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Ray’s Daily

January 22, 2020


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

John C. Maxwell


One of the responsibilities that comes with retirement is self-management. In our working lives much of what we do is dictated by our job responsibilities and the needs of our growing children.

When we retire for the first time in our lives we are totally responsible for managing everything we do. Few of us could forecast what our lives would be like as we dreamed of what the future would hold. In truth for some folks find themselves for the first time, these are folks who chose not to give up but rather to make the most of the years ahead. We don’t have to wait for retirement to make positive life choices, the earlier we do the better.

Recently Jon Gordon turned forty-nine and shared a list of things he has learned over the years. I have shortened the list somewhat but kept the ones that mean a lot to me, things that have helped me make my life choices.


I turn 49 today, January 20th. I’ve learned a lot over the years and thought it would be fun and hopefully helpful to share lessons I’ve learned along the way.

  • You don’t choose the day you were born but you can make a lot of choices that determine how you live.
  • Grit is not something you develop. It’s something we are all born with. The key is to remember you’ve always had it.
  • Don’t worry about your greatness in the future. Just be great today.
  • Talkers talk and doers do. Be a doer.
  • Don’t listen to the naysayers. Listen to your heart that knows you were born to do this.
  • Keep dreaming even when your circumstances tell you it’s not going to happen.
  • When you serve others and help them grow, you grow.
  • Being positive doesn’t just make you better. It makes everyone around you better.
  • Happiness is an inside job. Don’t expect other people or things to make you happy.
  • Forgiveness is the ultimate weight loss.
  • Relationships are everything.
  • Don’t seek happiness. Decide to work with passion and purpose and happiness will find you.
  • If you stay humble and hungry great things will continue to happen.
  • When you appreciate, you elevate your mood and the people around you.
  • Abundance flows into your life when gratitude flows out of your heart.
  • There are a lot of great people in the world. Look for them and you’ll find them.
  • The more you give the more it comes back to you. It’s not why you do it but it’s what happens.
  • The best is yet to come.


This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

Omar Bradley


Harold was an old man, he was sick, and he was in the hospital.  There was one young nurse that just drove him crazy.  Every time she came in, she would talk to him like he was a little child.  She would say in a patronizing tone of voice, “And how are we doing this morning, or are we ready for a bath, or are we hungry?”

Old Harold had had enough of this particular nurse.  One day, Old Harold had received breakfast, and pulled the juice off the tray, and put it on his bed side stand.  He had been given a Urine Bottle to fill for testing. The juice was apple juice.  So…..  you know where the juice went. The nurse came in a little later and picked up the urine bottle.  She looks at it.  “My, but it seems we are a little cloudy today…..”

At this, Old Harold snatched the bottle out of her hand, pops off the top, and drinks it down, saying, “Well, I’ll run it through again, and maybe I can filter it better this time.”

The nurse fainted……  Old Harold just smiled


She said: Antiques have become very popular. Right now there are 15 million Americans who have things that are old, funny-looking, don’t work and are only kept for sentimental purposes. Some of these are called antiques – and the rest are called husbands.



“I’m going fishing.” / Really means: “I’m going to stand by a stream with a stick in my hand all day, while the fish swim by in complete safety.”

“It’s a guy thing.” / Really means: “There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.”

“Can I help with dinner?” / Really means: “Why isn’t it already on the table?”

“Uh-huh.” “Sure, honey.” “Yes, dear.” / Really means: Absolutely nothing. It’s a conditioned response.

“It would take too long to explain.” / Really means: “I have no idea how it works.”

“We’re going to be late.” / Really means: “Now I have a legitimate excuse to drive like a maniac.”

“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.” / Really means: “I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.”

“That’s interesting, dear.” / Really means: “Are you still talking?”

“Hey, I’ve got my reasons for what I’m doing.” / Really means: “And I sure hope I think of some pretty soon.”

“I can’t find it.” / Really means: “It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I’m completely clueless.”

“You know I could never love anyone else.” / Really means: “I am used to the way you yell at me and realize it could be worse.”

“You look terrific.” / Really means: “Please don’t try on one more outfit. I’m starving.”

“I’m not lost. I know exactly where we are.” / Really means: “No one will ever see us alive again.”


All food is Fat-Free – if you don’t eat it.


A feminist is getting on a bus when, just in front of her, a Hassidic elderly Jewish man gets up from his seat.

She thinks to herself, “Here’s another man trying to keep up the customs of a patriarchal society by offering a poor, defenseless woman his seat,” so she pushes him back onto the seat.

A few minutes later, the elderly man tries to get up again. She is still insulted so she refuses to let him up again.

Finally, the old Jewish man says, “Look, lady, trouble I don’t want, but you’ve got to let me get up….. I’m twelve blocks past my stop already!”


We can’t undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.

Steve Maraboli


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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