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Stop Worrying

Ray’s Daily

July 5, 2019


“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.”

Terri Guillemets

Conceptual image - hostage of the stress

One of the things that concerns me the most is how so many of us get stressed out by today’s challenges. It is no wonder that the polarized rhetoric that is heard these days can provoke concerns. Yet the reality is that we live in our own environment usually untouched by the turmoil around us.

The happiest people I know are those who care, do what they can, and don’t let their woes bog them down. Once we realize that our happiness is really up to us our world brightens when we dump our worries. If we let ourselves be weighted down with stress and worry our happiness will elude us.

Here is a story that I agree with, I hope you do too.

The Weight of the Glass

Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students.  As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question.  Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.

She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter.  It all depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light.  If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little.  If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor.  In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water.  Think about them for a while and nothing happens.  Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little.  Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”

The moral:  It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries.  No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.  Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you.  If you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down.


“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”

Robert Eliot


An American businessman goes to Japan on a business trip. He hates Japanese food, so he asks the concierge at his hotel if there’s any place around where he can get American food. The concierge tells him he’s in luck, there’s a pizza place that just opened and they deliver. He gets the phone number and goes back to his room and orders a pizza.

Thirty minutes later the delivery guy shows up to the door with the pizza.

The businessman takes the pizza and immediately starts sneezing uncontrollably. He asks the delivery man, “What’s on this pizza?”

The delivery man bows deeply and says, “Pizza have what you order: pepper only.”


Few people blame themselves until they have exhausted all other possibilities.


Kids Thoughts On Marriage

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? – You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. – Alan, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? – You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. – Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? – Both don’t want any more kids. – Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? – Dates are for having fun and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. – Lynnette, age 8

On the first date they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. – Martin, age 10  (who said boys do not have brains)

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? – When they’re rich. – Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. – Curt, age 7 (good point)

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? – I It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. – Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED? – There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? – Kelvin, age 8

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? – Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. – Ricky, age 10


No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Bertrand Russell


Under a sign that said “Employees Must Wash Hands,” someone scribbled: I waited and waited, but I finally washed them myself.


Two paramedics were dispatched to check on a 92-year-old man who had become disoriented. They decided to take him to the hospital for evaluation.

En route, with siren going, they questioned the man to determine his level of awareness. Leaning close, one asked, “Sir, do you know what we’re doing right now?”

The old man slowly looked up at him, then gazed out the ambulance window.

“Oh,” he replied, “I’d say about 50, maybe 55.”


“The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.”

Katrina Mayer


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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