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Good life tips

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.

Thomas L. Holdcroft




I had a productive day yesterday as I got my brain scan done, it is not one of my favorite tests. I should know the results next week. I thought that was all the tests for this week but my Neurologist decided she did not want my Neurosurgeon to have all the fun so she has me getting a carotid artery doppler exam on Friday as a follow-up to last summer’s stroke. Fortunately it is only an ultrasound procedure so no needles, IV’s or the dreaded contrast dyes used in the brain scans.

I liked it a little better when my human interaction did not include as many white coats. Of course I know I am fortunate that they are there and that they care so much, many have become friends and we always have fun together.


A couple of times in the past month or so I shared with you some items off a life’s lessons list a friend sent me years ago. Here are a few more with my thoughts added.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you. – It took me awhile to learn how really true this, my life is mine and it is up to me to use it wisely. What has surprised me is how in the years when I was a little grumpy I met a lot of grumpy people, it is funny how they all changed when I became a happier person.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?" – I don’t even think you need to ask yourself about five years, in my case most often when I ask if this will make any difference tomorrow the answer generally has been, “not really.” In the same spirit I find that if I lose something I care about and I ask myself if the world will end because I did, the answer is always no, so I forget what I can’t change and just move on.

Forgive everyone everything. – Not always easy but really worth it. I don’t want what they do to bog me down, it’s just not worth it. Iif they are frequent pains all I have to do is walk away forever.

Time heals almost everything. Give time time. – I spent a major part of my life as a trouble shooter which meant that folks could hand their problems off to me, in the process I learned that problems were easier to solve the next day. Fortunately the things we think are big problems really are not that big. The ones that are truly significant are not as debilitating if we take some time to let them mellow while we do some personal character building.


Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.

Tom Head



  • If you’re bidding on a job for UPS, don’t send your bid by FedEx.
  • If your computer says, Printer out of Paper," this problem cannot be resolved by continuously clicking the "OK" button.
  • A bad place to store your emergency backup diskette is on the underside of your desk drawer, secured by a large magnet.
  • When the PC says, "Insert diskette #2," don’t do it immediately. Remove disk #1 first, even if you’re sure you can make them both fit in there.
  • If you’re in the armed services, and it’s April 1st, and you get an e-mail message to call Colonel Sanders for new orders, don’t.
  • If you go to the computer store to buy a mousepad, you don’t have to specify whether it’s for a Windows or a Macintosh.


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.

Sam Ewing


A big executive boarded a New York to Chicago train. He explained to the porter, "I’m a heavy sleeper, but I want you to be sure and wake me up at 3:00 am for the stop in Buffalo. I don’t care what I say, you just make sure I get off in Buffalo." The next morning the executive woke up in Chicago. He was furious. He found the porter and really gave him an earful before hustling off to purchase a return ticket.

After he left, a co-worker said to the porter, "How can you stand there and let that passenger abuse you like that?"

"That’s nothing," said the porter. "You should have heard the guy who I put off in Buffalo!"


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


Whenever I travel by plane someone always says, "Have a safe trip." Since when does a safe plane flight become my responsibility?  I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to do! Go kick the tires, drug test the pilot, what?

I feel I’m doing my part by not going up to the cockpit every five minutes and asking, "Are we there yet?"


Murphy’s Technology Law #3:

Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.


A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. So, the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old man.

She asks, "You come every day to the wall. How long have you done that, and what are you praying for?"

The old man replies, "I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In the morning I pray for world peace and then for the brotherhood of man. I go home have a cup of tea and I come back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth."

The journalist is amazed. "How does it make you feel to come here every day for 25 years and pray for these things?" she asks.

The old man looks at her sadly. "Like I’m talking to a wall."


A frustrated wife told me the other day her definition of retirement: "Twice as much husband on half as much pay."


A man entered a stationery store and asked the clerk for a birthday/anniversary card.

The clerk replied, "We have birthday cards and we have anniversary cards. Why not take one of each?"

The man said, "You don’t understand. I need a card that covers BOTH events! You see, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of my wife’s thirty-fourth birthday…"


Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.



As the storm raged, the sea captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, "Anyone here know how to pray?"

One man stepped forward. "Aye, Captain, I know how to pray."

"Good," said the captain, "you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short."


Don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire.  I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl.  Let him come out as I do, and bark.

Samuel Johnson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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