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Don’t stop serving

Ray’s Daily

March 1, 2018


Be alert to give service — what counts most in life is what we do for others.


For many years my Kiwanis activities have been a major part of my life. First at the club level and then on the International staff. For some time now I have been totally inactive due in part to my health issues and my wife’s needs, As I have recovered I had hoped to again be an active participant in my clubs activities. But it looks like my wife’s needs won’t allow that to happen. She can no longer drive and her doctors have stressed the importance of her exercising daily and I have been taking her to walk with her friends early in the day.

I also do what I can to make her days go well, making sure she takes all her medications and eats adequately. In effect she has provided me the opportunity to help her in the same way Kiwanis allowed me to help others. While I miss seeing my friends each week I enjoy her sharing hers with me.

I just read the following article and reminded me that Kiwanis International serves others with the same spirit Gandhi served others.

8 Positive Life Lessons from Gandhi

1} Revenge and violence are never productive nor healing. Forgiveness is the one way to heal yourself and the world.

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

2} When your mind, heart and soul are in harmony, that is a surefire way to happiness.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3} When you feel like your purpose in this world seems unclear, immerse yourself in serving others. You will find yourself and your purpose in acts of pure selflessness.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

4} An indomitable will in your purpose and goal is where your true strength is.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

5} When you consciously think positively everything in your life follows suit. You are the product of every thought your mind focuses on.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

6} Make everyday you have count for something. Make it special. Live & Learn like your life depends on it. Learning is a life long process.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

7} No matter how small or big, take up a cause and give it your all. There is no better way to leave your mark in the world than with the good you did.

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

8} Make every heart and every soul you encounter happy. Show other grieving souls kindness and love so that they too may happily live.

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.

Jackson Brown, Jr.


Sarah: I’ve been asked to get married hundreds of times.

Miriam: (surprised)? Really?!? By whom?

Sarah: My parents.


“One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.”

Nancy Astor


She said: When our son was four months old, I caught sight of my husband in another room, holding the baby on his lap, talking to him and pointing. I was touched by this father-son bonding and went into the room to eavesdrop.

“Football,” my husband said slowly, pointing to the television. “This is football.”


The real reason you can’t take it with you is that it goes before you do.


Today’s American English Lesson

Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.

Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney \buh-lo’-nee\: Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette \burn’-a-det\: The act of torching a mortgage.

Burglarize \bur’-gler-ize\: What a crook sees with.

Control \kon-trol’\: A short, ugly inmate.

Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers\: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Eclipse \i-klips’\: what an English barber does for a living.

Eyedropper \i’-drop-ur\: a clumsy ophthalmologist.

Heroes \hee’-rhos\: what a guy in a boat does.

Left Bank \left’ bangk’\: what the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

Misty \mis’-tee\: How some golfers create divots.

Paradox \par’-uh-doks\: two physicians.

Parasites \par’-uh-sites\: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pharmacist \farm’-uh-sist\: a helper on the farm!

Polarize \po’-lur-ize\: what penguins see with.

Primate \pri’-mat\: removing your spouse from in front of the TV.

Relief \ree-leef’\: what trees do in the spring.

Rubberneck \rub’-er-nek\: what you do to relax your wife.

Seamstress \seem’-stres\: describes 250 pounds in a size six.

Selfish \sel’-fish\: what the owner of a seafood store does.

Subdued \sub-dood’\: like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man.

Sudafed \sood’-a-fed\: bringing litigation against a government.


Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.


At his 103rd birthday party, my grandfather was asked if he planned to be around for his 104th.

“I certainly do,” he replied. “Statistics show that very few people die between the ages of 103 and 104.”


Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.


A woman went into a bank to get a check cashed, but she didn’t have an account with them. When the teller asked for some identification, the woman showed her several charge cards, her social security card and a current library card. The teller told her they needed a driver’s license, but the woman said she didn’t have one.

“Don’t you have anything with your picture on it?” the teller asked, politely.

“Oh, sure,” she said, as she flipped to a family photo in her wallet. Pointing to the people in the picture she says proudly, “See right here….that’s me in the back row.”


I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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