Ray's musings and humor

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan


Yippee, I am awake and ready to have a great day as well as a super weekend; I hope you are ready too. Unfortunately some folks are so busy conforming that they won’t have any time for performing or creative enjoying. I have often wondered why so many have elected to live in a straightjacket made by others rather than have the freedom for life’s adventures.

You know what I find interesting is how so many unhappy and unsuccessful folks are quick to offer advice to the rest of us on how we should behave. What always goes through my mind is why in the world would I ever want to be like them. In a way Utopia exists, but only in the world you build for yourself and you will never find if you stay in a cage built by someone else. I asked a nurse the other day what was good in her life and after some thought she replied “nothing really.” I then asked her what was bad in her life and again she replied “nothing really.” I then said how great it was that that there was nothing bad in her. I loved the fact that she realized that she was pleased with her life and is living it the way she wanted to.

If you want to break away from a drab existence you will do well to heed this advice from Marc Chernoff.


Questions You Need To Stop Asking Yourself

If you keep asking yourself the wrong questions, you will never get an answer you like. So take a deep breath and stop asking…

“Why don’t they like me?” – The worst misery and loneliness is to feel unsure of yourself – like everyone else is ahead of you somehow.  When you’re feeling insecure like this, you don’t notice the hundreds of people around you who accept you just the way you are.  All you notice are the few who don’t.

Don’t let your insecurities bully you into a corner.  Don’t be your own victim.  Forget whether or not everyone else likes you, and focus on loving yourself more.  Accept, define and believe in the person you are.  For once you sincerely do, so will the rest of the people in your life who truly matter to you.

“What will they think?” – Here’s a wake-up call for you:  When you’re worried about what others think of you, you’re really just worried about what you think of yourself. At times you may flatter yourself indirectly by thinking that every little fault you see in yourself is also present in the minds of everyone around you, as if these people are constantly contemplating your personal strengths and weaknesses.  But the truth is, 99.9% of the time, they aren’t.

And regardless of whether others are judging you or not, you can’t control what they think.  The only thing you can control is yourself.

“What’s missing?” – Sometimes your biggest source of unhappiness comes from the fact that you keep thinking about where else you could be or who else you would like to become, rather than appreciating where you are and who you are now, and how far you’ve come to make this moment true.

“What if I’m not good enough?” – A fear of being defeated is what warrants your defeat.  A fear of not being good enough is what guarantees that you never will be. If you never pick up that keyboard, or pencil, or paintbrush, or whatever instrument you use to craft your work, because you’re afraid that someone else might do it better than you, your prediction will automatically come true.  Remember, defeat is not the worst of failures.  Not having tried at all is as bad as it gets.

“Why me?” – If you think that only a privileged few have the ability to live a great life, you are sabotaging yourself.  You are privileged – to be alive – to have this opportunity.

If every morning you wake up and say, “Yes, today is going to be a great day.”  And every afternoon you find a reason to say, “Yes, today is a great day.”  And every night you find a reason to say, “Yes, today was a great day.”  Then one day, many moons from now, you’ll look back, smile at the memories and say, “Yes, I lived a great life!”

Be the one of the valiant few who looks at their dreams and says, “WHY NOT ME?” and then goes for it!


Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.

Joel Osteen


The woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed way too qualified for the job.

Look Miss,” said the foreman, “have you any actual experience in picking lemons?”

“Well, as a matter if fact, yes!” she replied. “I’ve been divorced three times…


Gravity…It’s Not Just a Good Idea. It’s the Law.


A father noticed that his son was spending way too much time playing computer games. In an effort to motivate the boy into focusing more attention on his schoolwork, the father said to his son, “When Abe Lincoln was your age, he was studying books by the light of the fireplace.”

The son replied, “When Lincoln was your age, he was The President of The United States.”


When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.


While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign…

“Energy efficient vehicle.  Runs on oats and grass.  Caution: Do not step on exhaust.”


Sign in a Hospital ward: Laugh And The World Laughs With You, Snore And You sleep Alone.


It was mealtime during our trip on a small airline in the Northwest. “Would you like dinner?” the flight attendant asked the man seated in front of me.

“What are my choices?” he asked.

“Yes or no,” she replied.


Bald Guys never have a bad hair day.


More signs that life goes on:

Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

Dinner and a movie – The whole date instead of the beginning of one.


Heaven never helps the man who will not act.



A Mothers fantasy:

10. To be able to eat a whole candy bar (alone).

9.  To have my 14 year-old daughter answer a question without rolling her eyes in that “Why is this person my mother?” way.

8.  Five pounds of chocolate that won’t add twenty

7.  A shower without a child peeking through the curtain with a  “Hi Ya Mom!” just as I put a razor to my ankle.

6.  A full time cleaning person who looks like Brad Pitt

5.  For my teenager to announce “Hey, Mom! I got a full scholarship and a job all in the same day!”

4. A grocery store that doesn’t have candy/gum/cheap toys displayed at the checkout line.

3. To have a family meal without a discussion about bodily secretions.

2. To be able to step on a plane with my toddlers and NOT have someone moan, “Oh no!  Why me…!”

And the #1 thing that I REALLY want for Mother’s Day is…..     Four words: Fisher Price Play Prison


At first, I asked, why me? Then I thought, Why not me?  

Nick Jonas


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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