Ray's musings and humor

But little is accomplished, because but little is vigorously attempted; and but little is attempted, because difficulties are magnified. A timorously cautious spirit, so far from acting with resolution, will never think itself in possession of the preliminaries for acting at all. Perhaps perseverance has been the radical principle of every truly great character.

J. Foster



Here we are in May already and soon the year will be half over. When I realized how time has flown by I thought I better take inventory to check on how well I am doing with my goals. I did not make many resolutions this year but my wife, my doctors and others mandated that I lose weight and make some lifestyle changes. Happily after months of procrastination I have been able to lose 13 pounds, unfortunately I need to do better than that but at least it is progress.

I also need to exercise more, more is probably the wrong word I should exercise some and then exercise more, so far the most I have done has been to think vigorously about doing it, so I need to get that act together. I have also been advised to slow down at least temporarily and to limit my commitments to what I can handle until my health situation stabilizes. With this one I have been semi-successful unfortunately however there has been pain attached to withdrawing from some things I like to do or should do.

Unfortunately the more I talk to others the more I realize that there is an epidemic of deferred and delayed action that affects far too many of us. In my case I am not proud of failing so many intelligence tests by avoiding doing what can make my life better. So here I go again I am going to do what I should do, honest, no I really mean it this time, I really do. Someone sent me the following apparently realizing I need all the help I can get, I figured you don’t need it but I’ll share it anyway.

1. Carve out regular time slots for your dream, and get to work. If you’re a morning person, get up an hour earlier and create as the sun rises. If you’re a night owl, stay up late to get it done. Either way, give yourself a regular shot of at least thirty minutes per day (an hour is better) five times per week.

2. Figure out your soul purpose in life, and put it on your computer. This is your larger job in life. It’s not a task, per se, but some more general gift that you are meant to give to others, such as ‘wake people up to the power of nature’ or ‘remind people of their compassion.’ It can be uncovered simply by journaling, or even meditating on the question.

3. Recognize five time-wasters and end them, pronto. If you compulsively check your email, this one’s for you. Other time wasters include hanging on the phone, parking in front of the TV, and reading the paper from start to finish. Take a clear look at how you spend your time, and honestly assess your time usage.

4. Politely withdraw from at least three situations or relationships that waste your energy. Energy wasters leave you feeling depressed, frustrated, annoyed, unappreciated and vaguely used or beaten-up. Get them out of your life right now, and you won’t believe how much energy they free up for your dream!

5. Find a support buddy or group. This is simply an ally (or a group of them) who really gets behind you and your dream. You can connect via e-mail, phone or live meetings to share inspiration, support, triumphs, disasters, and ideas. Especially helpful if you’re a procrastinator (be in touch before AND after you get your work done each day.)


I’d really like to tell you more but I have to go and get about thinking about doing something about my procrastination as I plan on doing better tomorrow or maybe the next day.


The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.


It was a terrible night, blowing cold and snow in a most frightful manner. The streets were deserted and the local baker was just about to close up shop when a little, old man slipped through the door. He carried an umbrella, blown inside out and was bundled in two sweaters and a thick coat. But even so, he still looked wet, freezing and bedraggled.

As he unwound his scarf, he said to the baker, "May I have two poppy seed bagels to go, please?"

The baker said in astonishment, "Two bagels? Nothing more?"

"That’s right," answered the little man. "One for me and one for Sherry."

"And who is Sherry, your wife?" asked the baker.

"What did you think," snapped the little man, "that my mother would send me out on a night like this?!"


Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart, give yourself to it.


A redneck and a Frenchman were caught in Kentucky for making and selling bad moonshine. The law decided to hang them off the middle of the Ohio Bridge. They tied the rope around the Frenchman’s neck and said, "Do you have any last words?"

He said, "No."

They threw him off the bridge, but the rope was too long. He removed the rope from his neck and swam to the Ohio side of the river.

Then they tied the same rope around the redneck’s neck and said, "Do you have any last words to say?"

He said, "Yep, you-uns shorten up that thare rope boys ‘caws I cain’t swim."


"It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny."

Jean Nidetch:


Jack and Jill were watching a TV show one night where the wife hired a private detective to follow her husband to see if he was "cheating" on her.

Jack asked, "Would you ever do that?"

Jill said, "Well not so much to find out who the other woman was, but to see if I could find out what she saw in you."


Time passed, which, basically, is its job.


One of our co-workers went missing for a few hours and we tore up the place looking for him. The boss finally found him fast asleep. Rather than waking him, he quietly placed a note on the man’s chest.

"As long as you’re asleep," it read, "you have a job." "But as soon as you wake up, you’re fired!"


The young know the rules, the old know the exceptions.


Mensa is an organization for people with an IQ of 140 or higher.

A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper shaker was full of salt.

How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution.

"Ma’am," they said, "we couldn’t help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker…"

"Oh," the waitress interrupted. "Sorry about that." She unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.


Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.

The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

Earl Nightingale


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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