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You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer

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I was at an open house the other day talking to a priest who knows my grandson who just graduated from high school. My friend, the priest, has known my grandson for all the time he has been in high school. As he shared his observations he reported that the things he liked most about my grandson was his willingness to tackle almost any task without reservation and he always did it with a positive attitude. It was a story I often heard from others as they commented on his role as an athlete, on his volunteer work for others as well as on his concern for those he knows.

Of course I was pleased with what I heard and could not agree more. He is a prime example of the value of a positive attitude and a friendly demeanor. I look forward to observing the years ahead and I hope he never loses the verve he brings to whatever he does.

I just received an article that included these thoughts offered by Marc Chernoff, many of which exemplify my grandson’s view of life.

  • If the grass looks greener on the other side… Stop staring.  Stop comparing.  Stop complaining and start watering the grass you’re standing on.
  • Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.
  • For everything you’ve lost, you’ve gained something else. Appreciate what you have today.  Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
  • You cannot expect victory while planning for defeat.
  • Use your struggles and frustrations today to motivate you rather than annoy you. You are in control of the way you look at life.
  • The true measure of your success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.
  • Head up, heart open. To better days approaching!
  • Be careful about who you give the microphone and stage to in your life. Don’t just listen to the loudest voice.  Listen to the truest one.
  • Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the tragic limitations others have placed on their own lives.
  • Don’t sit around. Start moving!  In the beginning you may not go in the direction you dream, but as long as you’re moving, you’re creating possibilities.
  • You have to accept whatever comes your way, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. Nothing more, nothing less.
  • The person who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.

Elizabeth Edwards


Did you ever stop to think about the word UP? There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that is “UP.” It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, lights brighten UP a room, we polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP.

To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so…… I’ll shut UP!


The most frustrating thing about getting older is that every time you see an expensive antique, you remember one just like it you once threw away.


“I just hope it’s not Alzheimers,” confessed the older gentleman to his doctor. “Maybe there’s some kind of memory medicine you can give me. See, I’m getting terribly forgetful; I lose track of where I’m going or what I’m supposed to do when I get there. What should I do?” he asked glumly.

“Pay me in advance,” the doctor promptly suggested.


Money Isn’t Everything, But It Sure Keeps The Kids In Touch.


A faith healer asked Moshe how his family was getting along. “They’re all fine,” Moshe said, “Except my uncle. He’s very sick.”

“Your uncle is not sick,” the faith healer said. “He THINKS he’s sick.”

Two weeks later, the faith healer ran into Moshe on the street. “How is your uncle getting along?” he asked.

Moshe shrugged, “He THINKS he’s dead.”


Illiterate? Write For Help.


Mirror, mirror on the wall

Do you have to tell it all?

Where do you get the glaring light

To make my clothes look just too tight?

I think I’m fine but I can see

you will not cooperate with me;

The way you let the shadows play

You’d think my hair was getting grey.

What’s that, you say? A double chin?

No, that’s the way the light comes in;

If you persist in peering so

You’ll confiscate my facial glow,

And then if you’re not hanging straight

You’ll tell me next I’m gaining weight.

I’m really quite upset with you

for giving this distorted view;

I hate what’s happened to my thighs.

I warn you now, O mirrored wall,

Since we’re not on speaking terms at all,

If I look like this in my new jeans

You’ll find yourself in smithereens !!


“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

Marcus Aurelius


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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