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Archive for August, 2013

It’s an art

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

Henry Ellis


I have another one of those full days today. I’ll spend some time with my Doctor to follow-up on my brief weekend stop at the heart hospital and then on to an important evening board meeting of one of our cities leading community organizations.

These last few weeks have been interesting between a number of health actions, a minor surgery and the summer doldrums I have had more leisure time than I usually do. To tell the truth I have found that I enjoyed not being too obligated. The low activity time has allowed me to better appreciate the folks I meet along the way and to spend more time relaxing, I am starting to find that relaxing which was once a luxury has now become a necessity. By the way I do deep relaxation which most people call sleeping.

The other neat thing about having a little more free time is I get to do some exploring on the worldwide web. Yesterday I found some great rules for life on the Positive Thoughts home page that I would like to share with you, here they are.

Live by choice . . . not chance

  • Listen to the inner wisdom of your soul . . . and not the random opinions of others.
  • Be kind . . . and remember that sometimes the person you need to be kindest to is yourself.
  • Live by choice . . . not chance.
  • Pursue excellence . . . excel, but not compete.
  • Have integrity . . . keep your word and your commitments.
  • Make corrections and changes . . . not make excuses.
  • Be fair and treat all people with respect, and understand their point of view… even if you don’t agree with it.
  • Accept  yourself with a depth of kindness even when you act less-than-noble.
  • All bad behavior comes from fear or ignorance and when you judge anyone (including yourself) for acting badly or imperfectly, you lose the ability to influence that being.
  • When you accept your imperfections—and still are willing to brush yourself off and start again—you can make changes . . . 


“Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are plenty of people willing to do that for you. Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do. Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”

Susan Gale


Myrddin had gotten a part time job at the Post Office and the supervisor there had been warned that he was somewhat of a dullard, but the supervisor took a liking to him and agreed to let Myrddin help him. If nothing else, he would be an extra set of hands.

The supervisor gives Myrddin the job of sorting, and much to everyone’s surprise, Myrddin separated the letters so fast that his motions were literally a blur. Extremely pleased by this, the supervisor approached Myrddin at the end of the day.

“I just want you to know,” he said, “that we’re all very proud of you. You’re one of the fastest workers we have ever had.”

“Thank you,” said Myrddin, “and tomorrow I’ll try to do even better.”

“Better?” the supervisor asked with astonishment. “How can you possibly do better?”

Myrddin replied, “Tomorrow I am going to read the addresses.”


“When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn’t that the best position from which to pray?”

Ethel Barrymore


When her late husband’s will was read, a widow learned he had left the bulk of his fortune to another woman. Enraged, she rushed to change the inscription on her spouse’s tombstone.

“Sorry, lady,” said the stonecutter. “I inscribed ‘Rest in Peace’ on your orders. I can’t change it now.”

“Very well,” she said grimly. “Just add, ‘Until We Meet Again.’ ”


“The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is because they share a common enemy.”

Sam Levenson


I am a very nervous flyer. During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering.

I mentioned this to a flight attendant. “I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights.

A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”


A Catholic boy was bragging to his Jewish friend. “My priest knows more than your rabbi.”

“Of course he does,” said the Jewish boy. “You tell him everything.”


A friend of mine was visiting a college which had those security call boxes every few hundred feet.  If you were wandering around the campus at night and felt uneasy about somebody following you, for instance, you could hit the button and have a security officer investigate immediately.

On one of these phones hung a sign that said, “Out of Order.”

Underneath it someone had scrawled, “Keep Running.”


August is when millions of bright, shining, happy faces turn toward school. They belong to mothers.


Running late for a job interview at a large men’s fashion company, I grabbed a white dress shirt that I didn’t have time to iron. The interview went well — until the end. “Just a word of advice,” said my interviewer. “You might want to iron your shirt before your next job interview.”

I held up the back of my shirt collar, revealing the tag. On it was the name of that very clothing company and the words “wrinkle-free.”

I got the job.


If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.

Joyce Chapman


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 to succeed

“The business process starts with the customer. In fact, if it is not started with the customer, it all too many times abruptly ends with the customer.”

William Scherkenbach


When I was in the computer industry I had the good fortune to be able to work with some really great people. While theoretically I was in charge I really was more just a player on a team of truly good folks. The culture they helped to create over the several years we were together resulted in our achieving many successes.

One of the cornerstones of that culture was that we did not want to just satisfy our customers, we wanted to please them. We felt that satisfaction could be defined as only having no complaints while our goal was for the customer to be glad that they had done business with us. We strongly felt that what we offered was not just our products and services but also our team. We tried our best to always exceed our customers’ expectations while earning their trust and were rewarded for what we did.

Here is a story that I have always liked that reminds me of those good people I was privileged to work with so many years ago.


A million dollar lesson

by Petey Parker

A cab driver taught me a million dollar lesson in customer satisfaction and expectation. Motivational speakers charge thousands of dollars to impart his kind of training to corporate executives and staff. It cost me a $12 taxi ride. I had flown into Dallas for the sole purpose of calling on a client. Time was of the essence and my plan included a quick turnaround trip from and back to the airport. A spotless cab pulled up.

The driver rushed to open the passenger door for me and made sure I was comfortably seated before he closed the door. As he got in the driver’s seat, he mentioned that the neatly folded Wall Street Journal next to me for my use. He then showed me several tapes and asked me what type of music I would enjoy. Well! I looked around for a “Candid Camera!” Wouldn’t you? I could not believe the service I was receiving! I took the opportunity to say, “Obviously you take great pride in your work. You must have a story to tell.”

“You bet,” he replied, “I used to be in Corporate America. But I got tired of thinking my best would never be good enough. I decided to find my niche in life where I could feel proud of being the best I could be. I knew I would never be a rocket scientist, but I love driving cars, being of service and feeling like I have done a full day’s work and done it well. I evaluate my personal assets and… wham! I became a cab driver.

One thing I know for sure, to be good in my business I could simply just meet the expectations of my passengers. But, to be GREAT in my business, I have to EXCEED the customer’s expectations! I like both the sound and the return of being ‘great’ better than just getting by on ‘average’”.

Did I tip him big time? You bet! Corporate America’s loss is the traveling folk’s friend!


“High quality means pleasing customers, not just protecting them from annoyance.”

David Garvin


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party.

When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”

“And why not, darling?” the father asked.

“You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.”


If the computer is so smart, how come it gets blamed for our mistakes?


A concerned Father asked his daughter if her latest boy friend was serious about their relationship.

“I’ll say he is Daddy,” she replied. “Why just last night he asked me how much you make, what kind of meals Mom serves, and if you guys are easy to get along with.


“You are not responsible for the face you are given, but you are responsible for the expression on it.”



Two Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish Texan is sitting between them. The first Texan says, “My name is Roger. I own 250,000 acres. I have 1000 head of cattle and they call my place The Jolly Roger”

The second Texan says, ‘ My name is John. I own 350,000 acres. I have 5000 head of cattle and they call my place Big Johns’.

They both look down at the Jewish man who says, ‘ My name is Irving and I own 300 acres ‘ .  Roger looks down at him and say, ‘ 300 Acres ? What do you raise ? ‘ ‘Notink’ Irving says. Well then, what do you call it?’ Asked John.

‘Downtown Dallas.’


“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

Barbara Bush


Giving a man his physical, a doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, “Do you play hockey, soccer, or any physical sport?”

“Not at all. I just play bridge with my wife.”


If you humiliate yourself, be consoled with the thought that you probably made someone else’s day…maybe even their week. Think of your humiliation as an act of charity.


Shirley and Abe, a retired couple from New York City, living in Boca Raton, are getting ready to go out to dinner. Shirley says, “Abe, darling, do you want me to wear this Chanel suit or the Gucci?”

Abe says, “Do I care?”

A few minutes later Shirley says, “Abe, should I wear my Cartier watch or my Rolex?”

Abe says, “Who cares?”

A few more minutes pass and Shirley says, “Abe, love, shall I wear my five-carat pear diamond ring or my six-carat round diamond ring with the baguettes?”

Abe says, “Shirley, I really don’t care what you wear, but if you don’t move your tuchas, we’re going to miss the Early Bird Special.


“When you understand that your success is directly tied to the world of which you are a part, then service to others is just what makes sense.”

John Woods


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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How do you feel today?

Health is a large word.  It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;…and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.

James H. West


Good morning all. I hope you had a good weekend. I spent a large part of mine in a heart hospital emergency room after a health episode early Sunday morning. Fortunately I did not have to stay overnight although this morning I have some follow-up assignments which will delay my workout. I am still a little bit worn out so you know what that means, another Daily from the past.


Ray’s Daily first published on August 19, 2004

The other day I had to fill out a health questionnaire at the hospital. One of the questions was how is your overall health? The options were poor, fair, good, or excellent, I chose good. Later a friend asked how could I possibly choose good when I have to:

•           Use a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine at night because of sleep apnia,

•           Get weekly injections of iron because of anemia,

•           Use a pacemaker because of atrial fibrillation,

•           Take a handful of pills twice a day for hypertension, occasional respiratory problems, arthritis, and the like.

The more I thought about her question the more sure I was of my answer. My CPAP machine has helped me sleep better than most people I know. My iron injections are magical creators of energy. My pacemaker keeps my heart running in a way that allows me to live a fuller life than many others. My pills are like magic potions that help keep my vitals at normal levels while so many other folks numbers are outside healthy limits.

So each day the sun rises providing me the opportunity to enjoy another 24 hours. I may move a little slower and not walk quite as far, but that is ok since it gives me more time to enjoy what’s around me as I travel through my daily adventures. Come to think of it maybe I did check the wrong box, maybe I should have checked excellent. Reviewing my health status makes me realize just how fortunate I am to be well insured so that I can access my caregivers in the health system as needed, I grieve for the millions that are not as fortunate as I as many have to report poor health when asked.


The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.

Rona Barrett


A elderly man took his little grandson for a walk around the local cemetery. Pausing before one gravestone he said, “There lies a very honest man. He died owing me 50 dollars, but he struggled to the end to pay off his debts, and if anyone has gone to heaven, he has.” They walked on a bit further and then came to another grave. The old man pointed to the gravestone and said, “Now there’s a different type of man altogether. He owed me 60 dollars and he died without ever trying to pay me back. If anyone has gone to hell, he has.”

The little boy thought for a while and then said, “You know, Grandpa, you are very lucky.”

“Why?” asked the old man in surprise.

“Well, whichever place you go to, you’ll have some money to draw on.”


“Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one’s talent, and one’s inner happiness.”

George Sand


She said: My husband decided life would be easier if he wired a new light switch in the master bedroom to save us from fumbling in the dark for the lamp. He cut through the drywall and found a stash of bottles and small boxes inside the wall.

“Honey!” he called excitedly. “You’ve got to come here and see what I found.”

I ran in and quickly realized that his next task would be to fix the hole that now led into the back of our medicine cabinet.


Rubberneck: What you do to relax your wife.


A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel:

“An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a ‘compromising position.'”

“See, I have a problem with that passion business,” responded the jury candidate. “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband in bed with my neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”

She wasn’t selected for the jury.


What an automated society we live in. Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?


Cartoon Laws Of Physics

Cartoon Law I Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation.

Cartoon Law II Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter intervenes suddenly.

Cartoon Law III Any body passing through solid matter will leave a perforation conforming to its perimeter.

Cartoon Law IV The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the time it takes for whoever knocked it off the ledge to spiral down twenty flights to attempt to capture it unbroken.

Cartoon Law V All principles of gravity are negated by fear.

Cartoon Law VI As speed increases, objects can be in several places at once.

Cartoon Law VII Certain bodies can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot. This trompe l’oeil inconsistency has baffled generations, but at least it is known that whoever paints an entrance on a wall’s surface to trick an opponent will be unable to pursue him into this theoretical space. The painter is flattened against the wall when he attempts to follow into the painting.

Cartoon Law VIII Any violent rearrangement of feline matter is impermanent. Cartoon cats possess even more deaths than the traditional nine lives, might comfortably afford. They can be decimated, spliced, splayed, accordion-pleated, spindled, or disassembled, but they cannot be destroyed. After a few moments of blinking self pity, they reinflate, elongate, snap back, or solidify. Corollary: A cat will assume the shape of its container.

Cartoon Law IX Everything falls faster than an anvil.

Cartoon Law X For every vengeance there is an equal and opposite revengeance.

Cartoon Law Amendment A A sharp object will always propel a character upward. When poked (usually in the buttocks) with a sharp object (usually a pin), a character will defy gravity by shooting straight up, with great velocity.

Cartoon Law Amendment B The laws of object permanence are nullified for “cool” characters.

Cartoon Law Amendment C Explosive weapons cannot cause fatal injuries. They merely turn characters temporarily black and smoky.

Cartoon Law Amendment D Gravity is transmitted by slow-moving waves of large wavelengths.

Cartoon Law Amendment E Dynamite is spontaneously generated in “C-spaces” (spaces in which cartoon laws hold).


You never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

Lou Holtz


A minister planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service, had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation. For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married.

“Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?” he asked.

Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.


Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise.

Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need.

You may expect to be well.

James Freeman Clarke


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.

Do you know you?

“There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 Know yourself

I think I have mentioned before how surprised I am that so many people I meet do not know or appreciate what makes them special. They seem to have been conditioned to believe that they are not as worthy as the medal winners or the titled folks. The truth is that doing well what one does each day is an accomplishment. In fact I have learned that getting through life while avoiding the pitfalls is truly a great accomplishment. I just think folks should spend some time getting to know themselves and appreciating the value of what they do.

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin wrote an article on getting to know yourself that I like, here is what she wrote:


Want To Know Yourself Better? Ask Yourself These Questions.

A key–perhaps the key–to a happy life is self-knowledge, because as the Fifth Splendid Truth holds, I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature. In my own case, I’ve found that the more my life reflects my real interests, values, and temperament, the happier I become.

But it’s very hard to know ourselves; it’s easy to be distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what is actually true.

As Christopher Alexander observed: “It is hard, so terribly hard, to please yourself. Far from being the easy thing that it sounds like, it is almost the hardest thing in the world, because we are not always comfortable with that true self that lies deep within us.”

Here is a list of questions meant to help you think about yourself, your daily habits, your nature, and your interests. There are no right or wrong answers; they’re fodder for reflection.

  • If something is forbidden, do you want it less or more?
  • Is there an area of your life where you feel out of control? Especially in control?
  • If you unexpectedly had a completely free afternoon, what would you do with that time?
  • Are you comfortable or uncomfortable in a disorderly environment?
  • How much time do you spend looking for things you can’t find?
  • Are you motivated by competition?
  • Do you find it easier to do things for other people than to do things for yourself?
  • Do you work constantly? or think you should be working?
  • Do you embrace rules or flout rules?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • What would your perfect day look like?
  • How much TV do you watch in a week (include computer time spent watching videos, movies, YouTube)?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • What’s more satisfying to you: saving time or saving money?
  • Do you like to be in the spotlight?
  • Is your life “on hold” in any aspect? Until you finish your thesis, get married, lose weight?
  • What would you do if you had more energy?
  • If you suddenly had an extra room in your house, what would you do with it?
  • What people and activities energize you? Make you feel depleted?
  • Is it hard for you to get rid of things that you no longer need or want?
  • Do you get frustrated easily?
  • On a typical night, what time do you go to bed? How many hours of sleep do you get?
  • If at the end of the year, you had accomplished one thing, what is the one accomplishment that would make the biggest difference to your happiness?


“One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.”

Blaise Pascal


A young boy came to Sunday School late.  His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt and asked him if anything was wrong. The boy replied no, that he was going fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church. The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

To which the boy replied, yes he did, dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.


See no evil, hear no evil, date no evil.



“I finished the Oreos.”

“Not to imply anything, but I don’t think the kid weighs forty pounds.”

“Y’know, looking at her, you’d never guess that Pamela Lee had a baby.”

“I sure hope your thighs aren’t gonna stay like that!”

“Well, couldn’t they induce labour? The 25th is the Super Bowl.”

“Are your ankles supposed to look like that?”

“Get your own ice cream.”


“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”

Robert Frost


Jolene had been wanting new kitchen cabinets for a long time, but her husband insisted they were an extravagance.  She went to visit her Mother for two weeks, and when she returned, she was overjoyed to find that beautiful new cabinets had been installed.

A few days later a neighbor came over to visit and after admiring the new cabinets, the neighbor added, “All of us were so glad that the fire your husband had while you were gone was confined to the kitchen.”


True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.

Edna Buchanan


“So,” the woman asked the detective she had hired, “did you trail my husband?”

“Yes ma’am. I did. I followed him to a bar, to an out of the way restaurant and then to an apartment.”

A big smile crossed the woman’s face, “Aha!! Then I’ve got him!” she said, gloating.” Is there any doubt what he was doing?”

“No ma’am.” replied the sleuth, ” It’s pretty clear that he was following you!”


“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”

Saul Bellow


Miss Figpot was quizzing her third-grade students on their spelling words.  She asked Little Johnny to spell “straight.”  Johnny did so without error.

“Now,” said the teacher, “what does it mean?”

Johnny replied, “Without water.”


“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl Jung


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.

Another way is often a better way

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw


I had breakfast with a consultant friend the other day and discovered that she has demonstrated a willingness to appreciate alternate solutions. Many in her profession are so committed to their own opinions and solutions that they are critical of anything other than their own ideas. If we are truly committed to positive outcomes then we should appreciate when we get them without regard to whether our path was used or that of another’s.

Excessive defense of our way of doing something is the sign of a mind that has been closed and that is unwilling to change. In my experience I have often been wrong and fortunately I have not resisted alternate solutions that often were better than what I had offered. “My way or the highway” thinking is a sure way to lose support and often is the stepping stone to failure. I have edited the following article that I like, what do you think?

How to Change Your Mind

By Steve Errey

Some people would rather hack off a limb than change their mind. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it doesn’t change the fact that changing your mind is one of the hardest things you can ever do. But sticking stubbornly to your view of the world is like boarding yourself into your living room, switching the lights off and hiding under the sofa cushions.  It’s kinda limiting. So here’s how to make changing your mind easy.

Be Curious

Curiosity is the ultimate antidote to dogmatism. There’s always another way to look at things and different ways that things can work, and being honestly, playfully curious about how things could be is how you spot something that works better.The practice of sticking ceaselessly to your guns can’t be born or survive when you’re asking the right questions, and a curious spirit gifts you with possibility.

Be Ready for Self-Justification

Your brain wants you to be right, so faced with the possibility of a new viewpoint it will do what it can to defend how it already sees things.  So prime yourself for this self-justification and see it for what it is – a bunch of hot air that’s focused on making you right rather making you happy.

Embrace the leap

I refused to change my mind about my old career in corporate IT. I consistently held myself back from that scary moment when you have to jump from one point of view to another, like you’re about to jump from one car to another when you’re barreling down the freeway. My amygdala fired and my brain told me that the safest way to go was to stick with the way things were or I’d end up as a hood ornament.

The same thing happens in your head – the thinking that stems from your brains’ safety cravings will hold you back from taking that leap until the outcome is certain.  It’s simply your brain trying to help you out and it’s nothing more than a legacy survival tactic.

So reassure yourself, take a breath and jump.

Don’t Judge

You might find that you beat yourself up for not changing your mind earlier.  You might even judge yourself harshly for changing your mind at all, even if that change is a positive one. This is, of course, complete nonsense.  Changing your mind in a positive context (i.e. not due simply to peer pressure or other irrelevant influences) is only ever a move that sees you expand.

Ride the curve

Staying rooted to the spot when life throws you a curve will guarantee a frustrated life full of “What If’s“. Life IS full of curves, and to ride those curves you need to be willing to improvise.  Fortunately, you have the stunning ability to make up thinking along the way; an in-built mechanism to create your future.  It’s only by leveraging that ability – which requires you to acknowledge the magic of potentiality – that you get to see what life has in store. Life’s curves can only be enjoyed by a mind that’s open to change


Mary was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self-pitying. She moaned to her mom and brother, “Nobody loves me.  The whole world hates me!”

Her brother, busily occupied playing a game, hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: “That’s not true, Mary. Lots of people don’t even know you.”


The boss said “I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame it on you.”


The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans. However, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans. Meanwhile, the Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans while the Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. Apparently, speaking English is what kills you.


“There are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary and those who don’t.”


This woman’s husband dies and she has only $20,000 to her name. After everything is done at the funeral home and cemetery, she tells her closest friend that she has no money left. The friend says, “How can that be? You told me you still had $20,000 left just a few days before your husband died. How could you be broke?”

The widow says, “Well, the funeral home cost me $5,000. And of course I had to make the obligatory donation to the temple, so that was another $5,000. The rest went for the memorial stone.”

The friend says, “$10,000 for the memorial stone? My goodness, how big was it?”

Extending her left hand, the widow says, “Three carats.”


Suburbia: where they tear out the trees & then name streets after them.


As a young married couple, a husband and a wife lived in a cheap housing complex near the base where he was working. Their chief complaint was that the walls were paper-thin and that they had no privacy. This was painfully obvious when one morning the husband was upstairs and the wife was downstairs on the telephone. She was interrupted by the doorbell and went to greet her neighbor.

“Give this to your husband,” he said thrusting a roll of toilet paper into her hands. “He’s been yelling for it for 15 minutes!”


Never stop learning and adapting.  The world will always be changing.  If you limit yourself to what you knew and what you were comfortable with earlier in your life, you will grow increasingly frustrated with your surroundings as you age.

David Niven


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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Today would be a good day to start

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

Lao Tzu


The other day I included a quote that it is never too late to start your second childhood. Actually as I have suggested in many Dailies in the past it is always a good time to consider starting your second life, one that focus’ in on you and what will make you happy. I have been amazed at how many people that have done so and blossomed in the process, often realizing successes they never thought possible.

In my case I never dreamed how good things would be when I broke the chains from my past. Even well into my second life when for medical reasons I had to change my lifestyle I found plenty to do, plenty of satisfaction and probably as much enjoyment as I have ever had in my previous life. I concentrated less on things and more on people. I found that taking the time to appreciate the people around me opened my eyes to many things I had been missing. Probably best of all has been all the new friends I have collected along the way.

The following story was written some time ago and when I read it I understood the comments of the four year old elderly monk. I hope you enjoy it too.


One day an Emperor from a far-away land had come to visit Buddha. Buddha had set aside time to spend with this important man and during this time all of Buddha’s students were sitting silently in meditation.

An elderly monk though, was due to leave that day to go on a long trip across India. He had to leave very soon and couldn’t depart without first saying good-bye and paying respects to Buddha, his master. But Buddha was so deep in conversation with the Emperor that the monk was unsure what to do?

Eventually he couldn’t wait any longer and decided to quietly interrupt. He explained that he was leaving and he kissed Buddha’s feet as a sign of love and respect.

“How old are you now?” Buddha asked him. “I am 4 years old,” the monk replied. (He was clearly a man of at least 75 years old!)

Buddha just smiled and wished him a safe journey, but the Emperor was watching all of this and was just baffled. He didn’t know which was stranger, a grown man claiming to be a 4 year old or Buddha accepting his answer, without so much as raising an eyebrow.

The Emperor asked Buddha the meaning of all this and Buddha explained:

“That man gave his age as 4 years old because, in a way, he is. We measure it differently here. It was 4 years ago that he regained his enlightenment. In other words, he dropped the false notion of himself and in doing so remembered who he really was. He had an experience we call ‘Satori’.

After that his life will have totally changed. He would have seen that for many, many years, his whole life he had been living a lie; in a dream world; sleep walking. We count that day a person “wakes up” to his or her own true identity as the day they were born because that is the day they begin to truly live.”

Written in 2006 by Simon Heighwaya


To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.

Og Mandino


An old man limped into the doctor’s office and said, “Doctor, my knee hurts so bad, I can hardly walk!”

The doctor slowly eyed him from head to toe, paused and then said, “Sir, how old are you?”

“I’m 98,” the man announced proudly.

The doctor just sighed, and looked at him again.  Finally he said, “Sir, I’m sorry.  I mean, just look at you.  You are almost one hundred years old, and you’re complaining that your knee hurts?

Well, what did you expect?”

The old man said, “Well, my other knee is 98 years old too, and it doesn’t hurt!”


Everybody should be free to go very slow.

Robert Frost


After hearing a shot, Hank ran next door and found his friend Tony crying.

“Say, what’s wrong?” Hank asked.

Tony sobbed, “I had to shoot my dog.”

Hank said, “OH My! Was he mad?”

Tony replied, “Well, he wasn’t exactly overjoyed.”


Blessed by those who initiate lively discussions with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be known as Dentists.


The following are different answers given by school-age children to the given question:

Why did God make mothers? Think about it, it was the best way to get more people.

How did God make mothers? God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom? God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me

What ingredients are mothers made of? God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

What kind of little girl was your mom? I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

Why did your mom marry your dad? My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.

What’s the difference between moms and dads? Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just got to work at work.

Describe the world’s greatest mom? She’d always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.


Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.


When I go to casinos, the most ridiculous sign I see is the one that says………”If you have a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.”

So, I call them and say, “I have an ace and a six. The dealer has a seven.   What do I do?”


You can train a cat to do anything it wants to do.


Father: (at hospital looking through glass at newly arrived babies) “Kitchy kitchy koo. Look, she smiled isn’t she adorable?”

Friend: “But your kid didn’t smile.”

Father: “I was talking about the nurse.”


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain


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.

What do you think?

You’ve got to dance like there’s nobody watching,

Love like you’ll never be hurt,

Sing like there’s nobody listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.

William W. Purkey


I have finally decided that not choosing to be happy is in itself a choice. It is not that someone chooses to be unhappy they just choose to exist in the status quo which in my view is a sure way to live a mundane life. I honestly believe that if we take advantage of the opportunities to be happier each day not only will we enjoy the passage of time we will relish the results of our actively raising to the challenges we all face. So come on hear the music and let’s dance through the rest of our lives, all we have to do is listen, get up and join in.


Author Marc Chernoff wrote an article entitled “Things You Should Love About Your Life” that included some ideas I like and I want to share them with you. I have only extracted a few of his thoughts from the article because of its length. These are those that had meaning to me.

Time spent on personal growth and goals.

The wisest and happiest are those who are respectful of their time, annoyed at the needless loss of it, and use it dutifully to grow as they age.  Sadly, too many of us age much faster than we grow.

Part of the problem is that we’re always waiting for some condition to resolve itself at some point in the future.  We believe that the right time to take the next step is somehow going to magically happen tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, etc.  But one day we wake up and realize we’re no closer than we were long ago.  We find ourselves asking, “How did it get so late, and why haven’t I moved?”  In other words, we’ve aged, but we never grew to our potential.  We never fulfilled ourselves.

The joy and freedom of an open mind.

Even as you grow wiser and wiser with age you must remind yourself that an understanding is never absolutely final.  Success in life does not depend on always being or proving that you’re right.  To make real progress you must let go of the assumption that you already have all the answers.  You can listen to others, learn from them, and successfully work with them even though you may not agree with every opinion they have.  When people respectfully agree to disagree, everyone benefits from the diversity of perspective.

The positive spin of life’s surprises.

The life you live is ultimately the life you choose.  Choose to focus on the negative, and negativity will indeed surround you.  Turn your focus to the positive possibilities, and these possibilities gradually become realities in your life.


Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.



“You admit having broken into the dress shop four times?” asked the Judge.

“Yes,” answered the suspect.

“And what did you steal?”

“A dress, Your Honor,” replied the subject.

“One dress?” echoed the judge. “But you admit breaking in four times!”

“Yes, Your Honor,” sighed the suspect. “But three times my wife didn’t like the color.”


A closed mouth catches no feet!


It was a dark, stormy, night.  The Marine was on his first assignment, and it was guard duty.  A General stepped out taking his dog for a walk.  The nervous young Private snapped to attention, made a perfect salute, and snapped out, “Sir, Good Evening, Sir!”

The General, out for some relaxation, returned the salute and said “Good evening soldier, nice night, isn’t it?”

Well it wasn’t a nice night, but the Private wasn’t going to disagree with the General, so the he saluted again and replied, “Sir, Yes Sir!”

The General continued, “You know there’s something about a stormy night that I find soothing, it’s really relaxing. Don’t you agree?”

The Private didn’t agree, but then the private was just a private, and responded, “Sir, Yes Sir!”

The General, pointing at the dog, “This is a Golden Retriever, the best type of dog to train.”

The Private glanced at the dog, saluted yet again, and said, “Sir, Yes Sir!”

The General continued “I got this dog for my wife.”

The Private simply said, “Good trade, Sir!”


“I Have the Body of a God. Unfortunately the God Is Buddha”


Sam and Morris were partners in a clothing factory. Sam decided to take a trip to Rome. Morris had a lot of catholic friends and surprised Sam with an audience with the Pope. On his first day back to work after his trip to Rome he and Morris started talking and Morris said to Sam, so, what kind of a man is the Pope?

Sam replied, I would say he is a 44 regular


“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”


Looking for something different for my sister’s birthday gift, I decided on a pair of pajamas made up of bright scenic prints of the natural wonders of the world.  I wrapped them up and sent them off. I just received this email from her:

“Dear Bro,” she wrote.  “I don’t mind having ‘12,948 feet high’ indicated on my bosom, but I thoroughly resent ‘greatest natural span’ across my bottom!


“I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill.”

Erma Bombeck


During the jury-selection process, the judge asked a prospective juror some questions. “Have you formed any opinion about the guilt or innocence of the man on trial, Mr. Ferguson?”

“None whatsoever,” Ferguson answered.

“Are you opposed to capital punishment?” the judge asked.

“Certainly not in this case.”


“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Keonig


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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