Ray's musings and humor

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I have had the good fortune during my numerous careers to meet many people, even movie stars, US and Foreign Leaders, non-profit and business CEO’s and hundreds of others. Most tended to be good people and most did good work. But you know what? The people who impress me the most are people like my friend Jo Ann who works for the Salvation Army, my Occupational Therapist friend Laura and others like them. They are my heroes because of their constant unselfish kindness.

I have been amazed by people like Laura and Jo Ann who even when things are tough in their lives continue to go out of their way for others. Their warmth and interest in the needs of others is inspiring to me and I know it is to others as well. After knowing them and a few others like them I have come to believe that that the most important and appreciated attribute an individual can have is kindness. Neither of my friends flaunts their kindness nor expects anything in return, but they get plenty in return, I have never heard anyone say something negative about them but I have often heard many praise their goodness.

Here are a couple of really short stories that I would like to share with you for they remind me of the friends I respect the most.

Kindness Story

I was in the drive thru at Starbucks about 7:15 a.m. this morning before going in to work. When I got to the window to get my beverage and pay, the young lady at the window said, “Merry Christmas! The women in the car in front of you paid for your beverage and wanted you to have a Happy Holiday.”

What an awesome random act of kindness. It has set the tone and mood for me all day. I can hardly wait to get a chance to do something to pay it back. I have shared this with everyone that will listen.


Under the Umbrella of Kindness

I was shopping and when I went to leave the store, it was raining so very, very hard that the rain was bouncing back up off the cement. I had an umbrella in my purse and spent the next half hour or so walking people to their cars as they truly would have been drenched otherwise. I ended up soaked to the knees but the people that I helped were so surprised and grateful, I think that maybe in similar circumstances they may do the same.

Actually, I try and carry out one act of kindness every day if the opportunity crosses my path and figure it makes the world a better place. I’m sure you agree.


Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.

Author Unknown


“You Know You Work In Corporate America If:”

You’ve sat at the same desk for 4 years and worked for three different companies.

Your resume is on a diskette in your pocket.

The company logo on your badge is drawn on a post-it note.

When someone asks about what you do for a living, you lie.

You get really excited about a 2% pay raise.

You learn about your layoff on CNN.

You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet.

It’s dark when you drive to and from work.

“Communication” is something your group is having problems with.

Weekends are those days your spouse makes you stay home from work.

Being sick is defined as can’t walk or you’re in the hospital.

You’re already late on the assignment you just got.

Your boss’ favorite lines are “when you get a few minutes,” “in your spare time,” “when you’re freed up,” and “I have an opportunity for you.”

Vacation is something you roll over to next year or a check you get every January.

The only reason you recognize your kids is because their pictures are hanging in your cube.


The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.


While in Atlanta on vacation, Little Johnny’s Daddy took one afternoon to see historic sites downtown. Two young families were also in line to the see the sites. Little Johnny struck up a conversation with one of the boys in line.

“My name is Kilroy. What’s yours?” asked the first boy.


“My Daddy’s an accountant. What does your Pop do for a living?” asked.

Little Johnny replied, “My Daddy’s a lawyer.”

“Honest?” asked Kilroy.

Johnny replied, “No, just the regular kind.”


Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.


Moshe and Miriam, a young orthodox married couple, were expecting their first baby. Unfortunately, Miriam’s water broke on Shabbos and they had no choice but to call for a taxi to take them to the hospital’s maternity ward. Because Moshe wanted to try and minimize the Shabbos violation, he told the dispatcher that he must send them only a non-Jewish driver. The taxi quickly arrived, but when Moshe and Miriam were getting in, they overheard the dispatcher on the two-way radio ask the driver, “Have you picked up the anti-semites yet?”


Why are you “in” a movie, but you’re “on” TV?


A father in a hurry taking his 8-year-old son to school, makes a turn at a red light where it isn’t allowed.

“Uh-oh, I just made an illegal turn!” the man said.

“That’s OK Dad,” the son says, “The police car right behind us did the same thing.”


“People will forget what you say, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


Two men meet on the street. One asks the other: “Hi, how are you?”

The other replies: “I’m fine, thanks.”

“And how’s your son? Is he still unemployed?”

“Yes, he is. But he is meditating now.”

“Meditating? What’s that?”

“I don’t know. But it’s better than sitting around and doing nothing!”


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

Og Mandino


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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