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It All Counts

Ray’s Daily

May 28, 2019


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Joshua J. Marine


At my age I find myself living day to day. What I do not do is let one day define my week or certainly not my life. Maturity helps us understand that bad days will pass and good days are to be appreciated.

It is the aggregate of all our days that not only define us but is also the foundation on which we build our future. While i do miss global travel and the opportunity to work with some of the amazing people who are no longer with us I now live with some really special folks I enjoy.

So my friends don’t let one day define you or take you down. You have earned the right to appreciate your life. It is this story that trigged today’s thoughts.

So, How Was Your Life?

He was a most remarkable man.  A man of years clearly mapped out upon his face. Clean, well kept but not pretentious in his style or dress.  I shook his hand and felt a mix of gentle wear and hardened, callus, leather-like skin.  I would guess he labored most of his life, perhaps forced to stop long enough now to heal somewhat.

His egg white eyes with movie star blue pupils slips you into a momentary trance, transfixed as they seem to cut into your heart.  He wouldn’t notice you staring at him for he is considered legally blind.  But he will sense the hesitation in your voice if you do not respond immediately to his first question.  “So, how was your life?”

 That question alone would halt you in your tracks.  It bears repeating.  “You asked, How was my life?” “Yes,” he said in return.

“I would be better prepared to answer how was my day,” I suggested.

“That’s too easy,” he said.  “I think we need to keep up on our life as a whole.”

I thought for a moment and simply asked, “Why?”

“We tend to nit pic.  We can so easily take one day and dissect it.  It is easy to say you are having a bad day.  Or simply write it off as “One of those days!”  But when we broaden the view, we take much more into consideration.  Life in general will at least be “good”, Okay” or “It could be better,” he explained.

“So, you cut right to it and ask for an over all rating,” I said.

“If I can get someone to see the big picture and realize there is more good in their life than one bad day, I might even change their outlook on this very day,’ he said.

 “So, how was your life?” I asked of him.  “Wonderful so far, thanks for asking.”  Then he said one more thing that really stayed with me.  “I’m on the shady side of sunset.”

 How powerful!  It seems to me that we often see life as beginnings and endings.  Sun rises depict a new dawn, an exciting adventure ahead.  Sunsets make us think of endings.  Like “riding off into the sunset.” This man knew his life, his time, was coming to a close.  “I do hope the sun sets slower for you.  You have so many more people to ask the big question.”

 Before I left I promised him I’d help.  Let me begin by asking you.  “So, how was your life?”

Bob Perks


“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Lucille Ball


She told me:


  1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
  2. You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
  3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
  4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
  5. You’re using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: “How’s my driving-call 1-800-***-.”
  6. Everyone’s head looks like an invitation to batting-practice.
  7. You’re convinced there’s a God and he’s male.
  8. You can’t believe they don’t make a tampon bigger than Super Plus.
  9. You’re sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
  10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.


“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

Jack Lemmon


A lady leaves Montreal on route 20 heading toward Quebec city, when she decided to stop at a comfort station. The first toilet stall was occupied, so she went into the second one. She was no sooner seated than she heard a voice from the next stall:

“Hi, how are you doing?”

Well, she wasn’t the type to chat with strangers in highway comfort stations, and she really don’t know quite what possessed her, but anyway, she answered, a little embarrassed: “Not bad.”

The stranger said: “And, what are you up to?”

Talk about your dumb questions! She was really beginning to think this was too weird! So she said: “Well, just like you I am driving east?”

About then she heard the stranger, all upset, say: “Look, I’ll call ya right back, there’s some idiot in the next stall answering all the questions I’m asking you. Bye!”


“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”

Marty Feldman


Coming out of church, Mrs. Peterson asked her husband, “Do you think that Johnson girl is tinting her hair?”

“I didn’t even see her,” admitted Mr. Peterson.

“And that dress Mrs. Hansen was wearing,” continued Mrs. Peterson, “Really, don’t tell me you think that’s the proper costume for a mother of two.”

“I’m afraid I didn’t notice that either,” said Mr. Peterson.

“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” snapped Mrs. Peterson.  “A lot of good it does you to go to church.”


I’ve been collecting compliments all my life. So far I have three.


Mr. Peterson, a tourist from Toronto arrived in Florida.

In an airport taxi cab, Peterson asked the driver…”Say, is this really a healthful place?”

“It sure is,” the cabby replied. “When I came here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room, and I had to be lifted out of bed.”

“That’s wonderful!” said the tourist , “How long have you been here?”

“I was born here.”


“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

K Rowling


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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