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Overcme Adversity

Ray’s Daily

August 4, 2020


“There is no education like adversity.”

Benjamin Disraeli


I can’t imagine how it must feel for those who are going through the most difficult times they have ever faced. With the Pandemic, job losses, family hunger and even homeliness worries can really get you down if you let them. There is much we can’t change but we can change how we deal with our concerns.

I know that it is not easy but we must have confidence that this too will pass. If we do it will be easier for us to deal with our concerns. Here is an abridged article that may help.

 5 Powerful Tips for Overcoming Adversity

Ashley Elizabeth

When something bad happens in your life, how do you react? Do you approach the process of overcoming adversity as a learning opportunity, or do you let it throw you off your game?

Challenges can be used to your advantage. Let’s talk about 5 powerful tips for overcoming adversity.

  1. Practice Self-Compassion – If you want to overcome adversity faster, the best place to start is by being more self-compassionate. By doing so, you will improve your emotional wellbeing and give yourself the confidence to rise up and keep moving forward.
  2. Become the Master of Your Emotions – The way that you respond to a challenge determines your ability to overcome that challenge. Where people get into trouble is that they allow external circumstances to dictate their moods. They react to things, instead of taking a proactive approach. If you don’t master your emotions, your emotions will master you.
  3. Make Humor Your Ally – Finding humor in the face of adversity can be extremely healing for the mind, body, and soul. It’s not about discrediting your pain. Rather, it’s about pulling upon positive emotions when you need them most.
  4. Stay Optimistic – When bad things happen, it’s easy to be negative and play the ‘why me’ game. However, this mindset often gets us nowhere. Conversely, people who remain optimistic, even in the toughest of times, naturally bounce back faster. Optimism is a powerful tool in overcoming adversity.
  5. Believe in Yourself – None of the previous pieces of advice on this list will matter if you don’t have an unwavering belief in yourself and the process. Self-confidence in your ability to overcome adversity is the key to bouncing back from anything.


“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

Barbara De Angelis


She said: My five-year-old nephew Elix wanted to caddy for my brother’s golf game.

“You have to count my strokes,” my brother told him.  “How much is six, nine, and eight?”

“Five,” answered Elix.

“Okay,” my brother smiled.  “Let’s go!”


Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.


You’re Old When …”

  1. You can live without sex but not without your glasses.
  2. You quit trying to hold in your stomach, no matter who walks into the room.
  3. You enjoy watching the news.
  4. The phone rings and you hope its not for you.
  5. The only reason you’re still awake at 4 am is indigestion.
  6. You’re proud of your lawn mower.
  7. You start singing along with the elevator music.
  8. You really do want a new washing machine for your birthday.
  9. You routinely check the oil in your car.
  10. You’ve owned clothes so long that they’ve come back into style –TWICE.
  11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
  12. You consider coffee one of the most important things in life.
  13. 8 AM is your idea of “sleeping in.”
  14. You write thank you notes without being told.
  15. Neighbors borrow your tools.
  16. You answer a question with, “Because I said so!”
  17. Others ask for your recipes.
  18. You start Christmas shopping in August.
  19. You paint walls for a reason other than getting your deposit back.
  20. You don’t like to drive after dark.
  21. You say the words, “Turn that music down!” too often
  22. You point out what buildings used to be where.
  23. You know all the warning signs of a heart attack.
  24. You rake the yard without being told to.
  25. You can’t remember the last time you lay on the floor to watch television.
  26. The service station attendant lets you pump your gas before paying


“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”

H. L. Mencken


My mom is very possessive.  She calls me up and says, “You weren’t home last night.  Is something going on?”

I say, “Yeah, Mom.  I’m cheating on you with another mother.”


“The future you shall know when it has come; before then forget it.”



She said: A man called the government office where I work and requested an estimate of his benefits upon retirement.

After I gave him the information, he went on to inquire about his wife’s benefits. I asked if she had ever worked.

“She has worked all her life making me happy,” he replied.

That was nice, I commented, but had she ever contributed to a pension plan?

“No,” he said. “We made an agreement when we got married. I would make the living and she would make the living worthwhile.”


My wife left me a note saying I should try out for “American Idle.”

But the joke is on her because she spelled it wr– hey, wait a minute!


Mrs. Rosen is having her house painted, and her husband comes home from work and leans against the freshly painted wall.

The next day, she says to the painter, “You want to see where my husband put his hand last night?”

He sighs and says, “Look, lady, I got a tough day’s work ahead of me. Why don’t you just make us a cup of tea?”


By the time we realize our parents were right, we have children who think we’re wrong.

Guillermo Hernandez


Determined to cut the budget, the former governor directed that all government jobs remain unfilled once vacated.

There were many complaints, one concerning the retirement of a drawbridge operator. When Personnel refused to fill the position, the highway- division manager called the governor’s office.

“Ask the governor,” he told an aide, “Whether he wants the bridge left down so the cars can go over – or up so the ships can go through.”


“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

Elizabeth Kübler-Ross


Ray Mitchell


Management is not rpolis, Indianaesponsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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