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Archive for February, 2008

Why not call a friend?

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Dr. Samuel Johnson



From time to time I get e-mail from author Mary Robinson Reynolds that strikes a chord. Today I wanted to share some thing from her that may be helpful to some of our readers. I often spend time with friends who are in a funk. Too often the funk turns into loneliness and sometimes despair. It breaks my heart to see friends who have so much to offer hide in their own private world reluctant to let others in.

Here is what Reynolds suggests to get over it.


Here are My Top 3 Steps to Popping Out of a Life Funk:

1 – About feeling alone: get out there and give something to somebody else! Call a friend and rather than talk about yourself, ask them about their day, their life, their worries. Listen, listen and listen some more and soon, you’ll feel like you Made A Difference in someone’s life today. Listen first to other people’s problems and get off your own. You will feel so much better so fast, and talk about self esteem, value and self worth …it’s exactly how you learn to feel better about yourself. If you feel depressed, it’s only because you don’t feel like you matter.

Don’t have any friends? Get out and get involved: churches or community services that help those more needy than you! I was a single mom for about 5 years, and to fill my loneliness, I got involved and volunteered at my church. It filled me in amazing, miraculous ways. Make A Difference in someone else’s life, and suddenly your life starts to make sense when you feel your purpose coming through you.

2- Stop putting your life on hold while you wait for other’s to mentor you. Get busy and start studying books that lift you up and show you the way. If money is an issue, then go to the Library. Do your part and people will show up for you – and give you emotional support and encouragement – because you are giving to other people. The Universe WILL take care of the details of what you need, but it is still up to you to go forward and get deliberate about the life you want to create for yourself and your beautiful daughter.

3- Accept that the only one who can abandon you, is you! The only one that can choose disappointment, is you. My suggestion for you is to begin immediately applying Compassion into every single area and event of your life experiences. Be compassionate with yourself, which is entirely different than giving even a second of a thought to deciding to be sad or disappointed.


A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein


The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.

When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, "The captain said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued."


I had amnesia once or twice. I think.


One night a wife found her husband standing over their newborn baby’s crib. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions; disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, and skepticism. Touched by this unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, with eyes glistening she slipped her arms around her husband.

"A penny for your thoughts." she whispered in his ear.

"It’s amazing!" he replied. "I just can’t see how anybody can make a crib like that for only $46.50!"


TEAMWORK…means never having to take all the blame yourself.


"Things We Learn From Children"

  • There is no such thing as child-proofing your house.
  • If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.
  • A 4 year-old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
  • If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape.
  • It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.
  • Baseballs make marks on ceilings.
  • You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
  • When using the ceiling fan as a bat you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit.
  • A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
  • When you hear the toilet flush and the words "Uh-oh," it’s already too late.
  • If you use a waterbed as home plate while wearing baseball shoes it does not leak — it explodes.
  • A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 square foot house 4 inches deep.
  • Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a four year old.  Duplos will not.
  • Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same sentence.
  • Super glue is forever.


My idea of cleaning the house is sweeping the floor with a glance.


A stalwart Vermont farmer bought some land that was still just as it had been before the Pilgrims landed.  He dug up hundreds of stones and built a fence; cut down trees to create a clearing; built a house and a small barn; cleared land for pasture, dug a well and over several years just generally worked his fingers to the bone in creating a small, neat, productive farm.

Eventually his pastor came out for a visit and marvelled rather fulsomely, and at great length, at all that "you and God have done together."

"Eh," the farmer said dubiously.  "Ya shoulda seen the place when God ran it on his own."


A snooze button is a poor substitute for no alarm clock at all.


Haircuts–The difference between men and women

Women’s version:

Woman 2:  Oh!  You got a haircut!  That’s so cute!

Woman 1:  Do you think so?  I wasn’t sure when she gave me the mirror.  I mean, you don’t think it’s too fluffy looking?

Woman 2:  Oh Gosh, no!  No, it’s perfect.  I’d love to get my hair cut like that, but I think my face is too wide. I’m pretty much stuck with this stuff I think.

Woman 1:  Are you serious?  I think your face is adorable. And you could easily get one of those layer cuts–that would look so cute I think.  I was actually going to do that except that I was afraid it would accent my long neck.

Woman 2:  Oh–that’s funny!  I would love to have your neck!  Anything to take attention away from this two-by-four I have for a shoulder line.

Woman 1:  Are you kidding?  I know girls that would love to have your shoulders.  Everything drapes so well on you. I mean, look at my arms–se how short they are?  If I had your shoulders I  could get clothes to fit me so much easier.

Men’s version:

Man 2:  Haircut?

Man 1:  Yeah.


The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.


Can it really be that long ago?

If we don’t go crazy once in a while, we’ll all go crazy.




I am on the run again today so I have gone back seven years to find a daily for us.


February 28, 2001


On this day in 1983"M*A*S*H" closed out its TV. Can it really be 18 years ago? (Now 25 years) It was one of the highest rated shows of all time. The shows hold up even today.


Some of the ways to stay happy:

*Return everything you borrow.*

*Stop blaming other people.*

*Live within your means and within your seams.*

*Be humble.*

*Every day, do something nice and try not to get caught.*


Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings.

They did it by killing all those who opposed them.


He said you can’t win

If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race, you are a male chauvinist.

If you stay home and do the housework, you are a pansy. If you work too hard, there is never any time for her.

If you don’t work enough, you are a good for nothing bum. If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay, this is exploitation.

If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay, you should get off your rear and find something better.

If you mention how nice she looks, it’s sexual harassment. If you keep quiet, it’s male indifference.

If you cry, you are a wimp. If you don’t, you are an insensitive bastard.

If you ask her to do something she doesn’t enjoy, that’s domination. If she asks you, it’s a favor.

If you try to keep yourself in shape, you are vain. If you don’t, you are a slob.

If you buy her flowers, you are after something. If you don’t, you are not thoughtful.

If she has a headache, she is tired. If you have a headache, you don’t love her anymore.


The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working.


My two-year-old cousin scared us one summer by disappearing during our lakeside vacation. More than a dozen relatives searched the forest and shoreline, and everyone was relieved when we found Matthew playing calmly in the woods.

"Listen to me!" his mother said sharply.  "From now on when you want to go someplace, you tell Mommy first, okay?"

Matthew thought about that for a moment and said,

"Okay, Disney World."


"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."

H. L. Mencken


She said:

Q. What is the most common pregnancy craving? A. For men to be the ones who get pregnant.

Q. I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move? A. With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q. How will I know if my vomiting is morning sickness or the flu? A. If it’s the flu, you’ll get better.

Q. Since I became pregnant, My breasts, rear end, and even my feet have grown. Is there anything that gets smaller during pregnancy? A. Yes, your bladder.

Q. The more pregnant I get, the more often strangers smile at me.  Why? A. Cause you’re fatter then they are.


"Success is just a matter of luck. Ask any failure."


A priest at a parochial school, wanting to point out the proper behavior for church, was trying to elicit from the youngsters rules that their parents might give before taking them to a nice restaurant.

"Don’t play with your food," one second-grader cited.

"Don’t be loud," said another, and so on.

"And what rule do your parents give you before you go out to eat?" the priest inquired of one little boy.

Without batting an eye, the child replied, "Order something cheap."


[On the death of a promiscuous actress]: She sleeps alone at last.

Robert Benchley



On a ski lift in Taos, NM: "No jumping from the lift. Survivors will be prosecuted."

Official sign near door:  Door Alarmed. Handprinted sign nearby:  Window frightened.

Seen in a health food store: "Shoplifters will be beaten over the head with an organic carrot"

"Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense."


Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.

Mike Ditka


Laws and Rules

* Weiner’s Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.

* Isaac’s Strange Rule of Staleness: Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale.

* Kenny’s Law of Auto Repair: The part requiring the most consistent repair or replacement will be housed in the most inaccessible location.

* Second Law of Business Meetings: If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one. Corollary – If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.

* The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.


The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.


There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two- letter word, and that is "UP."

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP.

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends, we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special, and this is confusing.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP.

To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary. In a desk size dictionary, UP takes UP almost 1/4th the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so I’ll shut UP.


There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

John Andrew Holmes


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

Thanks for sharing

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.

Alex Noble:



As you know I am often asked why I have been publishing the Daily for seven years. I think I have shared with you before that one of the personal benefits is that it requires me to stop and think at least once a day. I don’t know if you are like I am and find it too easy to just drift through each day doing what comes and spending part of the day being passively entertained by a book, the computer or TV. I find that it pays off to stop once in awhile and do some soul searching and even some constructive thinking.

But that is not all the reward I get from sending the Daily to you and others. One of the most pleasant parts of the relationship is the feedback I get from many of the readers. Here are two recent examples:


I thought everything about your blog was appropriate and wonderful. I’m here with my 91 yr old mom who has the flu/cold whatever it is … and I read with ponderances everything you said. Life is good if we take the high road… and sometimes the path we choose confuses us til we get back on the right path. Humor in a time of sadness is probably good. I’m new at all this elder care and thinking of somebody other than 02… but I’m a quick learner and thanks to people like you there are people along the path to guide us with their wisdom and insight! You’re my new friend but I can relate to you.. I like that!


St. Petersburg


Excellent Post…I agree wholeheartedly…My greatest concerns and applications are in the interest of the children…that they may redirect this media hyped expectation while operating without solid educational and financial advisement backgrounds…Foundations they can ill afford to lack…My other great attentions lay within the issues for the elderly…in many cases abused at the hands of their own families…while being swept beneath the social and political rugs…often surrendering their nest eggs to children who seem to think that 18 yrs or so of nurturing and sacrifice wasn’t enough…instead of taking care of the parents…the offspring demand the parents now take on new families that their kids were not and can not… be equipped to sustain in lifestyles they continue to spin out of control… knowing they have these entities to fall back on…I am very curious to see what the next decade has in store for these mock prepared people…meanwhile…healthcare and prescriptive issues continue to mount…I only hope the kids pay these mortgages and get on and stay on top…lest they nor the parents will be anything short of poverty and public housing…assuming even public assistance is still around when this economical mudslide occurs…Loved the read…Thank You…MASALA


New Orleans

I am truly fortunate to have readers like Sandy and Monique especially since they share their thoughts. Just think of all I get from being the recipient of the combined wisdom of so many good and caring people.


Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

Edith Wharton:



  • Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ and start all over?
  • Just remember, if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.
  • If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor.
  • Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
  • But Most Of All, Remember !
  • A Good Friend Is Like A Good Bra. Hard to Find, Supportive, Comfortable, And Always Close To Your Heart!


I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.

Tom Lehrer


Two little boys, ages eight and 10, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved.

The boys’ mother heard that a preacher in town has been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually.

So, the mother sent the eight-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon. The preacher, a huge man with a deep booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Do you know where God is, son"?

The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed and his mouth hanging open. So, the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God"?

Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, "Where is God"?

The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened"?

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in big trouble this time. "God is missing and they think we did it!"


Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.

Tyron Edwards


She said: As I was on the way home from a long and stressful day at the office, the car phone rang. It was my husband. "Will you be joining me in the whirlpool bath tonight?" he asked.

"What a lovely way to spend an evening," I thought. I was about to tell him how considerate he was when he continued, "Because if you’re not, I need to start adding more water to the tub."


If money won’t make you happy, you won’t like poverty either.


Old Rabbi Wolfson was begging his board of directors to buy a new chandelier for the synagogue. Pleading for more than an hour, he sat down sullen and hopeless in his ambition to acquire a chandelier.

Then the elder president of the board stood up.

"What’re we wasting time talkin’ for?" he said rhetorically. "Foist of all, a chandelier. We ain’t got nobody who could even spell it. Second, we ain’t got nobody who could even play it. And third, what we need most in the synagogue is more light!"


The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars.

The men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

H.L. Mencken


Alex, a widower, went to a dance at the Senior’s Center. There he met Ruth, a woman also in her golden years. Alex and Ruth danced every dance together. Afterward, they went out for coffee. As they walked home, Ruth said, "You remind me of my fourth husband."

"Really?" Alex replied, "How many times have you been married?"



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

Good Bye Todd

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

From a headstone in Ireland



Early this morning I received word from a member of our extended family that the young son of someone who had been close to our family for many years had passed away. While I had only met the young man once that I recall, I know from reports of his family members that he was someone special. He had suffered from brain cancer for a number of years and while I am sure he suffered much as he battled his disease I know he did it with dignity.

It has been difficult over this past year to lose many special people but it is especially sad when it is someone so young. My heart goes out to his father and the rest of his family, they are all exceptionally good people.

As we get older it seems like grief calls too often. But when you realize that the depth of our grief is a reflection of how much we care for people it can be bourn, for the alternative would be a lack of caring and a life of missed human experiences. I have included something Ralph Marston wrote some time ago that says it better.



In every life there is some sadness. The loss of a loved one, the disappointment of a shattered dream. Things don’t always go the way we want. Sadness hurts. It is difficult. And ultimately, it is good. Because sadness can come only when you care. As painful as it is, consider the alternative. What if you did not even care? Paradoxically, the absence of pain is the ultimate pain.

We must learn to experience and appreciate our sadness, without being overwhelmed by it. And the first step is to admit it and feel it for what it is. It is a powerful form of caring. About ourselves, about others, about truth, about love, about life. Sadness shows us how very much we care, and defines for us the truly important things in life.

Even in the pain of sadness, there is meaning and hope. Out of sadness, comes a deeper sense of appreciation. The sunshine is more precious after a week of rainy days. In sadness is the strength to go forward and the opportunity to triumph over every obstacle.


When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Kahlil Gibran


I considered leaving out the humor today but decided that it would be inappropriate when those who have suffered have so often maintained their humor in the face of their pain.


Sol and Ben are opening a new fish store, and they are sitting down to sketch out the sign. Ben draws "FRESH FISH SOLD HERE TODAY". The guy in the sign shop tells them he charges $30 a letter, and the two entrepreneurs go home to talk it over.

Sol says, "We don’t need TODAY — of course they’re for sale today." Ben agrees and says, "HERE? Where else would we be selling fish?" and they agree to delete that word, too. Sol thinks a minute and says. "SOLD we don’t need. It’s a store, they come in they’ll see a cash register, they’ll know," and Ben strikes that word out, too.

The sign now says FRESH FISH. Ben shakes his head. "Of course FRESH. Would we be selling stale fish?" and they cross that word out. The sign now says FISH, and Sol crumples up the paper. "We’ll leave the door open, they’ll smell and they’ll know we have fish," he says as Ben nods. "Already, before we open, we’ve saved over $600."


A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.


POSITION: Mom, Mama, Mother, Mommy

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: For the rest of your life;

Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.

Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.


"Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."

Artur Rubinstein


He said: As an assistant professor, I taught during the day and did research at night. I would usually take a break around eight, however, to play the strategy game Warcraft online with a teammate.

One night, I was paired with a veteran of the game who was a master strategist. With him at the helm, our troops crushed one opponent after another and after six games, we were undefeated. Suddenly, my fearless leader informed me his mom wanted him to go to bed.

"How old are you"? I typed.

"Twelve," he replied. "How old are you"?

Feeling my face redden, I answered, "Ten."


As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. 

As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

Don’t Stop

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”

Mary Manin Morrissey



I think I told you last Friday that I had writers block and had to skip my usual ramblings. You know that writer’s block is code for being stuck. Unfortunately I often feel stuck and more often then not stuck is not acceptable, at least if I am going to get anywhere. So stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place requires an exit strategy. In my case I sometimes am unsure what it is that has blocked my moving forward so I went and found the following suggestions. If I do a better job defining what is stopping me I can work on finding a way to get by the problem.


It’s hard to have fun when you’re feeling stuck. Stuck shows up differently for each of us. For some it’s having a dream but not knowing how to get it. For others, it’s not having a dream and feeling empty.

It can be waiting for your superhero to show (and they’re taking their time) or it can be feeling responsible for everyone – and feeling exhausted. However you get stuck — and we all get stuck from time to time, it’s part of being human — it has this as its essence:

You only have one way to see the situation … and you don’t like what you see. So where are you feeling stuck right now?

Not sure?  Here are some clues…

  • Where do you feel in a rut?
  • Where do you feel lots of "shoulds" and "musts"?
  • Where do you feel there’s no choice?
  • What makes you grit your teeth in frustration?
  • What are you tolerating?


So what can you do about it?

Funny enough, just articulating and acknowledging the situation where you’re feeling stuck is often enough to get things moving. When you finally get what’s hanging you up it often doesn’t feel quite so big, quite so overwhelming, quite as daunting. So look at the situation head on. No more sideways glances or head in the sand.

Get specific and detailed – go on, wade right into it. Write it down. Turn it from a "stuck-ness"… and into a challenge you’re willing to take on and to change.

Michael Bungay Stanier

Author, speaker and coach


“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong”

Thomas Carlyle


She said that:

  • Men: know what they want to be doing five years down the road. Guys: are not sure what they want to be doing later tonight.
  • Men: read Crichton, watch Rather, play golf. Guys: read King, watch Seinfeld, play poker.
  • Men: wear ties with stripes, shirts with buttons, and shoes with laces. Guys: wear high school T-shirts they’ve actually owned since high school.
  • Men: think perfume (yours) is a turn-on. Guys: think sweat (theirs) is a turn-on.
  • Men: balance their checkbooks. Guys: balance their loans so that they never hit up the same buddy twice in a row.
  • Men: claim to be feminist but still insist on opening doors, driving, and paying for dinner. Guys: claim to be feminists so they can let YOU open doors, drive, and pay for dinner.
  • Men: are afraid of becoming their fathers. Guys: are afraid of becoming men.
  • Men: put you on the phone when their mothers call. Guys: pretend you’re not there when their moms call.
  • Men: start their own businesses. Guys: quit their jobs.
  • Men: are experts on women’s erogenous zones. Guys: are experts on their own erogenous zone.
  • Men: order wine based on more than the price. Guys: bring their own beer.


I’m Destined for Greatness — I’m Just Pacing Myself


One of the Docs tells us:

During my surgical residency I was called out of a sound sleep to the emergency room.  Unshaven and with tousled hair, I showed up with an equally unpresentable medical student.  In the ER we encountered the on-call medical resident and his student, both neatly attired in clean white lab coats.  The resident said to his student, "You can always tell the surgeons by their absolute disregard for appearance."

Two evenings later, I was at a banquet when called to the ER to suture a minor laceration.  I was stitching away – wearing a tuxedo – when I encountered that same medical resident.  He looked at me, then said to his student, "Sure is sensitive to criticism, isn’t he?"


"Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The green, green grass of home.’"

"That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome."

"Is it common?"

"It’s not unusual."


It was such a small town that we didn’t even have a village idiot.  We had to take turns.


A elderly man from Minsk was having trouble getting on the train to Pinsk.  His arms held at right angles to his body.  The hands extending in front of him were separated by several inches of air.

Moishele, also traveling to Pinsk, helped the man on the train and kept an eye on him throughout the journey. The hands never moved, and on helping the man out of the carriage Moishele couldn’t resist asking what ailment the man must have for his arms being so rigid.

"Oh, nothing is wrong my boy.  My wife wants a pair of shoes and this is her size."


He said:  "My wife thinks I put football before marriage, even though we just celebrated our third season together."


The teacher said, "Now class, we know their are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year, so who can tell me how many seconds there are in a year?"

All the kids looked baffled by the question except Little Johnny, who raised his hand and waved it excitedly.  The teacher said, "Johnny, how many seconds are there in a year?"

Little Johnny said, "Twelve . . . January second, February second, March second . . ."


I wouldn’t touch the Metric System with a 3.048m pole!


Unaware that Indianapolis is on Eastern Standard Time and Chicago on Central Standard Time, Bob inquired at the Indianapolis airport about a plane to Chicago.

"The next flight leaves at 1:00 p.m.," a ticket agent said, "and arrives in Chicago at 1:01 p.m."

"Would you repeat that, please?" Bob asked.

The agent did so and then inquired, "Do you want a reservation?”

"No," said Bob, "But I think I’ll hang around and watch that thing take off."


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”

Elbert Hubbard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

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If I had my life to live over,

I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. 

Don Herold



I have writers block today so I have been worried about what I would send you to start the weekend. Then I found the following note in my archives. So rather than worry the hell with it, I am sending this as is and then I am taking a nap. Why worry, it’s over. Any way here is what I found.

PS I am so tired that I also stole the jokes from my February 22, 2001 daily.


No Reason to Worry

Though there will always be things to worry about, there is never any good reason to worry. For worry accomplishes nothing positive. Not only does worry waste your time and drain your energy. It also keeps you focused on the negative aspects of life, and gives those negative things more power. Sure, there are things that trouble you, things that need to be changed. Rather than worrying about them, go to work on them. You’ll never completely eliminate all the possible things about which to worry. Yet you can completely eliminate worry itself.

Try thinking of something that troubles you, and then let yourself peacefully accept it in the moment. Know that your positive thoughts and actions are the best way to make it better.

Stop worrying about life and start living it with power and positive purpose. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.


Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.

Glenn Turner



As a member in good standing, you are hereby entitled to:

Act Silly,

Hold hands, Hug and kiss,


Fly Kites,

Laugh out loud and cry out loud,

Just wander around,

Wonder(??) about stuff.



If You Want Breakfast In Bed, Sleep In the Kitchen


A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the person behind the wheel was knitting!

The trooper cranked down his window and yelled to the driver, "PULL OVER!"

"NO!" the driver yelled back, "SCARF."


Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.

He said that these are little known facts about women


·      "Oh, nothing," has an entirely different meaning in woman language than it does in man language.

·      Women cannot use a map without turning the map to correspond to the direction that they are heading.

·      All women are overweight by definition; don’t agree with them about it.  Women always have 5 pounds to lose, but don’t bring this up unless they really have 5 pounds to gain.

·      Only women understand the reason for "guest towels" and the "good china".

·      Women can get out of speeding tickets by pouting. This will get men arrested.

·      Women don’t really care about a sense of humor in a guy despite claims to the contrary. You don’t see women trampling over Tom Cruise to get to Gilbert Gottfried, do you?

·      Women will spend hours dressing up to go out, and then they’ll go out and spend more time checking out other women. Men can never catch women checking out other men; women will always catch men checking out other women.


"Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies."


She said these are the REAL facts about women:

·      Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstylist you like.

·      One of the life’s mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make a woman gain five pounds.

·      The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

·      Time may be a great healer, but it’s also a lousy beautician.

·      Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.

·      Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.

·      If at first you don’t succeed, see if the loser gets anything.

·      Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for a while, and it shrinks two sizes.

·      It is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.

·      Age is important only if you’re cheese or wine.

·      The only time a woman wishes she were a year older is when she is expecting a baby.

·      Freedom of the press means no-iron clothes.

·      Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but she can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.


Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves into knots.


A distraught patient phoned her doctor’s office. "Is it true," the woman wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"

"Yes, I’m afraid so," the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence before the woman continued, "I wonder then, just how serious is my condition. This prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’."


I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not sure


Every evening, a mother and her young son, knelt down beside his bed so he could say his prayers. One night, obviously bored with the same old prayer, the little boy said this: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake…… can I have breakfast with you in the morning?"


It’s bad luck to be superstitious.


"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. "

Charlotte Bronte


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

She cares

“The body has to be utilized for service to others.

More bliss can be got from serving others than from merely serving oneself.”

Sri Sathya Sai Baba



A friend of mine who I hold in high regard spoke to my Kiwanis Club this morning. She shared her experiences working in New York shortly after 911 as a Salvation Army disaster volunteer. The job she was given when she first arrived was to act as a coordinator of the Salvation Army canteen and support center at the location where the remains of the victims of the Trade Center destruction were brought for identification. Often all that were found were small body parts but in each case what remained was formally treated with great respect and reverence.

You can imagine how hard it was for the workers who toiled day after day with the difficult responsibility of finding, transporting and examining the remains of the victims, day after day, week after week, month after month. My friend and her colleagues provided both solace and substance to those in need. Her centers provided food, a place to rest and relax, hands to hold and shoulders to cry on.

As she was sharing her experience with us she told us that she had never been in such a situation before and she found herself distressed that she was now. But she went on to say that she caught herself and decided that she was not there for herself but rather for people who had great need. It was not easy but she did it and did it well. She is another of those unsung heroes that quietly make the world a better place for others.

I again realized how fortunate I am to know her. I also thought about how important it is that we end each day looking back and evaluating how we did. Do we feel good about what we did and how we behaved or do we feel disappointed in the fact we were not the person we could be?

I hope you have a friend like mine, someone who inspires as they share the joy that comes from serving others.


I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer


A man got a job as a night watchman at a factory. There had been a lot of thefts by the workers on the night shift ,and so every morning when the night shift workers passed through his gate it was his job to check their bags and pockets to make sure that nothing was being stolen. Things were going along very well the first night on the job until a man pushing a wheelbarrow of newspaper came through his gate. Aha, he thought, that man thinks he can cover up what he is stealing with that newspaper. So he removed the paper only to find nothing. Still he felt that the man was acting strangely, so he questioned him about the paper. "I get a little extra money from newspapers I recycle, so I go into the lunchroom and pick up all the ones people have thrown away." The guard let him pass, but decided to keep a close eye on him.

The next night it was the same, and the night after that. Week after week it went on. The same guy would push the wheelbarrow of newspapers past the guard’s checkpoint. The guard would always check and find nothing. Then one night, about a year later, the guard reported for work only to find a message had been left for him telling him to report to his supervisor. He walked into the supervisor’s office and before he could say a word, the boss said, "You’re fired!" –Fired?– he asked in total surprise. –Why? What did I do?"

"It was your job to make sure that no one stole anything from this plant and you have failed. So you’re fired."

"Wait a minute, what do you mean failed. Nobody ever stole anything from this place while I was on guard."

"Oh, really," the boss answered. "Then how do you account for the fact that there are 365 wheelbarrows missing?"


I accidently listened to my motivation tapes backwards and became a failure.


"How do I know that my youth’s all spent?

Well, my get up and go has got up and went.

But in spite of it all, I’m able to grin

When I recall where my get up has been.


Old age is golden, so I’ve heard it said,

But sometimes I wonder, when I get into bed.

My years in a drawer and teeth in a cup,

My eyes on the table until I wake up.


The sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself —

‘Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?’

And I am happy to say as I close my door,

My friends are the same, perhaps even more.


When I was young, my slippers were red,

I could kick of my heels right over my head,

When I grew older my slippers were blue,

But still I could dance the whole night through.


Now I am old, my slippers are black.

I walked to the store and puff my way back;

The reason I know my youth is all spent,

My get up and go has got up and went.


But I really don’t mind, when I think with a grin

Of all the grand places my get up has been.

Since I have retired from life’s competition,

I busy myself with complete repetition.


I get up each morning, dust off my wits,

Pick up my paper, and read the "Obits,"

If my name is missing, I know I’m not dead.

So I eat a good breakfast, and go back to bed."


If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure.

Robert Hillyer


The slave driver of the Roman ship stared down at his slaves and yelled. "I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll be getting double rations tonight."

The mumbling of the happy slaves was interrupted by the bellowing of the slave driver. "The bad news is that the commander’s son wants to water ski."


You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.


My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs. She nudged me and whispered, "Wake up, wake up!"

"What’s the matter"? I asked.

"There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they’re eating the tuna casserole I made tonight."

"That’ll teach them!" I replied.


I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Leo C. Rosten


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

Seven years ago today

The most damaging phrase in the language is "It’s always been done that way."

Grace Hopper



Time is flying by so I reached back seven years and came up with this daily.



February 20, 2001

Judy provides us more of her wisdom:

I’ve learned that everyday you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.  I just did.  Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

NOTE:  People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


Princess, Having Had Sufficient Experience With Princes, Seeks Frog



If ya can’t beat ’em…….RUN!

If you can read this you have a modem.

If you don’t care where you are, then you ain’t lost.

If you don’t like my opinion of you – improve yourself!

If you don’t think women are explosive, drop one!

If you have nothing to say, please only say it once!


Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.


These announcements were found in synagogue newsletters and bulletins.

           Don’t let worry kill you.  Let your synagogue help.

           Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our congregation.

           For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

           Thursday at 5:00 PM, there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All women wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the rabbi in his private study.

           The ladies of Hadassah have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the basement on Tuesdays.


What’s the difference between a boyfriend and a husband? About 30 pounds.

Cindy Garner


Two college seniors had a week of exams coming up. They decided to party instead. Their biggest exam was on Wednesday and they showed up telling the professor that their car had broken down the night before due to a very flat tire and they needed a bit more time to study. The professor told them that they could have another day to study. That evening, both of the boys crammed all night until they were sure that they knew just about everything.

Arriving to class the next morning, each boy was told to go to two separate classrooms to take the exam. Each boy just shrugged and went to two different parts of the building. As each sat down, they read the directions: "For 5 points, explain the contents of an atom. For 95 points, tell me WHICH tire it was!"


I walked in a bar the other day and ordered a double.

The bartender brings out a guy who looks just like me.


A husband was just coming out of anesthesia after a series of tests in the hospital, and his wife was sitting at his bedside.  His eyes fluttered open, and he murmured, "You’re beautiful."

Flattered, she continued her vigil while he drifted back to sleep.  Later he woke up and said, "You’re cute." "What happened to ‘beautiful’?" she asked him.

"The drugs are wearing off," he replied.


"Then the insurance man told me that the accident policy covered falling off the roof but not hitting the ground."

Tommy Cooper


He said there are ten things that only a woman understands.

10. Cats’ facial expressions

9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors

8. Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds

7. Fat clothes

6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time

5. The difference between beige, off-white, and eggshell

4. Cutting your bangs to make them grow

3. Eyelash curlers

2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made

AND, the Number One thing only women understand:



God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever.


My friend likes to read his two young sons fairy tales at night. Having a deep-rooted sense of humor, he often ad-libs parts of the stories for fun.

One day his youngest son was sitting in his first grade class as the teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs.

She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to acquire building materials for his home.  She said "…And so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full of straw and said ‘Pardon me sir, but might I have some of that straw to build my house with?’" Then the teacher asked the class "And what do you think that man said?" and my friend’s son raised his hand and said "I know! I know!  He said ‘Holy smokes! A talking pig!’"


Yeager’s Law: Washing machines break down only during the wash cycle.

Corollary: All breakdowns occur on the plumber’s day off.


Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. 

The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs to look for:

* A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

* An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

* A loss of interest in judging other people.

* A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

* A loss of interest in conflict.

* A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

* Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

* Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

* Frequent attacks of smiling.

* An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

* An increased susceptibility to the love offered by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.


The smallest good deed is better than the greatest intention.


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

I hope you are not one of them

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley:



I spent three hours last night making phone calls for a candidate for congress. I figured it was time for me to quit sitting on the sidelines and do something for a challenger that I think will do a much better job than the incumbent. The primary purpose of the calls was to ask what the voter thought were the two most critical issues that concerned them as well as to ask if they knew about our candidate. No hassle, the whole process took about a minute or minute and a half. Most of the people I contacted were courteous and understanding. Some did not want to participate which I understood and then there were a few that were so unhappy with life that they had to vent their frustration. I truly feel sorry for those that have so much bitterness in their lives that they feel they have to off load some of it on others. I know this does not apply to any of you but if you know someone like that you may want to send them these tips. I don’t know who wrote it but I am glad someone sent it to me.


10 Causes and Cures of Unhappiness

One of the quickest ways to spread the sunny rays of happiness over your life is to directly confront the negative attitudes darkening your doorstep.   While neither universal nor all-encompassing, the joy-stealing attitudes and corresponding cures listed below are common enough to warrant a thumbtack on the wall of many lives, including my own.

1. Jealousy: Destroy the green monster by celebrating the successes of others. If your friend succeeds, celebrate his victory as your own; if your enemy succeeds, remind yourself that jealousy is self-defeating, pointless, and merely extends an enemy’s power over you.

2. Persecution Complex: Recognize that persecution is irrelevant, since you (and only you) control the outcome of your life. Every person has a stack of obstacles placed before him; success hinges upon your ability to overcome the obstacles in your path, persecution or no.

3. Lack of Accountability: We may not control every bad thing that happens to us, but we do control how we react to those bad things.  Instead of passing the buck, take responsibility for every failure so you can learn and grow.

4. Perfectionism: Stop nit picking. Perfection is rarely attainable and seldom necessary. You’re a person, not a robot. Use the 80/20 Rule whenever appropriate.

5. Excessive Reasoning: Man is blessed with a marvelous and astounding ability to reason. At its best, this ability facilitates accomplishment; at its worst, it causes spirals of perfectionism, over-thinking, and paralysis by analysis. If it’s clear you’re in a situation that cannot be improved through logic and reason, learn to let go. 

6. Negativism: Remind yourself that there are just as many positive forces in the world as negative ones; your fixation on the negative is a matter of perspective and choice.

7. Assuming the Worst of Others: There is a fine line between guarding against a realistic threat and being needlessly defensive. Make sure you haven’t crossed that line. Whenever possible, give people the benefit of the doubt.

8. Low Self-Esteem: Raise your self-esteem by recognizing your accomplishments and positive qualities; further boost it by correcting the problem areas that drag you down.

9. Low Self-Efficacy: Self-efficacy is defined as faith in your ability to achieve a desired outcome. To overcome low self-efficacy, master the skills required to reach your objective. Practice, practice, practice.

10. Feelings of Meaninglessness: Inject meaning into your life by learning to follow your passion: that internal compass, guiding you toward fulfillment. Read my synergy series of articles for more information; if you disagree with my approach for discovering purpose, pioneer your own.

Unhappiness is both self-defined and self-imposed (meaning a person who believes himself happy is), so if you’re capable of controlling your mental state without examining its constituent elements, I stand in awe of your mental abilities and politely leave you to your devices.

On the other hand, if you’re like most people I’ve known (myself included) and occasionally feel unhappy for reasons that cannot be swept under the rug, review this list of 10 self-destructive attitudes and corresponding cures. By understanding the source of your unhappiness, you can take the steps required to climb out of the hole of despair and into the sunlight of happiness. 


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

The Dalai Lama


A woman was telling her friend, "It is I who made my husband a millionaire."

"And what was he before you married him?" asked the friend.

The woman replied, "A billionaire."


A young man who wants to see the world signs up with the merchant marine to a tramp steamer to be trained as a helmsman. After mastering the classroom instruction, he starts his practical training behind the wheel of the vessel. In his first lesson, the exec gives him a heading, and the young fellow holds to it. Then the exec orders, "Come starboard."

Pleased with himself at knowing immediately which way starboard is, the young man leaves the helm and walks over to his executive officer.

The exec has an incredulous look on his face as the wheel swings freely… Then, rather gently considering the circumstances, he asks politely, "Could you bring the ship with you?"


I may be lost but I’m making good time.


A man walked into a therapist’s office looking very depressed. "Doc, you’ve got to help me. I can’t go on like this."

"What’s the problem?" the doctor inquired.

"Well, I’m 35 years old and I still have no luck with the ladies. No matter how hard I try, I just seem to scare them away."

"My friend, this is not a serious problem. You just need to work on your self-esteem. Each morning, I want you to get up and run to the bathroom mirror. Tell yourself that you are a good person, a fun person, an attractive person. But say it with real conviction. Within a week you’ll have women buzzing all around you."

The man seemed content with this advice and walked out of the office a bit excited. Three weeks later he returned with the same downtrodden expression on his face. "Did my advice not work?" asked the doctor.

"It worked alright. For the past several weeks I’ve enjoyed some of the best moments in my life with the most fabulous looking women."

"So, what’s your problem?"

"I don’t have a problem," the man replied. "My wife does."


"We have a new recipe for an exotic gourmet dinner. First, take two credit cards…"

Bessie and Beulah


A guy noticed that his buddy was troubled and asked what was wrong.

"Ohhh, it’s my girlfriend." he said.

"Oh yeah? What’s the problem?"

"When I asked her if she could learn to love me," he said, "she asked me how much I was willing to spend on her education."


“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Author Unknown


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies.

The editor is somewhat senile.

This daily is sent only to special 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 join at http://groups.google.com/group/Rays-Daily. Back issues are posted at http://360.yahoo.com/raykiwsp currently there are about 1000 readers from all over the world.

We do have a role to play

Oh, my dear friends,–you who are letting miserable misunderstandings run on from year to year, meaning to clear them up some day,–if you only could know and see and feel that the time is short, how it would break the spell! How you would go instantly and do the thing which you might never have another chance to do!

Phillips Brooks



I was listening to the radio yesterday morning early when I heard an Israeli and a Palestinian talk about their lives in the Middle East. Each had lost an innocent child at the hands of the other side during the ongoing conflict over Palestine. They were traveling together in my country advocating peace. Neither had excused the other side for their role in the loss of their loved one and yet they had found in their common loss that they could be friends and that they needed to help search for a better answer.

At one point they said they did not need any more pro-Israelis or pro-Palestinians, they said what they needed were more pro-reconcilers. What they had to say hit home, we will never solve anything by loading more power on each side as we add to the horror, never finding solutions.

It was then that I realized that there are occasions when two answers can be right even though they are 180 degrees apart. In my case I live well, I am not rich but have more than enough, I have good neighbors, a safe environment, and all the amenities of a good life, even my family is nearby. For me Indianapolis is truly a great place to live. Someone else lives in a rundown crime ridden neighborhood, having to work two minimum wage jobs just to keep food on the table, their children have lost a friend due to a drive by shooting, to them Indianapolis is a truly awful place to live. So who’s right about Indianapolis? We both are.

We each see the world from where we stand and it becomes too easy to believe that what we see is all there is. And sadly it is too easy to ignore what others are forced to live with. In the case of the Middle East it appears that the only hope rests with the mediators, those who know things cannot continue to escalate until a major catastrophe results. And in my case maybe we need mitigators to help people bootstrap out of their situation before their plight becomes an epidemic that effects us all.

Like the people I heard on the radio we can take responsibility to try to make our world a better place or we can sit back blaming everyone else. We may not have created the problems, we may not even understand the problems, but that does not mean we cannot do something about the problems. And like the quote said in the daily the other day, doing nothing is doing something, when we all do nothing we are helping to make sure things don’t get better.


"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."

Golda Meir


An Australian travel writer, touring Canada, was checking-out of the Hilton. As he paid his bill, he asked the manager, "By the way, what’s with the Indian chief sitting in the lobby? He’s been there ever since I arrived."

"Oh! That’s ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’," said the manager. "The hotel is built on an Indian reservation and part of the agreement is to allow the chief free use of the premises for the rest of his life. He’s known as ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’ because of his phenomenal memory. He is 92 and can remember even the slightest detail of his life."

The travel writer took this in and as he was waiting for his cab decided to put the chief’s memory to the test. "G’day mate!" said the Aussie, receiving only a slight nod in return. "What did you have for breakfast on your 21st birthday?"

"Eggs," was the chief’s instant reply, without even looking up and indeed the Aussie was impressed. He went off on his travel writing itinerary, right across to the east coast and back, telling others of ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’s’ great memory.

On his return to the Hilton six months later, he was surprised to see ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’ still sitting in the lobby, fully occupied with whittling away on a stick.

Remembering that one local had informed him that ‘How’ was a more appropriate greeting for an Indian chief rather than ‘G’day’, the Aussie greets him with, "How?"

"Scrambled," replied the Chief.


If you want the last word in an argument, say, "You’re right."


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!"


Power is the ability to do good things for others.

Brooke Astor


Heather meets up with her [blonde] sister Karen as she is picking her car up from the mechanic. Heather asks,

"Everything ok with your car now, Karen?"

Karen replies,

"Yeah, thank goodness! I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid."


"The secret of longevity is to keep breathing."

Sophie Tucker


The boss was very exasperated with his new secretary. She ignored the telephone when it rang.  

"You must answer the telephone," he told her irritably.  

"All right," she replied, "but it seems so silly. It’s always for you."


Children need models rather than critics.

Joseph Joubert


A Norwegian took a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. While in a bar, an Indian on the next stool spoke to the Norwegian in a friendly manner. "Look," he said, "let’s play a little game. I’ll ask you a riddle. If you can answer it, I’ll buy YOU a drink. If you can’t, then you buy ME one. Okay?"  

"Ja, dat sounds purty good," said the Norwegian.  

The Indian said, "My father and mother had one child. It wasn’t my brother. It wasn’t my sister. Who was it?"  

The Norwegian scratched his head and finally said, "I give up. Who vas it?"  

"It was ME," chortled the Indian. So the Norwegian paid for the drinks.  

Back in Sioux Falls the Norwegian went into a bar and spotted one of his cronies, "Sven," he said, "I got a game. If you can answer a qvestion, I buy you a drink. If you can’t, YOU have to buy ME vun. Fair enough?"  

"Fair enough," said Sven. Okay, my fadder and mudder had vun child. It vasn’t my brudder. It vasn’t my sister. Who vas it?"  

"Search me," said Sven. "I give up. Who vas it?"  

"It vas some Indian up in Fargo, ND."  


“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.”

Tenzin Gyatso,

The 14th Dalai Lama


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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