Ray's musings and humor

“Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited about the privileges of simply being human”

Tim Hansel

One of the things that I have learned as I have aged is that many folks let the years go by and let life’s opportunities drift away in the process. Lately I am meeting more and more people who have little idea what their life will be like as they think about imminent retirement. And lately the problem has crept into the lives of much younger folks as they have faced economic and employment issues. While I do not know of any easy answers for those who struggle looking for answers, I do know giving up is never a solution. I meet far too many people who have given up on themselves to the point that they start to believe a brighter future is impossible. How often do you hear people saying things like “times are tough they probably wouldn’t hire me” or “I really don’t have anything to offer as a volunteer” and the like. It is almost as if they are convincing themselves that they would not like themselves so why should someone else think well of them.

To some extent we should not let them get away with so much negativism. I can’t remember the last time I got close to someone who I did not find value in who they were and what they had to offer. I think we need to tell people how much we think of them. Far too often folks take what makes them special for granted and don’t recognize how good they are. I like to think we each have the opportunity to let them know what we admire about them as we focus on their positive aspects while avoiding reinforcing the negatives.

I like what Ralph Marston wrote in the following piece, I know there were times in my life that I would of benefited by following his advice.


Solidly on your way

You may be tired, or discouraged, or frustrated, or uncomfortable. No matter what, your best option is to move positively forward. Hanging on to past disappointments will only hold you back. Taking comfort in being a victim gives you no real comfort at all.

Staying safe by never venturing out, by never taking risks, is the riskiest thing you can do. Because it guarantees that you won’t get anything accomplished.

It takes effort to move forward, as well as courage and determination. Fortunately, you are filled with courage and determination, and you are able to make whatever effort you choose.

Yes, you may feel some fear and trepidation, yet courage is not the lack of fear. Your courage gives you the ability to feel your fear, to listen to what it has to say, to allow it to prepare you, and to move ahead.

You know what you desire and you know why you desire it. Set your sights on the goal, and know that you’re solidly on your way toward its achievement.


I know you’re special, do you?



Gretchen grabbed a large thermos and hurried to a nearby coffee shop. She held up the thermos, and the barista quickly came over to take his order.

“Is this big enough to hold six cups of coffee?” Gretchen asked.

The coffee shop worker looked at the thermos, hesitated a few seconds, then finally replied, “Yeah. It looks like about six cups to me.”

“Oh, good!” Gretchen sighed in relief, “Then give me two regular, two black, and two decaf.”


Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.


A man had finally got around to taking all his run down and broken umbrellas to the repair shop. Next morning on his way to his office, when he got up to leave the street car, he absentmindedly took hold of the umbrella belonging to the woman beside him, for he was in the habit of always carrying one.

The woman cried “Stop! Thief!”, grabbed her umbrella back and embarrassed the poor man no end!

That same day, he stopped at the repair shop, and received all eight of his umbrellas duly repaired and restored.. As he entered the street car, with the unwrapped umbrellas tucked under his arm, he was horrified to behold, glaring at him, the lady of his morning’s misadventure. Her voice came to him charged with a withering scorn:

“Had a good day, didn’t you!”


Have you noticed that the cost of living hasn’t affected its popularity?


Jill wanted a divorce from Todd.  The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”

“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”

“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”

“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”

“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”

“I didn’t know it before I married him.”

Todd shouted out, “She did too!”


A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the wall claims it’s a forgery.


An old lady had always wanted to travel abroad.

Now that she was getting on in years, she thought she better try to do so before she passed away.

But until now, she’d never even been out of the country. So she began by going in person to the Passport Office and asking how long it would take to have one issued.

“You must take the loyalty oath first,” responded the passport clerk. “Raise your right hand, please.”

The old gal did as she was asked, and raised her right hand.

“Do you swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all its enemies, domestic or foreign?” was the first question.

The little old lady’s face paled and her voice trembled as she asked in a small voice,

“Uhhh… all by myself?”


It’s not an optical illusion.    It just looks like one.


Sam is recovering from a recent heart attack and goes to visit Dr Myers, his cardiologist.

After a full check up, Dr Myers tells Sam that he will be able to resume his sex life as soon as he can climb two flights of stairs without getting out of breath.

Sam says, “OK, but what if I only look for women who live on the ground floor?”


“Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.”

Og Mandino


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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