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I miss civility

Ray’s Daily

April 5, 2018


Arrogance invites ruin; humility receives benefits.

Chinese Proverb


I do know that the old days were both good and bad. We were not as affluent, poverty and intolerance existed resulting in the inhumane treatment of too many based on their color our ethnicity. I worry that some of those same kinds of prejudices are creeping back.

The thing I regret most is today’s lack of civility and humility in the national discourse. It seems like arrogance and ill will are viewed as a virtue for those who have little respect for others. I just hope that the national venom does not infect our children, they deserve better.

The King’s Humility

One day a sage came to a King for an interview. The sage had to wait for a long time because the King was very busy. Finally, the King said he could come in.

When the sage entered the hall, the first thing he did was to take off his hat and bow to the King. Immediately the King took off his crown and bowed to the sage. The ministers and others who were around the King asked, “What are you doing? He took off his hat because he is an ordinary man. But you are the King. Why should you have to take off your crown?”

The King said to his ministers, “You fools, do you think I wish to remain inferior to an ordinary man? He is humble and modest. His humility is a peerless virtue’. He showed his respect to me. If I did not take off my crown, then I would be showing less humility than an ordinary man, and I would be defeated by him. If I am the King, I should be better than everybody in everything. That is why I took off my crown and bowed to him!”

by Sri Chinmoy


It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry S. Truman


A Nun asked her class to write notes to God. Here are some they handed in.

Dear God: I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool.

Dear God:If you watch me in church on Sunday, I’ll show you my new shoes.

Dear God:I bet it is very hard to love everyone in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I’m having a hard time loving all of them.

Dear God: In school they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation?

Dear God: Is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear God: Did you mean for the Giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?

Dear God: I went to this wedding and they kissed right in the church. Is that OK?

Dear God: Did you really mean “do unto others as they do unto you’? Because if you did, then I’m going to get my brother good.

Dear God: You don’t have to worry about me; I always look both ways.

Dear God: We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said you did it. So, I bet he stole your idea.


Another road sign from out of the past.





 *** Burma  Shave***


The first mate on a ship decided to celebrate an occasion with a “little” stowed away rum. Unfortunately he got drunk and was still drunk the next morning. The captain saw him drunk and when the first mate was sober, showed him the following entry in the ship’s log: “The first mate was drunk today.” “Captain please don’t let that stay in the log”, the mate said. “This could add months or years to my becoming a captain myself.” “Is it true?” asked the captain, already knowing the answer.

“Yes, its true” the mate said. “Then if it is true it has to go in the log. That’s the rule. If its true it goes into the log, end of discussion” said the captain sternly.

Weeks later, it was the first mate’s turn to make the log entries. The first mate wrote: “The ship seems in good shape. The captain was sober today.”


The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.


A nun was driving home to the convent from her daily rounds at the local hospital when her car ran out of gas.  The only container she had was a large bedpan. She toted it over to the nearest gas station and had it filled with gas.  Arriving back, she began to dispense it into the gas tank of her car.

Two priests driving by saw what the nun was doing, and the older priest said to the younger seminarian, “Now, Father, that’s absolute faith in the Lord for you!”


It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice.


She said, I have five siblings, three sisters and two brothers. One night I was chatting with my Mom about how she had changed as a mother from the first child to the last. She told me she had mellowed a lot over the years:

“When your oldest sister coughed or sneezed, I called the ambulance. When your youngest brother swallowed a dime, I just told him it was coming out of his allowance.”


Happiness is contagious. Get infected and spread it around!


The two young boys were discussing their ailments together in the children’s ward.

“Are you medical or surgical?” asked the first, who had been in the ward for a week.

“I don’t know what you mean,” replied the second.

“It’s simple,” replied the first.  “Were you sick when you came in here? Or did they make you sick when you got here?”


HE SAID : Since we met, I can’t eat or drink…

SHE SAID: Why not?

HE SAID : I’m broke.


“It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”

Roy T. Bennett


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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