Ray's musings and humor

I have no permanent regrets

I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.

Ingrid Bergman

I ran into a guy this morning that has been reading the daily for more than five years. I don’t think I have seen him since then, even at the time we only met briefly. I was pleased that he reported that often the Daily provided him relief from the bad days we all have on occasion. During our conversation he shared with me that he had just fried himself from a key position as he felt that a recent reorganization resulted in his key executive position being redundant so it was in the best interest of his employers that he leave.

My friend said he had no regrets as he now had the opportunity to reprogram his life to help, insure future happiness.

His comments brought back recent thoughts I had about life and regret. When I was a young child I was sent away to a boarding school for kids from broken homes and was only allowed to go home for one week a year. While the time was filled with experiences I would never have had in a more traditional setting I was often lonesome and wishing I could be back with friends and family. When I got to high school age I was returned home but had lost my childhood friends and was a problem for my high school instructors to the point that I was allowed to quit school at 15 to enroll in an electronic institute where I did well even though all most all of the students were returning World War II veterans. I had also joined the Navy Reserve at 14 using a birth certificate that had been changed when I was younger so I could work which resulted in my being called into active duty at 16 during the Korean War. I was fortunate to have been chosen to attend a yearlong school on new technology being introduced into the Navy. It was on a blind date while there that I met my wife on a blind date in New York City. After graduating from the Navy training I was assigned to a large aircraft carrier that sailed the world.

I can go on and on with events and things I did that I regretted at the time but looking back I now know that each were stepping stones that resulted in the wonderful life I have today. In reality I would not have met and married my wife and had three great kids and seven wonderful grandchildren if I had not been sent away as a young kid. I would not have had the career I had if my mother had not changed my birth certificate that resulted in my being trained in the Navy on technology that was the foundation for the computer age that followed. Yes, like my friend I have learned to appreciate the events that I often regretted at the time for without them I would not be enjoying the life I have now or the opportunity it provides to visit with you most every day.

I like the following poem, I hope you do too.

No Regrets

By Agnes Sligh Turnbull

There is only one thing about which I shall have no regrets when my life ends.

I have savoured to the full all the small, daily joys.

The bright sunshine on the breakfast table;

the smell of the air at dusk;

the sound of the clock ticking;

the light rains that start gently after midnight;

the hour when the family come home;

Sunday evening tea before the fire!

I have never missed one moment of beauty,

not ever taken it for granted.

Spring, summer, autumn, or winter.

I wish I had failed as little in other ways.


“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.”

Rita Mero


There once was a business owner who was interviewing people for a division manager position and had a variety of individuals applying for the position. He decided to select the individual that could answer the question how much is 2+2?

The first candidate was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed that the answer was 4.

The second candidate was an attorney. He stated that in the case of Svenson vs. the State, 2+2 was proven to be 4.

The final candidate was a CPA. When asked what 2+2 equaled, the CPA did not respond immediately. He looked at the business owner, then got out of his chair and went to see if anyone was listening at the door.

Then he returned to the business owner and said, “What would you like it to be?”


Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?


An elderly gentlemen went in for his annual physical exam. The doctor said, “You’re in incredible shape. How old are you again?” The man replied, “I am 78.”

The doctor exclaimed, “Wow, 78. How do you stay so healthy? You look like a 60 year old.” The man explained, “Well, my wife and I made a pact when we got married that whenever she got mad she would go into the kitchen and cool off and I would go outside to settle down.”

“What does that have to do with it?” asked the doctor. The man sighed, “I’ve pretty much lived an outdoor life.”


Only by taking the risk of going too far can you determine how far you can go.

Joe Heuer


A new hair salon opened up for business right across the street from the old established hair cutters’ place.  They put up a big bold sign which read:


Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign:



“There are two different kinds of people in this world: those who finish what they start, and”

Brad Ramsey


An elderly Jew is struck by a car and brought to the hospital.

A pretty nurse tucks him into bed and says, “Mr. Epstein, are you comfortable?”

Epstein replies, “I make a nice living.”


“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”

Brittany Renée


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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: