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Staying Calm

Ray’s Daily

July 13, 2020


When we learn to manage that stress we are able to create our peak performance abilities and remain calm.

James O’Donnell

staying home-

It does not look like things are getting much better. The Covid-19 epidemic has not subsided and is continuing to take it’s toll in the US. My wife and me will continue to stay in our apartment, with our food being brought to us.

At least we are not at a loss of employment and income like so many others. But we do miss the life we had when we could socialize, have an occasional meal at a restaurant zand spend time with our family. But in spite odf it all we are better off than most and we are gratefull for that.

Here is an abridged piece from the PositivelyPresent Blog that I like, I hope you will too.

15 Reminders for Keeping Calm During A Pandemic

THIS WON’T LAST FOREVER. – Whatever you’re going through right now, no matter how difficult, will not last forever. Things will change. Be grateful for the good times and be accepting of the bad ones.

GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM BAD TIMES. – You don’t know for sure what the future will hold. Keep believing good things are coming.

DISTANCE CAN PROVIDE CLARITY. – A situation that changes up your daily routine can distance you from your normal day-to-day life. What do you feel relieved to be without? What do you miss the most? Notice these things, and work to adjust your life in the future accordingly.

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. – A good time for a new life is when things have been completely transformed without your say so. If you want it to be, a disruption can be like a New Year, a clean slate, a fresh start.

CONNECTION IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. TREASURE IT. – When times are toughest, you see who the people in your life really, truly are. Tough times show true colors, and seeing those colors can help you determine who you want in your life.

LITTLE THINGS REALLY DO MATTER. – If you’re missing something you were used to seeing, doing, or being, you’ll start to notice the little things you miss in particular about that person, place, or thing, things you might not have paid much attention to before.

UNEXPECTED CHANGE OFFERS A NEW PERSPECTIVE. – This new vantage point can be overwhelming or upsetting at times, but it is a gift. Pay attention to how you feel and what you now see.

PRACTICING POSITIVITY WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER. – This is the time to practice positive thinking.

WHO YOU ARE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU DO. – A dramatic change forces you to slow down, look around, and do some self-reflection. Look within. Work on self-love.

IT’S OKAY TO FEEL HOW YOU FEEL. – Accept your feelings and choose actions carefully.

GOOD THINGS CAN HAPPEN (EVEN IN BAD TIMES). – If you’re generally in a bad place (or the world is), but something wonderful happens, embrace it. Don’t turn away from joy and happiness in difficult times. 

YOU MUST PLAY THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT. – We have to do the best we can, and know that we can only work with what we have access to.

TOUGH TIMES TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF. – Going through something difficult or life-changing is one of the greatest ways to find out more about yourself. Use this time to discover who you are and what really matters to you.

PRODUCTIVITY ISN’T LIFE’S SOLE PURPOSE. – You don’t have to be productive all the time. It’s okay to relax.

FIND JOY AND INSPIRATION WHEREVER YOU CAN. -. Find what makes you feel comforted and uplifted and do it often.


“Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”

Roy T. Bennett


Things that make you want to scream:

There’s always a car riding your tail when you’re slowing down to find an address…..

You open a can of soup and the lid falls in…..

There’s a dog in the neighborhood that barks at EVERYTHING…..

You can never put anything back in a box the way it came….

You slice your tongue licking an envelope…

Your tire gauge lets out half the air while you’re trying to get a reading…

You wash a garment with a tissue in the pocket and your entire laundry comes out covered with lint…..

The car behind you blasts its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing…..

You set the alarm on your digital clock for 7pm instead of 7am….

People behind you on a supermarket line dash ahead of you to a counter just opening up…..

You can’t look up the correct spelling of a word in the dictionary because you don’t know how to spell it…..

You have to inform five different sales people in the same store that you’re just browsing…..

You had that pen in your hand only a second ago and now you can’t find it…..

You reach under the table to pick something off the floor and smash your head on the way up…..


We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau


Aging With A Smile

Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old, as long as she buys him a few drinks first.

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’ve still got it, but nobody wants to see it.

I’m getting into swing dancing. Not on purpose. Some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

I think I’ve reached my sexpiration date.

People our age can still enjoy an active, passionate sex life! Provided we get cable or that dish thing.

The good news is that even as we get older, guys still look at our boobs. The bad news is they have to squat down first.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.” I’ve tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age, but they haven’t made one called “Buns of Putty.”

Don’t think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as your inner child playing with matches.

Don’t let aging get you down. It’s too hard to get back up.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot


Dear Abby,

I’ve never written to you before, but I really need your advice on what could be a crucial decision.

I’ve suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs…phone rings, but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with the girls a lot recently, although when I ask their names she always says, “Just some friends from work, you don’t know them.”

I sometimes stay awake to look out for her cab coming home, but she always comes walking up the drive as I hear the sound of a car leaving, around the corner, as if she has gotten out and walked the rest of the way. Why? Maybe she wasn’t in a taxi at all?

I once picked up her cell phone, just to see what time it was. This caused her to go completely berserk. She quickly snatched the phone out of my hand and cursed me hysterically, screaming that I should never touch her personal property, then accused me of trying to spy on her.

Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just didn’t want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to really check on her. I decided I was going to park my Harley Davidson Lowrider next to the garage and then hide behind it so I could get a good view of the street around the corner when she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my motorcycle that I noticed a small amount of motor oil leaking through the gasket between the rear head and rocker arm cover.

So… is this something I can easily repair myself or do you think I should take it back to the dealer?


There are only two four letter words that are offensive to men –

don’t and stop, unless they are used together.


When the waitress came to work the manager met her at the door.

“Look,” he said, “I want you to put on your cutest uniform, fix your hair lovely, see that your makeup is on neat and walk with that extra-sexy walk.”

“Something special on?” she asked.

“No,” he replied, “The beef is tough.”


It may be pretty hard to overcome at first, but trying to be calm and cool in times of extreme pressure is what will actually save your mental health from going into a totally downward spiral.

Clair Atwell,


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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