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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch


I had breakfast yesterday at an artist/restaurateur’s café around the corner from my neighborhood. I like the cafe as it reminds me of some of the great places in New York’s Greenwich Village in the fifties. I also enjoy conversing with the owner for she enjoys the world and is multitalented with a wide range of skills and interests. One of the great things I like about her is her willingness to experiment, explore, fail, and succeed, in other words she lives life fully.

I heard a psychologist recently say that the absence of pain is not the same as the feeling of pleasure. He got me thinking about all the people I know who have withdrawn into mundane lives out of fear of being hurt or even just making a mistake. They avoid risk and as a result miss much of what life has to offer. They are the folks that won’t try anything new for fear they might not like it. My friend and I shared how often we discovered something we really liked to eat because of our willingness to try new foods.

What struck me most from the psychologists message was that I know there is often more joy found in overcoming adversity than there is in avoiding it. I know you will never find the great things just over the hill if you never climb over it to see what is there.

So my friends don’t stay stuck in one place for so long that you miss too much. Here are some ideas from author Karen Leland that can enliven your days; oh and when you’re out there gives us a wave we’ll be glad to see you.


To break out of your comfort zone, try the following:

– Say yes to something you have always wanted to do, but been afraid to try for fear of failure, rejection or embarrassment.

– Say no to “a sure thing,” where you have the security of knowing the outcome but no passion for its pursuit.

– Say yes to a creative challenge, even if (at least for the moment) it does not carry a big financial reward.

– Say no to something you really don’t want to do, but are doing any way out of guilt, fear or shame.

– Say yes to being of service to an individual, an organization or your community — without expectation of getting something back in return.


Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

Brian Tracy


Bernie was unfortunate enough to be hit by a 10 ton truck and landed up in hospital in intensive care. His best friend Morris came to visit him. Bernie struggles to tell Morris, “My wife Sadie visits me three times a day. She’s so good to me. Every day, she reads to me at the bedside.”

“What does she read?”

“My life insurance policy.”


“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history — with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.”

Mitch Ratliffe


With only two tellers working at the bank, the line I was standing in was moving very slowly.  As I waited, I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date, I turned and asked the woman behind me. “It’s the fifth,” she replied. From the back of the line a man advised, “Don’t write it in yet!”


A smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart.


The teacher wrote “Like I ain’t had no fun in months” on the board and then she said, “Timmy, how should I correct that?”

Timmy replied, “Maybe get a new boyfriend ?”


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

Oscar Wilde


A congregant asked his Rabbi, “Rabbi, you’re a man of God. So why is it that you are always talking business when I, a businessman, am always talking about spiritual matters when I’m not at work?”

“You have discovered one of the principles of human nature,” the Rabbi replied.

“And what principle is that, Rabbi?”

“People like to discuss things they know nothing about.”


Discover wildlife!  Have kids!


Well Bill, how are you getting on with trying to date that new cocktail waitress?”

“Not so bad. I’m getting some encouragement now.”

“Really, is she beginning to smile sweetly at you or something?”

“Not exactly, but last night she said that she’s said ‘NO’ for the last time.”


Lord, if I can’t be skinny, let all my friends be fat.


My boss’ wife Sherry was exasperated with her younger sister, who bought an unreliable car and called for a ride every time it broke down. One day Sherry got yet another one of those calls. “What happened this time?” she asked. “My brakes went out,” her sister said. “Can you come to get me?” “Where are you?” Sherry asked. “I’m in the drugstore,” her sister responded. “And where’s the car?” “It’s in here with me.”


Murphy’s Technology Law #2:

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.


A DC-10 had an exceedingly long rollout after landing with his approach speed a little high. San Jose Tower: “American 751 heavy, turn right at the end of the runway, if able.  If not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport.”


A woman sees a beautiful tennis bracelet in a jewelry store window.  She goes in and asks the clerk if a small deposit will hold it until her husband does something unforgivable.


“How long have you been driving without a tail light?” asked the policeman after pulling over a motorist.

The driver jumped out, ran to the rear of his car, and gave a long, painful groan.

He seemed so upset that the cop was moved to ease up on him a bit.

“Come on, now,” he said, “you don’t have to take it so hard.  It isn’t that serious.”

“It isn’t?” cried the motorist.  “Then you know what happened to my boat and trailer?”


We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

Max DePree


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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