Ray's musings and humor

It is happiness week

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

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I hope last week was a good one for you and that this week will be even better. I had a few health interventions that took care of some muscular problems last week. I even spent Saturday in the hospital where they loaded me up with super pain pills that when combined with the steroids I had been taking for a few days earlier resulted in a negative side effect. I wouldn’t say they got me a little goofy but I did hurt my nose when I tried to walk through walls. Now all seems well and compared to some of my recent medical adventures these were just minor glitches.

So I am again on the road to regaining my stamina while reducing my girth. The good news is that I have a number of breakfasts scheduled this week with special friends that will brighten my week. I also plan to load up on happiness and you should too. Here are some suggestions from an article by Sandra Bienkowski that may help.

Ways to Be Happier Today!

Take a look back

If you aren’t sure of your passion as an adult, revisit your youth for clues. Perhaps when you were a child, teenager or even a young adult, there was something that you were passionate about. Maybe there was something you loved to collect, a place you loved going, or an activity that you loved doing. Bring those old experiences back into your current life.

Connect with people

Our relationships can have an almost magical effect on our happiness. Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb feels fulfilled when she’s collaborating and connecting with others. You can find inspiration in others, too.

Value experiences over things

Things are nice, but the joy we get from experiences lasts longer, causes less waste and probably has a smaller negative environmental impact. Walk to a destination with your family to enjoy the outdoors and connect through conversation. Take a hike in nearby hills. Plan an exciting trip together. All of these things will give enjoyment that you can anticipate, experience and then savor afterward.

Cultivate your courage

Identify your strengths and the areas in your life where you could be a little more courageous. Start working on those areas where you could use a little improvement.

Start off a meeting with a compliment

Kick off your next office meeting with a compliment roundtable. Pay a compliment or say a kind word about a coworker or employee. Employees feel more valued, happier and more productive when there is a focus on what they’re doing right.

See possibilities everywhere

Do you see your glass as half-full or half-empty? If you choose to see the world optimistically, you can more fully appreciate everything and enjoy your life more. We can’t always choose to be happy immediately, but we can always choose to work toward being happier.


“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”

W.P. Kinsella



  1. This is your Captain speaking, I just wanted to take this time to remind you that your seat cushions can be used as floatation devices.
  2. Hey folks, we’re going to play a little game of geography trivia. If you can recognize where we are, tell your flight attendant and receive an extra pack of peanuts.
  3. Our loss of altitude allows a unique close up perspective of the local terrain. I assure you that it’s all part of our airlines new commitment to make your a flight a sight seeing extravaganza.
  4. Ummmmmm….Sorry……(silence)
  5. (As the plane turns around right after takeoff)….uhhhhh….we have to go back …. we ..we ….uhhhhhh ….forgot something…..
  6. I’m sure everyone noticed the loss of an engine, however the reduction in weight and drag will mean we’ll be flying much more efficiently now.  (ironic note: this is actually true for prop aircraft!)
  7. Fasten your seat belt. (same tone your friend with the suicidal driving tendencies uses when you get in the car)
  8. This is your Captain speaking….these stupid planes are a lot different than the ships I’m used to.. so you’ll have to give me some leeway…
  9. It would be a good idea if right now everyone closed their shades and watched the in-flight movie.


“Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get.”

George Bernard Shaw


A woman who works for the state of Calif. got a call from a man who paused when she told him the name of her agency. He then asked her to repeat it.

“It’s the Governor’s Office for Elderly Affairs,” she told him again.

There was another pause. “For gosh sakes, sign me up,” he said. “I didn’t do too well when I was young.”


Your heart understands what your head cannot yet conceive; trust your heart.


After spending all day Sunday watching football on television, a man fell asleep and spent the night in the chair. His wife woke him in the morning.

“It’s twenty to seven,” she called.

“In whose favor?”


“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”



A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game.

The young couple found their seats in the crowded stadium and was watching the action when a substitute was sent into the game. As the promising young player ran onto the field to take his position, the boy pointed at him and said to his girlfriend, “Keep an eye on that fellow. I expect him to be our best man next year.”

His girlfriend snuggled closer to him and said, “That’s the strangest proposal I ever heard, but I accept!”


Q: What do a tornado, a hurricane and a redneck divorce have in common?

A: In the end, someone is going to loose a house trailer.


Does anybody else find it ironic that many couples split up because they haven’t spent enough time together?


While leading activities for seniors at a nursing home, I asked my group to complete these well-known phrases.

For example, I would prompt them with, “Better safe…” to which they would answer, “than sorry.” The game proceeded as expected until I got to the phrase, “Make love, not war.” I had barely gotten out the first two words when a 90-year old shouted from the back, “while you can.”


“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.”

Lao Tzu


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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