Ray's musings and humor

"Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Lou Holtz



I had one of those really full but rewarding days yesterday. I started very early with a brainstorming meeting with a friend who has developed a program to help businesses succeed through the strategic use of skilled talent that is available these days for both short and long term assignments.

I was also in morning discussions around strategies to build self esteem in the chronically depressed. Sadly too many don’t think well enough of themselves to communicate what they can do and when that happens it makes things even worse. We talked about how finding non-threatening volunteer opportunities that they could do and taste successes might be helpful in implementing a process that would result in their returning to a level of confidence that could then be expanded.

In the afternoon I attended an exciting meeting that laid the foundation for a partnership between organizations that will give city kids a chance to participate in a golfing experience this summer. What made this meeting special was that it brought our cities parks program, a community multi-service center, one of the nation’s most prestigious golf courses and our local Kiwanis Club together for the benefit of children who don’t have much to brighten their lives.

If that was not enough I was privileged to be asked to participate in a planning meeting between a neighborhood community association, the Purdue extension service, the local multi-service center, the head of an exciting community gardens program and representatives from both our Kiwanis club and an active Rotary club. It marked the beginning of an effort to provide community vegetable garden programs, nutrition education programs, and opportunities for seniors to stay active while making fresh food available to folks who live in the area. There is even a community market on the drawing board. I was glad that I was allowed to participate in the discussion for it was heartwarming to see how the synergism of a diverse set of interests and resources can be brought together to accomplish far more than they could by themselves.

I ended my day at a presentation by Catholic Relief on the church in Cuba that included an excellent discussion on Cuba today and the possibilities for Cuba tomorrow. Many of the folks in attendance have participated in humatarian visits to Cuba over the past ten years and it was great to hear first hand objective reports on the good people of Cuba who have had little for far too long.

Yep, it was a full day; I was totally worn out by the time I got home. While I don’t have the stamina I once had nor has my health made me reliable enough to commit to ongoing responsible roles, I am grateful that I have been given so many opportunities to do what I can.

In that same vein here is something I got e-mailed from Ralph Marston a couple of days ago that I think is right on target.

Do all you can, when you can, with what you have. Though it may sometimes seem that you’re not getting much accomplished, the only alternative is to get nothing accomplished.

To make progress you must be actively making an effort. With each effort, at the very least you gain experience, exposure, knowledge and competence.

To find what you’re looking for, you must be looking. To come across a great opportunity, you must be in motion.

By all means, go ahead and dream big, wonderful and meaningful dreams. Then let those dreams motivate you to get up and get busy making them real.

Circumstances may indeed push against you, but they cannot hold you back. Always, there is something you can do, some move you can make, some new approach you can follow.

Jump into life, get yourself in motion, and make a positive difference every chance you get. Persist, keep yourself moving, and you’ll absolutely get where you wish to go.


The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

Stephen R. Covey


I called to make airline reservations and was put on hold. After several minutes of taped music, a recorded voice came on: "If you have been waiting longer than ten minutes, press eight. This will not speed up your call, but it will give you something to do while you wait."


Among the most effective labor-saving devices is the neighbor who hasn’t returned your garden tools.


There was a tailor named Mendel and he was worried about his business. Mendel was down to his last $50 and was torn between buying a sign and getting food for his family. Mendel decided to pray.

"Dear God," he said, "I don’t know what to do. If I buy a sign it may bring in business, but I need to buy groceries for my family…and if the sign doesn’t bring in sales, we will starve."

God replied, "Mendel, buy the sign. Don’t worry, your family won’t starve."

So, Mendel bought the sign and business took off. The tailor fed his family and all was well. However, as time passed it became evident that Mendel couldn’t keep up with orders all by himself. He contemplated hiring on a helper, but wondered if he could afford it. So, he asked God if getting help would be a prudent move.

"Go ahead," God tells Mendel, "hire some help, you’ll do okay."

And so Mendel did. And business took off beyond his wildest dreams. After a time, the tailor decided to move to a larger site that would accommodate the growing demands of his business. As he surveyed certain locations, he found a perfect storefront, but the rental price was really steep.

"God," Mendel again prayed, "I found the perfect place to relocate my business. But the cost of the lease worries me. I don’t want to get in over my head."

"Go ahead and a get a lease on the store, Mendel," said God. "Trust me, you’ll be okay–I haven’t steered you wrong yet, have I?"

So Mendel signed a lease on the 5th Avenue store and profits from his business went through the roof. Out of heartfelt gratitude, Mendel proposed to the Almighty that he dedicate the store to Him.

"How do you like the name "Yaweh and Mendel," the tailor asked.

"Nah," God said. "Let’s go with ‘Lord and Taylor.’"


Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts.

Helen Gahagan Douglas


An old wild west fort is about to be attacked. The wily old General sends for his trusty Indian Scout. "Yumti-Bi," he said, "you must use all your thirty years of skill in trying to estimate the sort of army we are up against here." Yumti-Bi laid down and put his ear to the ground… "Heap large war party," he says, "maybe three hundred braves, four chiefs, two on black stallions, two on white stallions. All have war paint…many many guns. Medicine man also with them." "Good grief!" exclaims the General, "you can tell all of that just by listening to the ground???" "No, General," replied the Indian, "I can see under the gate…"


Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Dr. Seuss


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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