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Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.”

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I am somewhat disappointed that my Kiwanis International Convention plan has not worked the way I wanted it to. While I knew I did not have the stamina to participate in many of the activities, especially the night time events, I did think I could handle being there all day yesterday but I was wrong.

My primary goal was to say hello to a number of the Internationals leaders who I had worked with over the years as this would be my last chance to see them. By the time I parked yesterday morning and walked to the convention centers main hall I was already worn out. I did attend three short sessions in the morning and did see some of the people I had hoped to visit with, but I missed a lot more. My plan was to eat lunch and then attend some more sessions in the afternoon hoping to see some more friends and to visit with a Washington Government relations friend that was flying in later in the day.

I was totally fatigued as I worked my way to lunch and had to abort my plan for the day and drive home. When I got home I fell asleep for three hours.

I am going to try to go down again this morning early but I will not be able to stay long as I have to report to the hospital by midday for my weekly intravenous pumping of iron into my system. I will not be available any other time this week so today will be my last chance to thank the folks who have helped make the world a better place before they leave.

This all will provide me another chance to demonstrate my ability to handle disappointment. I will have seen some I wanted to see, the world won’t end and life will go on. One of the lessons I have learned in recent years is that things often don’t go the way we want them to, but we can pick ourselves up and go on. This I will do again and I can always revisit the memories of times with my friends so they will always remain appreciated in my mind.


Friends will

Come and friends

Will go.


The seasons

Change and it

Will show.


I will age and so will



But our

Friendship stays

Strong and true.


The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Robert Kiyosaki


After the christening of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.  His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”


You’re getting old when getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.


A reporter was interviewing Jack Nicklaus. He said, “Jack, you are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What is your secret?”

To which Jack replied, “The holes are numbered!”


Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.


Sadie and Yetta, two widows, are talking:

Sadie: “That nice Morris Finkleman asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer.”

Yetta: “Vell…. I’ll tell you. He shows up at my apartment punctual like a clock. And like such a mensch he is dressed. Fine suit, wonderful lining. And he brings me such beautiful flowers you could die from. Then he takes me downstairs, and what’s there but such a beautiful car…..a limousine even, uniformed chauffeur and all.

Then he takes me out for a dinner…Marvelous dinner. Lobster even. Then we go see a show….let me tell you Sadie, I enjoyed it so much I could just die from pleasure! So then we are coming back to my apartment and into an ANIMAL he turns. Completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me two times!”

Sadie: “Oy! Vey.so you are telling me I shouldn’t go out with him?”

Yetta: “No… I’m just saying, wear an old dress.”


There’s a wonder in the way we’re always free. To change the world by changing how we see.


An artist was traveling in New Hampshire in search of a scenic spot for a vacation. He stopped in a roadside store and asked a farmer about the place. “Is there any interesting scenery up your way?” he asked.

“Not much,” the farmer said. “Across the road you can see our neighbor’s barn, but beyond that you can’t see anything but mountains for 30 miles!”


I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.

Gilda Radner


One day a farmer died.  His elderly widow was always bedridden and very depressed.  Their son tried everything he could think of to cheer her up but nothing worked.   He spoke to the doctor and was told a shot of whiskey would perk her up some and should be given to her nightly. This would make it easier for her to sleep at night and should make her better humored each day that passed.

But the son knew his mother didn’t believe in liquor. So the doctor told him to put it in her food or drink. So the boy went home and put the whiskey in her milk. That night she slept like a baby and woke up feeling wonderful.  Each evening she had her shot of whiskey and milk and woke the following morning feeling more and more cheerful.

When the boy suggested one day that they sell the farm and move closer to the city, his mother said, “Son, you can do anything you want to, but DON’T SELL THAT COW!”


“If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn’t have to advertise them.”

Will Rogers


“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”

Joel Osteen


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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