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Be Yourself

Ray’s Daily

October 17, 2018


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer

Be Yourself

I think far to many of us either strive to be somebody else or fail to appreciate who we are. It is especially troubling for me to see young people struggle to fit into a mold that has been designed by others but that often holds little personal happiness.

No matter how old or young we are we benefit from learning more about ourselves and the value of our uniqueness. Life offers each of us the opportunity to be the best us instead trying to be the best someone else.

Here is a piece that has been around for some time. I wish it was mandatory reading for every young person that is beginning their adulthood.

    Steps to Happiness

Everybody Knows:

You can’t be all things to all people.

You can’t do all things at once.

You can’t do all things equally well.

You can’t do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare to Believe:

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And we’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.

May God Bless you and keep you safe,

Father Pat


“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”



If 99.9% Is Good Enough…

-12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

-114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be shipped/year.

-18,322 pieces of mail will be mishandled/hour.

-2,000,000 documents will be lost by the IRS this year.

-2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong covers.

-Two planes that land at Chicago’s O’Hare airport will be unsafe every day!

-315 entries in Webster’s Dictionary will be misspelled.

-20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written this year!


“I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.

Steven Wright


A out-of-towner in New York at the height of the tourist season decided to revisit an uptown restaurant he’d enjoyed on a previous trip to the city.

Finally catching the eye of an overworked waiter, he said, “You know, it’s been over five years since I first came  in here.”

“You’ll have to wait your turn, sir,” replied the harried waiter. “I can only serve one table at a time.”


“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr


Here are some translations for all the misleading things hotels say.

Old world charm …………….    No bath

Tropical …………………..           Rainy

Majestic setting ……………      A long way from town

Options galore ……………..      Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway ………….. Impossible to find or get to

Pre-registered rooms ……….. Already occupied

Explore on your own ………… Pay for it yourself

Knowledgeable trip hosts …. They’ve flown in an airplane before


Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?


You may have noticed the increased amount of notices for you to notice. Some of our notices have not been noticed. This is very noticeable. It has been noticed that the responses to the notices have been noticeably unnoticed. This notice is to remind you to notice the notices and respond to the notices, because we do not want the notices to go unnoticed.


I don’t think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you’ve been blessed.

Robert Brault


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "Be Yourself" (1)

  1. True ..I agree with your opinion

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