Ray's musings and humor

Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.

African Proverb


Being up late last night and very early this morning has dulled my senses so I am going to send you the Daily from ten years ago today.

Ray’s Daily first published on 10-10-2006

Yesterday I said that I thought society can benefit from the wisdom of seniors. I still think that is true at least in some cases. My problem is conventional wisdom. What makes wisdom conventional; it is not necessarily because it’s true, but rather because so many people accept it as true. In this day and age I worry that wisdom becomes conventional more by how it is sold than by its ability to stand the test of verification. Too many fall into the trap of believing that if everyone says it then it must be true, others are trapped by believing that whatever they read or see on television must be true otherwise they couldn’t say it.

The more I thought about wisdom the more I realized that what we need is more unconventional wisdom. If you think about it almost all that is great has come from unconventional thinkers, Socrates, Buddha, Christ, Copernicus, Einstein, and thousands more were people who rose above conventional wisdom. If everyone is running in one direction and we follow there is no chance that we are ever going to see what is in a different direction.

It is we seniors who are the freest to rise above conventional wisdom. Our jobs are not at stake, we don’t have anyone to impress but ourselves, and we have the time to learn and think if we chose to. Unfortunately too many of us feel we have learned it all, we have shut down our minds and put them on permanent vacation. We rationalize our dropping out by accepting that old adage, “you can’t teach old dog’s new tricks”. Boy is that untrue, just look at the Noble Prize winners, some of the greatest thinkers and statesmen of our time have been older than we are now. What would the world have been like if they had shut down and just gone with the flow and followed those whose journey was one of following conventional wisdom.

We don’t have to listen to those who say “We have always done it this way,” or “We tried that once and it didn’t work.” I would much rather spend my time with those that say “Sure, why not,” than those that tell me why not. So come on one and all lets go the other way once in awhile, for if the world ever needed unconventional wisdom they need it now.


“If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind.”

John Stuart Mill


A friend of mine was in the hospital awaiting the arrival of her first child. When I telephoned the hospital to see if the baby had arrived, the nurse said it had. I asked if it was a boy or girl and was told that it was against hospital policy to give this information over the phone. “Fine,” I said. “I can understand that. But can you tell me what she didn’t have?” “It wasn’t a boy,” came the reply.


“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

Arthur Schopenhauer


Jack needed to get some trees cut down on his ranch property out in Durango. He had an injury to his shoulder so he had to hire a someone for the job. One of the college students answered his ad and after the guy claimed that he knew his way around a ranch, Jack gave him the work and money to go into town and get a new saw with instructions to get the wood cut before winter set in. The hired hand goes to a dealer’s shop and asks about various makes and models of 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 lad takes the advice an the chainsaw back to the ranch and begins working on the trees. After cutting for several hours and cutting only two cords, he decides to quit. He’s convinced there is something wrong with the chainsaw. “How can I cut for hours and only cut two cords?” the guy asks himself. He tells Jack, “I will begin first thing in the morning and cut all day.”

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 guy is convinced he’s bought a bad saw and tells Jack he is going to return it to the dealer. He complains to the dealer, “You told me it would cut one hundred cords of wood in a day, without a problem.” The dealer, baffled by the man’s claim, removes the chainsaw from the case, an says, “Hmm, it looks OK ?.” Then the dealer starts the chainsaw, and the man jumps, and exclaims, “What the hell was that noise?”


Millions who long for immortality don’t know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


A wealthy, local businessman, noted for his frugal financial habits choked on a fish bone at our seafood restaurant on Fisherman’s Pier. He was fortunate that one of the town’s doctors was enjoying a quick lunch with a voluptuous nurse at a nearby table. Springing unsolicited into action at the first sound of trouble, the doctor skillfully removed the bone and saved the guy’s life. When the businessman had calmed himself and could talk again, he thanked the surgeon enthusiastically and offered to pay him for his services.

“Just name the fee,” he croaked gratefully.

“Okay,” the doc smiled, and continued, “How about half of what you would have offered when the bone was still stuck in your throat?


Wear sleeveless shirts! Support your right to bare arms!


“Great TIPS”

  • Before attempting to remove stubborn stains from a garment always circle the stain in permanent pen so that when you remove the garment from the washing machine you can easily locate the area of the stain and check that it has gone.
  • High blood pressure sufferers. Simply cut yourself and bleed for a while, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
  • Olympic athletes. Conceal the fact that you have taken performance enhancing drugs by simply running a little slower and letting someone else win.
  • X File fans. Create the effect of being abducted be aliens by drinking two bottles of vodka. You’ll invariably wake up in a strange place the following morning, having had your memory mysteriously ‘erased’.
  • Tape a chocolate bar to the outside of your microwave. If the chocolate melts you will know that the microwaves are escaping and it is time to have he oven serviced.
  • A mouse trap, placed on top on of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep.


Just One

One song can spark a moment,

One flower can wake the dream.

One tree can start a forest,

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,

One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,

One sunbeam lights a room

One candle wipes out darkness,

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,

One heart can know what’s true,

One life can make a difference,

You see, it’s up to you!


By Author Unknown


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.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to 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.


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