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“The control center of your life is your attitude.”

Norman Cousins

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A long-time good friend of mine told me he was recently hospitalized and found that he has cancer. We talked for a bit and shared beliefs and I was pleased that this very good man has what many feel is the key to remission and recovery, a positive attitude. I shared with him how impressed I have been over the years with recovering cancer patients undergoing chemo treatments who maintained a sense of humor along with a positive outlook.

I let him know that one of my life time heroes was author, editor, philosopher Norman Cousins. Cousins baffled the medical community with his ability to extend his life which he attributed to his positive outlook. Told that he had little chance of surviving, Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating a positive attitude, love, faith, hope, and laughter. Cousins received the Albert Schweitzer Prize in 1990. He died of heart failure on November 30, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, having survived years longer than his doctors predicted. My friend’s attitude reminded me of Cousins and I am sure his attitude will contribute to his recovery. Here is an edited article by Catherine Pulsifer that I feel is in the Cousins mode.

Attitude Determines Everything

How we react, what we do or say, all depends on our attitude. It determines whether we’ll be happy or sad. Attitude can help, or hinder us in all areas of our lives. And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones we decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.  If your thoughts are constantly of doom and gloom, you will receive the same in return. You will view the world as cloudy and dismal.

Your thoughts and your perception of the world influences all that you do, and all that you are, and all that you can be. If you see the sunshine, feel the sunshine then you feel good. But if your focus is only on the clouds and the dark sky then you may find yourself a bit gloomy.

Over the years, it was my positive attitude that allowed me to tackle and successfully complete and compete in many diverse assignments. Bitterness is not positive to anyone especially to your own personal ethics and to your own inner spiritual health.

Changing your attitude is really changing the way you see things. To begin the change, you must start looking for the good in every situation, rather than the negative. The wisdom here is “looking for the good in every situation”. And, yes sometimes you may have to look hard to see the good, but believe me it is there you just have to keep looking. And when you find it, then focus on it, keep it in the forefront of your thoughts.

 So, you see the choice is yours. If we compare attitude to swimming, which are you doing? Are you swimming – even against the currents and the waves you keep going, you see your destination and you are taking action to reach it.  Are you floating – just allowing the waves to carry you, you end up where ever the water takes you.  Are you drowning – you see the waves and the currents as difficulties you can not over come

Keeping a positive attitude will help your swim through life!


The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.

Norman Cousins


Little Johnny’s mother asked him what he would like for his birthday.  “I’d like a little brother,” he replied.

“Oh my, that’s such a big wish,” said the mother. “Why do you want a little brother?”

“Well,” replied little Johnny, “there’s only so much I can blame on the dog.”


Jealousy is all the fun you think they have.


One October my wife and I spent a vacation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. We were eager to visit the rain forests near the coast, but we heard that snow slides had made some of the roads impassable. Although apprehensive about the conditions we might run into, we drove on. Sure enough, we had gone only a short way up the High Rain Forest road when we saw a sign: “Ice 10 miles.” Five miles farther on there was another: “Ice 5 miles.” The next one was: “Ice 1/2 mile.” We practically crept that half-mile.

We came to the last sign. It was outside a small grocery, and it read: “Ice 75 cents.”


What do you get when you cross a dyslexic agnostic with an insomniac? Someone who lies awake at night wondering whether there is a dog.


A woman, searching for a job, inquired about the benefits. The Personnel Manager informed her they had group health and life insurance, but the costs were deducted from the employee’s pay. She said, “My last employer had full health coverage, as well as five years salary for life insurance and a month’s sick leave AND they paid the full premiums.”

“I can’t help but asking madam why you would leave a job with such benefits,” the interviewer replied.

The woman shrugged her shoulders and said, “The company went bankrupt.”


I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.


He said: My mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect.   My six-year-old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?”

Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”


“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

Mae West


A customer moves away from a Bank till, counts his change, and then goes back and says to the cashier, “Hey, you gave me the wrong change!”

Cashier: “Sir, you stepped away from the counter. There’s nothing I can do about it now.”

Customer: “Well, okay. Just thought you’d like to know you gave me ten dollars too much.”


I just hate people who tell me what to do. What do you think I should do about them?



A stockbroker was cold calling about a penny stock and found a taker. “I think this one will really move,” said the broker. “It’s only $1 a share.”

“Buy me 1,000 shares,” said the client.

The next day the stock was at $2. The client called the broker and said, “You were right. Give me 5,000 more shares.”

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $4.

The client ran to the phone and called the broker, “Get me 10,000 more shares.”

“Great!” said the broker.

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $9.

Seeing what a great profit he had in just a few days, the client ran to the phone and told the broker, “Sell all my shares!”

The broker asked, “To who? You were the only one buying that stock.”


The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.

Norman Cousins


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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