Ray's musings and humor

What Will You Do Next?

Ray’s Daily

April 22, 2020


“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

William James


I seem to have learned how to live somewhat stress free in our period of isolation. It has not always been easy but we have things we must do and things that we have times to do, So for me keeping busy while not worrying about tomorrow has worked out.

We will have decisions to make soon as they start to loosen up the isolation rules. I like most people have things like dental appointments, hair cuts and the like that will need attention. How much risk we are going to take is up to us. It is important that we do not become part of the problem putting ourselves and our loved ones in jeopardy.

We plan in staying in as much as we can, but doing it as stress free as possible. Need stress relief ideas? If you do here are some tips I extracted from a recent article that you may find useful.

7 Ways To Deal With Stress and Enjoy Greater Peace of Mind

by Ricky O’ Shea

#1 Burn Off Stress With Exercise – Studies have shown that physical activity promotes the brains feel good neurotransmitters. On top of this, exercise helps you burn off a little steam.

#2 Mindfulness Based Stress Therapy – Mindfulness Based Stress Therapy (MBST) is a stress relief system that combines mindfulness meditation and yoga. If this strategy does tickle your fancy, then you can enroll in this free online MBST program (no catch).

#3 Do Something That Makes You Laugh – You’ve probably heard the saying “laughter is the medicine.” Well it’s true. When you laugh you release more of those feel good neurotransmitters.

#4 Declutter and Organize Your Home – There’s nothing worse than running around indoors trying to find paperwork or the remote for the television. If this sounds familiar, then maybe it’s time to have a declutter and organize your home a little better.

#5 Spend Time Doing Stuff You Enjoy – With the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and neglect the things we enjoy. But if you don’t make time for doing the things you love to do, then you will miss out on the finer things in life.

#6 Make Meditation a Daily Ritual – Studies have shown that meditation helps to relieve stress, anxiety and other psychological disorders. I recommend a basic mindfulness meditation as you will learn to observe your thoughts without over analyzing them.

#7 Keep a Journal and Update It Daily – Journals are a great way to unload your thoughts and vent your mental frustration. Journaling also helps you to track and pinpoint the things in your life that are causing you stress.


“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Lee Iacocca


A sales clerk asked his boss how to handle people who complained about the current prices compared to the low prices in the good old days.

“Just act surprised and tell them you didn’t think that they were old enough to remember them.”


Doug goes to a doctor and says: “Doctor, my wife recently has lost her voice. What should I do to help her get it back?”

The doctor replies, “Try coming home at 3 in the morning!”


All I want is the chance to prove that money cannot make me happy.


An engineer, a psychologist, and a theologian were hunting in the wilderness of northern Canada. Suddenly, the temperature dropped and a furious snowstorm was upon them. They came across an isolated cabin, far removed from any town.  The hunters had heard that the locals in the area were quite hospitable, so they knocked on the door to ask permission to rest. No one answered their knocks, but they discovered the cabin was unlocked and they entered.  It was a simple place …  2 rooms with a minimum of furniture and household equipment.  Nothing was unusual about the cabin except the stove.  It was large, pot-bellied, and made of cast-iron.  What was strange about it was its location …  it was suspended in midair by wires attached to the ceiling beams. “Fascinating,” said the psychologist.  “It is obvious that this lonely trapper, isolated from humanity, has elevated this stove so that he can curl up under it and vicariously experience a return to the womb.” “Nonsense!” replied the engineer.  “The man is practicing the laws of thermodynamics.  By elevating his stove, he has discovered a way to distribute heat more evenly throughout the cabin.” “With all due respect,” interrupted the theologian, “I’m sure that hanging his stove from the ceiling has religious meaning.  Fire LIFTED UP has been a religious symbol for centuries.” The three debated the point for several hours without resolving the issue.

When the trapper finally returned, they immediately asked him why he had hung his heavy pot-bellied stove from the ceiling. His answer was succinct.  “Had plenty of wire, not much stove pipe.”


SHE SAID: Darling, I want to dance like this forever.

HE SAID: Don’t you ever want to improve?


Heavily laden with groceries, my aunt asked a young clerk at the grocery store to accompany her to her car.  Arriving there, she unlocked and opened the doors and, without thinking, sat down in the back seat to check off her list of errands.

A moment later, the perplexed clerk walked around the car to my aunt.

“Lady,” he said firmly, “I don’t mind helping you load your groceries, but I really gotta draw the line at driving you home.”


Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.

Will Rogers


Proof that Vodka is good for your brain:

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 million developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300C.

When confronted with the same problem, the Russians used a pencil.


I’ve got it all together and now I’ve forgotten where I put it.


A little girl runs out to the backyard where her father is working, and asks him, “Daddy, what’s sex?”

Her father sits her down, and tells her all about the birds and the bees. He tells her about conception, sperms and eggs. He goes on to tell her about puberty, menstruation and he thinks, what the hell, and goes on to tell her the works.

He covers a wide and varied assortment of sub-topics and by the time he’s finished, his daughter is somewhat awestruck with this sudden influx of bizarre new knowledge.

Her father finally asks, “So what did you want to know about sex for?”

“Oh, mommy said to tell you lunch would be ready in a couple of secs…”


A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.


The man walked over to the perfume counter and told the clerk he’d like a bottle of Chanel No. 5 for his wife’s birthday.

“A little surprise, eh?” smiled the clerk.

“You bet,” answered the customer.  “She’s expecting a cruise.”


They say that hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?


The man, trying to start up a conversation with another man said, “Who is the ugly lady over there?”

The second man said, “Why, that’s my wife!”

Trying to get out of an embarrassing situation, the first man said, “No, not her, the other one!”

The second man said, “That’s my daughter!”


Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.


A lawyer asked a pregnant witness, “Do you know how far along in your pregnancy you are now?”

“It’ll be three months on April 12,” she replied.

“Apparently then, the date of conception was around January 12?”

“Yes, sir.”

“And what were you doing at that time?”

“Uh, Your Honor, do I have to answer that question?”


“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”

John Newton


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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