Ray's musings and humor

A very early edition

“Time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.”

Alan Lakein


I have a really full day tomorrow with a service club meeting, followed by a meeting with a neighborhood leader, then a board luncheon, after which I will attend a kick off reception for a new seniors program and when it is over I’ll be rushing off to meet my wife at a theatre to attend a live musical comedy. In other words I’m going to be gone from 6:30 AM until 10:30 PM.

Someone told me once that a busy person is a happy person so I should ecstatic tomorrow. Since my computer sent you a previous Daily yesterday I am going to make this an early edition of Ray’s Daily and send it out tonight. I just don’t want to hear my computer complain about having to do all the work.


I think the Lakein quote above is right on however my problem is that time often goes faster than I do. It seems to me that the clocks go much faster these days than they did not that long ago. It seems like I bought my car a couple of years ago, yet it is now seven years old. I really don’t want to complain because I feel that I am one of the luckiest men around since there is so much I get to do. Too many folks I know have fallen along the way into a sedentary life and become lonely because there is no workplace to go to and friends have moved or passed on leaving empty chairs behind. Fortunately there are organizations like OASIS and others that are bringing seniors back to fuller lives everyday and I am glad to be part of that effort.

I know you have heard me say many times before that it is better to say no than to say yes and disappoint other because of your inability to get everything done. I am doing better at saying no when I should while still investing my time in places where I think I might be able to help and where I can do things I like to do. Now all I have to do is figure out how to average the time use so I don’t have overloaded days followed by one of those “now what do I do, nothing is scheduled” days.

By the way I’m not complaining just sharing. Here are some of Steve Brunkhorst’s thoughts on time that make sense to me.


Time may seem to fly, yet there are ways to make the very best of the time we are granted, making each day a time we can treasure both now and in the years to come.

First, seek out joy, pay attention to your true interests, and follow your purpose. Then you will recognize what a magnificent gift it is to be alive, and you will create value for many people.

Second, remember that time is energy. Place attention on your strengths, not on your limitations. The old saying, “Where attention goes, energy flows” is very true.

Third, intentionally do something unique today. Anyone can be busy; however; are we busy creating value or busy being busy? Each moment can be memorable and valuable in many ways. Simply reminding a coworker or friend how much you appreciate them is a simple act of great value.

Most importantly, remember that time is only a measuring tool. Using our memories and future visions, time allows us to learn, make plans, design our lives so that we can accomplish our goals, earn a living, and share the fruits of our labor with those we love.

Time doesn’t fly nearly as quickly as we will fly from this earth. So, wouldn’t it be great to at least consider today as being one of the best times ever to express yourself through your unique gifts and talents?


“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

Carl Sandburg


My friend Nurse Nancy sent me these health tips years ago I recently found them again and since they sound important I figured I better pass them on:

Many women are afraid of their first mammogram, but there’s no need to worry.  By taking a few minutes each day for a week preceding the exam, and doing the following practice exercises, you will be totally prepared.  And you can do this right in your own home!

Exercise 1

Open your refrigerator door and insert one breast between the door and the main box.  Have one of your strongest friends slam the door shut and lean on the door for good measure.  Hold that position for five seconds (while you hold your breath).  Repeat again, in case the first time wasn’t effective enough.

Exercise 2:

Visit your garage at 3 am when the temperature of the cement floor is just perfect.  Take off your clothes and lie comfortably on the floor with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car.  Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until your breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled.  Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

Exercise 3

Freeze two metal bookends overnight.  Strip to the waist.  Invite a stranger into the room.  Press the bookends against one of your breasts.  Smash the bookends together as hard as you can.  Set an appointment with the stranger to meet next week and do it again!!


Now you have nothing at all to worry about when you go for your Mammogram!


A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.


Two elderly sisters donated $5 to a charity and, to their surprise, won tickets to a football game. Since they had never seen a live football game before, Madge thought the free tickets would provide an excellent opportunity for doing so.

“I think so, too,” said Mabel. “Let’s go!”

They soon found themselves high in a noisy stadium overlooking a large, grassy expanse. They watched the kickoff and the seemingly endless back-and-forth struggles that comprised the scoreless first half. They enjoyed the band music and cheerleader performance that followed. Then came the second half. When the teams lined up for the second-half kickoff, Madge nudged her sister.

“I guess we can go home now, Mabel,” she said. “This is where we came in.”


To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Donald Laird


This woman was talking to her friend when she got back from her recent trip to Spokane, Washington. Her friend asked her how she liked Spokane.

She answered, “I don’t know, I never got there.”  So the friend says, “You never got there… what do you mean?”  She answers, “You know me, I have to stop at every rest area and they all say ‘clean bathrooms’, well. . . it takes longer that you think!”


Only in America……do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.


TEACHER: Ellen, give me a sentence starting with “I …”

ELLEN: I is .

TEACHER: No, Ellen.. Always say, “I am.”

ELLEN: All right. “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”


“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

Charles Richards


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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