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It is up to us!

Ray’s Daily

June 14, 2019


“Be yourself, take control of your life.”

Emma Bunton


It was a full day yesterday, with Doctors appointment and Physical Therapy I did not get much else done. I did take the time to read an article written by Angel Chernoff that reminded me that the quality of my life is up to me. No matter what our age we can take control if we make the effort.

Just stay positive and do the best you can and things go well, at least they have for me. Here are excerpts from Chernoff’s article

Hard Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness

Written by Angel Chernoff

Exercise your integrity. – Living with integrity means:  Not settling for less than what you are capable of.  Communicating clearly and asking for what you want and need from people.  Speaking your truth, even when others judge you for it.  Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your morals and values.  Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.  And, of course, always doing the right thing, even when it’s hard, and even when nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

Steer clear of drama and those who create it. – There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the needless drama and the people who create it.  Staying out of other people’s drama is an incredibly effective way to stress less and smile more.

Replace judgment with encouragement. – No one truly knows what they will do in a certain situation until they are actually in it.  Yes, it’s very easy to judge someone else’s actions by what you assume your own actions would be if you were in their shoes.  But you only know what you THINK you would do, not what you WOULD do.

Be positive and spend time with positive people. – Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.  Raise your awareness to your own inner strength and positivity.  You are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life.  You can either give negativity power over your life, or you can choose to be positive instead by focusing on the great things that are truly important. 

Make new choices as needed, rather than letting old ones make you. – You don’t get to decide if or when you might get hurt in this world, but you do have some control over who and what hurts you.  After all, who we ultimately become depends, in part, on who and what we let into our lives.  So don’t just settle for relationships and situations that have proven to be unworthy.  Exercise your right to choose differently.

Simplify whatever you can, whenever you can. – Simplifying is not seeing how little you can get by with – that’s poverty – but how efficiently you can put first things first, and use your time accordingly to pursue the things that make a lasting difference in your life.  Instead of adding, improve your life by subtracting.  Get rid of unnecessary clutter, negative influences and toxic relationships.  There is a big difference between what you want and what you need – between what’s excessive and what’s essential.

Loosen your grip on what’s not meant to fit in to your life. – Things will happen that you will not always understand, but maybe you’re not supposed to understand everything.  Maybe you’re just supposed to have faith, accept it and let it happen. So never force anything.  Give it your best shot, and then let it be.

Embrace your humanness. – “Human” is the only real label we are born with.  Yet we forget so easily. – To become attached to an opinionated label of depressed, divorced, diseased, rejected, or poor, is to be like the rain, that doesn’t know it is also the clouds… or the ice, that forgets it is water.  For we are far more than the shape we’re currently in.  And we, like the wind, water, and sky, will change forms many times in our lives, while forever remaining beautifully human.


“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.”



It’s a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere –even sitting in an armchair by the fire–yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD.

Here’s how it works: Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The “browse” feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Most come with an “index” feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session — even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, coming soon, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus…..


If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you.

Robert Anthony


A student comes to a young professor’s office hours.  She glances down the hall, closes his door, kneels pleadingly.

“I would do anything to pass this exam.”

She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes.

“I mean…” she whispers, “…I would do…anything**!!!”

He returns her gaze.  “Anything???”

“Yes,… Anything!!!”

His voice turns to a whisper. “Would you.    er…study???”


It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.

Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.


She said: Although a bright and able man, my husband is almost completely helpless when faced with even the simplest domestic chore.

One day, in exasperation, I pointed out to him that our friend, Betty, had taught her husband Frank to cook, sew and do laundry, and that if anything ever happened to Betty, Frank would be able to care for himself.

Then I said, “What would you do if anything happened to me?”

After considering that possibility for a moment, my husband said happily, “I’d move in with Frank.”


“You are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.”

Barbara Hall


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 like them all

Ray’s Daily

June 13, 2019


We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.

Kenneth Clark


My current Independent Living retirement community reminds me of a small town I stopped at in Kentucky years ago. As I left the expressway, I entered the town and was greeted by a sign that read something like, Welcome to Midville, population 312 and a few sore heads. Here we are a population of about 110 and one or two chronic complainers. These folks complain so often it is easy to ignore when they do make a constructive suggestion.

I just wish they enjoyed life as much as the rest of us do. I know old folks are often viewed as being cantankerous but that is not the case here. I don’t know if it is because we are among folks who expressed their unwillingness withdraw in their golden years and chose to join a welcoming community like ours. Whatever the reason I am glad I am among them.

I have extracted a section of the following story which advocates retaining a youthful outlook, I am glad so many of my fellow residents do that.

Love, Laugh and Enjoy

As people age so many become cynical, suspicious, grumpy and a bit critical. They tend to look at the world and all that surrounds them through skeptical, judgmental lenses. They become cantankerous and cease to enjoy the world around them. How sad.

Age should cause us to take in, appreciate and enjoy the world around us and those we come in contact with. Older people should stay a bit contemporary in thought while meshing wisdom with the reality of their age. Youth is fun and age is stability — what a wonderful combination.

If only we adults could look at the world through the eyes of a child, we would be more accepting of the things that are important. We adults become demanding. Things desired become essential. We judge prematurely as our eyes lie to us. When did we graduate to the point we need a referee to settle the argument between innocence and rebuke? Our fault-finding and criticism replaces admiration and respect and we often become what we detest.

We adults often find irrational reasons for judging, and complicated reasons for liking things or people. Children don’t need complex reasons for enjoying or loving. We adults seem to have to seek reasons to love and to appreciate. Children just do.

Maturity should bring with it lessons learned, but often wisdom is seen in the heart of a child.

So keep in mind, wisdom isn’t necessarily only seen in the elderly, so don’t miss seeing it in the young. Fun isn’t reserved only for youth — so love, laugh, and enjoy life as you age, and remember to look for wisdom in the heart of a child.

Betty King


A cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde


A man writing at the post office desk was approached by an older fellow with a postcard in his hand. The old man said, “Sir, I’m sorry to bother you, but could you address this postcard for me? My arthritis is acting up today and I can’t even hold a pen.”

“Certainly sir,” said the younger man, “I’d be glad to.”

He wrote out the address and also agreed to write a short message and sign the card for the man.

Finally, the younger man asked, “Now, is there anything else I can do for you”?

The old fellow thought about it for a moment and said, “Yes, at the end could you just add, ‘P.S.: Please excuse the sloppy handwriting'”?


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


The monitor confirmed cardiac arrest as an elderly man suddenly lost consciousness. After about 20 seconds of resuscitation, he came to. Explaining to him that his heart had momentarily stopped, I asked if he remembered anything unusual during that time.

“I saw a bright light,” he said, “and in front of me a man dressed in white.”

Zeroing in on this near-death impression, I inquired if he could describe the figure.

“Sure, doctor,” he replied. “It was you.”


The best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.

If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.


The manager of a ladies’ dress shop realized it was time to give one her sales clerks a little talking-to. “Judy, your figures are well below any of our other salespeople’s. In fact, unless you can improve your record soon, I’m afraid you’ll have to let you go.”

“I’m sorry, Ma’am,” said a humbled Judy. “Can you give me any advice on how to do better?”

“Well, there is an old trick I can tell you about. It sounds silly, but it’s worked for me in the past. Get hold of a dictionary and go through it until you come to a word that had particular power for you. Memorize it, work it into your sales pitch whenever it seems appropriate, and you’ll be amazed at the results.” Sure enough, Judy’s sales figures went way up, and at the end of the month, the manager called her in again and congratulated her. “Did you try my little trick?” she asked.

Judy nodded. “It took me a whole weekend to find the right word, but I did: ‘fantastic.'”

“‘Fantastic.’ What a good word,” said the manager encouragingly. “How have you been using it?”

“Well, my first customer on Monday was a woman who told me her little girl had just been accepted at the most exclusive prep school in the city.” I said, ‘Fantastic.’ She went on to tell me how her daughter always got straight A’s and was the most popular girl in her class, I said ‘Fantastic’ and she bought $300 worth of clothing.

My next customer said she needed a formal dress for the spring ball at the country club, which she was in charge of. I said ‘Fantastic.’ She went on to tell she had the best figure of anyone on the committee and her husband makes the most money. I said ‘Fantastic’ and she not only bought the designer gown, but hundreds of dollars of other merchandise.

It’s been like that all week: the customers keep boasting, I keep saying ‘Fantastic’, and they keep buying.”

“Excellent work, Tina,” complimented her boss. “Just as a point of interest, what did you use to say to customers before you discovered your power word?”

Tina shrugged. “I used to say, “Do I look like I care?”


Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.

Beca Lewis Allen


Old Rabbi Wolfson was begging his board of directors to buy a new chandelier for the synagogue. Pleading for more than an hour, he sat down sullen and hopeless in his ambition to acquire a chandelier.

Then the elder president of the board stood up. “What’re we wasting time talkin’ for?” he said rhetorically. “Foist of all, a chandelier, … we ain’t got nobody who could even spell it. Second, we ain’t got nobody who could even play it. And third, what we need most in the synagogue is more light!”


I put the question directly to myself: “Suppose that all your objects in life were realized; that all the changes in institutions and opinions which you are looking forward to, could be completely effected at this very instant: would this be a great joy and happiness to you?” And an irrepressible self-consciousness distinctly answered, “No!”

John Stuart Mill


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.


Do you know yourself?

Ray’s Daily

June 12, 2019


All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You Are

One of the real pleasures I have had over the years has been watching people I have met find themselves. Far too many of us start on a path through our career and regimented activities that we never break out of the mold that holds us back.

I spent much of my time in the past helping people learn to understand and value themselves. Many went on to achievements they never thought possible. I wish more folks would overcome the things that keep them from what the might be. I know your special, do you?

Enjoy the following inspiring words by Jean Houston:

You are more than you pretend to be

You are more than what most eyes can see

You are more than all your history

Look inside and you will find

There’s glory in your mind

Come be the kind of person you would be….


You are more than what your leaders say

You are more than how you earn your pay

You are more than what you seem today

So drop that loser’s mask

You’re equal to the task

The question you should ask is who you are….


You are more than what the preachers shout

You are more, come let your spirit out

You are more, your soul shall have no doubt

Arise, become awake

With every breath you take

The god within will ache to be….


You are more than some statistic chart

You are more than the sum of all your parts

You are more inside your heart of hearts

You know that it is true

This being that is you

Has miracles to do



There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela


Tower: “Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7.” (124.7 would be the radio frequency for Departure Control).

Eastern 702: “Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure… By the way, after we lifted off, we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway.”

Tower: “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7; did you copy the report from Eastern?”

Continental 635: “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff. Roger; and yes, we copied Eastern and we’ve already notified our caterers.”


A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.


A statuesque blonde walked into a dinner party on the arm of a bald, elderly, scowling tycoon.

A society lady approached the young lovely to admire the huge shimmering gemstone hanging around her neck. “I must tell you,” the matron exclaimed, “that you are wearing the most incredible piece of jewelry I have ever seen.”

“That,” the blonde responded, “is the one-and-only Blanton diamond.”

“I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it,” the woman marveled. “I study famous gems as a hobby.”

“Well,” the chippy revealed, “the Blanton diamond has an ancient, unspeakably evil curse attached to it.”

“Really?” the woman queried. “What could that be?”

The blonde grimaced and gestured toward the tycoon. “Mr. Blanton, over there.”


“Ability is what you’re capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Lou Holtz


On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight and began dividing the nuts.

“One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”

He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. “Come here quick,” said the boy, “You won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.”

The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.”

When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”

The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord.”

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now, let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done.”

They say the old man made it back to town a full five minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.


If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

Thomas Jefferson


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.


Don’t forget yourself

Ray’s Daily

June 11, 2019


“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”

Tony Robbins


I had lunch with a good friend yesterday. She is a former CEO, is a college teacher, humanitarian, and so much more. She has contributed a lot over many active years for which many of us are grateful.

Lately she has become a loving grandmother and has chosen to concentrate her days on her husband, daughters and especially her grand kids. We talked at length about what it takes to walk away from the activities that have added so much meaning to your life in previous years.

I am pleased that she has not let her sense of duty stop her from a richly deserved opportunity to enjoy the family she has helped create. She is not walking away from everything; she is just bringing her life into balance. I have learned it is not an easy thing to do. In my case I am glad that I have let myself chose to concentrate on my wife’s needs and my relaxed lifestyle, while still doing what I can for others.

When I read the following my special friend came to mind, for this describes what she has done over the years.

       Habits of Lucky People

By Vala Afshar


1 work harder

2 complain less

3 teach others

4 show gratitude

5 share credit

6 choose kindness

7 volunteer first

8 unselfishly give

9 trust first

10 good manners

11 stay teachable

12 promote others

13 love to explore

14 storytellers

15 love to compete


“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”

Jim Rohn


“Johnny,” said his teacher, “if coal is selling at $6 a ton and you pay your dealer $24, how many tons will he bring you?”

“A little over three tons, ma’am,” said Johnny promptly.

“Why, Johnny, that isn’t right,” said the teacher.

“No, ma’am, I know it ain’t,” said Johnny, “but they all do it.”


I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography.


Three blondes were applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol.

The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, “So ya’ll want to be a cop, eh?” The blondes all nodded.

The detective got up, opened a file drawer and pulled out a filefolder. Sitting back down, he opened it up and pulled out a picture, and said, “To be a detective, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities such as scars, etc.”

So saying, he stuck the photo in the face of the first blonde and withdrew it after about 2 seconds. “Now,” he said, “Did you notice any distinguishing features about the man?”

The blonde immediately said, “Yes, I did. He has only one eye!”

The detective grabbed the photo, shook his head and said, “Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It’s a profile of his face!”

“You’re dismissed!” The first blonde hung her head and walked out of the office.

The detective then turned to the second blonde, stuck the photo in her face for 2 seconds, pulled it back and said, “What about you? Notice anything unusual or outstanding about this man?”

“Yes! He only has one ear!”

The detective put his head in his hand and exclaimed, “Didn’t you hear what I just told the other lady? This is a profile of the man’s face! Of course you can only see one ear! You’re excused, too!” The second blonde sheepishly walked out of the office.

The detective turned his attention to the third and last blonde and said, “This is probably a waste of time, but….He flashed the photo in her face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it, saying “All right. Did you notice anything distinguishing or unusual about this man?”

The blonde said, “I did. This man wears contact lenses.”

The detective frowned, took another look at the picture and began looking at some of the papers in the folder. He looked up at the blonde with a puzzled expression and said, “You’re absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! How in the world could you tell that by looking at this picture?”

The blonde rolled her eyes and said, “DUH ! ! ! With only one eye and one ear, he certainly can’t wear glasses!”


Give some women an inch, and they’ll rearrange or redecorate it


Scientists have shown that the moon is moving away at a tiny, although measurable distance from the earth every year. If you do the math, you can calculate that 85 million years ago the moon was orbiting the earth at a distance about 35 feet from the earth’s surface. This would explain the death of the dinosaurs………………..The tallest ones, anyway.


“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.”

Dudley Moore


An old man strode in to his doctors office and said, “Doc, my druggist said to tell you to change my prescription and to check the prescription you’ve been giving to Mrs. Smith.”

“Oh, he did, did he?” the doctor shot back.  “And since when does a druggist second guess a doctor’s orders?”

The old man says, “Since he found out I’ve been on birth control pills since February.”


“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”

John C. Maxwell


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 a lucky guy

Ray’s Daily

June 10, 2019


Where there is love there is life.

Mahatma Gandhi


At dinner the other night I told a friend that I have never been closer to my wife than I am now. Our sixty-six years of marriage was filled with good days and a few troubled days but we survived. We tended to follow our own interests most of the time, not holding hands as often as I would have liked.

I could not have had a better companion, especially in troubled times. But nothing in our past was as sweet as our lives together is these days. We need each other and we are always there to do what we can. My wife’s memory is not that good these days and it is my job to give her medications and accompany her as much as I can. She continues to have a sense of humor and has never been more affectionate. I am truly blessed.

I do regret the days I missed telling her in the past how much I appreciated each day we spent together, I am glad I now have the opportunity to make up for what I failed to do in the past.

Here is a story about someone who knew the value of the regular expression of affection.

Enjoy the moment

“After spending nearly every waking minute with Angel for eight straight days, I knew that I had to tell her just one thing. So late at night, just before she fell asleep, I whispered it in her ear. She smiled – the kind of smile that makes me smile back –and she said, ‘When I’m seventy-five and I think about my life and what it was like to be young, I hope that I can remember this very moment.’

A few seconds later she closed her eyes and fell asleep. The room was peaceful – almost silent. All I could hear was the soft purr of her breathing. I stayed awake thinking about the time we’d spent together and all the choices in our lives that made this moment possible. And at some point, I realized that it didn’t matter what we’d done or where we’d gone. Nor did the future hold any significance.

All that mattered was the serenity of the moment. Just being with her and breathing with her.”


Love is one of the strongest feelings one can ever have. It comes over you all of a sudden and totally absorbs before you manage to realize the fact.

Auliq Ice


A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.

After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?”

“I give it to them,” replied the lawyer, “and then I send them a bill.”

The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.


One of the burdens of office of the small town mayor was his brother in-law, a fellow who liked to throw his or, rather, his in-law’s political weight around. The mayor had instructed his policemen and other city officials to treat him just like they would any other taxpayer. The brother-in-law got a ticket for overtime parking. He immediately descended in fury on police headquarters, waving the ticket and sputtering, “Hey, do you know who I am?” The desk sergeant surveyed him calmly, picked up his telephone and dialed the mayor’s office. “Tell the mayor,” he said to the secretary, “that his brother-in-law is down here and can’t remember his name.”


An e-mail computer virus swept across the globe that automatically opens adult websites on the victim’s screen. Authorities intended to track down the hackers responsible for the virus just as soon as somebody complains.


Stacey makes a new friend at school and invites her home for the first time.  Stacey excuses herself to fetch her Mom and introduce her new friend.  As her friend is standing in the living room next to the fireplace, she picks up the attractive vase on the mantle.

When Stacey returns with her mother, her friend is staring curiously into the vase.  “Oh, those are my father’s ashes,” Stacey informs her new friend.

However, this startles her so that she drops the vase with a <gasp!> — ashes and broken vase scattering all around.  After turning three shades of red she stammers out, “Oh, no… I’m, oh!… I, can’t … didn’t mean to..”

“It’s OK dear,” the mother says. “The vase was just from Wal-Mart.”

The new friend catches her breath enough to say, “But … but your husband’s ashes…”

“Well,” the mother says, “looks like he’ll just have to get himself up and get the ashtray from the kitchen from now on!”


“Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”

Laurence J. Peter


Sarah dropped in on her sister Molly and found her sitting at the kitchen table, staring blankly at a half-empty cup of coffee, her three kids squabbling loudly in the other room.

“What’s wrong Molly?” she asked.

Molly told her that she had “morning sickness.”

Surprised, Sarah said, I didn’t even know you were pregnant!”

“I’m not.” the harried middle-aged mother replied. “I’m just sick of mornings.”


Q: How many witches does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Into what?


A man decides to join the circus. He shows up to demonstrate his skills to the impresario. “I have the most unusual act,” he announces. “I’m sure it will amaze you.”

He proceeds to climb a tall tower, and jumps off. He flaps his arms wildly, and finally his fall slows. He soars forward, then swoops upward, turns and swoops back again. Finally he stops in mid air and gently lowers himself to the ground.

The impresario stares blankly at him for a long time. Finally he says, “Is that all you’ve got? Bird imitations?”


There is no power greater than true affection.

Seneca The Younger


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.


Be Thankful

Ray’s Daily

June 7, 2019


Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.

Helen Keller


I am disheartened sometimes when I observe someone fail to appreciate what other folks have done for them. In my case there is not a day that goes by that a friend, family member or even a stranger has done something to make my life easier.

It seems that some of us become so self-centered that we have lost the ability to appreciate what others do for us. I find that positive aging is enhanced by what folks do to make our lives easier. I also know that the folks who do the most are those who are appreciated the most.

The following story is an example of what unappreciation can do.

The Blind Girl

There was a blind girl who hated herself purely for the fact she was blind. The only person she didn’t hate was her loving boyfriend, as he was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry him.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her – now she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying: “Just take care of my eyes dear.”

Moral of the story:

When our circumstances change, so does our mind. Some people may not be able to see the way things were before, and might not be able to appreciate them. There are many things to take away from this story, not just one.


Our compassion and acts of selflessness take us to the deeper truths.



A Jewish friend sent me this in order for me to better understand the Hebrew language.


Question: “What time is it?”

English answer: “Sorry, I don’t know.”

Hebonic answer: “What am I, a clock?”

Remark: “I hope things turn out okay.”

English response: “Thanks.”

Hebonic response: “I should BE so lucky!”

Remark: “I like the tie you gave me; wear it all the time.”

English response: “Glad you like it.”

Hebonic response: “So what’s the matter; you don’t like the other ties I gave you?

Remark: “Sarah and I are engaged.”

English response: “Congratulations!”

Hebonic response: “She could stand to gain a few pounds.”

Question: “Would you like to go riding with us?”

English answer: “Just say when.”

Hebonic answer: “Riding, shmiding! Do I look like a cowboy

To guest of honour at his birthday party:

English remark: “Happy birthday.”

Hebonic remark: “A year smarter you should become.”

Remark: “A beautiful day.”

English response: “Sure is.”

Hebonic response: “So the sun is out…what else is new?”

Answering a phone call from son:

English remark: “It’s been a long time since you called.”

Hebonic remark: “You didn’t wonder if I’m dead yet?”


I’d give you a piece of my mind, but I’m on the last one!


For his final project in a statistics class, a student decided to conduct a survey. So it wouldn’t be a boring project, he chose to find out peoples’ favorite pastimes.

The teacher required that he sample at least 100 people, so he started out his project visiting a fairly large apartment building near the university.

He knocked on the first door and a man answered.

“Sir, what is your name?” asked the student


“Sir, I’m doing a school study and would like to know what is your favorite pastime?”

“Watching bubbles in bath,” Came the reply.

He liked the esoteric answer and continued down the hall, until he came to the next door, when he asked again.

“Sir, what is your name?”


“Sir, Would you please tell me your favorite pastime ?”

“Watching bubbles in bath,” was the answer.

Quite amused and confused he went on to ask a good number of people in the building and all of them had the same pastime “watching bubbles in bath”.

He left the building and walked across the street where there were several row houses to continue the survey. At the first house, he knocks and an attractive college girl opens the door.

Our surveyor starts again – “What is your name?”

“Bubbles !”


She said: I haven’t found Mr Right, but I have found Mr. Cheap, Mr. Sleazy and Mr. Wrong.


He said:  My daughter goes to great extremes in caring for her new sports car. One afternoon I went with her to get gas in it.

She pulled up to the ‘full service’ pump at the station. When the attendant came out and asked what ‘grade’ of gas she wanted, she said, “Unleaded — super. The  best you have. And would you check the oil too, please.”

When the man found the car needed a quart of oil, he asked, “What kind do you use?”

“I just want the finest,” she said. “Whatever it costs. Oh, and  would you look at the radiator too. It might need water.”

And just what does your radiator take,” the attendant inquired dryly, “Perrier?”


Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

–  Christopher Morley


Greg:  I used to hunt grizzly bears with a club.

Ed:    I don’t believe that.

Greg:  Why not?

Ed:    Because it’s too dangerous, hunting grizzly bears with a club.

Greg:  Well, I don’t do it anymore, anyway.

Ed:    Why not?

Greg:  The membership fees got too high.


For some of us, the world appears to provide only a fixed quantity of each resource – a limited amount of food, of money, of love, of success, of appreciation.

For others, life is unlimited. Their world expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that they contribute.

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Ray’s Daily

June 6, 2019


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Maya Angelou


As you know my acute bronchitis has taken me down for almost a week. I am still recovering but am much better.

I am grateful for the good wishes I received from so many of you, they helped. The following article is worth our read as it points out the therapeutic value of gratitude.

Gratitude truths that will change you forever

by Steven Aitchison

The grateful person is a happy person. Everyone wants their fair share of blessings. Gratitude brings blessings and lots of them. But wait, there’s more. Did you know……?

Gratitude helps us forgive. Let’s face it, we’ve all been burned. Some of us pretty bad. We can carry a grudge and be filled with hate and anger forever or we could say thank you for the experience and send it away. Hurt and all.

Gratitude leads to kindness. When we are sincerely grateful for what we have, it makes us want to spread kindness so others can feel this gratitude too. The more people have a grateful heart, the happier this world will be.

Gratitude keeps us humble. Expressing gratitude for the things we have, no matter how big or small, reminds us of the things that others have or don’t have and puts us all on the same level. There is no one above or below us. This is what gratitude can do.

Gratitude garners respect. People will see that you are sincere in thanx and will appreciate and respect you more because of that. Some people are not very gracious in accepting blessings and gifts. When you show you are, others will be more apt to continue to bring blessings to you.

Gratitude leads to appreciation. Appreciation of the all things you already have in your life. You will see your things in a whole new light and realize that your life is full of things to be grateful for. You’ll see.

Gratitude brings joy. It sure does. When we look at all we have in our life, job, family, good health, prosperity, etc. we feel great joy. How on earth did we get so lucky, right? How can we not be filled with joy from all the great blessings in our life?

Gratitude helps us enjoy today. We are so busy being happy and joyous about today that we forget the hurt from yesterday and don’t worry too much about what may show up tomorrow. None of that matters when we are happy for today.

Gratitude is contagious. In a good way of course. You can spread gratitude just like you can cheer and love. When others catch on to this gratitude wave you have going on, they will want to make it part of their lives too.

Gratitude brings peace. And we all need a little peace in our lives. When we have a grateful heart there is only love and joy. There will be no room for worry, sadness or stress. Peace is definitely the way to go.

Gratitude makes the bad days ok. Not every day is going to be a good day but when w e stay in a state of gratitude, we can handle the bad days with more patience, love and understanding. It keeps us aware of all the things in our life that a re going good. When that happens, that bad thing is more tolerable and isn’t so bad after all.


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer


I took my daughter to the doctor for her 2-year-old check. They had her do coordination tests, like stacking blocks, and they watch and see if they walk properly.  And then the doctor said, “Allison, can you stand on one foot for me?” And she walked over and stood on his foot.


You can tell the romance is getting serious when the girl starts asking her mom how to thaw food.


One of my first evenings back from overseas, my girl’s understanding parents left us alone in the living room. Naturally, we did not talk all the time. In the midst of a kiss, I noticed her little sister in her nightgown watching us from the doorway. “If you will be a good girl and go to bed, I will give you a quarter,” I said to her.

Without taking the bribe or saying a word, she ran off but soon was back again.

“Here is a dollar,” she said. “I wanna watch.”


“Don’t spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They’ll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents.” Billiam Coronel


Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.  And the first thing he said was “DON’T!”

“Don’t what?” Adam replied. “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.

“Forbidden fruit?  We have forbidden fruit?  Hey Eve…we have forbidden fruit!!!!!” “No Way!” “Yes way!”

“Do NOT eat the fruit!” said God.


“Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants.  A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked! “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked.

“Uh huh,” Adam replied.

“Then why did you?” said the Father.

“I don’t know,” said Eve.

“She started it!” Adam said “Did not!”


Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.


Success stops when you do.


“George is so forgetful,” the sales manager complained to his secretary.  “It’s a wonder he can sell and I’m not sure he’ll even remember to come back.”

Just then the door flew open, and in bounced George. “You’ll never guess what happened!” he shouted. “While I was at lunch, I met Old Man Brown, who hasn’t bought anything from us for five years. Well, we got to talking and he gave me this half-million dollar order!”

“See,” sighed the sales manager to his secretary. “I told you he’d forget the sandwiches.”


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia


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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