Ray's musings and humor

Hang In There

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster.

One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.

Chinese proverb



As we watch the results of panic that are around us these days it is worth our stopping and taking a breath and exercising patience. It seems like so many are jumping ship that the ship itself is in danger of floundering. I don’t know if my failing to go with the crowd by selling off my holdings will result in my total recovery of what are now paper losses, but I do know if I sell my holdings now all I will have is what they are worth today. I have chosen to be patient, tighten my belt for hopefully just a year or two and ride out the storm and joining in the recovery.

I wonder sometimes if we have been so conditioned by our ability to achieve instant gratification that we have lost the ability to wait until the time is right to take action. Too many have bought today with dollars they thought they would have tomorrow only to find they are not there. Many of our children have never had to make an alternate choice because getting what the wanted was always easy.

It seems to me that when things come too easy we lose our ability to cope with reality. So now for many it is time to discover that it isn’t always easy. In my experience it is those things that we have earned through patient planning and practical acquisition that are most dear.

Right now I may have less in the purse but I have as much if not more in the heart. Maybe I’ll even learn to appreciate all I do have even more.

So my friends I hope that you can find a way to patiently ride out your storms, I know if you do you’ll find your arrival in a safe harbor to be worth the effort.

Here is some counsel from our old friend Ralph Marston that is worth reading:

Think of a time when your reaction to bad news ended up being worse than the bad news itself. Now consider that if you have the power to make something worse by the way you respond, you also have the power to make it better.

Look back over the events in your life, and you’ll see what a powerful role your responses have played. Certainly whatever happens to you has an influence, but what you do about it usually has an even greater influence.

It has been your responses, not the events that preceded them, which have brought you to where you are. And no matter what may come your way, you have the power to respond in whatever way you choose.

So you can blame the weak economy for your misfortune, or you can find in it an opportunity to create new value. You can curse the nasty weather, or you can use it as a time to move forward. You can complain that those around you don’t understand, or you can seek to strengthen your own understanding. You can let yourself be tossed around by random events, or you can direct them all toward your most treasured dream.

How will you respond to the events of life this very day? Whatever you choose, keep in mind that it can make all the difference in the world.


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

Helen Keller


Over dinner, Jill said to John, "I met this horrible and rude man downtown this morning, and right away I knew he was a troublemaker. He started to insult me; he used really bad language; he even threatened me!"

"How did you meet this fellow?" John asked, very concerned.

Jill said, "Well, we met by accident, I hit him with the car."


Here’s a new invention — a solar-powered clothes dryer. It’s called a clothes line


He said: My job is in the Aerospace industry and it’s always been a challenge to explain just what kind of work I do.

At one gathering, I tried several unsuccessful attempted explanations before deciding to be as generic as possible. When the subject came up while I was talking with a group of guys, I replied simply, "Defense Contractor."

The men nodded and as the conversation went on, I silently declared victory to myself. Then one of them turned to me and asked, "So, what do you put up mainly? Chain link?"


When I was a child, I remember my mom telling me, "Son, when you grow up, you can marry any girl you please." When I became a young man, I learned the sad fact was that I could not please any of them.


She said: We had been on the road for 15 hours en route from New York to California and were looking for a place to spend the night. At four different motels, however, we were told, "Sorry, no vacancies."

Heading back to the car, my seven-year-old son asked solemnly, "Mom, are we vacancies?"


Many of our fears are tissue paper thin and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.

Brendan Francis Behan


Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her minister. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I had a DREADFUL fight!"

"Calm down, my child," said the minister, "it’s not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight!"

"I know, I know!" said Joanna. "But what am I going to do with the BODY?"


Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.



A drunkard was brought to court. Just before the trial there was a commotion in the gallery. The judge pounded the gravel on his table and shouted, "Order, order."

The drunkard immediately responded, "Thank you, you honor, I’ll have a Scotch and soda."


The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.


An 85-year-old widow went on a blind date with a 90-year-old man. When she returned to her daughter’s house later that night, she seemed upset.

"What happened, Mother?" the daughter asked.

"I had to slap his face three times!"

"You mean he got fresh?"

"No," she answered, "I thought he was dead."


There are three types of people: Those who can count, and those who can’t.


A woman and a baby waited in the doctor’s examining room, waiting for him to come in. The doctor arrived, examined the baby, checked his weight and commented the baby wasn’t gaining enough weight. He then asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.

"Breast fed," the woman replied.

"Well, strip down to your waist," the doctor ordered. She did.

He pressed, kneaded, and pinched both breasts for a while in a detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed he said, "No wonder this baby is hungry. You don’t have any milk."

"I know," she said, "I’m his Grandma … but I’m glad I came."


You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster



Everyone has some adversity. Everybody has a battle in their lives, and some are more traumatic or obvious than others. You don’t necessarily have to win. You have to endure.

Nancy Grace


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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