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Now is the time

Ray’s Daily

September 19, 2018


“Forever is composed of nows.”

Emily Dickinson

Live Now

I am having a little difficulty dealing with my no longer driving. I have been taking for granted the value of being able to go where I wanted to go and do what I wanted to do at any time. I miss going to my fairly regular breakfast place and being served by my favorite server. I can’t run to the store to pick up whatever we needed. I no longer have the ability to go to meetings.

Years ago the Mayor of Indianapolis asked the president of the Urban League and me to see if we could organize some transportation offerings to the elderly and poor who had no transportation to meet even their most basic needs. I have now learned how it must have been for them although we need for little since all of our meals and more are provided in our new home.

Life goes on and I am learning to make each day special in itself. Here is a piece on how we can live in the moment that is the key to enjoying what we do have.

Live in The Moment

By Zorka Hereford

To live in the moment, or now, means being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. It means not dwelling on the past, nor being anxious or worrying about the future.

When we concentrate our attention on the present we focus on the task at hand. We give our full attention to what we are doing and we let go of outcomes.

Seizing each moment in life allows us to prolong its value and make it more meaningful. Rather than seeking quantity of time, when we live in the moment we enjoy and savor every minute. We don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we don’t need to plan, set goals or prepare for the future. We can do all of these things and still enjoy each moment as it unfolds.

For instance, if we have set a goal to exercise each day, we would carry on with it while enjoying the actual process, or moment, of exercising (or at least be in the moment of it).

When we train ourselves to live in each moment, we immerse ourselves in it and begin to discover its beauty and wonder. We learn focus and how to manage our energy. Professional athletes understand and employ this kind of focus very well. They know that accomplishment and success are a result of the skillful management and balancing of energy.

To make every moment count we must embrace it. Everything we do and every person we come in contact with deserves our full attention. Even when resting we should savor the moment. It gives us the opportunity to recharge, renew and gain clarity.

Quite often we put huge expectations on ourselves and our lives. We rush to do this, hurry up with that, without actually enjoying the process. What’s the rush? Where do we think we’re going?

If we don’t stop and think about where we’re at, we’re probably missing the point. Instead, when we appreciate each moment and garner the lessons from it, we live consciously, purposefully and responsibly.

Likewise, when we live in the past and don’t let go of painful experiences, perceived wrongs, or difficult times, we condemn ourselves to a present and future of the same. We cannot change the past. We can, however, come to terms with it, know that it’s over, and move on.

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and trusting in the future. When we are positive and optimistic in the present, we open the possibility of a positive and promising future. We owe it to ourselves to make every moment count – now!


“What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

A.A. Milne


20 Things I’ve Learned from TV

  1. If being chased through town, you can usually take cover in a passing St. Patrick’s Day parade – at any time of the year.
  2. All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
  3. It’s easy for anyone to land a plane, providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
  4. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
  5. The ventilation system of any building is a perfect hiding place. No one will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.
  6. You’re likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
  7. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.
  8. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
  9. When paying for a taxi, never look at your wallet as you take out a note – just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
  10. Cars and trucks that crash will almost always burst into flames.
  11. People on TV never finish their drinks
  12. A single match will be sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.
  13. Any person waking from a nightmare will sit bolt upright and pant.
  14. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments, and maintain a stern expression.
  15. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at one.
  16. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your room will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.
  17. Action heroes never face charges for manslaughter or criminal damage despite laying entire cities to waste.
  18. No matter how badly a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
  19. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.
  20. It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.


“On a recent survey, 80 per cent of golfers admitted cheating. The other 20 percent lied.”

Bruce Lansky


A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day….. 30,000 to a man’s 15,000 words. The wife replied, “The reason has to be because a woman has to say everything twice.” The husband then turned to his wife and asked, “What?”


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

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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