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Archive for April, 2012

What do you see?

A few observations and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.

Alexis Carrel

Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to participate with a number of others in a quick review of our city now and what it might be in the future. It was interesting to hear the differences in what the individuals in the group saw in our community from their perspective. The very differences in what we see when aggregated together and then refined provide us a great opportunity to see our city in all its dimensions and not as a monolith filtered through our sometimes biased eyes.

Bias is maybe the wrong word, possibly a better word would be our failure to see all there is to see. Sometimes we are just too busy or lazy to look but I suspect many of us only look once, store the memory and then fail to see the changes as they take place.

It was an interesting coincidence that I ran into an old friend at the meeting who is a renowned architect that I introduced to one of my favorite Indianapolis leaders. In the introduction I shared that the architect friend had changed my life years ago when he showed me and others a slide show of all we miss when we walk around downtown. I saw beautiful cornices of buildings, little but meaningful touches to building exteriors and much more. I learned that if we want to take full advantage of all there is to see we need to open our eyes and look.

I think it is the same thing when we examine every aspect of the communities in which we live. How well are our educational systems working, are our neighborhoods flourishing or withering, what about safety, and infrastructure, and the arts, and…and….? If we don’t look and only ignore what is around us we miss a lot that is very good but we also ignore what we need to improve on.

It was fun to be with so many keen observers the other night. We began to see where we need to work to make things better and as well take pride in the things that work but that far too often go unseen.

Ralph Marston tells us we all owe it to ourselves to look more closely; here is what he wrote on the subject some time ago.


There are miracles all around you. All you have to do is notice them.

There are plenty of opportunities for moving forward in precisely the direction you wish to go. You simply must allow yourself to notice them. The world has a way of calling your attention to certain things, yet those are only the things the world wants you to see. It’s up to you to direct your focus upon those things you wish to see.

There are countless things that you can notice right now that no one else has ever noticed. Great fortunes and lives of outstanding achievement have been built by those who notice what had previously gone unnoticed.

Just a little curiosity can spark your interest. Just a little more can uncover all sorts of things that are truly amazing and valuable.

There’s no limit to the abundance you can tap into when you notice that it’s there. Open your eyes, open your mind, be clear and authentic about your purpose, and notice the hidden treasures that are literally everywhere.


“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Yogi Berra


She said: One day I called my mother from my apartment to make some plans with her.  In the background behind her, I could hear a terrible noise, like a jet plane taking off.

“Mother,” I asked apprehensively, “what’s that awful noise?”

“It’s the dishwasher,” she replied.  “Your father fixed it.”


A friend: someone who likes you even after they know you.


Soon after marriage, a lady’s husband stopped wearing his wedding ring.

She asked, “Why don’t you ever wear your wedding band?”

He replied, “It cuts off my circulation.”

She answered back, “It’s supposed to!”


Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.


A naive young gal was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn, she rolled the dice and she landed on “Science & Nature”.  Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”

She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”


Why is it that night falls but day breaks?


A man goes to his golf club and, hearing that his regular caddy will not be in that day, hires another caddy.

The day goes along pretty well and the new caddy seems quite knowledgeable.  Upon arriving at the 9th fairway, that has always been particularly tricky for the golfer, the man turns to the boy and asks, “Which club do you think I should use for this shot?” The caddy says, “Sir, I know this golf course very well. The best club for this fairway is the five iron.”

The golfer gets out his five iron, lines up his shot, and hits the ball.  He smacks it really hard and it veers way off to the right where his wife happens to be standing.  It hits her in the head and she is killed instantly.

Months go by after his wife’s funeral, and the man still can’t think about golf.  But after a year, he thinks, “I really loved the game. I shouldn’t let it go out of my life.  It was a freak accident.  The game gave me such joy, I should at least try to play once more and see how it feels.” He goes back to the golf course, and as luck would have it, he gets the same caddy as last time.  When they get to the 9th fairway, he turns to his caddy and says, “Which club do you think I should use?” The caddy says, “Sir, I know this golf course very well.  The best club for this fairway is the five iron.” The man turns to the caddy and shouts, “You idiot!  I played here a year ago and you told me to use the five iron and I completely missed the green!!!”


“It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.”

Helen Rowland


A little rural town had one of the highest birth rates in the country and this phenomenon attracted the attention of the sociologists at the state university.

They wrote a grant proposal; got a huge chunk of money; moved to town; set up their computers; got squared away; and began designing their questionnaires and such.

While the staff was busy getting ready for their big research effort, the project director decided to go to the local drugstore for a cup of coffee.  He sat down at the counter, ordered his coffee, and while he was drinking it, he told the druggist what his purpose was in town, then asked him if he had any idea why the birth rate was so high.

“Sure,” said the druggist. “Every morning the six o’clock train comes through here and blows for the crossing.  It wakes everybody up, and, well, it’s too late to go back to sleep, and it’s too early to get up.”


“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And, because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how our failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”

R. D. Laing


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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Today is a gift

We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. it is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home.

Sharon Salzberg

I had a full day yesterday and am off early this morning so let’s revisit what I put together on this day eight years ago.


Ray’s Daily

April 27, 2004

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

“I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged.  It’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. “It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life….”

Old age is like a bank account … you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.

As hard as it may seem, we really do have a choice. It is a pity that so many seem to choose anger and despair when happiness is within their reach. Possibly it stems from how we value our lives. I will always trade a material thing for peace of mind. I wonder how many of us don’t put value on the little good things and have few blessings to count. So how about following her lead and decide to be happy today”


Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Margaret Lee Runbeck


She said, I a Dominican sister, I lived in a convent named for a deceased pope. One day while I was wearing contemporary clothes instead of my habit, I drove into a gas station to get the communal car filled up. After the young attendant topped off the tank, he walked toward my car window to return my credit card.  It was clear from his furrowed brow that he had something on his mind.

The young man looked at me shyly and pointed to the convent’s name, John XXIII Hall, imprinted on the card. “Pardon me,” he asked hesitantly, “but how do you pronounce your husband’s middle name?”


I used to be lost in the shuffle. Now I just shuffle along with the lost.



Smart man + smart woman = romance

Smart man + dumb woman = affair

Dumb man + smart woman = marriage

Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy


Smart boss + smart employee = profit

Smart boss + dumb employee = production

Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion

Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime


A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need.


A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.


A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.

A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, and she does.


A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


They say that a preacher’s wife is always his number one assistant. An example of this comes one Sunday morning after the preacher had just finished his sermon.

He went and sat down with his wife and she asked him how he thought the church service went.

The Preacher shrugged and said, “The worship was excellent, and I think the prayer time went quite well, but,” he continued, “I just don’t think the sermon ever got off the ground.”

The wife looked over at him, and before she could stop herself, she said, “Well, it sure did taxi long enough!”


One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.

Sigmund Freud


Morris and Rachel are sweethearts. Morris lives in a small village out in the country and Rachel lives in town. One day, they go to see the Rabbi and set a date for their wedding. Before they leave, the Rabbi asks them whether they want a contemporary or traditional service. After a short discussion, they opt for the contemporary service.

Their day arrives but the weather is rotten and a storm forces Morris to take an alternate route to the synagogue. The village streets are flooded, so he rolls up his trouser legs to keep his trousers dry.

When at last he reaches the shul, his best man immediately rushes him up the aisle. As the ceremony starts, the Rabbi whispers to Morris, “Pull down your trousers.”

“Rabbi, I’ve changed my mind,” says Morris, “I think I prefer the traditional service.”


Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.


A blonde was shopping at a Target Store and came across a silver thermos.  She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and brought it over to the clerk to ask what it was.

The clerk said, “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps things hot and some things cold.”

“Wow, said the blonde, “that’s amazing….I’m going to buy it !” So she bought the thermos and took it to work the next day. Her boss saw it on her desk. “What’s that,’ he asked? “Why, that’s a thermos…..it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold,” she replied.

Her boss inquired, “What do you have in it?”

The blond replied, “Two popsicles, and some coffee.”


Why is it called ‘after dark’, when it is really after light?


A man looked at the menu at the airport restaurant, and saw that the sandwiches were named for planes.  “I’ll have a Jumbo Jet,” he said.  When the order arrived, he was disappointed to see how small his burger was, but he ate it anyway.

He called his waiter over and asked, “Was that the Jumbo Jet?”

“Yeah,” the waiter answered.  “Went pretty fast, didn’t it?”


“You can have peace of mind only if you forgive rather than judge.”


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

It is up to you

“It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.”

Bob Proctor


I have learned over the years that people don’t have to wait until midlife to have a crisis, it can happen anytime. For some it is like the old song that Peggy Lee made famous “Is this all there is.” In my view the process of doing some self-assessment while questioning the value of the path we are on is filled with opportunity to make some positive changes of direction.

Those who question their current status and who take steps to make changes when they make sense seldom get bogged down in the ruts that trap so many of the rest of us. For some the failure to move away from an unsatisfactory status quo is fear and a lack of self-confidence and in others I suspect it is just shear laziness.

I have been fortunate to have had a wide variety of life experiences sometimes by being nudged onto a better path by others and other times by not accepting that this is really “All there is.” Call it crisis if you will I call it opportunity. Here is something that the author of the PositvelyPresent blog wrote as to how she has learned to handle crisis.


10 Tips to Help You Conquer that Crisis

1. Don’t give up hope. When everything in your life seems like a mess and you have no idea why you are where you are, it can be so easy throw in the towel and let yourself slide into the quicksand of negativity. Don’t do that. You deserve more than that. You deserve a second chance at your own life. Even if it’s a teeny, tiny thread, cling to whatever hope you can find. It will save you.

2. Find a new activity. Doing the same things over and over and over again can be emotionally draining (and damaging). If things aren’t what you thought they would be, if you want your life to be different, you have to make it different. Subtract an activity that’s bringing you down and add in an activity that will bring you up. Not sure what will bring you up? Try lots of different things ’til you find a perfect fit.

3. Surround yourself with positive people. Crises can be brought on by the people around us, dragging us down. Evaluate the people you spend the most time with. How do they make you feel? What do you spend time doing together? If these feelings and activities aren’t positive, find some new friends. A crisis is hard enough without a lack of support from positive people.

4. Seek professional help. Finding the right therapist can save your life. When you’re really down and out, the unbiased, objective advice from a trained professional can be just what you need to get yourself back on track. Don’t try to talk yourself out of it or let negative judgments about therapy get in your way.

5. Believe in your abilities. Scrub “I can’t…” from your vocabulary. The more times you tell yourself that you can’t overcome this crisis, the more times you’ll be setting yourself back. It might seem impossible at times, but you will get through this and end up on the other side a stronger person. Don’t ever stop believing in your ability to conquer this crisis. You can — and will! — do it.

6. Change what’s not working. You can’t live the life you’ve always wanted to be living if you keep doing the things that you’ve always been doing. You have to change. Hard? Yes. Possible? Definitely. Figure out what’s not working in your life — the bad job, the toxic relationship, the negative thinking — and change it. And don’t stop at one thing. Change all the things that aren’t working, one at a time.

7. Figure out what you really want. Clearly a crisis isn’t what you want. No one wants that feeling of isolation and frustration. But what do you want? We often whine about not being happy with our lives without giving much thought to what would make our lives happier. Make a list, keep a journal, tell a friend — do whatever you need to do in order to figure out what you really, truly want in your life.

8. Take it one day at a time. Every day will have its ups and downs, but every day you start focusing more on the positive, making changes in your life, and surrounding yourself with the right people is a step in the right direction. Don’t dwell too much on the future. Take each day as it comes and, little by little, you’ll find yourself putting that crisis further and further behind you.

9. Treat your body right. It’s oh-so tempting to eat what we want, drink what we want, do what we want. After all, when you’re in emotional pain, don’t you need some sort of physical treat? No. No, you don’t. What you need is a body that’s in peak physical condition so it can help you battle those unpleasant emotional monsters. Eat your veggies, don’t drink too much, get rest, exercise. No excuses.

10. Join a club or group. There may be people out there struggling just like you are. Find them and work together to conquer your crises. Can’t find a group of people going through what you’re going through? Start one. It doesn’t have to be crisis-specific (what about a happiness project?), but it does have to be something that will inspire, uplift, and support you.


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Andre Gide


A young Army private seeks permission from his commanding officer to leave camp the following weekend. “You see,” he explains, “my wife’s expecting.”

“I understand,” the officer tells him. “You go, and tell your wife that I wish her luck.”

The following week the same soldier is back again with the same explanation: “My wife’s expecting.”

The officer looks surprised. “Still expecting?” he asks. “Well, well, my boy, you must be pretty bothered. Of course you can have the weekend off.”

When the same soldier appears again the third week, however, the officer loses his temper.

“Don’t tell me your wife is still expecting,” he says.

“Yes, sir,” says the soldier resolutely. “She’s still expecting.”

“What in heaven is she expecting?” cries the officer.

Says the soldier simply, “Me.”


Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.


A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice. The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”

The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds, he remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic.

He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”

She says “No,” and the silence returns.

After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list.

He asks, “Do you have a brother?”

Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again.

The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”


Can a stupid person be a smart-ass?


Like a lot of husbands throughout history, Webster would sit down and try to talk to his wife.  But as soon as he would start to say something, his wife would say,”. . .And what’s that supposed to mean?”         Thus, Webster’s Dictionary was born.


“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

Warren Buffett


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Ever do any remodeling?

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Doug Firebaugh


I really enjoy the many people I know who not only invest in themselves by remodeling their persona as time goes by, but do it with great skill. If they are not happy with something they change it if they can rather than just living with whatever it may be. What especially impresses me is how those who succeed seldom accept less than the best. Each of us has a chance every day to accept our situation even if it could be improved or we can do a little remodeling work to make the day a little bit better.

I wonder sometimes why so many of us look for excellence in others but accept something less in ourselves. I honestly believe we would be better off if we treated ourselves as discriminating customers who expect nothing but our best in whatever we do for ourselves. I think the following story does a better job of explaining what I mean.


The Carpenter’s House

Author Unknown

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well. So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.


Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

Chinese Proverb


Some Camping Tips

When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant.

While the Swiss Army Knife has been popular for years, the Swiss Navy Knife has remained largely unheralded. Its single blade functions as a tiny canoe paddle.

Modern rain suits made of fabrics that “breathe” enable campers to stay dry in a downpour. Rain suits that sneeze, cough, and belch, however, have been proven to add absolutely nothing to the wilderness experience.

The canoe paddle, a simple device used to propel a boat, should never be confused with a gnu paddle,a similar device used by Tibetan veterinarians.

Take this simple test to see if you qualify for solo camping: Shine a flashlight into one ear. If the beam shines out the other ear, do not go into the woods alone.

The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.

It’s entirely possible to spend your whole vacation on a winding mountain road behind a large motor home.

Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.


A day without radiation is a day without sunshine.


“What do you love most about me,” a husband asked his wife, “my tremendous athletic ability or my superior intellect?”

“What I love most about you,” responded the man’s wife, “is your incredible sense of humor.”


It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

Marcus Aurelius


A Blonde’s Cookbook

Monday: It’s fun to cook for Tom. Today I made angel food cake. The recipe said beat 12 eggs separately. The neighbors were nice enough to loan me some extra bowls.

Tuesday: Tom wanted fruit salad for supper. The recipe said serve without dressing. So, I didn’t dress. What a surprise when Tom brought a friend home for supper.

Wednesday: A good day for rice. The recipe said wash thoroughly before steaming the rice. It seemed kind of silly, but I took a bath anyway. I can’t say it improved the rice any.

Thursday: Today Tom asked for salad again. I tried a new recipe. It said prepare ingredients, lay on a bed of lettuce one hour before serving. Tom asked me why I was rolling around in the garden.

Friday: I found an easy recipe for cookies. It said, put the ingredients in a bowl and beat it. There must have been something wrong with this recipe. When I got back, everything was the same as when I left.

Saturday: Tom did the shopping today and brought home a chicken. He asked me to dress it for Sunday. For some reason, Tom keeps counting to ten.

Sunday: Tom’s folks came to dinner. I wanted to serve roast, but all I had was hamburger. Suddenly, I had a flash of genius. I put the hamburger in the oven and set the controls for roast. It still came out hamburger, much to my disappointment.

Well, good night, dear diary. This has been a very exciting week. I am eager for tomorrow to come, so I can try out a new recipe on Tom. If I can talk Tom into buying a bigger oven, I would like to surprise him with chocolate moose.


Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.

Herbert Otto


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Have you taken step two yet?

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West


My coach/trainer/guru and I chatted for a while after my morning exercise yesterday, she kind of helps me get my mind started as well as my body since I show up at 5 AM and need all the help I can get. This morning we talked a little about folks who decide that they cannot do more than they do now. They are the proverbial glass half-emptiers who after spending much of their lives taking the easiest path soon end up with no path left to follow. They spend so much time going with the flow that they flounder when the tide turns.

I discovered that it is not easy on my friend to have folks with the potential to reinvigorate their lives to watch people give up before they start. I guess I had not thought about it much but she really is in the people reclamation business. In my case I think of her as a blessing and I am thankful that I am given the opportunity to take advantage of the gift of better health she offers. So rather than looking at my trips to the exercise pit as penance or drudgery I look at as the opportunity I am given to stay as well as I can.


You know, we are never too old to get it right. Here is something that one of our readers sent me some time ago that I liked, it outlines exercise for more than just the body. For you youngsters Ann Landers was our countries most widely read advice columnists during the last half of the twentieth century


Lesson Learned from a lifetime of reading Ann Landers

-You are responsible for your own happiness. No one can make you feel inferior unless you allow them to do so.

-People won’t stay mad at you long if you can say, “I was wrong, and I am truly sorry. I hope you will forgive me.”

-When something is troubling you, tell someone you trust instead of trying to cover it up. You will be surprised to learn that the other person has been through something similar.

-Don’t pass up an opportunity to tell people you care about them. You may never get another chance.

-Reserve judgement until you know all the facts. Even then, keep your mouth shut if no useful purpose is served by adding your two cents’ worth.

-Be grateful for your good health & the health of those you love. Be aware that without good health, money & success mean little.

-If you enjoy your work & your life, you are rich. If you aren’t happy with either, how can money help?

-If you are having a rotten day, don’t take it out on those around you. Simply say to yourself, “Today is a rotten day. Tomorrow will be better.” That attitude will improve your disposition as well as your digestive system.

-Spend time with your children. It’s the best investment you will ever make.

-Don’t be afraid to try something you think you can’t do. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

-There’s no such thing as the perfect man or woman. Look for the best overall package of kindness, consideration, ambition & intelligence. Otherwise, you will spend your life alone.

-You can respect & learn from people, even if you don’t like them. Be aware that you can learn something from everyone, because every person in the world knows something you don’t know.


“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Lewis Carroll


An attorney was sitting in his office late one night, when the Devil appeared before him.

The Devil said to the lawyer, “I have a proposition for you. You can win every case you try, for the rest of your life. Your clients will adore you, your colleagues will stand in awe of you, and you will make embarrassing sums of money. All I want in exchange is your soul, your wife’s soul, your children’s souls, the souls of your parents, grandparents, and parents-in-law, and the souls of all of your friends and law partners.”

The lawyer thought about this for a moment, then asked,

“So, what’s the catch?”


A pessimist is never disappointed.



2000 BC:  Here, eat this root

1000 AD:  That root is heathen.  Say this prayer.

1850 AD:  That prayer is pure superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 AD:  That potion is snake oil.  Here, swallow this pill.

1985 AD:  That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic

2010 AD:  That antibiotic doesn’t work any more.  Here, eat this root.


A man’s best friend is his dogma.


She said, as the bus pulled away, I realized I had left my purse under the seat. Later I called the company and was relieved that the driver had found my bag. When I went to pick it up, several off-duty bus drivers surrounded me.  One man handed me my pocketbook, two typewritten pages and a box containing the contents of my purse.  “We’re required to inventory lost wallets and purses,” he explained.

“I think you’ll find everything there.”  As I started to put my belongings back into the pocketbook, the man continued, “I hope you don’t mind if we watch.  Even though we all tried, none of us could fit everything into your purse.  And we’d like to see just how you do it.”


Don’t worry about temptation — as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.


A local priest and pastor stood by the side of the road holding up a sign that said, “The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.

“Leave us alone you religious nuts!” yelled the first driver as he sped by.

From around the curve they heard a big splash.

“Do you think,” said one clergy to the other, “we should just put up a sign that says ‘bridge out’ instead?”


Nothing is fool-proof to a talented fool.


Little Johnny was having problems in English class, so his teacher decided to stop by on her way home to speak with his parents. When she rang the bell, Little Johnny opened the door. The teacher said, “Hello, Johnny. I would like to talk to your mother or your father.”

Little Johnny said, “Sorry, but they ain’t here.”

The teacher said, “Johnny, what is it with your grammar?”

“Beats me,” said Little Johnny, “but dad sure was mad that they had t’go bail her out again.”


“People who never take step 1, never take step 2.”

Zig Zigler


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Break a leg

“Life’s like a play; it’s not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters”



The world rotated a couple of more times since we last connected. It will again tomorrow, the day after and every day after that. No matter how hard we try it will never stand still. Light to dark to light again and another twenty four hours are gone forever. This past weekend was like any other, there were thousands of newborns entering the stage for the first time while thousands of others had the curtain fall for the last time. Meanwhile you and I continue to play the parts we have either chosen or been given.

We move from infancy, to becoming child actors, principle players, character actors and then finally we become seasoned stage veterans. Each stage of life provides us the opportunity to continue to contribute, but via ever changing roles. In my case I love being able to play the parts I am capable of and enjoy the opportunities I am given to play a new part. I regret little of the past and look forward to tomorrow and the each new scene.

All of these thoughts were triggered as I thought about two events that happened on Saturday. The first was during my participation in a Kiwanis sponsored clean-up and beatification project at a local elementary school. I was unsure about how much I would be able to contribute due to some lingering health limitations but I should not have worried for they found a part I could play. I was teamed with two twelve year old middle-schoolers from another part of the city and they made sure I did some good while also making sure I stayed within my limits, they did the bulk of the heavy work. It was great. I was dazzled by the intelligence, dedication and good humor displayed by these two young girls. The glimpse of the future I saw in them gives me great hope.

When I got home that afternoon I learned that and old friend and colleague had played her last part. My friend was a respected psychologist, author, consultant, radio personality and more. We first met about thirty years ago when we both served on a state committee and where we both were known to challenge the status quo. We soon became close friends and confidants and tilted many windmills together. She had me meet with her graduate students, participate in some of her group sessions, and we often developed plans to help our state do a better job with education, mental health and employment. The gift she gave me was a belief in me that I did not yet have in myself.

Yes the play goes on and life continues. My two young new friends will soon play principle parts and from what I have seen they will be great. My old friend will no longer be on center stage but thousands have been her fan over the many years she gave so much. Her legacy does not just exist in the memory of those she touched but also in the better world she helped to build.


“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

Henry David Thoreau


George, a career Army officer I once met, was jumpmaster for his unit and was taking up a few novices for a drop.  The flight was pretty rough, and, after a while, George called off the jump because of high winds.  As the plane headed back to base, and the pilot pulled off an unusually smooth landing, two of the neophytes got airsick.  “How come you could take that rough flight, but you couldn’t handle the smooth landing?” asked George.

“Well, Sir,” one trainee explained, “we’ve always jumped out of planes. We’ve never actually landed before.”


Something popped into my mind and left right away. Maybe it was lonely.


After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the church board following the close of the service. The first man to arrive and greet the minister was a total stranger.  “You misunderstood my announcement.  This is a meeting of the board members,” explained the minister.

“I know,” said the man, “but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, then I’d like to meet him.”


A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.


A little old lady gets onto a crowded bus and stands in front of a seated young girl. Holding her hand to her chest, she says to the girl, “If you knew what I have, you would give me your seat.” The girl gets up and gives up her the seat to the old lady. It is hot. The girl then takes out a fan and starts fanning herself.

The woman looks up and says, “If you knew what I have, you would give me that fan.”

The girl gives her the fan, too. Fifteen minutes later the woman gets up and says to the bus driver, “Stop, I want to get off here.”

The bus driver tells her he has to drop her at the next corner, not in the middle of the block. With her hand across her chest, she tells the driver, “If you knew what I have, you would let me off the bus right here.”

The bus driver pulls over and opens the door to let her out. As she’s walking out of the bus, he asks, “Madam, what is it you have?”

The old woman looks at him and nonchalantly replies, “Chutzpah.”


A fool and his money rarely get together to start with.


A Psychology professor was giving a lecture on Bi-Polar Disorder.

“Let us establish some parameters,” said the professor. “Now then, Bennett, what is the opposite of joy?”

“Sadness,” replied Bennett.

“And the opposite of depression, Ms. Buston?”

“Elation and joy, sir.”

“And you Morris, how about the opposite of woe?”

“I believe that would be giddy up, sir.”


If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

John Kenneth Galbraith


An elderly Irishman walks into a pub in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender says to him, “You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it; it would taste better if you bought one at a time.”

The Irishman replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other in Australia, and I’m here in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we all drank together.”

The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way: He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the other regulars notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss.”

The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eye and he laughs. “Oh, no,” he, says, “everyone’s fine. I’ve just quit drinking.”


Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.

Wayne Dyer


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

How good are your cheer leading skills?

When people believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.

Norman Vincent Peale


Yesterday I told you about my friend who uses her inner strength and wisdom to handle the difficulties that life has thrown her way. The key for me is that she has learned to believe in herself, she is her own best friend.

I honestly believe that our best chance for living a happy and successful life is to break the chains that prevent so many of us from taking action when we should. We seldom need someone else to tell us what to do nor do we need another’s approval before doing what needs to be done. What we need is to like and trust ourselves to make the best decisions we can and then move ahead. I decided after thinking about how I would handle the challenges my friend faces it became obvious the answer is self-reliance.

I found the following on the net on the Wings for the Heart webpage that I think has merit and I decided to share it with you..


Being Your Own Cheerleader

Many of us believe that the only way to feel good about ourselves is to have someone else constantly reaffirm to us that we are good people. The truth is, however, that the act of simply believing in ourselves can be enough to give us the necessary confidence to accomplish the impossible, achieve greatness, and pick ourselves up when we fall. Far too often we rely on others in our lives to provide us with a best friend’s kindness, a child’s love, or a spouse’s support. If we need love and support, the first place we should look is within ourselves.

Following are helpful ideas to use when you need inspiration to cheer yourself on.

First, when challenges arise, we must cheer or root for ourselves as we would for our loved ones if they were facing an obstacle. We wouldn’t want them to falter, so why would we allow the same to happen to ourselves? Cheering ourselves on with supportive thoughts and feelings will give us the continued strength we need to overcome many of life’s unknowns. By repeatedly telling ourselves that we are proud of who we are and what we can accomplish, we receive the encouragement needed to forge ahead in life without fear or reservation. Great things then become possible.

Another way to treat ourselves with love and kindness is to use positive self-talk, and use it often. Our minds must be constantly reinforced with the belief that we have what it takes to achieve what we desire. The resulting outcome will be an optimistic frame of mind that allows us to believe that truly anything is possible. Positive affirmations will produce the same result.

Unfortunately, being our own cheerleader also means we have to accept there will be times where we need a “pick me up.” Being there for ourselves to pick up the pieces when we’re down, or when it seems things are falling apart, is a courageous thing to do.

We should not rely on others to put our lives back together for us. Rather, we must learn how to comfort ourselves and regain the positive outlook that will keep us going in the right direction. Most importantly, when feeling down, we need to take the time to reaffirm our value and our worth by the use of positive self-talk and positive affirmations.

Finally, being our own cheerleader has the distinct ability to provide us with a sense of leadership, of control over ourselves. Learning to fulfill our own needs allows us to avoid a destructive dependency on others for our feelings of worthiness. Self-worth is a belief that comes from within, and nobody can give that to us or take it away. We must remember that no matter what our circumstances are, we always deserve a pat on the back. Go ahead, give yourself the praise you deserve!


We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

Mary Dunbar


After many years, a young Jewish Talmud student who had left the old country for America returns to visit the family. “But–where is your beard?” asks his mother upon seeing him.

“Mama,” he replies, “in America, nobody wears a beard.”

“But at least you keep the Sabbath?”

“Mama, business is business. In America, everybody works on the Sabbath.”

“But kosher food you still eat?”

“Mama, in America, it is very difficult to keep kosher.”

The old lady ponders this information and then leans over and whispers in his ear, “Isaac, tell me–you’re still circumcised?”


Those are my principles, if you don’t like them……I have others.

Groucho Marx


John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his grill.

Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of Lent. On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that something had to be done about John, he was tempting them to eat meat each Friday of Lent, and they couldn’t take it anymore.

They decided to try and convert John to be a Catholic. They went over and talked to him and were so happy that he decided to join all of his neighbors and become a Catholic. They took him to Church, and the Priest sprinkled some water over him, and said, “You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now you are a Catholic.”

The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was resolved. The next year’s Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came, and just at supper time, when the neighborhood was setting down to their tuna fish dinner, came the wafting smell of steak cooking on a grill.

The neighborhood men could not believe their noses! WHAT WAS GOING ON? They called each other up and decided to meet over in John’s yard to see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent? The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak on the grill, saying, “You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish.”


I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.


Donald Ogden Stewart, the writer, had a son away at prep school.  When the boy reached the age of fourteen, Stewart wrote him the following letter:

“Dear son, now that you have reached the magic age of fourteen, the time has come to tell you about the bees and flowers.  There is a male and a female bee, although I haven’t the slightest idea which is which. As for the flowers – we get ours from the Plaza Florist, Inc.

Well, that takes care of that.

Write soon, Affectionately,



I made a mental note, but forgot where I put it.


Moshe was taking to his psychiatrist. “I had a weird dream recently,” he says. “I saw my mother but then I noticed she had your face. I found this so worrying that I immediately awoke and couldn’t get back to sleep. I just stayed there thinking about it until 7am. I got up, made myself a slice of toast and some coffee and came straight here. Can you please help me explain the meaning of my dream?”

The psychiatrist kept silent for some time, then said, “One slice of toast and coffee? Do you call that a breakfast?”


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm S. Forbes


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Are you your best friend?

People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Today will be interesting; I have my usual early morning stuff followed by a 7:30 AM Kiwanis meeting. The day will include substantial catch-up activity and will be capped off by a Salvation Army Victory Dinner paid for by sponsors that will take place at a downtown hotel. Bedding down late only to be followed by a 4:30 AM alarm to get me moving to get to the fitness center by 5 AM may be a challenge. But I know it is worth it.


On another subject, I had e-mail from the daughter of an old friend who is no longer with us. Fortunately for me her dad introduced us remotely many years ago and we have become friends. Life has not been easy for her between health problems, the loss of her beloved parents and difficulties faced by one of her children that have created burdens that many of us could not handle, but she does. As I read what she wrote I realized that one of the best things going for her is that she has herself. That may sound as if everyone does but they don’t in the way I think my friend does. I believe she forgives herself her setbacks, I think she is a person that she likes and I believe that she has found that your very best friend can be yourself.

As I thought about this dear friend it reminded me of something I saved years ago. While it is written from the standpoint of a senior I believe that it describes behaviors that are worth adopting as early in life as you can for if you do you’ll have many more good years than you than you otherwise might. Here is what I copied so long ago:


As I’ve aged…

I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love… I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore… I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could  have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.

Roderick Thorp


SHE SAID: If we become engaged will you give me a ring?

HE SAID : Sure, what’s your phone number?


Remember, half the people you know are below average.


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Miami Beach, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”

Abe says, “Do I care?”

A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”

Abe says, “Who cares?”

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”

Abe says, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.”


I never eat when I can dine. MAURICE CHEVALIER


A man bumps into his old friend in a pub. “How you doing?” he asks.

“Fine, I’ve got a new job at the morgue, you should come around sometime.” The man isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of such a trip, but for old times sake he agrees to go. A few days later he goes on the tour. Eventually the friend starts showing off the bodies. The first one has an enormous grin on his face.

“What happened here?” he asks.

“He’s an Englishman. England had just won the 6 Nations when he died of a heart attack, so he died a happy man,” came the reply.

The next corpse also has a huge grin. “Another England supporter, I suppose?” asks the man.

“No, he’s a Scotsman. He drowned to death in a vat of whisky, and died a happy man.

The third stiff also has a huge grin. “Some morgue you have here. What was this one, rugby victory or alcohol?”

“Neither,” came the reply. “You see, he’s Irish, and he was struck by lightning.”

“But then why the big grin?” asked the man.

“Oh, he thought he was having his photo taken!”


“Once in the wilds of Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew and had to live on food and water for a number of weeks.”

W. C. Fields


An elderly gentleman wasn’t feeling well, and became irritated with his doctor because he wasn’t getting better after five visits.

“Look!” said the doctor. “I’m doing all I can to help you. I can’t make you younger!”

“I wasn’t interested in getting any younger,” said the man. “I just want to continue getting older.”


Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

Peter T. Mcintyre


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

Don’t just sit there!

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


I had lunch yesterday with a community development specialist and as we discussed today’s challenges and opportunities we started to focus on the aging process. Both of us agreed that far too often older folks whither only because they don’t know what they can do, some even are so afraid of the unknown that they hide in their own little cocoon. I don’t think they turn their back on life by choice they just get bogged down and let life pass them by, what a waste that is. Through my Salvation Army volunteer activity and my participation on our cities premiere senior serving organization I have seen firsthand what amazing things older folks can do.

Like Mrs. Roosevelt said in the above quote “Life is meant to be lived,” and I know there are many like myself who find that these are the best years of their lives and know there is more enjoyable times to come. I love the fact that so many of my older friends have found that there is much they can do, an abundance of things to learn and best of all plenty of fun to be had. So if you think you have been cooped up too long come out and join those of us who live much of our lives enjoying folks that we might have missed if we hadn’t both decided to get out and live.

Here are some thoughts that I extracted from an article on the Heart of Healing web offering at http://heartofhealing.net/relaxation-wellness/aging-gracefully/


Aging Well in the Culture of Youth

To age “gracefully” in a culture which idolizes youth requires inner strength and wisdom. There are lots of role models who have led the way for us. Did you know, for example, that:

Martha Graham danced professionally until she was 76?

Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals at the age of 78?

Georgia O’Keefe continued painting well into her 90s?

Vitality in “later life” is not just for the famous. Undoubtedly everyone knows at least one person who is living a vital, fulfilling life “despite” their age. This is really the way it should be – life should become better as we age.

What I’ve discovered is that there are two “basic requirements” of graceful aging. To borrow from the “Serenity Prayer”, graceful aging requires the “serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can; and wisdom to know the difference.” 

The two major requirements of successful aging – accepting the aging process and not accepting what we can change — may at first seem contradictory.  Sometimes success in life involves the ability embrace the paradox that when we accept life at it is at the moment, it paradoxically opens a doorway for positive change.

It’s been discovered that attitude has an enormous role in how we age. Much of the decline that people experience with aging comes about due to the belief that decline in function and quality of life is part and parcel of aging. It’s never too late to change the two most important ingredients to graceful aging – attitude and lifestyle.

Graceful aging means finding a balance between acceptance of the inevitability of aging and doing what we can to remain vital and healthy as long as possible. Acceptance involves relaxation into life and the ability to flow with change. When we are relaxed, we stop fighting the inevitable. At the same time, relaxation is a key to better health and greater vitality.


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren


Did you ever wonder why:

We’ll spend half a day looking for vitamin pills to make us live longer, then drive 90 miles an hour on slick pavement to make up for lost time.

We gripe like hell about politicians and the state of the government at all levels, yet over half of us don’t bother to vote.

We have a growth rate of over 80 % in lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries and a 130 % decrease in farmers, assembly line workers and doctors.


Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.


The social studies teacher had just finished a unit on war and peace. “How many of you,” he asked, “would say you’re opposed to war?” Not surprisingly, all hands went up.  The teacher asked, “who’ll give us the reason for being opposed to war?” A large, bored-looking boy in the back of the room raised his hand. “Johnny?”  The teacher said. “I hate war,” Johnny said, “because wars make history, and I hate history.”


Oh Lord give me patience… NOW!


During a practical exercise at a military police base, the instructor was giving the class instruction in unarmed self-defense. After he presented a number of different situations in which they might find themselves, he asked a student, “What steps would you take if someone were coming at you with a big, sharp knife?”

The student replied. “BIG ones.”


A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.


A young Irish boy seems to be out looking for trouble one Saturday afternoon. Going down the street, he trips people, throws bricks through windows, smacks folks on the top of the head and whatnot until a passing cop stops him.

“What’s going on here?” the officer asks.

“It’s like this, officer,” the young man says. “I am on my way over to the church to go to confession, and I’m a little short of material.”


Necessity: Almost any luxury you see in the home of a neighbor.


When Pastor Ovall picked up the phone, Special Agent Struzik from the IRS was on the line.

“Hello, Pastor Ovall?”

“Yes, this is.”

“I’m calling to inquire about a member of your congregation, a Dr. Shipe.  Do you recognize the name?”

“Yes, he is a member of our congregation.  How can I be of service?”

“Well, on last year’s tax return, the doctor claimed that he made a sizable tax-deductable contribution to your church?  Is it true?”

“Well, I’ll have to have my bookkeeper verify this information for you.  How much did Dr. Shipe say he contributed?”

“Twenty five thousand dollars,” answered Agent Struzik. “Can you tell me if that’s true?”

There is a long pause.  “I’ll tell you what,” replied Pastor Ovall, “Call back tomorrow.  I’m sure it will be.”


“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich


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@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.

I don’t know if I am too dumb to worry or too smart

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

Arthur Somers Roche


I had a great breakfast yesterday morning with a really effective friend, some would call her a consultant but she is really more than that. She has the capacity to see things others might miss and that is great but she does even more. She is like the business and personal ophthalmologist who makes it possible for you to see. I know of nothing more effective than helping others see the path to solutions rather than guiding them to a destination.

My friend helps folks learn to observe, process what they see and then find their own way to their goals. What she offers is a great learning experience leaving those she has helped happy with what they themselves developed and ready to take on the next challenge using their newly acquired skills.

As we talked I realized that possibly the greatest gift she leaves behind is personal courage. It is sad how many opportunities are missed because of the fear of failure. My friend lets people see success on their horizons and shows them they have all they need to move forward unaided. Our fears and our anxieties are often our worst enemies and how great it is that she provides antidotes that help cure excessive worry.

Here is something business psychologist Sharon Melnick wrote on how situational anxiety can be overcome. Often the little things are like a stone in your shoe that limits your progress and they need to be removed.

‘Think Positive’ When You Are Anxious

Do you ever have the experience where you are worried what is going to happen in the future? Here are some approaches you can use to ‘think positive’ and get back into a state where you have ease and can concentrate.

Focus on the Moment

1. Focus on the specific physical feeling you are having in your body, not on your thoughts.

For example, say to yourself slowly, “I feel tension in my shoulders; I have a sinking feeling in my stomach.” Don’t focus on thoughts like, “What if I lose my job” or “I have so much to do”. Before 7 seconds have passed, you will notice a shift in the feeling in your body and breathing will come easier. Keep doing this a few times until the feeling of anxiety has passed.

2. Focus on what you CAN control in the moment.

Your thoughts tend to run wild towards worst case scenarios and what you can’t control. Try to pinpoint something specific you are worried about, and determine specifically what worries you about the situation. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now to have more control over the outcome of this situation?” Action replaces fear.

3. Train your body to get rid of fear.

Do this exercise: Bring together the tips of the thumb and index finger and bring your hands up so they are in front of your chest facing away from you. You will breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Each time you breathe out, forcefully push your hands away from you like you are pushing away something you don’t want and blow out through your mouth. Then breathe in through your nose and bring your hands back towards your chest, with your elbows by your side. Do this exercise for 1-3 minutes and you will train your body to get rid of fear.

Take yourself out of the moment — Sometimes overfocusing on the moment keeps you stressed. Instead:

4. Project yourself into the future.

Picture yourself in the distant future, when this particular moment is insignificant and you have worked out your current problems. This ‘future’ version of your self has more perspective on your overall life than you do right now — ask it what the best way is to proceed in the current situation.

5. Use distraction.

Make the distraction productive: connect with other people, go outside in a natural environment that is soothing for your senses, do a breathing exercise, listen to music or a motivating talk. Don’t just numb out with an unmemorable surfing session on the internet or putter around at your desk.

I helps me to remind myself that the world will not end if I slip, for I can always pick myself up and play again another day.


If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

Don Herold


The school of agriculture’s dean of admissions was interviewing a prospective student, Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.

“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” the student replied.

“Your father made a million dollars in farming?” echoed the dean much impressed.

“No,” replied the applicant. “But he always dreamed of it.”


People who cannot feel punish those who do.

May Sarton


Sadie and Esther are sitting on the porch of their Miami Beach hotel. “Oh my God,” cries Sadie. “Look at that poor boy! Such a weak chin. His mouth is crooked. And look, his eyes are crossed.”

“That boy,” says Esther, “happens to be my son.”

“Oh,” replies Sadie. “On him it’s very becoming.”


Stress management: What many employees like to do on purpose.


Donna was attending her High School reunion and was having a blast. As the evening was drawing to a close, the master of ceremonies for the night proceeded to hand out bottles of champagne to the graduates who had traveled the farthest distance to attend the reunion, the graduate who had been married the longest time, the graduate who had become the most successful, etc.

Donna wondered if she was going to get a prize, too. Sure enough, the master of ceremonies called out her name. “Donna, you win with 11 kids.” and then, trying to be clever, he added in “And champagne is only half the prize. The other half is a giant, economy size bottle of aspirin.”

“Don’t bother with the aspirin,” Donna replied. “It’s obvious with these many kids that I’ve never had a headache.”


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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