Ray's musings and humor

Want a dynamic life?

"Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it."

Marcia Wieder




I have been really fortunate in my life to have had the opportunity to meet and often work with some amazing people. Almost always these were folks who were full of energy, confidence and enthusiasm. They never spent a lot of time standing around talking about what we might do, rather they would reach out and holler “come on lets go do it now!” The ones I always liked best were those who made the challenges fun and who maintained their sense of humor.

As I look back I find countless examples of how working with people with a positive outlook on life and who did not wait to do what needed to be done spilled over and fueled my own enthusiasm and sense of accomplishment. I liked Steve Brunkhorst thoughts on living a dynamic life that he shared not too long ago, here is what he said.


One who lives a dynamic life is energetic, passionate, enthusiastic, and vigorously active. A firm commitment to one’s purpose and goals is the foundation of the joy, power, and resilience he or she experiences each day.

Here are seven tips for living a dynamic life…

1. Accept every challenge as an invitation to expand your creativity and deepen your wisdom. Remember that each small victory is one step closer to a larger goal.

2. Honor your commitments in all things. Dare to build a legacy of integrity.

3. Build a support network. Seek the support of others who appreciate you and will encourage and assist you in achieving your goals.

4. Create a healthy self-nurturing environment. Balance activities that nourish body, mind, and spirit. Balance provides the energy to live passionately, joyfully, and actively.

5. Look backward to learn, and look forward to achieve. Expand your horizons to include new goals for a day when you have achieved your current goals.

6. Expect and accept only the best. Do not settle for something that does not align with your values or purpose.

7. Express gratitude daily. Allow the rarity of each day’s beauty to fill your moments with memories to treasure throughout your life.


I am grateful to Steve for his suggestions for while I have lived a full and gratifying life so far there are still great opportunities for more good things ahead. By following his advice I know I will continue to be able to work with some of the best and brightest and that will continue to make every day special.


Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver


Some headlines from the past you may have missed:

Prostitutes Appeal to Pope

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms

Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim

Shot Off Woman’s Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66


"I’ve learned that I should make the little decisions with my head and the big decisions with my heart."


A pious man who had reached the age of 105 suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow’s absence after so many years of faithful attendance the Rabbi went to see him.

He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, "How come after all these years we don’t see you at services anymore?"

The old man looked around and lowered his voice. "I’ll tell you, Rabbi," he whispered. "When I got to be 90, I expected God to take me any day. But then I got to be 95, then 100, then 105. So I figured that God is very busy and must’ve forgotten about me, and I don’t want to remind Him!"


She said: It begins when you sink into his arms and ends with your arms in the sink.


I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone solicitors weren’t able to call people at home during the dinner hour.  But that doesn’t make it any more pleasant.

Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed "Three Little Words" based on his brief experience in a telemarketing operation — that would stop the nuisance for all time.  The three little words are "Hold on, please."

Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately — would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt.

When you eventually hear the phone company’s beep-beep-beep tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.


She said, men have feelings too (but who really cares)


A troop of Boy Scouts was being used as "guinea pigs" in a test of emergency systems. A mock earthquake was staged, and the Scouts impersonated wounded persons who were to be picked up and cared for by the emergency units.

One Scout was supposed to lie on the ground and await his rescuers, but the first-aid people got behind schedule, and the Scout lay "wounded" for several hours.

When the first-aid squad arrived where the casualty was supposed to be, they found nothing but a brief note: "Have bled to death and gone home."


"A girl phoned me the other day and said, ‘Come on over; nobody’s home.’  I went over. Nobody was home."

Rodney Dangerfield


A little boy, who was "very" much afraid of the dark, was told by his mother to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, "Mama, I don’t want to go out there. It’s dark."

The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. You don’t have to be afraid of the dark," she explained. "Jesus is out there he’ll look after you and protect you."

The little boy looked at his mother real hard and asked, "Are you sure he’s out there?"

"Yes, I’m sure. He is everywhere, and he is always ready to help you when you need him," she said.

The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and cracked it a little. Peering out into the darkness, he called "Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?


"There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those."

Michael Nolan


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell


Indianapolis, Indiana


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The editor is somewhat senile.


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