Ray's musings and humor

Where will you be?

If things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Roger Babson



I find as I implement a more frugal lifestyle that I am learning more about myself. I have been especially looking forward to a cruise that I had booked for next spring since it was going to be my first trip on that cruise line and be on a ship that I wanted to sail. But as I started to feel remorse that I had to cancel the booking I realized that I already had cruised more times than almost anyone I know so I really had no right to complain. I felt the same as I reluctantly decided not to renew many of my memberships in cultural institutions, community organizations and the like. I decided if I was not making an active personal contribution to what they were doing they would not miss me. I unfortunately had to also prioritize my charitable contributions; I don’t have as much in total to contribute as I have in the past so something has to give. I want to give all I can and even more to those who are helping people through these hard times the others will just have to wait until another time.

Many of my friends and family are worried about the future and the possibility that they face even further losses in net worth. While I face the same possibility I am more fortunate than most since I usually don’t worry until I have to do something to solve the problem. So right now rather than worrying about what might happen I am dealing with what is happening and laying contingency plans for handling what’s ahead. I know it is hard not to worry but it can be done. Here are some thoughts that I found in an article by Beth Tabak that are worth considering.

1~ Know that you can be worry-free- What we think about is a choice. It seems hard to stop because we develop a habit. The brain likes short cuts, but we can change those patterns with conscious effort.

2~ Explore the source of your concern- Is there a limiting belief or perception in the way? Is it legitimate or an over active imagination? Is it warning you of impending danger or is it the reaction of an over active habitual thought pattern?

3A~ If legitimate, shift into action, then trust- Gather information/ resources on the situation. Prepare. Take action, mentally and physically, to make the best of the situation. Stay in a place of trust (in yourself, others, God) that you are capable of handling the situation. Get the help you need. Be open to see all choices. Talk with others.

3B~ If over exaggeration, shift to a new positive place- Shift habitual thought patterns by choosing to stay in the present, stay in a place of trust, or wait until there is good reason to worry. Take action to become prepared. Remember, thoughts are a choice.

4~ Follow Intuition- Once the chaos is out of your head pay attention to your intuition, inklings, gut feelings, etc. that are guiding you to make the choice you can feel good about.

There is way too much in life that we can’t change, we can either spend our time complaining and hoping for miracles or we can adapt and find a new and often better way of life. Oh and by the way I will not be joining the moaning and groaning choir this weekend, I’ll be in the hills listening to the sound of music, I hope to see you there.


If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.

Dean Smith


More signs of the times:

Podiatrist’s Window:    Time wounds all heels.

Butcher’s window:       Let me meat your needs.

Used Car Lot:           Second Hand cars in first crash condition

Sign on Fence:          Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive."

Car Dealership:         The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.

Muffler Shop:           No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you coming.

Hotel:                  Help!" We need inn – experienced people.

Butcher’s Window:       Pleased to meat you.

Auto Body Shop: May we have the next dents?

Sign in an office:      We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.


No one ever says "It’s only a game," when their team is winning.


"College Tidbits"

*"Eight long years of college." moaned the budding Yuppette. "And just who has it gotten me?"

* One of the professors at Vassar requested medical leave for the day. In the space listing reason for request, she put, "Perrier on the knee."

* Father: "Son, I’m very worried about you being at the bottom of your class."  Son: "Don’t fret Dad. They teach the same stuff to both ends."

* In a way, colleges & insane asylums are both mental institutions.  The major difference being you have to show some improvement to "graduate" from an asylum.

* A student comes back to the dorm & finds his roommate near tears. "What’s the matter, pal?" he asked.  "I wrote home for my parents to send money so that I could buy a laptop, and they sent me the laptop." he moaned.

*The college President hired a new Admissions Administrator.  At the conclusion of the interview he said, "Please don’t tell anyone what we’re paying you." "Don’t worry Sir." the new bureaucrat replied.  "I’m as ashamed of my salary as you are."


"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

Morris West


A North Carolina man, having bought several expensive cigars, insured them against… get this… fire. After he had smoked them, he then decided that he had a claim against the insurance company and filed. The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigar normally. The man sued. The judge stated that since the company had insured the cigars against fire, they were obligated to pay. After the man accepted payment for his claim, the company then had him arrested ….. for arson.


A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" Annie replied, "Because people are sleeping."


The preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church.

"Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out to shake Joanthan’s hand.

As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan’s hand. "What’s this?" the preacher asked.

"Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It’s for you!"

"I don’t want to take your money, Jonathan," the preacher answered.

"I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you’re the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you."


Half the people you know are below average.


The kids said:


"Eighty-four. Because at that age, you don’t have to work anymore, and you can spend all your time loving each other." (Judy, 8)

"Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife." (Tommy, 5)


"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." (Mike, 10)


"You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a big ring and her own VCR, ’cause she’ll want to have videos of the wedding." (Jim, 10)

"Never kiss in front of other people. It’s a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you. But if nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." (Kally, 9)


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

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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