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Don’t Give Up

Ray’s Daily

August 12, 2021


Turn every life situation into a positive one.

Rhonda Byrne

Floods, forest fires, global warming, the Covid pandemic and civil unrest. What’s going on can really get us down if we let it. If we become too worrisome we only make matters worse. It may not be easy but we owe it to ourselves to stay optimistic instead of becoming part of the problem.

Here is something I copied fro the Central Indiana Council on Aging that can help us stay positive:

How to Deal with Bad News When It’s Everywhere

  • Minimize exposure to bad news by turning off the TV!
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep (this is essential for maintaining a positive outlook).
  • Stay connected socially, even if only on the phone or computer.
  • Recognize your limitations—keep it simple and lower your expectations, without feeling guilty.
  • Ask for help.
  • Keep your sense of humor! A cheerful heart is good medicine, as the ancient proverb promises.
  • Remember that caregiving is not your identity; maintain your sense of self outside of caregiving.
  • Pause several times daily to take a few deep breaths and think of something you are thankful for.
  • Seek professional help if you struggle with depression.

The bad news here is that we must fight a strong inclination toward negativity, which can be harmful to ourselves and those around us. Although we have to work at being positive, achieving a consistent, positive mindset is possible and worth the effort. And that, friends, is good news.


You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer


On a trip to the zoo, I made a casual stroll by the cage of a laughing hyena.  A young man was leaning over the bar at the edge of the cage, whispering something in the animal’s direction.  As I stepped closer, I heard him say, “Did you hear the one about…”


Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.


One night, Larry was walking home when, all of a sudden, a thief jumped on him. Larry and the thief began to wrestle. They rolled about on the ground and Larry put up a tremendous fight. However, the thief managed to get the better of him and pinned him to the ground.

The thief then went through Larry’s pockets and searched him. All the thief could find on him was 25 cents. The thief was so surprised at this that he asked Larry why he had bothered to fight so hard for a 25 cents.

“Was that all you wanted?” Larry replied, “I thought you were after the five hundred dollars I’ve got in my shoe!”


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”

Anne Frank


Officer: “Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?”

Soldier: “Sure, buddy.”

Officer: “That’s no way to address an officer! Now let’s try it again!”

Officer: “Soldier. Do you have change for a dollar?”

Soldier: “No, SIR!”


All answers questioned here.


At a dinner party, several of the guests were arguing whether men or women were more trustworthy.

A man scornfully said, “No woman can keep a secret.”

“I don’t know about that,” huffily answered a woman guest. “I have kept my age a secret since I was twenty-one.”

“You’ll let it out some day,” the man insisted.

“I hardly think so!” responded the lady. “When a woman has kept a secret for twenty-seven years, she can keep it forever.”


“If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.”

Merry Browne


An old Jewish man on his deathbed whispered, “Sarah, Sarah, where are you, my dear wife?”

“Right here at your side, my love.”

“And my son, Moishe…where is he?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“And my daughter, Miriam…where is she?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“And my son, Abraham…where is he?”

“Right here at your side, papa.”

“What, none of you idiots is minding the store?”


It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember.


The Teacher, Ms. Jones, was very curious about how each of her students celebrated Christmas.

She called on young Patrick Murphy. “Tell me, Patrick, what do you do at Christmas time?” she asked.

Patrick addressed the class, “Well, Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to the midnight Mass and we sing hymns, then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.”

“Very nice, Patrick,” she said. “Now, Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?” Ms. Jones asked.

“Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mum and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents, ” Jimmy replied.

“That’s also very nice, Jimmy,” she said. Realizing that there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked Isaac Cohen the same question. “Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?” she asked.

“Well, we also sing carols!” Isaac responded. Surprised, Mrs. Jones questioned further. “Tell us what you sing,” Ms. Jones requested.

“Well, it’s the same thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce, then we drive to his toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves and begin to sing, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.”


All I ever wanted was an unfair advantage.


A West Virginia state trooper, stopped a woman for going 15 miles over the speed limit.  After he handed her a ticket, she asked, “Don’t you give out warnings?”

“Yes, Ma’am,” he replied.  They’re all up and down the road.  They say, ‘Speed limit 55.'”


Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.

Deep Roy


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