Ray's musings and humor

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Openheim


Here we go again, Monday and I am going to start the week by having a great day and than go uphill for the rest of the week. It will be great preparation for my Salvation Army Disaster Relief first level training on Saturday.

One of the reasons I know today is going to be a great day is that I will be breakfasting with a good friend shortly where we will work on ideas to build inter-organizational partnerships to the benefit of the growing population of seniors in our community. As the baby boomers come on stream we are finding more and more folks choosing to retire in our city. Not just for all the amenities we offer but also because of our lifestyle and our caring for each other. I am fortunate that my friend is willing to help make good things happen.

One of my great interests is in our ability to empower this growing segment of our population in a manner that will allow us to benefit from their wisdom, kindness and their often unbelievable energy. The more of these good people who help continue lifetime learning and show how much we need them the better our community will be. And truthfully my friends it is not a senior issue rather it is an effort to mine an often untapped resource to help build a better life for people of all ages. I have seen what seniors can do with preschoolers who react with joy to a senior who cares enough to offer their hand and friendship. I have seen how a caring senior can mentor a kid in school who needs some one to help them over the difficult learning humps that might otherwise take them down. I have seen seniors who have found true gold in their retirement years as they have learned enough to be a docent at a museum or historical site thus enriching the experience for the institutions visitors. You get the idea the list almost has no limits.

Yep, the week is starting off well and there is more to come. I hope you do as well as I will, in fact why don’t we both decide right now that we will look back next Sunday and take inventory of the good stuff and trash any memories of the not-so-good stuff.

If you think it is difficult to have a good day then you might want to follow the advice I picked up not too long ago from an unknown source.

How to Make It a Good Day

•Wake up and be grateful. There is always something you can give thanks for, always. Find it. Acknowledge it.

•Smile. It will trigger nuerochemical processes in your body, and it will cheer others around you. Smiling is free, and it passes on good will.

•Fake it till you make it. If your confidence is low, or you don’t feel particularly pleasant, fake it. Fake it till you make it. Eventually things will come around. No point in being unpleasant to yourself or others in the mean time.

•Don’t dump your garbage on others. You know what it feels like to have someone take out their bad day on you, so don’t be that guy. Keep it in check, and wear your smile like a crown. This is the essence of grace.

•Get off your keister. Once in a while good luck and pleasant things of all kinds roll your way. Most of the time, you need to do something to invite those pleasant things in to your life. Try harder to make the environment around you more pleasant and do something for somebody else.

•Put your hands to some wonderful use today. There is always something a little extra and very good that you can do today. Kindness breeds kindness. If you want good days for yourself, start the ball rolling by trying to make it a good day for others too.


Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky


“I never eat food containing unnatural coloring or preservatives, or sprayed vegetables, or meat that has been pumped with hormones or similar, unnatural growth-enhancing stuff.”

Well, how do you feel?

“Very hungry.”


“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”

Norman Vincent Peale


She said:

The biggest problem with the younger generation these days is that I don’t belong to it any more.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times….At my age, that’s true of (everything you can possibly ever say.)

I used to have Saturday Night Fever. Now I just have Saturday Night hot flashes.

I got the feeling my stuff strutted off without me?

Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old as long as she buys him a few drinks first.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’m getting into swing dancing.  Not on purpose…some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.

It’s scary when you start making the same noises as you coffeemaker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.

I’ve tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age. But they haven’t made one called, “Buns of Putty.”

Don’t think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as my inner child playing with matches.

I don’t let aging get me down…It’s too hard to get back up.


The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

Jim Rohn


Politicians have a constant need to be diplomatic. Witness this candidate for the Senate who traveled to a small town community to address the single church there. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to ask which denomination so that when it was time for his speech, he inquired in this way: “My brethren, all. I must tell you that my great Grandfather was Presbyterian (absolute silence); but my Grandmother was an Episcopalian (more silence); I must tell you that my other Grandfather was a Christian Scientist (deep silence); while my other Grandmother was Methodist (continued silence). But I must tell you that I had an aunt who was a Baptist through and through (loud cheers!) and I have always considered my aunt’s path to be the right one!”


When learning about life and people, make no more assumptions than are absolutely necessary. Ask and observe.

William of Ockham


She said:

I work in sales. While I was in a customer’s home one afternoon and was talking to the customer, their 4 year old little girl whose name was Michelle, tugged on my pants leg and excitedly exclaimed, “I got a new bicycle, do you want to see it?”

I said, “Sure, Michelle.”

So off to the backyard we all went. Upon getting into the backyard, I saw a brand new girl’s bicycle. “Wow! Michelle! That’s a beautiful bicycle.” I complimented. “Can you ride it?”

“Yeah, I can ride it,” she said, then with a sad face she pouted, “but it’s broke.”

I looked at the new bicycle and couldn’t see anything wrong with it, so I asked her, “Well, what’s wrong with it?”

“I don’t know,” she shrugged, “but every time I ride it it falls over!”


Pleasure is spread through the earth

In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.

William Wordsworth


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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