Ray's musings and humor

If you remain in your comfort zone you will not go any further.

Catherine Pulsifer




I have often talked about the adventure that can be found just around the corner or over the hill for those who are willing to venture out of their current comfort zone. I have found that it is often the fear of the unknown that provides walls that we are afraid to climb even though there may be a field filled with reward on the other side. Fortunately when we do venture out life becomes more interesting even if we don’t find our fantasy land.

I know that life can be more satisfying as each year goes by as we move from youthful exuberance to our slower and more deliberate seniorhood. In fact I have found that it gets better as long as I don’t stop and become bogged down in the status quo. It is when we understand that change and occasional risk taking get the adrenaline going and add zest to life. Of course at my age it takes a little longer to get going even with an adrenaline rush, but that is ok for I have found that moving deliberately allows me to see more than I did when I would rush headlong into the future.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my comfort zones for they provide me a place to visit once in awhile to rest and recharge. Fortunately once recharged I become uncomfortable unless I soon get back into the mainstream.

In all honestly I believe that my visits to my comfort zones are therapeutic. What started today’s thoughts was the realization last week as I watched Disney’s UP at a local movie theatre while munching on heavily buttered popcorn just how relaxing a feel good movie is for me. Later I inventoried my other comfort zones, Here is a list of a few of them:

  • an afternoon nap.
  • listening to audio books as I drive from place to place.
  • being with friends who share their joys and sorrows.
  • visiting a farmers market and buying homemade and homegrown foods that provide amazing taste rewards.

So Disney folks, thank you for opening my eyes to my really great comfort zones that I so often take for granted. My review also helped me to see how standing at the edge of a comfort zone provides me the very best platform to dive into the next great opportunity to do something worthwhile.

May I ask you a question? What are your comfort zones? Do you just visit them and if so how often? If you stay in your zone is it really a comfort zone or the anchor that keeps you from finding a more interesting and rewarding life?


My Comfort Zone – A Poem

Author Unknown


I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.

The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,

But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.


I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.

I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.

I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,

But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.


I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.

I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.

I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,

I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.


If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,

Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.

A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.

Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!


Good News!!!

The parachute company says you’ll get a full refund.

They say the house didn’t float very far at all.

The "National Enquirer" just loved those pictures of you at work.

Jerry Springer wants to surprise you on his show.

The reward for your capture has reached fifty thousand dollars.

The insurance pays the full book value ($312) for your 1956 T Bird.

The thieves left the push lawn mower and hedge trimmers.

Those Grand Juries always over-react.  Don’t worry about it.

The boss said while you’re sick, he’d do all your work personally.


Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


How to check the weather.

Get a rock from somewhere, and place it somewhere like in your yard or something!

That’s all you have to do, and your ready for forecasting!!!!!

If you don’t want to use a rock, you can use a horse, works just as well!!!

If it’s dry ——Weather’s Clear

If it’s wet —–It’s Raining

If its white —It’s Snowing

If it’s gone —Tornado


Do unto yourself as you would have others do unto you.

Sam Keen


She said:

It was the third day my husband, Joe, had been in the intensive care unit following his fifth surgery for the removal of most of his remaining small intestine. The surgery took many more hours than expected. Joe was older and weaker, and he wasn’t responding.

As I sat beside his bed, two nurses tried repeatedly to get him to cough, open his eyes, move a finger – anything to let them know he could hear them. He didn’t respond. I sat praying to God to please help Joe respond – any sign that he might survive.

Finally, one of the nurses turned to me and suggested that perhaps if she knew something personal about our family, she could try to stimulate his response with that knowledge. She said, "Maybe you, as his daughter, could help us with such information."

I smiled and said, "I’ll be happy to give you personal information, and thank you for the compliment, but I’m his wife of forty-three years, not his daughter, and we’re about the same age."

The nurse looked at me and said, "The entire staff thought you were his daughter and had even commented how wonderful they thought it was that his daughter was with him all the time."

As they were expressing how I looked so young, a little cough came from my husband, and we all turned to stare at him. He didn’t open his eyes, but loud and clear he said, "She dyes her hair!"


A lady is a woman who makes it easy for a man to be a gentleman.

American Proverb


Little BILLY was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy bar after another. After the 6th one, a man on the bench across from him said, "Son, you know eating all that candy isn’t good for you. It will give you acne, rot your teeth, and make you fat." Little BILLY replied, "My grandfather lived to be 107 years old."

"Oh?" replied the man." Did your grandfather eat 6 candy bars at a time?"

"No" replied Little Billy, "he minded his own business!!"


You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

O. A. Battista


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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