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The Good Life

Ray’s Daily

February 28, 2019


Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.

Hussein Nishah


As I was thinking of some of the good people I have met I realized that they were worthy of respect and friendship. These are folks that care and always strive to do their best. They also are givers, they do what they can when they can for others.

These are not all wealthy or famous but they are all kind and caring. They are the true contented because of the satisfaction that comes from their demeanor and lifestyle.

David Riklan, founder of SelfGrowth.com recently sent me an article that I liked so I have provided you and edited copy.

7 Things You Must Give to Others if You Want to Achieve Success

Chris Widener

  1. Give Others Your Honesty. – The world we live in has a simple rule that most follow: Lie when you have to. Unfortunately, this may make some people wealthy but it make us humans poor. To achieve success is to become wealthy not only in money, but in character. To be successful, truly successful, is to be able to attain your goals and keep your character at the same time!
  2. Give Others Your Respect. – Most of the time we give people respect based on what they have done or what they have accomplished. We gauge whether or not they are “worthy” of it based on what we know of what they have achieved or who they know or are related to.

But I believe we should have a higher standard: We respect people not for what they have done or for who they are related to or for what they can do for us. Instead, we respect people for simply being.

  1. Give Others Your Vulnerability. – We are taught to “be strong.” And yes, we should be strong. But we have also embraced something that I think keeps us from having the kind of life that we long for. It is an idea that keeps us from experiencing the kind of relationships that would bring deep meaning to us. It is the idea of vulnerability.
  2. Give Others Your Care. – Too many people are running around this old earth not caring about others. The days of “Look Out for Number One” and “Winning Through Intimidation” are over! Let’s bring about a new day when we can care about others AND succeed!
  3. Give Others Your Passion. – There is nothing this world needs more than passionate people. And people need passionate people. Living in this day and age can be tiring. The hustle and bustle of it all can wear you down and tire you out. Give your passion to others and fire them up.

6    Give Others Your Experience. – We all have areas that we excel in and they are usually areas that we have experience in. One of the things we can do to make our lives more meaningful and be of utmost help to others is to show them the way through the experiences we have.

  1. Give Others Your Help. – All in all, what we want to do is to help others. Zig Ziglar says that if we will “help others get what they want, we will in turn get what we want.” If we want to be successful, we should consider ourselves servants of other people. What can we do to help them and make them better? This is the true path to greatness and success, not only in business but in life!


When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.

Thomas S. Monson


A man and woman had been pen pals for over a year through a Lonely Hearts Club ad in a magazine. She became so impressed with his letters, she fell in love and wrote asking for the opportunity to meet the man behind all the wonderful letters she had enjoyed.

He wrote back that he was so very happy she was having the same fulfillment he was from their relationship through the mail, but before he responded to her request, he had to let her know that he was in a serious car accident during his wild teenage years which left him with a steel plate in his head which disfigured his face and about 1/3 of a head of hair, without one arm, confined to a wheel chair, and a sort of hoarse raspy voice. He quickly added that he would completely understand if this made her less anxious to carry the relationship further.

She wrote back and pooh-poohed his physical impairments and said the letters had revealed what he was like on the inside regardless of what might be on the outside. Then she added that she still wanted to meet him, and suggested that he pick her up at the bus station at 8:00 p.m.  next Friday evening. Finally she asked if he would wear a rose in his lapel so she could recognize him.


“Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.”


Father Murphy was playing golf with a parishioner.  On the first hole, he sliced into the rough.  His opponent heard him mutter “Hoover!” under his breath.

On the second hole, the ball went straight into a water hazard. “Hoover!” again, a little louder this time.

On the third hole, a miracle occurred and Fr. Murphy’s drive landed on the green only six inches from the hole!  “Praise be to God!”

He carefully lined up the putt, but the ball curved around the hole instead of going in.  “HOOVER!!!!”

By this time, his opponent couldn’t withhold his curiosity any longer, and asked why the priest said,  “Hoover”.

“It’s the biggest dam I know!”


A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss.

The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?”

The man says “I’m probably too honest.”

The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.”

The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”


That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

William J. H. Boetcker


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.


You do, you know

Ray’s Daily

February 27, 2019


“Believe with all your heart that how you live your life makes a difference.”

Colin Brown

Make a difference

We often make more of a difference than we realize. A caring question at the right time often lets someone know you care. Acknowledging what a friend says lets them know they are being heard. In truth so many of what we think are the little things in reality are often the big things.

All it takes to make life more enjoyable is to get involved. Let people know you care, when help is needed offer it and be the person you would like others to be. Life is to be enjoyed and not just to stand on the sidelines and watch as it passes by.

I like the following poem because it is a reminder that we can make a difference.


                Just One

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,

You see, it’s up to you!


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Jake Goodall


A man walks along a lonely beach. Suddenly he hears a deep voice:  DIG!

He looks around: nobody’s there.  “I am having hallucinations,” he thinks. Then he hears the voice again: I SAID, DIG !

So he starts to dig in the sand with his bare hands, and after some inches, he finds a small chest with a rusty lock.

The deep voice says: OPEN!

Ok, the man thinks, let’s open the thing. He finds a rock with which to destroy the lock, and when the chest is finally open, he sees a lot of gold coins.

The deep voice says: TO THE CASINO!

Well the casino is only a few miles away, so the man takes the chest and walks to the casino.

The deep voice says: ROULETTE!

So he changes all the gold into a huge pile of roulette tokens and goes to one of the tables where the players gaze at him with disbelief.

The deep voice says: 27!

The man takes the whole pile and drops it at the 27. The table nearly bursts. Everybody is quiet when the croupier throws the ball.

The ball stays at the 26.

The deep voice says: OOOPS!


Amnesiacs Anonymous meeting at ah, er gimme a sec…


One day at a family reunion, the grandparents were reminiscing.

The grandfather remarked, “I wonder what ever happened to the old-fashioned girls who fainted when a man kissed them.”

The Grandmother gave him a withering look, “What I’d like to know,” she said, “is what happened to the old-fashioned men who made them faint!”


18 out of 10 schizophrenics agree.


As a concierge at a posh resort, he was often asked about the ski facilities. One day a couple who had just checked in after a long flight came by and asked him where the lift was.

“Go down the hill,” he told them, “out the door, past the pool, 200 yards down the block, and you’ll see it on your right.”

Their tired faces suddenly looked even more exhausted, until the man behind them spoke up.

“They’re from England,” he said.  “I think they’re looking for the elevator.”


“If it’s free, it’s advice; if you pay for it, it’s counseling; if you can use either one, it’s a miracle.”

Jack Adams


At the construction site of a new church, the contractor stopped to chat with one of his workmen.

“Paddy,” he asked casually, “didn’t you once tell me that you had a brother who was a bishop?”

“That I did, sir.”

“And you are a bricklayer!  It sure is a funny world.  Things in life aren’t divided equally, are they?”

“No, that they ain’t sir,” agreed Paddy, as he proudly slapped the mortar along the line of bricks.  “Me poor brother couldn’t do this to save his life!”


I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.


Actual doctors’ notes taken from patient charts.

“While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated, and sent home.”

“Patient was alert and unresponsive.”

“The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints.”


“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care enough and be there.”



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.


We need each other

Ray’s Daily

February 26, 2019


Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.

Chanda Kochhar

Getting Along

I was saddened to learn that a fellow resident that I sometimes ate with passed away this weekend. She was somewhat bitter and not easy to like. Happiness seemed to elude her. I overlooked her complaints and we seemed to get along OK.

I have found that the happiest of my fellow residents are those who have adjusted to our community. Many of us are challenged by the realities of aging and those of us who have learned to tolerate our differences seem to enjoy what we have.

Marc Chernoff wrote an article that offered his thoughts that I think are appropriate for those of us adjusting to a new environment. Here in part is what he wrote.

Things You Should Know for Sure

Just a few things you should know.  Because when you know better, you do better.

The beginning is always the hardest. – Remember, being completely terrible at something is the first step to being pretty darn good at it.  It just takes time and practice.  In the end, it is the courage to continue that matters most.

What’s right for you may be wrong for others, and vice versa. – It’s unreasonable to expect others to accept or consider your perspective if you’re not willing to do the same for them.  So think for yourself, and allow others the privilege of doing so too.  The truth is that the world isn’t really as it is, but as WE see it.  And we all see it differently.

When you try to change people, they usually remain the same. – But when you don’t try to change people – when you allow them the space to be as they are – they gradually change in the most beautiful way.  Because what really changes is the way you see them.

You have to decide for yourself. – Most of the time something is only awkward because of society’s preconceived idea that it is; don’t mindlessly follow that shallow perception of awkward.  Make up your own mind.  When it comes to choices and change, always do a gut check.  What do YOU want to do?  What would make YOU feel joy, passion, healthy, or on the right path?  Do that.  No other opinions are needed.

Most good things don’t come easy. – Easy is to think about improving.  Difficult is to put these thoughts into action.  Easy is to stumble and fall.  Difficult is to get back up.  Easy is to judge the mistakes of others.  Difficult is to recognize your own mistakes.  Easy is to receive.  Difficult is to give.  Easy is to promise something.  Difficult is to fulfill that promise.  Easy is to say “I love you.”  Difficult is to show it every day.  As you can see, most of the things we need in life are simple, but not easy.  The difficult, however, is often an indication that it’s worthwhile.

Friendship isn’t about being there when it’s convenient, it’s about being there when it’s not. – Even if you cannot seem to walk that mile in your friend’s shoes, you are still capable of standing beside them to be a supporter until the day they learn to smile again.


Help and not fight. Assimilation and not destruction. Harmony and Peace and not dissension.

Swami Vivekananda


A kind-hearted motorist saw a man struggling to change a tire alongside the highway, and pulled over to see whether he could help.

The man had a very red face, and a dark smear across it where he’d wiped off sweat with dirty hands. His tie was undone and his shirt collar askew, and it was clear he had also wiped his hands on his once-white shirt.

Close to him stood an immaculately neat woman who was speaking in quick, agitated tones.

“Hello, there,” said the motorist. “Say, I’ve changed a lot of tires ….. maybe I can help here.”

“You sure can,” the man with the flat tire replied wearily. “My wife is an expert, too. If you will just do all the arguing with her about how this tire ought to be changed, I will concentrate on the dirty work and get the job done.”


“I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.”

Diane Sawyer



GOD:  Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on that planet Earth?  What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago?  I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon.  The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds.  I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now.  But all I see are these green rectangles.

  1. FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, LORD. The Suburbanites.  They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass?  But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms.  It’s sensitive to temperatures.  Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently so, LORD. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green.  They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

  1. FRANCIS: Apparently not, LORD. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it — sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it?  Do they then bail it like hay?

  1. FRANCIS: Not exactly, LORD.  Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it?  Why?  Is it a cash crop?  Do they sell it?

  1. FRANCIS: No, Sir.  Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow.  And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

  1. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

  1. FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this LORD. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense.  At least they kept some of the trees.  That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself.  The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer.  In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes.  Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil.  It’s a natural circle of life.

  1. FRANCIS: You better sit down, LORD. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle.  As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No.  What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

  1. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

  1. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough.  I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts.  What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

  1. CATHERINE: ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ Lord.  It’s a real stupid movie about….

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St Francis.


It is terrible to grow old alone – my wife has not had a birthday in ten years.


She also said: I was on vacation in Las Vegas, playing the slot machines.

It was my first time in a casino, and I wasn’t sure how any of the machines operated.

“Excuse me.” I said to a casino employee. “How does this work?”

The worker showed me how to insert a bill, hit the spin button, and operate the release handle.

“And where does the money come out?” I asked.

He smiled and motioned to a far wall before saying, “Usually at the ATM.”


Intellectual life requires for its expansion and manifestation the influences and assimilation of the interests and affections of others.

Jane Addams


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.


She was inspiring

Ray’s Daily

February 25, 2019


Looks fade. Brains don’t.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Shriver

When I was working at Kiwanis International, I got a call from the head of the Kennedy Foundation telling me that Eunice Kennedy Shriver was interested in learning more about what Kiwanis was doing with UNICEF. Our worldwide effort at the time was raising the funds to eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of childhood developmental disabilities.

That phone call resulted in our meeting with Mrs. Shriver for breakfast in New York where we laid the foundation for a joint project in China.

In the months that followed I was able to meet with this amazing lady numerous times. She even spoke at a Kiwanis International annual convention. When I met her flight, she insisted that her and I take a brisk walk through the airport while we waited for her luggage. She had amazing energy. She was an inspiration. I even had a chance later to meet her son Tim, the head of Special Olympics and her husband the legendary Sargent Shriver.

Mrs. Shriver is no longer with us but our world is a better place because of her efforts.

The head of the Kennedy Foundation and I became good friends, he even sent us a housewarming gift when my wife and I moved to our retirement residence.

The Saturday Evening Post is running an article on Mrs. Shriver that I would like to share with you.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: The Hidden Kennedy Powerhouse

It’s high time we recognized Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the little-known dynamo who used her wits, her father’s fortune, and her powerful brothers’ influence to transform Americans’ attitudes toward the intellectually disabled.



In Community of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents, to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors, and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect, hope and happiness.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver


A young woman was having a physical examination and was very embarrassed because of a weight problem. As she removed her last bit of clothing, she blushed. “I’m so ashamed, Doctor,” she said, “I guess I let myself go.”

The physician was checking hers eyes and ears. “Don’t feel ashamed, Miss.  You don’t look that bad.”

“Do you really think so, Doctor?” she asked.

The doctor held a tongue depressor in front of her face and said, “Of course. Now just open your mouth and say “Moo!”


A waiter comes over to a table full of women and asks, “Is anything all right?”


An optometrist was instructing a new employee on how to charge a customer.

“As you are fitting his glasses, if he asks how much they cost, you say ‘$75.’

If his eyes don’t flutter, say, ‘For the frames. The lenses will be $50.’

If his eyes still don’t flutter, you add ‘Each.'”


Irving walked into a lawyer’s office and inquired about the lawyer’s rates.

“$150 for three questions,” replied the lawyer.

“Isn’t that awfully steep?” asked Morris.

“Yes,” the lawyer replied, “and what was your third question?”


Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quietest voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.

Paulette Tuers


An old nun who was living in a convent next to a Brooklyn construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways. She decided she would take her lunch sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

She walked up to the group and with a big smile said : . . .  “Do you men know Jesus Christ?”

They shook their heads and looked at each other. One of the workers looked up into the steelwork and yelled “Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?”

One of the steelworkers asked why.

The worker yelled “His wife is here with his lunch”.


Historians have found the first treaty the U.S. government ever signed with the Indians.  It states that the Indians can keep their lands “for as long as the river runs clear, the buffalo roam, the grass grows tall and the mountains stand proud – or ninety days – whichever comes first.


Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.

Leo Buscaglia


“I was riding my camel in the middle of the Sahara,” exclaimed the Muslim.  “Suddenly, a fierce sandstorm appeared out of nowhere. I truly thought my end had come as I lay next to my camel while we were being buried deeper and deeper under the sand.  But I didn’t lose my faith in Allah.  I prayed and prayed, and suddenly, for ten miles all around me, the storm stopped and I was able to get back to my village.

The Christian chimed in. “One day while I was fishing in a little rowboat in the ocean, a giant storm came from nowhere. 50 foot waves!  I thought my end had truly come.  I prayed and prayed to God, and then, for ten miles around me, the storm ceased and I was able to row back to shore.”

The Jew started. “I was in the middle of New York City. Suddenly, a black bag on the ground appeared out of nowhere.  I put my hand inside and found that it was full of cash.  I truly thought my end had come as it was a Saturday and we’re not allowed to handle money on the Sabbath.

But I didn’t lose my faith. I prayed and prayed, and suddenly, for ten miles around me, it was *Tuesday* !”


Old Jacob Johnson, a raging hypochondriac, was convinced that the pain on his left side was appendicitis.  Mrs Johnson explained that his appendix is on the right.

“So, aha!  THAT’s why it hurts so much….” said Jacob.

“My appendix is on the wrong side!”


You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver


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.


You can do it

Ray’s Daily

February 22, 2019


“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.”

Greg Kincaid


We all have occasions when something happens that seems catastrophic and if we let it, it can be devastating. How we react is really up to us. I am amazed at how often good people find it so hard to ride out bad times. Who we are is not changed by external events unless we let them do it. Good folks are good folks no matter what happens.

Winners just pick themselves up and move on. It is not always easy but it can be done. Here is an abridged article by Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps that can help.

How to Feel Good When Things Go Bad

Life’s twists and turns can be scarier than any rollercoaster ride out there. Without warning, a perfectly fine—even good—life can take a turn for the worse. Whether you are faced with a lost job, failed health, or personal rejection, such a blow can knock you off your feet. And you might find it almost impossible to get up, never mind feel good about moving on. But, with time, effort, and the proper perspective, you can get yourself up and back on a good path.

The real problem in situations that seem to pull the rug out from under you is that they affect your whole sense of self. Whereas problems that cause less distress don’t feel good, they still allow you appreciate other positive aspects of yourself; which strengthens your sense of self-worth.

When you lose your sense of self-worth, a good way to recover is to use what psychologists call self-affirmations. These are statements you make to yourself that affirm your strengths in some areas when you are struggling in other areas. For instance, consider a manager who struggles with making presentations to colleagues. This person might help herself or himself feel better by remembering that they are a good athlete, a generally well-liked person, and someone who employees come to for guidance. Then, with improved self-esteem, they would be more likely to address the problem at hand in an effective, nondefensive way.

Without a sense of self-worth or such self-affirmations, people often defensively place the blame for problems outside of themselves. This kind of defensive response can backfire, leading people to remain stuck in bad situations or destructive patterns of behavior. Whatever the circumstance, externalizing blame won’t help you make changes to improve yourself or your situation.

Another possible reaction to significant problems is for people to turn against themselves. Those who are inclined toward high standards often become critical of themselves and their performance. So, when faced with a situation that cannot be realistically overcome, they frequently keep pushing themselves even as they become more and more distraught about their abilities and their value.

So, when faced with adversity, it is important not to turn a critical eye to others or yourself. Instead, choose to remember positives about you that are based on an honest assessment of your strengths. Then, with self-affirmations, practice, and effort, you can learn to regain your sense of worth and become more resilient; moving on more easily from major setbacks to new exciting life challenges.


“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.”

Mary Holloway


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.


Is it my imagination, or do Buffalo wings taste like chicken?


A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and were blessed with 22 grandchildren. When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “Many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids….”


Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.

Lawrence J. Peter


He said:

The restaurant where I took my two sons for a meal was crowded with fans watching a sporting event on television. The harried waitress took our order, but more than half an hour passed with no sign of her return.

I was trying to keep my kids from becoming restless when suddenly shouts of victory came from the bar.

“Hey,” commented my 11-year-old, “it sounds as if someone just got his food.”


“Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.”

Robert Orben


After reading an ad offering split, dry firewood for $60 a cord, including delivery, Ernie phoned in an order. During the drop-off, though, Ernie became upset. “That’s not a full cord of wood,” he objected.

“That’s what I call a cord,” the man answered firmly.

Grudgingly, Ernie fished around in his pocket and thrust some bills into the man’s hands.

“Hey, wait a minute,” the woodsman complained after counting the money.

“You only gave me $30.”

With a shrug of the shoulders, Ernie replied, “That’s what I call $60.”


“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.”

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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.


It is up to you

Ray’s Daily

February 21, 2019


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.

Og Mandino

Do your best

One of the great things is life is our freedom to be what we want to be. It does require us to feel OK doing what we choose to do without worrying too much about others tell us to do. I especially like the fact we are our own judges of our performance.

It is up to us, no matter if the task is big or small, we get to do it well or poorly. The folks who I know who are the happiest always do their best and are rewarded with the feeling that comes from a job well done. We do not need to take on monumental tasks for we all have things to do, things we can do well.

Here is a poem that I like for it reminds me of the good people I meet everyday who make the little things right.


Be the best of whatever you are

By Douglas Malloch


If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,

 Be a scrub in the valley – but be

 The best little scrub by the side of the hill;

 Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.


If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass,

 Some highway happier make;

 If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass –

 But the liveliest bass in the lake!


We can’t all be captains, we got to be crew,

 There’s something for all of us here,

 There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,

 And the task we must do is the near.


If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,

 If you can’t be the sun, be a star;

 It isn’t by size that you win or you fail –

 Be the best of whatever you are.


The most important thing is, whatever you do decide to choose, take it seriously and do your best.

Tom Sturridge


“I never eat food containing unnatural coloring or preservatives, or sprayed vegetables, or meat that has been pumped with hormones or similar, unnatural growth-enhancing stuff.”

Well, how do you feel?

“Very hungry.”


“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”

Norman Vincent Peale


We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance. At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, “Does anyone know what the bishop does?” There was silence. Finally, one little boy answered gravely, “He’s the one you can move diagonally.”


“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”

  Mary Dunbar


She said:

The biggest problem with the younger generation these days is that I don’t belong to it any more.

I got the feeling my stuff strutted off without me?

Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old as long as she buys him a few drinks first.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’m getting into swing dancing.  Not on purpose…some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.

I’ve tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age. But they haven’t made one called, “Buns of Putty.”

I don’t let aging get me down…It’s too hard to get back up.


The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

Jim Rohn


Politicians have a constant need to be diplomatic. Witness this candidate for the Senate who traveled to a small town community to address the single church there. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to ask which denomination so that when it was time for his speech, he inquired in this way: “My brethren, all. I must tell you that my great Grandfather was Presbyterian (absolute silence); but my Grandmother was an Episcopalian (more silence); I must tell you that my other Grandfather was a Christian Scientist (deep silence); while my other Grandmother was Methodist (continued silence). But I must tell you that I had an aunt who was a Baptist through and through (loud cheers!) and I have always considered my aunt’s path to be the right one!”


“At the end of the day, remind yourself that you did the best you could today, and that is good enough.”

Lori Deschene


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 am grateful, are you?

Ray’s Daily

February 20, 2019


“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

Meister Eckhart


I was at a feedback meeting the other day where some positive suggestions were made on how we can make our residence an even better place to live. We had a nice representation of community members and staff. The outcome was plans for some good things to come.

Unfortunately for me there were a number of complaints from a few nay-sayers. Some of their points were valid but their complaint list was endless and were not the views of most of the rest of us. As I thought about these folks I wondered if they allow any time to be grateful for the good things we share. I find that there is no one I appreciate more than my friends who practice gratitude, they are also the happiest people I know.

I share the views of Leo Babauta who wrote the following.

Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

Many days, I try to humble myself and hold a 2-minute gratitude session. I simply sit or kneel, with no distractions, close my eyes, and think about what I’m grateful for and who I’m grateful for.

I don’t do it every day, but let me tell you, on the days I do it, it makes me very happy. Why should that be? Why should the simple act of thinking about who and what I’m grateful for make such a big difference in my life?

Just a few reasons:

  • Because it reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you happy about the people in your life, whether they’re loved ones or just a stranger you met who was kind to you in some ways.
  • Because it turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful you have work. Be grateful you have challenges, and that life isn’t boring. Be grateful that you can learn from these challenges. Be thankful they make you a stronger person.
  • Because it reminds you of what’s important. It’s hard to complain about the little things when you give thanks that your children are alive and healthy. It’s hard to get stressed out over paying bills when you are grateful there is a roof over your head.
  • Because it reminds you to thank others. I’ll talk about this more below, but the simple act of saying “thank you” to someone can make a big difference in that person’s life. Calling them, emailing them, stopping by to say thank you … just taking that minute out of your life to tell them why you are grateful toward them is important to them. People like being appreciated for who they are and what they do. It costs you little, but makes someone else happy. And making someone else happy will make you happy.


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Gilbert K. Chesterton


My last years in grammar school were spent on a farm school for boys outside a small town in Illinois, we could walk to town on Wednesday and Saturdays during the summer, and if the weather permitted, we could go on Saturday in the winter. The town was so small that…

in order to paint traffic lines, the road had to be widened

the clinic was called Joe’s Hospital and Grill

instead of hoses, the Fire Department used water pistols

you had to make a reservation to use the parking place

during snowstorms, salt was spread using a pea shooter

the Mayor was also the Sheriff, Town Council & street sweeper

before you visited, you could look out a window & see who was home

But all kidding aside, the Saturday night movie shown outside on the school house wall and the volunteer fire departments barrel fights on the Fourth of July were really special. Don’t know about barrel fights? Two different fire companies would shoot water from their hoses on a beer keg from opposite sides; the goal was to get the barrel to the other side and win. As you can see life was simpler then, even our twenty-five cent weekly allowance went a long way.


What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.


More from the unofficial Catholic dictionary:

Egypt—the country which created the first form of writing: hieroglyphics—the basis for all medical prescriptions.

Envy— The sin Catholics commit when they think of non-Catholics who get to remain seated during their church services.

Eternity—The time between Communion and the end of Mass.

Everlasting life— What a Catholic will need to understand all the changes since Vatican II.


“I’m growing old by myself. My wife hasn’t had a birthday in years.”

Milton Berle


I hate smart sales clerks. I said to one, “What do you have in lingerie?” She said, “More than you’ll ever have!”

Cleaning your house before the kids have stopped growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.

He is a typical husband. When I drive he complains about every telephone pole I hit. But does he ever compliment me on the ones I miss?

Once my husband said to me, “I’m going to have some coffee. Do you want me to put some hot water on for you?”  I thought that was the least he could do, considering I was giving birth!”

Phyllis Diller


“It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,” said Jack as he stepped out of the shower.  “Honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?”

“Probably that I married you for your money.”


Eschew obfuscation.


“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Zig Ziglar


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.


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