Ray's musings and humor

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift



I have a question, if you steal writing from yourself is it plagiarism? I admit I copied the following from something I wrote sometime ago. I did it because it seems to apply to many of the people I spend time with as they lay the foundation for their future.


I have been surprised to find out how few of us know who we are. We talk about what we have done, the nature of our jobs, the schools we have attended, the size and nature of our families, but not many of us know who we really are. Too often we take for granted the very things that make us special. Things like our love of others, the joy we get from hard work, our eye for beauty, our perseverance, our loyalty, our intelligence, our wisdom, our sense of adventure, and on and on and on.


I spend many hours listening to people think through their lives and in almost every case we find a seed that was planted in their youth that has grown to the point that it has become their nature today. It might have been their innate friendliness, their curiosity, or some other behavior that has grown through the years and that has become so normal to them that they overlook how much it defines who they are. Of course we are the product of not just one thing but the aggregate of many things, all that add up to be who we are.


I honestly believe that self knowledge is the ultimate key to happiness. Unfortunately however, we think in such broad terms that we don’t see the important details. As an example, I like to travel. Cruising is travel, hiking is travel, seeing new sights is part of travel, and meeting new people is also part of the travel experience. For me I like to cruise, see new sights and meet new people, but hiking, forget it, it is not for me. It is the same for most things, we like people, who, all people? People who think the way we do? People who stimulate our interest? If I can define what I like, I can look for it.


One way to find out about yourself is to write down the year that you were 15 years old, and then write down the date of each year since. It might be 1955, 1956, 1957, ……., 2006, 2007. Once you have made the list spend time thinking back to that year. What were you doing? What did you like? What problems did you have? And anything else you can remember. Jot down a few notes and move on to the next year. When you are done I can almost guarantee you that you will find patterns, likes and dislikes, and more that will surprise you. It will detail who you are, and it also may very well tell you how to identify the things that give your life meaning. All you have to gain is a happier life ahead.


The most successful people are those who don’t have any illusions about who they are. They know themselves well and they can move in the direction of their best talents. They know the kind of culture they thrive in and how they can benefit from that culture. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand themselves. Most people don’t want to lose their illusions about themselves, although they say they want to take charge of their career.

Bud Bray


Little Johnny’s mother asked him what he would like for his birthday.  "I’d like a little brother," he replied.  

"Oh my, that’s such a big wish," said the mother. "Why do you want a little brother?"  

"Well," replied little Johnny, "there’s only so much I can blame on the dog."  


Jealousy is all the fun you think they have.


One October my wife and I spent a vacation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. We were eager to visit the rain forests near the coast, but we heard that snow slides had made some of the roads impassable. Although apprehensive about the conditions we might run into, we drove on. Sure enough, we had gone only a short way up the High Rain Forest road when we saw a sign: "Ice 10 miles." Five miles farther on there was another: "Ice 5 miles." The next one was: "Ice 1/2 mile." We practically crept that half-mile.  

We came to the last sign. It was outside a small grocery, and it read: "Ice 75 cents."


What do you get when you cross a dyslexic agnostic with an insomniac?

Someone who lies awake at night wondering whether there is a dog.


A woman, searching for a job, inquired about the benefits. The Personnel Manager informed her they had group health and life insurance, but the costs were deducted from the employee’s pay.

She said, "My last employer had full health coverage, as well as five years salary for life insurance and a month’s sick leave AND they paid the full premiums."

"I can’t help but asking madam why you would leave a job with such benefits," the interviewer replied.

The woman shrugged her shoulders and said, "The company went bankrupt."


I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.


He said: My mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect.  

My six-year-old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, "We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?"  

Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, "Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!"


"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

Mae West


She looked like such a sweet little old lady, driving the cute Toyota with a bumper sticker that said, "Grow your own dope."

How sweet, I thought, must be a medical marijuana patient.

Then I noticed the rest of her message … "Plant a man."


Sign on a desk in a reception room, "We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left."


A customer moves away from a Bank till, counts his change, and then goes back and says to the cashier, "Hey, you gave me the wrong change!"

Cashier: "Sir, you stepped away from the counter. There’s nothing I can do about it now."

Customer: "Well, okay. Just thought you’d like to know you gave me ten dollars too much."


I just hate people who tell me what to do. What do you think I should do about them?



Married 25 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, "Honey, 25 years ago, we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10 inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25 year old blonde.

Now, we have a nice house, nice car, big bed and plasma screen TV, but I’m sleeping with a 50 year old woman. It seems to me that you are not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 25 year old blonde, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed….


“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.

Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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