Ray's musings and humor

I like your attitude

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

Wade Boggs


I am off to a Kiwanis meeting this morning where our club will showcase some of its attributes to prospective members. Years ago I realized that the benefits I received by being a member of my club was something I should offer to my friends so they could find the same enjoyment as I have for almost forty years.

My membership has provided the opportunity to spend time with folks from a wide variety of vocations many who have become lifelong friends. The speakers who have presented at the meetings have given me insight into our city that is not available to the general public and probably most important of all we have teamed up to make our community a better place to live through our service.

I am glad so many of my friends have accepted my gift of membership over the years many who have gone on to fill key club leadership positions. I think the most common trait exhibited by our members is a positive attitude.

As I was writing this today I remembered an article written years ago by a fellow member of our Indy Leadership group. I saved the article and would like to share some of the authors thoughts with you.

Attitude Rules

  • With a positive attitude, you can learn something from every experience. Even the less-than-satisfying jobs or assignments can expose you to information or resources that may very well help you later on.
  • We have two eyes, two ears and one mouth. Listen and observe more than you talk.  Carefully process things before making a decision.  Assure yourself that you know the whole story before drawing a conclusion or speaking out. 
  • Sharing control – whether it’s the whole company or just one project – requires trust and collaboration. Sometimes, it also requires patience if things don’t work out exactly as you hoped.  Don’t let mistakes or missteps paralyze you.  Even when minor setbacks occur, you are still better off when you share responsibility.
  • Success is often determined not by how you handle the good times, rather by how you navigate through rocky waters. In recent years, we have all been challenged — in our jobs and our lives – by the harsh realities of an economic downturn. 
  • My sister Jane and I decided more than 30 years ago that the world is made up of two kinds of people: the Oh No’s and the Oh Well’s.  We made a pact to live out our lives as Oh Well’s.  That simple decision has paid off for me over and over. Oh Well doesn’t mean complacency or indifference.  It represents an acceptance of the reality with a resolve to work through the situation.
  • Learn how to have the tough conversations that we all need to have…with customers or clients, with co-workers or bosses, with spouses or children, parents or friends. Being clear and direct in a timely manner is better for everyone.

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  It may sound harsh but, to me, it’s a good reminder that status quo is never healthy.  We must continue to examine ourselves and learn from others.  These are the things that breed success.

By Myra Borshoff Cook


“The next best thing to a yes is a quick no.”


Watching TV news shows I found out our highways aren’t safe, our schools aren’t safe, our parks aren’t safe but under our arms we have complete protection.


On an airplane, I overheard a flight attendent talking to an elderly couple in front of me.

Learning that it was the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary, the flight attendant congratulated them and asked how they had done it.

“It all felt like five minutes…” the gentleman said slowly. The stewardess had just begun to remark on what a sweet statement that was when he finished his sentence with a word that earned him a sharp smack on the head: “underwater.”


“Isn’t it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?”

Kelvin Throop III


Engineering classes at the University of Maryland are tough, and struggling students sometimes go to extremes in order to pass. Grading exams one semester, I got to this question: “What is the relationship between kinetic and potential energy?”

One student, obviously stumped, decided to get clever and wrote, “As far as I know, they’re just friends, but there could be something else going on there.”


Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.


The courtroom was pregnant with anxious silence as the judge solemnly considered his verdict in the paternity suit before him. Suddenly, he reached into the folds of his robe, drew out a cigar, and ceremoniously handed it to the defendant.

“Congratulations,” he said. “You have just become a father.”


“Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.”

Evan Davis


An out-of-towner driving east in Crown Heights Brooklyn pulls up his car next to a local Hassid and asks, “How far is it to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan?”

The Hassid considers it for a moment, then answers “The way you’re going, about twenty-four thousand miles.”


Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it


Although this married couple enjoyed their new fishing boat together, it was the husband who was behind the wheel operating the boat. He was concerned about what might happen in an emergency.

So, one day out on the lake, he said to his wife, “Please take the wheel, dear. Pretend that I am having a heart attack. You must get the boat safely to shore and dock it.”

So, she drove the boat to shore.

Later that evening, the wife walked into the living room where her husband was watching television. She sat down next to him, switched the TV channel and said to him, “Please go into the kitchen, dear. Pretend I’m having a heart attack and set the table, cook dinner and wash the dishes.”


Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Joseph Campbell


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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