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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

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