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Be Kind

Ray’s Daily

December 13, 2019





As we approach the upcoming holidays, we will hear that now is the time to be jolly and to offer goodwill to men. I think it is a great time to sharpen our caring skills by focusing our being kind to others. I wonder sometimes if we lose sight of the value of kindness both for the receiver of an act of caring but also to those offering the helping hand.

Some of us seem to limit our acts of kindness to only those close to us, thus missing the opportunity to reap the rewards that come from an unselfish action benefiting others. So my friends let’s all make this the season to be kind to others.

Here is an abridges article that outlines the health benefits that come from acts of kindness.

The Healing Power of Kindness

by Lloyd Dean & James Doty, M.D.

We’ve all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile? An extensive scientific literature reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal. We now know that this often overlooked, virtually cost-free remedy has a statistically significant impact on our physical health.

Those of us who work in the health care profession and study medicine have long believed in the value of a kind, compassionate bedside manner. But now, this belief isn’t just a nice notion – it’s sound science. The Dignity Health/CCARE scientific literature review shows that when patients are treated with kindness — when there is an effort made to get to know them, empathize with them, communicate with them, listen to them and respond to their needs — it can lead to the following outcomes:

  • faster healing of wounds,
  • reduced pain,
  • reduced anxiety,
  • reduced blood pressure,
  • and shorter hospital stays.

The research also shows that when doctors and nurses act compassionately, patients are more likely to be forthcoming in divulging medical information, which in turn leads to more accurate diagnoses. They are more likely to adhere to their prescribed treatments, which leads to fewer readmissions.

At the very least, this research review proves that in the context of health care and medicine, kindness shouldn’t be viewed as a warm and fuzzy afterthought, something nice to show after the “real” medicine is administered.

Instead, kindness should be viewed as an indispensable part of the healing process. After all, it’s been in the Hippocratic Oath for over a century: “I will remember that… warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.” So it’s the responsibility of those who work and study in the field of medicine to remember the spirit of this pledge, and make acts of kindness not-so-random for the people we serve and heal every day.



Bob Kerrey


Early one evening a gentleman scuttled out to his garage and pulled the lawn furniture out onto the driveway.  Shortly after followed the lawnmower, a few gardening tools and a bicycle.

A curious neighbor wandered over and asked if he was going to have a garage sale.

“No,” replied the gentleman, “my son just bought his first car and right now he’s getting ready for a big date.”

“So what’s with all the stuff?” asked the neighbor.

“Well, after years of moving tricycles, toys and sports equipment out of the way every time I came home from work I wanted to make sure the driveway was ready for him.”


Make someone happy today. Mind your own business.


Jill: What’s wrong, Mary?

Mary: I’m tired! I’ve been out seven nights in a row. I’m having too much fun!

Jill: Maybe you should get married again.


Proper attire is required in the cafeteria at the University of Maine. To enforce that rule, the management posted this notice: “Shoes are required to eat in this cafeteria.”

Next to it, a student added, “Socks can eat wherever they want.”


Marriage is like a tango. . .  it takes two, and occasionally one has to bend over backward to keep the dance going.



“I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when ‘The Simpsons’ is on television.” (Anita, 6)

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” (Bobby, 8)

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.” (Regina, 10)


“One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” (Ava, 8)


“Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” (Del, 6)

“Don’t do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain’t the same thing as love.” (Alonzo, 9)

“One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” (Bart, 9)


“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s in love.” (John, 9)

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold. Other people care more about the food.” (Brad, 8)

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are…on fire.” (Christine, 9)


“The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day.” (Michelle, 9)


“You learn it right on the spot when the gooshy feelings get the best of you.” (Doug, 7)

“It might help to watch soap operas all day.” (Carin, 9)


“It’s never okay to kiss a boy. They always slobber all over you. That’s why I stopped doing it.” (Jean, 10)


“Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” (Tom, 7)

“Don’t forget your wife’s name…That will mess up the love.” (Roger, 8)

“Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.” (Randy, 8)


What an automated society we live in.

Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?


When our second child was on the way, my wife and I attended a pre-birth class aimed at couples who had already had at least one child. The instructor raised the issue of breaking the news to the older child. It went like this:

“Some parents,” she said, “tell the older child, ‘We love you so much we decided to bring another child into this family.’ But think about that. Ladies, what if your husband came home one day and said, ‘Honey, I love you so much I decided to bring home another wife.'”

One of the women spoke up immediately. “Does she cook???”



Albert Schweitzer


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.




Keep the Peace

Ray’s Daily

December 12, 2019


Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


One of the things I find most distressing these days is our societies polarization. Some folks let their biases blind them to more reasoned alternatives. In some settings it has gotten so bad that folks are afraid to talk to each other out of fear that the conversations will turn into angry debates.

It is especially tragic when families and friends split because of entrenched beliefs which often are not based on reality. During this holiday season I am hoping people will set their differences aside and focus on appreciating each other.

Here is an edited piece offered as strategies we can use to help keep our get-togethers’ friendly and stress free.

Holiday Stress by Managing What Your Mouth and Your Body Language Says

by Sharon Sayler

Seven Nonverbal Strategies for a Stress-less Holiday

Strategy One: No response can be the best response. A smile and a change of subject or your location might be all that is needed.

Strategy Two: Have a great memory already selected, what I call “go to your happy place” ready. When that stressor moment begins, think of the happiest memories you have. Holding those happy thoughts changes your body language and the thoughts around the current situation.

Strategy Three: Have a buddy. Let your buddy know how to intervene when “that family member starts….” Have them intervene by asking a question or having a task for you.

Strategy Four: Use positive gestures of relationship to set the tone. Using an open, upward facing palm, gesture with your forearm and hand to the person most likely to start the negative situation. While you slowly gesture – remember palm up and open – comment on how wonderful the decorations are this year. Continue the day assigning all the positive words you say, you’ll be amazed how it can reset the tone.

Strategy Four (and half): The opposite is true, you want to “aim” negativity AWAY from the person you’re talking to—no matter what you’re talking about. You can hurt feelings with your gestures and not even know it.

Strategy Five: Many situations can be diffused (or inflamed) by intentionally using your voice. Besides the words you choose, the emphasis, tone, volume, speed play a crucial role in how someone listens, interprets and reacts to what we say.

Strategy Six: Your facial expressions tell the world what you are feeling. Monitor those reaction facial expressions such as the ever so easy and favorite eye roll or pouty frown.

Strategy Seven: My favorite and the most powerful — your breathing. Train yourself to maintain low, abdominal (natural) breathing. The more you experience the calming effect that low, abdominal breathing has on your body, brain and voice, the easier it is to do in all situations. The goal is to maintain balanced breathing even while others around you are not.


Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.

Paramahansa Yogananda


Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,

A medley of extemporanea;

And love is a thing that can never go wrong;

And I am Marie of Roumania.

Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967)


You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.


Andy Rooney On Phone-In-Polls:

You know those shows where people call in and vote on different issues? Did you ever notice there’s always like 18% that say, “I don’t know.”  It costs 90 cents to call up and vote and they’re voting “I don’t know.”  “Honey, I feel very strongly about this. Give me the phone.” (Says Into Phone) “I DON’T KNOW!” (Hangs up looking proud.) “Sometimes you have to stand up for what you  believe you’re not sure about.”


If a thing is done wrong often enough, it becomes correct.


An honest seven-year-old admitted calmly to her parents that Billy Brown had kissed her after class.

“How did that happen?” gasped her mother.

“It wasn’t easy,” admitted the young lady, “but 3 girls helped me catch him.”


When your wife says, “Well, what do you think?” she is not asking for YOUR opinion.

She is asking for HER opinion, from your mouth.


A young lady applied for a job and when she returned home, her mother asked how the interview went.  She said, “Pretty good, but if I get the job, I won’t get a vacation unless I’m married.”

Her mother had never heard of such a thing and asked, “Is that what they told you?”

The young lady replied, “No, they didn’t tell me that, but on the application it said that vacation time is not available until after your first anniversary.”


She asked, if men are so competent, how come you always see signs reading “DANGER – MEN WORKING”?


“Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s something I can’t figure out.”

“What’s that, Joey?” asked Goldblatt.

“Well, according to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”


“And the Children of Israel beat up the Phillistines, right?”

“Er, right.”

“And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”

“Again you’re right.”

“And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?”

“All that is right, too,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”

“What were all the grown-ups doing?”


“A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children.” James Agee


She said, let’s celebrate each other for each other’s sake!


It is good to be a woman:

  1. We got off the Titanic first.
  2. We can scare male bosses with the mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.
  3. Taxis stop for us.
  4. We don’t look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
  5. No fashion faux pas we make, could ever rival the Speedo.
  6. We don’t have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.
  7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
  8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end.
  9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.
  10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.
  11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
  12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.
  13. We will never regret piercing our ears.
  14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.
  15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren’t listening anyway.


Robert Benchley is one of my all time favorite humorists. He once said in a cable from Venice to Harold Ross, “Streets full of water. Please advise.”


Her Bathroom Scale Tips

  1. Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner…as well as in the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it’s nice to see how much weight you’ve lost overnight.
  2. Never weigh yourself with wet hair or beard.
  3. When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case, blurred vision is an asset. Don’t forget the earrings, these things can weigh at least a pound.
  4. Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are always five pounds off…to your advantage, of course.
  5. Always go to the bathroom first.
  6. Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter. (Waving them is optional but occasionally helps!)
  7. Don’t eat or drink in the morning until AFTER you’ve weighed in, completely naked, of course.
  8. Weigh yourself after a haircut; this is good for at least half a pound of hair (hopefully).
  9. Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has to weigh something, right?)
  10. Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the towel rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly let off of the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it’s worth it. You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you’d stepped on normally.

I find I get the most accurate weight if I hold on to the towel rack and not let go. Ray


Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating – these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything.    

Wayne W. Dyer


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.




Those were special days

Ray’s Daily
December 11, 2019
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
Maya Angelou

At Mekong River Thailand2

I am worn out from a full day of activities yesterday. I had to push my wife to a number of different events in her wheelchair and I am still pooped. So I am again going to send you another past issue of the Daily.

Ray’s Daily first published on December 11, 2002

I heard from my friend Karen who is based in Thailand where she works for UNICEF. I had the good fortune to spend a week with Karen a few years ago as we visited Thai villages, salt operations, and met with government officials. She has expanded her role and now has increased responsibility to the children of Asia. The world is a better place because of what she does.
Speaking of UNICEF, it was on this day in 1946 that the United Nations established the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by war. Today UNICEF continues to provide help to children in need throughout the world.
I just got some more spring cruise news. My old UNIVAC friend Ray Esterline will be going on our cruise to the Caribbean and Europe, I have not seen Ray for more than 25 years, we were younger then. We now have four couples sailing this April. There are still a few cabins left for this great cruise that costs less than $100 per day and that includes hotel in Barcelona and airfare back to the states. If I missed sending you information and you would like to know more let me know.
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
Isadora Duncan

As in many homes throughout the US on New Year’s Day, my wife and I faced the annual conflict of which was more important — the football games on TV, or the dinner itself.
To keep peace, I ate dinner with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the Family Room to turn on the game.
Several minutes later, my wife came downstairs and graciously even brought a cold beer for me with her. She smiled, kissed me on the cheek and asked what the score was. I told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing.
“See?” she said, continuing to smile, “You didn’t miss a thing.”


Karaoke bars combine two of the nation’s greatest evils; people who shouldn’t drink with people who shouldn’t sing.
This woman rushes to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out. She rattles off, “Doctor, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!
What’s wrong with me, Doctor?” The doctor looks her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly says, “Well, I can tell you that there is nothing wrong with your eyesight.”

You are never a looser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka

At a Milwaukee post office, a woman complained to the clerk that a Pony Express rider could get a letter from Milwaukee to St. Louis in two days, and now it takes three. “I’d like to know why,” she scoffed.
The clerk thought a moment and then suggested,
“The horses are a lot older now?”

Always remember you’re unique….just like everyone else.

Exodus 28:42:
“And you shall make for Aaron your brother and for his sons’ linen undergarments to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.”
There you have it, straight from the bible.
The only Kosher underwear are BOXER SHORTS!


The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books — how not to eat what you’ve just learned to cook.

Andy Rooney

A man is in no shape to drive, so he wisely leaves his car parked and walks home. As he is walking unsteadily along, he is stopped by a policeman.
“What are you doing out here at 2 a.m.?” the officer asks.
“I’m going to a lecture,” the man replies.
“And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?” the cop asks, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
“My wife.”

“I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.”
Publilius Syrus

After the trial had been going on for three days, Harrison, the man accused of committing the crimes, stood up and approached the judge’s bench.
“Your Honor, I would like to change my plea from ‘innocent’ to ‘guilty’ of these charges.”
The judge angrily banged his fist on the desk. “If you’re guilty, why didn’t you say so in the first place and save this court a lot of time and inconvenience?” he demanded.
Harrison looked up wide-eyed and stated, “Well, when the trial started I thought I was innocent, but that was before I heard all the evidence against me.”

Let him who is without aim cast the first stone.

A group of kids stood outside the circus, eager to get in, but without any money. They begged the ticket-taker to let them sneak in. He sternly refused. Seeing this, a kindly old man put his hand in his pocket and said to the ticket-taker, “Count them as they go in.”
One by one, the boys marched in. When the last one had disappeared into the audience, the old man said, “How many were there?”
The ticket-taker said, “Twelve.”
The old man said, “Shucks, I guessed wrong again.” And he walked off.

People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
“Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.
“Only the Ten Commandments.” answered the lady.

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, I’ll be glad to do so for you.”

Martin had just received his brand new driver’s license. The family troops out to the driveway, and climbs in the car, where he is going to take them for a ride for the first time. Dad immediately heads for the back seat, directly behind the newly minted driver.
“I’ll bet you’re back there to get a change of scenery after all those months of sitting in the front passenger seat teaching me how to drive,” says the beaming boy to his father.
“Nope,” comes dad’s reply, “I’m gonna sit here and kick the back of your seat as you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me all these years.”

Well done is better than well said.
Benjamin Franklyn

ay 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.

You’re Fine

Ray’s Daily

December 10, 2019


You are stronger than you realize. You are more capable than you can imagine.

Dieter F. Uchrdorf

love yourself

I am not sure we could ever be happy trying to be someone else. The best thing we can ever do is learn to be happy being ourselves. Many of you have heard me say that “this is as good as I get”, and for me that is enough. I am too old to start again, and that is OK.

In truth I like almost all of you as you are. I hope you appreciate what makes you special. Today I want to share with you what an author offered as the key to happiness.

Steps to happiness

Everybody Knows

You can’t be all things to all people.

You can’t do all things at once.

You can’t do all things equally well.

You can’t do all things better than everyone else.

Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.

You have to decide what comes first, and do that.

You have to discover your strengths, and use them.

You have to learn not to compete with others,

Because no one else is in the contest of being you.


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.

You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.

You will have learned to live with your limitations.

You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.

And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe

That you are a wonderful, unique person.

That you are a once-in-all-history event.

That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.

That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.

And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Author Unknown


Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as it should be.

Wayne W. Dyer



  1. FINE – This is the word a woman uses at the end of any argument that she feels she is right about but needs to shut you up. NEVER use fine to describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.
  2. FIVE MINUTES – This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football/hockey or whatever game is going to last before you take out the trash, so she feels that it’s an even trade.
  3. NOTHING – This means something and you should be on your toes. “Nothing” is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. “Nothing” usually signifies an argument that will last “Five Minutes” and end with the word “Fine”.
  4. GO AHEAD (c/w Raised Eyebrows) – This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over “Nothing” and eventually cause an argument that will last “Five Minutes” and end with the word “Fine”.
  5. GO AHEAD (w/out raised eyebrows) – This means “I give up. Do what you want because I don’t care.” You will, however, get a Raised Eyebrow “Go Ahead” in just a few minutes, followed by “Nothing”, and a “Five Minute” argument ending with “Fine”.
  6. LOUD SIGH – Not actually a word of course but often a verbal cue misunderstood by men. The “Loud Sigh” means she thinks you’re an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing there having a “Five Minute” argument with you over “Nothing”.
  7. SOFT SIGH – One of the few sounds that some men actually understand. She is content. Your best bet is not to move or breathe. Just stay clear.


“Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care.”

William Safire


Kathy offered to care for the six-year-old son of her next-door neighbor. She arrived in time to prepare breakfast, laying a generous helping of bacon and eggs in front of the child.

“Mother always serves hot biscuits for breakfast,” said the six-year-old.

So, Kathy, very eager to oblige, hurried into the kitchen and quickly prepared a plate of hot biscuits, which she laid in front of the boy.

“No, thank you,” he said.

“But I thought you said your mother always prepares hot biscuits for breakfast!” said Kathy in surprise.

“She does,” said the child. “But I don’t eat them.”


“According to ‘Modern Bride’ magazine, the average bride spends 150 hours planning her wedding.  The average groom spends 150 hours going, ‘Yeah, sounds good.'”

Jay Leno


One day I found Morris, my five-year-old son, with the telephone, which he quickly hung up when he saw me.  “What were you doing?” I asked him.

“Calling Aunt Sarah.”

“How could you have called Aunt Sarah ?”  I asked.  “You don’t even know her number.”

“Yes, I do and I did call her,” little Morris replied.

I wasted a lot of breath trying to convince him that he didn’tknow her number, but he insisted he had made the call.

“Okay,” I said finally.  “What did she say, then, if you called her?”

“She told me I had the wrong number.”


“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”

Abraham Lincoln


“Get this,” said a guy to his friends, “Last night while I was down at the bar with you guys, a burglar broke into my house.”

“Did he get anything,” his friends asked.

The guy said, “Yeah, a broken jaw, six teeth knocked out, and a coupla’ broken ribs.”

One of his friends asks, “Hey….how did that happen?”

The guy answered, “Well, it was really late at night and my wife thought it was ‘me’ coming home!”


Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

Coco Chanel


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.




Getting to know them

Ray’s Daily

December 9. 2019


“If you want understanding try giving some.”

Malcolm Forbes


Lately I have wondered how many good friends I might have made over the years if I would have spent more time getting to know the people I met. I know that as most of my days these days are spent with other old folks, who like me have the time to spend in leisurely conversation.

It is during the times I get to reminisce with so many of these good people that I learn just how special they are. One unassuming gal turned out to have sung with a big band, another spent much of the time serving others. The list goes on. But there are others who carry burdens that would get most of us down. Some have lost all of their loved ones and suffer from loneliness. Others have lost their sight and have become dependent on others more than we realize.

In all of these cases the folks have enriched my life by sharing their stories. They also have helped me appreciate just how fortunate I am, As often as not my first impressions have been wrong, I have learned again that I need to keep my mind open and not make snap judgements about the people I meet. Here is an old favorite story that has meaning for me.

Everyone Has a Story in Life

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.


“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”

Marvin J. Ashton


A couple phoned a neighbor to extend birthday greetings. They dialed the number and then sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

But when they finished their off-key rendition, they discovered that they had dialed the wrong number.

“Don’t let it bother you,” said a strange but amused voice. “You folks need all the practice you can get.”


“Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”



For their anniversary, a couple went out for a romantic dinner. Their teenage daughters said they would fix a dessert and leave it waiting. When the couple got home, they saw that the dining room table was beautifully set with china, crystal, and candles. There was also a note that read,

“Your dessert is in the refrigerator. We are staying with friends, so go ahead and do something we wouldn’t do!”

“I suppose,” the husband responded dryly, “we could clean the house.”


“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

Winston Churchill


An Australian tour guide was showing a group of American tourists the Top End On their way to Kakadu he was describing the abilities of the Australian Aborigine to track man or beast over land, through the air or beneath the sea. The Americans were incredulous.

Then later in the day, the tour rounded a bend on the highway and discovered, lying in the middle of the road, an Aborigine. He had one ear pressed to the white line whilst his left leg was held high in the air. The tour stopped and the guide and the tourists gathered around the prostrate Aborigine.

“Jacky,” said the tour guide, “what are you tracking and what are you listening for?”

The aborigine replied, “Down the road about 25 miles is a 1971 Valiant Ute. It’s red. The left front tire is bald. The front end is out of whack and it has dents in every panel. There are 9 black fellas in the back, all drinking warm sherry. There are 3 kangaroos on the roof rack and 6 dogs on the front seat.”

The American tourists moved forward, astounded by this precise and detailed knowledge.

“Wow, man! How do you know all that?” asked one American.

The Aborigine replied, “I fell out of the thing about half an hour ago.”


I’m not into working out.  My philosophy:  No pain, no pain.


A professor asked a student to remain for a few moments after class. Holding out the young man’s assignment, the professor said, “Ah, tell me something. This poem is very good. Did you write it all by yourself?

The student replies, “Every word of it, sir!’

The professor says, “Well, then, I’m glad to meet you, Mr. Poe.  I thought you were long dead.”


Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.

Jackson Brown, Jr.


As Joan was getting to know Kyle and his family, she was very impressed by how much his parents loved each other. “They’re so thoughtful,” Joan said. “Why, your dad even brings your mom a cup of hot coffee in bed every morning.”

After a time, Joan and Kyle were engaged, and then married. On the way from the wedding to the reception, Joan again remarked on Kyle’s loving parents, and even the coffee in bed. “Tell me,” she said, “does it run in the family?”

“It sure does,” replied Kyle. “And I take after my mom.”


God made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.



  1. You want to slug the next person who says, “Must be nice to work 8 to 3:20 and have summers free.”
  2. You believe “unbelievably annoying” should have its own box in the report card.
  3. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says “Boy, the kids sure are mellow today.”
  4. When out in public you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.
  5. You reflect that marking all A’s on report cards would make your life SO much easier.
  6. You think people should be required to spend two years teaching middle school before being allowed to reproduce.
  7. You wonder how some parents ever MANAGED to reproduce.
  8. You encourage an obnoxious parent to check into home schooling.
  9. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
  10. Meeting a child’s parent instantly answers the question, “Why is this kid like this?”


“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

Oscar Wilde


A little boy came home from the playground with a bloody nose, black eye, and torn clothing. It was obvious he’d been in a bad fight and lost. While his father was patching him up, he asked his son what happened.

“Well, Dad,” said the boy, “I challenged Larry to a duel. And, you know, I gave him his choice of weapons.”

“Uh-huh,” said the father, “that seems fair.”

“I know, but I never thought he’d choose his big sister!”


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


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.




Stay Cool

Ray’s Daily

December 6, 2019


For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don’t know about you but I sometimes get angry and usually it is just not worth it. In fact I often get criticizes for got getting mad about something or event. But I am OK with that for in my case getting angry only distresses me and has no good purpose.

In the heavily edited article below we are offered tips on how we can understand our anger and then hopefully deal with it. I guess I am lucky for I feel I know what is behind mine.

How To Handle Anger

by Dr. Annette Colby, RD

Anger is an emotion that can be difficult to deal with. Sometimes it’s experienced as a fleeting annoyance while other times it consumes our bodies with a burning rage. Anger is a natural human emotion, and it happens to everybody, whether we openly express it or not. The problem is not that we have anger. How we process anger determines whether it becomes a tool for self-healing or a weapon of destruction. The following is a guideline for working with anger. The steps work best if done out loud because this brings out the internal dialogue of the mind so you can become conscious of what is really going on for you beneath the anger.

  1. Breathe deeply, from your diaphragm; breathing from your chest won’t allow connection with your feeling, and won’t allow movement to occur. Acknowledge that you have anger and take some time to feel it within your body. Decide not to run away from it. Thank the anger for being present. Allow for the ideas that even if you don’t understand your anger completely. Your anger is attempting to fight for you. Gratitude will melt resistance you have towards your own anger.
  2. Give anger your unconditional acceptance. Commit to yourself that you will not judge, ignore, shame, reject, criticize, or punish yourself for having anger. It is allowable for you to have anger. Your experience is meaningful.
  3. Share your desire to get to know your anger, why it is here, and what it wants for you. Anger is not your enemy. Anger indicates you are in pain, hurt, or fear. It’s very presence allows an opportunity to heal or open the doorway to greater love. Express your desire to know what experiences might be connected with this anger. Communicate with your anger in a way that you allow yourself to be its friend, and that your desire is to have it express itself to you.
  4. Allow your anger, words, or memories to have a safe space to come out. As you listen to your anger, go beyond the surface and ask what you are feeling threatened by. Ask what you would need from yourself to feel even a little better. Continue to remember anger is an experience, not who you are.
  5. Recognize that beneath your anger, you felt threatened in some manner. Listen and be willing to understand what lives inside of you. Offer love to your anger and the tender place beneath your anger. This is the process of transformation. You don’t need to solve anything, rather you need to bring a loving presence to the hurt that lives beneath anger. Your job is to realize exactly what caused you to feel threatened, and now allow for new assertive, loving, and adult ways of dealing with that threat.


There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.



Speaking of kids….

  • Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Bruce
    · Dear God, If we come back as something, please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton, because I hate her. Denise
    ·       Dear God, I want to be just like my daddy when I get big, but not with so much hair all over. Sam
    ·       Dear God, I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. Ruth
    ·       Dear God, I think about you sometimes, even when I’m not praying. Elliott
    ·       Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all the people in the world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it. Nan

A good way to get your name in the newspaper is to cross the street reading one.

A southern minister was completing a temperance sermon.  With great expression he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”

With even greater emphasis he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.”
And then finally, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.” Sermon complete, he then sat down.

The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365: ‘Shall We Gather at the River’.”


“Never judge a man by the opinion his wife has of him.”
– Bob Edwards

I remember:

Blackjack and Beeman’s gum
Powerhouse candy bars
Licorice records
Wax teeth, lips and mustaches
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
Candy lipstick
Candy cigarettes
Soda pop machines that dispense bottles
Tableside jukeboxes in coffee shops
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Movies preceded by cartoons and newsreels
Party lines
Rotary phones

If you do too, I hope your arthritis is not as severe as mine.


The worst thing about accidents in the kitchen is that you usually have to eat them.

Don’t you just hate it when:
You have to try on a pair of sunglasses with that stupid little plastic thing in the middle of them.
The person behind you in the supermarket runs his cart into the back of your ankle.
The elevator stops on every floor and nobody gets on or off.
There’s always a car riding your tail when you’re slowing down to find an address.
You open a can of soup and the lid falls in.
The tiny red string on the Band-Aid wrapper never works for you.
You can never put anything back in a box the way it came.
Your tire gauge lets out half the air while you’re trying to get a reading.
A station comes in brilliantly when you’re standing near the radio but buzzes, drifts and has fits every time you move away.You wash a garment with a tissue in the pocket and your entire laundry comes out covered with lint.
The car behind you blasts its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing.
You set the alarm on your digital clock for 7pm instead of 7am.
The radio station doesn’t tell you who sang that song.
People behind you on a supermarket line dash ahead of you to a counter just opening up.
You can’t look up the correct spelling of a word in the dictionary because you don’t know how to spell it.
You have to inform five different sales people in the same store that you’re just browsing.
You reach under the table to pick something off the floor and smash your head on the way up.


Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

Joel Osteen


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.




We can do it

Ray’s Daily

December 5, 2019


“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.”

Og Mandino

Don't Wait

I am off to an early doctor’s appointment this morning, and that is after a full day yesterday. So I am again sending you something from the past, days when I was able to do more.

Ray’s Daily first published on December 5, 2007

 Yesterday I suggested that we get out of our easy chairs and do some good for others, or at least something for ourselves. That got me thinking about what an expert procrastinator I have become. I am pretty good about getting out and about and volunteering for this or that. In fact when I am healthy I usually have more on my plate than I can handle. Where I fall down badly is in the little things, balancing my checkbook, updating software, throwing out junk, and more. The crazy part is that most of the time I put stuff off for long periods, fret about the fact that I haven’t got to them only to find that when I do it takes little time and I feel better when they are done.

Sometime ago I got the following tip from guru Kathy Gates that she entitled, Life Vitamins:  A Task A Day” I think I better try her suggestions.

Everybody needs a way to stay healthy in their life, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.  In that vein, most of us know that a good way to help stay physically healthier is to take a vitamin every day. But did you know that a great way to help you stay emotionally and mentally healthier is to do a Task A Day?

It’s like a vitamin for your daily life.  By staying on top of the tasks of your life you are taking care of your mental and emotional health.  If you neglect things in your life, no different than when you neglect your physical health, you will find that you are emotionally unhealthy as well.

Just like your vitamins, in order to have a healthy emotional and mental life it’s important to signal your brain and your emotions that you are in control and you are taking action. “Life Vitamins” help you feel good about yourself, and about what you accomplish.  They give you a sense of mastery over your life, a sense of moving toward something instead of being bogged down.

Think about several relatively small tasks that you’d like to have off your To-Do list — call somebody, return something, arrange for something, finish something, pick up something, catch up on something. You get the idea.

The key is to keep it small enough to accomplish with a relatively small outlay of energy — like that daily One-A-Day. However, you can put in a step to a larger task if you’d like. For example, if “clean out closet”, is languishing in can’t-get-it-done-land, try putting “go through shoes” on the list instead.  Or even “go through dress shoes” if you’re Imelda Marcos.  That’s a 10 minute project instead of a half day project.

Now that you’ve got the concept, write out the first 10 things you can think of that you’d like to get off your mind, and that would take you 15 minutes or less to accomplish.

And yes, it’s important to write them out.  This does several things:  (1) Takes it out of the “I wish” category, and puts it in the “I am” category;  (2) Gets it off your mind and onto something concrete; (3) Starts the ACTION phase, sending a signal to your brain that this is to be taken care of, not just worried about.

Now focus on one a day for the next 10 days.  Remember to keep it to tasks that are 15 minutes or less to accomplish, or break up larger ones into bite-size pieces. Make a commitment.  Make a new habit.  Change your perspective to see the tasks as your Daily Vitamin — essential to helping you feel happier, more efficient, and make your life much more comfortable. 


“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task”

William James


“Office Work”

You can create your own opportunities this week. Blackmail a senior executive.

To err is human, to forgive is Not Company Policy.

A conference is simply an admission that you want somebody else to join you in your troubles.

Work is the curse of the drinking class.

The fifteen minute morning coffee break is when your employees take a break from doing nothing.

You worry too much about your job. Stop it. You are not paid enough to worry.

The usefulness of a meeting is inversely proportional to its attendance.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, do it neatly.

Work fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours.

When in charge, ponder. When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.

No man goes before his time. Unless, of course, the boss leaves early.


Never go to bed angry, stay awake and plot your revenge


She said: Working as a court reporter, I hear to a lot of testimony that you won’t hear on LAW AND ORDER, including the following give-and-take between the judge and a mother during a paternity suit.

Judge: “Was the child born out of wedlock?”

Mother: “No, sir, just outside of Louisville.”


“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

Galileo Galilei


“Who broke this window?” cried a furious father.

“It was Andy, Dad.” replied the young boy. “He ducked when I threw a rock at him.”


Six retired Floridians were playing poker in the condo clubhouse when Meyerwitz loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen comrade, the other five continued playing standing up.

Finkelstein looks around and asks, “So, who is going to tell his wife”?

They draw straws. Goldberg picks the short one.

They tell him to use good judgment, be discreet and be gentle. Don’t make a bad situation any worse.

“Discreet”? he asked. “I’ll be the most discreet person you will ever meet. Discretion is my middle name. Just leave it to me.”

So, Goldberg goes over to the Meyerwitz apartment and knocks on the door.

The wife answers and asks what he wants. Goldberg declares, “Your husband just lost $500 and is afraid to come home.”

“Tell him to drop dead!” she yells.

“I’ll go tell him,” says Goldberg.


What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.

Jewish Proverb


A Scotsman, carrying a huge suitcase, has been riding a London bus for five miles along its route, all the while attempting to avoid the ticket collector. Finally, the conductor manages to corner him and tells him to pay up.

“You’ve been on for five miles–that’ll be 50p, please, and 10p for your suitcase.”

The Scotsman responds, “I ha’not, I want a ha’penny fare, just got on this vera moment.”

They begin to argue, and the ticket collector becomes more and more enraged, and finally, as the bus is passing over London bridge, he grabs the Scotsman’s suitcase and hurls it out of the bus. It lands in the river and sinks without a trace.

The Scotsman stands shocked for a moment and says to the ticket collector, “Not only are ye tryin’ to overcharge me for the ticket–but now ye’ve gone an’ drowned me boy Angus!”


Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.

Helen Keller


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 to weed

Ray’s Daily

December 4, 2019


Every flower must grow through dirt.



I was thinking about all the small annoyances we run into in our lives. I think the secret to a happy life is not letting the irritations pile up and grow into something that takes us down. Things and people can only annoy us if we let them. I don’t know about you but I am too busy working on enjoying my life to let the small stuff hold me back

These thoughts were triggered by reading the following. It helped me to realize I cannot just ignore the irratations, I need to remove them.

The Weeds in Our Lives

Isn’t it amazing how you never have to water your weeds or nurture them and they still give you an unwanted crop?

I can remember as a young boy growing up in Santa Cruz, California my grandfather showed me how to dig up this pesky weed called Bermuda grass. It was terrible stuff and it would really spread if you didn’t get it out by the roots.

That was then. But more recently when my wife and I bought our first home about 8 years ago; guess what I had to deal with? If you said weeds, you are correct. There was this certain patch of weeds that was similar to the Bermuda grass. In other words, just as invasive.

After getting the inside of our home settled, it was time to work on the outside. On my hands and knees I vigorously attacked the weeds with a small hand trowel getting each one out by the roots. Spring after, spring that was my ritual.

Just this Spring I realized that one particular weed was no longer prevalent but another one was in full force. So again, I got down on my hands and knees and got to work ridding them from my yard. When I was finished, my yard was better off.

What hidden message is this true story purveying? Sometimes our life can be oh so similar. Yes, we all have weeds in our life. These weeds can be challenges, setbacks, negative beliefs, or naysayers, and the list can go on and on.

The solution is when dealing with these weeds of life is to get to the root of it and remove them one by one and eventually you will conquer this round. And when another crop of weeds shows up, deal with them directly before they spread, because now that you know what to do with them by getting to the root of it, it will give you more courage and wisdom the next time a problem crops up.

You could say we all need weeds in our life to challenge us to grow. Once you know how to handle the weeds in your yard to make it beautiful – so too will your life be.

Written by Tony Masiello


The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.

Max Lerner


A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral proper back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.

“Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
“Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the U.S. from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the then reigning monarch, Isabella. The good queen, being a pious woman and careful about titles, almost as much as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to fund Columbus’ expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that He also made that part of the world called Louisiana. He, therefore, would be the owner of origin. I hope to you find His original claim to be satisfactory.

Now, may we have the lousy loan?


An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

Speaking of air travel here are the Dept. of the Ary Regulations for Operation of Aircraft Commencing January 1920

  1. Don’t take the machine into the air unless you are satisfied it will fly.
    2. Never leave the ground with the motor leaking.
    3. Don’t turn sharply when taxiing. Instead of turning sharp, have someone lift the tail around.
    4. In taking off, look at the ground and the air.
    5. Never get out of the machine with the motor running until the pilot relieving you can reach the motor controls.
    6. Pilots should carry hankies in a handy place to wipe off goggles.
    7. Riding on the steps, wings, or rail of the machine is prohibited.
    8. In case the engine fails on takeoff, land straight ahead regardless of obstacles.
    9. No machine must taxi faster than a man can walk.
    10. Never run motor so that blast will blow on other machines.
    11. Learn to gauge altitude, especially on landing.
    12. If you see another machine near you, get out of the way.
    13. No two cadets should ever ride together in the same machine.
    14. Do not trust altitude instruments.
    15. Before you begin a landing glide, see that no machines are under you.
    16. Hedge-hopping will not be tolerated.
    17. No spins on back or tail sides will be indulged in as they unnecessarily strain the machines.
    18. If flying against the wind and you wish to fly with the wind, don’t make a sharp turn near the ground. You may crash.
  2. Motors have been known to stop during a long glide. If pilot wishes to use motor for landing, he should open the throttle.
  3. Don’t attempt to force the machine onto the ground with more than flying speed. The result is bounding and ricocheting.
  4. Pilots will not wear spurs while flying.
    22. Do not use aeronautical gasoline in cars or motorcycles.
    23. You must not take off or land closer than 50 feet to the hanger.
    24. Never take a machine into the air until you are familiar with it’s controls and instruments.
    25. If an emergency occurs while flying, land as soon as possible.


She said, “a husband is someone who after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.”

It was mealtime on a small airline and the flight attendant asked the passenger if he would like dinner.
“What are my choices?” he asked.
She replied, “Yes or No.”


“The brain is a wonderful thing….it starts working the minute you get up and never quits until your boss asks you a question at work…


This old guy comes into a pub with a dog, and a cat which he placed on top of the piano. The dog climbed up on the piano seat and began to play the piano while the cat sang a number of popular songs.

The drinkers in the pub were amazed and the publican rewarded the old man with a double scotch and said, “That’s a great act.  Have you thought of taking them professional?”

“They are not as good as you think” confessed the old man. “The cat is tone deaf and can’t sing
a note. The dog is a ventriloquist.”


Remember that setbacks are only challenges in disguise. Look at them as lessons don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just get back on track and focus on what you want. It’s up to you, and you will do it!    

Jorge Cruise


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.


’tis the season to be jolly

Ray’s Daily

December 3, 2019


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

Be Positive

As you know I am an optimist. I just don’t want to spend my time agonizing over what I can’t change. I will do what I can when my effort may help but I avoid spending too much time tilting windmills.

Life is so much better if you resist the pessimist’s effort to make you unhappy. I am lucky that most of the folks I know have learned to roll with the punches and stay on the bright. Here some helpful thoughts from Henrik Edberg if you need help in join our happy band of optimists.

 How to Become an Optimist: 3 Daily Habits To Help You Get Started


One of the most common questions people ask me via email is how to become more of an optimist. So this week I’d simply like to share three habits that can help you to get started with that.

  1. Ask yourself questions that let you see the optimistic viewpoint.

Questions like:

  • What is one thing that is positive or good about this situation?
  • What is one thing I can learn from this situation?
  • What is one opportunity within this situation?

These questions are not something that I can always use right away. Sometimes I need some time to process and accept the feelings and thoughts that arise.

  1. Get optimistic support from the world around you.

One of the most important factors if you want to be able to stay optimistic are the influences around you. Optimism is – just like enthusiasm – contagious. So find ways to create an environment that supports you.

Try to spend more time with optimistic people and less time with people who seem to always be negative about things. Positive people will support you, add upbeat energy and can help you to find a constructive change in perspective when you have a situation that is bringing you down and when you are just making a mountain out of a molehill.

  1. The way you start your day often sets the tone for the rest of it.

A stress-free morning leads to less stress and better focus during your day. A work out early in your day leads to more energy throughout the day.And optimism while you are eating your cereal or traveling to work or school can help you to stay positive and constructive as you go through the ups and downs of your day.

Three practical ways to get this good start is to:Read or watch something optimistic or funny for 10-20 minutes during your morning. Have an uplifting conversation over breakfast or early in your day. Listen to a motivating audiobook or podcast as you ride the bus, your bicycle or while you’re walking somewhere.


“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anais Nin


Ralph, our Hoosier gourmet reports that some Wal-Mart customers soon will be able to sample a new discount item: Wal-Mart’s own brand of wine. The world’s largest retail chain is teaming up with E&J Gallo Winery of Modesto, California, to produce the spirits at an affordable price, in the $2-5 range.  While wine connoisseurs may not be inclined to throw a bottle of Wal-Mart brand wine into their shopping carts, there is a market for cheap wine, said Kathy Micken, professor of marketing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  She said: “The right name is important.”

So, here we go–the top 12 suggested names for Wal-Mart Wine:

  1. Chateau Traileur Parc
  2. White Trashfindel
  3. Big Red Gulp
  4. Grape Expectations
  5. Domaine Wal-Mart “Merde du Pays”
  6. NASCARbernet
  7. Chef Boyardeaux
  8. Peanut Noir
  9. Chateau des Moines
  10. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vinegar!


  1. World Championship Riesling

And the number 1 name for Wal-Mart Wine

  1. Nasti Spumante

The beauty of Wal-Mart wine is that it can be served with white meat (Possum) and red meat (squirrel).


What if there were no hypothetical questions?


Our co-worker went missing for a few hours, and we tore up the place looking for him.  The boss finally found him fast asleep.  Rather than wake him, he quietly pinned to the man’s shirt a note saying, “As long as you’re asleep, you still have a job.  But as soon as you wake, you’re fired!”


Before I can retaliate, does someone first have to taliate?


Rabbis Levy, Samuel and Kosiner were ‘progressive’ reform rabbis and were talking one day about the recent advances made by their synagogues. Rabbi Levy said, “we’re very modern – we allow mobile phones to be used during services – we even have re-charging points all over the synagogue.”

“Well,” said Rabbi Samuel,” we’ve installed a snack bar at the back of the synagogue for those who feel hungry or thirsty during services – we serve falafel in pita and latkes and new green cucumbers.”

“That’s nothing to what we do, my friends,” said Rabbi Kosiner, “we close our synagogue for the Jewish holidays.”


A key ring is a handy little gadget that allows you to lose all your keys at once.


A young man, of 22 years, decided to apply for a job at a new factory being built in a nearby town. He entered the main office, where the receptionist handed him several forms to fill out.

Then she directed him down the hall, to the first office on the right, where he was to be interviewed by the Personnel Officer.

After several minutes of describing and explaining all about the new factory, the Personnel Officer told the young man:

“We need individuals who are totally responsible.”

The young man grinned and responded: “Well, I sure qualify. Everywhere I’ve worked, when something went wrong, I was responsible!”


The person who spends all of today bragging about what he is going to accomplish tomorrow probably did the very same thing yesterday.


Jeremiah had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthdays to the boat club across the lake for their first legal drink.

So when Jeremiah’s 21st came around, he and his pal Dwight took a boat out to the middle of the lake. Jeremiah stepped out of the boat and nearly drowned. Dwight managed to pull him to safety.

Furious and confused, Jeremiah went to see his  grandmother.

“Grandma,” he asked, “it’s my 21st birthday, so why can’t I walk across the lake like my father, his father, and his father before him?”

Granny looked into Jeremiah’s eyes and said, “Because your father, grandfather and great-grandfather were born in January; you were born in July.


Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.


Boarding a military transport plane, I noticed hydraulic fluid pouring from the tail section.

“Excuse me,” I said to a crew member.  “Do you know the aircraft has a leak?”

“Yep,” he said as he continued on his way.

“Aren’t you concerned?”

He shrugged.

“Well,” I asked, “how do you know when you’re out of fluid?”

“When it quits leaking,” he answered.


“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.”

Zig Ziglar


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.





Ray’s Daily

December 2, 2019


The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.

Carson McCullers

She CaresS

I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was as good as mine was. Now we begin the Christmas season with hope for the future and goodwill for all.

Mine started on an upbeat when a one-hundred and one-year old fellow resident joined me for dinner on Saturday. This is a special gal who exudes warmth and optimism that I wish we all would emulate. She is capable and independent even though she is somewhat frail. She told me that she does not let unhappiness or IL will get her down. She said she prefers to enjoy what she has and the people she meets.

I wish everyone had a similar attitude. Here is a caring story that I like, I hope you will too.

She gave a homeless woman her boots

Kelly McGuire and her husband Sean were leaving a Bears game in Chicago when she spotted a homeless woman across the street. The woman held a sign reading “I am in need of winter boots and winter clothing items.”

McGuire had a bag of warm clothing with her because she had worn layers for the 30 degree weather, and then took them off while she was eating dinner. She wrote on her Facebook post, “I had everything in that bag that she needed. Shirts, sweatshirts, gloves, scarves, etc.”

After giving her the bag of clothing, McGuire sat down next to the woman and removed her boots, intending to walk to the train in her socks. That’s when the woman stopped her and offered her the old, dirty boots she had been wearing. McGuire wrote, “She, who had nothing, offered me these boots. Her boots. I wore them all the way home.”

Her story received thousands of shares on Facebook and she was invited onto the Ellen Show, where she shared her story again. At the end of the segment, Ellen gave McGuire ten thousand dollars, and instructed her to give a thousand dollars to ten friends, to pay it forward. Then Ellen gave her another ten thousand dollars for herself.

McGuire concluded her Facebook post, “If you have the urge to do something kind for someone, I encourage you to do it.”


Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

Harold Kushn


Morty arrives home from work and as soon as he sets foot in the house, Sadie is on to him, telling him that their friend Marvin has finally quit smoking. “Imagine that, Morty,” she says, “someone who smoked 3 packs a day for 20 years has stopped smoking all of a sudden. Now that’s what I call will power – something that you definitely don’t have.” But Sadie hadn’t finished. “And that’s not all. I hear that Bernie, that drunken friend of yours, is finally giving up drinking – another example of the kind of will power that you don’t have.”

“OK, Sadie,” said Morty, “you want to see will power, do you? Well here’s will power. I am going to sleep in the spare room from now on. I am going to prove to you that I won’t be affected at all by not sleeping with a woman.”

Morty keeps to his word.

One night, when he had been sleeping alone for a week, there is a knock on his bedroom door.

Morty shouts out, “What do you want?”

Sadie replies, “Marvin has started smoking again.”


“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”


Elvis Presley’s Senior Citizen Song !!!

Are you lonesome tonight,

Does your tummy feel tight?

Did you bring your Malox and Tums?

Does your memory stray,

To that bright sunny day…

When you had all your teeth and your gums?

Is your hairline receding, are your eyes growing dim?

Hysterectomy for her, and its prostate for him.

Does your back give you pain…

Do your knees predict rain?

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Is your blood pressure up,

Your cholesterol down?

Are you eating your low-fat cuisine?

All that oat bran and fruit,

Metamucil to boot,

Keeps you like a well-oiled machine.

If it’s football, or baseball…he sure knows the score.

Yes, he knows where it’s at…but forgets what it’s for.

So, your gall bladder’s gone, and his gout lingers on.

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

When you’re hungry, he’s not.

When you’re! cold, then he’s hot.

Then you start that old thermostat war.

When you turn out the light, he goes left, you go right.

Then you get his great symphonic snore.

He was once so romantic, and witty and smart.

How’d he turn out to be such a cranky old fart?

So don’t take any bets, this is as good as it gets.

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight ???


There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.


Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”


Bill:    I love to drive to the seaside and the mountains with my girlfriend. What about you?

Doug:    I love to drive my mother-in-law to the airport.


During the jury-selection process, the judge asked a prospective juror some questions.

“Have you formed any opinion about the guilt or innocence of the man on trial, Mr. Ferguson?”

“None whatsoever,” Ferguson answered.

“Are you opposed to capital punishment?” the judge asked.

“Certainly not in this case.”


If women can have PMS, then men can have ESPN.


A fifth grader looked downcast, so her teacher asked, “What’s the problem, Carol? I hope it’s not homework again.”

“Well, uh, yes, it is.” replied Carol. “I was stupid and made my homework paper into a paper airplane.”

“Carol, you’re right, that wasn’t a very bright thing to do,” said the teacher, “but this once I’ll let you just unfold the paper and hand it in.”

“Oh, but that won’t work,” said Carol, looking even sadder. “You see, the plane was hijacked.”


Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize, or laugh.


On New York’s Upper West Side lived an assimilated Jew who was a militant atheist. But he sent his son to Trinity School because, despite its denominational roots, it’s a great school and completely secular.

After a month, the boy comes home and says casually, By the way Dad, do you know what Trinity means? It means the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

The father can barely control his rage. He seizes his son by the shoulders and declares, Danny, I’m going to tell you something now and I want you never to forget it. There is only one God. AND we don’t believe in Him!


Warm weather fosters growth: cold weather destroys it. Thus, a man with an unsympathetic temperament has a scant joy: but a man with a warm and friendly heart overflowing blessings, and his beneficence will extend to posterity.

Hung Tzu-Cheng


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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