Ray's musings and humor

Time to get going again

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers

 ! 0000 invest-in-yourself

This has been an interesting few weeks for me. The combination of health issues and inactivity has sapped much of my energy and surprisingly I have found it too easy to sit back and let it happen more than I need it to. If there is one thing I have learned over time is that if you let yourself slowdown too much it is not too long before you find yourself stagnating watching the world go by.

The good news is that I restarted my workouts yesterday and have a plan to build back to the full program I was on. I also am starting to get out and about. I do have a number of medical appointments, in fact three this week, but they are primarily to see how I am doing. The bottom line is that the best way to stay mentally and physically healthy is to invest in yourself. I recently read an article written by Dr. Carmen Harra entitled 10 Ways to Invest in Yourself that I liked. Here in part is what she wrote.

Discover your true needs. No two people have the exact same needs. Establish what’s most important for you to gain, have, and keep in your life, e.g., what you truly need as opposed to what you simply want.

Raise your self-worth. Even if you think you already possess a healthy dose of self-esteem, work to improve your opinion of yourself. This calls for a remorseless disposal of fears and perceived insecurities as well as the healing of old wounds once and for all.

Never apologize for who you are. Be an unapologetic bearer of your best and worst traits, the totality of your being. What may seem like a personal defect to you may be an endearing trait to someone else. You are perfect and flawed in a unique combination that can never be replicated, and this fact should be embraced.

Never go against your intuition. Your intuition knows more than you think. Learn to trust your inner voice without hesitation; reason may tell you one thing, but your instinct tells you the right thing, always.

Create a bigger version of yourself. Don’t settle on a self-imposed plateau; always aim a bit higher than before. Visualize your ideal life — regardless of how unattainable it may seem now — and act to manifest it one element at a time.

Take impeccable care of yourself. If you don’t practice the art of self-care, who will do it for you? Adopt healthy habits and grow stronger each day in mental, emotional, and physical ways. Ensure that the situations in which you choose to become involved are helpful and not harmful.

Set an example. Setting an example for others means that you act with integrity under all circumstances, which is a sign of careful attention to your being. When you set an example, you show those around you that you’ve invested in yourself time and time again to reach a level of excellence.

Multiply your riches. There exists greater richness in knowledge, wisdom, compassion, and tenacity than in all the money in the world. These are realizations unmatched by any amount of wealth which allow you to navigate through inevitable challenges with ease. Those who know, grow.

Do what you love. Oftentimes it is the simplest things that deliver the most profound joy, yet we barely find time for these precious activities. Don’t postpone your simple pleasures, whether you like to read or sing or hike. Perform actions grounded in a deep seat of love every day.

Weigh your options. Beware of making the same mistakes due to habit or influence. Don’t be afraid to go within and weigh your options before making decisions. Remember that you have the right to pick the people and things you want in your life — they should not pick you.


“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Do you know how many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?

a.. Charismatic: Only one. Hands already in the air.

b.. Pentecostal: Ten. One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

c.. Presbyterians: None. Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

d.. Roman Catholic: None. Candles only.

e.. Baptists: At least fifteen. One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.

f.. Episcopalians: Three. One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

g.. Mormons: Five. One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.

h.. Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including candescent, fluorescent, three- way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.

i.. Methodists: Undetermined. Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Church wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring bulb of your choice and a covered dish.

j.. Nazarene: Six. One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.

k.. Lutherans: None. Lutherans don’t believe in change.

l.. Amish: What’s a light bulb?


“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day just exactly fits in the newspaper.”

Jerry Seinfield


When Mary was pregnant, her 5 year old son, Billy, was utterly amazed, and a little bit disbelieving, that his sister was growing in his mom’s tummy. So one day when the baby was especially active, she asked Billy to place his tiny hands on her tummy to feel the baby kick. But when he did, the baby was suddenly still. “Oh, Billy, she must have decided to take a nap,” shrugged Mary. “A nap?” Billy marveled. “You mean there’s a bed in there too?”


“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

Walter Bagehot


TEACHER: John, how do you spell “crocodile”?


TEACHER: No, that’s wrong

JOHN: Maybe it’s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!


Ask me about my vow of silence.


I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, “I’m going to mop the floor with your face.”

I said, “You’ll be sorry.”

He said, “Oh, yeah? Why?”

I said, “Well, you won’t be able to get into the corners very well.”


“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.”



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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