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November 9, 2018


The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others.


Listening to the political rhetoric these days and so much angry discourse I wonder if our society is succumbing to the siren song of dislike and even hate. All I know is that is not a place I want to be.

I like almost everyone I meet and never view them as a potential enemy or someone who has to earn my trust. I am free to do what I can to contribute to their wellbeing. I find it is really not that hard. Just a sincere interest in them coupled with simple civility is all it takes.

I find that acts of kindness are always appreciated and create a positive impact on those who make it a practice to be kind. Here are some simple ways we can all be kind.

We All Have Opportunities

Do you have opportunities to give small acts of kindness? Some people might think that they do not have a chance to show another person a small measure of kindness but these opportunities are everywhere you go through the day. For example, if you ride on a bus, have you ever said good morning to the bus driver or do you just ignore him or her and proceed to your seat? A simple good morning or good afternoon tells the person that you acknowledge them and it is even an acknowledgement that can help to brighten a day.

If you drive a car anywhere, do you let someone enter into to traffic or do you just keep driving inching along and ignoring the other driver? Stop and wave the other driver into traffic ahead of you is a small gesture of kindness that may influence this driver to do the same for someone else later.

When you go to the supermarket or grocery store, do you hold the door open for a young woman pushing her baby in a stroller or do you just dart ahead through the door without stopping?

When you are at work, do you say good morning to your colleagues or do you just go about your business without acknowledging their presence?

Or, how about those people you meet on the street that ask for money or who are peddling various goods? Do you ignore them, or give them no acknowledgement that they are also human and have feelings?


The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

– Oscar Wilde


He said that you can tell it’s her if:

When asked, “Is something bothering you?” she replies “no” then gets mad when she is believed.

She becomes attracted to someone because he is outgoing and loves parties, starts dating him, and immediately expects him to stop this behavior.

She always takes an hour longer than promised to prepare for the evening.

She always hides very important events in very unimportant terms so she can have something to be upset about when her boyfriend declines because he has pressing business, i.e. She says “It’s no big deal, but I was wondering if you would like to visit my parents with me if you are not busy this weekend.” when she means “It means a great deal to me for you to see my family with me this weekend whether or not it is possible!”


Completion of any task within the allocated time and budget does not bring credit upon the performance — it merely proves that the task was easier than expected.


A traveler stopped to observe the curious behavior of a farmer who was plowing his field. The single mule hitched to the plow was wearing blinders, and the farmer was yelling, ‘Giddyap, Pete! Giddyap, Herb! Giddyap, Ol’ Bill! Giddyap, Jeb!’

After watching the farmer carry on like this for a while, the traveler asked, ‘Say, mister, how many names does that mule have?’

‘Just one, his name is Pete.’

‘Then why do you call out Herb and Bill and Pete, and Jeb?’

‘It’s like this,’ explained the farmer. ‘If Ol’ Pete knew he was doing all this work alone, I couldn’t make him do it. But if he thinks he’s got three other mules workin’ alongside of him, he does the whole job all by himself.’

‘What a marvelous idea!’ exclaimed the traveler. And when he got back to his corporate office in New York, he invented the committee.


A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern.


‘I have good news and bad news,’ a defense attorney told his client. ‘First the bad news: The blood test came back, and your DNA is an exact match with the sample found on the victim’s dress.’

‘Oh, no – I’m ruined!’ cried the client. ‘What’s the good news?’

‘Your cholesterol is down to 140!’


A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.


Weiss is standing over a gravestone and he’s crying and saying, ‘If only you had lived, if only you had lived.’

A gravedigger comes up to him and says, ‘You’re wife’s in there?’

He says, ‘No, my wife’s first husband.’


Whatever you do, do with kindness.

Whatever you say, say with kindness.

Wherever you go, radiate kindness.

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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