Ray's musings and humor

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

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It has been a heck of a week so far. I did not get home from my out of town assignment until late last night. My doctors took me off of blood thinners for the first time in more than fifteen years. My wife’s car committed suicide so I am her chauffer until we can get a replacement. Tomorrow I start getting iron infusions at the hospital and they will continue weekly for the rest of the month. And this morning I am off to an meeting. Just writing that intro has worn me out so you got it, another reprint.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 11, 2004

I have often thought we sometimes are our own worst enemies. Sometimes we don’t want to risk a run at happiness because of our fear that we won’t find it. It is the old story of not wanting to fall in love because if it doesn’t work we will fail. So who do we hurt? We hurt ourselves. We can’t have peaks without valleys; life would be dull if it did not have its ups and downs. If you are like I am you bank happy memories to be brought out when needed and spend the rest of the time open to let happiness in.

These thoughts were triggered by something a friend sent to me a while ago. She said:

Have you ever felt so good that you did not want the moment to end? But eventually it did end, and cleared the way for an even better experience later.

If the good times never ended, they would cease to be so good. Without change, without growth, without challenge, life would become stale and empty.

Are you afraid to let yourself be happy because you fear that the happiness won’t last? Rather than worrying about when it will end, live it fully and then take the best of it with you.

For when you fear losing your happiness, you’ll never have it in the first place. And so you really have nothing to lose.

Yet you have everything to gain by living every happiness with richness and joy. For once you do that, the essence of that happiness is always with you, no matter what turn of events may come.

Life is always changing, and what a blessing that is.

Let the happiness flow without restraint.


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living Anotherevery minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley


A man was being proselytized by group of friends:

“Come join our study group. We want to discuss mankind’s relationship to God.”

“I’m married; I learned long ago that my opinions don’t matter.”

“But, when you die, will you go to heaven or to hell?”

“Wherever my wife tells me to.”


“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”

Dean Acheson


“Johnny,” said his teacher, “if coal is selling at $6 a ton and you pay your dealer $24, how many tons will he bring you?”

“A little over three tons, ma’am,” said Johnny promptly.

“Why, Johnny, that isn’t right,” said the teacher.

“No, ma’am, I know it ain’t,” said Johnny, “but they all do it.”


I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography.


Three blondes were applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, “So ya’ll want to be a cop, eh?” The blondes all nodded.

The detective got up, opened a file drawer and pulled out a file folder. Sitting back down, he opened it up and pulled out a picture, and said, “To be a detective, you have to be able to detect. You must be able to notice things such as distinguishing features and oddities such as scars, etc.”

So saying, he stuck the photo in the face of the first blonde and withdrew it after about 2 seconds. “Now,” he said, “Did you notice any distinguishing features about the man?”

The blonde immediately said, “Yes, I did. He has only one eye!”

The detective grabbed the photo, shook his head and said, “Of course he has only one eye in this picture! It’s a profile of his face!”

“You’re dismissed!” The first blonde hung her head and walked out of the office.

The detective then turned to the second blonde, stuck the photo in her face for 2 seconds, pulled it back and said, “What about you? Notice anything unusual or outstanding about this man?”

“Yes! He only has one ear!”

The detective put his head in his hand and exclaimed, “Didn’t you hear what I just told the other lady? This is a profile of the man’s face! Of course you can only see one ear! You’re excused, too!” The second blonde sheepishly walked out of the office.

The detective turned his attention to the third and last blonde and said, “This is probably a waste of time, but….He flashed the photo in her face for a couple of seconds and withdrew it, saying “All right. Did you notice anything distinguishing or unusual about this man?”

The blonde said, “I did. This man wears contact lenses.”

The detective frowned, took another look at the picture and began looking at some of the papers in the folder. He looked up at the blonde with a puzzled expression and said, “You’re absolutely right! His bio says he wears contacts! How in the world could you tell that by looking at this picture?”

The blonde rolled her eyes and said, “DUH ! ! ! With only one eye and one ear, he certainly can’t wear glasses!”


Father’s Day was both a joy and a worry as my kids were growing up.  I was always afraid they were going to give me a present that I couldn’t afford.


Scientists have shown that the moon is moving away at a tiny, although measurable distance from the earth every year. If you do the math, you can calculate that 85 million years ago the moon was orbiting the earth at a distance about 35 feet from the earth’s surface. This would explain the death of the dinosaurs………………..The tallest ones, anyway.


Intellect has its limits, stupidity knows no bounds.


An old man strode in to his doctors office and said, “Doc, my druggist said to tell you to change my prescription and to check the prescription you’ve been giving to Mrs. Smith.”

“Oh, he did, did he?” the doctor shot back.  “And since when does a druggist second guess a doctor’s orders?”

The old man says, “Since he found out I’ve been on birth control pills since February.”


“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

Dale Carnegie


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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