Ray's musings and humor

We can do it!

If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

Edward Everett Hale




If you are like I am you are finding the challenges we face these days to be somewhat daunting. I have watched my nest egg shrink, the value of my home drop and way too many friends and neighbors lose their jobs, income and/or savings. We face so many decisions as we must make life style adjustments about what we might do that it becomes overwhelming. I am afraid far too many of us try to do everything at once, striking out in every direction only creating chaos and frustration while making little if any real progress. Others just find the effort so frightening that they fall into deep depression and just stop trying.

In reality we really don’t have to do everything at once or in haste. An actor friend recently told me that in his experience the slower (maybe he meant more deliberate) you go, the faster you get there. When we choose one or two things to concentrate on we can monitor or progress and adjust as we need to. By laying out an action plan that we can implement logically a step at a time we not only will be more effective we also will reap the rewards that come from successfully completing each task along the way. I think too many of us think in black and white terms; no job today – failure….hired today – success. In reality each step moving us closer to our goal is a success; even missteps are learning experiences that eliminate an option thus giving us greater focus on what might work.

Some time ago I took a tutorial offered by life coach Michael Bungay Stanier that included this offering which I think is on point.

"When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done."

Over the last ten days you’ve been thinking about what might contribute to a life of fun, inspiration and action for you.

You’ve thought about

==> What do you want?

==> Where are you stuck?

==> What’s possible?

==> What do you already know?

And now, the final question:  What will you do?

If you don’t act, the moment passes.

And nothing changes.


So what can you do about it?


You don’t have to come up with a master plan to change the world or change your life.

Pick one area you’d like to focus on.

Get clear on what you’d like to be different, what success looks like.

And define the next step that you need to take to move towards that success.

It almost certainly won’t be a big thing.  But it will be something, and that’s what matters.

Just the next step.

So… What will you do?


All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale


Boy is this right on!

You Live in California when…

1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.

2. The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.

3. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.

4. You know how to eat an artichoke.

5. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.

6. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.

You Live in New York City when…

1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.

2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

3. You can get into a 4-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.

4. You think Central Park is "nature,"

5. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.

6. You’ve worn out your car horn.

7. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You Live in the Deep South when…

1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.

2."Ya’ll" is singular and "all ya’ll" is plural.

3. After 5 years you still hear, "You ain’t from ’round here, are Ya?"

4. "He needed killin’” is a valid defense.

5. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, etc.

You live in the Midwest when…

1. You’ve never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.

2. Your idea of a traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a tractor.

3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.

4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where’s my coat at?"

5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"

You live in Florida when…

1.  You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.

2.  All purchases include a coupon of some kind — even houses and cars.

3.  Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.

4.  Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.

5.  Cars in front of you are often driven by headless people.


The small choices and decisions we make a hundred times a day add up to determining the kind of world we live in.

Harold S. Kushner Rabbi


"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder." Alfred Hitchcock


A farmer purchases an old, run-down, abandoned farm with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise. The fields are grown over with weeds, the farmhouse is falling apart, and the fences are collapsing all around.

During his first day of work, the town preacher stops by to bless the man’s work, saying, "May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!"

A few months later, the preacher stops by again to call on the farmer. Lo and behold, it’s like a completely different place–the farm house is completely rebuilt and in excellent condition, there is plenty of cattle and other livestock happily munching on feed in well-fenced pens, and the fields are filled with crops planted in neat rows. "Amazing!" the preacher says. "Look what God and you have accomplished together!"

"Yes, reverend," says the farmer, "but remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!"


"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."

Paul Boese


A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit."

"And why not, darling?"

"You know that it always gives you a headache next morning."


Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train Americans to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?


We get through to people to the extent that we have unconditional regard for them as human beings.

Carl Rodgers


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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The editor is somewhat senile.


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