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Be Optimistic

Ray’s Daily

July 1, 2020


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Helen Keller


I worry that too many of us are being overwhelmed by current events to the point we are not concentrating on our own needs. While I know we need to stay aware of what is going on around us we must not let all that prevent us on taking care of our own wellbeing.

If we make an effort to stay optimistic and learn to enjoy what we do have or lives will be a lot happier. It also will give us a good start when things get better.

Here are excerpts from an article written by Paul Rarick that talks about focusing on how optimism can benefit us during these difficult times.

Ways to Live an Optimistic Life

 Surround yourself with optimistic people. – We humans are extremely impressionable creatures and tend to absorb and take on the qualities of our surrounding environment to a large extent. It is very difficult to maintain a high level of optimism when you spend time with people who are negative, pessimistic, resigned or playing the victim role.

Avoid television and most media for at least 6 months. – Most of what we see and hear in the media has a fairly pessimistic tone. Notice how our culture loves to tear people down (usually after building them up).

Understand the distinction: Optimism vs. Realism. – Many people think being optimistic is fool-hardy or pollyanna-ish because it doesn’t always take into account the real story or situation. Well, there is an argument there worth exploring AND, to put it simply, optimism is just a more efficient and enjoyable system to use most of the time. The thing which most often stops people from reaching their goals or living their dreams is their own limiting (non-optimistic) self-talk.

Take total responsibility for your entire life. – While it may be possible to be optimistic and not totally responsible – from an integrity standpoint, it’s better to accept that you ARE responsible for everything that happens in your life. That way, you will be quick to respond to difficult situations vs. wanting to fret and moan about how it *wasn’t your fault* or *life isn’t fair.* It’s about acceptance, and seeing that the present is always perfect (even when you’d like to believe otherwise).

Eliminate everything you are tolerating or procrastinating or incomplete about. – By doing this, you will give your self-esteem and confidence a big boost. When you let these types of things hang around, not only do you lose vast amounts of energy, you begin to feel impotent in life. It starts to feel like you are incapable of handling/completing certain tasks.

Get clarity about what you truly want. – It’s always been hard for humans to get in touch with what they REALLY want in life. When you do get clear about what you want out of your life, and you orient yourself around that choice, optimism can blossom naturally because you will experience a deep sense of purpose and mission about who you are and why you’re here.


“I think I am going to have to supercharge my optimism to arm myself for the battle ahead.”

Rebecca Bloom


Laws you should know

“The Law of Volunteering” If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead.

“The Law of Avoiding Oversell” When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.

“The Law of Common Sense” Never accept a drink from a urologist.

“The Law of Reality” Never get into fights with ugly people, they have nothing to lose.

“The Law of Self Sacrifice When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last.

“The Law of Motivation” Creativity is great, but plagiarism is faster.

“Boob’s Law” You always find something in the last place you look.

“Weiler’s Law” Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.

“Law of Probable Dispersal” Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

“Law of Volunteer Labor” People are always available for work in the past tense.

“Conway’s Law” In any organization there is one person who knows what is going on. That person must be fired.

“Iron Law of Distribution” Them that has, gets.

“Law of Cybernetic Entomology” There is always one more bug.

“Law of Drunkedness” You can’t fall off the floor.

“Heller’s Law” The first myth of management is that it exists.

“Osborne’s Law” Variables won’t; constants aren’t.

“Main’s Law” For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

“Weinberg’s Second Law” If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would have destroyed civilization.


We the people have much to enjoy, share, love, ponder, appreciate, learn, celebrate, anticipate, admire and contribute. Gets you to wondering why we squander so much time and energy on fighting, cheating, killing, envying, hating, torturing and killing each other.


She said: I returned to my parents’ home to attend a funeral.  At the chapel, my mother led me to a man who looked vaguely familiar.  “Barbara, remember Rabbi Green?” she asked as she left me in his company.

I frantically tried to place him, and suddenly it came to me.  He was the kind man who, five years earlier, had officiated at my grandmother’s funeral.  “It’s good to see you again, Rabbi,” I said.  “Though I wish it weren’t always under such tragic circumstances.”

The rabbi looked perplexed but uttered some words of consolation before he was called away.  A few minutes later, I rejoined my mother. “Imagine,” she whispered, “after all this time, to run into the rabbi who performed your first wedding!”


A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails

Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook


He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire. The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, ”Let’s go!”

The tense man sitting in the pilot’s seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically. ”Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, ”and make several low-level passes.”

”Why?” asked the nervous pilot.

”Because I’m going to take pictures!” yelled the photographer. ”I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures.” The pilot replied, ”You mean you’re not the flight instructor?”


A husband is a man who wishes he had as much fun when he goes on business trips as his wife thinks he does.


A man was showing his friend a new set of matching golf clubs he had just bought.

“Doctor’s orders,” the man told his friend. “My wife and I have been gaining too much weight and we went to see the doctor about it. He said we needed more exercise, so I joined the country club and bought myself this set of golf clubs.”

“What did you buy your wife?” the friend asked.

The man said, “A new lawn mower.”


The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

Sydney J. Harris


Charley, a new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10. sometimes 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean shaven, sharp minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older person friendly” policies.

One day the boss was in a real quandary about how to deal with it. Finally, he called him in the office for a talk. “Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-on job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome.”

“Yes. I know boss, and I am working on it.”

“Well good, you are a team player. That’s what I like to hear. It’s odd though, your coming in late. I know you’re retired from the Arm Forces. What did they say if you came in late there?”

“They said, “Good morning, General. Tea or coffee this morning, Sir?”


“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

Noam Chomsky


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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