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“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

Winston Churchill

All in all it has been a pretty good week for me. My Brain Scan results were favorable, my Carotid Artery Doppler tests were good and my dental work came out fine. In fact I was lucky to break off the dead tooth now rather when I am away on special assignment in a few weeks. The tooth that has gone on to dental heaven was a bad actor anyway so in reality I am better off than I was.

I again have found that not worrying about what might happen pays off. I always expect things will turn out OK and 99.9% of the time they do and when they don’t I no longer have time to worry, then it is time for action.

As I was thinking about what to write in today’s Daily I decided to revisit the last few items on my old friends “Things I Have Leaned In My Life” list and use what them to trigger some pre-weekend thoughts. So here goes.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. – I think far too many of us get so tied up in our jobs and chasing the rainbow that we don’t have time for our friends. Please don’t wait until it is too late to find that they are no longer there when you need them.

Believe in miracles – I honestly believe that there are miracles all around us, sadly we often overlook them or take them for granted. Life itself is a miracle. Our children are miracles. The very air we breathe, the things that we touch, our feelings are all truly miraculous. Please appreciate your miracles.

Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger – We are often tested and we survive, no matter how often we are sure that the world will end because of a personal setback, it never does. I was thinking the other day how awful life would be if we were perfect, for it is the process of living that makes life interesting and sharpens our ability to deal with it.

Growing old beats the alternative – Ain’t it the truth, what has amazed me is how great old age really is. These days I see things as I look back that I missed when I was always looking forward. I have learned that my life is like fine wine, as it ages it mellows and is more satisfying.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up – It seems far too easy for those who have lost their interest in life to just sit back and stagnate. I find that my aches and pains and lethargic feelings disappear when I am out and about. Don’t succumb to the imaginary wall that keeps you locked away, break out and breathe.

Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift – Like all gifts it is up to you to decide if you are going to put it way in a closet or if you are going to take it out and use it as you enjoy all it has to offer. Have fun, stay well and please don’t miss too much.


“Life is a creative endeavor. It is active, not passive. We are the yeast that leavens our lives into rich, fully baked loaves. When we experience our lives as flat and lackluster, it is our consciousness that is at fault. We hold the inner key that turns our lives from thankless to fruitful.”

Julia Cameron


More from the friendly skies

• And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"

• Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's was the asphalt!"

• Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"


A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.


An old man was relaxing at his hundredth birthday party when a reporter went up to him. "Sir, what is the secret of your long life?"

The man considered this for a moment, then replied, "Every day at 9 PM I have a glass of port. Good for the heart I've heard."

The reporter replied, "That's ALL?"

The man smiled, "That, and canceling my voyage on the Titanic."


He is so old that when he was in school, history was called current affairs.


A cop walking his usual beat sees an old man pulling a box on a leash, down a busy street. "Poor man," the cop thinks to himself. "I'd better go humor him."

"That' a nice dog you got there," says the cop to the old man.

"It isn't a dog, it's a box," replies the old man.

"Oh, I'm sorry," says the policeman, "I thought you were simple-minded."

The old man walks past the cop, then turns to his box, and says, "We sure fooled him that time, didn't we, Rover?"


Speak only well of people, and you need never whisper.


Years ago when I was a child I used to go to the grocery store with my Mom. Barrels sat around the store filled with pickles, loose crackers, and huge containers from which lard was dispensed. This was a small country store. One morning my mom and I went to the store to purchase a few groceries. In the store was an elderly woman asking to buy three pounds of lard and have it put into an empty pail she was carrying. The son of the owner was minding the store while the father went to lunch.

He stated "Miss Abigail, your pail will only hold two pounds."

Miss Abigail looked at him as if he were simple minded and said " Where is your daddy? He has been putting three pounds of lard in this pail for the last five years!!!!"


Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you’re only looking for a lucky break.

Monta Crane


A teacher was asking her class what their fathers did. When she asked little Johnny, he said, "My father's dead, Miss." "Oh, I am sorry, Johnny. In that case, what did he do before he died?" "He went blue, held his chest and moaned aaaaarrrrrrggg, and collapsed."


Life does not have to be regarded as a game in which scores are kept and somebody wins. If you are too intent on winning, you will never enjoy playing.



Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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