Ray's musings and humor

How To Enjoy Life

Ray’s Daily

August 25, 2021


“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

What have you been up to? I hope whatever it is that you focus on your own well being. Don’t be like the folks who are too busy to enjoy their lives. Too many of us sit back and wait for our happiness while others achieve it by taking the steps that result in the good life.

Here are some of the steps that can lead you on the path of a happier life. So my friend enjoy your self I know I will.

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job

By Thomas J Law

Learning how to enjoy life takes practice and effort, but the rewards will always be well worth the effort. Here are 20 things that you can practice to enjoy every day more:

  • Practice gratitude
  • Work on mindfulness
  • Put yourself first
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Celebrate small wins
  • Rest and recuperate
  • Invest in yourself
  • Nurture positive relationships
  • Meet new people
  • Consume less news and social media
  • Try new things
  • Get rid of clutter
  • Spend money on experiences, not possessions
  • Exercise regularly
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Track your time
  • Cultivate a purpose
  • Contribute to others
  • Overcome destructive habits
  • Commit to mastering something


“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.”

Gordon B. Hinckley


Here are some fisherman definitions:

  • Catch and Release – A conservation motion that happens most often right before the local Fish and Game officer pulls over a boat that has caught over it’s limit.
  • Hook – (1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish. (2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his life savings on a new rod and reel. (3) The punch administered by said fisherman’s wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).
  • Line – Something you give your co-workers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.
  • Lure – An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.
  • Reel – A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.
  • Rod – An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.
  • School – A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for Spam instead.
  • Tackle – What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.
  • Tackle Box – A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.
  • Test – (1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range. (2) A measure of your creativity in blaming “that darn line” for once again losing the fish.


A sales clerk asked his boss how to handle people who complained about the current prices compared to the low prices in the good old days.

“Just act surprised and tell them you didn’t think that they were old enough to remember them.”



1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…   “Just wait until we get home.”  

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING….   “You are going to get it when we get home!”  

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE…   “What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…   Don’t talk back to me!”  

4. My Mother taught me LOGIC…   “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, your not going to the store with me.”  

5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE…   “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”  

6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD…   “If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”  

7. My Mother taught me ESP…   “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”  

8. My Mother taught me HUMOR…   “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”  

9. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT…   “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”  

10. My Mother taught me about SEX….   “How do you think you got here?”  

11. My Mother taught me about GENETICS…   “You’re just like your father.”  

12. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS…   “Do you think you were born in a barn?”  

13. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE…   “When you get to be my age, you will understand.  

14. And my all time favorite… JUSTICE…   “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you….Then you’ll see what it’s like.”  


I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.

William F. Buckley


The new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks the older priest to sit in on his sessions.  The new priest hears a couple of confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

The old priest suggests, “Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand.”

The new priest tries this.

The old priest suggests, “Try saying things like, ‘I see, yes, go on,’ and ‘I understand.  How did you feel about that?'”

The new priest says those things.

The old priest says, “Now, don’t you think that’s a little better than slapping your knee and saying ‘You’re putting me on!!!  What happened next?'” 


Every teenager should get a high school education — even if they already know everything


The Hodja (teacher) was selling olives at the market and business was slow. He called to a woman who was passing by and tried to entice her. She shook her head and told him she didn’t have any money with her.

“No problem,” the Hodja grinned. “You can pay me later.” She still looked hesitant, so he offered her one to taste.

“Oh no, I can’t, I’m fasting,” she responded.

“Fasting? But Ramadan was 6 months ago!”

“Yes, well, I missed a day and I’m making it up now. Go ahead and give me a kilo of the black olives.”

“Forget it!” shouted the Hodja. “If it took you 6 months to pay back a debt you owed ALLAH, who knows when you’ll get around to paying me!”


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”

David Brinkley


Carolyn sent this to me, she is a happy person.

I am passing this on to you because it has definitely worked for me and at this time we all could use a little… calm! By following the simple advice I read in an article I have finally found inner peace… The article read:

“The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you’ve started.”

So I looked around the house to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished… and before leaving the house this morning I finished off a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white, the Bailey’s, Kahlua and Wild Turkey, the Prozac, some Valium, some cheesecake and a box of chocolates. You have no idea how freaking good I feel.

You may pass this on to those you feel are in need of Inner Peace.


“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.”

Rachel Ann Nunes


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

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