Ray's musings and humor

Don’t Listen To Them

Ray’s Daily

July 16, 2020


“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

Dale Carnegie


I have a very early cardiologist appointment this morning and then a physical therapy session so I am again sending you a reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on July 16, 2004

I think that the saddest people I know are the naysayers. They are those who know what you want to do won’t work, they can find something wrong on even the best of days. They won’t go downtown because they may have problems, they won’t go on vacation because they may get high jacked. They know that all those other people are out to cheat them, whoever those other people might be. The list grows every day of every week. Soon their glasses become so dark that there is no way that they can see the beauty around them. The thing we must do is not let them take us with them, there is so much for us to see and do that we can’t afford to have someone slow us down. I like this story that Wendy sent me not to long ago, read it and heed it.


There once was a bunch of tiny frogs,…who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began… Honestly…No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: “Oh, WAY too difficult!!!” They will NEVER make it to the top!!!” or: “Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!!!” The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one…Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher…

The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult!!!   No one will make it!!!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…This one wouldn’t give up!!!

At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out…That the winner was DEAF!!!

The wisdom of this story is: NEVER listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic…   Because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you…the ones you have in your heart!!!

Always think of the power words have.  Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!!! Therefore: ALWAYS be…POSITIVE!!!  And above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you can not fulfill your dreams!!!


Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Jane Austen


“You just go ahead,” the man in the shopping mall said to his wife.  “While you’re shopping, I’ll browse in the hardware store.”

An hour later, she returned and saw him at the checkout counter.  The clerk was ringing up the last of a pile of tools and supplies that would fill two wheelbarrows.

“Are you buying all this?” his wife asked incredulously.

“Well, yes,” he said, embarrassed.  Then waving his arm toward the interior of the store, he added, “But look at all the stuff I’m leaving behind!”


So many recipes ~ so little thyme!


A man from Europe is visiting his son in America for the very first time. They are at the local supermarket going up and down the aisles.

Dad: “Vas diss, powdered orange juice?”

Son: “Yeah, Dad. You just add water, and you have fresh orange juice!”

A few minutes later, in a different aisle the father says: “Und vas dis, powdered milk?”

Son: “Yeah, Dad. You just add water, and you have fresh milk!”

A few minutes later, in a different aisle the father says, “Und give look here.  Baby Powder!  Vat a country!  Dey take da fun outta everyting!”


Where integrity meets creativity, vision naturally grows.

Pat McHenry Sullivan


A father gave his teen-age daughter puppy for her birthday. An hour later, while wandering through the house, he found her looking at a puddle in the center of the kitchen.

She said sadly, “My pup runneth over.”


A woman is sitting at a bar.

A man approaches her.

“Hi, honey,” he says. “Want a little company?”

“Why?” asks the woman. “Do you have one to sell?”


She devotes her spare time to neglecting duties.


The young suitor was determined to win the heart of the girl he wanted to marry, in spite of her rejection of his proposals a number of times.

He began what can only be called “Campaigning” and sent her a small token of his affection every day for a month to her house.

The plan was successful too — the young lady fell in love with the UPS man!


Beware of natural foods:  80% of people die of natural causes


Jill and Nadine hadn’t seen each other in awhile, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Jill confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life. Nadine, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found.

“He’s perfect.  He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!”

“He said ‘will you marry me’?” Jill asked.

Nadine replied, “No, he said ‘put your money away’.”


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese Epigram


You know you are in Florida in the summertime when:

The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps.

You can make sun tea instantly.

You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.

You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt, and pepper.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

The cows are giving evaporated milk.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.


The only problem with golf is that the slow people are always in front of you and the fast people always end up behind you.


Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it,

you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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