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This too will pass

Ray’s Daily

April 23, 2021


“Calmness is the cradle of power.”

Josiah Gilbert Holland

The other day, a late April day, we had freezing temperatures and a record breaking spring snow. The snow resulted in an early morning power outage that lasted until midday. My cpap (breathing machine) went out about 1 AM waking me up. I spent the next hours, mostly in the dark as my apartment got colder and colder. Once power was restored I ended my day by showing u at a meeting 10 minutes late because I misremembered the start time. It was truly a bad day.

In the past a day like that would have triggered stress but now I knew that the day would pass and the next day would be fine. I often remind myself that my problems won’t linger and they seldom do. Here is something I saved about twenty years ago on how we can handle stress.


Can stress cause physical problems?

Stress often causes physical problems. The most common include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Body aches and pains
  • Flare-up of allergies
  • Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Excessive hunger or lack of appetite

As your level of stress is reduced, you will find your physical problems will disappear.

What can I do?

  • Talk it out! Bottling up feelings and thoughts restricts your ability to work through what happened and cope with the pain and insecurity.
  • Listen to others.
  • Perform random acts of kindness. Reassure yourself there is tenderness and thoughtfulness in the world. Volunteer your services to someone in need.
  • Spend time with your family.
  • Return to your usual routine.
  • Sit under a tree, look at a brook, lake, river or ocean trip.
  • Remind yourself of other times you have felt strong emotions and how they resolved themselves. They will always be part of you and will guide who you become and what you do, but they do not rule your life.
  • Ask for help when you need it. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust, such as your parents or another relative, a school counselor or a spiritual leader. If your feelings continue to remain as strong or last longer than four to six weeks, you may want to seek professional help to help you sort through your feelings.
  • Do something that could help others – for example, take a first aid or CPR class.


. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

William James


  • How do you get a redhead to argue with you? A: Say something
  • How do you get a redhead’s mood to change? A: Wait 10 seconds
  • If you love a Redhead, set her free…..if she follows you everywhere you go, if she pitches a tent in your front lawn, and if she puts your new girlfriend in the hospital, she’s yours.
  • How do you know a guy at the beach has a redhead for a girlfriend? A: She has scratched “stay off MY TURF!” on his back with her nails.
  • What do you call a Redhead with an attitude? A: Normal
  • How do you know when your redhead has forgiven you? A: She stops washing your clothes in the toilet bowl
  • Only two things are necessary to keep a redhead happy.  One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

One of my favorite friends is a red headed professor and I know she is not like that (Don’t tell anyone but if I said she was I would be afraid of the consequences).


Some people are discovered, others are found out.


A little boy is told by his mother that he has been very bad this year. Thus, he would probably not get anything for Christmas.

“What? Nothing for Christmas?” cried the little boy.

“Well,” said mom, “maybe if you write a letter to baby Jesus and tell him how sorry you are, Santa will bring you some presents.”

The little boy returned to his room and began his letter. With each attempt at writing he would first apologize and then promise to be good for a certain amount of time. Each letter he crumpled up started again, making the “be good” time shorter with each letter.

Finally in frustration, he gave up and then was struck by a bolt of inspiration! Running to the living room he carefully removed the little Mother Mary figure from the family’s manger scene and just as carefully wrapped it in a sock, placing it in his top drawer. Returning to his desk, he took out a clean piece of paper and began to write:

“Dear Baby Jesus, if you ever want to see your Mother again…”


You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie


Wanting to lose weight, a woman placed a picture of a shapely, pinup model INSIDE her refrigerator to remind her of her goal. It worked like a charm as the woman discovered that she had lost ten pounds in the first month of using this method.

The downside to this was that her husband spent so much time going into the fridge to look at the picture that he ended up gaining fifteen pounds!


You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, “My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!”

Dave Barry


During the Second World War, when many young men were being trained for combat, they were stationed in the south, and it was the custom for some of the local residents to offer some Southern Hospitality to our fighting men.

One day, in a camp that will remain nameless, the phone rang; a woman at a local woman’s school offered to entertain a dozen soldiers at a party being held the upcoming weekend, and would the captain send some of her best behaved men over? The captain agreed, but before he could finalize the agreements, the woman made a request: “Please, suh, don’t send any Jewish boys.”

The captain agreed … no Jews.

The day of the party, the soldiers were dropped off at the school, and knocked on the door. The hostess opened the door … to the sight of a dozen Black soldiers, all in dress uniforms.

“Why, th-there m-must be some kind of m-mistake,” she stammered.

“No, ma’am,” said one of the soldiers, “Captain Rabinowitz, he doesn’t make mistakes.”


“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”

Richard Buckminster Fuller


Joe: Why don’t you play golf with Bob any more?

Mike: Would you play with someone who curses after each shot, cheats in the bunkers and enters false scores on his card?

Joe: No!

Mike: Neither will Bob.


“I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.”

Emo Philips

I think I know who some of them are.



“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”

John Newton


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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