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Ray’s Daily

December 14, 2022


“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens

It is a good time to appreciate the good things in our lives. I think too many of us fail to appreciate all we have. The following is a good reminder of things we often take for granted.

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

  1. You are alive.
  2. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  3. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  4. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  5. You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  6. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  7. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  8. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  9. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  10. You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
  11. You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  12. You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  13. You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  14. You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  15. You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
  16. You have access to clean drinking water.
  17. You have access to medical care.
  18. You have access to the internet.
  19. You can read.

The truth is you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world. And while you may not have ALL of the aforementioned right now, you get the idea. So remember to be grateful for the things you DO have. Because in the end, the secret to being grateful is no secret. You choose to be grateful for the little things, again and again.

Marc Chernoff


“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.”

Bethany Hamilton


Funny Kids’ Opinions

On science: “We keep track of the humidity in the air so we won’t drown when we breathe.”  

–Travis, age 11  

On beauty: “If you want to be loved by someone who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.”  

–Anita, age 8  

On beauty: “It isn’t always how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything, and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.”  

–Brian, age 7  

On marriage: “Married people usually look happy to talk to other people.”  

–Eddie, age 6  

On marriage: “Twenty-three is the best age, because you know the person forever by then.”  

–Cameron, age 10  

On relationships: “Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.”  

–Lynnette, age 8  

On relationships: “Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.”  

–Erin, age 8  

On science: “One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in 1 second.”  

–Harold, age 11  


Roses are Red, Violets are blue, I am schizophrenic, and so am I!


A couple were vacationing in Yosemite. The wife expressed her concern about camping because of bears and said she would feel more comfortable in a motel. The husband said that he’d like to camp and to calm her concerns, they’d talk to the park ranger to see what the likelihood of a bear encounter would be.

The ranger told them, “Well, we haven’t seen any grizzlies in this area so far this year, or black bears, for that matter.”

The wife shrieked, “There’s two types of bears out here? How can you tell the difference? Which one is more dangerous”?

The ranger replied, “Well, that’s easy. See, if the bear chases you up a tree and it comes up after you, it’s a black bear. If it shakes the tree until you fall out, it’s a grizzly.”

The motel room was quite nice.


Sometimes being in the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.


If you like gambling, the worst thing you can do is bring your spouse with you to the casino.

If you lose, they get mad.

If you win, they want half!


A mother may hope that her daughter will get a better husband that she did, but she knows her son will never get as good a wife as his father did.


I was in a customer’s home one afternoon and while I was talking to the customer, their four-year-old little girl whose name was Michelle, tugged on my pant leg and excitedly exclaimed, “I got a new bicycle, do you want to see it”?

I said, “Sure Michelle.”

So off to the backyard we went. Upon getting into the backyard, I saw a brand new girl’s bicycle.

“Wow, Michelle! That’s a beautiful bicycle.” I complimented. “Can you ride it”?

“Yeah, I can ride it,” she said, then with a sad face she pouted, “but it’s broke.”

I looked at the new bicycle and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so I asked her, “What’s wrong with it”?

“I don’t know,” she shrugged, “but every time I ride it, it falls down!”


If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.

Jonathan Winters


We finally got a local doctor who set-up his practice right in his home. He was awakened one morning about 4:00 A.M. by a man who said he brought his wife in.

Thinking it to be an emergency, the doctor hurried out to the truck with the man. There sat a healthy looking young woman whom the doctor had just seen the day before.

“Good morning Doctor.” she smiled. “You told me to come in for a blood test this morning before breakfast.”


Proud father to mother as they watched their small son lying on the floor studying by the light from the TV screen. “Reminds you of Abe Lincoln, doesn’t it?”


A woman was determined to get her newly retired husband some attractive leisure clothes. She went into a men’s clothing store and told the salesgirl, “I’m looking for something youthful, something wild in a men’s pair of slacks.”

“Oh,” sighed the salesgirl. “Aren’t we all?”


“When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.”



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

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