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Words Matter

Ray’s Daily

October 6, 2017


“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

My wife’s recovery has had a minor setback, she has an infection that has taken her down. The hospital yesterday put her on medications that will restore her and put her back on the recovery path. She is home cheering me on, I just wish I could do more for her.

I am running behind today do we will again dip into the archives.

Ray’s Daily first published on October 6, 2006

The other day I mentioned speech and its dilution through the filters of today’s various communications mediums. Even with all the changes in how we communicate words still have the capacity to trigger images and emotions. Here are words that I wish we used more often.

Esteem: to value somebody or something highly

Consideration: thoughtful concern for or sensitivity toward the feelings of others

Thoughtfulness: treating people in a kind and considerate way, especially by anticipating their wants or needs an act that shows consideration and caring the practice of being or the capability to be sympathetic and compassionate.

Compassion: sympathy for the suffering of others, often including a desire to help

Humanity: the qualities or characteristics considered as a whole to be typical of human beings kindness or compassion for others.

Empathy: the ability to identify with and understand another person’s feelings or difficulties

Respect: a feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something consideration or thoughtfulness.

Humility: the quality of being modest or respectful.

Civility: the formal politeness that results from observing social conventions something said or done in a formally polite way.

Courtesy: politeness that shows consideration for other people or good manners.

Gracious: full of tact, kindness, and politeness.

Cordial: friendly and affectionate.

Just think what the world would be like if we could turn these words into universal behaviors.


“Words are the voice of the heart”



A psychology student was to help a professor in conducting a personality test. The room was set up with various props in order to move through the assessment quickly. The first person to enter the room started through the test.

“How does this glass of water look to you?” Person 1: It is half empty Student writes ‘pessimist’ in his report.

Person 2 enters the room. “How does this glass of water look to you?” Person 2: It is half full. Student writes ‘optimist’ in his report

Person 3 enters the room. “How does this glass of water look to you?” Person 3: Looks like you have twice as much glass as you need there. The student looks totally blank and goes to consult with the professor. “Oh them!” the professor says, “I forgot to warn you about the engineers! They have no personality.”


Some things that cost $5 to buy several years ago now costs $10 just to repair.


He said: I was a new Army basic trainee at Fort McClellan, and one requirement was a demanding 12-mile march. We got started at 6 a.m. and were pumped up for the trek. An hour later, feeling the heavy load of our packs, we wondered if the end would ever come. “Men,” our sergeant yelled, “you’re doing a fine job. We’ve already covered four miles!”

Revitalized, we picked up the pace. “And,” he continued, “we should reach the starting point any minute now.”


The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

Robert Frost


Back in my day!

Back in the 1970s we didn’t have the space shuttle to get all excited about.  We had to settle for men walking on the crummy moon.

In my day, we didn’t have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated.

In my day, we didn’t have water.  We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Kids today think the world revolves around them. In my day, the sun revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the back of a giant tortoise.

In my day, we didn’t have virtual computer reality. If a one-eyed, razorback barbarian warrior was chasing you with an ax, you just had to hope you could outrun him.


Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you’re saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


How Did Your Mom and Dad Meet?

“They were at a dance party at a friend’s house. Then they went for a drive, but their car broke down…It was a good thing, because it gave them a chance to find out about their values.” -Lottie, nine years old

“My father was doing some strange chores for my mother. They won’t tell me what kind.” -Jeremy, eight years old

What Do Most People Do on a Date?

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” -Martin, ten years old

“Many daters just eat pork chops and French fries and talk about love.” -Craig, nine years old


A married couple were having a disagreement while sitting in bed. The wife said to her husband, “You’re impossible.” To which the husband replied, “No. I’m next to impossible.”


Morris Epstein was taking an oral examination, applying for his US citizenship papers.

He was asked to spell “cultivate”. He spelled it correctly. He was then asked to use the word in a sentence. He looked up, smiled up and said, “Last vinter on a very cold day I vas vaiting for a bus. But it vas too cultivate, so I took de subway home.”


Every teen-ager should get a high school education — even if they already know everything.


Tech Support: “What does the screen say now”?

Person: “It says, ‘Hit ENTER when ready.'”

Tech Support: “Well”?

Person: “How do I know when it’s ready”?


Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Saint Francis


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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