Ray's musings and humor

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

! friends

Yesterday morning, as I often do on Thursday’s, I met a former colleague at 6 AM for coffee. I learned that he is in the process of adjusting to the loss of a long term relationship that has been very important to him. You see both my friend and the person he lost are retired and filled much of their days sharing experiences and companionship. Now that it is over there is a big gap in his life.

He did share with me that for many years he and three of his friends from his college years have gotten together for a few days annually to share their thoughts and dreams. These hours together provide the benefits that come only from sharing with caring friends, but they only come for him once a year for they all live in other cities.

My friend realizes that there is little value in agonizing over his recent loss, what it is time for is to build new friendships. He like many of us can’t hide away waiting for something good to happen as the friends waiting to find us will never do so if we are hidden away. My friend has a lot to offer the friends he will make, I just hope he does not have to wait too long to enjoy what his future friends have to offer him.

Here is an abridged friendship story that I like, I think you will too.

What Is A Friend?

Author Unknown

In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who would go to a party thrown by a senior so you wouldn’t wind up being the only freshman there. In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch. In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn’t be grounded, consoled you when you broke up with Nick [or Drew] or Susan, and found you a date to the prom. In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pick out a college/university, assured you that you would get into that college/university, helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go.

At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they congratulated you. The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn’t deal with your parents, assured you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan were back together, you could make it through anything, helped you pack up for university and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind, and finally on those last days of childhood, went out of their way to give you reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these past 18 years, and most importantly sent you off to college knowing you were loved.

Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the better of the two choices, holds your hand when you’re scared, helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you, thinks of you at times when you are not there, reminds you of what you have forgotten, helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer, stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of their way to make time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps you deal with pressure from others, smiles for you when they are sad, helps you become a better person, and most importantly loves you!

There’s never a wrong time to pick up a phone or send a message telling your friends how much you miss them or how much you love them. You know who you are, pass it on to someone who you want to remind. And thank you for being a friend.


A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Donna Roberts


The results of a computerized survey indicate the perfect Rabbi preaches exactly fifteen minutes. He condemns sins but never upsets anyone. He works from 8:00 AM until midnight and is also a janitor. He makes $50 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $50 weekly to the poor. He is 28 years old and has preached 30 years. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all of his time with senior citizens. The perfect Rabbi smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work. He makes 15 calls daily on congregation families, shut-ins and the hospitalized, and is always in his office when needed. If your Rabbi does not measure up, simply send this letter to six other synagogues that are tired of their Rabbi, too. Then bundle up your Rabbi and send him to the synagogue on the top of the list. In one week, you will receive 1,643 Rabbis and one of them will be perfect. Have faith in this procedure. One congregation broke the chain and got its old Rabbi back in less than three weeks.


I hung a camouflaged vest in the closet last winter but now I can’t find it.



A Kentucky Phone Company was going to hire a team of telephone pole installers, and the boss had to choose between a team of two rednecks and a team of two Irish guys? So the boss met with both teams and said: “Here’s what we’ll do. Each team will install poles out on the new road for a day. The team that installs the most phone poles gets the job”.

Both teams headed right out. At end of the shift, Pat and Mike, the Irish guys, came back and the boss asked them how many they had installed. They said that it was tough going, but they’d put in twelve.

Forty-five minutes later, Bubba and Duke, the redneck guys came back and they were totally exhausted. The boss asked, “Well, how many poles did you guys install?

“Bubba, the team leader wiped his brow and sighed, “Duke and me, we got three in.” The boss gasped, “Three? Those two Irish guys put in twelve!” “Yeah,” said Bubba, “but you should see how much they left stickin’ out of the ground!”


“Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.”

Erma Bombeck


There is a folk belief that if you bury a statue of St. Joseph on a piece of property, it will be sold more quickly.  I took the St. Joseph from my Nativity scene and buried it near my front door.  A few days later a woman made me an offer on the house.  Since she had to sell her home too, I suggested she enlist the help of the saint as well.  After a month of burying the statue all over her lawn, she had no nibbles and, in disgust, put the statue out with the trash.

A week later she opened her local paper and read:  “Town Sells Landfill to Private Developer.”


Some wives have such good memories that they can even remember things that never happened.


The cruise ship docked at a Mexican port during a very high tide. Everyone on board was forced to use the ship’s narrow gangplank as a passageway to the dock far below. The staff stood motionless when a passenger in her 70s appeared at the top of the plank. There wasn’t room for anyone to assist her, so she edged along slowly and finally made it to the dock safely, to everyone’s relief. As she stepped down, she turned, looked back to the top of the gangplank and shouted, “It’s okay, Mother, you can come down now.”


In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer


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.

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It was twelve years ago

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.

John Harrigan

! Shared Hppiness

Here I go again, running behind with a series of early meetings this morning. So lets you and I go back and see what was going on in my world twelve years ago.

Ray’s Daily first published on October 8, 2003

I have often thought that it is the things we share together that brighten our lives. It may be the sunset we see together, or a book we both enjoyed, or our just spending time together getting through the day. I recently read something by Anthony de Mello, SJ that I think says it very well. he wrote:

A newly married couple said, “What shall we do to make our love endure?”

Said the Master, “Love other things together.”

I still believe that shared experiences are best; they are the fields where we grow the ties that bind.


Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.

Barry Duncan


Thanks to Andy Rooney for the following:

As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • An over 40 woman will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.
  • If an over 40 woman doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And it’s usually something more interesting.
  • An over 40 woman knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants, and from whom. Few women past the age of 40 give a darn what you might think about her or what she’s doing.
  • An over 40 woman usually has had her fill of “meaningful relationships” and commitment. The last thing she wants in her life is another dopey, clingy, whiny, dependent lover.
  • Over 40 women are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.
  • Over 40 women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.
  • An over 40 woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. A woman over 40 could care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.
  • Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to an over 40 woman. They always know.
  • An over 40 woman looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women.
  • Over 40 women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
  • Yes, we praise over 40 women for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize.


A friend is one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.


When my cousin, Tom, was at the police academy, prior to joining Chicago’s finest, one of his instructors asked him during an oral exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”

He immediately replied, with conviction,  “Call for backup.”


When you have accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you’re too old to remember it.


Recently we called a business phone number and heard the following:  If you are calling from a touch-tone phone, press one now.  If you are calling from a rotary phone, hang up and call back from a touch-tone phone.


Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree

discussing things meant to be.

Said one to the others, now listen you two,

there’s a rumor going round that can’t be true,

that man descended from our noble race

the very idea is  a great disgrace.

No monkey has ever deserted his wife

starved her babies and ruined her life

and you’ve never known a mother monk

to leave her babies with others to bunk,

or pass from one onto another

till they scarcely  know who is their mother.

Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do

go out at night and get on a stew

or use a gun or club or knife

to take some other monkey’s life

yes, man descended, the ornery cuss

but brother, he didn’t descend from us.


There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya.  On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic.  As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their hauntingly beautiful harmonies.  She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home. With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words to this song?” Her friend looked at her an solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery.”


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Charlie Chaplin


When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the  psychiatrist began his therapy session.  “I’m not aware of your  problem,” the doctor said.  “So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning.”

“Of course,” replied the patient.  “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”


Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.

Decimus Junius Juvenalis (c. 60-127 a.d.)


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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

No time for regrets

If today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow.


Good morning. I hope you’re having a good day. I expect I will even though I have another trip to my dentist and a few other distractions. We have been talking a lot lately about not getting bogged down in the past. The late and great Yogi Berra said one time “that it is never over until it is over;” the great thing about the past is that it is over. Once we make peace with the fact that we can’t change history we find ourselves free to create a new history day by day. So my friends leave regrets behind and enjoy today’s fresh start.

Here is a story for you by Larry Harp that I hope you like.

Leaving the City of Regret

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.” I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.

As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year’s most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn’t going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.

First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol’ Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterday’s. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Then Shattered Dreams would surely make and appearance. And It’s Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent “pity party” could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn’t have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN’T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I’ve made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.

So, if you’re planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don’t have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it — it’s in your own heart — please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street.


If your problem has a solution then…why worry about it? If your problem doesn’t have a solution then…why worry about it?

Chinese Proverb


A Secretary’s Rules For Their Boss

  1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.
  2. If it is really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it is going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.
  3. Always leave without telling anyone where you are going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.
  4. If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books or supplies, do not open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be injured and lose all use of my limbs.
  5. If you give me more than one job to do, do not tell me which is priority. I am psychic.
  6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.
  7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.
  8. If you do not like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.
  9. If you have special instructions for a job, do not write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.
  10. Never introduce me to the people you are with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.
  11. Be nice to me only when the job I am doing for you could really change your life and send you straight to manager’s hell.
  12. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it is nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so many taxes on the bonus check you received for being such a good manager.
  13. Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of living increase. I am not here for the money anyway.


As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.

Buddy Hackett


Esther wanted a divorce from Irving. The judge asked, “What fault do you find with your husband?”

“Your Honor, he’s a liar, a brute, a thief and a brainless idiot.”

“That’s very serious,” exclaimed his Honor, “Can you prove all that?”

“Prove it? Why everybody knows it.”

“If you knew all this, then why did you marry him?”

“I didn’t know it before I married him.”

Irving shouted out, “She did too!”


The best thing about the Future is that it only comes one day at a time!


Despite his best sales pitch, a life-insurance salesman was unable to get a couple to sign up for a policy. “I certainly don’t want to frighten you into a decision,” he announced, standing up to leave. “Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.”


“To those who can dream there is no such place as far away.”


The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a cow walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the cow’s mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”

“Not really,” said the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”


Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

Grandma Moses


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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

Thanks for everything

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward


I am going to share an article with you that got me thinking about all the people and things in my life that make it as good as it is. As I spent time developing a mental list of what they are it kept growing and I realized that I just take for granted most of what is right in my life. I also became aware that I seldom express much gratitude to those who enrich my days.

So my friends I just want to let you know I am grateful that we get to touch bases now and then. I am especially fortunate to have the family I have and those who have befriended me over the years. I thank you all.

Here is the article that shares Dani DiPirro’s view on the value we will find in our gratefulness.

Six Ways Gratitude is Useful

Gratitude. That’s a word a word you’re probably quite familiar with, but did you know that gratitude is more than just a nice thing to express? It’s actually has quite a few uses. Here are some of the ways you can use gratitude:

  • Use gratitude to combat a bad mood. Whenever you’re feeling upset or angry or frustrated or down, think about the things you’re grateful for and you’ll feel more positive about your life. No matter how deep the funk you’re in, focusing your attention on thankfulness is a great way to counteract a bad mood.
  • Use gratitude to live in the moment. When you’re struggling to live in the moment (and who isn’t sometimes!), use grateful thoughts to bring yourself back to the present. It’s easy to get caught up thinking about the past or worrying about the future, but when you take note of all the things you have to be grateful for, it’s easier to stay present.
  • Use gratitude to enhance relationships. Nothing makes a relationship better than when you are truly grateful for the other person. All relationships have ups and downs, but if you act and speak with gratitude in mind, you’ll be more appreciative of others and strengthen your relationships with them.
  • Use gratitude to motivate yourself. You might face moments when you find it extremely hard to stay motivated. Those tough spots are great times to gravitate toward gratitude. Once you start thinking about all of the things you’re thankful for—including your own abilities—you’ll find yourself feeling more inspired.
  • Use gratitude to overcome hurdles. No matter what you’re facing, when you focus on what you’re grateful for, difficulties have a way of becoming more manageable. Gratitude isn’t a cure-all, but it truly does help to put problems in perspective.
  • Use gratitude to improve your health. Being grateful can actually improve your physical health. Thankful thoughts can offset stress by making you feel more positive and more present. And the less stressed you are, the healthier you’ll be.


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley


She says this is what he really means:

“I can’t find it.”  MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.

“That’s women’s work.” MEANS: It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.

“Will you marry me?” MEANS: Both of my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer, and there’s no milk left.

“It’s a guy thing.” MEANS: There’s no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.

“Can I help with dinner?” MEANS: Why isn’t it already on the table?

“It would take too long to explain.” MEANS: I have no idea how it works.

“I’m getting more exercise lately.” MEANS: The batteries in the remote are dead.

“We’re going to be late.” MEANS: I have a legitimate reason for driving like a maniac.

“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.” MEANS: I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.

“That’s interesting dear.” MEANS: Are you still talking?

“It’s really a good movie.” MEANS: It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and half clothed women.


A Doctor’s secretary called an old farmer out my way and said: “Your check came back.”

The old man replied, “So did my arthritis.”


Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Rail Road.  He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.  One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically.   “Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.

Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”


“If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?”

Steven Wright


In case any of you are still thinking about picking a vacation spot, be aware of the following advertising lingo:

Old world charm ~ No bath

Tropical ~ Rainy

Majestic setting ~ A long way from town

Options galore ~ Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway ~ Impossible to find or get to

Explore on your own ~ Pay for it yourself

No extra fees ~ No extras

Nominal fee ~ Outrageous charge

Gentle breezes ~ Occasional Gale-force winds

Light and airy ~ No air conditioning

Picturesque ~ Theme park nearby

Open bar ~ Free ice cubes


The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


A man walks into a dentist’s office and says, “Excuse me, can you help me. I think I’m a moth.”

Dentist: “You don’t need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist.”

Man: “Yes, I know.”

Dentist: “So why did you come in here?”

Man: “The light was on…”


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie


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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

It will you know

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

Margaret Bonnano


As we begin another day and another week I am thinking about the many friends and relatives that are facing some trials and tribulations. Some have health problems, others face wealth or employment issues, while still others deal with some disappointment in their lives. It is hard for many of us at times like that to stay optimistic and sustain hope that tomorrow will bring a better day.

While we can never promise miracles we can promise that tomorrow will be different than today. The good news is that as often as not the new day will provide solutions that are the beginning of a brighter future. The secret is to avoid becoming so anchored in despair that we miss the chance to start our way back to happiness.

Here is a story that holds in it a truth that we all share, it is just unfortunate that many of us forget what it is.

And This Too Shall Pass

Author Unknown

One day Solomon decided to humble Benaiah ben Yehoyada, his most trusted minister. He said to him, “Benaiah, there is a certain ring that I want you to bring to me. I wish to wear it for Sukkot which gives you six months to find it.”

“If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty,” replied Benaiah, “I will find it and bring it to you, but what makes the ring so special?”

“It has magic powers,” answered the king. “If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy.” Solomon knew that no such ring existed in the world, but he wished to give his minister a little taste of humility. Spring passed and then summer, and still Benaiah had no idea where he could find the ring. On the night before Sukkot, he decided to take a walk in one of he poorest quarters of Jerusalem. He passed by a merchant who had begun to set out the day’s wares on a shabby carpet. “Have you by any chance heard of a magic ring that makes the happy wearer forget his joy and the broken-hearted wearer forget his sorrows?” asked Benaiah.

He watched the grandfather take a plain gold ring from his carpet and engrave something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face broke out in a wide smile. That night the entire city welcomed in the holiday of Sukkot with great festivity. “Well, my friend,” said Solomon, “have you found what I sent you after?” All the ministers laughed and Solomon himself smiled.

To everyone’s surprise, Benaiah held up a small gold ring and declared, “Here it is, your majesty!” As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. The jeweler had written three Hebrew letters on the gold band: “gimel, zayin, yud”, which began the words “Gam zeh ya’avor” — “This too shall pass.”

At that moment Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust.


The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.

Desiderius Erasmus


Things I learned at the hospital:

  • Little is a medical term that is not defined the same as in Webster’s dictionary, for example “this may be a little uncomfortable,” “this may sting a little,” “you may feel a little burning sensation,” and “there may be a little post-op pain.”
  • All staff meetings are held outside of open hospital room doors between the hours of 1 AM and 4 AM.
  • A requirement not to leave the hospital bed for eight hours is a highly effective Diuretic but having to pee in a little plastic bottle while lying in bed is an art and not a science.
  • Hospital food has one great attribute; it makes everything you eat after having one seem so much better.


It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.


The Buffalo Theory

A herd of buffalo can move only as fast as the slowest buffalo. When the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.  Excessive intake of alcohol, we all know, kills brain cells, but naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers


The only thing wrong with a perfect drive to work is that you end up at work.


Two elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the tops of their lungs, “AMEN, BROTHER!”

When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, “PREACH IT, REVEREND!”

And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, “RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS…AMEN!”

But when the preacher condemned the sin of gossip, the two got very quiet, and one turned to the other and said, “He’s quit preaching and now he’s meddlin’.”


“I tell ya, a lot of people are in bad shape. A guy stopped me in the street the other day. He told me he hasn’t eaten in five days. I told him, I said, ‘I wish I had your will power.'”

Rodney Dangerfield


Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys kneeled down beside their beds to say their prayers. Suddenly, the youngest boy began praying at the top of his lungs, “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO. I PRAY FOR A NEW VCR…”

His older brother leaned over, nudged his younger brother, and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.”

The little brother replied, “No, but Grandma is!”


When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.


On the first day of college, the Dean addresses the students, pointing out some of the rules.

“The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, so too the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.  Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will incur a hefty fine of $180.

“Are there any questions?”

At this, a male student in the crowd inquires, “Er…  How much for a season pass?”


Happiness is a complex path that becomes easy only as we walk it. 

Andrea Polard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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What do you see?

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

! be happy

I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday morning that seems to always be on the bright side of life. He is a reminder that too many of us are our own worst enemies and spend so much time self-criticizing that we leave little time to just stop and enjoy the day. Not that you are like that but I am sure you know folks who are.

As I thought about our conversation later a piece written by Marc Chernoff came to mind. It is too long to reprint in its entirety but here are some of his thoughts that I think are worth sharing.

Ways to Stop Hurting Your Happiness

It takes no more time to see the good side of life and act upon it than it does to see the bad side and trip over it.  If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your thinking.  If you know you’re on the wrong track right now, take a deep breath.  It’s OK.  Sometimes you have to be wrong before you can be right.

The road of life is rarely smooth.  It’s easy to stumble and fall and hurt yourself.  But these bumps and bruises are a necessary part of your growth – you fall down, you learn something, and then you brush yourself off and move forward. Today, let’s take a step forward.  Your bad habits – the ones that hurt your health and happiness – are 100% dependent on YOU for their survival.  Stop allowing these habits to control, limit, stifle, and discourage you from being your best self.  Today is YOURS to shape; own it!  Break free from the bad habits that are poisoning and diluting your potential.

Stop resisting what is.

Life is a series of continuous natural events and changes.  Don’t resist them; doing so only creates unnecessary stress.  Let the reality of these events and changes take place.  Let them flow.  Or as Henry Wadsworth once said, “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”

To move forward in life you must first accept the reality of what it is.  This acceptance provides you with an important starting point from which you can move in any direction you choose.  To deny this reality or to fight against the past will merely waste your time and energy.  To wish that things were different, or to pretend that they are, gets you nowhere.

Forgiveness is a big part of this process.  Forgiveness is the acceptance of the present moment, as it is, without attachment to any other time, place, or circumstance.  Almost all negativity is caused by a lack of forgiveness and denial of the present.  Unease, anxiety, guilt, tension, stress, worry, and resentment – all forms of unhealthy attachment – are caused by too much past and future, and not enough presence.

Stop over-complicating things.

There are specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world that you have to understand before you can awaken to a simpler, happier life.  As Einstein once said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”

Sometimes we make life more complicated than it is.  We attach our happiness to achievement and then look for it in all the wrong ways and in all the wrong places.  Of course, you don’t have to live like this.  If you feel like you are, it’s time to simplify things.  It’s time to clear the air and get back to the basics.

Simplifying is not seeing how little you can get by with – that’s poverty – but how efficiently you can put first things first, and use your time accordingly to pursue the things that make a difference and mean the most to you.  Less really is more.  Instead of adding, improve your life by subtracting.  Get rid of unnecessary clutter, negative influences and toxic relationships. 


Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire


And then the doctor wrote:

Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.

Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

Patient was alert and unresponsive.


Diplomacy is the art of saying “nice doggy” until you can find a rock.


Mrs. Ogden went to her doctor and said “Please give me a prescription for the Pill.”

“I don’t think you need the Pill at your age.”

“It relaxes me.”

“But you know the ‘purpose’ of the Pill. It’s not for relaxing,” exclaimed the physician.

“I know,” said Mrs Ogden, “but my daughter dates, and every morning I drop one in her orange juice. Believe me, I feel more relaxed.


“The economy depends on economists about as much as the weather does on forecasters.”


A man tried to sell his neighbor a new dog. “This is a talking dog,” he said. “And you can have him for five dollars.” The neighbor said, “Who do you think you’re kidding with this talking dog stuff? There ain’t no such animal.”

Suddenly the dog looked up with tears in his eyes. “Please buy me, Sir,” he pleaded. “This man is cruel. He never buys me a meal, never bathes me, never takes me for a walk. And I used to be the richest trick dog in America. I performed before kings. I was in the army and was decorated ten times.”

“Hey!” said the neighbor. “He can talk. Why do you want to sell him for just five dollars?” “Because,” said the seller, “I’m getting tired of all his lies.”


When dog food is new and better tasting, who tests it?


A woman was on the witness stand, accused of poisoning her husband. “After you put poison in the coffee, you sat at the breakfast table and watched your husband drink it. Tell me, didn’t you feel the slightest bit of pity for him?” the defense attorney prompted.

“Yes,” she replied, “I think there was one moment when I felt sorry for him.”

“And when was that?”

“When he asked for his second cup.”


A wife will always forgive and forget – but she’ll never let you forget that she forgave and forgot.


While on leave, my Marine buddy and I met two nursing students from Southern California. After chatting them up awhile, the conversation turned to what we did in the service. When we told them we were in the infantry, the girls seemed very impressed, giving us big smiles as they told us how sweet that was.

Since infantry and sweet are seldom used in the same sentence, I was a little confused. Until, that is, one of the girls said, “We admire any man who works with infants.”


“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Author Unknown


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.

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Don’t Wait!

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

! Don't wait

Yesterday I attended a Senior Health Fair that was organized by a good friend of mine. Some of the folks I talked to while there I already knew but most I did not. I enjoyed talking to a number of people while there, some like me were there to learn others were there offering their help within their area of specialty.

Almost everyone I met had a positive attitude and I found most shared my belief that we have the capacity to make the best of everyday. It seems as we get up in years most of us realize how precious each new twenty-four hours can be if we are willing to fill the time with action versus just sitting letting each day slip by.

When I came home I pulled up the following story that reminded me that too many of us wait until it is too late to enjoy all that life has to offer.

Take Hold of Every Moment

by Author Unknown

A friend of mine opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: “This, – he said – isn’t any ordinary package.” He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.  “She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on. She was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died. He turned to me and said: “Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion”.

I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without worrying about anything. I spend more time with my family, and less at work. I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every day. I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if i feel like it. I don’t save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to. The words “Someday…” and “One Day…” are fading away from my dictionary. If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.

I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew she wouldn’t be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I’d like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet, letters… letters that i wanted to write “One of this days”. I would regret and feel sad, because I didn’t say to my brothers and sons, not times enough at least, how much I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives. And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.


Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill


Only a Mother (take my word for it, Grandmothers too).

Can listen to the same knock-knock joke 27 times without hollering “Nobody’s Home.”

Will unwind 56 feet of toilet paper so her little darling can have the empty roll…to make a Mother’s Day present.

Will try to hide a leafy green vegetable in a cookie.

Knows the secret to happy grocery shopping with a toddler…visit the bakery aisle first and plug his lips with a big cream horn.

Sees a Picasso in those scribbles decorating the fridge.

Can find her last good pair of panty hose hitching a wagon to a tricycle.

Knows the sure-fire way to get three kids to eat carrots… buy two carrots.

Invests fifty dollars in stale macaroons to help send the French Club to Disneyland.

Can switch from cook to catcher in an instant.

Has a bathtub that’s filled with little yellow duckies.

Seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.


This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly.  It should be thrown away with great force.

Dorothy Parker


A very proper lady began planning a week’s camping vacation for her church group. She wrote to a campground for reservations. She wanted to make sure that the campground was fully equipped and modern, but couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter. So, she decided on the old-fashioned term “Bathroom Commode.” Once written down she still wasn’t comfortable. Finally, she decided on the abbreviation “B.C.” and wrote, “Does your campground have its own “B.C.?”

When the campground owner received the letter, he couldn’t figure out what she meant by “B.C.” He showed it to several of the campers, one of whom suggested the lady was obviously referring to a Baptist Church. So he sent this reply:

Dear Madam:

The B.C. is located nine miles from the campground in a beautiful grove of trees. I admit it is quite a distance if you are in the habit of going regularly. No doubt you will be pleased to know that it will seat 350 people at one time, and it is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday of each week. Some folks like to take their lunch and make a day of it, especially on Thursday when there is organ accompaniment. The acoustics are very good, so everyone can hear even the quietest passages. It may interest you to know that my daughter met her husband there. We are also having a fund-raiser to purchase new seats, as the old ones have holes in them. Unfortunately, my wife is ill and has not been able to attend regularly. It’s been a good six months since she last went. It pains her very much not to be able to go more often. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, especially in cold weather. Perhaps I could accompany you the first time you go, sit with you, and introduce you to all the other folks who will be there. I look forward to your visit. We offer a very friendly campground.


“After Mama gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal.  It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her.”

Dolly Parton


The crumbling, old church building needed remodeling, so the preacher made an impassioned appeal, looking directly at the richest man in town. At the end of the message, the rich man stood up and announced, “Pastor, I will contribute $1,000.”

Just then, plaster fell from the ceiling and struck the rich man on  the shoulder. He promptly stood again and shouted, “Pastor, I will increase my donation to $5,000.”

Before he could sit back down, plaster fell on him again, and again  he virtually screamed, “Pastor, I will double my last pledge.”

He sat down, and an larger chunk of plaster fell hitting him on the head. He stood once more and hollered, “Pastor, I will give $20,000!”

This prompted a deacon to shout, “Hit him again, Lord!  Hit him again!”


Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale


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 https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.

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