Ray's musings and humor

“Dreams are like stars…you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.”

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Here we go again another fresh start. The great news comes from our realizing that we have an opportunity to leave the path we find ourselves on, even if it is just for a short time. It might be just a pleasant diversion or even better the first step on a more rewarding road. Lately I have felt more and more that too many folks are getting trapped on a path in their life failing to realize that were we start does not have to take us to an unwanted destiny.

For some folks it seems like they allow their jobs to control their lives, they define themselves by their work and fall into a rut of routine. Too many of us fail to realize that our employment is not all there is in life, in fact the freedom we have to do other things outside of our working hours is often the place where we can find adventure, pleasure and a wealth of human rewards. All it really takes is a willingness to learn what might make us happy and then the courage to take advantage of the opportunity to start on the road to the happier destination.

It is not always the job that holds us back, often it is the misguided effort we put in trying to be better than someone we think has a life superior to our own. Trying to jump on someone else’s life plan often only results in frustration and unhappiness.

Here is a story that shows what I mean.

Run your own RACE and wish others WELL!

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person in front of me, about 1/2 a kilometer. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometer to go my path before I needed to turn off.

So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 yards behind him, so I really picked up the pace and push myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of London Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him. Finally, I did it!

I caught and passed him by. On the inside I felt so good. “I beat him” of course, he didn’t even know we were racing. After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past it. I had to turn around and go all back.

Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God given destinies.

The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife/gf, a more handsome husband/bf, better behaved children, etc.

But realize that “You can be the best that you can be, you are not competing with no one.” Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are doing, where others are going, wearing and driving.

Take what God has given you, the height, weight and personality. Dress well and wear it proudly! You’ll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There’s no competition in DESTINY, run your own RACE and wish others WELL!.

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Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan

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If you’re not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he’s the famous scientist who once said: “I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen…and replaced by exact duplicates.” His mind sees things differently than we do, to our amazement and amusement. Here are some of his gems:

Half the people you know are below average.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

What happens if you get scared half to death ….. twice?

My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”

The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.

The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

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Bert took his Saint Bernard to the vet. “Doctor,” he said, “I need you to cut off my dog’s tail.”

The vet stepped back, “Bert, why should I do such a terrible thing?”

“Because my mother-in-law’s arriving tomorrow, and I don’t want anything to make her think she’s welcome.”

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Only in America……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

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At the police station, Bubba explained to the police officer why his cousins shot him. “Well,” Bubba began, “We wuz havin’ a good time drinking, when my cousin Ray picked up his shotgun and said, “Hey, der ya fellows wanna go hunting?”

“And then what happened?” the officer interrupted.

“From what I remember,” Bubba said, “I stood up and said, “Sure, I’m game.”

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Complaints? Write them here legibly [ ]

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A guy had been isolated on an island in the South Pacific for 10 years. He lit a signal every night for 10 years but no one saw it and no one came to rescue him. Finally a passing boat did notice the signal and sent an officer and men in a small boat to investigate.

The castaway explained that he had been on this island for 10 years waiting to be rescued. The boat captain ask “If you are all alone, what are those three huts I see built in the lagoon?

He answered “The first hut is my home. The second hut is where I go to church. And the third hut is where I went to church before I got mad and changed churches …”

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You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.

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When I was working as a clerk at a sporting-goods store, a woman came up to my register with a package of white athletic socks. “Will you open this up so I can see how the socks feel?” she asked.

Reluctantly I tore open the package, and she scrutinized the merchandise. She handed me the package, saying, “I’ll take them.”

Relieved, I started to ring her up, until she interrupted me. “Can I have another pack? This one’s been opened.”

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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

Gautama Buddha

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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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