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Let’s Dance

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.

Lee Ann Womack

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Why do so many of us seem to feel we would be happier if we were someone else? We really don’t have to feel that or moving to a Pacific Island holds the secret to happiness. In truth there is a fertile field all around us just waiting for us to plant the seeds that will allow us to harvest the joy that so often lays dormant nearby.

All we have to do to improve our lives is to invest in ourselves. Almost always the keys to happiness exist all around us if we just look and take advantage the opportunities that we can make for ourselves. Some time ago success guru Brian Tracy wrote the following article that provides us a glimpse of what can be if we invest in ourselves.

Feel Good About Your Life and Be Happy

Sometimes people feel that they are controlled by external circumstances.  But the fact is that your life is largely determined by your own personal choices and decisions in every area.  You are where you are and what you are because of yourself.  You have gotten yourself to where you are as the result of the choices and decisions that you have made in the past.  If you want to be somewhere else in the future, it is up to you to make new and better choices and decisions in the present.


One of the most important discoveries in 20th century thought has been the central role of the actions that you take.  An action is defined as something with a consequence.  Using this definition, even an inaction can be considered to be an action, because inaction, or a failure to act on your part, has a consequence that can dramatically impact your life.

For example, a person who fails to finish school, or fails to read regularly, or to listen to audio tapes and take additional training, is committing to what you might call an “inaction.”  But because it has devastating consequences on the future for that person, it can be considered an action as well.

The most important actions that you take in determining the quality of your life revolve around the virtues and values that you decide to embrace and live by.  They are as important to your life as breathing in and breathing out.  The fact is that everything that you do is largely determined by what you feel to be good and right and true about life and people-your values!

When you are living consistent with your values, you feel good about yourself.  When you are living inconsistent with your values, you feel badly about yourself.

Be Happy and Feel Good

Aristotle, perhaps the greatest of all the philosophers, broke new ground in thinking when he determined that all of human action is aimed at achieving the happiness of the individual.  He said that we are all the same in this one respect.  We all seek happiness, however we define it.  Everything you do is merely a step in the direction of achieving the ultimate happiness you seek. Aristotle did not stop there.  He went on to point out that only the good can be happy, and only the virtuous can be good.  Therefore, all happiness is determined by the ability of the individual to establish and live by values and virtues that are life enhancing.

Aristotle went on to point out that, if you have been brought up without clear values, you can develop values by deciding upon the kind of person you want to be and then by acting as if you had the values that that person would have.

Sculpt Your Life and Your Future

The wonderful thing about being a human being is that you are free to shape and sculpt your own character.  You can make new choices and decisions at any time of life, especially with regard to your values, and begin acting as if you had those values already.


Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…  It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene


I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month-old nephew. I said, “What do I do if he cries?”

She said, “Give him some vegetables.”

It turns out jalapeno peppers are not his favorite!


Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it.

Soren Kierkegaard


At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.

“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”

“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.


My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers. Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience. “Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.

The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”


“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ”

Douglas MacArthur


A man who had been in a mental institution for some years finally improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The psychiatrist that ran the institution decided it was better to proceed with caution, and chose to interview him first. “Tell me,” said the doctor, “if we release you, as we are considering, what do you plan to do with your life?”

The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life, and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you see, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped to put me here. If I am released, I shall limit myself to work in pure theory, where I believe the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”

“Wonderful,” said the psychiatrist.

“Or else,” continued the patient, “I might teach. There is something to be said for dedicating your life to expanding the knowledge of young people.”

“Definitely,” said the psychiatrist.

“Then again, I might write. There is always a need for books on science, or I may even write a novel based on my experiences in the psychiatric institution.”

“Another interesting possibility,” agreed the doctor.

“And finally, if none of these things appeals to me, I can always continue to be a teakettle.”


“When you’re comfortable and content with who you are, the voices of others who try and define, control or direct you are not important.”

Rachel Robins


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Try to understand

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

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I had breakfast yesterday with a flight attendant friend. I always enjoy our conversations as she has had a wealth of experiences. During our conversations she mentioned the difficulties we all have with excessively judgmental people. You know the folks I am talking about, they are often quick to criticize while showing no restraint as they tell you what you need to do.

I don’t know about you but I have been wrong often enough to not impose my opinions or prejudices on someone else. I have found that I have the ability to share how I feel about something so that we can talk about whatever it is without being judgemental. By saying how I feel rather than how someone else should feel often leads us to clear up any misunderstanding or at least helping the other party to understand where I am coming from.

I am sorry but I think those who are quick to judge are often excessively righteous and almost arrogant. My friend and I agreed that avoiding the arrogant people around us made life better. But don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate people who help me understand when I am in error. Here is a short story that illustrates one of life’s realities; things are not always how they look.

Lesson Learned: Things Are Not Always Black or White

In life, a lesson learned in your past that you will never forget completely.

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson. She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other.

In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered. I couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.” It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side was it black.

My teacher taught me a very important lesson learned that day: You must stand in the other person’s shoes and look at the situation through their eyes in order to truly understand their perspective.


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one we have.




* Home is where you hang your @.

* The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail.

* A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.

* You can’t teach a new mouse old clicks.

* A chat has nine lives.

* What boots up must come down.

* A user and his leisure time are soon parted.

* Know what to expect before you connect.


It’s not the pace of life that concerns me, it’s the sudden stop at the end.


A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning. He said, “Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. “Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn comes to your mind.

The pastor shouted out, “Cross!” Immediately the congregation started singing, in unison, “The Old Rugged Cross.” The pastor hollered out, “Grace!” The congregation began to sing “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…” The pastor said, “Power.” The congregation sang “There Is Power in the Blood.”

The Pastor said, “Sex.” The congregation fell in total silence. Everyone was in shock. They all nervously began to look around at each other, afraid to say anything. Then all of a sudden, way from in the back of the church, a little old 87-year-old grandmother stood up and began to sing “Precious Memories.”


Wife to bill-paying husband:  “I slashed expenses last month.  Everything was charged on one credit card so that it will cost only one stamp to pay all of our bills.”


At the beginning of the grandparents’ class I teach, I ask participants if they would share the very first feelings they had when they learned they were going to be grandparents. Most people say they were happy and excited. During one class, however, an expectant grandmother blurted, “I just hated it! I finally knew for certain that my daughter was having sex.”


After the funeral the Rabbi said, “I don’t think you’ll ever find another man like your late husband Morris.” The widow replied, “So who’s looking for one?”


A cyclone hit a Kansas farmhouse just before dawn one morning. It tore off the roof, and picked up the beds on which the farmer and his wife slept were sleeping.  By some miracle, the cyclone set them down unharmed the next county over.

The wife was sobbing uncontrollably.  “Don’t be scared, Mary,” her husband said.  “We’re not hurt.”

Mary continued to cry.  “I’m not scared,” she said between sobs.  “I’m happy…  this is the first time in 14 years we’ve been out together.”


Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

Erica Jong


Jill had applied for a job, and when she returned home, her mother asked how the interview went.

Jill replied, “Pretty good I think, but if I go to work there I won’t get a vacation unless I’m married.”

Her mother, of course, had never heard of such a thing and asked, “Is that what they told you?

Jill replied, “No, they didn’t tell me that, but on the application it said, “Vacation time may not be taken until you’ve had your first anniversary.”


Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain


An insurance salesman was getting nowhere in his efforts to sell a policy to a farmer.  “Look at it this way.” he said finally.  “How would your wife carry on if you should die?”

“Well…” drawled the weather-beaten man, “I don’t reckon that’d be any concern of mine — long as she behaves herself while I’m alive.”


I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.

Humphrey Davy


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Live a good life

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Many of us feel that we can find something to commit to that will make us happier, ignoring what we already have. I have edited a piece by life coach Kate Swoboda that suggests we can take a more realistic approach towards a happier life while not committing to a utopian purpose. I agree that we should focus on the life we currently lead, strengthening our good points and moderating the not so good stuff. I learned a long time ago I was not going to save the world by myself, so I have chosen to do the best I can each day without making things worse for others or myself. Here in part is what she wrote:

How to Find Your Life’s Purpose Today


The Buddhists say that one of the fundamental causes of human suffering is this: We’re always trying to get ground underneath our feet, despite the fact that life is endlessly shifting. In essence, whenever we find something that we think we can control, we cling to it, exploit it, try to control it harder — because for those brief moments, there’s the illusion of having an answer, and having answers feels safe.

But insisting that we need answers? Clinging to answers that arise? Getting self-righteous or dogmatic about answers? Trying to make life or circumstances or other people fit into those answers? Not wanting the answers to change because it’s too scary? — and especially, thinking that your life’s happiness depends upon having answers? That’s where things get problematic.

What I notice is that this endless efforting, efforting, efforting seems very close in dynamic to the perfectionist struggles to lose weight, to keep your life in balance, to be well-rounded and any other form of externalizing happiness. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Your Purpose is a Choice

I can tell you how to have a life purpose in one simple step. It’s straightforward with its simplicity. It will save you countless hours of therapy. It will even help others and make the world a better place. Here you go — your life purpose — free of charge and here for you to choose to adopt, right here and right now: Choose to live. You can choose, right here and right now, that you will live. That is your purpose.

Some people decide that their life’s purpose is to be of service to starving orphans, and others decide that it’s to build a tech firm, and others decide it’s to be a mother. It seems to me that in each of these very specific examples, what they’re really doing is choosing to live. You don’t need to find these very specific examples.

You can choose to have a life purpose, right here and right now, by deciding that your purpose is to live — to TRULY live. Then you, just as the people in these examples would do, start looking at your life and asking where anything in your life doesn’t support you as you work on choosing to live.

Purpose as the Holy Grail

If you hesitate to embrace this idea that your life purpose could be this simple, consider whether you were carrying any expectations you had. Did you expect in finding your purpose that it would bring with it anything other than your usual, ordinary, everyday circumstances? Because that right there exposes the fantasy. We go for the “I need to find my life purpose” thinking when we want to escape the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives.

Adding Value

Your life right now might include a lousy boss, an overbearing mother-in-law, more debt than you ever thought was possible for one human being to rack up or a scary illness. How do you live your life’s purpose in the midst of that? You choose to live — to TRULY live. You make your purpose the art of being fully with everyday living.

Convinced that you need a tiny bit more? Fine. Add on a value. Your purpose could then be:

Choose to live … with integrity.

Choose to live … with courage.

Choose to live … with compassion.

Choose to live … trusting that everyone is doing the best they can.

Choose to live … passionately.

As your life changes and as you naturally grow and evolve, it may well hit you one day that your life purpose can be more specific. When that happens, if that happens, lovely. In the meantime? Consider deeply the actions and choices that support you living a life purpose of choosing to (truly) live. What would you do differently? What might you bring more of into your life? What might you have a deeper appreciation for that’s already right here, right now?


“What it takes to command the attention of the world is just to do the ordinary things extraordinarily.

Emeasoba George


(No animals were hurt in making this joke!) 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.”


Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.

Sylvia Robinson


Mary:  I wish I’d known more about midlife before I got here!

Jill:  What do you mean?

Mary:  Well, I lost my sex drive years ago.  I had no idea it could be menopause!  I thought it was just because I was married!


Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.

Pete Seeger


Overheard at the senior center:

You know you’re getting on in years when the girls at the office start confiding in you.

Old age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.

Old age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have begun to grow in the middle.

Being a senior adult is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.

You know you’re into old age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.

You’re getting old when you’re sitting in a rocker and you can’t get it started.




“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”

Dawna Markova


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.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Start Healing

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


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Last Saturday evening I was at a restaurant with my wife and my oldest daughter when an altercation broke out between a table of seniors and a large group of 20 something women who were making raucous load noises. The situation escalated to the point where one of the young women had to be restrained from trying to physically assault a woman who appeared to be in her 70’s. The younger women were ejected from the restaurant as a result.

The event left a scar on the minds of the older folks and their anger continued to boil. Too many of us have trouble letting go of the anger and sometimes the hurt that comes from incidents in our lives. For example I have two people I really like who are trying to recover from the pain of losing an incompatible significant other. Of course it does no good to let the pain linger but it is not always easy to jettison.

Here are excerpts from an article by psychologist Adele Ryan McDowell that may help those who have difficulty with lingering emotions.

5 Ways to Deal with an Emotional Hangover

Ever have one of those weeks when there is palpable, anger-inciting tension between you and a family member? Or you have had a crushing misunderstanding with one of your dearest friends? As a result of some emotionally incendiary experience where you feel wronged, not valued, misunderstood, or crossed, you can often find yourself on one wild ride of emotions.

This, dear reader, is an emotional hangover. There is no specialized rehab. So, let us armchair quarterback and deconstruct the set-ups and triggers to an emotional hangover. To that end, here are some questions and considerations for you to ponder in order to prevent another crazy ride on the high-speed emotional Tilt-a-whirl:

Are you too emotionally attached to the outcome of the interaction? Do you have to win? Do you need to be right? You know the expression: would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy? I can say, and I believe, that being right is overrated, but, boy, howdy, where I feel I am right, that’s Right with a capital R, it is very hard to let go and consider another viewpoint. It takes some emotional maturity to get off that high horse and to find common ground.

Is the emotional event the result of a power struggle or a need for control? There is a saying that comes from sales: the one who cares the least has the most power. In other words, the more emotionally detached you are, the more you can see the big picture, be open to alternatives and respond with reason.

Did you create decent boundaries and clear parameters so that you protected yourself? One of the tenets of good self esteem is the ability to be assertive. It is not always easy, but it is clearly important. Further, one of the tenets of effective communication is being able to state your needs clearly. Are you able to ask for what you need or say no without feeling guilty?

Are you aware of what buttons are being pushed?  There is that old therapy joke about the patient telling the psychiatrist that his mother was pushing all of his buttons. The psychiatrist responds, of course, she installed those buttons. Seriously, though, be it family, friends or astute observers of the human psyche, most of us can detect the soft, squishy places in one another. We are all more alike than we acknowledge. Are we feeling respected and heard? Are we being rejected or abandoned? Are we considered loveable? Are we worthy?

Are you willing to walk away, say no and choose not to engage in the tension? There is always choice. Choice serves as the grace note to every interaction. You can choose to struggle, not fight, see it another way, speak your truth, state your case, agree to disagree and so forth. You can learn how to protect yourselves for future interactions. You can train yourself to move away from the victim place by following the three A’s. You can change your action. You can change your attitude. Or you can learn to accept. Automatically, you have empowered yourself. Isn’t that a far better feeling than an emotional hangover?


Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Mark Twain


Everything I need to know, I learned in corporate America:

  1. Indecision is the key to flexibility.
  2. There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
  3. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
  4. The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
  5. The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.
  6. Someone who thinks logically can be such a nice contrast to the real world.
  7. Things are more like they are today than they ever were before.


“My mom was a ventriloquist and she always was throwing her voice. For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father.”

Wendy Leibman


At one Army base, the quarterly test at the rifle range had been cancelled for the third time in a row, but the semi-annual physical fitness test was still on as planned. One soldier mused, “Does it bother anyone else that the Army doesn’t seem to care how well we can shoot, but they are extremely interested in how fast we can run?”


If you are willing to admit you are wrong when you are wrong, then you are all right.


The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent bombings and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” Londoners have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to a “Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was during the great fire of 1666.


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.



Sonnier was going for his morning walk in the Louisiana bayou one day when he walked past his friend, Breaux’s trailer house and saw a sign that said “Boat For Sale.” This confused Sonnier because he knew that old Breaux didn’t even own a boat, so he decided to go in and ask about it. “Hey Breaux,” said Sonnier, “I noticed da sign in your yard dat says ‘Boat For Sale,’ but you don even have a boat. All you have is your old John Deere tractor and combine.”

Breaux calmly replied “Yup, and they’re boat for sale.”


Money may not be everything, but it sure keeps the kids writing to you! One college kid wrote home, “Dear folks, I’ve been worried sick because I haven’t heard from you. Please send me a check so I’ll know you’re okay.”


Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.


A woman went to the doctor’s office where she was seen by one of the younger doctors. After about four minutes in the examination room, she burst out screaming as she ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story.

After listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched down the hallway back to where the young doctor was writing on his clipboard.

“What’s the matter with you?” the older doctor demanded. “Mrs. Terry is 61 years old, has four grown children and seven grandchildren and you told her she was pregnant?”

The younger doctor continued writing, and without looking up and said,

“Does she still have the hiccups?”


If they keep hurting you, love them and stay or love yourself and leave.

Sonya Parker


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.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Medical Magic

“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

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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Let’s be ourselves

Why should we worry about what others think of us; Do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do in our own?

Brigham Young

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Hi everyone, I was out and about yesterday for most of the time and came home totally worn out. It is obvious that I still have a lot of stamina building to do. The activities continue this morning with meetings from 6 am until 8:30 and then off to the gym for exercise. Just telling you has sapped my energy so I am again sending you a Daily from yesteryear.

Ray’s Daily first published on May 7, 2007

I use to define success in traditional terms. Things such as title, income, recognition, status, you know, all the usual materialistic measurement others put upon us. I don’t anymore, now I like to define success as happiness, tranquility, opportunity to do more and worry less, new friends and other things that people overlook when they critique others. It seems to me that those around us who are critics or cheerleaders are people who measure us only by their own belief systems. The sad part is that too often we succumb to their siren song. It is more important to them that we be like them than to be ourselves.

Sometime ago I decided that was not for me. I inventoried the things that gave me pleasure, the opportunities I had to do something meaningful, and how I could avoid the trap of being locked into a job because of salary or benefits. While I don’t think I would change anything in my life, I might have benefited even more if I had made these kinds of decisions earlier. As you have heard me say before, this is as good as I get, take me or leave me. I may miss the mark and not help as much as I might or slip-up but I promise I will continue to do my best.

I think I have used the following before but it is so meaningful that it is worth revisiting once in awhile.


People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind. Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.



Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Dr. Phil: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on “this” side of the road before it goes after the problem on the “other side” of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his “current” problems before adding “new” problems.

Oprah: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

George W. Bush: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either against us or for us. There is no middle ground here.

Anderson Cooper, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

Judge Judy: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

Martha Stewart: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level.

Dr. Seuss: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I’ve not been told.

Grandpa: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road and that was good enough.

Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

Bill Gates: I have just released eChicken2006, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken. The platform is much more stable and will never ever, ever reboot.

Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?


I’m addicted to placebos. I’d give them up, but it wouldn’t’ make any difference.

Steven Wright


Jack hadn’t been to a class reunion in decades. When he walked into this latest one, he thought he recognized a woman over in the corner, so he approached her and extended his hand in greeting, saying, “You look like Helen Brown.”

“Well,” the woman snapped back, “you don’t look so great in blue either!”


Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.



Married 25 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, “Honey, 25 years ago, we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10 inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25 year old blonde.

Now, we have a nice house, nice car, big bed and plasma screen TV, but I’m sleeping with a 50 year old woman. It seems to me that you are not holding up your side of things.”

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 25 year old blonde, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed….


Sign on a desk in a reception room, “We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.”


She looked like such a sweet little old lady, driving the cute Toyota with a bumper sticker that said, “Grow your own dope.”

How sweet, I thought, must be a medical marijuana patient. Then I noticed the rest of her message … “Plant a man.”


A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe, from “Faust”


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Slower but happier

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”

Robert Frost

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I hope you are doing well. I am, at least I am getting my energy back after it took a brief vacation while my body made a couple of hospital visits in the last month or so. This morning I am off to the gym for some exercise and then I will be joining with a few others as we tour one of Americas largest nature preserves. The temperature is supposed to be in the eighties so I may even sweat off a pound or two.

The highlight will be a luncheon following the tour hosted by a good friend of mine where we will get to enjoy food and fellowship. This is a welcome return to a more active life and the pleasure that comes from being out and about. I am at the time in life when I get to choose whether to enjoy the freedom that comes with age or hibernate and miss the fun. Like I have told you in the past for me life has never been better, even though the bones creak some and my moves are a bit slower.

Here is a story I don’t think I shared with you before. I don’t know who wrote it but I agree with what the author has shared.

Old Age is a Gift

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body – the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don’t agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avant-garde on my patio. I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 am, and sleep until noon?  I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love.. I will I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old!

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, and I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. Old Age is a Gift

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. I can say ‘no’, and mean it. I can say ‘yes’, and mean it

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day


“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”

J.K. Rowling


This fellow is looking to buy a saw to cut down some trees in his backyard. He goes to a chainsaw shop and asks about various chainsaws. The dealer tells him, “Look, I have a lot of models, but why don’t you save yourself a lot of time and aggravation and get the top-of-the-line model. This chainsaw will cut a hundred cords of wood for you in one day.”

So, the man takes the chainsaw home and begins working on the trees. After cutting for several hours and only cutting two cords, he decides to quit. He thinks there is something wrong with the chainsaw. “How can I cut for hours and only cut two cords?” the man asks himself. “I will begin first thing in the morning and cut all day,” the man tells himself. So, the next morning the man gets up at 4 am in the morning and cuts and cuts, and cuts till nightfall, and still he only manages to cut five cords. The man is convinced this is a bad saw. “The dealer told me it would cut one hundred cords of wood in a day, no problem. I will take this saw back to the dealer,” the man says to himself. The very next day the man brings the saw back to the dealer and explains the problem.

The dealer, baffled by the man’s claim, removes the chainsaw from the case. The dealer says, “Hmm, it looks fine.” Then the dealer starts the chainsaw, to which the man responds, “What’s that noise?


Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

Paul Boese


Goodman was a moderately successful stockbroker who dreamed of making the big money someday. He took his friend out for a drive, and he chose the route carefully in order to impress on him the possibilities of the brokerage business.

“Look at that yacht,” he said as they drove slowly past a marina. “That 96′ beauty belongs to the senior partner at Merrill Lynch. That one over there 104′ is owned by the head of Goldman, Sachs. And look at that huge 210′ yacht out there. That’s the pride and joy of the top seller at Prudential-Bache.”

His friend Morris was silent. Goodman turned to look at him and saw a pained look on his face.

“What’s the matter?” Goodman asked.

“I was just wondering,” Morris said. “why aren’t there any customers yachts?”


If I die, I forgive you, if I recover, we shall see.


Two nuns, Sister Catherine and Sister Helen, are traveling through Europe in their car. They get to Transylvania and are stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a tiny little Dracula jumps onto the hood of the car and hisses through the windshield.

“Quick, quick!” shouts Sister Catherine. “What shall we do?”

“Turn the windshield wipers on. That will get rid of the abomination,” says Sister Helen.

Sister Catherine switches them on, knocking Dracula about, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns. “What shall I do now?” she shouts.

“Switch on the windshield washer. I filled it up with Holy Water at the Vatican,” says Sister Helen. Sister Catherine turns on the windshield washer. Dracula screams as the water burns his skin, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.

“Now what?” shouts Sister Catherine? “Show him your cross,” says Sister Helen. “Now you’re talking,” says Sister Catherine.

She opens the window and shouts, “Get off the #%@$ car!”


To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Thank you for your kindness

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

Albert Schweitzer


As I have watched events over the recent past I have been dismayed by the amount of cruelty that is reported every day. That coupled with what seems to be a large number of people who treat others with a total lack of civility is tragic. I honestly feel that those that exhibit these behaviors lack the happiness found by the truly kind.

If I had a magic wand I would use it to spread the kindness bug everywhere I went. It is sad that so many seem to miss the warmth that comes as a result of human kindness. It seems like too many folks focus on what is wrong with others to prove themselves that they are better than the rest of us but all they do is alienate possible friends and end up lacking the joy that the kind experience.

Here are excerpts from an article written by Henrik Edberg for those that would like to receive the benefits of being kind.

Simple Ways to Spread Kindness in Your World Starting Today

Kindness is often a pretty simple thing to spread in the world. But we sometimes forget about it. Or don’t remember how it can help us all. Three things that I like to keep in mind and that help me to try to be a kinder person are these:

I get what I give. Yep, some people will be ungrateful, miserable and not reciprocating no matter what you may do. But most people will over time treat you as you treat them. By being kinder to others I am more likely to be kinder to myself. It may sound a bit odd but my experience is that when I am kinder towards others then my self-esteem goes up and I think more highly about myself.

It creates a happier place to live in. Being kinder simply makes my own little world a nicer and happier place to live in.

So how can you start spreading the kindness in your daily life? Here are simple ways to do it.

Express your gratitude.

Think about what you can be grateful for about someone in your life. Maybe that he is a good listener, that he often is quick to help out or that he always adds great songs to a Spotify playlist. Or simply that he held up the door for you. Then express that gratitude in a simple “thank you!” or in a sincere sentence or two.

Replace the judgments.

No one likes to be judged. And the more you judge other people the more you tend to judge yourself. So despite the temporary benefit of deriving pleasure from the judgments it is not a good or smart long-term habit. When you feel the urge to judge ask yourself: what is one kind thing I can think or do in this situation instead?

Replace the unconstructive criticism.

Try encouragement instead of excessive criticism. It helps people to both raise their self-esteem and to do a better job.

Remember the small acts of kindness too.

Let someone into your lane while driving. Let someone skip ahead of you in a line if he’s in a real hurry. Hold up the door for someone or ask if they need help when you see them standing around with a map and a confused look.

Remember the 3 reasons for kindness at the start of this article.

It will help you to be kinder even when you may not always feel much like it. If you like, write those reasons down on a piece of paper and put that note where you can see it every day.


That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth


At the Henry Street Hebrew School, Goldblatt, the new teacher, finished the day’s lesson. It was now time for the usual question period. “Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s somethin’ I can’t figger out.”

“What’s that Joey?” asked Goldblatt.

“Well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”


“An’ the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?”


“An’ the Children of Israel fought the ‘gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always getting in trouble somewhere, right?”

“Er, yes, you could say that,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”

“What I wanna know is this,” demanded Joey. “What wuz all the grown-ups doin”?


Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.


Son:  Dad, would you do my arithmetic for me?

Dad:  No, son, it wouldn’t be right.

Son:  Well, at least you could try.


The trouble with current times is that the future is not what it used to be.


This will make you believe that we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house, next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing two dollars.

Her mother said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account for her. When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.”

My goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”

The little girl replied, “I will if those jerks at Home Depot ever deliver the darned sheet rock!”


The number of people watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your action.


Tax Day, April 15, was looming when an elderly lady appeared at my desk at the IRS.  She said she required a thick stack of tax forms.

“Why so many?” I asked.

“My son is stationed overseas,” she said.  “He asked me to pick them up.”

“You shouldn’t have to do this,” I told her.  “It’s the base commander’s job to make sure the troops have the forms they need.”

“I know,” she replied.  “I’m the base commander’s mother.”


Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

Dennis Prager


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.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

I hope you appreciate what we have

Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.

Karolina Kurkova

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One of the great things about spring where I live is that you don’t have to go far to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the season. It is not only the temperature and the visual richness of a landscape filled with color; it is also the people who relish all that spring has to offer.

The neighbor hoods are filled with laughing children and smiling adults. We dress in light and often colorful clothes as we wander enjoying each day. Spring is the antidote for the woes that often accompany a blustery late winter. Another of spring’s great pleasures for me is that we all equally get to enjoy what it offers. The size of our homes does not matter, the importance of our jobs is of little consequence and we don’t need a lot of money to bask in the most pleasant of environments, all we have to do is stop long enough to enjoy it all.

Here is a short story written by Harvey Mackay that I think offers some insight into those who know how to enjoy life.

How to Tell When You’re Rich

When I was a kid in Minnesota, watermelon was a delicacy. One of my father’s buddies, Bernie, was a prosperous fruit-and-vegetable wholesaler, who operated a warehouse in St. Paul. Every summer, when the first watermelons rolled in, Bernie would call. Dad and I would go to Bernie’s warehouse and take up our positions. We’d sit on the edge of the dock, feet dangling, and lean over, minimizing the volume of juice we were about to spill on ourselves.

Bernie would take his machete, crack our first watermelon, hand us both a big piece and sit down next to us. Then we’d bury our faces in watermelon, eating only the heart – the reddest, juiciest, firmest, most seed-free, most perfect part – and throw away the rest.

Bernie was my father’s idea of a rich man. I always thought it was because he was such a successful businessman. Years later, I realized that what my father admired about Bernie’s wealth was less its substance than its application. Bernie knew how to stop working, get together with friends and eat only the heart of the watermelon.

What I learned from Bernie is that being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to eat only the heart of the watermelon. Others are rich without ever being more than a paycheck ahead. If you don’t take the time to dangle your feet over the dock and chomp into life’s small pleasures, your career is probably overwhelming your life.

For many years, I forgot that lesson I’d learned as a kid on the loading dock. I was too busy making all the money I could. Well, I’ve relearned it. I hope I have time left to enjoy the accomplishments of others and to take pleasure in the day. That’s the heart of the watermelon. I have learned again to throw the rest away.

Finally, I am rich.


“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

Bill Watterson


Mrs. Taylor, aka “The Whip”, asked her 5th grade history class, “When was Rome built?” and called on Timothy to answer first.

“Rome was built at night.” was his answer.

“At night?” asked Mrs. Taylor, holding her ruler firmly in her boney- knuckled hands.  “How ever did you get such an idea?”

“Well,” gulped the student, hoping his answer would satisfy her, “everyone knows Rome wasn’t built in a day.”


When my brother said, “Amen” after grace one night, one of his children asked what “amen” meant.  Before he or his wife could answer, their five-year-old responded, “It means “send.”


A professor stood before his class of twenty senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam. “I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you’ve all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer. So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today will receive a ‘B’ for the course.”

There was much rejoicing in the class as students got up, walked to the front of the class, and took the professor up on his offer. As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, “Anyone else? This is your last chance.”

One final student rose up and opted out of the final. The professor closed the door and took attendance of those still remaining. “I’m glad to see you believe in yourselves,” he said. “You all get ‘A’s.”


My home church welcomes all denominations, but really prefers tens and twenties.


A blonde pushes her car into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, “What’s the story?” He replies, “Just crap in the carburetor.” She asks, “How often do I have to do that?”


The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and have the two as close together as possible.

George Burns


Little Johnny’s 2nd grade teacher was quizzing them on the alphabet.

“Johnny,” she says, “what comes after ‘O’?”

Johnny says, “Yeah!”


Is it my imagination, or do Buffalo wings taste like chicken?


A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking. The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large”.

Then they walk around the ranch a little, and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately says, ” We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows”.

The conversation has, meanwhile, almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field. He asks, “And what are those”?

The Aussie replies with an incredulous look, “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas”?


“According to the latest findings from NASA, the planet mars has a high concentration of sulfur, acid, magnesium, and iron, causing it to give off the odor of rotten eggs. So basically mars is like the New Jersey turnpike in July.”

Jay Leno


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


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.

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

We could use a civility infusion

“Civility costs nothing and buys everything.”

Mary Worley Montagu


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While today is May Day it is another one of those days where I am running behind so I am going back to May 1st nine years ago and sending you what I wrote back then.

Ray’s Daily first published on May 1st, 2006

I got an e-mail the other day from one of our readers, a friend I have yet to meet. He told me how difficult it was for him to work with an employee who is a mean, miserable person. He also said that he has the misfortune to work with a tart-tongued woman colleague who is never civil.

He asked me for any ideas I had that might help make his life with these two more tolerable. Here is what I wrote back:

I have found that people cannot make me angry, I get angry only because I lose control and let them get to me. In the case of the mean spirited I can only feel sorry for them as I continue to do the best I can. It is not always easy, but I find that being able to look in the mirror at the end of each day and recognize that I did as good as I could is all the judgment I really need. I also find that there is a lot to be said for grace under fire, one of the greatest compliments I ever got was when someone said I lose gracefully.

I do not require others to be civil to me; I only require that I am civil to them. I also find that often the uncivil cannot deal very easily with those who don’t respond in kind and if we do succumb and respond in kind we become as bad as they are. Their behavior is not my problem it is theirs.

It has always been amazing to me how staying calm in the storm generates so much inner strength.  In my case others can form their opinions, but only I can judge myself. I will always do the best I can and if they don’t always agree that is their problem.

And oh yes, I always find it to be disarming when others tell me something that is right and I thank them and agree with them, the angry often cannot cope with that.

My best always,



We have a choice about how we behave, and that means we have the choice to opt for civility and grace.

Dwight Currie


Basic Flying Rules: Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees, and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.


“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”

Thomas Paine


Mary Louise Gilman, the venerable editor of the National Shorthand Reporter has collected many of the more hilarious courtroom bloopers in two books – Humor in the Court (1977) and More Humor in the Court. From Mrs. Gilman’s two volumes, here are some of my favorite transcripts, all recorded by America’s keepers of the word:

  1. What is your brother-in-law’s name?
  2. Borofkin.
  3. What’s his first name?
  4. I can’t remember.
  5. He’s been your brother-in-law for years, and you can’t remember his first name?
  6. No. I tell you I’m too excited. (Rising from the witness chair and pointing to Mr. Borofkin.) Nathan, for God’s sake, tell them your first name!
  1. Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
  2. I refuse to answer that question.
  3. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?
  4. I refuse to answer that question.
  5. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
  6. No.
  1. What is your name?
  2. Ernestine McDowell.
  3. And what is your marital status?
  4. Fair.

Q: Are you sexually active?

A: No, I just lie there.


Anybody who claims that marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition doesn’t know the first thing about men, women or fractions.


My secretary stopped me as I approached her desk. Red faced and nervous, she pointed to an expense statement and asked if I thought it appropriate to charge the company for such an item. It read “Viagrafix.” I didn’t see any cause for her concern, until I realized we were reading the word differently: she as “viagra fix” and I, “ViaGrafix,” a software design package.


For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.


A man called his neighbor to help him move a couch that had become stuck in the doorway. They got on either end of the couch and struggled until they were exhausted, but the couch wouldn’t budge.

“Forget it,” the man finally gasped. “We’ll never get this in.”

A frustrated voice came from the other side of the couch: “In?”


In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


A deputy police officer responded to a report of a barroom disturbance. The “disturbance” turned out to be well over six feet tall and weighed almost 300 pounds. What’s more, he boasted that he could whip the deputy and Muhammad Ali too.

Said the policeman, “I’ll bet that you’re also an escape artist-probably better than Houdini.”

The giant nodded.

“If I had some chains,” the deputy continued, “you could show us how strong you really are. But all I’ve got is a set of handcuffs. Why don’t you see just how quickly you can break out of them?”

Once in the cuffs, the man puffed, pulled and jerked for four minutes. “I can’t get out of these,” the giant growled.

“Are you sure?” the deputy asked. The fellow tried again. “Nope,” he replied. “I can’t do it.”

“In that case,” said the deputy, “you’re under arrest.”


The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.


A widower who never paid any attention to his wife while she was alive now found himself missing her desperately. He went to a psychic to see if he could contact his late wife.

The psychic went into a trance. A strange breeze wafted through the darkened room, and suddenly, the man heard the unmistakable voice of his dearly departed wife.

“Honey!” he cried. “Is that you?”

“Yes, my husband.”

“Are you happy?”

“Yes, my husband.”

“Happier than you were with me?”

“Yes, my husband…much happier ! ”

“Then Heaven must be an amazing place!”

“I’m not in Heaven, dear.”


Behave as if you were in heaven, where there are no 3rd class carriages, and one soul is as good as another

George Bernard Shaw


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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