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Keep Going

Ray’s Daily

April 3, 2019


“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”

Douglas MacArthur


I am often amazed by the resilience of some of the people I meet. Many have faced disappointment, healthproblems and more, yet the continue to be positive. It seems like their ability to persevere no matter what the obstacles is the key to their doing well.

I have met folks of all ages that have disabilities that would take most of us down, but not them. They find that they can cope, but not only cope but do it with a smile. It may take is longer to get where we would like to go but I know we will never get there if we stop moving.So my friends I wish for us all to live well as we enter the future.

Here is a story by an unknown author that reminds me of some of my new friends.

So, do you want to hear about one tough cookie? Her name is Sylvia, and we are close friends. Despite the age difference (she is about 70 and I am 12) we are two friends that will not ever be broken up. That’s why I was so scared when she got cancer.

Sylvia underwent 1 1/2 years of chemo that made her deathly thin and extremely sick. Even though she must not have been feeling great, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a smile broadly stretching from ear to ear on her face. She always had something nice to say and open arms. At times, she thought more about others than she did herself.

She is my rock, my life, my soul, my mentor, and my angel. She is a great gift that was sent down to me. I am so thankful for her.

I encourage you to stay loose, learn to watch snails, plant impossibly gardens’make friends with freedom and uncertainty, look forward to dreams.

We should all live like Sylvia…love like you’ll never love again, live like you’ll never live again, smile like it’s the funniest thing is the world.


In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.

Jackson Brown, Jr.


A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears. “Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandmother’s meat loaf for dinner tonight, and it’s just awful! I followed the recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right because it’s the one you gave me. But it just didn’t come out right, and I’m so upset. I wanted this to be so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What could have gone wrong?”

Her mother replied soothingly, “Well, dear, let’s go through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me exactly what you did at each step, and together we’ll figure it out.”

“OK,” the bride sniffled. “Well, it starts out, ‘ Take fifty cents worth of ground beef ‘…”


“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”

Raymond Lindquist


Pedro was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up toward heaven, he said “Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up tequila.”

Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Pedro looked up again and said “Never mind. I found one!


“Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.”

Joseph Joubert


She said: After my husband and I had a huge argument, we ended up not talking to each other for days.

Finally, on the third day, he asked where one of his shirts was.

“Oh,” I said, “So now you’re speaking to me.”

He looked confused, “What are you talking about?”

“Haven’t you noticed I haven’t spoken to you for three days?” I challenged.

“No,” he said, “I just thought we were getting along.”


The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


When a customer left his cell phone in a local store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed send.

His mother answered, and I told her what happened.

“Don’t worry,” she said, “I’ll take care of it.”

A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.”

“Martin,” she said, “you left your cell phone at the convenience store.”


There are 2 great secrets to success in life. The first is to not tell everything you know.


It’s Yom Kippur and the congregation is praying fervently. Emotions are rising. Suddenly the rabbi calls out, “God is everything, and I am nothing!”

The praying and divining continue, and the mood builds. Suddenly the cantor, unable to contain the ecstasy, cries, “God is everything, and I am nothing!”

Morris, the janitor, is sitting way in the back of the temple, praying with all his heart. Overcome with the spirit of the evening, he too shouts, “God is everything, and I am nothing!”

The cantor turns to the rabbi and says, “So look who thinks he’s nothing.”


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "Keep Going" (1)

  1. Alli Templeton said:

    I really enjoyed this post, Ray. It’s packed with gems of wisdom and sound advice. It’s given me a lot of food for thought. In fact, my father got Parkinsons Disease when he was 35, but his relentless fight against it and indomitable spirit meant he lived until he was 79. He was amazing, and it just goes to show how the power of the mind and a good attitude can overcome all kinds of obstacles. Thanks for sharing.

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