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Ray’s Daily

August 11, 2022


“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.”

Grandma Moses

As you know I always look for happiness. It is not always as easyas it sounds but the effort is worth it.

Here are more of Angel Chernoffs thoughts to help along the way.

4 Hard Daily Choices that Make You Happier in the End

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: YOU need to do HARD things to be HAPPY in life. Because the hard things ultimately build you up and change your life.

And strengthening the MIND is the hardest thing you need to do for yourself . . .

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You have a choice today:

•         You can choose to be present when it would be easier to pick up your phone.

•         You can choose to do a workout when it would be more comfortable to sit around.

•         You can choose to create something special when it would be quicker to consume something mediocre.

•         You can choose to invest in yourself when it would take less effort to procrastinate.

You can PROVE TO YOURSELF that you have the guts to get in the ring and wrestle with life.

Mental strength is built through lots of small, daily victories. It’s the individual choices we make day-to-day that build our “mental strength” muscles. We all want this kind of strength, but we can’t wish our way to it. If you want it, you have to create positive daily rituals—MIND-STRENGTHENING RITUALS—in your life that reinforce what you desire . . .


“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”

T.S. Eliot


A husband visited a marriage counselor and said, “When we were first married, I would come home from the office, my wife would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years it’s all different. I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking.”

“Why complain?” said the counselor, “You’re still getting the same service.”


Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.


She said: In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear. When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too.

When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.

Yup… gonna be a bear.


It’s easy to make a buck, but hard to make a difference.

Tom Brokaw


A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS Tax auditor who had come to review his records.

At one point the auditor exclaimed, “Mr. Carr, we feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA.  As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile.”

“Thank goodness,” returned Mr. Carr, with a giant grin on his face from ear to ear, “I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash.”


Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

Sherry Anderson


A girl went over to her friend and said, “I hear you broke off your engagement to Bob. Why?”

“It’s just that my feelings towards him aren’t the same any more.”

“Are you returning his diamond ring?”

“No way! My feelings towards the ring haven’t changed a bit!”


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson


Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. “In the last 16 races, I’ve won 8 of them!”

Another horse breaks in, “Well in the last 27 races, I’ve won 20!!”

“Oh that’s good, but in the last 37 races, I’ve won 29!” says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening.

“I don’t mean to boast,” says the greyhound, “but in my last 91 races, I’ve won 89 of them!”

The horses are clearly amazed. “Wowwwww!” says one, after a hushed silence.

“A talking dog.”


Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.

Elizabeth Andrew


Suzanne went over to visit one of her friends. While she was at her friend’s house a severe thunderstorm rolled in. Her friend told her to spend the night at her house and go home the next day.

When she heard this, Suzanne rushed out the door then came back a while later totally drenched and carrying a small shopping bag.

So her friend asked, “Where did you run off to?”

Suzanne brushed the wet hair from her face and replied, “I went home to get my pajamas!”


“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”

Mary Kay Ash


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

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