Ray's musings and humor

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman


Last week was especially enjoyable because of the variety of people I met. They included a couple from England who had been married for 65 years, a legal secretary from New Orleans, a handful of Australians, a retired medical equipment salesman and many others. While most will remain as brief acquaintances, what they shared will remain. The great thing about meeting new people is that they always provide me an opportunity to learn something new or to see things in a different way. In my experience most of the people I meet who are open to conversation have one thing in common, a positive attitude.

Have you noticed that there are people who are almost never down? People who expect things to go well and most of the time they display a happy demeanor. What is interesting is that we share the same environment, we all have troubles and pitfalls and yet some just take them in stride seeming to know that things will brighten up. These are my heroes, the people I love being around for their tendency to happiness and self-satisfaction is contagious. The good news is we all are capable of being a happiness carrier; all we need is a positive attitude. Here is an article that suggests we can always improve our attitude.

Developing and keeping a positive attitude

The journey that you take of life is shaped by the decisions that you make. The paths that you choose to take will either give you a good and fulfilling life or a miserable and discontented life. The bark rests with you on which paths to take. Many a time people will blame the past they had for not having a fulfilled life and will wallow in self-pity and welcome you to their pity party whenever you are around. Whether it is a dysfunctional family, unrealized dreams or even broken relationships, all these and many more can tie people down and cause them to never progress. One major thing that can change this course is to develop a positive mental attitude.

A positive attitude leads to success and tremendous happiness. It has the power to change your life. If you look at the brighter aspect of your life, positive attitude will impact your environment and also the people around you. In fact, it can become contagious too.

You also need to consider that of the people who are around you it is likely that you do not encourage one another in the right direction. Reason being that likeminded people attract one another. So if you are developing a positive attitude towards life, guess what, you start drawing people towards you who want to also have a positive attitude towards life.

There are different ways that will get you developing your positive thinking to give you a wholesome appeal and a zest for life you never thought you had:

Find a way of releasing that negative energy

You are a being capable of having banks of energy within you that can either be negative or positive. When you choose that which you would rather have within you, it will be paramount to find a safe way to release that which you do not want. Having ascertained that it is negative energy then you find activities that will release negativity from you. These could be but are not limited to working out, developing a healthy hobby, finding a way to appreciate yourself by giving you a treat, reading and journaling. Taking a walk in a quiet atmosphere can have a powerful effect on developing a positive mental attitude.

Look for and accept assistance

Though it is discomforting accepting that you have a weakness, it shows strength of character to come to grips with yourself. Seeking for help when you need to shows prudence and not weakness. Taking that step will help you have someone you are accountable to and give you a greater drive to living right. This could be a counselor or a friend you hold in high esteem due to their way of living. It needs to be someone you wish to emulate. Keep a constant flow of positive thoughts in your mind and do not let negative situations dictate to you how to think. Speak to yourself positivity and remember you always have a reason to smile. Life is a gift, enjoy it.


If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Mary Engelbreit


“Gentle Thoughts”

Birds of a feather flock together and aim for your car.

There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.  For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.

When I can’t be kind, I try to have the decency to be vague.

Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.


“When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.”

Abraham Maslow


There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day. The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing.

He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”

The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”


If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?


By the time John arrived at the football game, the first quarter was almost over.

“Why are you so late?” his friend asked.

“I had to toss a coin to decide between going to church and coming to the game.”

“How long could that have taken you?”

“Well, I had to toss it 14 times.”


“My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate. So I got two girlfriends.”



A father took his young daughter to the grocery store with him. In addition to the healthy items on the carefully prepared shopping list his wife had given him, they returned with a box of sugar-laden cookies. The man noticed the glare of his wife and, before she could say anything, said, “This box of cookies has one-third fewer calories than usual.”

“That’s good. But are you sure?” she asked.

“Absolutely!” he replied.

“And how can you tell? You never read the labels.”

“We ate a third of the cookies on the way home.”


A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Wade Boggs


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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