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Don’t be misled

Ray’s Daily

June 21. 2018


What people believe prevails over the truth.



I am discouraged by the excessive use of innuendo, slurs and falsehoods in today’s communications. We are inundated with negative pollical ads that seldom are based on the facts. Today’s information sources propagate rumor, falsehoods and outrageous fabrications that are repeated without regard to their accuracy. It seems like truth is no longer important if the lie supports one’s beliefs. The ends do not justify the means if the means are false.

The Nazis believed that if you told a lie often enough people would believe the lie to be true. Unfortunately, it seems like that is what is happening to far too many folks as they take rumor as gospel without regard to source or accuracy. Democracy is dependent on an enlightened electorate and will fail if the public responds to the siren song of the propogandists.

I may have shared the following story with you before, if I did I think it is worth repeating.

 The Triple-Filter Test

Author Unknown

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“Umm, no, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”


Proof is boring. Proof is tiresome. Proof is an irrelevance. People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes.

Joe Abercrombie


Classic Tower Conversations

“Air Force ’45, it appears your engine has…oh, disregard…I see you’ve already ejected.”

“About three miles ahead, you’ve got traffic 12 o’clock, five miles.” If you hear me, traffic no longer a factor.”

“Climb like your life depends on it…because it does.”


This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker


After watching his mother change the diaper on his newborn sister, a three year old boy voices his concern that she seems to be missing some parts.

So in terms the mother thought he would understand, she explains to her son the difference between boys and girls. Then to make sure he understood what she said, she asks him,

“Okay son, now what do you have that your new baby sister doesn’t?”

Smiling broadly, the boy proudly says, “Teeth!”


Those who want much, are always much in need.



A friend and I were shopping for dresses for her three-year-old girls to wear to a wedding.  In the store, another girl staring intently at Sarah and Becky asked, “Are those girls twins?”

“Actually they’re triplets,” I explained. “They have a brother at home.”

“Wow,” she replied. “They sure look like twins to me.”


We were driving our three-year-old son to his Grandma’s home when we stopped at a store.  Once inside, our son decided he wanted one of those large gumballs.

I told him he couldn’t have one, and he began to pout.  I leaned over to him and said, “This is a fact of life:  You don’t always get everything you want.”

“I know,” he replied.  “Just don’t tell Gramma.”


On the bottom of an office memo:  “If you have any questions, please read again.”


A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a group of cars that were all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got caught and was pulled over.

The officer handed him the citation and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?”

“Ever go fishing?” the policeman asked the man.

“Ummm, yeah…,” the driver replied.

The officer grinned and said, “Ever catch all the fish?”


It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.    

Joseph Goebbels


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



Do you know yourself?

Ray’s Daily

June 20, 2018


You are stronger than you realize. You are more capable than you can imagine.

Dieter F. Uchrdorf

Appreciate yourself

Too many of us spend so much time trying to make others like us that we have little time to appreciate the most important person in our lives, ourselves. I hope you know you are special and you like yourself as much as you should.

One of the things I have liked to do over the years was to help folks see just how good they really are. We really should be one of our own best friends, someone who helps us see who we really are. If we don’t like ourselves why should anyone else like us?

7 Ways To Value Yourself Immediately

by Danica Worthy

  • Appreciate your life exactly the way it is. Right now take a moment to look at your life from the current view with complete appreciation. While setting the intention to change what you would like and remove what no longer serves you.
  • Realize that saying NO is a complete sentence. Saying NO when you need to without feeling the need to explain yourself is empowering. Practice the art of saying NO when the YES will put alter your wellbeing.
  • Cultivate healthy relationships starting with yourself. Begin to treat yourself as if you are the most valuable person in the world and without you the world would be gloomy. Take the time to connect with the earth and take long walks by yourself. Offer a thanks for your life every chance you get. Whatever you need to do to make you feel great do it. The better you treat others will reflect in the relationships you choose to partner with.
  • Set boundaries for yourself and your time. This action will keep your value system in place. Lines will not be crossed if you stand firm in the boundaries you set for yourself. You are creating a non negotiable contract with yourself that others will have to respect in order to connect with you.
  • Comparison is the thief of joy. Remember that you are the only person on this planet with your total DNA and that is your cutting edge. Appreciate all of your quirks and idiosyncrasies as your golden ticket to rock out your own style.
  • Trust yourself and all if your heart’s desires. There are no mistakes only opportunities for growth and expansion. Leverage all of your experiences and trust your intuitive guides. Let your heart lead you home.
  • Don’t settle for mediocrity. Cancel all agreements to be anything other than great. You were born with greatness inside of you. Cultivate it look within and dig up that which may lie dormant. Now is your time.
  • The more you value yourself you are setting the tone for others to do the same. Start now start today. The world needs your light.

What is the worst that can happen when you begin to live your best life?


Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as it should be.

Wayne W. Dyer


My wife seems to be losing her sense of humor for no apparent reason. Why just the other day, she got mad when she announced that she was going to the beauty parlor. I asked, “Are you going in for an estimate or are you going to get the work done?”


Indecision may, or may not, be my problem.

Jimmy Buffett


Two women were chatting about their weekend, but the one was kind of upset.

“So, what’s the matter? I thought you just got back from a nice relaxing fishing trip with your husband,” her friend said.

“Oh, everything went wrong: First he said I talked so loud I would scare the fish. Then he said I was using the wrong bait; and then that I was reeling in too soon. All that might have been all right; but then, to make matters worse, I ended up catching the most fish!”


People rarely disclose their character so clearly as when they describe someone else’s.


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…”


It’s easy to understand modern art: If it hangs on the wall it’s a painting, if you can walk around it it’s a sculpture.


“Top 18 Reasons to Play Golf”

  1. You can play without risk of scandal.
  2. Beats mowing the lawn.
  3. Carrying clubs is considered socially acceptable.
  4. Master the essential language: slice, shank, divot, bogie, green fee, sand trap, deep rough, mulligan, hacker, water hazard, double bogie, difficult lie, flub, handicap, worm burner, triple bogie, and Duffer.
  5. Always a doctor nearby.
  6. Would you rather do business at the office?
  7. Handicap accessible.
  8. Two methods to achieve a great score a) play as you lie b) lie as you play
  9. Drop a few shots at the 19th hole.
  10. The worse your game, the better the exercise.
  11. “Holistic” stress reduction.
  12. Great excuse to take a walk.
  13. Work through lies without having to run for office.
  14. Rather sink a birdie than hook a fish.
  15. Putting is such sweet sorrow.
  16. Old golfers never die..they just putter out.
  17. Drinking and driving is encouraged… especially by your opponents.
  18. Having a ball is par for the course.


A man went to his lawyer and said, “I would like to make a will but I don’t know exactly how to go about it.”

The lawyer said, “No problem, leave it all to me.”

The man looked somewhat upset and said, “Well, I knew you were going to take the biggest slice, but I would like to leave a little to my children too!”


Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

Coco Chanel


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Don’t be too serious

Ray’s Daily

June 19, 2018


“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

relax smiley

With my caregiving responsibilities and other limitations I have become more dependent on my daily encounters to keep me going. Trouble is that things keep changing, one of my favorite checkers at the grocery store has moved. A gal that greeted me at my local drugstore for 25 years has retired and now my friend the pharmacist is leaving at the end of the month. There are more changes in the works that will leave even more holes. I have now learned that it is not just our surroundings but also the people in them that provides a pleasant environment.

My occasional answer to the blues is a trip to the movies to sit for a few hours with a bucket of popcorn while watching a feel-good movie. One of the things of course is that at the show things are not as they would be in reality. I just read an article by Sarah Crow where she explodes some of the fantasy, Here are a few of her disclsues.


Hilariously Impractical Things That Always Happen in Movies


Female Action Heroes Always Wearing Makeup – It seems pretty clear that being an action hero would probably help a person work up a sweat. However, in movies, female action stars are always meticulously coiffed and made-up, with never so much as a drop of sweat or blood on them, even after taking on a veritable army of bad guys.

Knocking Someone Out with a Single Punch – If you want to knock someone out, it’s probably going to take more than just a quick chop to the neck or punch to the back of the head to do it, but you’d never know that from how often this K.O.s villains in films. If movies were a little more realistic, we’d see our villains repeating themselves or feeling sleepy as a result of their concussions instead. And for more movie flubs,

Breaking Through a Window Unscathed – Epic fight scenes are always a lot more exciting when someone crashes through a plate glass window. However, the idea that anyone can soar through a massive pane of glass without incurring some pretty gnarly—and extremely bloody—injuries is wildly unrealistic.

Getting a Parking Spot Every Time – If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you know that getting a parking spot outside your office or building on the first pass is virtually impossible. Of course, circling the block a hundred times does not movie magic make, so when we see a character in a movie pull up somewhere, there’s not only a spot available, they don’t have to awkwardly parallel park to get into it as the drivers behind them honk, either.

Instantaneous DNA Tests – Movie conundrum: you have a DNA sample that needs to be tested. The solution: bring it to your nearest lab and they’ll get results to you in mere seconds—you know, instead of the very long time it might take to accomplish the same thing in an IRL lab.

Villains Fighting One at a Time – Luckily for most movie heroes, the villains they encounter never want to attack all at once. Instead, they simply stand around in a circle, taking on their victim one-by-one, allowing him or her to easily defeat them.

People Running Upstairs to Get Away from Intruders – In real life, if you suspect that someone has broken into your house, you either leave or call the cops. If you’re in a movie, the only thing to do is run upstairs, apparently, ensuring your inevitable demise in the process.

Making Out in the Rain – According to virtually every rom-com out there, there’s virtually nothing more romantic than making out in the rain. The reality? It’s cold. It’s wet. Your clothes are becoming increasingly see-through and stretched out. And your hair? That cute style you spent hours on before your date? Yeah, it’s wet garbage now.


“To have moments of calm – creative or restful – is a form of deep sustenance for human beings of all ages. Relationships are often built in these pauses, in the incidental moments, when nothing much is going on.”

Kim John Payne


A couple had quarreled about money and gone to bed angry. The next morning, they rose, showered, dressed and ate breakfast in silence.

Finally, hoping to break the ice, he said, “You know, honey, I’m not myself today.”

“Really?” she said. “I hadn’t noticed the improvement.”


Lieberman’s law:

Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.


A little old Jewish lady is flying out of New York City on her way to Miami Beach.  She looks at the businessman sitting next to her and asks him, “Excuse me sir, but are you Jewish?”

The man responds politely, “No, ma’am, I’m not Jewish.”

After a little while she again queries him, “You’re really Jewish, aren’t you?”

Again he responds, “No ma’am, I am not Jewish.”

Barely 10 minutes later, the little old lady asks him once more, “Are you sure you’re not Jewish?”

To which in exasperation, and in a final effort to shut her up, he replies, “Okay. Yes, ma’am, I am Jewish.”

“Funny,” she says, looking puzzled, “you don’t look Jewish!”


Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.

Virginia Satir


“There were these two Jews……” a comedian said as he started his routine one night.

Immediately, a chap stood up and shouted, ” Just a minute! I’m Jewish – why are you comedians always knocking Jewish people like this? Every other joke you hear these days starts off, “There were these two Jews……..” ”

“Sorry,” said the comedian. ” No need to take offence. I’ll start again. There were these two Chinese, Lee Chan and Fu Ching, on their way over to the synagogue for a bar mitzvah……….”


Why isn’t it okay to fall asleep in Church? After all didn’t God rest on the seventh day as well?


On his first visit to the zoo, a little boy stared at the caged stork for a long time. He waved, jumped up and down, and stared at the stork a while longer.

Finally, turning to his father, he exclaimed, “Gee, Dad, he doesn’t recognize me.”


“Doing something positive will help turn your mood around. When you smile, your body relaxes. When you experience human touch and interaction, it eases tension in your body.”

Simone Elkeles


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Please Don’t

Ray’s Daily

June 18, 2018


It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.

Carl von Clausewitz

Don't Hesitate

One of the things that bothered many of my colleagues was my impatience. I regulary would say “let’s quit talking about it and just do it.” All but the youjng seem to me start thinking about we they can’t do something before why they should do something.

I think we would all be better off if more would would decide not to wait to do spme good for far too often wait turns to never. i Know the world would hane missed the chance to improve millions of lives if Naipaulian Hill had hesitated. Here is his story.

Worse than a Bad Decision

–Author Unknown

Do you know why 95% of people out there never “have enough” of anything and find themselves lost, confused, and constantly searching for the reason WHY?

The answer is simple…

“Most people will lose more to indecision than they will to a bad decision.”

— Andrew Carnegie

This is not only the truth; it is the Number One reason people remain unsuccessful in their lives. Even the unsuccessful people aware of this principle remain unconvinced of how powerful decisions are and how debilitating indecision can be.

Let me ask you this…If someone asked you to give up the next 20 years of your life, without being paid, how long would it take you to make that decision?

Maybe you know the story of Andrew Carnegie (believed to be the world’s first Billionaire – see footnote below).He called a young cub reporter into his office and asked him to devote 20 years to interviewing only the world’s richest people in order to share ‘The Secret’ of wealth, success, and happiness with the rest of the world.

But, did you know that Mr. Carnegie secretly held a stopwatch beneath his desk and gave Napoleon Hill only 60 seconds to answer yes or no before he would lose the opportunity forever? Mr. Carnegie knew that if Napoleon required more time to think about it then he was the wrong guy.

You see, Mr. Carnegie knew that ‘Successful People’ make decisions quickly. Napoleon Hill took 32 seconds to say YES… and his lack of indecision led to the writing of “Think and Grow Rich,” the best-selling book responsible for helping to create an estimated One Million Millionaires!

Born into poverty in 1883, Napoleon Hill rose to become one of the world’s most distinguished and respected authors of all time. He moved from newspaper reporter to law student to working for Andrew Carnegie, and became a confidant and advisor to businessmen and presidents. Hill has counted among his many associates Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and hundreds of other world leaders.


There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move – and he, in turn, waits for you.

Marian Anderson


A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.

“Wow!” said her father, “That was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?”

“Wrong number…” replied the girl.


God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; heads you win, tails, you lose.


Abe was well known for his cheapness and his ‘eye for a bargain’. One day he was looking for a cheap wedding present for his niece, so he went into a thrift shop. As he was walking around, he noticed what was previously an expensive glass crystal vase lying in the corner. It was in 3 pieces. After some haggling with the owner, Abe bought the broken vase for $5. He then filled in the congratulations card, wrote out his niece’s name and address and gave the owner another $5 so that the broken vase could be gift wrapped and mailed. Abe then left the shop feeling quite pleased with himself. He expected his niece to think the vase had broken in the mail.

A few days later, he called his niece to see if the present had arrived.

“Yes, Uncle Abe, but unfortunately, it was in 3 pieces when it was delivered.”

“What terrible luck.” said Abe, “The Post Office is getting worse all the time.”

“It’s a shame,” she replied. “It was so beautifully wrapped. Each piece separately.”


An Arkansas State trooper pulls over a pickup truck on I-40 and says to the driver, “Got any ID?”

The driver says, “‘Bout what?”


A friend was lecturing in Latin America.  He was going to use a translator, but to identify with his audience, he wanted to begin his talk by saying in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”  He arrived at the auditorium a little early and realized he did not know the Spanish words for ladies and gentlemen. Being rather resourceful, he went to the part of the building where the restrooms were, looked at the signs on the two doors, and memorized those two words.

When the audience arrived and he was introduced, he stood up and said in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”  The audience was shocked.  The people seemed stunned.  He didn’t know whether he had offended them or perhaps they hadn’t heard him or understood him.  So he decided to repeat it.  Again in Spanish he said, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”

One person in the audience began to snicker.  Pretty soon the entire audience was laughing.  Finally, someone told him that he had said, “Good evening, bathrooms and broom closets!”


The best way to predict your future is to create it.


While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Morris and his wife listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”

He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Morris leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn’t it?”


“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”

Alyson Noel


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Progress not perfection

Ray’s Daily

June 15, 2018


The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.

George Will


If few things are ever really perfect why do we waste so much time trying to make things that way. Some of us are so consumed with the effort that so much time goes by that deadlines are missed or what we have done has taken so much time that the results are of little use.

I honestly think that one of the best ways we can improve our efficiency is quitting the excess labor involved if perfectionism.

I have abridged the following article from the Positivity blog but kept the suggestions. Free yourself rom the effort to do the impossible and your life will be happier.

How to Overcome Perfectionism


  1. Go for good enough. – Aiming for perfection usually winds up in a project or something else never being finished. So go for good enough instead. Don’t use it as an excuse to slack off. But simply realize that there is something called good enough and when you are there then you are finished with whatever you are doing.
  2. Realize that you hurt yourself and the people around you by buying into myths of perfection. – By watching too many movies, listening to too many songs and just taking in what the world is telling you it is very easy to be lulled into dreams of perfection. It sounds so good and wonderful and you want it. But in real life it clashes with reality and tends to Cause much suffering and stress within you and in the people around you.
  1. Accept that you are human and so are everyone else. – Set human standards for everyone and accept that life is like that. Everything and everyone has flaws and things don’t always go as planned. You can still improve things but they will never be perfect.
  2. Compare yourself to yourself. – Comparing yourself to other people on a regular basis can easily lead to feeling inferior. There will always be a lot of people ahead of you in any area of life.

So compare yourself to yourself…Appreciate yourself and focus what you have done and are doing rather than what everyone else is doing.

  1. Do what you think is the right thing. – So you realize that perfectionism will harm you and you try to avoid it. But people and media and the society around you have an influence over how you think and feel. One of the best ways I have found to practically lessen that influence is by doing the right thing as much as possible. When you do that other people’s expectations have less and less power over you and you take more charge of your life.
  2. Shape an environment of human standards around you. – Emotions are contagious. So is perfectionism. And even though you can lessen the impact that your environment has you can also work at the other end of things.

You can reshape your environment by for example: Reducing or cutting out the sources that try to reinforce perfectionism in you. Spending less time with nervously perfectionistic people. And more of your time each week with people who are trying to improve themselves and/or are living a good life in a positive, healthy and relaxed way.


If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.

Leo Tolstoy


I pulled up to a parking meter recently, only to realize I didn’t have any coins. As I got out of my car, I saw a meter maid about 6 parking meters away….heading my way.

“I’m just going to go in here”, pointing to a nearby shop, “to get some change,” I called out to her.

“If there’s no quarter in that meter by the time I get to your meter, I’ll have no choice but to give you a ticket,” she yelled back to me.

Quickly running into a nearby coffee shop, I ordered a coffee. The waitress, seeing the $20 bill in my hand, asked if I had anything smaller.

“No, I’m sorry, I don’t”

“Well, it’s your *lucky* day then,” she said, handing me the coffee and a big smile.

“We don’t have any change, so your coffee is on the house! Enjoy!”


The Meek shall inherit the earth…..after we’re through with it.


The convent had been presented with a new car, a red Mini Metro, the pride of its breed.  Sister Lucy, the only qualified driver, became the chauffer.  Every Saturday she would drive the Reverend Mother into town for the shopping.

All went well until a holiday weekend when the town was so packed with people and cars that it became evident that there was no earthly place to park.

“Don’t worry, Reverend Mother,” said Sister Lucy.  “You go into the supermarket and I’ll drive around the block until you come out.”

Off sped the car, and the Reverend Mother bustled around the store shopping quickly, then rushing back to the curbside.  There she stood for five minutes, ten, twenty.

No sign of Sister Lucy.  Where could she be?

Eventually the Reverend Mother approached a patrolling policeman.

“Excuse me, Officer,” she said. “Have you seen a nun in a red mini?”

“No,” replied the officer, “but these days nothing would surprise me!”


Hard work never killed anyone, but why chance it?


Little Johnny’s new baby brother was screaming up a storm. He asked his mom, “Where’d we get him?”

His mother replied, “He came from heaven, Johnny.”

Johnny says, “WOW! I can see why they threw him out!”


Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams.

Robert K. Greenleaf


Poor Johnson had spent his life making wrong decisions. If he bet on a horse, it would lose; if he chose one elevator rather than another, it was the one he chose that stalled between floors; the line he picked before the bank teller’s cage never moved; the lane he chose in traffic crawled; the day he picked the picnic was the day of a cloudburst; and so it went, day after day, year after year.

Then, once, it became necessary for Johnson to travel to some city a thousand miles away and do it quickly. A plane was the only possible conveyance that would get him there in time, and it turned out that only one company supplied only one flight that would do. His heart bounded. There was no choice to make! And if he made no choice, surely he could come to no grief.

He took the plane. Imagine his horror when, midway in the flight, the plane’s engines caught fire and it became obvious the plane would crash in moments.

Johnson broke into fervent prayer to his favorite saint, Saint Francis. He pleaded, “I have never in my life made the right choice. Why this should be, I don’t know, but I have borne my cross and have not complained. On this occasion, however, I did not make a choice; this was the only plane I could take and I had to take it. Why, then, am I being punished?”

He had no sooner finished when a giant hand swooped down out of the clouds and somehow snatched him from the plane. There he was, miraculously suspended two miles above the earth’s surface, while the plane spiraled downward far below.

A heavenly voice came down from the clouds. “My son, I can save you, if you have in truth called upon me.”

“Yes, I called on you,” cried Johnson. “I called on you, Saint Francis!”

“Ah,” said the heavenly voice, “Saint Francis Xavier or Saint Francis of Assisi. Which?”


Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough ? that we should try again.

Julia Cameron


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


No Regrets

Ray’s Dai;y

June 14, 2018


I have no regrets because I know I did my best — all I could do.

Midori Ito

No Regrets

I few weeks ago I was asked if my no longer having a leading role in either business or the community bothered me. I told my friend that I had to realize I was no longer in charge and others now had the responsibility to do what I once did. While I sometimes think I might have done something differently than it was now being done I remember it is not my job.

I have no remorse for having moved on to what is now a more sedentary life, rather I get pleasure remembering what I once did. We can’t live in the past, rather we can be thankful for the good times and the new opportunities we have to enjoy our tomorrows.

I am glad I am like the kid in the following story, I remember my sand castles, while they may no longer exist they have never faded from my memory.

Making Sandcastles

Author Unknown

Hot sun. Salty air. Rhythmic waves. A little boy is on his knees scooping and packing the sand with plastic shovels into a bright blue bucket. Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created.

All afternoon he will work. Spooning out the moat. Packing the walls. Bottle tops will be sentries. Popsicle sticks will be bridges. A sandcastle will be built.

Big city. Busy streets. Rumbling traffic. A man is in his office. At his desk he shuffles papers into stacks and delegates assignments. He cradles the phone on his shoulder and punches the keyboard with his fingers. Numbers are juggled and contracts are signed and much to the delight of the man, a profit is made. All his life he will work. Formulating the plans. Forecasting the future. Annuities will be sentries. Capital gains will be bridges. An empire will be built.

Two builders of two castles. They have much in common. They shape granules into grandeurs. They see nothing and make something. They are diligent and determined. And for both the tide will rise and the end will come. Yet that is where the similarities cease. For the boy sees the end while the man ignores it. Watch the boy as the dusk approaches.

As the waves near, the wise child jumps to his feet and begins to clap. There is no sorrow. No fear. No regret. He knew this would happen. He is not surprised. And when the great breaker crashes into his castle and his masterpiece is sucked into the sea, he smiles. He smiles, picks up his tools, takes his father’s hand, and goes home.

The grownup, however, is not so wise. As the wave of years collapses on his castle he is terrified. He hovers over the sandy monument to protect it. He blocks the waves from the walls he has made. Salt-water soaked and shivering he snarls at the incoming tide.

“It’s my castle,” he defies. The ocean need not respond. Both know to whom the sand belongs…

I don’t know much about sandcastles. But children do. Watch them and learn. Go ahead and build, but build with a child’s heart. When the sun sets and the tides take – applaud. Salute the process of life and go home.


“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”

Steve Maraboli


It’s a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere –even sitting in an armchair by the fire–yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD.

Here’s how it works: Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The “browse” feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Most come with an “index” feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session — even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOK mark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, coming soon, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus…..


If you let other people do it for you, they will do it to you.

Robert Anthony


A student comes to a young professor’s office hours.  She glances down the hall, closes his door, kneels pleadingly.

“I would do anything to pass this exam.”

She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes.

“I mean…” she whispers, “…I would do…anything**!!!”

He returns her gaze.  “Anything???”

“Yes,… Anything!!!”

His voice turns to a whisper. “Would you.    er…study???”


It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.

Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.


She said: Although a bright and able man, my husband is almost completely helpless when faced with even the simplest domestic chore. One day, in exasperation, I pointed out to him that our friend, Betty, had taught her husband Frank to cook, sew and do laundry, and that if anything ever happened to Betty, Frank would be able to care for himself.

Then I said, “What would you do if anything happened to me?”

After considering that possibility for a moment, my husband said happily, “I’d move in with Frank.”


I don’t mind going nowhere as long as it’s an interesting path.


It was election time and the politician decided to go out to the local reservation and try to get the Native American vote.

They were all assembled in the Council Hall to hear the speech.

The politician had worked up to his finale, and the crowd was getting more and more excited.

“I promise better education opportunities for Native Americans!”

The crowd went wild, shouting “Hoya! Hoya!”.

The politician was a bit puzzled by the native word, but was encouraged by their enthusiasm.

“I promise gambling reforms to allow a Casino on the Reservation!”

“Hoya! Hoya!” cried the crowd, stomping their feet.

“I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native Americans!”

The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting “Hoya! Hoya! Hoya!”

After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the cattle.

“Sure,” the Chief said, “but be careful not to step in the hoya…”


“I’ve seen and swam and climbed and lived and driven and filmed. Should it all end tomorrow, I can definitely say there would be no regrets. I am very lucky, and I know it.”

Benedict Cumberbatch


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


It’s never too late

Ray’s Daily

June 13, 2018


“It’s never too late to start something new, to do all those things that you’ve been longing to do.”

Dallas Clayton

Shirley Cook_

I put the Daily together most days to try to make your day and the day of others a little happier. As you know I also do it for myself as it requires me to think and do something constructive.

One of the things that sometimes happens is I get a comment from a WordPress reader that helps me to believe that what we have is something worthwhile. Here is what I got yesterday from Shirley Cook, someone I did not know was a reader.

Thanks Ray for your daily comments that really do encourage me. I don’t see how you have been able to do this for so many years and still come up with something fresh and interesting every day.”

Since I did not remember, if I even ever knew, anything about Shirley I went to her blog and this is what I found.

I started writing for publication when I was 41 because I’d always heard that “life begins at 40” and mine hadn’t! I determined to write four books in the next four years. By the time I was 60, I had nine books in print, and was enjoying the writer’s life.

Now I’m 86, and I’ve published two books in the past few years: “The River Runs Deep” a contemporary romance/suspense novel that takes place in the California Delta; and a historical novel, “Bitter Seed.”

“Bitter Seed” is in two parts: China/California. It’s a story of courage, survival and forbidden love. The story is as relevant as today’s newspaper–the slave traffic and those who are committed to rescuing these young girls.

Life might begin at 40 or 41—but, for me, it doesn’t end at 80+!

And now Shirley Cook is one of my heroes. She shows it is never too late to start and there is little reason to stop when you can doing what you want to do. Thanks Shirley!


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis


A lovely young Jewish girl was employed by a clothing firm in New York. She and her widowed mother shared the same ambition… …her marriage to a wealthy man.

One day she returned from work, eyes red from crying. As soon as she entered the apartment she called, “MAMA, I’m pregnant! Don’t get excited. The father is my boss.”

She began to sob uncontrollably while her mother tried to console her. The next morning, the mother charged into the office of the boss. “YOU,” she shouted, “What’s its going to be?”

The elegantly attired man, handsome and unmarried and in his mid thirties, held up his hand: “Please take a seat, Mrs. Horowitz. I’m making all the arrangements. Your daughter Sherry will have the best doctor money can buy before the baby is born. She’ll be in the best hospital. And afterward, I am arranging for a trust fund for her and the baby where she will receive a check for twenty five hundred dollars a week for life.”

The mother was taken aback and thought for a moment. “Tell me,” she said, “God forbid, Sherry should have a miscarriage, will you give her another chance?”


Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.


A car full of ladies from the Temple Beth Israel fund raising committee is in a terrible accident. They arrive at the Pearly Gates where Saint Peter is waiting. The women want to get into Heaven, so Saint Peter looks through the book, but can’t find them listed in the New Arrivals section. “I’m sorry, “Saint Peter there must be some mistake.” With that, he sends them down to Hell.

A week later, God asks Saint Peter, “What happened to those Jewish ladies who were supposed to be here?” “You mean the ones from Temple Beth Israel?” Saint Peter asks. “I didn’t see them listed, so I sent them to Hell.” “You what?” God asks outraged, “I wanted them here. If you want to keep your job Saint Peter, you better call Satan and get them back up here ASAP,” St. Peter gets on the phone and calls Hell. Satan answers.

St. Peter says, “Satan you know those Jewish ladies I sent down there last week? Well, I really need them up here. Could you please send them back? “No way, “Satan replies. “They’re here two days and they’ve already raised $100,000 for an air conditioning system,”


Jimmy : Mom, can I have two pieces of cake?

Mom : Certainly. Take this piece and cut it in two.


A new man is brought into Prison Cell 102.

Already there is a long-time resident who looks 100 years old.

The new man looks at the old-timer inquiringly.

The old-timer says,

“Look at me. I’m old and worn out. You’d never believe that I used to live the life of Riley. I wintered on the Riviera, had a boat, four fine cars, the most beautiful women, and I ate in all the best restaurants of France.”

The new man asked,

“Well, gee, what happened?”

“One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!”


Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.


Three mothers were sitting around comparing notes on their exemplary offspring. “There never was a daughter more devoted than my Alice,” said Mrs. Davis with a sniff. “Every summer she takes me to the Catskills for a week, and every winter we spend a week at Delray Beach.”

“That’s nothing compared to what my Anna does for me,” declared Mrs. Jones proudly. “Every winter she treats me to two weeks in Miami, and in the summer two weeks in the Hamptons, in my own private guest house.”

Mrs. Smith sat back with a proud smile. “Nobody loves her mother like my Jackie does. Nobody.”

“So what does she do?” asked the two women, turning to her.

“Three times a week she gets into a cab, goes to the best psychiatrist in the city, and pays him a hundred and fifty dollars an hour – just to talk about me!”


“The path you take is up to you. Make good choices, dream big, it is never too late.”

Chris Herren


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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