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Keep Going

Ray’s Daily

April 17, 2020


“Life is short. Do stuff that matters.”

Siqi Chen

do something

I wonder how many of us just give up doing anything as we isolate ourselves during the current epidemic. If we decide there is nothing, we can do we will stagnate. I suspect that there are some of us who are just normally pessimistic and give up because they believe they don’t have the capacity to do something about their situation.

We may not be able to do what we would like to do but there are plenty of other things we can do. Staying idle will do us no good. So, my friends just keep going, we are going to need you when this is over.

Here is an abridged article that is worth reading.


7 Lies that Prvent Powerful Results

by Kathy Gates

Have you ever considered that most of what happens in your life happens  because of the way you think?  Your thinking directs your emotional reaction, which in turn directs your behavior.  The way you react to a situation is not just a representation of the events; your reaction also depends on what you think the events mean.

These lies prevent us from being as powerful as we really are.

  1. It’ll never happen. – Don’t give up. Powerful Results come from taking baby steps, one after another, day after day, until you reach your goal.
  2. Complaining is OK. – If you have a habit of complaining, you will attract more complainers to you. Life reflects back to you what you are expending.  Powerful Results come from planting seeds for what you want to grow.
  3. I’ll Fix It Later – Winners recognize that it doesn’t always matter how the hole got in the boat. It matters that it gets fixed so that you can get on with the fishing. However, it DOES matter if you keep running over the same rock day after day, and you are patching the same hole over and over.  It is important to find the SOURCE of the hole and stop allowing it to happen.
  4. Having an *idea* instead of a plan – If you don’t purposefully choose the path to go down, something else will choose it for you. Those who don’t create their future, have to endure the future they get. 
  5. Ignoring your talents – So often we put ourselves into a role or get so busy responding to life’s daily crisis, that we end up frustrated with busy work instead of taking the time to sort out what we’re good at, let our strengths help us, and be willing to ask for help with the rest. .
  6. Having Elusive Goals instead of Do-able Goals – An elusive goal is “lose weight”. A do-able goal is “walk 30 minutes 3 times a week”, or “stop eating ice cream after dinner”.  That’s a plan of action that has measurable results.  Powerful Results come from specific actions that have measurable results.
  7. Adopting a “what I do doesn’t matter” attitude. – It’s easy to say to yourself that other people and circumstances prevent you from doing something. Powerful Results come from being honest with yourself, listening to yourself, and then doing what needs to be done.


“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Henry Ford


      In Heaven:

The cooks are French,

The policemen are English,

The mechanics are German,

The lovers are Italian,

The bankers are Swiss.

       In Hell:

The cooks are English,

The policemen are German,

The mechanics are French,

The lovers are Swiss,

The bankers are Italian.


Nostalgia makes me long for the good old days.


“Gentle Thoughts”

  1. Birds of a feather flock together and aim for your car.
  2. There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.
  3. When I’m feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor’s dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.
  4. When I can’t be kind, I try to have the decency to be vague.
  5. Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain.
  6. A penny saved is a government oversight.
  7. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
  8. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
  9. The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
  10. He who hesitates is probably right.
  11. If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
  12. If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
  13. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
  14. Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words “The” and “IRS” together it spells “THEIRS”?


“When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.”

Abraham Maslow


During a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, when the Shema prayer was said, half the congregates stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing  to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones sitting to stand up…

The rabbi didn’t know what to do. His congregation suggested that he consult a housebound 98-year old man, who was one of the original founders of their temple. The rabbi hoped the elderly man would be able to tell him what the actual temple tradition was, so he went to the nursing home with a representative of each faction of the congregation.

The one whose followers stood during Shema said to the old man, “Is the tradition to stand during this prayer?”

The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.”

The one whose followers sat asked, “Is the tradition to sit during Shema?”

The old man answered, “No, that is not the tradition.”

Then the rabbi said to the old man, “The congregates fight all the time, yelling at each other about whether they should sit or stand…”

The old man interrupted, exclaiming, “THAT is our tradition!”


“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”


There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day.

The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing.

He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”

The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”


If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?


By the time John arrived at the football game, the first quarter was almost over.

“Why are you so late?” his friend asked.

“I had to toss a coin to decide between going to church and coming to the game.”

“How long could that have taken you?”

“Well, I had to toss it 14 times.”


“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now.”

Nolan Bushnell


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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  1. yes, do it now

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