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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

William Shakespeare

It seems like we all have numerous difficult choices that we have to make these days. I don’t remember a time when families have been challenged for as a long a period as many are today. Loss of jobs, shrinking income and savings, reduced education choices all can take their toll. At a lecture the other night someone said we would be better off if we were not such massive consumers of luxury to the point that some in the future will face difficulty in just acquiring the necessities. Sadly far too many are struggling to acquire the basic necessities today, just providing food, shelter and clothing is a challenge for many. Many more of us have realized that we no longer can have everything nor can we afford to spend our time in unlimited recreational and frivolous pursuits.

So what do we do? What choices do we make? How do we spend our time? We know we cannot depend on others nor do we want to give up and live a life without meaning. A philosopher I heard recently suggests we can make it easier if we commit to testing our options against our commitment to integrity. I wasn’t sure if I really knew the philosophic definition of integrity so I looked it up and found this:

Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.

In an article by Chuck Galllozzi I found this:

When we commit to integrity we empower and free ourselves. Unencumbered by the fear of ridicule and rejection by others, we do what we believe is right. The rewards for doing so are many and include a growth in self-confidence and courage. The exhilaration of doing the right thing is like experiencing the joy of reaching the other shore by victoriously swimming against the current. Don’t be afraid to be different. How can we be ourselves unless we are unlike others?

Tasks become duties to those who embrace integrity. At the workplace, they don’t ‘put in time,’ but cheerfully carry out their responsibilities; they don’t engage in destructive gossip, but build confidence, teamwork, and morale.

So how does all this help? For me testing my options against a commitment to integrity allows me to throw out any option that does not pass the test. In other words will this action enhance or detract from my commitment to do the right thing. And you know what? Just asking yourself the question provides you the opportunity to focus in on your commitment to such things as the Golden Rule.


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Star Jordan


Boy is this true or what? One time my wife told me they were coming even though they weren’t just so I would pick up my clutter. Ray

The featured guest on a local radio talk show was a woman who owned a home-cleaning service. After she described what her clients could expect, the program’s telephone lines were opened to the audience. The first caller struck to the heart of every woman who had ever contemplated employing such a service. Her question: “How much cleaning do I have to do before your people come?”


TEACHER: I hope I didn’t see you looking at Don’s paper.

STUDENT: I hope you didn’t either.


A teenager was always asking his father if he could borrow the family car. Pushed to the limit, the father asked his son why he thought “The Almighty” had given him two feet.  Without hesitation, the son replied, “That’s easy, one for the brake and one for the accelerator.”


First a person should put his house together, then his town, then the world.

Rabbi Israel Salanter



Said: “Appointment” Meant: “An opportunity to wait until the doctor feels like seeing you.”

Said: “A few more minutes.” Meant: “You have time to read the entire National Geographic.”

Said: “Cutting edge procedure” Meant: “Your insurance won’t cover it.”

Said: “Discomfort” Meant: “Pain”

Said: “Procedure” Meant: “Surgery”

Said: “Fairly Routine Procedure” Meant: “Major Surgery”

Said: “Routine Procedure” Meant: “Something experimental and dangerous.”

Said: “Latest medical research” Meant: “This week’s guess.”

When they say, “We did all that we could under the circumstances with the knowledge that we had at the time,” what they really mean is, “We blew it”.


I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.

George Burns


A famous professor of surgery died and went to heaven. At the pearly gates he was asked by the gatekeeper, “Have you ever committed a sin you truly regret?”

“Yes,” the professor answered. “When I was a young candidate at the Hospital of Saint Lucas, we played soccer against a team from the Community Hospital, and I scored a goal, which was off-side. But the referee did not see it, and the goal won us the match. I regret that now.”

“Well,” said the gatekeeper. “That is a very minor sin. You may enter.”

“Thank you very much, Saint Peter,” the professor answered.

“You’re welcome, but I am not Saint Peter,” said the gatekeeper. “He is having his lunch break. I am Saint Lucas.”


“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.”

Sam Levenson


I come from a large family, five sisters and three brothers.

My sisters and I were looking through the family photo album one day. Picture after picture, we were all dressed in matching clothes. I asked my mother why she dressed us all alike, right down to the baby.

She explained, “When we had just four children, I dressed you alike so we wouldn’t lose any of you. Then,” she added, looking at the pictures in the album, “When the other four came along, I started dressing you alike so we won’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.”


Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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