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Ray’s Daily

September 25, 2019


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

– Elbert Hubbard


I hope all is well with you. We have a big day planned, topped off by an old friend’s birthday. We are joining with some of her other friends from here at our residence at her favorite restaurant. She and my wife walked the mall together for many years in the past. We are going to celebrate her ninetieth birthday and enjoy the event.

Today I want to share with you some suggestions written by Lolly Daskal on how we can free our selves from the burdans of useless worry. I gave up worrying a long time ago and appreciate her thoughts.

If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worrying About These 24 Things in Your Life

Here are 24 of the top troublemakers. How many do you need to let go of for the sake of your own happiness?

  1. Trying to be someone you’re not. If you have to fake it, you’re probably never going to make it.
  2. Telling yourself it’s too late. It’s never too late to make a positive difference.
  3. Having to be right all the time. It’s OK to be wrong or not to know, and it’s OK to say so.
  4. Speaking badly about yourself. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy.
  5. Passivity without progress. If you allow yourself to be a bystander in your own life, how do you expect anything to happen?
  6. Riddled with guilt. No amount of guilt can change the past or the future.
  7. Negativity without positivity. Develop a positive mindset, thought, and the impossible becomes possible.
  8. Conditional approval. Let go of the people who make you feel you have to be someone you’re before they will accept or appreciate you.
  9. Envy breeds jealously. Don’t walk around being envious of what other people have or do.
  10. Exploding with pressure. Teach yourself to stay calm and unpressured and you’ll be happier–and get more done.
  11. The need for control. Trying to control things that lie outside your power is a waste of time and a major source of unhappiness.
  12. Blaming others. You alone are responsible for your own life and your own happiness.
  13. Regret lasts forever. Make it a rule to let go of regrets and never look back.
  14. Allowing fear to rule. Fear can never give you what you want or make you happy. Instead it cripples your visions and impedes your success.
  15. The need for approval. The only permission, the only validation, the only acceptance, and the only opinion that matters are your own.
  16. Anger as an expression. Anger accomplishes little besides giving away the energy you need for positive growth.
  17. Mediocrity as a state of mind. The difference between excellence and mediocrity is more than worth the effort.
  18. Excuses no more. If you want something to happen, make it happen..
  19. Depending on others for happiness. If you can’t find happiness within yourself, you’re not going to find it in anyone else.
  20. 20. Procrastination is a habit. If you wait to get it done, it will never happen.
  21. Old baggage is heavy to carry. We’ve all been wronged, pained, and challenged–we all come with baggage. But trying to carry it everywhere is hard. The less of you carry, the farther you will go.
  22. Insecure feelings that keep you playing small. It pushes away happiness, steals happiness, and keeps you from being who you’re meant to be.
  23. Judgmental thoughts. The things we judge most harshly in others are the things we don’t want to face within ourselves.
  24. Comparison game. Let go of thinking everyone has their act together but you. The truth is they don’t–and the way to be happy is to concentrate on yourself.

Today is the day to let all the things that make you unhappy go and the things that make you happy stay.


“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”

Joseph Cossman


Toward the end of our senior year in high school, we were required to take a CPR course. We used the well known mannequin victim, Resusci-Annie, to practice. Typical of most models, this Resusci-Annie was only a torso to allow for storage in a carrying case.

As instructed, one of my classmates gently shook the doll and asked, “Are you all right?”

He then put his ear over the mannequin’s mouth to listen for breathing. Suddenly he turned to the instructor and exclaimed, “She said she can’t feel her legs!”


“Why are women wearing perfumes that smell like flowers?

Men don’t like flowers. I’ve been wearing a great scent. It’s called New Car Interior.”

Rita Rudner


Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit didn’t like each other very much. One day, while walking through the woods, and they came across a golden frog. They were amazed when the frog talked to them. The golden frog admitted that he didn’t often meet anyone, but, when he did, he always gave them six wishes. He told them that they could have 3 wishes each.

Mr. Bear immediately wished that all the other bears in the forest were females. The frog granted his wish. Mr. Rabbit, after thinking for a while, wished for a crash helmet. One appeared immediately, and he placed it on his head. Mr. Bear was amazed at Mr. Rabbit’s wish, but carried on with his second wish. He wished that all the bears in the neighboring forests were females as well, and the frog granted his wish.

Mr. Rabbit then wished for a motorcycle. It appeared before him, and he climbed on board and started revving the engine. Mr. Bear could not believe it and Complained that Mr. Rabbit had wasted two wishes that he could have had for himself. Shaking his head, Mr. Bear made his final wish, that all the other bears in the world were females as well, leaving him as the only male bear in the world.

The frog replied that it had been done, and they both turned to Mr. Rabbit for his last wish. Mr. Rabbit revved the engine, thought for a second, then said, “I wish that Mr. Bear was gay!” and rode off as fast as he could!


Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.


Recently, a young woman came into my friend John’s insurance office with her newborn twins. John asked her if she ever had any trouble telling them apart.

She gave him a funny look before responding, “No, I haven’t had any problem. This is Benjamin and this is Elizabeth.”


“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”

George F. Burns


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "Stop!" (1)

  1. it made me happy just to read these, ray )

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