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Life Goes On

Ray’s Daily

March 17, 2020


“The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.”

Allen Klein

Life goes on

The challenges abound. My upper permanent bridge is no longer anchored and cannot be reset. I need to have a couple of teeth removed and a new bridge built. The bad news is that I will have to go months with no upper front teeth. Meanwhile my family and me are working out a pan to meet my wife’s and my health needs during the Caronavirus lock down. I also need to transmit my pacemaker data to Medtronics today. So Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations will be postponed. In the meant time here is another Daily reprint.

 Ray’s Daily first published on March 17, 2008

Hi all, I am back, but only for one week. My three day hospital stay last week ended up being five days. They started me on my new drug and then decided to up the dosage and restart the three day observation clock. At least there was no cutting this time, only lot’s of needles during their Dracula imitation period. They were a little sneaky though as my main blood draws and EKG’s took place between 2:30 and 4:30 AM. I think they did it then so they could sneak up on me while I was still groggy from being awaken.

It went well, although I am still adjusting and had to cancel a meeting this afternoon. I have a blood draw on Wednesday and an EKG on Friday just to make sure I am still breathing. This is a little more scientific than in the past my first Doc use to have me breathe on a mirror and if it fogged up he would declare me alive and send me on my way.

This hospital stay was at the St. Vincent Heart Center here in Indianapolis. The staff was the most gracious I have ever experienced. They all went out of their way to make myself and the other patients as comfortable and happy as possible. I have never been where the cleaning people, food delivery staff, the nurses and technicians all went the extra mile like these good people did. I don’t like staying in the hospital but this was about as pleasant experience as one could have.

I thought as I was leaving that the recruiters must set the highest priority on attracting and keeping people who genuinely like people. It again demonstrated to me what I always found in business, friendly, courteous, caring people are the secret to a successful enterprise. And do you know what, in almost every case they are also the most competent people you’ll meet.

Anyway friends I am glad to be back, I missed you all. I am now working on full recovery. I still have a ways to go though, I tried to jump over a building this morning and really hit my head hard, but at least it was at the third floor level so I am on my way back.


“It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.”

Joanne Kathleen Rowling


He said: Yesterday my brother Jim was taking a test required for a management job with a local trucking company.   Part of the test involved a verbal section given by the company employment director (or whatever).

Question: “You are driving a forklift and 2 men get in your way, what do you do?”

My brother’s answer: “Go for the one with the most seniority!”


What is a friend? A single soul shared by two people.



Found on the retirement village bulletin board

FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim,5’4″ used to be 5-6), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and  am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

SERENITY NOW: I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and  meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

BEATLES OR STONES? I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.

MINT CONDITION: Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.


Buddhist approaches a hotdog vendor and says: “Make me one with everything.”

He gives the vendor a $20 bill and waits. Finally he says: “Where’s my change?”

Says the vendor: “All change must come from within.”


Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the cowboy days of the 1880s. He’s buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona:

Here lies Lester Moore

Four slugs from a .44

No Les No More.


“Half our live is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed though life trying to save.”

Will Rogers


A hospital posted a notice in the nurses’ mess saying:

“Remember, the first five minutes of a human being’s life are the most dangerous.”

Underneath, a nurse had written:

“The last five are pretty risky, too.”


When my son was in third grade, his teacher asked him to spell “straight.”  He did so correctly.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

“Without water,” he replied.


It’s easier to get older than it is to get wiser.


A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn’t been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, “Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water.”

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, “Jeez doc, exactly what’s my problem?”

Doctor says, “You’re not drinking enough water.”


We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell


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 Need Each Other

Ray’s Daily

March 16, 2020


Don’t sacrifice your life to work and ideals.

The most important things in life are human relations. I found that out too late.

Katharinde Susannah Prichard

we need each other

I have spent the last few days adjusting to my new life of isolation. I regret the fact that our president did not take the Coronavirus seriously until a few days ago. Our early inaction has put thousands of our fellow citizens at risk.

I am reminded of what we needed to do when the second world war broke out. We had to cope with shortages and we had to help each other, I hope we do as well now as we did then.

Ray’s Daily first published on March 16, 2007

I have been thinking lately about how we change as life goes on. Some of us seem to get better, both mentally and philosophically, while others seem to deteriorate both mentally and socially. The sad part is that so much depends on the choices we make.  I recently read a piece on Sure Ways to Lose Your Common Sense by Susan Dunn.

Dunn says that common sense is roughly equivalent to Emotional Intelligence.  Whether or not we’re born with it and then lose it, or aren’t born with it and have to acquire it, it’s not something we can get from book learning.  We have to expose ourselves to new ideas, new people and situations, and have the set of competencies which allows us to react effectively with reality. I agree with what she says and believe that if we don’t retain our Emotional Intelligence we will stagnate and deteriorate. Here are some of the ways she offers to those of us who just don’t care and who are willing to slip into the doldrums.

Lose the common touch.

Have more money than common sense (or taste). Use your money to buy your way out of problems and to avoid those nasty mutual obligations and responsibilities that come with real relationships. Quit asking your friends over to help you paint your house – pay a painter. Quit going over there to help them paint theirs – just send a check. You can do that for war relief, poverty, homelessness and anything else that “bothers” you!

In the workplace, maintain a strict line between salaried and non-salaried personnel.  Don’t interact with those “above” or “below” you to find out what they know you don’t know.

I really believe that those of us who walk away from others lose much of the joy in life. Sadly some of us get so enamored with our importance that we only hang out with others who are enamored with their importance. Soon everyone looks alike and thinks alike and become unbelievably boring.

Don’t get your hands dirty.

No need to “touch” things you don’t need to. Get in your ivory tower and stay there. Deal with it idealistically and theoretically. Read about it.  Assign it to others.  Don’t test your thoughts and feelings against new realities.

I have found that it is impossible to hear children laughing from the top of the ivory tower.

Use your power to isolate yourself.

Intimidate others so they no longer speak the truth to you or around you.  Consensual validation is part of reality-testing. Lose the “consensus” and you lose reality. If you work it right, you can arrange to hear only what you want to hear and already believe to be true.

Sadly too many validate something to be true only if it agrees with their belief, opinion, or prejudice. It is living in the market place of ideas that growth and understanding is developed. In my experience those who know they are never wrong often are.

Quit thinking for yourself.

Advice is plentiful; just ask someone else what to do. Why struggle? Pay them for their opinion if necessary, but avoid the hard work and introspection of developing your own wisdom. For extra credit, keep “thinking” and “feeling” totally separate. Compartmentalize everything you can. Bonus points: If something goes wrong, you can blame someone else!

Stop thinking, stop feeling, and wither away, no thanks, not for me. I have way too much to learn.


You should always learn, with life comes wisdom and with wisdom comes the courage to live your life selflessly. The more you learn about yourself and the experiences surrounding your life the more opportunities you have to make your life better and more fulfilling.

Amy Candy


It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, five-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm branches. The boy asked what they were for. “People held them over Jesus’ head as he walked by,” his older brother explained. “Wouldn’t you know it,” the boy fumed. “The one Sunday I don’t go, He showed up.”


Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

A.W. Pinero


He said: Our mom needed a new mattress for her antique bed, so my brother, Josh, and I decided to buy her one as a gift. The problem was we weren’t sure what to get, because it was an odd size. Fortunately, my brother happened to be visiting my mother one day when I called home.

“Measure the bed frame before you leave,” I told him.

“I don’t have a tape measure.”

“You can use a dollar bill,” I suggested, “each one is six inches long.”

“Can’t,” he replied after digging through his wallet, “I only have a ten.”


“Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read a Playboy with your wife turning the pages.”

Barry Goldwater, 1964 Republican presidential nominee


The budget-minded women was always clipping coupons in the young, lean years when she was first married, and even kept detailed records of how much money she saved. One of her first jobs way back then was running the cash register at the local drugstore. One day, she had a self-conscious young man approach the counter to buy some condoms. She noticed a dollar-off coupon on the box and asked him if he’d like to use it, adding that she and her husband had saved over $400 redeeming coupons last year.

The stunned young man replied, “On these?!”


“My kids just don’t understand my logic. They fail to see why they have to go to bed when I’m tired.”


We finally got a local doctor who set-up his practice right in his home. He was awakened one morning about 4:00 A.M. by a man who said he brought his wife in.
Thinking it to be an emergency, the doctor hurried out to the truck with the man. There sat a healthy looking young woman whom the doctor had just seen the day before.
“Good morning Doctor.” she smiled. “You told me to come in for a blood test this morning before breakfast.”


Proud father to mother as they watched their small son lying on the floor studying by the light from the TV screen.

“Reminds you of Abe Lincoln, doesn’t it?”


A woman brought an old picture of her dead husband, wearing a hat, to the photographer.

She asked the photographer if he could remove the hat from the picture.

He convinced her he could easily do that, and asked her what side of his head he parted his hair on.

“I forget,” she said. “But you can see that for yourself when you take off his hat.”


Learn as if you were going to live forever.

Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

Mahatma Gandhi


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 Worry

Ray’s Daily

March 13. 2020

“‘Worry’ is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.

Dwight Eisenhower


We are experiencing difficult times. The Coronavirus has had a major impact. We have seen a major reduction in the value of our retirement nest egg while we curtail our activities. One of our closest friends has temporarily moved to avoid as much human contact as she can,

Our senior living facility is in somewhat of a lock down with no uncleared visitors allowed in. We have also implemented a number of measures to reduce the risk of infection,

It is important that we not let today’s challenges get us down. There are things we cannot change so we need to focus on what we can do and what is still good. I will continue the Daily in hope that it will give you some pleasure.

Here is an edited piece that I think is worthy of your consideration.

3 Powerful Ways To Stay Positive

  1. Separate Fact from Fiction – The first step in learning to focus on the positive requires knowing how to stop negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just that — thoughts, not facts.
  2. Identify a Positive – Once you snap yourself out of self-defeating, negative thoughts, it’s time to help your brain learn what you want it to focus on — the positive.

This will come naturally after some practice, but first you have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Any positive thought will do to refocus your brain’s attention..

  1. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude – Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%.

You cultivate an attitude of gratitude by taking time out every day to focus on the positive. Any time you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and think about something positive. In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life. 

Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.


“Rather than sitting and worrying, do something, anything. Worrying is a waste of time.”

Catherine Pulsifer


A couple of Rednecks went on vacation in Colorado. They flew to Denver and rented a car to sight see. One of the sights was a bridge that was more than 1,000 feet above the river.

Walking out onto the bridge, they noticed it swaying in the wind.

“I don’t think I want to drive the car across this bridge,” one said to the other.

“What are you worried about?” the second replied. “It’s a rental.


If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.

Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.

Glenn Clark


While leading a tour of kindergarten students through our hospital, I overheard a conversation between one little girl and an x-ray technician.

“Have you ever broken a bone?” he asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied.

“Did it hurt?”


“Really? Which bone did you break?”

“My sister’s arm.”


I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

Andy Rooney


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two- letter word, and that is “UP.”

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP. At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends, we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special, and this is confusing. A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP. To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, UP takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so I’ll shut UP.


Two fish are in a tank.One says to the other

“You drive. I’ll man the guns.”


Two mathematicians were having dinner in a restaurant, arguing about the average mathematical knowledge of the American public. One mathematician claimed that this average was woefully inadequate, the other maintained that it was surprisingly high. “I’ll tell you what,” said the cynic, “ask that waitress a simple math question. If she gets it right, I’ll pick up dinner. If not, you do.” He then excused himself to visit the men’s room, and the other called the waitress over.

“When my friend comes back,” he told her, “I’m going to ask you a question, and I want you to respond `one third x cubed.’ There’s twenty bucks in it for you.” She agreed.

The cynic returned from the bathroom and called the waitress over. “The food was wonderful, thank you,” the mathematician started. “Incidentally, do you know what the integral of x squared is?”

The waitress looked pensive; almost pained. She looked around the room, at her feet, made gurgling noises, and finally said, “Um, one third x cubed?”

So the cynic paid the check. The waitress wheeled around, walked a few paces away, looked back at the two men, and muttered: “…plus a constant.”


“Worrying is a waste of time; it changes nothing. It will only create stress, which can have major effects on your health.”

Robert Washington


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 will be OK

Ray’s Daily

March 12, 2020


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.”

Victor Hugo


The global impact of the Coronavirus continues to take its tool and people all over the world. Country after country has had to take a number of steps to mitigate the epidemic. Unfortunately even folks not infected have suffered financial loss to the point that some are having difficulty just taking care of themselves and their families.

We all have been asked to do what we can to protect ourselves and others from becoming infected. I am like lots of others who find it difficult to break old habits while minimizing human contact. I have the advantage of not needing to to get out to work or fulfill other obligations.

I have health issues that places me in the highest at-risk category but I will do my part to stay well while enjoying what I can do. I have me medicines, plenty of food, my computer and the ability to communicate with friends and family.

So while my nest egg has shrunk a bit I am confident that it will work out and I am doing fine. I hope you are as well. I feel like I am like the guy in the following story.

When the wind blows!

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands, however, most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. ‘Are you a good farm hand?’ the farmer asked him.

‘Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,’ answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help decided to hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt well satisfied with the his work. Then one night the wind howled in loudly from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, ‘Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!’

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, ‘No sir, told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.’

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coop and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Moral: When you’re prepared spiritually, mentally and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?

Author Unknown


No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

Maya Angelou


Patient:  It isn’t possible that I’m as overweight as you say I am.

Doctor:  Maybe you would prefer to look at it in a different way.  According to this chart, you’re about 10 inches too short.


Whoever said nothing is impossible never tried slamming a revolving door.


A troop of Boy Scouts was being used as “guinea pigs” in a test of emergency systems. A mock earthquake was staged, and the Scouts impersonated wounded persons who were to be picked up and cared for by the emergency units.

One Scout was supposed to lie on the ground and await his rescuers, but the first-aid people got behind schedule, and the Scout lay “wounded” for several hours.

When the first-aid squad arrived where the casualty was supposed to be, they found nothing but a brief note: “Have bled to death and gone home.”


“Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.”

Elbert Hubbard


The flower vendor was an old hand at unloading his last few bunches. Appealing to a businessman on his way home, the vendor said, “How about a nice bunch of roses to surprise your wife?”

“Haven’t got a wife,” responded the businessman gruffly.

“Then how about some carnations for your girlfriend?” proposed the vendor without missing a beat.

“Haven’t got a girlfriend.”

“You lucky guy!” The vendor broke into a big smile. “Buy both bunches to celebrate!”


How come wrong numbers are never busy?


The ninety five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members.

“How are you feeling?” the visitor asked.

“Oh,” said the lady, “I’m just worried sick!”

“What are you worried about, dear?” her friend asked. “You look like you’re in good health. They are taking care of you, aren’t they?”

“Yes, they are taking very good care of me.”

“Are you in any pain?” she asked.

“No, I have never had a pain in my life.”

“Well, what are you worried about?” her friend asked again.

The lady leaned back in her rocking chair and slowly explained her major worry – “Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to heaven. I’m afraid they’re all wondering where I went and why.”


I’m tired of reality – I want a fairy godmother!


Mrs. Smith was in the habit of having long conversations on the telephone, sometimes going on over an hour. One day she hung up after only 25 minutes.

“What’s the matter?” asked her husband. “You had less than half an hour conversation on the phone.”

“I got a wrong number,” replied Mrs. Smith.


“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.”

Buddy Hackett


A newsboy was standing on the corner with a stack of papers, yelling, “Read all about it.  Fifty people swindled!  Fifty people swindled!”

Curious, a man walked over, bought a paper, and checked the front page.  Finding nothing, the man said, “There’s nothing in here about fifty people being swindled.”

The newsboy ignored him and went on, calling out, “Read all about it. Fifty-one people swindled!”


“Everybody goes through difficult times, but it is those who push through those difficult times who will eventually become successful in life. Don’t give up, because this too shall pass.”

Jeanette Coron


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

March 11, 2020


Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”

William Plomer


It is another one of those days where I have a lot going on. So I am sending you a popular Daily from the past.

Ray’s Daily first published on March 11, 2009

A week or so ago a friend lent me a copy of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell suggesting I read it since some things I do were covered in the book. I did so fully expecting that he had exaggerated my role since I really don’t do anything all that special. I am glad I read the book for it opened my eyes to just how important some of the little things we do really are in the long run.

The author reported on the role connectors play in our world. Connectors are often the people you never hear about but who by taking an interest in what is going around them and then connecting others make a major difference in outcomes.

When I thought about what he said I realized that connecting is something I do. I am fortunate to have met many people over the years I have been in Indianapolis, folks with a wide variety of interests, skills and resources. I often meet people who would benefit by connecting with likeminded others who they haven’t met but often end up doing amazing things together after they do meet. My favorite connectors are those who don’t look for credit, they only care that they were the catalyst that resulted in others taking action.

I got more excited as I realized that almost everyone I know is a latent connector. They have a wide range of friends and acquaintances. In order to be a successful connector I would suggest we all need to really listen to people when they tell us their interests, concerns and needs. We also need to mentally store what we learn about people we meet, what do they do, what are their passions, what skills do they have and the like for it is these people who are the supply side of the connection process. Often both parties are suppliers each bringing a lot to the table and when they do the synergism results in one and one equaling three.

I really appreciate my friend lending me his book for now I understand the great possibilities each of us has to lay the foundation for some really good results by sharpening and then using our connector skills. So the next time someone shares a dream, tells you about a need, or knows of an opportunity, stop and think about who you know that they might meet and then explore what they might be able to do for each other.


“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

Albert Einstein


An accountant spends a week at his new office, with the accountant he is replacing. On the last day, the departing accountant tells him that he left two envelopes in the desk drawer, and that envelope No. 1 should be opened if he ever encounters any sort of crisis on the job and envelope No. 2 should be opened if a further crisis occurs.

Three months down the road there is a major drama: all the accounts are wrong (the usual stuff) and the accountant feels very threatened by it all. He remembers the parting words of his predecessor, and opens the first envelope. The message inside says: “Blame me!” He does this and gets off the hook.

Three months later, he encounters his next crisis and opens the second envelope.

The message inside says: “Write two envelopes.”


“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That’s almost $7.00 in dog money.”

Joe Weinstein


When our lawn mower broke and wouldn’t run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, playing golf – always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, “When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.”

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Moral of this story: Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is the husband.


You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.

Malcolm Forbes


A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?

His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your place for a home- cooked meal?”

He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone.

“The evening was a disaster,” he moaned.

“Why, didn’t she come over?” asked his mother.

“Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook…”


“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

John Bright


When I managed a chemical plant, I instituted a rule that there would be no playing games on our computers. So I wouldn’t be a hypocrite, I had an information technologist get rid of the games on my laptop. Therefore I was surprised to find my grandson playing solitaire on it one weekend. I asked if he had loaded the game…

“No,” he answered, “it was already there. It was just hidden – taken off the main menu.”

On Monday I chided our information technologist for not getting rid of the game. “But,” he explained, “I thought I just had to keep it away from *you* – not from a nine-year-old!”


If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?


Every morning during our coffee break, my co-workers and I listened to the culinary disasters of a newlywed colleague. We then tried to share some helpful hints and recipes.

One day, she asked us for step-by-step instructions on cooking sweet potatoes, which was one of her husband’s favorites. “I’ve finally been able to make them sweet,” she said, “but how do you make them orange?”


“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”



In Miami, the jurors in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry were ordered by the judge to not see the new movie “The Insider”, because it might influence their verdict. He also ordered them not to see “The House on Haunted Hill”.

The prosecutor was surprised to hear this instruction and he said “I understand why you’ve instructed the jurors to not see ‘The Insider, but why should they avoid the second movie, your honor?”.

Being quick and to the point, the judge firmly stated, “Because it stinks!”


If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

William Penn


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

March 10, 2020


The many memories I will forever treasure.



As I grow older, I am learning how much I value some of my fondest memories. I have had the good fortune of knowing some really good folks and the time I have spent with them are highlights from my past. While many are no longer with us and others now are far from where I reside, their memory lives on.

I have found that while I was involved in some significant activities over the years it is shared moments that seem to mean the most. I am finding that the memories that I do retain provide me with many happy moments. We all need to do all we can to sustain our mental health in order to protect or memories of our past life.

Here is a story about how even the smallest event can turn into a lingering memory.

The Making of a Memory

One can’t predict when or where they will come from; those memories that stay with us a lifetime, and never fail to bring us warm fuzzy feelings. My husband had just finished loading his car; made one lap back through the house and then into the kitchen. ‘I guess filling my thermos is all I have left to do, and then I’m off.’

Down the drain went the hot water that had been warming his thermos. With a very nostalgic look on his face he softly said, ‘When I filled this with water earlier, I thought of your mum. In fact, anytime I fill my thermos I think her.’

‘Oh honey, that’s so sweet.  I know she’s watching and listening right now with a big smile on her face,’ I responded as tears began to brim my eyelids.

‘You know, I never fill my thermos that I don’t think of her, and I always smile too.’  The tone in his voice was so tender as he spoke of my mother who is no longer with us.

Years ago we had been visiting my parents, and the morning we were leaving my mother watched as Jerry began to fill his thermos.  Being the ‘coffee drinker’ in the family, he’s always placed himself in charge of thermos duties. Mum then casually offered up a tidbit of advice.

‘Jerry, if you would fill your thermos with hot water and let it sit a while, your coffee would stay hot longer on your drive.’ 

The look on his face was priceless as her simple suggestion sunk in.

Well of course it would!  It only makes all the sense in the world!  Who wouldn’t know that?

He dumped the small amount of coffee already in the thermos, and ran the tap until it was at its hottest; then refilled with piping hot water.  After pouring himself a fresh cup of coffee, he sat down to enjoy a few more minutes with mum, and to discuss this unique new idea.

Words of wisdom from a loving mother-in-law made an impact that will never be forgotten.  When spoken that morning, Jerry didn’t realize he would always hear those words ringing in his ears, or that they would bring a smile to his face time and time again.  And Mother would never have dreamed her words would be a treasured, and everlasting memory in the heart of her son-in-law.

The ‘fondest, lasting memories’ don’t necessarily come from ‘major moments’ in life, the making of a memory simply happens.

Written by Kathleene S. Baker


The moments we share are the moments we keep forever.

Author Unknown


I don’t travel as much as I did when I was working but I still enjoy the travel stories. Here are some of the best airplane passenger cabin announcements.

a.. On a Continental Flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

b.. After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Memphis, a flight attendant on a Northwest flight announced, “Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”

c.. From a Southwest Airlines employee: “Welcome aboard Southwest Flight 245 to Tampa. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”

d.. “Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and, in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

e.. And from the pilot during his welcome message: “Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”

f.. Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, “That was quite a bump, and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault. It was the asphalt.”

g.. After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”


My mind works like lightening. One brilliant flash, and its gone.


The reverent and sometimes irreverent Wendy shares with us why its tough being a man

a.. One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his Sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” “It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.” And they say blondes are dumb…

b.. A couple is lying in bed.. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world” The woman says, “I’ll miss you…”

c.. “It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,” Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, “honey, what do you think the Neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?” “Probably that I married you for your money,” she replied.

d.. He said – Since I first laid eyes on you, I have wanted to Make love to you really badly. She said – Well, you succeeded.

e.. Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man? A: A Rumor

f.. A man and his wife, now in their 60s, were celebrating Their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been such a devoted Couple she would grant each of them a very special wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands. The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger… Whoosh…immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love that fairy!


* She’s sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.

* Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.

* Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.

* Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.

* And her husband is on the back of the milk carton


Rachel sent this report on her day yesterday.

I decided to take an aerobics class. I bent, twisted, gyrated and jumped up and down for an hour. By the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.


Andy: Doc, I had the worst dream of my life last night. I dreamed I was with twelve of the most beautiful chorus  girls in the world.  Blondes, brunettes, redheads, all dancing in a row…

Psychiatrist:  Hold it, Andy.  That doesn’t sound so terrible.

Andy:  Oh yeah?  In the dream, I was the third girl from the end.


The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.

Benjamin Jowett


Sitting behind a couple of nuns at a baseball game (with their habits partially blocking the view), three men decided to badger the nuns in an effort to get them to move.

In a very loud voice, the first guy said, “I think I’m going to move to Utah, there are only 100 nuns there.”

The second guy spoke up and said, “I want to go to Montana, there are only 50 nuns there.”

The third guy said, “I want to go to Idaho, there are only 25 nuns there.”

One of the nuns turned around, looked at the men, and in a very sweet calm voice said.. “Why don’t you go to Hell…… there aren’t any Nuns there.”


It takes one thought, one second, one moment or positive memory to act as a catalyst for the light to gradually seep in again.

Fearne Cotton,


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 let it get you down

Ray’s Daily

March 9, 2020


“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

Dalai Lama XIV


These are trying times for many of us. The Coronavirus continues to have a devastating effect on many of our communities. The disease is now spreading rapidly in our country due in part to the slowness of our government to take the steps necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Many of us have seen the value of our retirement accounts plummet. Other of us have had to cancel travel plans, as well as avoiding attending church, restaurants and anywhere where people gather. Worst of all some folks are no longer being paid as workplaces shut down.

Yes, these are trying times but the worse thing we can do is let them take us down. We need not concentrate on what might happen but rather on how most of us are OK and doing what we can to avoid the risk of infection.

It does us no good to become cynical, it never is. Here is apiece from the bittersweet blog that is worth your consideration.

Refuse Cynicism

Cynicism is sneaky and subtle. It creeps upon one’s hopes frame by frame, snatching hatchling hope with suspicions of corruption and incompetence, permitting our hearts to remain unaffected and unengaged—wholly ours and not each other’s. The needs, too big, and my little, not enough. This cynical worldview centers on issues, polarities, and the magnitude of it all to the degree that action seems futile and fatigue inevitable.

But it’s false and dissatisfying, precisely because cynicism is a way of not seeing. It requires no commitment, spreading and thickening without our conscious choice. It’s easy to settle in the defaults presented to us, accept the sweeping narratives of despair and confusion.

So how to turn toward that which is lovely and just, right and beautiful? What is the practice, the posture? This takes extraordinary commitment and intention. But unlike cynicism, it is not exhausting. This practice draws us in a deep way toward meaning, humility, gratitude, and respect. Toward fullness. Of heart and soul, of belief and hope. With this choice to reject cynicism and see beyond it, we are reacquainted with awe and wonder and the joy of mystery and life. We are freed to see people as infinitely dimensional and unconditionally worthy of respect and listening—not condemned and small, but expansive and perfectly made. Each of us given to each other. This way of seeing turns bleakest terrain treasure-filled, every plain rock a marvel gem.


“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”



Bob had finally made it to the last round of the $50,000 Question. The night before the big question, he told the host MC that he desired a question on American History.

The big night arrived. Bob made his way onto the stage in front of the studio and TV audience. He had become the talk of the week. He was the best guest this show had ever seen. The MC stepped up to the mike.

“So, Bob, you have chosen American History as your final question. You know that if you correctly answer this question, you will walk away $50,000 dollars richer. Are you ready?”

Bob nodded with a cocky confidence — the crowd went nuts. After all, Mike hadn’t missed a question all week.

“Bob, yours is a two-part question. As you know, you may answer either part first. As a rule, the second half of the question is always easier. Which part would you like to take a stab at first?”

Bob was becoming more noticeably nervous. He couldn’t believe it, but all of a sudden he was not sure, but… American History was his easiest subject, and so he decided to play it safe.

“I’ll try the easier part first.”

The MC nodded approvingly. “Here we go Bob. I will ask you the second half first, then the first half.”

The audience grew silent with gross anticipation…

“Bob, here is your question: ‘And in what year did it happen?’ ”


“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”

Aldous Huxley


I was addressing some mail when I noticed that my card file of frequently used addresses was missing.  Thinking it must have fallen from my typing table into the wastebasket, I called the office janitor.

“I’ve lost my Rolodex,” I told him.  “It may have been picked up with the trash.  Is there any way you could find it?”

He said he would conduct a search.  When the janitor informed me he had searched every trash container for my Rolodex, with no luck, I thanked him for his trouble.

As I left work that evening, the janitor met me at the door. “Good night,” he said smiling apologetically. “Sorry I couldn’t find your watch.”


“I’ve never been married, but I tell people I’m divorced so they won’t think something’s wrong with me.”

Elayne Boosler


The rabbinical student is about to leave for America. When he asks his mentor for advice, the rabbi offers an adage that, he tells the student, will guide him for the rest of his life. “Always remember,” the rabbi said sagely, “life is like a fountain.”

Deeply impressed by his teacher’s wisdom, the student departs for a successful career in America.

Thirty years later, he learns that the rabbi is dying, so he returns for a final visit.”Rabbi,” he says, “I have one question. For 30 years, whenever I was sad or confused, I thought about the phrase you passed on to me, and it has helped me through many difficult times. But to be perfectly frank, I have never understood the full meaning of it. Now that you are about to enter the realm of truth, tell me, dear rabbi, why is life like a fountain?”

Wearily, the old man replied, “All right, so it’s not like a fountain.”


“My wife hasn’t spoken to me since the baby was born because of a teensy misunderstanding… she called me at work and said her water had broken, and so I called the plumber.”


To help a friend lose weight, I told her that she should switch to lower-fat foods, including skim milk. When she said her family would drink only whole milk, I suggested that she keep their regular container and refill it with skim milk. This worked for quite a while, until her daughter asked one morning whether the milk was okay.

“Sure, it’s fine,” my friend answered, fearing she had been found out. “Why do you ask?”

The daughter explained, “Well, according to the expiration date, this milk expired two years ago!”


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson


When I went with my stepdaughter to visit a prestigious university, our student guide pointed out the nationally ranked library and state-of- the-art science facilities. She told us that the professors were the best in the world, and she recommended my stepdaughter apply early to improve her chances for admission. “We get so many applicants,” she boasted, “because of the stature the school.”

After the tour I asked our guide, “So, why did you choose this school?”

“Oh,” she replied matter-of-factly, “because my boyfriend goes here.”


““I think I am going to have to supercharge my optimism to arm myself for the battle ahead. Trust me, it is going to be a battle.”

– Rebecca Bloom


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.




Get Happy

Ray’s Daily

March 6, 2020


“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”


Be Happy

I don’t know about you but I think the Coronavirus epidemic and the stock market losses have the potential to get us down. It is not going to help if we add to the problems by joining those who are sure we all will be infected and share their belief with others.

I don’t mean to underestimate the seriousness of the problems, but I don’t want us to lose our ability to find happiness. I think the best antidote for the dark days is to find ways to embrace those things that can brighten your day

Here is an abridged article that suggests how we can open our minds to unleashing our own happiness.

11 Keys to Constant Happiness

by Hale Dwoskin

  1. Look for happiness in the right place. – We spend most of our time looking for happiness in all the wrong places. If you simply look within, you can discover the source of unlimited happiness now.
  2. Stop rushing past life. – Have the attitude of, “I have all the time in the world,” even when working on a deadline. You will not only feel happier but you will get things done more easily and quickly.
  3. Let go! – Most of us spend way too much time holding onto what was. If you let go of what was, and stop dragging it into the present or projecting it into the future, you can enjoy what is now.
  4. Accept what is. – If you just let go of wanting to change what is as best you can, even for a moment, you are immediately happier.
  5. Give from your heart. – The giver is truly blessed. Whenever you give without wanting anything in return, even if it is just an understanding ear, you are instantly happier.
  6. Give love instead of trying to get it. – If you look for others to give you love, you will often be unhappy. However, if you allow yourself to be as loving as you can for no reason at all, you will instantly feel happier.
  7. Be present with what is. – If you are simply present with whatever you are experiencing now, as opposed to what was or what might be, you will find there is no end to your happiness.
  8. Live life wide open. – Even if there are supposed threats around you, when you close off from your environment, you are only locking in suffering and holding away happiness.
  9. Pick agreements. – If you look for things to agree with just as they are, you can find them, even at your darkest hour. Every time you pick an agreement with what is in your experience, you experience more happiness.
  10. Expand your awareness.- As you expand your awareness, you expand your ability to feel happy. You can do this quite simply by allowing your awareness to be as contracted as it is and as expanded as it is.
  11. Accept the possibility of Happiness now. – Most of us are waiting for something to change in order to give us an excuse to be happy. If we decide it is possible to be happy, whether or not that something ever changes, we can become happy now.


“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”

Mary Stuart


The phone rings at KGB headquarters. “Hello?” “Hello, is this KGB?”

“Yes. What do you want?” “I’m calling to report my neighbor Yankel Rabinovitz as an enemy of the State.   He is hiding undeclared diamonds in his firewood.”

“This will be noted.” Next day, the KGB goons come over to Rabinovitz’s house.  They search the shed where the firewood is kept, break every piece of wood, find no diamonds, swear at Yankel Rabinovitz and leave.

The phone rings at Rabinovitz’s house. “Hello, Yankel!  Did the KGB come?” “Yes.”

“Did they chop your firewood?” “Yes, they did.”

“Okay, now it’s your turn to call. I need my vegetable patch plowed.”


I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?


Diana says she is glad she is a woman because:

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


Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.


A Texas millionaire had fallen ill. Doctors consulted did not seem to understand what ailed him.  The millionaire let it be known that any doctor who could heal him could have whatever he desired.  A country doctor was able to cure him and as the doctor was leaving after a week’s stay, the Texan said, “Doc!  I am a man of my word.  You name it and if it is humanly possible I’ll get it for you.”

“Well,” said the doctor, “I love to play golf, so if I could have a matching set of golf clubs that would be fine.”

With that the doctor left.  The doctor didn’t hear from the Texan millionaire for some months.  Then one day he got a phone call from the millionaire.

“Doc, I bet you thought that I had gone back on my word. I have your matching set of golf clubs.  The reason it took so long is that two of them didn’t have swimming pools and I didn’t think they were good enough for ya.  So I had pools installed and they’re all ready for you now!”


Lovka’s Dilemma: You never get away, you only get someplace else.


On a stifling hot day, a man fainted in the middle of a busy intersection.  As traffic began to pile up in all directions, a woman rushed to help him.  As she knelt down to loosen his collar, a man emerged from the crowd, pushed her aside, and said, “It’s all right, honey.  I’ve had a course in first aid.”

She stood up and watched as he took the man’s pulse and prepared to administer artificial respiration.  Then she tapped him on the shoulder. “When you get to the part about calling a doctor,” she said, “I’m already here.”


Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.


I come from a large family, five sisters and three brothers. My sisters and I were looking through the family photo album one day. Picture after picture, we were all dressed in matching clothes. I asked my mother why she dressed us all alike, right down to the baby.

She explained, “When we had just four children, I dressed you alike so we wouldn’t lose any of you. Then,” she added, looking at the pictures in the album, “when as other five came along, I started dressing you alike so we won’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.”


I am willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.

An English teacher spent a lot of time marking grammatical errors in her students’ written work. One overly busy day she sat at her desk rubbing her temples.

A student asked, “What’s the matter, Mrs. Sheridan?”

“Tense,” she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again, “Er… What was the matter?  What has been the matter? What might have been the matter?”


“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”

Stacey Charter


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.




Be Your Hero

Ray’s Daily

March 5, 2020


Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”

Baltasar Gracian


I am a little blocked this morning so here is another blast from the past.


Ray’s Daily first published on March 5, 2007

Gracian’s quote really hit home for me. I have been thinking lately, as I have quoted the saints and heroes of the past how they did so many amazing things. When I think of my own life and what it has been and even what it might have been it shrinks to almost nothing when compared to those who so unselfishly gave so much to the world.

The reason the quote hits home is that for many years I displayed a wall full of photos of myself with the famous and near famous. The walls were also filled with plaques and citations that in all honesty did not represent anything that was extraordinary on my part. So why were they there? Were they there to convince others that I was more than I really was or were they there to convince myself that I was something special? Fortunately, I have outgrown the need to feed my ego, or at least I think I have. I now realize that recognition means little, it is what we do that has meaning. We don’t have to aspire to be saints or heroes; we can do saintly and heroic things in our everyday lives, things that are only recognized by ourselves.

Being a hero to yourself really only means that you do the right thing whenever you can. Sometimes it is hard to know what the right thing is but I believe you can always trust your loving heart more than your materialistic mind. I guarantee you that getting in the habit of doing the little things that make a difference to others will enrich your life. It really does not take much, opening the door for a stranger, helping those you can, and just caring about others. When you care enough, people will care for you more than you thought possible, and if you do what you can do your mind will be filled with awards that you have given to yourself.

And by the way, if you don’t care who knows about your good works you don’t have to stop to decide what’s in it for you. Also I want to let you know that the pictures on my wall were of people that don’t mean as much to me as you do.


“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for  ourselves”

Helen Keller


A man walks into a glass shop, interested in buying an expensive art piece to keep as a family heirloom. One gorgeous glass art piece catches his eye under the banner “UNBREAKABLE”. However, it has no price marked“ Pardon me,” he says to the shopkeeper, “but what is the price on this piece marked “unbreakable? ”“One hundred thousand dollars.” Replies the storekeeper. Gasping for his next breath, he inquired why the price should be so high .“Like the sign says, it’s unbreakable!” To be sure, the man asked again if this item was indeed unbreakable. The owner again assured him it was so. The third time the man asked, the keeper was a bit terse and told him to buy the piece and see for himself that it would not break. The man greatly admired the piece, and so he paid the $100,000 and took it home, where it was put on display in a protective case. He had an occasion to visit the glass shop again the next month and told the storekeeper how much care he had taken to protect and preserve the beautiful piece. As he looks around, he sees one of the pieces he’d seen the month before, which was only $500, now sitting under the “UNBREAKABLE” banner. “Excuse me, but how can that piece be unbreakable, too – it only costs $500, and last month was in the display cabinet mixed together with these other pieces!”No, it’s one hundred thousand dollars – it’s unbreakable, now, too.” The storekeeper replied. “How can you be so sure?” he demands.

“Because the schmuck who pays 100 bills for that thing is going to take as much care with *it* as you did with yours!”


The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong


To get acquainted with his new Parish, the Priest decided to call on some daily. One he selected was a young widow, her husband, according to the index card, had died two years ago. After knocking at the door, he was greeted by a young lady with a baby in her arms.   He said, “I’m sorry, I must have the wrong address, I was looking for the widow Smith.

“You’ve found her, Father,” smiled the lady.   “Well, according to the card here, it says your husband died over two years ago.” He said glancing at the baby in her arms.

“That’s correct, Father, he surely did–But I didn’t.”


The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies, probably because they are generally the same people.


A young schoolboy was having a hard time pronouncing the letter “R” and all the other kids were, of course, teasing him about it.   To help him out, the teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home: “Robert gave Richard a rap in the ribs for roasting the rabbit so rare.”  In class a few days later, the teacher asked the boy to recite the sentence out loud.

The boy nervously eyed his classmates – many of them already laughing at him – then replied, “Bob gave Dick a poke in the side because the bunny wasn’t cooked enough.”


Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.

Sandor Minab



“If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful. (Jeanne, 8)

“It isn’t always just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” (Gary, 7)“Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.” (Christine, 9) >


– “They want to make sure their rings don’t fall off because they paid good money for them.” (Dave, 8)


– “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)


Contrary to popular belief, used-car salesmen are fairly honest with their customers. It’s usually a condition of their parole.


She said: According to my mother, she and Dad decided to start a family soon after he became an officer in the Air Force. When months went by without success, they consulted the base physician, who chose to examine Mom right then and there.   “Please disrobe,” he told her.   “With him in the room??” she yelled, pointing to my father.

Turning to Dad, the doctor said, “Captain, I think I found the problem.”


“Let your intentions be good – embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words, and unselfish deeds – and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work and play and serve”

Grenville Kleise


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.



A Great Day

Ray’s Daily

March 4, 2020


We don’t “have” a great day, we “make it” a great day!

Frosty Westering


I have a lot to do today. First, I have to fast and then undergo a full body poke and probe physical done by my primary physician. Since she has been doing it for years there are no surprises nor modesty concerns. I will then have blood drawn to check my internal chemistry.

I also have a few errands to run with my daughter. I will return home in time to give my wife her morning medicines, provide her lunch and then I’ll probably nap. But only after I have transmitted my health information to my hospitals patient monitoring system

It is a lot to do but I will make the day go like all my others. I will again have a great day. I hope you will as well.


How you see the world determines the world you see. That’s why it’s especially important to start each day with a positive perspective. Remember… positivity is like a muscle, the more we exercise it the stronger it gets.

Today let’s:

1) Attack Today with Enthusiasm – If you want an exciting life, get excited about life. Many of us wake up and just go through the motions. Our lives become routine. It doesn’t have to be like that. Remember your WHY today. We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it.

2) Stay Positive – Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your purpose. Instead of seeing yourself as a victim, see yourself as a hero. Heroes and victims both get knocked down but heroes get back up, and armed with optimism and a greater purpose they create a positive future.

3) Be Thankful – When you are grateful for the things in your life, big and small, you always seem to find more things to be grateful about.

4) Replace “Have to” with “Get To” – Live life as a gift, not an obligation. We GET TO, we don’t HAVE TO. This simple shift can have a dramatic impact.

5) Be a Blessing to Others – We are blessed to be a blessing. This doesn’t have anything to do with material things (although it can). It’s about loving, serving and caring. It’s about choosing to make a difference in the lives of others each and every day.

Jon Gordon


When you’re wide awake say it for goodness sake, it’s gonna be a great day.

Paul Mccartney


Officer Patrick McGuire of the New York City Police Department answers a call on his radio and reports to the scene of a car accident in the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Officer McGuire notes that a new Buick had its front end merged with the rear end of a Chrysler. The driver of the Buick was Father Francis O’Boyle; the driver of the Chrysler was Rabbi Isaac Goldstein.

After Officer McGuire verifies that Rabbi Goldstein has suffered no physical injuries in the accident, he walks back to survey the damages to each vehicle.

Then, Officer McGuire walks over to Father O’Boyle and asks him: “Tell me, Father, just how fast was that Rabbi going when he backed into you?”


There is not one shred of evidence to support the notion that life is serious.


80 years after Little Big Horn, an East Coast journalist began research on George Armstrong Custer. A friend told him that an Indian that lived through that experience was still living and furthermore remembered EVERY event of his long life.

The journalist visited Chief Big Eagle, who now lived in a small town in Pennsylvania. When he arrived and stated his purpose, the Chief agreed to answer his questions.  “On what day of the week did the event take place? ”


“What was Custer wearing?”  Black uniform.. ceremony sword.. old hat”

“What did Custer eat for breakfast?”

“Eggs”  The journalist was skeptical and figured anyone could make up these answers. He left, and never published his article.

Ten years later, the journalist was by coincidence driving through the same small town, and decided to see if the old Chief was still living. To his surprise, he was. As the journalist walked in he raised his hand in the air and said, “How!” “Over easy, with potatoes on the side,” said the chief.


My idea of cleaning the house is sweeping the floor with a glance.


Charlie was playing with his little brother Mickey when the little boy asked whether he could fly like Superman.

“Sure you can, Mickey,” Charlie said, “Just flap your arms really really hard.”

So Mickey climbed up on the window sill, started flapping like mad, jumped, then smashed into the ground just a few inches below.

Horrified, their mother came screaming into the room and said, “What the heck happened?!?”

Charlie said, “I was just teaching Mickey not to believe everything someone tells him.”


“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”

Max Eastman


Science Ideas that Deserve More Recognition:

If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the worlds great literary works in Braille.

Why Yawning Is Contagious: You yawn to equalize the pressure on your eardrums. This pressure change outside your eardrums unbalances other people’s ear pressures, so they must yawn to even it out.

Communist China is technologically underdeveloped because they have no alphabet and therefore cannot use acronyms to communicate ideas at a faster rate.

The earth may spin faster on its axis due to deforestation. Just as a figure skater’s rate of spin increases when the arms are brought in close to the body, the cutting of tall trees may cause our planet to spin dangerously fast.

Birds take off at sunrise. On the opposite side of the world, they are landing at sunset. This causes the earth to spin on its axis.

The reason hot-rod owners raise the backs of their cars is that it’s easier to go faster when you’re always going downhill.

The quantity of consonants in the English language is constant. If omitted in one place, they turn up in another. When a Bostonian “pahks” his “cah,” the lost r’s migrate southwest, causing a Texan to “warsh” his car and invest in “erl wells.”


Do not let us speak of darker days, let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days-the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.

Winston Churchill


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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