Ray's musings and humor

It is good, you know!

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.


 ! Enjoy-life

Yesterday I spent an hour with some of my favorite people at my local YMCA. We first met some months ago when we were invited to participate in a program geared to helping folks like me delay or at least minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes. I maybe the oldest person in the group but the others are not far behind me. You can say we are well seasoned but have a common interest in improving our health status through weight loss, nutrition improvement and life style changes.

Making the improvements was not all that easy and sometimes the slow progress was frustrating but everyone has improved. We now get together once a month to check on each other while having fun sharing our experiences and reinforcing our commitment to good health. I really like the friends I have made there and especially I like their positive attitudes, all have had full lives and have had to overcome the obstacles that come along as we age and these folks continue to do so with style and grace.

I have excerpted parts of an article by Catherine Pulsifer that reminds me of my friends and I want to share it with you today.

 Have a Great Life

Last week I was fortunate to meet an older woman with a very positive outlook. We had a discussion about many different things; she was one of those people who you would want to be your grandmother. When she was leaving our shop, I said to her “Have a great day”. She looked up at me from her wheelchair and said, “No, have a great life!”  Her words made me smile and I said to her, “You are right”.  To which she replied, “Yes it is not just today that it is great, it is life that is great, so enjoy it all!”

So What Is A Great Life?

To have a great life is to appreciate the gift that each one of us is given. It is not a gift to take for granted or a gift that you should use without regard for the world around you. It is not a gift that should be squandered or a gift that can be recovered once wasted.

To have such a gift means that each day is a continuance that is given to you to use to the fullest. This does not mean that each day is simply another day full of drudgery, or a day filled with sorrow, spite or vengeful thinking. It also does not mean that you give away a day without feeling the value of life where you can contribute your own special behavior that reflects your value.

It is a personal philosophy that counts each day as worthy and does not see tomorrow as being better. It is about being as good and able as you can each day where tolerance for the less fortunate or those who fail to meet your expectations is forgiven, and where being positive in the here and now precedes thinking that one can postpone being positive or living constructively can be put off until another day.

It is the art of taking a step a day to move to what you need to become for tomorrow is what you are today. Each day is a special moment in the present tense that cannot be reversed or taken again so it is vitally important to accept that you are the one in control of you every moment of every day.

So, I share with you the message that I was getting from people I met – “Enjoy your life, not just the day!”


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the “accident of evolution” had created. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!” he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look.

He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing. He ran even faster, so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer.

His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear; right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out “Oh my God!….” Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent.

Even the river stopped moving.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, “You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don’t exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of his predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?”

“Very well,” said the voice.

The light went out. The river ran again. And the sounds of the forest resumed. And then the bear dropped his right paw… brought both paws together… bowed his head and spoke: “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.”


Don’t tell me that worry doesn’t do any good. I know better.  The things I worry about don’t happen.


“Hello, Bill,” exclaimed Jim, meeting a buddy for the first time in a while. “Did you marry that girl you used to go with or are you still doing your own cooking and ironing?”

“Yes,” replied Bill.


If you find yourself in an argument with a woman, plead insanity–they never argue with that.


A store manager overheard a clerk saying to a customer, “No, ma’am, we haven’t had any for some weeks now, and it doesn’t look as if we’ll be getting any soon.”

Alarmed by what was being said, the manager rushed over to the customer who was walking out the door and said, “That isn’t true, ma’am. Of course, we’ll have some soon. In fact, we placed an order for it a couple of weeks ago.”

Then the manager drew the clerk aside and growled, “Never, never, never, never say we don’t have something. If we don’t have it, say we ordered it and it’s on its way. Now, what was it she wanted?”

The clerk smiled and said… “Rain…”


Insanity is my only means of relaxation.


A man is walking by an insane asylum and hears all the residents chanting, “Thirteen! Thirteen! Thirteen!”

Quite curious about all this, he finds a hole in the fence, looks in and someone pokes him in the eye.

Everyone in the asylum starts chanting “Fourteen! Fourteen! Fourteen!”


The moon belongs to everyone,

The best things in life are free,

The stars belong to everyone,

They gleam there for you and me.

B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson

Song from the Musical ‘Good News’.


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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