Ray's musings and humor

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller


I met yesterday morning with a top administrator of a local university and the executive director of one of our cities premier senior serving organization. I commented on how I was concerned about many of my older friends who seem to be afraid to move with the changes that take place around us as time goes by, letting the opportunities to live a fuller life as they age pass them by. Unfortunately I also know many young who just stagnate in place trapped in a mundane existence. Thankfully it does not have to be that way, but it will be if they don’t get up and see the scenery of an ever changing world as an opportunity embrace the changes rather than fighting them or ignoring them.

As we talked I realized that for many it is not a case of wanting to stand still but rather a case of not knowing how to move ahead. Possibly it is fear of change but more likely it is lacking the confidence to risk venturing into the unknown. I know from experience that once someone who does step on the train that carries us through an ever changing landscape of ideas, interesting people and entertaining experiences their life becomes more stimulating and enjoyable.

One of the reasons that I am so active with Indianapolis OASIS, my friend’s agency, is that it provides an open door to a fuller life for those over fifty. No matter what a person’s interest may be or even might be OASIS can point its members in the right direction and even provide new friends to share the experiences.

We don’t have to wait to be asked either; we can take the first step on our own. I recently read a long article entitled Life Keeps Moving and So Should You written by author counselor Odette Worrell. It is too lengthy to include in its entirety so here is an excerpt that I think is worth your time.


I once read, “It isn’t enough to look up the steps, you must step up the steps.” Breakthroughs don’t happen by thinking about how to make a change….breakthroughs happen through action. Our fear of what we will leave behind & the comfort of knowing what to expect keeps us from moving forward. How about thinking of what not moving forward is keeping you from experiencing? If you are truly wanting to experience happiness, you will have to brave stepping outside your comfort zone and allow yourself to engage with the unknown. It is akin to being on a date with yourself.


Do one thing every day that you love.

The sheer fact that you are doing something that appeals to you and is for the sole reason of finding pleasure in your day will slowly make you reconnect with the part of you that has been shuffled aside for years. It is amazing to hear how difficult it is for people to take 3 minutes a day to honor themselves. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what message we are giving our bodies and our psyche when we tell it that we simply don’t have time for ourselves. Find the joy and love yourself a little. You won’t believe what joy building can do to transform your life.

“Do” with “you” factored in the equation.

Many of us are living to work, rather than working to live. Remember that life is more than just paying the bills. A well-lived life is not simply a matter of what we have done or accomplished, but rather who we were while getting there?

Find someone without an agenda.

Whether it is a friend, a therapist, or a complete stranger….being able to share your struggle is often enough to release them. Being able to voice our fears in a safe place where there is no judgment, releases the tension and anxiety of suppressing our innermost feelings.

Put one or all of these pieces together and you will be that much closer to finding the ease that we all search for as the world around us changes. When a river comes to a stone, it simply bends and flows around it. Find this place in your own life. There is no need to push the river. When you get to those bridges, just put one foot in front of the other. Have faith that what awaits is simply a better you.


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Two kids are talking to each other. One says, “I’m really worried. My dad works twelve hours a day to give me a nice home and good food. My mom spends the whole day cleaning and cooking for me. I’m worried sick!”

The other kid says, “What have you got to worry about? Sounds to me like you’ve got it made!”

The first kid says, “What if they try to escape?”


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.


A customer wanted to ask his attractive waitress for a date, but couldn’t get her attention. When he was able to catch her eye, she quickly looked away. Finally he followed her into the kitchen and blurted out his invitation. To his amazement, she readily consented.

He said, “Why have you been avoiding me all this time? You wouldn’t even make eye contact.”

“Oh,” said the waitress, “I thought you wanted more coffee.”


“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John R. Wooden


A man goes to consult a specialist about his medical problem. After the visit the man asks, “How much do I owe you?”

“My fee is five hundred dollars,” replies the physician.

“Five hundred dollars? That’s impossible. No one charges that much!”

“In your case,” the doctor replies, “I suppose I could adjust my fee to three hundred.”

“Three hundred dollars? For one visit? Ridiculous.”

“Well, then, could you afford two hundred?”

“Who has that kind of money?”

“Look, replies the doctor,” growing irritated, “Just give me fifty bucks and get out.”

“I can give you twenty says the man. Take it or leave it.”

“I don’t understand you,” says the doctor. “Why did you come to the most expensive doctor in New York if you have no money?”

“Listen, Doctor”, says the patient, “When it comes to my health, nothing is too expensive.”


I’m safe from identity theft, no one wants to be me.


A lady who was speeding had an officer pulled her to the side of the road. She didn’t have her seat belt on so as soon as she stopped, she quickly slipped it on before the officer got to her window.

After talking to her about speeding, the officer said, “I see you are wearing your seat belt. Do you believe in wearing it at all times?”

“Yes, I do, officer,” she replied.

“Well,” asked the officer, “do you always do it up with it looped through your steering wheel?”


The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

Elbert Hubbard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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