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Archive for January, 2013

Enjoy the show!

Sometimes I think God wants there to be a circus so we can show there’s another way to respond.

Tony Dungy

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I was surprised by how many readers responded to yesterday’s Daily about why we should have fun this week, some from as far away as South Africa. It seems like I am not the only one who really thrives on fun. I hope you do as well.

Since I was in the mood for more I went back into my saved stuff and found something from our friend Dani at PositvelyPresent that I liked, so rather than rambling on like I usually do I am sharing what I found below.


Be the ringmaster. It’s your life.

If life is a circus, then you should certainly be the star in your own ring. The ringmaster controls the show. The ringmaster is the most visible performer. The ringmaster is in charge. You can’t control everything in life, but there are many things you have the power to direct. Don’t let someone else be the ringmaster in your life. Take the reins (or the whip, in this case!) and remind yourself that you have the power to be in charge of this crazy circus we call life.

You’re on a tightrope. Keep your balance.

Just like the walk across the wire is for a tightrope walker, our lives will be most successful if we find balance. Lean too far in one direction and you’ll find yourself toppling over. Balance is not always easy to master when juggling relationships and jobs and passions, but it’s essential for living a positive and present life. Imagine yourself on a tightrope and ask yourself, “Am I leaning too far in one direction?” Don’t let one area of your life — no matter how important it might seem — distract you from achieving balance.

Toss your hat in the ring. Get involved.

Like a circus coming to town, our lives are brief but wonderful. Don’t waste your life sitting on the sidelines. Get involved with activities, hobbies, friends, jobs. Say “yes” more than you say “no.” Do the things that scare you. Push your boundaries. Take the challenge of living life to the fullest. Life is a circus that’s magical to watch, but even more wonderful to participate in. Don’t waste your life being a spectator. Throw down your inhibitions and throw your hat into the ring.

Set up a sturdy net. You will need back-up.

No matter how balanced you try to be, you’ll make mistakes. You’ll slip and fall. Nothing could be worse than a fall without a net so make sure you have a strong network of people to help you get back up on your feet. You don’t need a lot of people — a few will do the trick — but you do need people who will catch you when you fall, who will dust you off, and who will help you get back up on your feet. You won’t often need your safety net, but you’ll be thankful you have it when you start to lose your balance.

Clown around. Life’s too short to be serious.

Even if you’re a bit wary of clowns (there’s just something not right about a painted-on smile…), it’s hard not to appreciate their ability to make life a comedy. Life is much too short to spend your time being serious. Take a lesson from the circus clowns and make a joke, share a laugh, do something so silly and outrageous that you make yourself crack up. Seriousness has it’s time and place, but it’s the silliness you’ll remember most. So clown around. Laugh.


Life is like a white canvass. The colors we are going to use is up to our own choosing, be it red, green, or gray.


Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit.

“This young lawyer agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.

“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.

And so they haggled before the King until he called for silence. “Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and I shall hew the young attorney in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”

“Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.

But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman’s daughter marry him.”

The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “The attorney must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.

“But she was willing to hew him in two!” exclaimed the king’s court.

“Indeed,” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law.”

You know in reality most people I know like their mother-in-law often getting along better with them since they are less likely to provide the regular counsel we get from our own Mom’s, I often wonder why they don’t realize that their children’s puberty ended while they were teens, not when they are in their sixties.



A pessimist is one who is seasick on the entire voyage of life.


A woman goes to her lawyer to ask about getting a divorce.  The lawyer asks, “Does he beat you?”

“No, he does not.”

“Does he keep you short of money?”

“No, he does not.”

“Is he a perpetual drunkard?”

“No, he is not.”

“Is he unfaithful to you?”

“Ahhh, we’ve got him there. He was not the father of my last child.”


“It’s okay. I didn’t believe in reincarnation last time either.”


Two girls board a crowded bus and one of them whispers to the other, “Watch me embarrass a man into giving me his seat.”

Pushing her way through the crowd, she turned all of her charms upon a gentleman who looked like he might embarrass easily.  “My dear Mr. Wilson,” she gushed, “fancy meeting you here on the bus.  Am I glad to see you! Why you’re almost a stranger.  My, but I’m tired!”

The sedate gent looked up at the girl.  He had never seen her before but he rose and said pleasantly, “Sit down, Mary, my girl.  It isn’t often I see you on washday.  No wonder you’re tired.  Being pregnant isn’t easy. By the way, don’t deliver the wash until Thursday.  My wife is going to the District Attorney’s office to see whether or not she can get your husband out of jail.”


In my day, we didn’t have virtual computer reality. If a one-eyed, razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.


Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas,” Ralphie said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays, “It’s the best Christmas present I ever got.”

“That’s great,” smiled his uncle, “Have you learned how to play it yet?”

“Oh, I don’t play it,” Ralphie said, “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.”


Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.

David Niven


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Have fun this week!

Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.

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I don’t know if it was because I was a little lethargic last week or if it was the gray weather but many of the folks I met seemed to me to be a little too serious. I did meet a couple of nurses at the hospital on Friday that were a little bit crazy, I think they perked me up as much as the iron they pumped into my body, but generally most of the folks I ran into seemed to need to smile more often.

Of course with financial cliffs, national debt ceilings, sequester debates, violence and other less than neat stuff going on around us maintaining high spirits isn’t always easy. In my case I also suffer from a body that does not always take orders well, I tell it to climb hills and it asks me if I am nuts and then proceeds to tell me to try something else, so I do. Fortunately I usually have plenty of pleasure in my life due to the fun people around me and my severe seriousness deficiency, so I do fine.

However I know many of us are at the point where we cannot depend on fun to automatically come into our lives so we need to choose to live a dull existence or take steps to make sure we provide ourselves happy days.

If you need more in your life I found the following tips for the fun deprived on WickiHow that may help.

How to Have Fun

Are you feeling bored? A little blue? Stressed out by work or school? Going out and doing something fun might seem trivial, but it’s an important part of bringing joy into your life. Having fun is all about being in the right state of mind and then doing what you love. Here are some methods to bring a little more fun into your life.

Get in the Right State of Mind

1 Relax. It’s difficult to enjoy doing anything if you’re feeling stressed out, angry or worried. Try calming techniques and organizational strategies so that you’ll feel better about enjoying your free time.

2 Identify your free time. Everyone has responsibilities, such as work, homework, chores and errands. Allot yourself enough time to get your work done, but also set aside time just for you. Create a schedule if needed. If you feel like every minute of your day is accounted for, then draft up an actual schedule and make it a point to work in an hour, or even 30 minutes, that are just for you. Use it to read a book, watch a TV show, or call a friend.

3 Disconnect. If you’ve completed your responsibilities for the day (or just need a quick break), turn off your cell phone, shut down the computer and detach from the demands of the world.

4 Reconnect with people. Make time for friends, family, and people that make you feel good. You’re more likely to have fun if you’re surrounded by people that make you happy.

Find What You Love

1 Identify your passions. Think about what activities make you feel happy, excited or content. It could be as simple as reading a spy novel or as ambitious as traveling to exotic locales. You might not be able to do it every day, but don’t lose sight of the activities you love.

Make a “Have Fun” list. You can include both the activities you can do every day, like reading the comics, and the activities you want to work up to, like skydiving!

2 Try new things. Sure, it may sound cliché, but how will you ever know whether or not you enjoy salsa dancing, tennis, Indian cooking or improv theater unless you give it a try? It may be intimidating, but you might just discover your next great passion. And you’re bound to have some fun along the way.

3 Share your passions. Invite a friend to join you at a yoga class, or teach a family member how to bake bread. Encouraging others to have fun is a great way to have fun yourself.

Create Your Own Joy

1 Take initiative. Now that you have identified what you enjoy doing, go do it! There will always be the temptation to put things off, but why not have some fun every day?

2 Make everyday fun. Try integrating fun activities into your everyday responsibilities. Do you have a long commute to work? Try listening to a book on tape. Do you have to clean the house? Crank up the music and sing and dance along while you clean. Take joy in the simple things.

3 Laugh. Never underestimate the power of laughter to instantly make you have a little fun. Even a forced laugh can sometimes trigger real laughter. Try to see the humor in everyday life.


Because of you…I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a little more.


A priest and a rabbi were traveling on a plane. After a while the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The rabbi responded, “Yes, that is still one of our beliefs.”

The priest then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb and tasted pork.”

The priest nodded in understanding and went back to his reading. After a while the rabbi asked the priest, “Father, is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”

The priest replied, “Yes that is still very much a part of our faith.”

The rabbi then asked him, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?”

The priest replied, “Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”

The rabbi nodded understandingly for a moment and then said, “A lot better than pork, isn’t it?”


A young person knows the rules but the old person knows the exceptions.


They tell me that:

Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption, and that you don’t “HAVE” them but “PITCH” them.

Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”

Only a true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in, “Going to town, be back directly.”

Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.  (If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!)

A true Southerner knows that “fixin'” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines.  We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines”; and when we’re “in line,” we talk to everybody!

True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”

Every true Southerner knows that eating tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee is perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food and that fried green tomatoes are not.

Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened.  “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway.  You just say, “Bless her heart” and go your own way!


“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

Kimberly Johnson


The Animal Defense League staged a protest against furriers in Beverly Hills Friday. The group isn’t stupid. They choose to protest fur rather than leather because it is a lot safer to throw paint on elderly rich women than Hell’s Angels.


Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

Groucho Marx


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 well do you know yourself?

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


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Today I am substituting an Iron infusion at the hospital for my daily exercise. The Iron will boost my blood and restore some energy which is always good; I look forward to again being the rejuvenated me. I am often amazed at how things can make our lives better. My medical stuff − medications, Pacemaker and the like work wonders but so does my exercise and all the things I get to do. Mainly I think it is the fact that I understand that what I get to do boosts my spirit leaving little reason to complain. The good news is that it is never too late for anyone to rejuvenate their lives; all we have to do is start and maybe make an attitude adjustmentl. All we need to do is discover more about ourselves so we can leave what might be holding us back and add good things that will brighten our future.

Here in part is something I found on the Change blog that I think is helpful for those who have decided they want to invest in their future by discovering what can make them happier. I am not sure who wrote it but I know I like what he says.


The 7 Keys to Discovering Your Life Purpose:

 1. What makes you smile? What makes you smile?  It’s okay if you don’t know, just keep on living and looking until you find out.

2. What are you curious about? What are you curious about?  What do you want to learn about?  More specifically, “What books do you have in your library?”  It’s a sign of your purpose, if all you have is cookbooks, then that’s a sign.  If you’ve only read books on cars, then that’s a sign.

3. What do you notice? The mechanic notices something wrong with the car, the hairdresser notices when someone’s hair is out of place, the speaker notices a boring speech.  What do you notice; it’s a sign of your purpose.  I notice when things are not orderly or practical, this is a sign of my purpose.  This does not fully explain my purpose, but it’s one additional piece to the puzzle.

4. What are you passionate about? Passion is a key to your purpose; it’s a sign of your purpose.  If you’re passionate about self development, then maybe there’s a helpful book that you are destined to write.  If you’re passionate about cooking, then maybe you’re supposed to be a cook, if you’re passionate about singing, then maybe you were born to be sing. What’s the lesson?  Discover your passion and it will be one step in the direction of discovering your purpose.

5. What would you do for free?  What would you do for free?  What have you done for free in the past?  Have you fixed someone’s car, washed someone’s hair?  Whatever it is, it’s a sign to your purpose.

6. What do others hear you say?  What do those close to you always hear you talking about?  Maybe you should ask them, because it’s a key to your purpose.  If you’re always talking about cars, then that’s a sign, if you’re always talking about Web sites, then that’s a sign, if you’re always talking about real estate, then that’s a sign, what do you talk about?

7. What do people complement you on? What do others say you’re naturally good at?  Do people love to hear you sing?  Design is a sign of purpose.  Trees don’t talk and elephants don’t fly.  How you’re designed is a sign.  It’s a sign of how you should be spending your time.  When you spend your time doing what you do best, then you will succeed.


“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”

Hermann Hesse


Note: If you are not a resident of FLORIDA or never have lived in hot, humid south Florida, youmay not understand the weight of this blessing!

Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry.

Please keep it cool in mid-July.

Bless the walls where termites dine

While ants and roaches march in time.

Bless our yard where spiders pass

Fire ant castles in the grass.

Bless the garage, a home to please

Carpenter beetles, ticks and fleas.

Bless the love bugs, two by two,

The gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.

Millions of creatures that fly or crawl, In FLORIDA, Lord, you’ve put them all!

But this is home, and here we’ll stay,

So thank you Lord, for insect spray.


“I’m dating a guy who’s twenty-one. That’s seven in boy years.”

Lisa Goich


She said: Curious when I found two black-and-white negatives in a drawer, I had them made into prints. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were of a younger, slimmer me, taken on one of my first dates with my husband.

When I showed him the photos, his face lit up. “Wow, look at that!” he said with appreciation. “It’s my old Plymouth!”


Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul.

Armand Hammer



* If it is on, I must turn it off.

* If it is off, I must turn it on.

* If it is folded, I must unfold it.

* If it is liquid, it must be shaken then spilled.

* If it is solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.

* If it is high, it must be reached.

* If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.

* If it is pointed, it must be run with full speed.

* If it has leaves, they must be picked.

* If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.

* If it is trash, it must be removed, inspected and thrown on the floor.

* If it is closed, it must be opened.

* If it does not open, it must be screamed at.

* If it has drawers, they must be rifled.

* If it is a pen or pencil, it must write on refrigerator, monitor, TV or table.

* If it is full, it will be more interesting empty.

* If it is empty, it must be more interesting full.

* If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.

* If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.

* If it is a paper, it must be torn.

* If it has switches, they must be pressed.

* If the volume is low, it must go high.

* If it is a bug, it must be swallowed. If it doesn’t stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.

* If it is not food, it must be tasted.

* If it is food, it must not be tasted.

* If it is dry, it must be made wet.


 “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

Bob Moawad


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.

Let’s do it together

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

Leo Tolstoy

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Yesterday I met with a group of older folks who came together at the YMCA for a snack lunch and to hear us talk about the value of continuing to live an active life. In a Y setting we are surrounded by equipment, pools and exercise spaces that provide us the opportunity to sustain physical health. Our pitch was to promote mental and social health via membership in OASIS, my towns premiere place for postretirement enrichment.

As I talked with some of the participants I got the feeling that they were fearful of participation because they were not all that confident that they could excel in a craft class, a discussion group or one of the many other programs open to them. I wish more of us realized that it is OK not to try to be perfect, we probably couldn’t be anyway. I have found that when I focus on the benefits I get from what I am doing I really don’t have to worry about impressing anyone else. I am at the point in life where I will never get a new title, a promotion or a bonus so the only person I need to impress is myself and in my case I do that but just taken advantage of the opportunities to stay involved in the world.

My thoughts reminded me of something bestselling author Gretchen Rubin wrote four or five years ago, here in part is what she had to say.


Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.

I was inspired by an observation by Voltaire to make my resolution, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” In other words, instead of pushing yourself to an impossible “perfect,” and therefore getting nowhere, accept “good.” Many things worth doing are worth doing badly.

I have a friend who never exercises unless she’s training for a marathon; as a consequence, she almost never exercises. I never push myself when I exercise, and although I suspect she scoffs at my wimpy work-outs, I’ve managed to get myself to exercise several times a week for years. If I’d tried to have a more ambitious work-out, I’m sure I wouldn’t have exercised at all.

The perfect can also become the enemy of the good in the quest for perfect information. There are two ways to approach decision-making: as a satisficer (yes, that is a word) or as a maximizer.

Satisficers are those who make a decision or take action once their criteria are met. That doesn’t mean they’ll settle for mediocrity; their criteria can be very high, but as soon as they find the pasta sauce or the business card that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied. Maximizers want to make the optimal decision. Even if they see a bicycle or a backpack that meets their requirements, they can’t make a decision until after they’ve examined every option, to make the best possible choice. Studies suggest that satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers; maximizers spend a lot more time and energy to reach a decision, and they’re often anxious about whether they did, in fact, make the best choice.

In almost every category, I’m a satisficer, and in fact, I often felt guilty about not doing more research before making decisions. But it’s one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Most decisions don’t require extensive research. In picking a girls’ summer camp, a friend got information from twenty-five camps and visited five in person. We got information from five camps and picked the one that a friend’s daughter loved. I used to think that my lack of diligence was a sign of laziness, and my resolution “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” has made me feel a lot better.

In some situations, the happier course is to know when good enough is good enough, and not to worry about perfection or making the perfect choice.


“Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”

Ray Bradbury,


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.


“The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.”

S. T. Coleridge


After waiting more than an hour and a half for her date, the young lady decided she had been stood up. Exasperated, she changed from her dinner dress into pajamas and slippers, fixed some popcorn and hot chocolate and resigned herself to an evening of TV. No sooner had she flopped down in front of the TV when her doorbell rang. There stood her date. He took one look at her and gasped, “I’m two hours late and you’re still not ready?”


“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.”


In dire need of a beauty make-over, Nancy went to her salon with a fashion magazine photo of a gorgeous, young, lustrous-haired model.

She showed the stylist the trendy new cut she wanted and settled into the chair as he began humming a catchy tune and got to work on her thin, graying hair.

Nancy was delighted by his cheerful attitude until she recognized the melody. It was the theme from “Mission Impossible.”

Note: Any similarity in name with my wife Nancy is purely coincidental.


Money can’t buy you happiness …. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

Spike Milligan


A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over two other female friends in addition to my fiancee, and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.”

The next day, he brings 3 beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma. Guess which one I’m going to marry.”

She immediately replies, “The red-head in the middle.”

“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right, how did you know?”

“I don’t like her.”


Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”



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’s enough

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tzu

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I am on the run this morning with a non-stop schedule so I have decided to go back and see what I thought the world looked like ten years ago.


Ray’s Daily first published January 9, 2003

It is a good idea to every once in awhile stop and ask, is it worth it.

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you.  You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.  Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery.  You would control the product, processing and distribution.  You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich.  You would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Author Unknown


We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

David Bailey


“So let me get this straight,” the prosecutor says to the defendant, “you came home from work early and found your wife with a strange man.”

“That’s correct,” says the defendant.

“Upon which,” continues the prosecutor, “you take out a pistol and shoot your wife, killing her.”

“That’s correct,” says the defendant.

“Then my question to you is, why did you shoot your wife and not her lover?” asked the prosecutor.

“It seemed easier,” replied the defendant, “than shooting a different man every day!”


Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.


Flying Rules

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn’t dangerous. Crashing is what’s dangerous.

4. It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.

6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

8. A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.

10. You know you’ve landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.

13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you’ve made.

15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

17. Helicopters can’t fly; they’re just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that’s going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.

21. It’s always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.

22. Keep looking around. There’s always something you’ve missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law. And it’s not subject to repeal.

24. The four most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, gas back at the airport, and a tenth of a second ago.

25. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.


“The healthiest people are often those who laugh at themselves. No wonder, laughter is the best medicine.”


A medieval astrologer prophesied to a king that his favorite mistress would soon die.  Sure enough, the woman died a short time later.  The king was outraged at the astrologer, certain that his prophecy had brought about the woman’s death.  He summoned the astrologer and commanded him: “Tell me when you will die!”

The astrologer realized that the king was planning to kill him immediately, no matter what answer he gave.  “I do not know when I will die,” he answered finally.  “I only know that whenever I die, the king will die three days later….”


“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”

Dave Gardner


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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Yes works!

“Probably some of the best things that have ever happened to you in life, happened because you said yes to something. Otherwise things just sort of stay the same.”

Danny Wallace, Yes Man

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As I ended my multiple retirements I realized that I had a number of choices to make and probably the most important was, how will I live the next phase of my life? Had I done enough? Could I use the past as a reason to just stop, relax and not do too much? Of course I was fortunate enough to have family close by, a wife who likes to cruise once or twice a year and membership in a few organizations that offered me a place to go every once in a while. In truth I never had too much of an opportunity to ponder the choices as the available time never really materialized and I found myself busy than ever and glad that I was.

I think my jumping back into the pool was as much a result of my curiosity and the luxury of being available to try some of the things I always rejected. While I did often drag my feet, and still do, I found it was often easier to say yes and then break some new ground. Of course we all must be careful not to say yes when doing so might result it not getting done what you agreed to do or to say yes to something that would not allow to do something we might enjoy more or would do some good.

So I see many my age who are slowly withering in their easy chairs because they find it so easy to say no, while I interact with many others who like me found that saying yes once in awhile really pays off. Not too long ago Dani at Positively Present published the following on her blog. She tells us why saying yes can do us a lot of good. Here is some of what she wrote:


Yes is more: 5 reasons to say “yes!”

I don’t want to look back on a lifetime of excuses. I don’t want to look back and realize I missed out on things because I said “no” when I should have said “yes.”

5 Reasons to Say Yes (Even When No Seems Easier)

1. Experience something new or different. New experiences and people can be difficult for those who don’t love change, but the more you open yourself up to the idea of saying “yes” the more you’ll start to see that new experiences are actually quite fun. Saying “yes” doesn’t always lead to new or exciting things, but it can. And staying in the same routine day after day, saying “no” to invitations and offers, is pretty unlikely to lead you to anything new or different. Even when it seems tough to say “yes”, remember that you never know where a simple “yes” will lead you …

2. Find unexpected opportunities. If you don’t say “yes” sometimes, you’re missing out on things you don’t even know you’re missing out on. Of course, not every “yes” will lead to something wonderful and unexpected, but you never know what you might find if you start saying “yes” instead of saying “no.” Unexpected opportunities don’t always just drop into your lap; sometimes you have to go find them.

3. Overcome fear and insecurity. Part of the reason most of us “no people” say “no” is because we’re scared. We’re scared of new people or new experiences. We don’t want to break from our routines or try something new for fear that we won’t enjoy it or we’ll look silly doing it. But the more you say “yes,” the more you’ll face those fears and insecurities head-on. And the more you face them, the less intimidating they’ll be. Every “yes” is a step away from fear and toward the freedom of feeling comfortable in any situation. Saying “yes” (even when it’s a scary thing to say) is basically the same thing as saying “no” to fear, doubt, and insecurity.

4. Meet new people (and future friends!). If you’re like me, you might be thinking, I already have friends. I don’t need any new ones! But remember: you probably would have said that same thing before you met your current best friend. Some of my best friends have come into my life as a result of saying “yes.” I said “yes” to attending a happy hour I didn’t really want to go to and connected with one of my favorite people that night. I said “yes” to job offers and met two of my best friends. So many friendships begin on the basis of random coincidence. You never know who will be on the other end of that “yes.”

5. Venture outside of comfort zones. Much as you might love your comfort zone (I sure love mine!), venturing outside of it can do a lot of good. It keeps you mentally sharp, teaches you new life lessons, and introduces you to things you might someday consider comforts. If you struggle when it comes to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, remember that saying “yes” is a good way to get started. Say “yes” to something that scares you. Say “yes” to an activity you automatically turn down without any good reason. Say “yes” to breaking your daily routine (even just for a day).


Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.

John C. Maxwell


A moment or two after a highway accident, an old man came up to a woman lying by the roadside. “Have the police come yet?” the man asked.

“No,” the woman moaned.

“Has the ambulance been here yet?”

“No,” the injured woman repeated.

“How about the insurance company?”


“Listen,” the man said, bending down. “Do you mind if I lay down next to you?


May your life be as beautiful as a summer day with just enough clouds to make you appreciate the sunshine.


A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.

“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector. “Yes, that was it!” “You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”

“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther.”


“I went to an authentic Mexican restaurant. The waiter poured the water and then warned me not to drink it.”

Brad Garrett


Dear God, so far today, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, and I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been grumpy, nasty or selfish, and I’m really glad of that!

But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help.

Thank you! Amen.


“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference. Yes lets you stand out in a crowd, be the optimist, see the glass full, be the one everyone comes to. Yes is what keeps us all young.”

Eric Schmidt


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 like what she said!

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Alva Edison

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A few weeks ago I posted some of the thoughts of blogger Erin McNaughton from her piece entitled “24 Lessons in 24 Years.” I wish I had been as wise when I had just turned 24. Since you and I are starting a new year I thought we might benefit from what she wrote that I had yet to share with you. Here is more of what she offers for us to consider for the years ahead.


  • Always keep the big picture in mind. The people who are successful now are the ones following trends. Those who will be remembered 100 years from now are those who followed their heart. Carefully consider this as you draft out your life plans. Keep this in mind as you think about your heroes and role models.
  • There are only two ways to live life: on the surface or with depth. It’s easy to dwell in superficial experiences, but delving deeper is the only route to true happiness and fulfillment. Keep a journal and explore your thoughts and experiences. Document feelings and then share them through art. Engage in passionate discussions and explore someone else’s point of view. Figure out how you personally get the most out of life, and transform that practice into a habit.
  • Life is an adventure. Life is supposed to be enjoyable. Have fun! Novelty and beauty are everywhere. It’s simply a matter of keeping your eyes open. Explore the world. Do something reckless every now and then. Welcome bursts of adrenaline, befriend that sense of aliveness.
  • When nothing is certain, everything is possible. Work to overcome your fear of failure and any sense of inadequacy–all they do is blind you to possibility. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back.
  • It’s okay to feel like giving up.  Life is about learning from our mistakes. It’s not only okay to ask for help; it’s courageous and admirable. When you feel you have nothing left, keep going. Success comes when you can’t stand failure any longer.  Have a sense of humor and take everything in stride. Allow yourself to experience and work through your feelings. Don’t actually give up.
  • Take responsibility for your life. You can be anything, but you must give yourself permission first. It’s no one else’s job to enable you or provide you opportunities, so never expect that. You get out of life only as much as you put in, so always do your best. View every project you undertake as a representation of who you are. Do things right and to the highest standard the first time. Always look presentable, because you never know who you’ll run in to.


Life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us, so be quick to love and make haste to be kind.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel


She said: A patient at the dental office where I was a receptionist stopped by my desk to pay her bill. She began rummaging through her purse, as so many patients did when they had a check to write. “Do you need a pen?” I asked, offering her the use of mine.

“Yes, thank you,” she replied. She took it, put it in her handbag and proceeded to pay in cash.


“Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”

George Santayana


Here are some quotes from people in the US during the 1950’s, I remember them well… Oh, how times have changed!

1) “I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20.”

2) “Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long when $5000 will only buy a used one.”

3) “If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.”

4) “Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”

5) “The Government is wanting to get its hands on everything. Pretty soon it’s going to be impossible to run a family business or farm.”

6) “If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.”

7) “When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 40 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”

8) “Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail haircuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”

9) “Also, their music drives me wild. This ‘Rock Around The Clock’ thing is nothing but racket.”

10) “Pretty soon you won’t be able to buy a good 10 cent cigar.”

11) “I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.”

12) “Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president.”

13) “Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?”

14) “I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.”

15) “It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where some married women are having to work to make ends meet.”

16) “It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”

17) “I’ll tell you one thing. If my kid ever talks back to me, they won’t be able to sit down for a week.”

18) “Did you know the new church in town is allowing women to wear slacks to their service?”

19) “Next thing you know is, the government will start paying us to not grow crops.”

20). “Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.”

21). “Why in the world would you want to send your daughter to college? Isn’t she going to get married? It would be different if she could be a doctor or a lawyer.”

22) “There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel.”

23) “Anymore no one can afford to be sick; $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”

24) “If a few idiots want to risk their necks flying across the country that’s fine, but nothing will ever replace trains.”

25) “I don’t know about you but if they raise the price of coffee to 15 cents, I’ll just have to drink mine at home.”

26). “If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it. I’ll have my wife learn to cut hair.”

27) “We won’t be going out much anymore. Our sitter informed us she wants 50 cents an hour. Kids think money grows on trees.”

28) “Cars that dim their lights by sensors, automatic transmissions, and who knows what else? Pretty soon they will drive themselves.”


“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West


I’ve never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent; they don’t listen; they don’t come in when you call; they like to stay out all night, come home and expect to be fed and stroked. Then want to be left alone and sleep.  In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat.


We live in deeds, not years: in thoughts, not breaths;

In feelings, not in figures on a dial.

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives

Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Philip James Bailey


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.

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