Ray's musings and humor

Let’s do it!


There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

William Shakespeare


Last week we wrote about how so many of us put ourselves down, telling ourselves that we are not as good as we really are. I was somewhat surprised at how what we wrote generated soul searching on the part of many of our readers. The good news is that like everything else, when we know we have a problem we can do something about it. It is when we face up to reality that we can make things better. As I thought about all the responses I received it struck me that it is attitude that is the key for most of us. Instead of me rambling on today I just thought I would share with you some of the thoughts of others.

Before we go on I’ll just leave you with one thought, I don’t like the guy that gets up in the morning with a bad attitude, when I look in the mirror it better not be me.


A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

Opening scene of "Faust"


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

Charles Swindoll


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.


People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt



1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country – if they could find the time, and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.


She said: "What makes airport security think they can find something in my purse when even I can’t?"


"Take a bunch of flowers home for your wife, sir," urged the  

street vendor.  

"I haven’t got a wife," replied the young man.  

"Then buy a bunch for your sweetheart."  

"I don’t have a sweetheart, either."  

"Well then, buy a couple of bunches to celebrate your luck."  


Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad.

Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.

Will Smith


A Charlotte, North Carolina man, having purchased a case of rare, very expensive cigars, insured them against … get this … fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of fabulous cigars, and having yet to make a single premium payment on the policy, the man filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the man stated that he had lost the cigars in "a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in a normal fashion.  

The man sued… and won! In delivering his ruling, the judge stated that since the man held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable, and also guaranteed that it would insure the cigars against fire, without defining what it considered to be "unacceptable fire," it was obligated to compensate the insured for his loss. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the judge’s ruling and paid the man $15,000 for the rare cigars he lost in "the fires."  

After the man cashed his check, however, the insurance company had him arrested … on 24 counts of arson! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used as evidence against him, the man was convicted of intentionally burning the rare cigars and sentenced to 24 consecutive one-year terms!  


It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.

Jerry Seinfeld


A Jewish man was in St. Vincent’s Hospital recovering from an emergency operation when a nun walked into his room. She was there to cheer up the sick and ailing. The man and nun started talking and the nun asked about the man’s life. The man talked about his wife and 13 children.

"My, my," said the nun, "13 children . . . You’re a good, proper Catholic family man. God is very proud of you!"

"I’m sorry, Sister," the man said, "I am not Catholic. I’m Jewish."

"Jewish!?" she replies and immediately gets up to leave.

"Sister, why are you leaving?"

"I didn’t realize I was talking to a sex maniac!"


Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.


"Well, I reckon you’ve been a pretty good horse," said the farmer.

"You work hard and I ain’t had to call the vet on you much. I only wish you pulled the plow a little faster. But all in all? I’d say you’re one fine horse and any farmer worth his salt would be proud to own you!"

"NO!" said the horse, "I said, ‘feedBAG’ not,’feedBACK’."


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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