Ray's musings and humor

Run your own race

Be yourself, but always your better self.

Karl G. Maeser

! 00000 appreciate-others

I think one of the great secrets of a happy life is to appreciate the success of others. I use to tell folks when I lectured on management that I knew the secret of success and that was to work to make everyone above you, around you and below you a success. My experience was that whenever you focused your efforts on yourself you lost sight of the fact our successes come from others.

The people I know who I highly regard are those who do not work for accolades but to do the best they can even if others get the recognition. I have often been pleased that even though something I had done made a difference and was unrecognized, I knew and that was enough.

So many of you achieve so much and I enjoy just being able to know you and cheer for all the good things you do. To many of us think that making sure the other guy loses is the secret of winning, when the secret really is to just do the best you can.

Here is a story I like, I hope you do too.

Run your Own RACE and wish others WELL!!!

I was cycling and noticed a person in front of me, about 1/4 of Km. I could tell he was cycling a little slower than me and I decided to try to catch him. I had about a km to go on the road before turning off.

So I started cycling faster and faster and every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 yards behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was cycling in the last leg of London Olympic triathlon.

Finally,I caught up with him and passed him by. On the inside I felt so good. “I beat him” of course, but he didn’t even know we were racing.

After I passed him, I realized that I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn, had gone nearly six blocks past it and had to turn around and go all back.

Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our destinies.

Moral : The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc.

Take what Life has given you, the height, weight & personality. Dress well & wear it proudly! You’ll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There’s no competition in DESTINY.


Be yourself. You’re okay. And it really doesn’t matter what other people think.

Taylor Schilling


A picky customer comes to a small food shop and sees a new delivery of fresh fruit.

“Give me two kilograms of oranges and wrap every orange up in a separate piece of paper, please,” he says to the saleswoman.

She does.

“And three kilograms of cherries, please, and wrap up every one in a separate piece of paper, too.”

She does.

“And what is that there,” he asks pointing out a bushel in the corner.

“Raisins,” says the saleswoman, “but…     ah…. er… they’re not for sale!”


I’m really glad the guy who invented the Ray Gun was named Ray. Being shot with a Fred gun just wouldn’t sound as cool..

Bob Neanover


Two Wal-Mart greeters were sitting on bench during break.

One turns to the other asking, “Slim, I’m 73 years old and I’m just full of aches and pains, I know you are about my age, How do you feel?

Slim says, “I feel just like a new born babe.”

Rather amazed his co-worker repeats his statement in the form of a question, “Really? A new born babe???”

“Yup”, grins Slim, “No teeth, No hair and I think I just wet my pants.”


Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.


She said:

No matter how hard my mom tries, every plant or flower she has attempted to grow seems to wither and die an untimely death under her care. But she never gives up hope.

While she was visiting home recently, my sister nudged me and pointed to a row of new plants placed by the kitchen window.

“Look,” she whispered…. as we both giggled…                  “death row.”


If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.

Jonathan Winters


Fresh out of high school, I found a job cleaning the elegant home of an older couple.  Among other duties, I had to dust their many imported carvings and petrified collectibles as well as pick up after their pets.

One day I was astonished to find two ivory fossils lying on the floor beside the bookcase.  I quickly picked them up and put them back on the shelf.  The next week the same thing happened.

That afternoon my employer came into the parlor, her faithful canine behind her.  Looking around, she eyed the bookcase.

“Tippy,” she asked the dog, “how do your bones keep getting up there?”


Woman on cell phone in mall parking lot: “Hello, Psychic Hotline?  Can you tell me where I parked my car?”


A sixth grade class is doing some spelling drills. The teacher asks Tommy if he can spell “before”.

He stands up and says, “Before, B-E-P-H-O-R.”

The teacher says, “No, that’s wrong. Can anyone else spell before?”

Another little boy stands up and says, “Before, B-E-F-O-O-R.”

Again the teacher says, “No, that’s wrong.” The teacher asks, “Johnny, can you spell ‘before’?”

Johnny stands up and says, “Before, B-E-F-O-R-E.”

“Excellent Johnny, now can you use it in a sentence?”

Little Johnny says, “That’s easy. Two plus two be fore.”


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”

Lao Tzu


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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