Ray's musings and humor

I have more than enough

Ray’s Daily

April 23, 2018


Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius

too Much

A couple of days ago my oldest daughter visited and made a dent in my closet’s over stuffed rack of clothes. There were shirts, pants and more that we selected to give to charity. Some of what we selected I had even forgotten I had, others were seldom if ever worn any longer.

As we decided what to send I found myself torn for I liked almost all of it. It then reminded me that I did not need so much. What was left was more than enough. If I had been wiser I never would of accumulated so much in the first place. When we limit what we have to what we need life is simpler and happier.


by: Bill Greer

A Long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered. Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible. Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying. Then he asked himself, “Why did I pushed myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself.”

 The above story is similar with the journey of our Life. We push very hard everyday to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love to do. One day when we look back, we will realize that we don’t really need that much, but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.

 Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

 Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time. You have to ecide how you want to balance your Life. Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence. So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature. Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life for granted. Live a balance lifestyle and enjoy Life!


You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West



The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in Sunday School quizzes by children between 5th- and 6th-grade ages in Ohio. They were collected by two teachers over a period of three years.

  • Ancient Egypt was old.  It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert.  The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
  • The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn’t have history.  The Greeks also had myths.  A myth is a young female moth.
  • Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don’t really understand. The English and French still have problems.
  • Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen.”! As a queen she was a success.  When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah!” and that was the end of the fighting for a long while.
  • Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men.
  • Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes.  He wrote Donkey Hote.  The next great author was John Milton.  Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it.
  • Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Precedent. Lincoln’s Mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands… Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation.
  • Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present.  Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel.  Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English.  He was very large.
  • The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions.  People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine.  The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
  • Madman Curie discovered radio.  She was the first woman to do what she did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn’t get to find radios because they were already taken.
  • Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers.  The other three were in the movies.  Karl made speeches and started revolutions.  Someone in the family had to have a job, I guess.”


I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

“McDonald’s has lowered the calories in their fries from 610 calories to 540 calories. They’re worried about promoting obesity. So they lowered from 610 to 540 calories. That’s like decreasing the power in the electric chair by 10 volts.”

David Letterman


He said: When my sister got married, she asked to wear my mother’s wedding dress. The day she tried it on for the first time I was sitting with Mother in the living room as Andrea descended the stairs. The gown was a perfect fit on her petite frame. Mother’s eyes welled with tears. I put my arm around her.

“You’re not losing a daughter,” I reminded her in time-honored fashion. “You’re gaining a son.”
“Oh, forget about that!” she said with a sob. “I used to fit into that dress!”


If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

Mary Engelbreit


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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