Ray's musings and humor

She did, you can too!

If you want to get something that you never had before,

do something that you had never done before.




I was having breakfast a few weeks ago when I noticed one of my favorite servers had an unusual glow about her. I made a comment about how bright she looked and she shared with me that she had found comfort and solace recently by reaffirming her faith. What was especially impressive to me was that this resulted in her turning away from the past and looking forward with hope to the future. Today I had breakfast at the same restaurant and my table partner commented on how well my server friend looked and I shared the story of how she had released herself from the past, set her burdens aside and was now at the beginning of the journey to find the joys that she has missed in the past.

Those of you who know me must know how pleased I was that my former acquaintance and now friend had taken the steps that too many of us never take. Why is it that some of us spend our lives carrying useless burdens that continually bog us down, keeping us from ever moving on with a lightened load? Is it a lack of confidence? Are we so sure we will fail that we never try? Or is it that we have let ourselves fall into a never changing rut that saps our energy? I honestly think we all can be like my new friend if we just decide that the past is truly the past and that it is gone forever. When we look ahead the future with all its potential is waiting for us to enjoy, but only if we choose to move forward and pursue our dreams.

A few days ago Ralph Marston sent me the following that reminds us that pursuing the better life does not have to wait, today is the very best day to get started. Here is what he wrote:


Your time to live

You were born to make a difference. Now is when you can. For a long time you have wanted to move beyond the troubles and shortcomings that have been hounding you. Now you can take action and begin to do just that.

Now is when you can create new and lasting value for your world, for yourself and for those around you. Now is when you can transform your most deeply held dreams and values from vision into reality.

Now is when you can make decisions and take action. Now is when you have the ability to get whatever results you set out to achieve.

On this day, in this moment, you can learn from the mistakes of the past and make the positive changes that will take you to where you most would like to be. Now is your chance to put all you have to its highest and best use.

Now is when your future begins, and now is when you can do something about it. This is the moment, this is the day, and now is your time to live.


So how about it, would you like to join with my friend and move on to better things? If you would, don’t wait, start now, she did and you can too. It very well may be the best move you’ll ever make.


Giving of yourself, learning to be tolerant, giving recognition and approval to others, remaining flexible enough to mature and learn – yields happiness, harmony, contentment and productivity. These are the qualities of a rich life, the bounteous harvest of getting along with people.

Jack C Yewell


The veterinarian told the her that her dog needed some exercise. "You need to make sure this dog runs around," the doctor said.

"Try playing a game of fetch with him."

"I can’t play fetch with my dog," she said.

"Why not?" the doctor asked.

"Because," she replied, "He can’t throw."


Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you have to say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say!


A guy walks into a shoe store and asks for a pair of shoes, size 8.

The obviously well trained salesman says, "But sir, you take an 11 or eleven-and-a-half."

"Just bring me a size eight!" the man replies.

The sales guy brings them and the man stuffs his feet into them and stands up in obvious pain. He turns to the salesman and says, "I’ve lost my house to the I.R.S., I live with my mother-in-law, my daughter ran off with my best friend, my business has filed Chapter 7, and my son just told me he was gay. The only pleasure I have left is to come home at night and take my shoes off."


People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

Abigail Van Buren


My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next.

Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. "Are you going to miss him?" my friend asked.

"Actually I’m relieved," her mother replied. "Now I can bend over."


"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Alexander Pope


Bill had always been teased by his friends that his wife was more successful than he was.  Some even went so far as to insinuate that he was overshadowed by her and henpecked.  Bill had a sense of humor and always laughed it off.

One day, one of his fiends asked the tiresome question AGAIN, "Who wears the pants in your family?"

"I do," replied Bill.  Then, after a pause, he added, "I also wash and iron them."


Everyone seems normal….. Until you get to know them.


He said: As a senior at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, I often engage women psychology majors in heated discussions about male-female relationships. Once, my friend Shelly and I got into a hot debate about whether men or women make the larger sacrifice of their respective gender characteristics when they get married.  To my surprise, Shelly agreed with me that men give up far more than women.

"You’re right, Steve," she said.  "Men generally give up doing their cleaning, their cooking, their grocery shopping, their laundry."


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Eleanor Roosevelt


The new librarian decided that, instead of checking out children’s books by writing the names of borrowers on the book cards herself, she would have the youngsters sign their own names. She would then tell them that they were signing a "contract" for returning the books on time.

Her first customer was a second grader, who looked surprised to see a new librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to the librarian, giving her his name as he did so.

The librarian pushed the books back and told him to sign them out. The boy laboriously printed his name on each book card and, with a look of utter disgust on his face, handed them to the librarian.

Before the librarian could even start her speech, the boy said, disdainfully, "That other librarian we had could write."


“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.

It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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