Ray's musings and humor

Trust is the Key


Ray’s Daily

October 24, 2018


A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust.

Beau Mirchoff


I think one of the most important things in all of life’s aspects is how well you are able to be appreciated by others. I know that unless folks trust you you will miss the good things that come from friendships and supportive colleagues. Think about the people you respect and I think you will find that they have integrity and are trustworthy.

As my wife and I participate in our new community we are building new friendships. Those friendships are built on our being friendly, honest and again trustworthy,

Recently Jon Gordon wrote an article about building trust that is right on, here is what he wrote:


  1. Say what you are going to do and then do what you say!
  2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Frequent, honest communication builds trust. Poor communication is one of the key reasons marriages and work relationships fall apart.
  3. Trust is built one day, one interaction at a time, and yet it can be lost in a moment because of one poor decision. Make the right decision.
  4. Value long term relationships more than short term success.
  5. Sell without selling out. Focus more on your core principles and customer loyalty than short term commissions and profits.
  6. Trust generates commitment; commitment fosters teamwork; and teamwork delivers results. When people trust their team members they not only work harder, but they work harder for the good of the team.
  7. Be honest! My mother always told me to tell the truth. She would say, “If you lie to me then we can’t be a strong family. So don’t ever lie to me even if the news isn’t good.”
  8. Become a coach. Coach your customers. Coach your team at work. Guide people, help them be better and you will earn their trust.
  9. Show people you care about them. When people know you care about their interests as much as your own they will trust you. If they know you are out for yourself, their internal alarm sounds and they will say to themselves “watch out for that person.”
  10. Always do the right thing. We trust those who live, walk and work with integrity.
  11. When you don’t do the right thing, admit it. Be transparent, authentic and willing to share your mistakes and faults. When you are vulnerable and have nothing to hide you radiate trust.


Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.

Mona Sutphen


Jimmy Jr. came home with great excitement, saying, “Dad! Dad! Coming back from the mall, I ran home behind the bus all the way and saved the eighty-five cent fare.”

Jimmy Sr. chided him, and shouted, “Spendthrift! Why didn’t you run behind a cab and save $5.00?”


I dreamt I was asleep, I woke up and I was still sleeping.


A famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and he does a double take. He knows that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable, so he walks casually over to the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars.

The storeowner replies, “I’m sorry, but the cat isn’t for sale.”

The collector says, “Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I’ll pay you twenty dollars for that cat.”

The owner says, “Sold,” and hands over the cat.

The collector continues, “Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat’s used to it and it’ll save me from having to get a dish.”

The owner says, “Sorry buddy, but that’s my lucky saucer. So far this week I’ve sold sixty-eight cats.”


“When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.”

Otto von Bismarck


Darryl was hired to paint the yellow stripes on a highway. The first day, he painted ten miles of road. The second day, he only painted five. His boss, seeing how he was getting slower, decided to give him a day off, thinking that he needed a rest.

When he came back the next day, he only painted 1/2 mile of road.

His now discouraged boss asked, “Excuse me, but why have you been painting less and less each day, even after I gave you a day off?”

“Simple,” Darryl answered. “I keep getting farther away from the paint can!”


If thine enemy offendeth thee, give his child a drum.


The kid was with Santa Claus.  “I wanna have a train, a six-gun, an erector set, a chemistry set, a cowboy suit, a bicycle, a scooter, a catcher’s mitt, a set of soldiers, a toy garage with cars and trucks and a heavy crane–”

“Okay,” laughed Santa.  “I’ll look in the book and see if you were a good boy.”

“Never mind looking in the book.  I’ll settle for a pair of roller skates.”


All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.


Ken is somewhat of an intellectual as you can tell from the following that he sent us:

The owner of a golf course in Texas was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.

He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from the University of Texas and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

The secretary thought a moment, then replied, “Everything but my earrings.”


“Trust is involved in all the basic elements of a healthy relationship: namely, love (respect and consideration for another person), communication, commitment and honesty.”

Harold Duarte-Bernhardt


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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