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Ray’s Daily

October 25, 2019


True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau


I think far too many of us overlook just how good we really have it. As we grow older and start to lose some of our capabilities it is worthwhile to stop and review just how good things really are.

I have learned that it is not how much money we have, or the things we own that are important. It is what we experience each day. I find it worthwhile to stop and appreciate one or more things that provide me the enjoyment I have. Here is a list compiled by Marc Chernoff that I think lists some of the good things we share.

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

  • You are alive.
  • You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  • You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  • You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  • You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  • You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  • You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  • You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  • You haven’t feared for your life today.
  • You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
  • You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  • You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  • You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  • You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  • You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
  • You have access to clean drinking water.
  • You have access to medical care.
  • You have access to the Internet.
  • You can read.

The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world.  So remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.


“What you truly acknowledge truly is yours. Invite your heart to be grateful and your thank you’s will be heard even when you don’t use words.”

Pavithra Mehta


“Occupational Descriptions”

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain. (Mark Twain)

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.

An actuary is someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane.

A programmer is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.

A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a “brief.”

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.

A schoolteacher is a disillusioned woman who used to think she liked children.

A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.


“She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.”

George Barnard Shaw


The psychiatrist was interviewing a first-time patient. “You say you’re here,” he inquired, “because your family is worried about your taste in socks?”
“That’s correct,” muttered the patient. “I like wool socks.”
“But that’s perfectly normal,” replied the doctor. “Many people prefer wool socks to those made from cotton or acrylic. In fact, I myself like wool socks.”
“You DO?” exclaimed the man. “With oil and vinegar, or just a squeeze of lemon?”


“God has a plan for all of us, but He expects us to do our share of the work.”

Minnie Pearl


Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Some people try to turn back their body’s odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Yeah; being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Old age is when former classmates are so gray, wrinkled, and bald that they don’t recognize you.


A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.


The preacher was having a heart-to-heart talk with a backslider of his flock, whose drinking of moonshine invariably led to quarreling with his neighbors, and occasional shotgun blasts at some of them.

“Can’t you see, Ben,” intoned the parson, “that not one good thing comes out of this drinking?”

“Well, I sort of disagree there,” replied the backslider.  “It makes me miss the folks I shoot at.”


Modesty is the art of drawing attention to whatever it is you are being humble about.


“I live to enjoy life by the littlest things, feeling the grass between my toes, breathing fresh air, watching the wind sway the trees, enjoying the company of loved ones, a deep conversation, getting lost in a good book, going for a walk in nature, watching my kids grow up. Just the feeling itself of being alive, the absolute amazing fact that we are here right now, breathing, thinking, doing.”

Marigold Wellington


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "It is better than you realize" (1)

  1. It can even be distilled down to one thing – ‘you are alive.’

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