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Archive for October, 2010

Thank you Mary and Snjezana!

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro


When they said “It is an ill wind that blows no good,” I agreed. When they said “In every adverse situation there is a complimentary opportunity,” I wondered. But as the years have gone by I have found that it is almost always true that opportunity and often some good can come out of what at first appears to be a calamity.

My most recent example of how this is true has been the result of my need to find another way for some four hundred Google Group subscribers to get their copies of the Daily via e-mail. What I did was offer each of those subscribers the alternative of getting the Daily e-mailed directly from me or to find it on one of the many places where it is posted. That way we could stay connected until I set up another subscription service. What I was unprepared for was the response; here are excerpts from a couple of the notes I received.

This one is from a highly regarded doctor friend who I have not seen for 10 years or more. She is a special person who has worked under the most difficult situations for decades, the world is a better place due in part to Mary’s efforts. Here is what she wrote;


I have recently moved back to Geneva to take up a CDC posting with WHO.  So, I will be with WHO for at least 5 years.  This time, I am working on issues related to vaccinating children, and establishing surveillance systems that help the countries monitor the level of disease. 

Since I have started this job, I have been absolutely stunned to learn how poor the quality of hospital bacterial laboratories is globally.  In my work, we usually focus on the major paediatric hospital/s in a country…. and that hospital frequently does not have the capacity to identify bacteria properly.  Can you imagine?  Children with meningitis and so many bacterial diseases are just not being being treated as properly as possible, because the bacterial laboratories are in such poor shape. 

So, as with all things in life, it is a mixed message.  On the one hand, I am happy… in that what I am doing via the vaccines work helps to strengthen the general capacity of the bacterial laboratories.  That has such far reaching benefits for children (and frequently the adults).  But, on the other hand, I am appalled that in the year 2010 (and very soon to be 2011), the bacterial laboratory of so many major hospitals is so poor.  How can this be?

How are you doing?  I am following your health with a bit of worry. 

Take good care of yourself.   I really do appreciate your daily.  I look forward to it every day.  And, I file them away… so if I am having an off day, I can go through the list and pick one out at random and read it.  That really does help to lift my mood. 

Those of you who know me know how strongly I believe the solution to many of our problems will come from direct communications between people like you and me. Here is a small example of what is possible.


I like your writing. There’s wisdom but also laugh. And I don’t want to stay without it. Thank you.


When I received this message I asked the writer how we first became connected and here was the response:

Im from Croatia. When I was browsing web and kind of investigate google’s groups, just to see what is it, I bump into yours, read few, like it and decide to receive yours Daily. Simple, lol.

I saw on your last mail, that you also have fb profile but it would be a bit weird to sent friend request to someone who wouldn’t know who am I so I choose to send this note cose, like I said, I don’t want to stay without yours Daily. I even share some of your thoughts or jokes with my friends, 🙂

Warm regards from Croatia.


There were other notes of a similar nature. I feel rewarded way beyond my expectations and paid more than I ever thought possible. Thank you all.



“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”


A meat counter clerk, who had had a particularly good day, proudly flipped his last chicken on a scale and weighed it.

“That will be $6.35,” he told the customer.

“That really is a little too small,” said the woman. “Don’t you have anything larger?”

Hesitating but thinking fast, the clerk returned the chicken to the refrigerator, paused a moment, then took it out again. “This one,” he said faintly, “will be $6.65.”

The woman paused for a moment, then made her decision.

“I know what,” she said, “I’ll take both of them!”


A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker:

“The Ten Commandments Are Not Multiple Choice.”



A guy goes to the psychiatrist. “Doctor,” says the guy, “I feel as if I’m two different people! Two totally different personalities. Do you think I need help? Can you help me? Am I doing the right thing seeing a psychiatrist?”

“Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!” says the doc. “Please, one at a time.”


“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength.

However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go –  and then do it.”

Ann Landers


Flying home after visiting her daughter in England, she arranged to have her husband meet her plane at the Vancouver, B.C. airport.  This meant a stop at the border crossing between the United States and Canada, where her husband was asked: “What is your reason for entering the country?” and “How long are you planning to stay?”

He replied that he was picking his wife up at the airport after her trip to England.

Without missing a beat, the guard asked two more questions in the same businesslike tone: “Is the house clean?”  And, “Are there fresh flowers on the table?”


“The word ‘aerobics’ came about when the gym instructors got together and said: If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it Jumping up and down.”

Rita Rudner


A bishop discovered a tribe of Indians in the Yukon who had never recorded a baptism, confirmation or marriage. 

The bishop soon rectified the situation by baptizing everyone. He also married every beaming couple that walked by.

Later, the tribal chief told the Bishop the tribe had never had so much fun.

The bishop asked the chief which part they enjoyed the most. 

“The marriage service,” the chief said, smiling, “We all got new wives!”


Take the mystery out of driving….use your turn signal.


Molly was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist. “Right,” said the shrink, “We’ll just try a few simple tests.” To Morris the boy, he said “Say a few words – anything that comes into your mind.” The boy turned to his mother and asked, “Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words without any split infinitives?”


“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It’s off to work I go

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”



A friend said to me the other day that his family was concerned about his having enough to do after he retired. I should have offered him some of my stuff since I am a little capacity challenged right now. I know yesterday that I said it was a good idea to walk away from some of what is too much only to find myself trapped by must-be-dones. My current major job is finding a replacement distribution method for the hundreds of readers who have been receiving the Daily via Google Groups. Can you believe that Google is shutting down the service without even asking me if it was all right to do so.

Sometimes I think there was less work when I had a job especially since my opportunities-for-service cup runneth over. But I know this too will pass and all will be well in Rayland soon.

So why do it, you ask, why worry if a few hundred miss the Daily? It is because I don’t want to loose the connection with them. I have already heard from a number of my Google readers that I hold in high regard, some that I had not heard from for a year or more and now I have. Many are working to make the world a better place both here and abroad and if the Daily occasionally brightens their day then it is all worth it.

We all face tasks that seem too burdensome on occasion and it is then when we get to let them get us down or we use them to invigorate us to action. Here is something Ralph Marston wrote that says what I mean better than I can.

 A good enough reason

Give yourself a good enough reason and you can get yourself to do whatever must be done. Give yourself a meaningful enough reason why, and it will happen.

Make yourself an offer that you can’t refuse. Give yourself a reason that you cannot resist.

In an instant you can go from apathetic and unmotivated to enthusiastic and energetic. All you have to do is find that raw nerve of authentic desire, and touch it.

Allow yourself to want what you really want. Then allow yourself to be driven by that desire.

Every possibility is open to you. Latch on to one so positive and compelling that it won’t leave you alone until you make it happen.

Give yourself a good enough reason and you’ll give yourself plenty of motivation. Give yourself a good enough reason and you’ll have no trouble moving quickly and decisively forward.


“A positive attitude may not solve every problem but it makes solving any problem a more pleasant experience.”

Grant Fairley


After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said: “Let me see if I’ve got this right.

You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. And I’m supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.

“You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self esteem. You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job. “I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and oh, make sure that I give the girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.

“My contract requires me to work on my own time after school, evenings and weekends grading papers. Also, I must spend my summer vacation at my own expense working toward advance certification and a Masters degree. And on my own time you want me to attend committee and faculty meetings, PTA meetings, and participate in staff development training. “I am to be a paragon of virtue, larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority. And I am to pledge allegiance to family values and this current administration.

“You want me to incorporate technology into the learning experience, monitor web sites, and relate personally with each student. That includes deciding who might be potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit a crime in school. “I am to make sure all students pass the mandatory state exams, even those who don’t come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments. Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap. And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.

“All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps! “You want me to do all of this and yet you expect me. . . . . . .NOT TO PRAY?”


“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

Charles William Dement


Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Great To Be A Dog

1. If it itches, you can reach it, no matter where it itches.

2. No one notices if you have hair growing in weird places as you get older.

3. Personal hygiene is a blast: No one expects you to take a bath every day, and you don’t even have to comb your own hair.

4. Having a wet nose is considered a sign of good health.

5. No one thinks less of you for burping. Some people might actually think you’re cute.

6. Who needs a big home entertainment system? A bone or an old shoe can entertain you for hours.

7. You can spend hours just smelling stuff.

8. No one ever expects you to pay for lunch or dinner. You never have to worry about table manners, and if you gain weight, it’s someone else’s fault.

9. It doesn’t take much to make you happy. You’re always excited to see the same old people. All they have to do is leave the room for five minutes and come back.

10. Every garbage can looks like a cold buffet to you.


Commonsense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.

W. Somerset Maugham


An astronomer is on an expedition to Africa to observe a total eclipse of the sun. He’s captured by cannibals. The eclipse is due the next day around noon. To gain his freedom he plans to pose as a god and threaten to extinguish the sun if he’s not released, but his timing has to be perfect. So, in the few words of the cannibals’ primitive tongue that he knows, he asks his guard when they plan to kill him.

The guard’s answer is, “Tradition has it that captives are to be killed when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky on the day after their capture so that they may be cooked and ready to be served for the evening meal.”

“Great,” the astronomer replies.

The guard continues. “But because everyone’s so excited about it, in your case we’re going to wait until after the eclipse.”


Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Theodore Roosevelt


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 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 request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@yahoo.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I care for you too much to say yes!

The driver knows how much the ox can carry, and keeps the ox from being overloaded. You know your way and your state of mind. Do not carry too much.

Zen saying


I recently had breakfast with a friend who reported that his commitments and obligations had gotten to be more than he could handle. The load had become so heavy that it was getting him down and affecting his ability to perform as well as his mental state. He, like so many others I know, has a great heart and wants to help everyone. For him it is almost impossible to say no even when he knows he should.

I understood his plight having taken on more than I could handle many times in my past which resulted in my missing deadlines, not performing well and even worse, sometimes failing completely. Neither my friend nor I do anyone any favors when we say yes and promise more than we can deliver. Fortunately I seem to have learned my lesson some time ago and have been pretty good at excess promise avoidance.

The difficulty my friend faced was that many wise folks advised him to select a few things he wanted to do and could do and then drop the rest. As you probably know that is easier said than done, it is hard to tell people you care about that you are going to renege on a commitment. And in my friends case having to face the need to do so created great personal anguish. He told me, “Folks tell you to just walk away but they don’t tell you anything about how to do it without destroying relationships.

His concerns resulted in our discussing the fact that there needs to be an exit strategy tailored to each situation. Our conversation helped us to see how an empathetic timed withdrawal coupled with an offering to assist in identifying other resources could make a positive difference. At least one of his situations that would benefit greatly from his assistance can still be done well if the others are willing to move the deadlines back.

It is never easy to say no, it is especially difficult to reverse a yes, but the price for not doing so is often too great a price to pay. But having to say no does not mean that you need to do it without doing it well. It is so much better to exit gracefully than it is to run for the exit without looking back.


Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone.

Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie, I’d Kill for a Cookie


Passengers on a Continental airliner are waiting for the flight to leave; they’re getting a little impatient, but the airport staff has assured them that the pilots will be there soon, and the flight can take off immediately after that.  The entrance opens, and two men walk up the aisle, dressed in pilots’ uniforms–both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a seeing-eye dog, and the other is tapping his way up the aisle with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin; but the pilots enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up.  The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke.  None is forthcoming. The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and people at the windows realize that they’re headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport territory. As it begins to look as though the plane will never take off, that it will plow into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin–but at that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air.

The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon they have all retreated into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.  Up in the cockpit, the copilot turns to the pilot and says, “You know, Darrel, one of these days, they’re going to scream too late, and we’re all gonna die.”


I’m not tense, just terribly A*L*E*R*T!!



One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: New York

One hand on wheel, one finger out window: Chicago

One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: Boston

One hand on wheel, one hand cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator: California; with gun in lap: L.A.

Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror: Ohio, but driving in California.

One hand on latte, one knee on wheel, one hand cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on game: Seattle

One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both on the brake, throwing a McDonalds bag out the window: Texas city male

One hand on wheel, one hand hanging out the window, keeping speed steadily at 70mph, driving down the center of the road unless coming around a blind curve, in which case they are on the left side of the road: Texas country male

Both hands on steering wheel in a relaxed posture, eyes constantly checking the rear-view mirror to watch for visible emissions from their own or another’s car: Colorado

Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above window level, driving 35 on the interstate in the left lane with the left blinker on: Florida.


If I were here more often, I wouldn’t be gone so much.


A wife, one evening, drew her husband’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple?  How devoted they are?  He kisses her every time they meet. Why don’t you do that?”

“I would love to,” replied the husband, “but I don’t know her well enough.”


Sign at a railroad station:

“Beware! To touch these wires is instant death. Anyone found doing so will be prosecuted.”



This virus works on the honor system:

Please forward this message to everyone in your address book.

Now delete all the files from your hard disk.

Thank you for your cooperation.


If you have nothing to do, don’t do it here.


Did you know that:

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

           I know, who cares?


If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.


The flight home from a recent business trip was pretty empty. So, the pilot made a simple request of the passengers.

“We have a little extra room tonight, folks,” he said over the PA system. “So, if you wouldn’t mind, please take a window seat so that the competition thinks the plane is full.”


Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?

Carrie Latet


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana


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. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

And out of the past rode….

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.




Ray’s away today getting his car repaired amongst other things so you’re stuck with me. Since I don’t create only distribute it is another reprint day, this is one of the first Dailies and was published ten years ago today.

Ray’s Computer


Ray’s Daily published October 12, 2000


This is a day of mourning for Terry S., as Tom Mix the former Texas Ranger who made perhaps $10K a week at the height of his career in silent films, enormous dollars for the times, died on this day. He was killed in 1940 while he was driving his roadster in the Arizona desert and a suitcase flew off of the rear shelf and crushed his head.


Kids rules for life:

Never tell your mom her diet’s not working.” – Michael, age 14

“Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.” – Joel, age 12

“When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.” – Alyesha, age 13

“Never try to baptize a cat.” – Laura, age 13


If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.


Recently, a magazine ran a contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life managers. Here are some of the submissions:

1.  As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks. (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, WA.)

2.  What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter. (Lykes Lines Shipping)

3.  E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

4.  This project is so important, we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it. (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

5.  Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule. No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them. (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)

6.  My Boss spent the entire weekend retyping a 25-page proposal that only needed corrections. She claims the disk I gave her was damaged and she couldn’t edit it. The disk I gave her was write-protected. (CIO of Dell Computers)

7.  Quote from the Boss: “Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.” (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

8.  “How About Friday?” My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, “That would be better for me.” (Shipping executive, FTD Florists)

9.  “We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.” (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

10. We recently received a memo from senior management saying: “This is to inform you that a memo will be issued today regarding the subject mentioned above.” (Microsoft, Legal Affairs Division)

11. One day my Boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon enough. He said “If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited until tomorrow to ask for it!” (New business manager, Hallmark Greeting Cards.)

12. Speaking the Same Language: As director of communications, I was asked to prepare a memo reviewing our company’s training programs and materials. In the body of the memo one of the sentences mentioned the “pedagogical approach” used by one of the training manuals.

The day after I routed the memo to the executive committee, I was called into the HR director’s office, and told that the executive vice president wanted me out of the building by lunch. When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn’t stand for “perverts” (pedophilia?) working in her company.

Finally he showed me her copy of the memo, with her demand that I be fired – and the word “pedagogical” circled in red. The HR manager was fairly reasonable, and once he looked the word up in his dictionary, and made a copy of the definition to send back to her, he told me not to worry. He would take care of it.

Two days later a memo to the entire staff came out directing us that no words which could not be found in the local Sunday newspaper could be used in company memos. A month later, I resigned. In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation memo by pasting words together from the Sunday paper. (Taco Bell Corporation)

13. This gem is the closing paragraph of a nationally-circulated memo from a large communications company: “(Company name) is endeavorily determined to promote constant attention on current procedures of transacting business focusing emphasis on innovative ways to better, if not supersede, the expectations of quality!” (Lucent Technologies)


I pretend to work. They pretend to pay me.


   A husband and his wife advertised for a live-in maid to cook and do the housework.  A likely-looking girl came in from the country, and they hired her. She worked out fine, was a good cook, was polite, and kept the house neat.

   One day, after about six months, she came in and said she would have to quit.

   “But why?” asked the disappointed wife.

   She hemmed and hawed and said she didn’t want to say, but the wife was persistent, so finally she said, “Well, on my day off a couple of months ago I met this good-looking fellow from over in the next county, and well, I’m pregnant.”

   The wife said, “Look, we don’t want to lose you.  My husband and I don’t have any children, and we’ll adopt your baby if you will stay.”

   She talked to her husband; he agreed, and the maid said she would stay.  The baby came, they adopted it, and all went well.

   After several months though, the maid came in again and said that she would have to quit.  The wife questioned her, found out that she was pregnant again, talked to her husband, and offered to adopt the baby if she would stay.  She agreed, had the baby, they adopted it, and life went on as usual.

   In a few months, however, she again said she would have to leave. Same thing. She was pregnant.  They made the same offer, she agreed, and they adopted the third baby.  She worked for a week or two, but then said, “I am definitely leaving this time.”

   “Don’t tell me you’re pregnant again?” asked the lady of the house.

   “No,” she said, “there are just too many kids here to pick up after.”


”In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost


She said:

I’m not as dumb as you look.

I’m not fat just horizontally disproportionate.

I’m not loafing. I work so fast I’m always finished

I’m not opinionated, I’m just always right!

I’m not paranoid! Which of my enemies told you that?


”Security is mostly a superstition…Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Helen Keller


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

You can’t enjoy what you don’t see!

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.

It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”





Recently two different friends shared with me that they were not very happy and that their lives had become uninteresting and routine. Their friends had drifted away and their lives now were dominated by their job and boring leisure time. It sounded to me that they had become prisoners with their offices being their cell and their homes their recreation yard.

As I heard their stories I could understand their depression, I know I would go bonkers if I lived the restricted life they said they did. What surprised me is that both of my friends are smart and in the prime of life. I always enjoy my time with them as they are always interesting and reward me with stimulating conversation so I was shocked by their reported loneliness.

It is hard to understand why folks who don’t really have to lock themselves away from a world full of great offerings end up doing so. In both cases I asked why they did not get out more, especially since we live in a city with many things to do everyday where most can be done by oneself requiring little or no money. Both reported their reason for not doing so was that they did not read about anything they thought they would like, and that my friends almost guarantees that happiness will continue to allude them. I can promise you that you will never enjoy something if you don’t go to see it and I can assure you that you will never find new and stimulating friends if you keep yourself in solitary confinement.

I know in my case great things happened when I decided that I did not need to prescreen an event or opportunity in order to see if it matched my fantasies. When I started to attend theatre and lecture series that included offerings that I never would have thought I would like I found that my boundaries extended and my interests broadened. When I started to show up in places where good and smart people hung out I found friendships that I never would have made if I had not been there. I have learned that life can be a wonderful adventure filled with exciting discoveries, but only if you leave the confines you impose upon yourself.

Ralph Marston sent what I viewed as a challenge last spring when he wrote that happiness is a choice, something you don’t chase but let happen. While I agree you can’t chase it, it is hard to find it if you only hang out where it does not exist. Here is what he wrote:

Choose to be happy

If you chase happiness, it will run away faster than you can catch up with it. Why is that?

Because when you strive to create happiness, that very act of striving pushes the happiness away. The more you want it, the less you have of it.

Happiness is not something you can go out and get. Real happiness does not have to depend on creating a certain set of circumstances.

Happiness is a way you can choose to be. And you can simply choose it at any time, in any circumstance.

When you do, you instantly become more creative and effective, more authentic and fully alive. Living from a perspective of happiness, you’re able to live at your best because you see positive value everywhere you look.

Stop striving to get happiness and just choose to be happy, right where you are. Give your happiness to life, and watch as its positive power fills your world.


“It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.”

Richard M. DeVos


As he lay on his deathbed, the man confided to his wife, “I cannot die without telling you the truth.  I cheated on you throughout our whole marriage. All those nights when I told you I was working late, I was with other women. And not just one woman either, but I’ve been with dozens of them.”

His wife looked at him calmly and said, “Why do you think I gave you the poison?”


The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.


The kids said:

“If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family, it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.” — Anita, age 8

“Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.” — Christine, age 9

“It isn’t always how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything, and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” — Brian, age 7


The Trouble With the Gene Pool Is That There’s No Lifeguard


Things they told me:

1. Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

2. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

3. I like you You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

4. I’m not being rude You’re just insignificant.

5. Ahhh, I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.

6. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

7. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

8. How about never? Is never good for you?

9. I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.

10. You sound reasonable: Time to up my medication.

11. I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.

12. I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

13. I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.

14. Who me? I just wander from room to room.

15. It might look like I’m doing nothing, but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.

16. At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.

17. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

18. I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.


Better living through denial.


A guy is walking down the street with his friend. He says to

his friend, “I’m a walking economy.”

His friend replies, “How’s that?”

“It’s like this: My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and the combination of these factors is putting me into a deep depression.”


Adults are just kids who owe money.


As I was driving home from work one day, I stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-baseline, I asked one of the boys what the score was.

“We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile.

“Really,” I said. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.”

“Discouraged?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.”


“I just recently had my Visa card stolen … Right now it’s everywhere I want to be.”

Scott Wood


A guy had been feeling down for so long that he finally decided to seek the aid of a psychiatrist.

He went there, laid on the couch, spilled his guts then waited for the profound wisdom of the psychiatrist to make him feel better. The psychiatrist asked me a few questions, took some notes then sat thinking in silence for a few minutes with a puzzled look on his face.

Suddenly, he looked up with an expression of delight and said, “Um, I think your problem is low self-esteem. It is very common among losers.”


“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.

Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

Rosalia de Castro


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Have you listened to your heart lately?

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you, and because of you.”

T. Alan Armstrong




Yesterday I worked with fellow volunteers at our local Salvation Army’s annual Apple Fest. It was held in the middle of downtown Indianapolis and attracted a horde of downtown workers who were entertained, fed and more with the proceeds used to help feed the homeless. We had a great day, 70 degree weather, plenty of sunshine which allowed us to raise substantial funds.

I always enjoy working Salvation Army events because of the great people I get to meet and work with and yesterday was no exception. A relatively new talented lawyer friend offered to join me in the effort and did a super job. I was selling T-shirts which allowed me to work with a talented gal with extensive media experience who has become my newest friend. What most impresses me is that these talented professionals are turning their backs on lucrative careers so they can work in the people-helping business. They both have looked inward and have dedicated themselves to follow their hearts and reap the reward that comes from being able to passionately do that which provides the greatest life satisfaction, doing what your heart tells you to do.

They helped me to realize how many of us never stop and inventory our happiness possibilities and those that do are often to timid to follow their heart. In my case it took a good part of my lifetime before I discovered what I needed to do, fortunately though I did do so and finally pursued my passions. You can too. Have you stopped to look at your alternatives? Maybe it’s impractical to make a career change but you at least can be a part time self-rewarder.

Here is something Steve Brunkhorst sent the other day that offers advice on how we can break away from holds us back.


One Step at a Time

One step at a time is the best way to go.

When going through life and traveling in the direction of your dreams, the best way to get ahead is the simplest way:

Take one step at a time.

Don’t look over your shoulder; if you do, you’ll feel the weight of all your yesterdays upon you.

And don’t worry about what lies ahead.

By the time you get to the bend in the road or the crest of the hill, you’re going to be better and stronger than you ever were before.

Just go one step at a time, one day at a time.

And you’ll find a rich, thankful life you never thought you could afford.

Adrian Rogers


“The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.”

John D. Rockefeller III


When my cousin, Tom, was at the police academy, prior to joining Chicago’s finest, one of his instructors asked him during an oral exam,

“What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”

He immediately replied, with conviction,  “Call for backup.”


When you have accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you’re too old to remember it.


We were on our way to the hospital where our 16-year-old daughter was scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy.  During the ride we talked about how the procedure would be performed. “Dad,” our teenager asked, “how are they going to keep my mouth open during the surgery?” Without hesitation he quipped, “They’re going to give you a phone to hold.”


“Most people are other people.

Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Oscar Wilde


Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree

discussing things meant to be.

Said one to the others, now listen you two,

there’s a rumor going round that can’t be true,

that man descended from our noble race

the very idea is  a great disgrace.

No monkey has ever deserted his wife

starved her babies and ruined her life

and you’ve never known a mother monk

to leave her babies with others to bunk,

or pass from one onto another

till they scarcely  know who is their mother.

Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do

go out at night and get on a stew

or use a gun or club or knife

to take some other monkey’s life

yes, man descended, the ornery cuss

but brother, he didn’t descend from us.


I dialed a wrong number and got the following recording:  “I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call.  I am making some changes in my life.  Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”


There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya.  On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic.  As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their hauntingly beautiful harmonies.  She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home. With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words to this song?” Her friend looked at her an solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery.”


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Charlie Chaplin


When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session.  “I’m not aware of your problem,” the doctor said.  “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”

“Of course,” replied the patient.  “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”


“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen for you, to you, and because of you.”

T. Alan Armstrong


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.


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Join Me for Lunch

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”

Catherine Ponder



I will be working the Salvation Army downtown today helping to raise money to feed the homeless. It is Apple Fest, if you’re in Indy come down to the Circle for lunch today and get some good food while helping those less fortunate.

Since I will be too busy to think I am once more going back to yesteryear for a Daily to send to you today.

 Ray’s Daily published October 7, 2003

Well not all the news is good all the time. Barbara went into the hospital this past weekend, Jack will soon be off to the Mayo Clinic, and Shelia will be operated on in a few days. I am sure all will recover and be better than ever. My experiences with my health challenges has left me believing that I am lucky that my problems have been discovered, that I am getting quality medical care, and that I am insured. Think of the alternatives, severe illness without discovery, no access to needed care, and not enough money to protect your assets and pay your bills. I know it sounds like a stretch but I am always grateful that what I face is usually just a short term problem and is the first step towards renewal.

In the same spirit I guess, is something I heard recently as I was listening to a book on tape. The author advocated total forgiveness. Forgive the weather when it is bad, forgive your missteps, forgive your illnesses, forgive, forgive, forgive. The beauty is that when you forgive something you know longer have to fret about it. It seems we carry so many burdens that could be lifted if we just forgave and moved on.


Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

Lawana Blackwell


More Rules For Living

1. Never give yourself a haircut.

2. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

3. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship “I apologize” and “You are right.”

4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

5. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

6. The best advice that your mother ever gave you was, “Go! You might meet somebody!”

7. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her–believe them.

8. Learn to pick your battles; ask yourself, ‘Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?

9. Never pass up an opportunity to use the restroom.

10. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

11. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.

12. Work is good, but it’s not that important.

13. And finally… Be really nice to your friends and family. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan. Age sneaks up on you rather quickly! THAT IS FACT, NOT FICTION!


“Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.”

Rod Stewart


A Secretary’s Rules For Their Boss

1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.

2. If it is really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it is going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.

3. Always leave without telling anyone where you are going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.

4. If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books or supplies, do not open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be injured and lose all use of my limbs.

5. If you give me more than one job to do, do not tell me which is priority. I am psychic.

6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.

7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.

8. If you do not like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.

9. If you have special instructions for a job, do not write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.

10. Never introduce me to the people you are with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.

11. Be nice to me only when the job I am doing for you could really change your life and send you straight to manager’s hell.

12. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it is nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so many taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.

13. Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of living increase. I am not here for the money anyway.


As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.

Buddy Hackett


Esther wanted a divorce from Irving. The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”

“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”

“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”

“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”

“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”

“I didn’t know it before I married him.”

Irving shouted out, “She did too!”


The best thing about the Future is that it only comes one day at a time!


Despite his best sales pitch, a life-insurance salesman was unable to get a couple to sign up for a policy.

“I certainly don’t want to frighten you into a decision,” he announced, standing up to leave.

“Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.”


If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf


As a kid I used to have a lemonade stand. The sign said, “All you can drink for a dime.” So some kid would come up, plunk down his dime, drink a glass, and say, “Refill it.”

I’d say, “That’ll be another dime.”

“How come? Your sign says — All you can drink for a dime!”

“Well, you had a glass didn’t you?”


“That’s all you can drink for a dime.”


“To those who can dream there is no such place as faraway.”


“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. The understanding that, so, you’re no bargain, but you love and you are loved…anyway.”

Ellen Goodman


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana


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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Have a great day!

“If you don’t think every day is a great day try going without one.”

Jim Evans



Yesterday the wife of a friend I had known for almost a half a century called and let me know that my friend had died after a long illness. I had worked with him often and on many years ago and as our lives took different paths we lost touch. About 10 years ago the internet provided us the opportunity to reconnect. In the subsequent years we cruised together a number of times and when my wife and I would be in a city near them we would meet for a meal and sometimes more. We had great times; both he and his wife were always full of life and a lot of fun.

In the years I knew him he always seemed to be ready to enjoy the day. He did not seem to dwell on yesterday nor worry much about tomorrow. I think each of us owe it to ourselves to expect we will enjoy everyday and avoid any effort to convince ourselves that the day won’t go well.

A week or so ago our old friend Ralph Marston wrote a piece that I would like to dedicate to the memory of my friend for I think it represents the way he faced life. Here is Marston’s piece:

 A day to savor

This is a day to savor, and now is your opportunity to do so. It has not come before and it will not come again, so this is the moment to live it.

Today has its own unique treasures to offer. Accept them, enjoy them, live them and learn from them while they are here.

This day is not just some abstract concept or number on a calendar. It is a one-of-a-kind living experience in which you are immersed right now.

This day may not be perfect, and yet it is immensely better than no day at all. By living it with enthusiasm and positive expectation, you can make this day the best one yet.

Go ahead and do what you’ve always wanted to do. Go ahead and feel the joy, go ahead and live the fulfillment, go ahead and be the authentic and beautiful you.

This is your day to savor, to appreciate, and to fill with rich, meaningful experience. Live it, love it and let it be one you never forget.


“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

Dale Carnegie


She says this is what we really mean:

“I can’t find it.” MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.

“That’s women’s work.” MEANS: It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.

“Will you marry me?” MEANS: Both of my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer, and there’s no milk left.

“It’s a guy thing.” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.

“Can I help with dinner?” MEANS: Why isn’t it already on the table?

“It would take too long to explain.” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.

“I’m getting more exercise lately.” MEANS: The batteries in the remote are dead.

“We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.

“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.” MEANS: I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.

“That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?

“Honey, we don’t need material things to prove our love.” MEANS: I forgot our anniversary again.

“You expect too much from me.” MEANS: You expect me to stay awake?

“It’s really a good movie.” MEANS: It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and half clothed women.

“You know how bad my memory is.” MEANS: I remember the words to the theme song of F-Troop, the address of the first girl I kissed, and the vehicle identification number of every car I’ve ever owned, but I forgot your birthday.


A Doctor’s secretary called an old farmer out my way and said: “Your check came back.”

The old man replied, “So did my arthritis.”


Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Rail Road.  He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.  One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically.   “Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.

Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”


“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.”

Maurice Chevalier

In the same vain, an executive of a company I once worked for told me that he “would rather have an imperfect Christmas Tree in mid-December than a perfect tree in mid-January.” His words have stuck with me ever since. How often do we withhold something of value because it is not yet perfect? In my experience we often find that others can fine tune our work and perfection soon comes after we have made a timely release of something of value.



“If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?”

Steven Wright


In case any of you are still thinking about picking a vacation spot, be aware of the following advertising lingo:

Old world charm ~ No bath

Tropical ~ Rainy

Majestic setting ~ A long way from town

Options galore ~ Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway ~ Impossible to find or get to

Pre-registered rooms ~ Already occupied

Explore on your own ~ Pay for it yourself

No extra fees ~ No extras

Nominal fee ~ Outrageous charge

Standard ~ Sub-standard

Deluxe ~ Standard

Superior ~ One free shower cap

All the amenities ~ Two free shower caps

Plush ~ Top and bottom sheets

Gentle breezes ~ Occasional Gale-force winds

Light and airy ~ No air conditioning

Picturesque ~ Theme park nearby

Open bar ~ Free ice cubes


The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “The light was on…”


“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

 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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal and https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Be a blues buster

“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”

Denis Waitley


 Have you noticed how many people are in a funk these days? It is not easy rising above all the issues we face so we can stay happy. I don’t know how to ignore our problems but I do know that slipping into depression is not a solution, in fact doing so only makes problems seem more important than they need to be. I find that it takes less energy and effort to face our issues and move on. We must not let the weight of our problems become an anchor that drags us down and holds us in place.

We can be blues beaters if we chose to be. If you don’t know how you might find the advice offered by life coach Jacquie Hale a few years ago to be helpful. Here is an edited version of what she wrote

What To Do When You’re Feeling Blue

Everyone has an occasional time of feeling down. Regardless of the frequency or the cause, and whether or not you are on medication, you can lift yourself out of the doldrums with a few techniques. I suggest that those who encounter such distressed feelings have a few of these antidotes ready for quick access.

Appreciate the Good Stuff

Acknowledging the good and beautiful in your life is a great daily practice. Making a list of what you appreciate can lighten your mood instantaneously. You can do it by yourself, or better yet, call a friend and inspire each other. Make the sky your limit! Appreciate the person who cuts your hair exactly as you like, the school crossing guard who volunteers even during a torrential downpour, politicians whose values match yours, your boss, your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, and don’t forget–appreciate yourself for all the things you accomplish!

Eliminate the Negative

If your discouraged moods are significant or frequent, it might serve you to stop interacting with negative people. This may require a big effort and great ingenuity on your part. It may be that ultimately you would be doing yourself and the other people a favor by being truthful. You might say, “I’m having trouble keeping a positive outlook these days, and when you are always finding fault people, I start to feel down. So, I’m going to skip our weekly coffee klatch for a while.”

If the weather or the short days are bringing you down, try to block the outside views and fill your space with as much light as possible. You might even get full spectrum light bulbs for your living and work space where you spend the most significant part of your day.

Distract Yourself

When you find yourself in the downward spiral of negative self talk, do something startling such as splashing cold water in your face or slamming your hand on a table and declaring, “Stop!”

A fine way to distract yourself is to put on some favorite music and dance for a while. Some people find great release in planning and cooking a meal, baking cookies, or putting up a batch of jam. Others get lost in a complicated puzzle or computer problem. Keep a list activities you enjoy so that all you have to do is look at the list for a distraction when you’re dragging along so low that ideas are hard to come by.

Have a ready library of uplifting media. This might include favorite movies, TV programs, music, poetry, or books. You might remember a particularly wonderful event or create one in your mind. This kind of virtual vacation can brighten a very dull day.


You don’t have to run marathons to get the positive effects of exercise, you can feel revived and uplifted with as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking. Better yet, you can combine two of these techniques at once by putting on music you like and dancing.

Be of Service

Nothing takes you out of the blues as much as helping someone else. On the spur of the moment, you might call a neighbor and offer to take her kids to a movie or do the grocery shopping. You could cook dinner for a friend or take dessert to a colleague. Pick some service that interests you and it’s likely to make you happy, even if you have to drag yourself out the door to do it.

Challenge Negative Thoughts

If you have an Inner Critic that is giving you grief, start making a list of all the things this critic says about you. Then look at each statement and ask these questions:

• Is this true?

• How do I know it is true?

• How do I act because I believe this is true?

• How would I act if I didn’t believe this was true?

Have a Buddy

It’s wonderful to have someone who will support you when you are feeling down. You are ultimately responsible for your own happiness. Actually, no one knows better than you what satisfies you or makes you happy. You can help yourself far more than you think by being proactive. Some day when you are feeling particularly good, go through this list and create your own Antidote for the Blues Kit.


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Albert Einstein


Things I learned at the hospital:

  • Little is a medical term that is not defined the same as in Webster’s dictionary, for example “this may be a little uncomfortable,” “this may sting a little,” “you may feel a little burning sensation,” and “there may be a little post-op pain.”
  • All staff meetings are held outside of open hospital room doors between the hours of 1 AM and 4 AM.
  • A requirement not to leave the hospital bed for eight hours is a highly effective Diuretic but having to pee in a little plastic bottle while lying in bed is an art and not a science.
  • Hospital food has one great attribute; it makes everything you eat after having one seem so much better.


It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.


Two elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, “AMEN, BROTHER!”

When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, “PREACH IT, REVEREND!”

And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, “RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS…AMEN!”

But when the preacher condemned the sin of gossip, the two got very quiet, and one turned to the other and said, “He’s quit preaching and now he’s meddlin’.”


“I tell ya, a lot of people are in bad shape. A guy stopped me in the street the other day. He told me he hasn’t eaten in five days.

I told him, I said, ‘I wish I had your will power.'”

Rodney Dangerfield


Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys kneeled down beside their beds to say their prayers. Suddenly, the youngest boy began praying at the top of his lungs, “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO. I PRAY FOR A NEW VCR…”

His older brother leaned over, nudged his younger brother, and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.”

The little brother replied, “No, but Grandma is!”


When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Maria Robinson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.

Benjamin Franklin


I wish there were more people who learned that they have the ability to live happier lives. Just getting through life can be challenging but at the same time rewarding and even fun. I just would like to see more of us recognized that we overlook far too many of the good things we have and experience. It boggles my mind sometimes when I see folks who seem to have unconsciously chosen to be unhappy by focusing their thoughts and energy on what’s wrong to the extent that they can’t see what’s right. To a large degree I think happiness is a matter of choice.

Not long ago a personal growth observer, Warren Wojnowski offered five tip’s on how to make our lives work better. What he suggests can go a long way in developing a happier life. Here is what he wrote in part:

5 Simple Ways It Makes Your Life Work Better

When was the last time you actually, deliberately stopped and decided it was time to make your happiness a priority for yourself? If you’re like most people, it has been a very long time because for the most part, you are placing all of your time, energy, and focus on all of the things you feel you have to do. No doubt you have heard the phrase “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” Well… here’s a novel suggestion. If you’d like to make your life work better, start focusing on your happiness instead of the absence of it. Consider the following five ways in which by you focusing your thought and attention on what makes you happy — and making a point of looking for and acknowledging those things each day — you will begin to notice things working better in your life.

 1. You’ll be more attractive to others. As you place your focus and attention on what’s right and what’s working in your life, you immediately start to feel a little bit better. Because you feel better, you begin to behave and carry yourself differently. And that shift in how you carry yourself makes you much more attractive to others, which means you’re going to start receiving more invitations, more opportunities, and more things that are working well for you.

2. Your relationships will work better. Because you are carrying yourself differently, you begin to come across as friendlier, and you’ll find that you’re better able to listen because you’re not so preoccupied with what isn’t working.

3. Your job or business performance will improve. Your shift in focus carries benefits over to your overall work performance. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, more alert, and making better decisions.

4. Your health will improve. Because you are feeling happier as you place your attention on what is working, a whole set of physiological changes start to occur. Your blood pressure lowers. Your blood flow improves. Your immune system starts working better. These all have a positive impact on the state of your health.

5. You will start to have more flow. By law of attraction, you attract more of what you focus upon. Since you have repositioned your focus and attention on your happiness rather than your unhappiness, guess what happens? You get more of the things that are working better. And now you’ve got a positive spiral that you’ve started that is going to deliver more flow and positive momentum into your life going forward.


Think about it, who would you prefer to be with an unhappy person or a happy person? Pleasant people live and unpleasant people exist, I choose to live, what about you?


What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner.



Religious Thought

1. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited-until you try to sit in their pews.

2. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

3. It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

4. The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.

5. When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.

6. People are funny, they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

7. Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever.

8. Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.

9. The phrase that is guaranteed to wake up an audience: “And in conclusion.”

10. If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

11. Not only are the sins of the fathers visited upon the children, but nowadays the sins of the children are visited upon the fathers.

12. God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?

13. To make a long story short, don’t tell it.

14. If your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing, you should consider running for a job in Washington, DC.

15. Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

16. Peace starts with a smile.

17. I don’t know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

18. A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.

19. We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

20. Outside of traffic, there is nothing that holds this country back as much as committees.


For people who like peace and quiet – a phoneless cord.


Two youngsters were walking home from Sunday School, each deep in his own thoughts. Finally one said, “What do you think about all this devil business we studied today?”

The other boy replied thoughtfully, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. This is probably just your Dad, too…”


Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey Fierstein


“When a woman says she’ll be ready to go out in five more minutes, she’s using the same meaning of time as when a man says the football game just has five minutes left. Neither of them is counting time outs, commercials, or replays.”


“There are bigger things in life than money — bills, for instance.”


Ronnie volunteered to strip the bricks from the exterior of his parent’s house.  One morning he was out front chipping away when a man came by looking for his father.

“He’s not here,” Ronnie said.

The man thanked him, watched him remove a few more bricks, and said, “I’ll bet next time they’ll leave the key for you.”


We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana


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://raykiwsp.multiply.com/journal currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

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