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Another Year Older

Ray’s Daily

February 3, 2020


“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.”

David Bailey

feeling good

What a weekend I have had. Turning eighty-five on Friday resulted in my attending a couple of family parties. I also was overwhelmed by more than one hundred greetings via e-amil qand in person. Friday at my cardiologist visit my Doctor and her head nurse even gave me hugs and cupcakes.

The weekend ended with Nancy and I attending a new production presented by the Actors Theater of Indiana which was founded by three of my favorite performers. Of course, Sunday evening was topped by the Super Bowl party here at our residence.

Like I said last week, who would of thought that life at eighty-five could be so good. Now I plan on making sure it continues to be enjoyable. Here is an article recently written by Australian author Tamsin Kelly that offers some tips on happy living, here are excerpts from the article.

Ways To Replenish Your Emotional Energy And Feel More Positive

  • Do more of what you want – Carve out satisfying moments in your day that give you real pleasure, like sitting peacefully in the sun or finishing your favorite writer’s latest novel. Work out what makes you really happy and keeps you emotionally nourished – and keep doing it.
  • Plan occasional treats – Having a treat to look forward to, whether a holiday you’ve booked, a weekend walk with friends or simply a tranquil bath, is a great way to keep your emotional energy tank revved.
  • You don’t always have to say yes – Do you have that constant sense of frustration and a little voice in your head saying ‘why am I the one who has to do this?’ The truth is, you rarely have to do the things you think you do. The greatest emotional drain is depriving yourself of fun, while feeling emotionally exhausted by all the responsibilities and calls on your time and energy. If it’s not giving you pleasure or satisfaction, just stop doing it or do it differently.
  • Extricate yourself from toxic friendships – We all have them, those people we see out of duty or habit, rather than genuine excitement. But worse, are the ones who actually seem to have the power to make us feel negative about ourselves and exhausted in their company.
  • But do spend time with people whose company you enjoy – One of the best ways you can fill up your emotional energy reservoirs is by spending time with people who are upbeat, glass-half-full, interested, compassionate and full of joy. These are the people who bring out the best in you.
  • Start the day well –  Meditate, exercise, hydrate, read an uplifting book. Do what it takes to prime your body and mind to be how you’d like to be for the rest of the day. You’ll be more resilient in dealing with life’s inevitable challenges when you start your day this way (rather than reacting to emails, social media, mainstream news headlines that kick you into a fearful and negative state).”
  • Realise prioritising yourself is not ‘being selfish’ – If you’re emotionally drained, you’re not giving your friends, family and work your best self. If you prioritise self-care, you’ll be in a better position to help others in your life. Everyone wins.
  • Stop worrying and take action – Worrying never solves anything. It’s just a negative emotion that gnaws away at you. Action is the best cure for worry. Rather than tossing and turning all night, get up and write a to-do list. Try to dial down the ‘what ifs’ and feel happier in the present. And if the same things are constantly guilting you on your list, that’s a sign you don’t want to do them. So just don’t.


“You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.”

Deepak Chopra


“Chocolate Rules”

If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands, you’re eating it too slowly.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite and you’ll eat less.

A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?

If you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet?

Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.


FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! It comes bundled with the software.


An elderly couple, Marty and Helen, along with some friends agreed to try a Thai Restaurant. While looking at the menu, Helen noticed her husband looking at the vegetarian section of the menu. “What would you like Marty?” She asked. “I’m looking at this Eggplant Spicy dish.” He replied.

“Marty, you like meat and potatoes. You won’t like that dish.” Helen said.

“What do you know,” answered Marty, “I’m getting it.”

“Marty, I’m telling’ you, you are a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

You won’t like it!” Helen exclaimed.

“I’m getting it and that is the last word!” says Marty.

A short while later the meals arrive at the table. Marty looks down and his dish and says to Helen, “Where are my eggs?”


It is far easier to leave angry words unspoken than to mend the heart those words have broken.


A man stubbed his toe so badly he decided to go to the doctor. When he arrived at the office, the nurse directed him to remove all his clothes and wait in the next room.

“I just hurt my toe,” complained the man. “Why do I need to take off my clothes?”

“Everyone who sees the doctor has to undress,” explained the nurse politely. “It’s our policy.”

“Well, I think it’s a stupid policy! Making me undress just to look at my toe! Geeez!”

From the next room another man’s voice piped up. . . “That’s nothing! I just came here to fix the telephone!”


If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

Yogi Berra


One time when I was home visiting my folks, my mom asked me to set the table for dinner. I opened the refrigerator and taped to the inside of the door was a risque picture of a lovely, slender, perfectly built, but scantily-clad young woman.

“Mom, what’s this?” I asked.

“Oh, I put that up there to remind me not to over-eat,” she answered.

“Is it working?” I asked.

“Yes and no,” she explained. “I’ve lost 15 pounds, but your dad has gained 20!”


If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?


An old, tired looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. He followed me into the house, down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out. The next day, he was back. He resumed his position in the hall and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar that said, “Every afternoon, your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day, he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar. It said, “He lives in a home with ten children. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?!”


“Adopting a really positive attitude can work wonders to adding years to your life, a spring to your step, a sparkle to your eye, and all of that.”

Christie Brinkley


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "Another Year Older" (1)

  1. congrats on your big day, that’s quite an accomplishment – you have such a good attitude

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