Ray's musings and humor

Let’s go on together

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.

Henry Willard Austin



I spend a lot of time with a lot of different people; some retired, some between jobs and others just getting on with their lives. It usually does not take too long to discover the ones who are just coasting through their lives and those who are pressing on to find more meaning as their years go by. I don’t know if those that coast just give up, are too lazy to search for a better tomorrow or just don’t believe that there really could be a better tomorrow. All I know is that I find a vibrancy and zest for life in those who get up each day believing there is more to see, more to learn, and an ever better life just around the bend.

I love the active and full-of-life people I know, they are fun to be around, they see the good too many of us often miss, and their energy and optimism is infectious. Sadly I also know many who have decided to sit back and accept the status quo as they begin the stagnation and withering process that is the death knell to a life that could have been more. If you are like me you probably know people who seem far older than they are and others that are far younger than their real age. Me, I am hoping to be the guy who holds up the coffin lid and hollers “Wait I’m not done yet!!”

Realistically we are given many excuses that turn into a rationale for giving up but those who know a better day is possible persevere and keep going. I can guarantee that you’ll not find what you are looking for if you stop looking and if you keep looking you might not find what you thought you were looking for but as often as not you’ll find something better.

Here is what Ralph Marston has to say about perseverance:

If you stop when you’re halfway there, or even three quarters of the way there, or even nine-tenths of the way there, you’ll never reach your destination.

It is exciting to get started, and it is a thrill to arrive. And the thing that makes it all happen is perseverance. There is no substitute for it. When everything is working in your favor, keep going, for it would indeed be foolish to stop. When things are working against you, keep going, and your determination will turn the tide.

The point is, keep going. There are no rewards for half of an accomplishment. You get no commission when you make three quarters of a sale. You can only win the race, when you run it through to the end. All the great ideas, and talent and genius in the world, cannot help you unless you persevere.

Know where you’re going, and keep on going until you’ve made it all the way there.


Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. 

I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

Charles F. Kettering


Sam and Ruth from Maine had just bought a new car when winter hit with all its fury.

"I wonder if the car has seat warmers," Ruth said.

"It sure does," said Sam, looking through the owner’s manual. "Here it is: rear defrosters."


I’m convinced that in a past life I was somebody named Occupant, and they’re still forwarding my mail.


It was World War II, and the captain was attempting to rally the GIs on the eve of a big offensive.

"Out there," said the captain, "is your enemy. The man who has made your life miserable, who is working to destroy you; the man who has been trying to kill you day after day throughout this war."

Private Johnson jumped to his feet. "I KNEW IT! The cook’s working for the Germans!"


“Those who wish to sing, always find a song.”

Swedish Proverb


Here in Indiana, you don’t see too many people hang-gliding. Ol’ Zeek decided to save up and get a hang-glider. He takes it to the highest hill, and after struggling to the top, he gets ready to take flight. He takes off running and reaches the edge–into the wind he goes!

Meanwhile, Maw & Paw Hicks were sittin’ on the porch swing talkin bout the good ol days when maw spots the biggest bird she ever seen! " Look at the size of that bird, Paw!" she exclaims.

Paw raises up," Git my gun, Maw."

She runs into the house, brings out his pump shotgun. He takes careful aim. BANG…BANG…..BANG…..BANG! The monster size bird continues to sail silently over the tree tops."

"I think ya missed him, Paw," she says.

"Yeah," he replies, "but at least he let go of ol’ Zeek!"


The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore, they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck


On reaching his plane seat a man is surprised to see a parrot strapped in next to him. He asks the stewardess for a coffee where upon the parrot squawks "And get me a whisky you cow!" The stewardess, flustered, brings back a whisky for the parrot and forgets the coffee.

When this omission is pointed out to her the parrot drains its glass and bawls "And get me another whisky you idiot". Quite upset, the girl comes back shaking with another whisky but still no coffee.

Unaccustomed to such slackness the man tries the parrot’s approach "I’ve asked you twice for a coffee, go and get it now or I’ll kick you".

The next moment, both he and the parrot have been wrenched up and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly stewards. Plunging downwards the parrot turns to him and says "For someone who can’t fly, you complain too much!"


Risk more than others think is safe.

Care more than others think is wise.

Dream more than others think is practical.

Expect more than others think is possible.

West Point cadet maxim


It was the end of the day when a cop parked his police van in front of the station. As he gathered his equipment, his K-9 partner was barking and he saw a little boy staring in at him.

"Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.

"It sure is," he replied.

Puzzled, the boy looked at him and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What’d he do?"


Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Samuel Ullman


While talking with my semi-deaf uncle one evening, I noticed that his "hearing aid" was actually an earphone from a transistor radio. The wire had been cut and was sticking out of his shirt.

"How does that help your hearing?" I asked.

"Don’t help my hearing none," he replied. "Makes people talk louder."


Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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