Ray's musings and humor

Appreciate what you have

If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.

Cavett Robert


I think it was actress Betty Davis who said something like getting old is not for sissies. I understand what she meant. It becomes harder to get from here to there, driving is more of a challenge then it once was and many skills are not as sharp as they were in the past. Some of my friends bemoan the fact that they are no longer as robust as they once were instead of appreciating their long life.

I know in my case I have not found it easy to withdraw from some of my past activities but I am grateful that I can still choose to do what I can do. It is always worthwhile no matter your age to take stock of what you do have without regretting too much what you don’t have. If you need a boost just read this piece written by Marc Chernoff and focus on your good fortune.

19 Signs you’re doing better than You Think

Even in uncertain times, it’s always important to keep things in perspective.

1.You are alive.

2.You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.

3.You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.

4.You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.

5.You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.

6.You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.

7.You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.

8.You had a choice of what clothes to wear.

9.You haven’t feared for your life today.

10.You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.

11.You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.

12.You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.

13.You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.

14.You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.

15.You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’

16.You have access to clean drinking water.

17.You have access to medical care.

18.You have access to the Internet.

19.You can read.

The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world.  So remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.


I may not overcome the inevitable, but O, it is mine to see that the inevitable does not overcome me.

Muriel Strode Lieberman


Morris, an 82-year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Morris replied, “Just doing what you said, Doctor, ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'”

The doctor said, “I didn’t say that. I said you got a heart mummer and be careful.”


Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.


An 80-year-old man went to the doctor for a checkup and the doctor was amazed at what good shape the guy was in. The doctor asked, “To what do you attribute your good health?”

The old-timer said, “I’m a golfer and that’s why I’m in such good shape. I’m up well before daylight and out golfing up and down the fairways.”

The doctor said, “Well, I’m sure that helps, but there’s got to be more to it. How old was your dad when he died?”

The old-timer said, “Who said my dad’s dead?”

The doctor said, “You mean you’re 80 years old and your dad’s still alive? How old is he?”

The old timer said, “He’s 100 years old and, in fact, he golfed with me this morning, and that’s why he’s still alive … he’s a golfer.”

The doctor said, “Well, that’s great, but I’m sure there’s more to it. How about your dad’s dad? How old was he when he died?”

The old timer said, “Who said my grandpa’s dead?”

The doctor said, “You mean you’re 80 years old and your grandfather’s still living! How old is he?”

The old timer said, “He’s 118 years old.”

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, “I guess he went golfing with you this morning too?”

The old-timer said, “No…Grandpa couldn’t go this morning because he got married.”

The Doctor said in amazement, “Got married!! Why would a 118-year-old guy want to get married?”

The old-timer said, “Who said he wanted to?”


When you open a bag of cotton balls, is the top one meant to be thrown away?


When I went to lunch today, I noticed an old man sitting on a park bench sobbing his eyes out. I stopped and asked him what was wrong. He said, “I have a 22 year old wife at home. She makes love to me every morning and then gets up and makes me pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit and freshly ground coffee.”

I said, “Well, then why are you crying?”

He said, “She makes me homemade soup for lunch and my favorite brownies and then makes love to me for half the afternoon.”

I said, “Well, why are you crying?”

He said, “For dinner she makes me a gourmet meal with wine and my favorite dessert and then makes love to me until 2:00 a.m.”

I said, “Well, why in the world would you be crying?”

He said, “I can’t remember where I live!”


Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.


Two elderly gentlemen are playing cards on Saturday evening just as they have done for the past 50 years.

Gus, the elder, had been having problems remembering what cards were what, and usually needed help from his wife. At the end of the card game Red said to Gus, “You did very good tonight. You didn’t need any help at all. Why is that?”

Gus replied, “Why, ever since my wife sent me to that memory school, I haven’t had any problems at all.”

“Memory school? What memory school?”

Gus thought for a moment, “Oh, what’s that flower that’s red with thorns? A really pretty flower”

“A rose?” asked Red.

“Yeah, that’s it!” Gus turned to his wife and mumbled, “Hey, Rose! What’s the name of that memory school you sent me to?”


He who laughs last thinks slowest


An elderly couple was watching television one evening. The wife said, “I am going to get a dish of ice cream now.” Kindly, the husband offered to get the ice cream for his wife. “I’ll write it down so you don’t forget,” she said.

“I won’t forget,” the old gent said. “But, I want chocolate syrup and nuts on it. So, I’ll write it down,” she replied.

“I will get you the ice cream. Don’t you worry,” replied the gentleman.

A few minutes later, the old man returned with bacon and eggs. His wife said, “See, I should have written it down because you forgot the toast.”


True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau


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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