and don’t want — but they are heavy. It’s not until you begin setting them down that you realize down cumbersome they are.

OTHERS’ MISTAKES – Finally, something many of us carry around that we really need to set down? Others’ mistakes. The past of others might not seem like something you’re carrying, but you’re likely doing so without realizing it. Whether it’s parents, siblings, colleagues, friends, or children, many of us drag around the weight of what others have done (either because we feel partly responsible for it or because we’ve been hurt by it), and, just as with our own pasts, the pasts of others cannot be undone. Do yourself a favor and set that extra weight down!.

Setting down one (or all!) of these things is no easy feat, but the effort it takes is so worth it. Life is a tough climb sometimes and lugging around extra weight only makes the ascent more difficult. These five types of baggage are the first that came to my mind, but I’d love to know: what else would you like to set down?


“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

Roy T. Bennett,


Cowboy: “Well, I suppose you’ve been alright.  You’ve been a decent horse, I guess.  A bit slow sometimes, but a decent horse, and…”

Horse: “No, you stupid idiot I didn’t ask you for FEEDBACK!  I said that I wanted my FEEDBAG!”


If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.

Katherine Hepburn


Three sisters, ages 92, 94, and 96 live in a house together. One night the 96 year old draws a bath. She puts one foot in and pauses. She yells down the stairs, “Was I getting in or out of the bath?” The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know. I’ll come up and see.” She starts up the stairs and pauses. Then, she yells, “Was I going up the stairs or down?” The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea, listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door.”


You have to be careful about being too careful.

Beryl Pfizer


Mary was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self-pitying.

She moaned to her mom and brother, “Nobody loves me.  The whole world hates me!”

Her brother, busily occupied playing a game, hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: “That’s not true, Mary. Lots of people don’t even know you.”


“There are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary and those who don’t.”


This woman’s husband dies and she has only $20,000 to her name. After everything is done at the funeral home and cemetery, she tells her closest friend that she has no money left.

The friend says, “How can that be? You told me you still had $20,000 left just a few days before your husband died. How could you be broke?”

The widow says, “Well, the funeral home cost me $5,000. And of course I had to make the obligatory donation to the temple, so that was another $5,000. The rest went for the memorial stone.”

The friend says, “$10,000 for the memorial stone? My goodness, how big was it?”

Extending her left hand, the widow says, “Three carats.”


“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.”

Roy T. Bennett


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


No Time For Worry

Ray’s Daily

August 14, 2018


Drama free, worry free. That’s the way I wanna be.

Don;t worry

This past weekend my oldest daughter came and helped me continue my downsizing effort. This time we focused on coats, jackets, winter garb and some of my huge collection of polo shirts. Great leather jackets and lighter jackets that were loaded with memories all ended up in the to be donated pile.

What surprised me was how good I felt about selecting only what I would use in the years ahead. Instead of mourning the loss of days past, I found myself excited about the days ahead lightened by not taking more than I need.

Yesterday I read the following article written by Marc Chernoff that I liked. It reminded me that at the moment I have set worry aside making room for positive thoughts about the future.

The Weight of the Glass

Twenty years ago, when Angel and I were just undergrads in college, our psychology professor taught us a lesson we’ve never forgotten.  On the last day of class before graduation, she walked up on stage to teach one final lesson, which she called “a vital lesson on the power of perspective and mindset.”  As she raised a glass of water over her head, everyone expected her to mention the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” metaphor.  Instead, with a smile on her face, our professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

Students shouted out answers ranging from a couple of ounces to a couple of pounds.

After a few moments of fielding answers and nodding her head, she replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass is irrelevant. It all depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light.  If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache.  If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the absolute weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

As most of us students nodded our heads in agreement, she continued.  “Your worries, frustrations, disappointments, and stressful thoughts are very much like this glass of water.  Think about them for a little while and nothing drastic happens.  Think about them a bit longer and you begin to feel noticeable pain.  Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed, incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”


“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

Leo F. Buscaglia


She said:

  1. The Female always makes THE RULES.
  2. THE RULES are subject to change at any time without prior notification.
  3. No Male can possibly know all THE RULES.
  4. If the Female suspects the Male knows all THE RULES she must immediately change some or all of THE RULES.
  5. The Female is never wrong.
  6. If the Female is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding that was a direct result of something the Male did or said wrong.
  7. The Male must apologize immediately for causing said misunderstanding.
  8. The Female may change her mind at any time.
  9. The Male must never change his mind without the express written consent of the Female.
  10. The Female has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
  11. The Male must remain calm at all times unless the Female wants him to be angry and/or upset.
  12. The Female must under no circumstances let the Male know whether she wants him to be angry and/or upset.
  13. The Male is expected to be adept at mind reading.
  14. The Female is ready when she is ready.
  15. The Male must be ready at all times.
  16. Any attempt to document THE RULES could result in bodily harm to the Male.
  17. The Male who doesn’t abide by THE RULES can’t take the heat, lacks backbone and is a wimp.


“Osborne’s Law”

Variables won’t; constants aren’t.


Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm — Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.

He calls up and says, “Is Mr. Schwartz in?”

The man says, “No, he’s out playing golf.”

Morris says, “All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz.”

“He’s not with the firm any more, he’s retired.”

“Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz.”

“He’s away in Boston, won’t be back for a month.”

“Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz.”

He says, “Speaking!”


Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun.


The kid said don’t get me sick:

When you go home, you have to stay all alone.

You have to stay in bed and not get fed.

You miss out on all the fun that’s it, you’re done.

So when you sneeze cover your mouth please!!!

Madison F. age 9



Husband’s note to his wife…”Doctor’s office called: Said Pabst beer is normal.”


An English professor announced to the class; “There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool.”

From the back of the room a voice called out, “So, what are the words?


Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred. Free your mind from worries. Live simply. Give more. Expect less.

Nishan Panwar


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Let’s Be Friends

Ray’s Daily

August 13, 2018


Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Mother Teresa

Be My Friend

I have spent a lot of time with people my age and older over the years and I have found that the most debilitating problem for the elderly is lonesomeness. We lose the socialization from the workplace when we retire, friends pass away or move on and soon the chairs around us empty and lonesomeness starts to creep in.

It really does not have to be that way. My wife and I have found that the people we have met in our later years, some in their nineties, have become good friends. We have also found that spending time with them, our family and our remaining old friends is therapeutic and does more for us than all our medications.

I recently read an article, I have included an excerpt below, that reminded me that it is the barriers we build that too often isolate us from folks that could be our friend.

Some folks have wondered why I am so open in the Daily, I tell them I don’t really have a lot of secrets and this is as good as I get, I am just glad that that has been good enough for so many of you who have become my friend.

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Olivia Remes

To overcome loneliness and improve our mental health, there are certain things we can do. Research has looked at the different ways of combating this condition, such as increasing the number of people you talk to, improving your social skills, and learning how to compliment others. But it seems the number one thing is to change your perceptions of the world around you.

It’s realizing that sometimes people aren’t able to meet up with you, not because there is something inherently wrong with you, but because of other things going on in their lives. Maybe the person that you wanted to have dinner with wasn’t able to accept your invitation because it was too short notice for them and they had already promised someone else they would have drinks. People who aren’t lonely realise this and, as a consequence, don’t get down or start beating themselves up when someone says no to their invitations. When you don’t attribute “failures” to yourself, but rather to circumstances, you become much more resilient in life and can keep going.

Getting rid of loneliness is also about letting go of cynicism and mistrust of others. So next time you meet someone new, try to lose that protective shield and really allow them in, even though you don’t know what the outcome will be.


If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.

Jules Renard


Waiter to blonde customer: “How do you want me to slice your pizza? Into six or twelve slices?”

Blonde: “SIX!!!! Gosh sakes, I could *never* eat 12 slices!”


An Irish girl went to London to work as a secretary and began sending home money and gifts to her parents.  After a few years they asked her to come home for a visit, as her father was getting frail and elderly.

She pulled up to the family home in a Rolls Royce and stepped out wearing furs .and diamonds  As she walked into the house her father said “Hmmm, they seem to be paying secretaries awfully well in London”.

The girl took his hands and said, “Dad, I’ve been meaning to tell you something for years but I didn’t want to put it in a letter I can’t hide it from you any longer. I’ve become a “prostitute”.

Her father gasped, put his hand on his heart and keeled over.  The doctor was called but the old man had clearly lost the will to live.  He was put to bed and the priest was called.

As the priest began to administer Extreme Unction, with the mother and daughter weeping and wailing, the old man muttered weakly, “I’m a goner, killed by me own daughter!  Killed by the shame of what you’ve become”.

“Please forgive me,” his daughter sobbed, “I only wanted to have nice things!  I wanted to be able to send you money and the only way I could do it was by becoming a “prostitute”.

Brushing the priest aside the old man bolted upright in bed, smiling.

“Did ye say prostitute?  I thought ye said “PROTESTANT !!”


Did any of you married people out there ever wonder whether it’s better to have loved and lost, than to have loved and won?


I was listening to a lady who called a radio pastor.  The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear. The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life.  I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.” The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white tipped canes?” “Yes I do,” she replied. “Then the next time someone says that, hit them over the head with the cane,” He said.  “Then tell them ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”


In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow.


A man was filling out a job application. When he came to the question, “Have you ever been arrested?”

He wrote, “No.”

The next question, intended for people who had answered in the affirmative to the previous question, was “Why?”

The applicant answered it anyway: “Never got caught.”


Don’t play stupid with me…. I’m better at it!


  1. Muslims do not recognize Judaism as a religion.
  2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
  3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
  4. Baptists do not recognize each other at Hooters.


“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Tahereh Mafi


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Try to Understand

Ray’s Daily

August 10. 2018


The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.

Eleanor Holmes Norton


I have a lot to do today and am running behind so I am pulling a past Daily. I hope that is OK and that you have a great weekend.


Ray’s Daily first published on August 10, 2009

I am beginning to wonder about myself, it seems that I am tending towards intolerance and that is not good. Lately it seems like there are more and more people who find pleasure is screaming down the other guy and giving little opportunity to learn about anybody’s ideas other than their own.

Also when did just good enough become good enough, I am use to people who always give their best who always provide more than a minimum effort.

I am hearing more and more strident words coming from people with a misguided sense of superiority who often spread inaccurate information. It is almost as if they have to find fault with everything and everyone but themselves. I just wish those who are the reasoned thoughtful majority would not allow those on the fringes to hog the platforms.

Well enough of that, in the past I did not let the behavior of others bother me, rather I took pity on their self-centered behavior.

For whatever it’s worth here are some of my beliefs that I find are in conflict with some of my recent observations.

  • Just good enough is not good enough. I never believed that just satisfying the customer was enough, I wanted to please him.
  • Everyone is important; when we focus on finding fault we will almost always miss the real person.
  • I am not always right nor do I have any reason to be righteous. And while I have a right to my opinion I have no right to judge others for if I knew all the answers I would not make all the mistakes I made in my lifetime.
  • Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. This does not mean that we should expect to be treated better than we treat others. The other day I saw someone who thought it is was no big deal that they had created a problem for someone else, they did not even see the need to apologize.
  • If you don’t care, don’t pretend that you do.
  • When you make a promise keep it, show up on time and do what is expected, if you can’t do that then don’t promise. In my business we always set our goals higher than the expectations of the people we served. If we had a misstep we still delivered what we promised. By promising more than we can consistently deliver we soon get the reputation of being unreliable.
  • Everyone is not like me and I am glad of that. Everyone’s problems, needs, pains and joys are unique to them and we do not know what burdens they carry. Any judgments we make should be on how they contribute and not based on any generalized observations.

To sum it all up I think Earl Nightingale got it right when he said “Treat everyone as if he is the most important person in the world for to himself he is.” So like I said dear friends I am not happy that I let the behavior of others bother me and thankfully it is not bothering me enough to knock me off stride. But you’ll have to forgive me if I continue to hope that the day will come when the “we” is more important than the “me.”


The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own.

Eric Hoffer


An old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting. Opening the door a few cautious inches, we saw his eyes were glassy and his furrowed face glistened with silver stubble. He clutched a wicker basket holding a few unappealing vegetables. He bid us good morning and offered his produce for sale. We were uneasy enough to make a quick purchase to alleviate both our pity and our fear.

To our chagrin, he returned the next week, introducing himself as Mr. Roth, the man who lived in the shack down the road. As our fears subsided, we got close enough to realize that it wasn’t alcohol, but cataracts, that marbelized his eyes. On subsequent visits, he would shuffle in, wearing two mismatched right shoes, and pull out a harmonica. With glazed eyes set on a future glory, he’d puff out old gospel tunes between conversations about vegetables and religion.

On one visit, he exclaimed, “The Lord is so good! I came out of my shack this morning and found a bag full of shoes and clothing on my porch.”

“That’s wonderful, Mr. Roth,” we said. “We’re happy for you.”

“You know what’s even more wonderful?” he asked. “Just yesterday I met some people that could use them.”


“If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, best take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.”


“I’m so worried,” the nervous patient said as the nurse plumped up his pillows. “Last week, I read about a man who was in the hospital because of heart trouble, and he died of influenza.”

“Don’t worry,” the nurse said smiling. “I am telling you, ours is a first-rate hospital. When we treat someone for a heart problem, believe me, he dies from a heart problem!”


“BECAUSE”: Mom’s reason for having kids do things which can’t be explained logically.


How To Tell If You’re Over The Hill

You no longer laugh at Preparation H commercials.

Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.

You buy shoes with crepe rubber soles.

The only reason you’re still awake at 2 a.m. is indigestion.

People ask you what color your hair used to be.

You enjoy watching the news.

Your car must have four doors.

You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

You have a dream about prunes.

You browse the bran cereal section in the grocery store.

You start worrying when your supply of Ben Gay is low.

You think a C.D. is a certificate of deposit.

You have more than 2 pairs of glasses.

You read the obituaries daily.

Your biggest concern when dancing is falling.

You enjoy hearing about other people’s operations.

You wear black socks with sandals.

You know all the warning signs of a heart attack.

You dance slow to fast songs.


“Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up”


How does Janice like being pregnant?” Bob asked his friend John.

“Oh, she’s not pregnant,” John replied, “she’s expecting.”

“What’s the difference?” Bob pressed.

Well, John explained, “She’s expecting me to cook dinner, she’s expecting me to do the housework, she’s expecting me to rub her feet . . .”


Few women admit their age, Few men act it!


A couple is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and they decide to go and visit their old grade school. There, in a corner, they hold hands as they find their old desk where he had carved, “I love you, Sally.” On the way home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car in front of them. She picks it up and counts it…fifty thousand dollars!!   The husband says, “We have to give it back.”  She says, “Finders keepers.”   When she gets home, she hides it in the attic.

The next day, two FBI men show up at their home. They ask,   “Pardon me folks, but did anyone in this house find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”

She says, “No.” The husband says, “My wife is lying. She took the money and hid it in the attic.” She says, “Don’t believe him, he’s a bit senile.”

So they sit the man down and begin to question him.  One FBI guy says, “Tell us the story from the beginning.”

The old man says, “Well, my wife and I were on our way home from school….”

The FBI guy looks at his partner and says…”Yep, we are wasting our time. Let’s get out of here.”


How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


No Regrets

Ray’s Daily

August 9, 2018


“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”

Steve Maraboli,


I am looking forward to the next phase of my life with my wife as we prepare to move to a senior nurturing environment. I may have selective memory for I have few regrets generated by my past life, in fact I have few memories other than pleasant recollections.

I have always liked the following story which seems appropriate as we move away from now to new tomorrows.

Regret City

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. This is my annual “Guilt Trip.”

I got tickets to fly there on “WISH-I-HAD” airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my “baggage,” which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was loaded down with a thousand memories of “what might have been.” No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the “Last Resort” Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event — the annual “Pity Party.” I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the “Done” family; you know, “Should Have,” “Would Have” and “Could Have.” Then came the “I Had” family. You probably know old “Wish” and his clan. Of course, the “Opportunities” family; “Missed and Lost,” would be present. The biggest family there would be the “Yesterday’s.”

There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Of course, “Shattered Dreams” would surely make and appearance. “It’s Their Fault” family would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in their life. Each story would be loudly applauded by the “Don’t Blame Me” and “I Couldn’t Help It” committee.

To make a long story short, I went to this depressing party, knowing full well there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that this trip and subsequent “pity parties” COULD be cancelled by ME!

I started to realize that I did not have to be there. And I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as being encouraging.

Knowing this, I left Regret City immediately, and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to Regret City, please cancel all those reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a nice place called: “Starting Again.” I like it so much that I made it my permanent residence. My neighbors, the “Been Forgiven” and the “We’re Saved” are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around the heavy baggage anymore either. That load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. But don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself.

Author Unknown


At the end of the day let their be no regrets, only a desire to do more tomorrow than you did today.

Noel Dejesus


My friend Stan Teplick was thrilled he could take his 87-year-old mother to finally see “Fiddler on the Roof,” especially since she came from one of the countless Anatevka-like Russian shtetls so many decades ago. He spared no expense: best seats, limo, the works.

After the show Stan eagerly asked: “So Mom, what did you think? Did it bring back any memories?”

His mother thought for a moment and then, giving the classic Jewish mother shrug and nod, said: “Yes. But I don’t remember that much singing.”


“Much wisdom comes from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.”


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Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Richard Wagner


A minister in a little church had been having trouble with the collections.

One Sunday he announced, “Now, before we pass the collection plate, I would like to request that the person who stole the chickens from Brother Martin’s henhouse please refrain from giving any money to the Lord. The Lord doesn’t want money from a thief!”

The collection plate was passed around, and for the first time in months everybody gave!


Happiness is in our own hearts. I have no regrets of anything in the past. I’m totally cheerful and happy, and I think that a lot of your attitude is not in the circumstances you find yourself in, but in the circumstances you make for yourself.

Maeve Binchy


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Ray’s Daily

August 8, 2018


“Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for the happiness in the future”

Wayne L. Misner


As I continue to downsize and declutter I now wish that I had not saved so much stuff. I especially wish I had been more realistic in my purchases as I again realize some of my books have been waiting so long to be read that their content is now obsolete.

The good news is that I feel pretty good about the expected results of my effort. I think it would be easier if I had read the following abridged article years ago and taken it’s advice.

The Power We Give to Objects is Really Inside Us

As we declutter, it’s amazing to ask exactly why we acquired all this stuff, and why we hold on to it with attachment. And then we realize how much power we give to all these objects. Imagine what would happen if we could realize that the power isn’t outside of us, but is in us all along.

Some common cases:

1.Security: Buying a lot of stuff makes a lot of people feel secure. If everything crashes, at least we have all this stuff, right? Actually, security is within: being mindful of fear and meditating on it without being reactive to it, learning skills and developing options so that we can survive in many situations, staying lean so we aren’t deeply in debt or overburdened with bills, and in the end, developing the trust that we’ll be OK just as we are.

2.Approval: Lots of us try to buy nice things to impress other people — we don’t usually admit that to ourselves, but in the end, we want the approval of others. In the end, it’s all about wanting others to approve. What if we just approved ourselves? Easier said than done, but the power to approve us is within us, if we stop looking for outside approval. Declutter to take care of yourself, for your own personal growth, not to get the approval of others. Do good things for yourself, and start to love yourself exactly as you are.

3.Comfort: Just the act of buying things can be a way of comforting ourselves, like eating comfort food when we’re stressed. But lots of times, we buy possessions to give ourselves comfort: a nicer mattress or sofa, a plush carpet or convenient kitchen gadgets. There is nothing wrong with these things, but it’s also useful to note that we’re giving these things the power to comfort us.

4.Identity & value: Possessions can often give us a sense of identity and value — a trophy makes us feel accomplished, having nice ski equipment or a surfboard makes us feel outdoorsy, having lots of books can make us feel smart or intellectually accomplished. But the truth is, the way we feel about ourselves doesn’t really come from the objects — it’s an internal process, all coming from within.

5.Memories and love: We can’t bear to get rid of things because they represent amazing memories, and the love of the people who gave them to us. But the memories aren’t in the objects! They’re in our heads, and a simple digital photo can remind us of the memories, especially if we remind ourselves to browse through the digital photo album regularly. And the love from these people aren’t in the objects! It’s in our hearts. We only need to feel that love from within, and no object can actually give us that.

6.Hope and aspiration: We hold onto exercise or sports equipment we never use because we have hopes that we’ll do them in the future. We hold onto 100 books because we have aspirations to read them in the future. But what if we realized that we don’t need all of those hopes for our future selves? We can let go of it. And just be content right now. Leaving open incredible possibilities for the future, but being realistic that we’ll only be able to focus on what’s truly important in the near future.

There is some great power in realizing the things we think our objects do for us. And there is even more incredible power in realizing that we have that power inside us, no objects required. Knowing that, we can let go of anything not giving us true utility.


Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry than it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Nathan is talking to his lawyer. “Here’s the deal, Abe. If you’re absolutely sure I’ll win the case, I’ll give you the business.”

“OK,” replies Abe, “but before I can give you my opinion, I obviously need to know the facts.”

So Nathan goes into great detail about his failed partnership and ends up saying, “So now you’ve heard everything, do you think I can sue my partner and get my money back?”

“Well,” replies Abe, “from what I’ve just heard, it’s clear to me that you will win. It’s rare to have such an open-and-shut case.”

Nathan goes very white when he hears this.

“What’s the matter?” asks Abe.

“I told you my partner’s side of the case,” replies Nathan.


Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else.


The blonde reported for her University final examination which consists of “yes/no” type questions. She takes her seat in the examination hall, stares at the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of inspiration takes her purse out, removes a coin and starts tossing the coin and marking the answer sheet – Yes for Heads and No for Tails. Within a half an hour, she is all done whereas the rest of the class is sweating it out. During the last few minutes, she is seen desperately throwing the coin, swearing and sweating.

The moderator, alarmed, approaches her and asks what is going on.

“I finished the exam in half an hour. But,” she says, “I am rechecking my answers.”


Everybody at the FBI seems to be a special agent. Don’t they have any regular ones?


Safety was job one at my company. During a safety training course, the instructor asked our group, “Does your company have an evacuation plan in place?”

“Yes,” said one employee, “and it works without a hitch!”

“Really?” said the instructor. “How’d you do that?”

“We practice every day at five o’clock.”


I am self unemployed.


The bank manager noticed the new clerk was an idiot at counting money and adding up figures.

“Where did you get your finance education?” he asked.

“Yale,” replied the lad.

“And what’s your name?” barked the manager.

“Yim Yohnston,” he replied.


“Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door your’ve been looking for”

Katrina Mayer


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Brighten Your Day

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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


I think he was right

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

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