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How’s Your Life?

Ray’s Daily

January 30, 2020


“I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.”

Doug Hutchison


In my community the most often asked question is” How are you doing”. I appreciate those who take an interest in the welfare of others.

The questions give me multiple opportunities each day to reflect on just how good my life really is. Sure, I got a few aches and pains but they are not worth worrying about. I find there is much to be thankful for and much to appreciate.

I know if you don’t look for the silver lining you will never find it. By being aware of what is right in our lives rather than what is wrong is how we can enjoy the days we have left. So my friends how are your lives. I hope it is as good as the woman In this story is.

How’s your life?

That old quote ‘Out of the mouths of babes ofttime come gems’ came to mind after I read an e-mail letter from my eight year old granddaughter. Alexis wrote to tell me about school, some new friends, and a cheerleading class she ‘loved.’ She chattered about each one and then made this statement: ‘I’m doing just great in my life. How about yours?’

Her words brought a smile to my face. Alexis will do all right in this world if she already recognizes that her life is a good one. Most eight year olds consider the positive things in life as something to be expected. I suspect she will grow up to look at a glass as half full rather than half empty.

I reflected further on her words the next few days. Was I, like Alexis, doing great in my life? I’m still happily married to the man I wed over forty years ago. I have two children who are independent and settled as well as three grandchildren who light up my life more often than not. I count my many friends as a special blessing as well as reasonably good health for my age. Yes, I’m doing great in my life, and I hope I’ll stay aware of that as the years march on. Don’t I ever have problems? You bet I do, but I choose to dwell on the good things rather than the sad. Because I do that, my happiness quotient is a lot higher than my misery measure.

One way to keep your life a good one is to have a positive outlook. Many years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book titled The Power Of Positive Thinking. It became a bestseller, read by thousands, long before Oprah’s Book Club created reader selections. The title alone offered all the advice found within the covers of the book. It obviously made an impact on me, as I retained that piece of advice and put it in practice most of the time.

Negative views create imaginary black clouds that hover above the person who carries them like heavy baggage. The more negative the outlook, the heavier that baggage becomes. Always finding the down side of life can become a habit. The ‘Poor Me’ syndrome gains attention. This type of personality may elicit sympathy from others, but these people also risk losing friends. We’d all prefer happy stories rather than tales of woe.

by Nancy Julien Kopp


“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Oprah Winfrey


She did invent this new survivor show:

Six married men will be dropped on an island with 1 car and 4 kids each, for 6 weeks.  Each kid plays two sports and either takes music or dance classes.

There is no access to fast food.

Each man must take care of his 4 kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, etc.

The men only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.  There is only one TV between them and there is NO REMOTE

The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they must apply themselves, either while driving or while making four lunches.

They must attend weekly PTA meetings; clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m.; make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.

The kids vote them off the island, based on performance.

The last man wins …..

Only if ……….. He has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over again for the next 18-25 years … eventually earning the right to be called “Mother.”

One more thing, they cannot kill themselves or the kids, or they automatically get voted off.


Did you see this ad? Princess, Having Had Sufficient Experience with Princes, Seeks Frog.


Why are we still there?

It is time to take a serious look at our involvement there.

Every day there are news reports about more deaths. Every night on the TV are photos of death and destruction. Why are we still there?

The land is too large to secure all of it. The bad people causing this damage can roam anywhere, and we can’t possibly police the whole place. Why are we still there?

We occupy this land, which we had to take by force, but it causes us nothing but trouble. Why are we still there?

Their government is unstable, and in the process of changing. Why are we still there?

Refugees are fleeing by the thousands, driven from their homes. Why are we still there?

It will cost billions to rebuild, which we can’t afford. Why are we still there?

We can’t even secure the borders. Why are we still there?

And to repeat. Every day we hear of more Americans killed in this dangerous land.

It is clear! We must abandon California


Gravity…It’s Not Just a Good Idea. It’s the Law.


The farmer stood in his chicken yard watching hundreds of baby chicks running here and there.  He kept pointing to them and trying    to count them.  “One, two, three, four, five, six, oh, no…” then he would start over, “one, two, three, four, and,… oh, no.” Then he’d start over again.

Finally he said, “I give up.  They say don’t count your chickens before they hatch but it sure is easier to do that than it is to count them after they hatch.”


I’ve broken so many mirrors in my life, if I live long enough to have all that bad luck, I’ll be lucky…


A Jewish man reads about Einstein’s theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him.

“Well, zayda, it’s sort of like this.  Einstein says that if you’re having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a minute seems like an hour. But if you’re sitting with a beautiful woman on your lap, an hour seems like a minute.”

The old man considers this profound bit of thinking for a moment and says,  “And from this he makes a living?”


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Maya Angelou


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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