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June 4, 2019

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.

Mark Twain


It turns out that I am suffering from acute bronchitis. They have me on medications to reduce the cough while reducing my cognitive ability, so rather than writing something silly, I am again digging into the archives.

Ray’s Daily first published on June 4, 2007

I was reminiscing the other day with someone and remembered some of the many things that I have done over the years, some had title attached and some generated productive results. The truth is that more often than not having a leadership role with all the trappings resulted in more smoke than fire and was not nearly as meaningful as having a minor role in something that really made a difference. I started to wonder about the difference between being the best of the worst and being the worst of the best. As I often do I looked at what others have had to say and I stumbled across the following written by Robert Burney.

“As long as we look outside of Self – with a capital S – to find out who we are, to define ourselves and give us self-worth, we are setting ourselves up to be victims. We were taught to look outside of ourselves – to people, places, and things; to money, property, and prestige – for fulfillment and happiness.  It does not work, it is dysfunctional.  We cannot fill the hole within with anything outside of Self. You can get all the money, property, and prestige in the world, have everyone in the world adore you, but if you are not at peace within, if you don’t Love and accept yourself, none of it will work to make you Truly happy. When we look outside for self-definition and self-worth, we are giving power away and setting ourselves up to be victims.  We are trained to be victims.  We are taught to give our power away.”

If we chase title and approbation versus chasing opportunity to make a difference we are taking a path that in the end offers no real personal reward. In my case I have decided I would much rather be the worst of the best than to be the best of the worst. I may not have the stamina and leadership ability to direct a crew of people laying sandbags in a flood, but I do have the ability to pick some up and set them on the pile being built by others. Doing that is much more meaningful and personally important than chairing a series of meetings that talks about what we might do and yet never ends up doing anything.

There is not a lot of recognition for being the worst of the best, but there is an enormous amount of satisfaction in knowing that you have done something worthwhile.


Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming.

Jim Rohn


Two little kids are in a hospital, lying on gurneys next to each other outside the operating room.

The first kid leans over and asks, “What are you in here for?”

The second kid says, “I’m in here to get my tonsils out and I’m a little nervous.”

The first kid says, “You’ve got nothing to worry about. I had that done when I was four. They put you to sleep, and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream. It’s a breeze.”

The second kid then asks, “What are you here for?”

The first kid says,” A circumcision.”

The second kid says, “Whoa, Good luck buddy! I had that done when I was born. Couldn’t walk for a year.”


Keep running after a dog and he will never bite you.



  1. Can’t stick their heads out of Windows XP.
  2. Fetch command not available on all platforms.
  3. Hard to read the monitor with your head cocked to one side.
  4. Too difficult to “mark” every website they visit.
  5. Can’t help attacking the screen when they hear “You’ve Got Mail.”
  6. Fire hydrant icon is very frustrating.
  7. Involuntary tail wagging is dead giveaway they’re browsing http://www.pethouse.com instead of working.
  8. Keep bruising noses trying to catch that MPEG Frisbee.
  9. Not at all fooled by Chuckwagon Screen Saver
  10. Still trying to come up with an “emoticon” that signifies tail-wagging.
  11. Oh, but they WILL… with the introduction of the Microsoft Opposable Thumb.
  12. Three words: Carpal Paw Syndrome.
  13. ‘Cause dogs ain’t GEEKS! Now, cats, on the other hand…
  14. Barking in next cube keeps activating YOUR voice recognition software.
  15. SmellU-SmellMe still in beta test.
  16. SIT and STAY were hard enough, GREP and AWK are out of the question!
  17. Saliva-coated mouse gets mighty difficult to maneuver.
  18. Annoyed by lack of newsgroup.alt.pictures.master’s.leg.
  19. Butt-sniffing more direct and less deceiving than online chat rooms.

and the Number 1 Reason Dogs Do Not Use Computers..

  1. TrO{gO BOW DsA[M,bN WOW HyAqR4tDc TgrOo TgYPmE WeIjTyH P;AzWqS,RUFF.


Don’t think of it as getting hot flashes. Think of it as your inner child playing with matches.


Late one night, I stopped at one of those 24-hour gas station mini-marts to get myself a fresh-brewed cup of coffee. When I picked up the pot, I could not help noticing that the brew was as black as asphalt and just about as thick.

“How old is the coffee you have here”? I asked the woman who was standing behind the store counter.

She shrugged.

“I don’t know. I’ve only been working here two weeks.”


The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Chinese proverb


A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the zoo. Knowing that he could hop pretty high, the zoo officials put up a ten-foot fence. However, the next morning the kangaroo was out again, just roaming around the zoo.

The zoo officials raised the height of the fence to twenty feet. Again, however, the next morning the kangaroo was again roaming around the zoo.

This kept on, night after night, until the fence was sixty feet high. Finally, the camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo, “How high do you think they’ll go?”

The kangaroo said, “Oh, about a thousand feet, I think… unless somebody remembers to lock the gate at night!”


When men send flowers for no reason, there’s a reason.


An efficiency expert, called into a company to find out why they were losing money, stopped one man and asked him what he did.

“Nothing,” said the employee.

The expert turned to another man standing nearby and asked him what he did.

“Nothing,” was his reply.

“Oh,” said the efficiency expert, “too much duplication.”


Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Mother Teresa



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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