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Obstacles create opportunities

“Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals – Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want”

Marsha Sinetar




I attended a seminar at Butler University last night, the discussion centered on the emerging global powers in relationship to the US. During the evening we viewed a number of charts that showed how India, China and Brazil as well as others would have positive growth this year while we were expecting negative growth. Other charts showed how we had lost alliances over the past eight years as most of the world no longer held us in high esteem because of our foreign policy and other factors, fortunately that view is changing. The point was that the data was not based on conjecture or speculation but on raw facts and validated surveys. At the end of the evening an attendee suggested that the program was anti-US because the facts shown were negative. I was disappointed in the comment as there had been no negative criticism of the US, rather we were presented with the challenges we face and some of the positive steps we are undertaking to solve our problems.

As I thought about the issue I began to believe that only one of two things would have satisfied the critic, either falsifying the numbers or by totally ignoring reality. You know in sales we always want to get the prospect to let us know his objections so we can deal them and then make the sale. I think it is the same in today’s world with all the challenges we face, we must face facts and then do what is necessary to move ahead. However there seems to be many who don’t believe we have economic or geopolitical problems. Some don’t even think there is climate change even as the polar ice caps are melting at a record pace.

We can and we will overcome our problems, but not by pretending they don’t exist. We’ll do so by pulling ourselves up, making what ever adjustments we need to make and investing in our futures through the constructive steps we take. And that is also what we must do in our own private lives. It may not be easy; it may take a lot longer than we would like, but if we let ourselves drop out because it is easier to find excuses than to take action we will risk missing our opportunity to build a better life in the years ahead.


“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”

Abraham Lincoln


An elderly lady was concerned about her husband’s hearing. It seemed that every time she would call him, he wouldn’t respond. So, the lady went to the doctor to ask his advice.

The doctor said to her, "when you go home, tell your husband to stand at the end of the hallway, and you should stand at the other end.

Ask him what he wants for dinner. Continue to move him closer towards you until he responds to your question so you know exactly how far away he is from you when he finally hears you."

She thought this was a great idea. When she got home, she placed her husband at the end of the hallway and yelled, "Herbert, what do you want for dinner?"

There was no response. She moved 10 feet closer.

Again she yelled, "Herbert, what do you want for dinner?"

No response.

She moved another 15 feet closer to where she was now practically face to face with her husband.

She yelled even louder this time, "HERBERT, what do you want for dinner?!!"

Herbert yelled back at her, "For the THIRD time, I want chicken!!"


Things could be worse…Martha Stewart could be your mother-in-law.


There were these two elderly people living in a Florida mobile home park. He was a widower and she a widow. They had known one another for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the big activity center. These two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he made a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered up his courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?"

After a dramatic pause and precisely six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered. "Yes. Yes, I will." The meal ended with a few more pleasant exchanges and they went to their respective places.

Next morning, he was troubled. "Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?" He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained to her that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he then inquired of her, "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?"

He was delighted to hear her say, "Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart." Then she continued, "And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me."


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim


Mrs. Finkel was in her garden, hanging up her washing on the line when her gossipy neighbor poked her head over the fence.

"I hate to tell you this, Rachel," said the gossip, "but there’s a rumor that your husband, Abe, is chasing young women. And at his age too!" she clucked like a chicken. "He’s seventy-five, no?"

"Nu, so he’s seventy-five," replied Mrs Finkel. "So let him chase girls. Dogs chase cars – but when they catch one, can they drive it?"


Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.


A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race begin?"

The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and all mankind was made."

Two days later, the girl asked her father the same question, "How did the human race begin?"

The father answered, "Many years ago, there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said it developed from monkeys?"

The mother answered, "Well, dear, it’s very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."


When everyone thinks alike not much gets thought.

Johan Norberg


A guy and a girl are having a drink together in a bar. The man raises his glass and says, "Here’s hoping you’re in Heaven ten minutes before the devil knows you’re dead!"

"What’s that mean?" asks the girl.

"That," answers her date, "is an authentic Irish toast."

"Oh. Well, here’s to bread, eggs and cinnamon!"

"Bread, eggs and cinnamon? What’s that?"

The girl says, "That’s French toast."


No tool is more beneficial than intelligence.

No enemy is more harmful than ignorance.

Abu Abdullah Muhammad al-Harithi al-Baghdadi al-Mufid


Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench in Brent Cross shopping center talking about (what else?) how much their sons love them.

Sadie says, "You know the Chagall painting hanging in my living room? My son, Arnold, bought that for me for my 75th birthday. What a good boy he is and how much he loves his mother."

Minnie says,"You call that love? You know the Mercedes I just got for Mother’s Day? That’s from my son Bernie. What a doll."

Shirley says "That’s nothing. You know my son Stanley? He’s in analysis with a psychoanalyst in Harley Street, five sessions a week. And what does he talk about? Me!"


“Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.”

Author Unknown


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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