Ray's musings and humor

Be who you really are

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

Author Unknown


Wow, we picked up seven new subscribers yesterday and three are from outside the US. So wouldn’t you know it I am running behind with a full schedule so their first experience will be a return to yesteryear.

So here is a reprint of Ray’s Daily first published on June 20, 2005


I have been thinking lately about self-confidence. Probably this is because I have been spending time with people who are in the process of reassessing where they are and where they are going. Unfortunately some do so because of a life changing event, a job loss as an example. Often I find that their confidence level is low, and most of the time it is because they have chosen to measure the wrong things. Sally Fields had it right when she said “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” We are who we are, and we can have confidence in what we want to do and how we do it because it is up to us. It is only when we feel we are expected to behave differently and don’t do so that we start to let it get to us.

I may have told you before that I have reached the point in my life where I say “This is as good as I get,” it is up to you to decide if that is good enough for you, chose me or not, my life goes on. I think sometimes we do it to ourselves, if I dwell upon the fact that I am a lousy ball player and think that that demeans me, instead of realizing that I am a lousy ball player because I don’t have the physical skills or that I choose other things to train for, I may lose self-confidence. If I fail at something I have three choices, I can recognize that it was the wrong thing for me to do in the first place, I can work realistically to improve, or I can wallow in self-pity. I honestly believe self-confidence comes from our ability to understand who we are and then being what we are rather than by passing tests imposed by others. Every moment we lose trying to be what we are not is a moment of our life that might have been enjoyed but is now lost forever.

I want to measure my life not by the plaques on my wall but by the moments I remember and the friends who have accepted me as I am. You are what you are, and that is special, after all we only send the daily to special people. And if this is as good is you get, that is fine with me.


Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Sure signs of aging

You sit down to breakfast and hear “Snap, Crackle, and Pop” … and you haven’t even poured milk on your cereal yet.

You get up to change the TV channel and decide as long as you’re up, you might as well go to bed.

You start complaining that “They’re building car seats too darn low!”

Your ears perk up when a LAXATIVE COMMERCIAL comes on TV.

You call the place you keep leftovers the “ICEBOX”.

No matter where you sit, no matter where you are, THERE’S ALWAYS A DRAFT ON YOU!

You complain that the cleaners have started shrinking your clothes.

You wonder why everyone else is starting to MUMBLE.

Lawn care has become a pretty BIG part of your life.

Your underwear starts creeping up on you …AND YOU ENJOY IT!

You start videotaping DAYTIME game shows.

When you do the HOKEY POKEY, and you “put your left hip out”…IT STAYS OUT!

One of the throw pillows on your bed is a HOT WATER BOTTLE.

You think of a “quickie” as napping at a traffic light.


Due to the constant fluctuation in customer personalities, we cannot be responsible for the mental stability of any one member of our staff.

(Seen in a gas station in Toronto, Ontario, Canada)


Our family held a reunion when my mother was 88 years old, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending. The talk turned to honeymoons, and my three daughters began to tell about their trips to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Niagara Falls. One of my daughters turned to my mother.

“Grandma, where did you go on your honeymoon?” she asked.

Mother never hesitated. “Upstairs!” she said.


Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity.

William Menninger


He didn’t like the casserole,

And he didn’t like my cake.

My biscuits were too hard. . .

Not like his mother used to make.


I didn’t perk the coffee right,

He didn’t like the stew,

I didn’t mend his socks

The way his mother used to do.


I pondered for an answer

And was looking for a clue.

Then I turned around and smacked him. . .

Like his mother used to do!


Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.

Harvey Mackay


A salesman, engineer, and a technician are driving just outside of town when they get a flat tire. The three get out of the car and scratch their heads.

The salesman says, “Maybe I should walk into town and get us a new tire. I know that I can bargain with the man at the parts store and get us a great deal.”

The engineer stops him, saying, “No, before you do that, we’ll have to do some computations; figuring the grade of the road, the asphalt temperature, and the average rate of speed we will be traveling, to know what kind of tire you should buy.”

The technician just laughs and shakes his head. . .”No, no, no! What’s wrong with you guy’s? We have a spare tire right in the trunk — now all we have to do is start swapping tires until we find the flat one.”


“There exists a widespread myth that humans should learn about sex from their parents. My relationship with my father nearly ended when he tried to teach me how to drive. I can’t imagine our relationship having survived his instructing me how to have sex.” –

Bob Smith


Angry man:  Look at this picture and tell me what you see.

Second man:  That’s me and your wife dancing.

Angry man:  Uh-huh, and look at this other picture and tell what you see.

Second man:  That’s me and your wife kissing on the beach.

Angry man:  Well?  What are you going to do about these pictures?

Second man:  I’ll take three of those, billfold size, and one of those, eight-by-ten.


From the safety information card in America West Airline seat pocket:

“If you are sitting in an exit row and cannot read this card, please tell a crew member.”


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.

And you know what you know.

You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Dr. Seuss


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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