Ray's musings and humor

Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours

Tom Hopkins


Yippee! I am up and soon will be about and it will be a great day. It may not seem so great to others but it will to me. I doubt that it will include anything earth shattering but it will be filled with positive experiences and actions. I know this already because pretty much all my days are like that.

For years I suspected that my life was as good as it was because I was lucky and so much more fortunate than most. It was not until; later in life that I learned that it is how I see things more than just being the beneficiary of dumb luck. Each day is filled with choices we can make if we realize that so much of what happens depends on what we see and how we chose to act. Actually if we wait for good fortune to land in our laps we will probably live lackluster lives missing most of what it has to offer. While if we look for and find the positive aspects of what we encounter each day we soon discover that there are many good things we overlook. We miss them because we expect to be disappointed, have a negative attitude, or lack the ability to care enough to look. I feel sorry for those who have chosen not to see

Today I will run into strangers and will enjoy their smiles. I will spend time with a new friend and find joy in her accomplishments. I’ll catch up on some things that have lain dormant the last few days as I slept through my illness. Yes, it will be a good day, you know why I know? It is because I chose it to be one. Here is something I found from an unknown author who knows what I mean. Why not chose to make your day as good as mine is going to be?


I have a choice about today

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today and I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

  • Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
  • Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
  • Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
  • Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
  • Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
  • Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.
  • Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.
  • Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
  • Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can appreciate that I have a place to call home.
  • Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a GREAT DAY … unless you have other plans and please remember, a ‘Smile’ will make the days go better


Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will

Zig Ziglar


A young Technician and his General Manager board a train headed through the mountains on its way to Wichita. They can find no place to sit except for two seats right across the aisle from a young woman and her grandmother. After a while, it is obvious that the young woman and the young tech are interested in each because they are giving each other “looks.” Soon the train passes into a tunnel and it is pitch black. There is a sound of the smack of a kiss followed by the sound of the smack of a slap.

When the train emerges from the tunnel, the four sit there without saying a word. The grandmother is thinking to herself: “It was very brash for that young man to kiss my granddaughter, but I’m glad she slapped him.”

The General manager is setting there thinking: “I didn’t know the young tech was brave enough to kiss the girl, but I sure wish she hadn’t missed him when she slapped and hit me!”

The young woman was sitting and thinking: “I’m glad the guy kissed me, but I wish my grandmother had not slapped him!”

The young tech sat there with a satisfied smile on his face. He thought to himself: “Life at Boeing

is good. How often does a guy have the chance to kiss a beautiful girl and slap his General manager all at the same time!!!!!


“Men expect too much, do too little.”

Allen Tate


All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the minister smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.


“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”


Two storks are sitting in their nest: a father stork and baby stork. Baby stork is crying and crying and father stork is trying to calm him.

“Don’t worry, son. Your mother will come back.

She’s only bringing people babies and making them happy.”

The next night, it’s father’s turn to do the job. Mother and son are sitting in the nest, son is crying, and mother is saying “Son, your father will be back as soon as possible, but now he’s bringing joy to new mommies and daddies.”

A few days later, the stork parents are desperate: their son is absent from the nest all night! Shortly before dawn, he returns and the parents ask him where he’s been all night.

Says the baby stork, “Nowhere…just scaring the heck out of some college students!”


“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”


He said, not long ago I shared my New Year’s resolutions with you. Shortly after that I got my Brother-in-laws list.

To be awake more than asleep

To remember the names of my Kid’s and Grandkid’s

To see my family… more often than my Doctor

To learn a new game besides Bingo

Not to say “In my day…”

To spend more time on the computer than the toilet

To learn to pronounce the names of each blasted pill I have to take


We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us … how we can take it, what we can do with it … and that is what really counts in the end

Joseph Fort Newton


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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