Ray's musings and humor

I’m selfish, I volunteer

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.

Erma Brombeck


A very good friend of mine is a people serving organizations link to businesses, service organizations, churches, individual’s  actually to everyone who may not know the details of the good works of her colleagues as they serve thousands of people every year. My friend is in the process of putting together an event that will honor current supporters as well as showcase the organizations accomplishments to others. As we talked about the event I again realized how often we limit our focus to what we do for the outside world through the gift of time, talent and/or treasure by volunteers without recognizing that we who volunteer are the real winners. I know many folks who want to find something they can do to give their life more meaning who are unaware of all the volunteer opportunities there are. Many who are looking for an antidote for the lonesomeness and isolation that often comes with retirement and aging can find it wherever they live. I also meet young people who are ready and willing to do some good but just don’t know where to start.

  • The first thing my friends organization does for me is that it provides me a place where I can make a contribution, I can’t lift as much as I once could so they don’t ask me to lift, I can’t move as fast either, so they don’t ask me to run, fortunately there are serving opportunities for almost everyone.
  • The second really meaningful thing I get is a sense of community, I work with people I enjoy, many who become friends.
  • The third thing that I get from the gift I have been given is the sense of well being that comes from knowing that at the end of the day I did something worthwhile. And what pleases me the most is that it seems to have rubbed off on my children and grandchildren for they love volunteering.

I think it is time that we quit making volunteering appear to be something requiring personal sacrifice, something done for only altruistic reasons. It is time to shout out to others that it provides a place for our hearts and minds, it allows us to demonstrate our humanness, and it brings us together.

I know there are cynics everywhere, I know I often get asked why I do what I do, I just feel sorry for them since they miss the joy that comes from working shoulder to shoulder with others. It is not important that everybody joins up, for you and me are two, and that friend of ours makes three, and the kids get us to 10 and everyone of us makes a difference.

Yep, for me my volunteer efforts are a selfish act because I get so much more out of it than I give. And you know what? No one can take what I choose to do as a volunteer away from me.

How about joining me, if you live in Central Indiana and want to participate in a selfish act, come with me to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief training on Saturday February 20th. I am taking it because I am confident that if nothing else I can hand out doughnuts and coffee to people who can do more at a disaster site. Seriously if you are interested let me know and I’ll get you the details.


“When kids volunteer it tells others that they don’t have to be perfect or famous or even grown up to make a difference.”

Kalynn Dobos, age 7


Penny, a good Assessment nurse was awakened at 4 a.m. to make a house call.  She reluctantly got dressed and braved a snowstorm.  After the examination, she told the patient to send immediately for his lawyer and relatives and friends and make a will.

When she got home and told her husband of what she had seen and done. Her husband asked, “Was the patient that bad?”

Penny said, “No, I just didn’t want to be the only sucker called out on a night like this.”


Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.


Things it takes most of us 50 years to learn:

1. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.

3. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

4. The most powerful force in the universe is: gossip.

5. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.

6. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is: age 11.

7. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

8. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

9. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”

10. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

11. If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and he decides to deliver a message to humanity, he will NOT use as his messenger a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle or in some cases, really bad make-up too.

12. You should not confuse your career with your life.

13. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter/janitor, is not a nice person.

14. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

15. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

16. Your true friends love you, anyway.

17. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.


Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.


On a train from London to Manchester, an American was telling off the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.  “You English are too stuffy.  You set yourselves apart too much.  Look at me…  I have Italian blood, French blood, a little Indian blood, and some Swedish blood.  What do you say to that?”

The Englishman replied, with a smile, “Very sporting of your Mother”


My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her …or something like that.


At an annual Bosses Night dinner for Helena, Mont., lawyers, sponsored by legal secretaries, it was time to announce the Boss of the Year. The master of ceremonies began: “First of all, our winner is a graduate of the University of Montana. So that already eliminates some of you as candidates. “Our winner also is a partner in a downtown Helena law firm. That eliminates some more of you. “Our nominee is honest, upright, dedicated…” A voice from the audience cut in: “Well, there go the rest of us!”


“The road to success is not crowded. Because while most are looking for ways to take, the truly successful people are finding ways to give. With a giving attitude, every situation is an opportunity for success.”



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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