A film by Steven Schecter. More at Schecter Films.

At age 90, Raymond J. Cleveland takes no medications and is pain free. He eats everything he pleases; sees well, rests well and IS well. His neighbor, Michael Glassoff, curious about this man whose eyes radiated with light and who waved at anyone who passed by with deep affection, asked Ray where he finds this overflowing joy. Watch this interview to hear Ray share his practical pointers on how to live a life of joy, free from anger.


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  • Loni

    Ray of light shine on....I'll listen more!

  • bilkis

    RAY'S words are very inspiring, his gratitude and thanksfulness and his philosophy of listen to learn are worth emulating

  • dani

    Amazing!!! I am in tears!!


    My eyes and heart are smiling! With your permission Ray, I want to see a full movie of your life. It would be a major contribution to bringing awareness and personal strength to many. I would gladly volunteer my time to contribute to that goal. In Australia each year we nominate people as 'national treasures' RAY YOU ARE A GLOBAL TREASURE! walk gently dear friend

  • Bonnie

    Ray you are like your name, a ray of sunshine to brighten up the days, Thanks!

  • Chris

    These are golden life lesson nuggets that if shared at an early age could shape human kind in a whole new direction. Elder wisdom is soooo beautiful at any age...Blessings to you Ray!

  • Theresa

    What a very special man, he lives his life each day with gratitude and thankfulness, what an inspiration to us all. God Bless you Ray xxxx

  • sherri

    I believe that Ray could help solve all the war problems in the world if our leaders would listen to his wisdom. He is a truth-teller.

  • Jenna

    I'm inspired by the simplicity and wisdom in his words. In a world of complexities and instant gratification, I find it refreshing to remember that the simplest lessons in life are the most meaningful.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    "Good thoughts is food!" YES sir, agreed!! "If you a positive thinker, you enjoy more." Ray is a VERY wise man indeed. Big HUGs to you Ray. "Ray of Sunshine you are! :)

  • Mish

    What a beautiful spirit. I smiled thru tears during the entire video. What a wise soul! Wonderful, just wonderful. Many words of wisdom here.

  • John Malcomson

    The man knows what he needs, good people, good interactions to receive nutriment from and a positive attitude keeps him healthy. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  • Stephanie

    Roy's gratitude is inspiring. His words are touching.

  • Betsi

    This man is wise beyond his years. God Bless his positive attitude. I hope it is contagious :D Learning to be thankful is the key. Thank You RAY !

  • Nita

    We live on a beautiful planet.All things bright and beautiful exist in the form of creatures great and small.We should consider ourselves blessed.We have the best body-the human body.Are we greatful for that?So do not forget to appreciate what you have got.This is what I was most impressed about Ray.

  • Pablo

    The Wisdom of the ages summed up in 3 minutes....we tend to make it so hard and complicated to find!

  • Michael

    "I'm free, I'm free, I'm free." What joy and compassion! And gratitude! I believe that gratitude is the key, gratitude for waking up to a new day, gratitude for being able to listen and learn from everyone we meet. To forgive ourselves as well as each other. Mr Cleveland is a man who knows all of this in his heart and soul. What a lovely and inspiring man.

  • Ann

    True forgiveness and love. What turning the other cheek really means. A true master here.

  • Diane

    Be non- judgemental....whatever someone else thinks ( about you or whatever) is none of your business. Let them be, think good thoughts about them and as Ray says" they'll probably be glad they know you". A very wise man Ray is:)

  • Evelyn

    The profound beauty and truth in his simplicity .

  • Paul MG Wilson

    Truth Taken Right Up To Heaven!!

  • Rita

    Simple wisdom about having a good life...that what's best. We make life very complicated and sometimes in the process, forget what's most important. Thanks for creating this charming reminder

  • Vicky

    This a wonderful example of true wisdom from the heart. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael

    I'm inspired by my neighbor Ray for his deep conviction that God is love and God is ever present

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  • Watch "Everything is a Present," an interview with Alice Herz Sommer, who at 108, attributes her survival of the concentration camps and cancer to her music, optimism and gratitude.
  • Ray attributes his health and well-being to counting his blessings every day. In this article, Dr. Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, tells us "Why Gratitude is Good."
  • "You can learn a lot from a human, even though he don't know he's teaching you. But at the same time, if you listen, you'll learn something of value" ~ Raymond Cleveland.  Listen deeply to a human being today.

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