Ray's musings and humor

We Can Do This

Ray’s Daily

April 7, 2020


“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”

― Jodi Picoult


If you are like I am you are finding that having little to do is just as hard as having too much to do. These are difficult and worrisome times for as all. How well we cope w is on is up to us.

I have to avoid letting negative thoughts creep in, I do that by recalling positive memories and spending time on feel good activities. I have turned my backlog of wanted to watch movies and wanted to read books into welcome diversions.

I hope you are not letting these trying times take you down. Here are some of Marc Chernoff’s thoghts that I appreciate.

Together as We Distance Ourselves From COVID-19

Never forget that, even through the toughest of times, you are incredible. You really are.

So smile more often. You have so many reasons to. Time and again, our reason is you.

You won’t always be perfect or act perfect. Neither will we. Because nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You will never know exactly what we’re going through. And we will never know exactly what you’re going through. We are all fighting our own unique war right now.

But we are fighting through it simultaneously, together.

Remember, our courage doesn’t always roar aloud. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, “I will try my best again tomorrow.” So stand strong. Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

And we are committed to making the best of it along with you.

Tuning Out the Noise

As we acclimate to a world with COVID-19, let’s not just think outside the box. Let’s think like there is no box at all.

Let’s ease our worried minds by tuning out the excess noise in our heads for a little while every day. It’s a perfect time to slow down after all. There’s no reason not to take our minds off (the wrong) things and find some much-needed inner peace.

You know how we typically turn down the volume on the radio or TV when we need to a moment to think clearly? The same is true for all aspects of our lives in general. The noise we need to cut out first? That’s the mental noise we hear all too often—the worried thoughts screaming over our collective sanity.

Turning down the radio or TV volume refocuses our minds and offers us a moment of peace and clarity when we need it most. We don’t really think about how or why this makes such a huge difference, we just know it does.

So, now it’s time to apply this same strategy to all the other noise in our present lives, starting with the noise in our collective consciousness. And although it’s not quite as easy as spinning the radio’s or TV’s volume dial, the good news is we can quiet our minds and train ourselves to think more peacefully and rationally simply by reminding ourselves to do so every day.


“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf


A new employee calls the Help Desk to complain that there’s something wrong with her password.

“The problem is that whenever I type the password, it just shows stars,” she says.

“Those asterisks are to protect you,” the Help Desk technician explains, “so if someone were standing behind you, they wouldn’t be able to read your pass- word.”

“Yeah,” she says, “but they show up even when there is no one standing behind me.”


“View every problem as an opportunity.”

Joseph Sugarman


Morris had proposed to young Sherry, and was being interviewed by Sam, his prospective father-in-law.

“Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?” the older man asked Morris the suitor.

“Yes, sir,” replied Morris, “I’m sure that I am.”

“Think long and carefully now,” said Sherry’s father. “There are twelve of us…including uncle Izzy”


You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.


Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff announced his plans to expel every illegal immigrant in this country. This policy has a lot of illegal immigrants panicking.

Though not as much as Americans when they find out they have to clean their own houses, cut their own lawns and take care of their own kids. Then you’ll see panicking!

Jay Leno


She said, “On our anniversary, I told my husband, “I know I married you for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m ready now for better and richer.”


Things You Wish You Would Hear

Try to gain a few pounds.

You’re flossing too much.

It was only a loose wire; there’s no charge.

You can retire right now.

I think you need a smaller size, Ma’am.

Let’s go to lunch.  I’ll treat.

I found this hundred-dollar bill right at your feet. It must be yours.

No, Sir, I’m not a telemarketer.  I’m with the prize division, and you’ve just won a new car.

No, I don’t think we should get married.  In fact, let’s keep separate residences.  I’ll pay all the bills for both of them.

No, Honey, you control the remote tonight.  It’s too big a burden on me.

I’m with the IRS.  We found an error on your return. It seems we owe you a lot of money.

No, your check didn’t bounce.  In fact, you have plenty of money in your account.

I know we just met, but would you consider going to the Bahamas with me for two weeks?

You’ve lost weight!

Your house sold for twice what you thought it would!


“Strange things happen when you’re in debt. Two weeks ago my car broke down and my phone got disconnected. I was one electric bill away from being Amish.

Tom Ryan


“Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did.”



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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