Ray's musings and humor

This too will pass

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.

Eliza Tabor



As we go through life each of us encounters occasional disappointment. Over the years I have learned the real mettle of someone is how they handle disappointment. Far too many of us react with unreasonable anger and in the end hurt ourselves. How often have you seen people walk away severing all ties with others as their reaction to something not going their way? It is like the kid that leaves with his ball so others can’t play only to find he not only can’t play that day but any other day either, paying a bigger price then those he left.

I have often seen people who have resigned a role based on what they said was the principle of the thing. They not only lost the opportunity to participate in future successes they also lost any chance of helping to solve the original problem.

A vice-president of our local chamber of commerce congratulated me many years ago for helping to make good things happen in our city. In truth I did not do that much, but he said that he liked that I lost gracefully and came back to play another day. I don’t know if I deserved his praise but what he said stuck with me to this day. Sadly it seems that we have become such a polarized society that too many of us have become quick to anger when we don’t get our way and end up burning any bridges that might allow us to do something constructive.

Here are some ideas for handling disappointment from an article on Salon written by Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton that I think has merit:


Everyone faces disappointments in life, both large and small. Unfortunately, many of people choose to sit around and complain or whine about their problems to the immense irritation of others. Learning to deal with your disappointments constructively can make you a stronger person in the end.

Here are 5 tips for effectively dealing with your disappointments:

  1. Acknowledge what you are feeling. You can honestly express the emotions that you are experiencing feeling without blaming others or punishing everyone in sight. This is about how you feel about the situation, not about other people. There is no one right or wrong way to feel. Your feelings are valid and if you do not voice your opinion then you will begin to harbor resentment and stress yourself out. Be honest with yourself about how you really feel about the situation.
  2. Put and keep things in perspective. Even the tiniest of disappointments can seem monumental at first. But once you have expressed your hurt, frustration, or anger, take a step back and look at the larger picture. How much of an effect is this disappointment going to have on you tomorrow, next week, or next year? Taking time to reflect and step away from a situation will help calm your nerves so that you will be better able to handle the disappointment.
  3. Do not doubt yourself. Sometimes disappointment can make you feel like a total failure. You may wonder why these things “keep” happening to you, or you may begin to think that you were not being wise to get your hopes up in the first place. But none of that is the truth! Do not succumb to this thinking. Do not allow yourself to give in to these negative thoughts! Instead of beating yourself up, think about what you could have been done differently and always, always, always learn from the experience.
  4. Look for solutions or compromises. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot have your way all the time, but often there will be a second option that is agreeable to each party.
  5. Reassess and make adjustments, if necessary. Sometimes when you experience disappointment, it may be a sign that you need to re-examine your priorities. Learn to be flexible. Refocusing your attention on your new goals will help you work through your disappointment.

Do not give up!!!


You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Beverly Sills


A man goes to the doctor to find out about his tests. “It’s real bad, I’m afraid”, says the doc “you’ve got a disease so new that it hasn’t even got a name yet – we just call it ‘Blue 56′. The only certain thing is that you’ll be dead in three days.”

Naturally the guy is devastated, and goes into a big depression. His girlfriend suggests they go to Vegas to cheer him up just a bit till the end comes. So he goes reluctantly. As he walks into the Casino, he’s the millionth customer and wins a brand new Rolls Royce. Then he pulls the handle of a slot machine as he passes, and wins the golden jackpot of $7 million. He sits down for a rest at the Blackjack table and wins $100,000 – straight 21 and he can’t even be bothered to turn the cards.

Weighed down with money, he throws it onto the nearest table. But it’s the roulette wheel and the money is on 22 – which promptly comes up! “Jeez,” says the croupier, “I never seen luck like that in my whole life!”

“No, you don’t understand” says the guy, “I’ve got blue 56.”

“Darn! Now you’ve won the raffle!!”


“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but it cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.”

Michael J. Fox


The mother of a problem child was advised by a psychiatrist: “You are far too upset and worried about your son. I suggest you take tranquilizers regularly.”

On her next visit the psychiatrist asked, “Have the tranquilizers calmed you down?”

“Yes” the mother answered.

“And how is your son now?” he asked.

“Who cares?” she replied.


Mary:  So at the end of our first date, he told me he wanted me for a friend.

Jill:  All right.

Mary:  Yeah, but on the second date, he brought the friend!


A customer was really hassling an airline agent at the ticket counter — yelling and using foul language. However, the agent was polite, pleasant and smiled while the customer continued to abuse her.

When the man finally left, the next person in line said to the agent, “Does that happen often? I can’t believe how nice you were to him.”

The agent smiled and said, “No problem, I took care of it. He’s going to Detroit. His bags are going to Bangkok.”


She said, “The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.”


He said: On the first evening back from overseas, my girl-friend’s understanding parents left us alone in the living room.  Naturally, we did not talk all the time. In the midst of a kiss, I noticed her little sister in her nightgown watching us from the doorway.   “If you will be a good girl and go to bed, I will give you a quarter,” I said to her.

Without taking the bribe or saying a word, she ran off but was very soon back again.  “Here is a dollar,” she said. “I wanna watch.”


The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Robert Kiyosaki


Note: No Daily for the next two days Ray is going on a field trip.

Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale



I probably told you before but I was reminded again during my recent illness how lucky I was that some folks saw something in me years ago that I did not see in myself. In fact it took some time before I realized that we owe it to ourselves to believe we could almost always do better than we were doing.

Far too often we set boundaries that result in our sitting back once they are reached thinking we have done all we needed to do. In reality when we don’t fence ourselves we can exceed expectations and do some amazing things.

These days I am open to almost any task that my health allows me to take on. I have backed out of some things that my limitations put at risk of failure but that only frees me up to do something else. I am sure I would regret it if my life slowed to the point where there was not plenty to do. Fortunately over the years I have learned that we are all more capable than we realize and that there is little reason to hold back.

Sure I may fail now and then but I will always do my best. What you see is what you get and folks just have to accept me for what I am. Thankfully many of you are always out there keeping people like me company as we do what must be done. Here is a reminder if you need one:


Believe In Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be, ….that’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are,

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities,remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep believing in yourself.

Author Unknown


It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.

Attributed to Hanoch McCarty


A Jew and a Polish university professor were traveling in the same cabin in a train.  The Jew, a sociable fellow, greeted his traveling companion with a cheerful, Good morning. The professor, an avowed anti-Semite, ignored him.  The Jew repeated his greeting, but the Pole kept on reading his book.

The Jew addressed the professor a third time.  This time the Pole looked him square in the eye and said, Why do you persist in addressing me?  Can’t you see I have no desire to associated with an ignorant Jew!

The Jew hid his anger and spoke to the Pole in a calm even voice.

An ignorant Jew is often a match for a scholarly bigot.  I will make you a little wager.  First, I will ask you a simple question.  If you cannot answer me correctly, you will pay me 100 zlotys.

Then you may ask me any question you like.  If I can answer I will pay nothing.  But since I am but an ignorant Jew, and certainly no match for an educated fellow such as yourself, I will pay you only 10 zlotys if I cannot answer.  Is this agreed?

Agreed, said the professor confidently. Go ahead and ask.

What has four eyes, eats feathers, and lives in a solid gold house?

The Pole wracked his brain for a long time  He made a number of wild guesses, but finally conceded. Alright, he said, I give up.  Here are your 100 zlotys.  Now tell me, what has four eyes, eats feathers, and lives in a solid gold house?

I don’t know either, replied the Jew. Here are your 10 zlotys.


“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”

Hermann Hesse


Golfer: Well, I have never played this badly before! Caddy: I didn’t realize you had played before, sir.

Golfer: Caddy, Do you think my game is improving? Caddy: Oh yes, sir! You miss the ball much closer than you used to.

Golfer: Please stop checking your watch all the time, caddy. It’s distracting! Caddy: This isn’t a watch, sir. It’s a compass.

Golfer: Caddy, do you think it is a sin to play golf on Sunday? Caddy: The way you play, sir, it’s a crime any day of the week!

Golfer: This golf is a funny game. Caddy: It’s not supposed to be.

Golfer: That can’t be my ball, caddy. It looks far too old. Caddy: It’s been a long time since we started, sir.

Golfer: That’s good for one long drive and a putt. Caddy (after ball travels only one meter): And now for one hell of a putt.

Friendly golfer (to player searching for lost ball): What sort of a ball was it? Caddie (butting in): A brand new one — never been properly hit yet!


We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Max Depree


We were watching CNN’s Technology program they have on weekends, when a segment on Virtual Reality came on. Looking at the all the wires and gadgets, she turned to me and said that Virtual Reality would never catch on with women. I was puzzled by this, until she explained, “Every woman’s first thought on seeing that helmet will be, ‘I can’t wear that. It will mess up my hair!’”


She said: They say it is better to give than to receive. I say it depends on the gift.


She also said: Have you ever noticed that retired couples have reached a level of maturity where they never have any of those piddling little quarrels that other people do? They have one big argument that starts at seven in the morning and goes right through till bedtime.

Retirement is also when the husband comes up with all kinds of theories on how to do the cooking, housework, and shopping better.  The wife also comes up with a theory – that all pills do NOT come in bottles.


A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.

Sydney Smith


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


Thanks Everyone

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith


I am sure you have often heard that when some folks have a near death experience their life flashes in front of their eyes. In my case I have never felt I was near death even though they say I might have been. In both last winters extended recovery due to my convulsive heart failure and my current weeks being mostly immobilized my life did flash across my eyes but in slow motion. I had the opportunity to revisit memories from my past and in the process realized how fortunate I have been to have encountered so many special people in my life, people who enriched my existence while helping me to be who I am today. Many of you helped me to make the choices that have allowed me to enjoy my senior years as much as any of the years gone by.

And now as I recover my health I look forward to the days ahead, days that my Doctors predict will be more robust than they have been for some time. So watch out world I’ll be back soon, you will again see someone who has benefited in no small way from the gift of friendship of others, and for that I am deeply grateful, I do appreciate you all.

The good news is that we never have to wait for an extended illness to review our good fortune and letting others know they are appreciated. Here is an edited article that I think has merit, I hope you do too.

Learning to Appreciate Others

By: R.B. Thohe Pou

Learning to appreciate others will help us to live a better life. We never lost anything in appreciating others – instead we become a better person. Appreciating others will help us to enhance our skill; it will also boost the doers to contribute more for the good of the people. Every time someone does something good for you or others and they need our genuine appreciation. Learning to appreciate others’ ideas, sincerity, contribution, good deeds etc enhance one’s life.

Why we cannot appreciate others? Many times many people had done great things for us and they need appreciation. It is much better to say a word of appreciation while they are living than writing a beautiful biography or bringing a bouquet on their death ceremony. The dead men cannot see or smell our beautiful flowers or read our biography, which is written in praise of them after their death.

Many people work hard regardless of others appreciation and recognition. But what about those people who need support, appreciation and recognition? When someone does something great – we hardly ponder how they could do such a great thing.

Instead, we criticize and snub others’ great works. As we evaluate and project in a positive way about others, we’re sure to find out the beautiful thing they have done, which is worth to be appreciated. Many times we do not appreciate others due to some of these reasons –

Jealousy: We cannot appreciate and support others when we are jealous of others’ good deeds. We may not appreciate others good deeds but there are millions of people to appreciate and support those who are doing something good for the people and not appreciating other good works is our own loss.

Ignorance attitude: Today we live a better life in many aspects but why we are living a better life? Many times we hardly realize what others had done for us. We need to come out from our ignorance and come to know the good deeds of others. Many a time ignorance comes is due to lack of thinking and analytical power.

Callous attitude: Intentionally or unintentionally many of us too callous of others’ hard work for us. We may not have personally relationship with him/her but we need to appreciate their good work. However due to our callous hearts, we do not feel in our hearts or accept what others had done for us. Man is a social animal and it needs support, appreciation and recognition.


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”



It was mealtime during our trip on a small airline in the Northwest. “Would you like dinner?” the flight attendant asked the man seated in front of me.

“What are my choices?” he asked.

“Yes or no,” she replied.


Misers aren’t much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.


Two tourists were driving through Wisconsin …As they were approaching Oconomowoc, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town’s name. They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.  As they stood at the counter, one tourist asked the blonde employee.  “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us?  Would you please pronounce where we are… very slowly?

The blonde girl leaned over the counter and said, “Burrrr, Gerrrr, Kiiiing.”


To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.

Amos Bronson Alcott


The Association of Southern Schools has decided to seek a grant designating Southern slang, or Y’allbonics, as a language to be taught in all Southern schools. The following are excerpts from the Y’allbonics/English dictionary.

1) HEIDI – (noun) – Greeting.

2) HIRE YEW – Complete sentence. Remainder of greeting. Usage: “Heidi, Hire yew?”

3) BARD – (verb) – Past tense of the infinitive “to borrow”. Usage: “My brother bard my pickup truck.”

4) JAWJUH – (noun) – The state north of Florida. Capitol is Lanner. Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck and took it to Lanner.”

5) BAMMER – (noun) – The state west of Jawjuh. Capitol is Berminhayam. Usage: “A tornader jes went through Bammer an’ left $20,000 in improvements.”

6) MUNTS – (noun) – A calendar division. Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I ain’t herd from him in munts.”

7) THANK – (verb) – Cognitive process. Usage: “Ah thank ah’ll have a bare.”

8) BARE – (noun) – An alcoholic beverage made of barley, hops, and yeast. Usage: “Ah thank ah’ll have a nutter bare.”

9) IGNERT – (adjective) – Not smart. See “Arkansas native.” Usage:” Them Bammer boys sure are ignert!”

10) RANCH – (noun) – A tool used for tight’nin’ bolts. Usage: “I thank I left my ranch in the back of that pickup truck my brother from Jawjuh bard a few munts ago.”


Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.


Nadine and Jill were talking about a friend who had just given birth to triplets. “You know, that only happens one in twelve-thousand times?” said Nadine.

“Amazing!” said Jill. “How did she ever find time to do any housework?”


Life can be seen through your eyes but it is not fully appreciated until it is seen through your heart.

Mary Xavier


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


Ray is back at last

Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.

Publilius Syrus



As some of you know I just returned from a long stay at a hospital followed by weeks in a physical rehabilitation center. When I returned from my cruise in May I was having periodic chest pains which were severe enough in mid-June to be taken to the emergency room at a local hospital where after a few days of tests it was determined that I had severe blockage in the main arteries of my heart which required major open heart surgery. I don’t remember much off the first few days of recovery as I was heavily medicated but soon after I started the long back to becoming a new me.

The occupational and physical therapists got me to the point I can do what I needed to do to be able to go home which I was thrilled to do a few days ago. I will be allowed to drive again in a week or so and I can hardly wait to get back to the outside world. I will start doing cardiac rehabilitation as an outpatient week after next at the hospital and after a few months I will be well on the way to my best health status in years.

I feel fortunate that they caught it when they did, then did what they did while treating me as well as they did. I had great care givers and made a bunch of new friends and I liked that. I also benefited by many family and friends visits and hundreds of well wishes.

So now I begin the first days of my new life and I am looking forward to the days ahead. I will be visiting with you most mornings via the Daily although I have to be away a few days next week but you always have almost two thousand back issues on WordPress if you want more.

So one, two, three and son you will see me now I must invest in recovery. Please stay well; life is much easier if you do. Here are some tips to keep you in the pink for when we next meet.


Simple Things You Can Do to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

Listed below are essential elements of good health. If you take all of the actions listed below, you will be much healthier.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Drink at Least 8 Glasses of Water

Connect with Other People

Express Your Emotions Appropriately

Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Spend at Least 30 Minutes Outdoors

Do Something Physically Active

Take Some Quiet Time for Yourself

Keep Regular Sleep Hours

Establish a Relationship with a Doctor You Can Trust


 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organization


Moisha Rabinowitz in the late 1930s fled his native land of Germany. He sold all his assets and converted it to gold and then had 5 sets of solid gold false teeth made. When he arrived in New York the customs official was perplexed as to why anybody would have 5 sets of gold teeth.

So Moisha explained: “We Orthodox Jews have two separate sets of dishes for meat products and dairy products but I am so kosher and religious I also have separate sets of teeth.”

The customs official shook his head and said, “Well, that accounts for two sets of teeth. What about the other three?”

Moisha then said, “Well, us very religious Orthodox Jews use separate dishes for Passover, but I am so religious I have separate teeth, one for meat and one for dairy food.

The customs official slapped his head and then said, “You must be a very religious man with separate teeth for food and dairy products and likewise for Passover. That accounts for four sets of teeth. What about the fifth set?”

“Well, to tell you the truth, once in a while I like a ham sandwich.”


“If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”

Bill Lyon


Young man Murphy applied for an engineering position at an Irish firm based in Dublin. An American applied for the same job and both applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take a test by the department manager.  Upon completion of the test, both men only missed one of the questions. The manager went to Murphy and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the American the job.”

Murphy asked, “And why would you be doing that? We both got nine questions correct. This being Ireland, and me being Irish I should get the job!”

The manager said, “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but rather on the question that you missed.”

Murphy then asked, “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?”

The manager replied, “Well, the American put down on question #5, ‘I don’t know.’ You put down, ‘Neither do I.’”


“If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.”

Gelett Burgess


Things You Wouldn’t Know Without Movies

* Even when driving down a perfectly straight road it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

* All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they’re going to go off.

* It is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting.

* It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts – your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

* Large, loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range of most people — whether they are employed or not.

* At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.

* Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don’t worry which wire to cut. You will always choose the right one.

* Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications system of any invading alien society.

* When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.

* If you are blonde and pretty, it is possible to become a world expert on nuclear fission at the age of 22.


If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.

Leon Eldred


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


Here I Am


Hi every one. I am sorry that Ray’s Daily has had to suspend publication for a while. A few weeks ago I was taken to the hospital and after a few days of tests I had open heart surgery. After the 10 day hospital stay I was moved to a rehabilitation center where I have been ever since. I hope tb able to return home next week. I will then do outpatient rehab for a few months. They expect I will be better than ever in six months or so.
I hope to restart the Daily in a couple of weeks. In the mean time stay well, happy and have fun. I’ll see you soon.
My best always.
Ray Mitchell

We owe them a lot

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore


My Kiwanis club inducted next year’s officers for a local high school Key Club that we sponsor. Key Clubs exist in both the US and many other countries making great contributions to their local communities while providing outstanding young people the hands on opportunities to develop their leadership skills through service to others.

This particular club has a long history of making a real difference in the lives of their fellow students, their school and our community. Many have gone on to become significant leaders in business and public service organizations through their continued contributions to the welfare of our community and our fellow citizens.

My club now sponsors Key Clubs in three different high schools. I think we are truly blessed to have this opportunity to partner with some really terrific young folks. The projects that we do together and the times we get to visit with one or more of their members is a great motivator for us as the young bring enthusiasm and a can-do attitude that many of us let slip away as we grow older.

I was asked to provide the invocation at the meeting and I was pleased to be able to share a favorite story that I think is consistent with the Key Clubs dedication to making things better for us all. Here is what I said:


When I joined Kiwanis years ago our motto was “WE BUILD” and as the years have gone by the world is a better place because of Kiwanis family builders all over the globe. What I would like to share with you today is a story written by an unknown author that has real meaning for me.


I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,

They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,

As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do.”

And I thought to myself as I went my way,

Which of these two roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care,

Measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?


“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

Mother Teresa


A Jewish friend told me that you knew you grew up Jewish when:

You spent your entire childhood thinking that everyone calls roast beef “brisket”.

Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents.

You’ve experienced the phenomena of 50 people fitting into a 10 footwide dining room hitting each other with plastic plates trying to get to a deli tray.

You watched Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan every Sunday night.

You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.

You never knew anyone who’s last name didn’t end in one of 5 standard suffixes.

You were surprised to find out that wine doesn’t always taste like year-old cranberry sauce.

You grew up thinking it’s normal for someone to shout “Are you okay? Are you okay?” through the bathroom door if you’re in there for longer than 3 minutes.

Your grandparent’s furniture smelled like mothballs and was as comfortable as sitting on sandpaper.

Your mother smacked you and then made you feel guilty for hurting her hand.


She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.

Henny Youngman


A teacher was asking her class: “What is the difference between ‘unlawful’ and ‘illegal’?”

Only one hand shot up. “Ok, answer, Joan,” said the teacher.

“‘Unlawful’ is when u do something the law doesn’t allow and ‘Illegal’ is a sick eagle.”


When your ship comes in….  make sure you are willing to unload it.


“If you’ll make the toast and pour the juice, sweetheart,” said the newlywed bride, “breakfast will be ready.”

“Good, what are we having for breakfast,” said the new husband.

“Toast and juice,” she replied.


Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.


Amanpreet heard a rumor that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays. So, on his 21st birthday, Amanpreet and his friend Brian headed out to the lake. “If they did it, I can too!” he insisted.

When Amanpreet and Brian arrived at the lake, they rented a boat and began paddling. When the got to the middle of the lake, Amanpreet stepped off of the side of the boat… and nearly drowned. Furious and somewhat shamed, he and Brian headed for home. When Amanpreet arrived back at the family farm, he asked his grandmother for an explanation. “Grandma, why can I not walk on water like my father, and his father, and his father before him?”

The feeble old grandmother took Amanpreet by the hands, looked into his eyes, and explained, “That’s because your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were born in January… you were born in July, dear.”



“Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what “little” acts have done for our world.”

Steve Maraboli


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

Tennessee Williams


These next four days are going to be great. My doctor has prescribed four days of rest to help me recuperate. Laziness without guilt, wonderful, after all I am only following Doctor’s orders. Sometimes age has its benefits.

One of the true benefits of aging is the number of lessons learned in a life time. If done well aging provides us the opportunity to become what we should have been in our youth. One of the best lessons I have learned has been to avoid making quick judgments. I have been amazed at how many people that I thought little of at first turned out to be really special. The fault was never with them, it was my not seeing them as they really were. As life has gone on I have found the value of not quickly walking by folks rather than stopping and visiting with a potential new friend. Here is a story that I like that has wisdom for us all.


Clay Balls

Author Unknown

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone. Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away.

It’s like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. It isn’t always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.


I love making new friends and I respect people for a lot of different reasons.

Taylor Swift


Officer: “Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?” Soldier: “Sure, buddy.”

Officer: “That’s no way to address an officer! Now let’s try it again!”

Officer: “Soldier. Do you have change for a dollar?” Soldier: “No, SIR!”


How do you get off a non-stop flight?


A lady on her first visit to Yellowstone National Park said to her guide, “Look at all those big rocks. Wherever did they come from?”

“The glaciers brought them down,” said the guide.

“But where are the glaciers?”

“The glaciers,” said the guide in a weary voice, “have gone back for more rocks.”


42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.


A man lost a valuable dog. He advertised in a small local newspaper; offering a very generous $5000 reward for it, but got no replies.

He stopped by the newspaper office to check on results of his ad. “I’d like to see Shapiro the advertising manager.” he said.

“He’s out,” said Moishe, the office boy.

“Well, how about his assistant?”

“He’s out too, sir.”

“Goodness! Is everybody out – where are they?”

“They’re all searching for your dog!”


All generalizations are false.


Our phone rang late one night, and my wife Nancy picked

it up.  She said, “No,” and slammed it down.

“Who was that?”

“Some boy for Carolyn,” she said, referring to our daughter.

Then it rang again.  Nancy listened, said, “Kit Kat,” and hung up.

“What now?”  I asked.

“A boy plans to ask Carolyn to the prom and wanted to know what her favorite candy is.  He’s going to put the invitation into a candy basket.”

The next morning a basket of candy was on our porch.  “But, Mom,” our daughter protested when she heard the story, “Kit Kat isn’t my favorite.”

“I know,” Nancy said.  “It’s mine.”


“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”

Groucho Marx


The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. ‘We live in a great country,’ she announced. ‘One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.’

Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, ‘I’m not free. I’m four.’


I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

Charles R. Swindoll


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

This daily is sent only to special people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at http://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are about 2000 readers from around the world.


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