Ray's musings and humor

We Can Do It

Fay’s Daily

December 21, 2020


The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

William Morris

This is going to ba a Christmas week like no other. For those of us who are on lock down it wil be a first with out being with family and friends. I at least wil be provided with a good Christmas dinner and a chance to visit for a short time with some of my neighbors.

I am having a hard time getting motivated to do the few things I must do. I get them done but often reluctantly. I recently was sent an article written Gretchen Rubin that I have abridged that I felt may help others like me.

For many people, the pandemic period has made it tougher to stick to their good habits. If that’s your experience, here are some quick, easy suggestions to consider:

Trouble sleeping?

•           Get ready for bed well before you plan to turn off the light. I realized that sometimes, paradoxically, I felt too tired to get ready for bed, so I just stayed up later. Now I try to wash my face, put on my pajamas, and brush my teeth well before I plan to turn off the light.

Trouble getting yourself to exercise?

•           If you’re an Obliger, get outer accountability. If you’re a Questioner, research to find the most efficient form of exercise. If you’re an Upholder, put exercise on the calendar. If you’re a Rebel, remind yourself, “This is what I want to do, what I feel like doing. I love to be outside, with the wind in my hair, biking around my neighborhood.”

Feeling lonely?

•           Schedule a weekly call with a friend or family member, so you don’t have to plan and coordinate each time (you could also walk during these talks, win-win).

•           If you’re part of a group, such as a book group, that hasn’t been meeting in person, and you haven’t yet met virtually, schedule a Zoom call—it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing.

•           Join an online community around a topic or interest—apart from social media. Working on something together is a great way to forge new relationships, even during this strange time. For instance, you could join The Happiness Project Experience 2021 and build a happier, healthier life with support from other course participants.


“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

Dale Carnegie


She said:

People don’t like to look dumpy in their own snapshots, which is why my husband, a professional photographer, gets a lot of requests asking him to retouch photos. You know, erase the crow’s-feet, lop off the love handles.

So I wasn’t surprised when one woman, pointing to a family portrait, asked him, “Can you take 30 pounds off me?” until she added, “And put it on my sister?”


For new fathers, or anyone thinking about becoming a father, you must learn these WORDS OF WISDOM:

Don´t ask me, ask your mother.

Close the door. Were you raised in a barn?

Who said life was supposed to be fair.

This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.

You call that noise “music”?

No, we´re not there yet.

As long as you live under my roof, you´ll live by my rules.

Because I said so. That´s why.

Do what I say, not what I do.

So you think you´re smart, do you?

If I´ve told you once, I´ve told you a thousand times.

You want something to do? I´ll give you something to do.

I´m not just talking to hear my own voice!

What do you think I am, a bank?

I don´t care what other people are doing! I´m not everybody else´s father!

Enough is enough!

Don´t make me stop the car!


I’d like to go to an assertiveness training class.  First I need to check with my wife.

Adam Christing


Retirement Center Pickup Lines

“What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like…where exactly are we again?”

“Yes, I’m 92… but I have the body of a 78-year-old.”

“Your beautiful blue eyes are like limpid sapphire pools. Your blue hair, too.”

“Hey babe, looking for a good time? How’s about coming home with me and…Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z.”


“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”

Douglas Pagels


In the Admitting office of our hospital, some patients were filling out forms, others were being interviewed and still others were being escorted to their rooms.

An elderly woman, obviously not sure of where she should be, hesitatingly entered my cubicle.  She had completed the admitting forms and, upon my request, handed me her insurance cards.  I typed the necessary information and then asked her the reason for her coming to the hospital.

“I’m here to just visit a friend,” she said, “but all this has taken so long, I’m not sure I have the time now!”


The only people who listen to both sides of an argument are the neighbors.


The officer pulled me over for speeding.  I explained that I was rushing home to be with my wife on our first anniversary.

But rather than letting me off, he wrote out the ticket, handed it to me, and said, “Congratulations.  The first year is paper, right?”


The only people to get even with are those who have helped you.


On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was…surrounded by trees and bushes.


Q. Why do women pay more attention to their appearance than to improving their minds?

A. Because…. A lot of men are stupid, but very few are blind


“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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