Ray's musings and humor

Pereverance Pays!

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.

Henry Ward Beecher




A friend of mine owns a video production company and he like so many others has seen his business suffer due to the severe economic problems that exist today. The companies that normally would buy his services are strapped for cash as their sales have plummeted. I know others who are caught in the same bind, they have the products but they lack buyers. Unfortunately many spend their time bemoaning their plight, tightening their belts and waiting for things to change, some even just give up. Fortunately my friend is not one of those.

In the years I have known him I have been impressed with his creative ability to reinvent himself and his offerings. He continuously displays objectivity, optimism, flexibility and perseverance. While far too many either give up, accepting what they believe is their fate or putting more time, money and energy into an unrealistic effort to save the unsalvageable.

In my friends case he first sold his skills to others when they needed his expertise, he did this as an independent contractor providing him income and an ever expanding network of prospects and clients. He did not stop there, he partnered with others who had technical and communication skills that complimented his own and they now provide a full line of services at a modest cost that will help small companies succeed in today’s competitive environment.

My friend is one of my heroes; he has demonstrated that the combination of will and a positive attitude can make what may appear to be impossible barriers just detours that often result in reaching an even better destination.

Our old friend Ralph Marston wrote a piece not too long ago that has some of the elements that I am sure contributed to my friend’s success – realism and tenacity. Here is what he wrote:


There are many things you can change, and there are many things you simply cannot change. Both kinds of things can add value to your life.

With the things you can change, you have the opportunity to improve the circumstances in your own life and in the world around you. In dealing with the things you cannot change, you can grow stronger and develop real wisdom, patience, acceptance, and flexibility.

There is much you can learn from the things you cannot change. You can use that knowledge and experience to positively affect those things you can change.

The things you cannot change give you a base from which to work. The things you can change give you an ever-increasing world of possibilities.

By gently accepting what you cannot change and finding positive ways to deal with it, you lay the groundwork for success. By understanding what you can change and finding positive ways to put that change to work, success and achievement begin to happen.

What a blessing it is to live in a world where there are both things you can change and things you cannot. Each turn of events, in its own way, gives you the opportunity for adding richness to life.


When the world says, "Give up,"

Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."


Mom was getting swamped with calls from strangers.  The reason?  A medical billing service had launched an 800 number that was identical to hers.  When she called to complain, she was told to get a new number.  I’ve had mine for twenty years," she pleaded.  "Couldn’t you change yours?"

The company refused.

So Mom said, "Fine.  From now on, I’m going to tell everyone who calls that the bill is paid in full."

The company got a new number the next day.


"I’m just a poor preacher."

"I know. I’ve heard your sermons."


A college student challenged a senior citizen saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his. "You grew up in a different world," the student said. "Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers . . . "

Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the senior said, "You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young. So we invented them!"


The argument you just won with your spouse isn’t over yet


On a recent flight, an elderly passenger kept peering out the window. Since it was totally dark, all she could see was the blinking wing-tip light.  Finally, she rang for the flight attendant.

"I’m sorry to bother you," she said, "but I think you should inform the pilot that his left-turn indicator is on and has been for some time."


Boy is this true!!! The problem with telephones is that they never nap when you do.


Upon arriving home in eager anticipation of a leisurely evening, the husband was met at the door by his sobbing wife. Tearfully she explained, "It’s the druggist – he insulted me terribly this morning on the phone."

Immediately the husband drove downtown to accost the druggist and demand an apology. Before he could say more than a word or two, the druggist told him, "Now, just a minute – listen to my side of it.  This morning the alarm failed to go off, so I was late getting up.  I went without breakfast and hurried out to the car, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t lock the house with both house and car keys inside.  I had to break a window to get my keys.

Driving a little too fast, I got a speeding ticket.  Then, about three blocks from the store I had a flat tire.  When I finally got to the store there was a bunch of people waiting for me to open up.  I got the store opened and started waiting on these people, and all the time the darn phone was ringing its head off.  Then I had to break a roll of nickels against the cash register drawer to make change, and they spilled all over the floor.

I got down on my hands and knees to pick up the nickels – the phone is still ringing – when I came up I cracked my head on the open cash drawer, which made me stagger back against a showcase with a bunch of perfume bottles on it, and half of them hit the floor and broke.  The phone is still ringing with no let up, and I finally got back to answer it.

It was your wife – she wanted to know how to use a rectal thermometer.

And Mister, I TOLD HER!"


Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.


A lady was taking her time browsing through everything at a yard sale and said to the hostess, "My husband is going to be very angry when he finds out I stopped at a yard sale."

"I’m sure he’ll understand when you tell him about all the bargains," the hostess replied.

"Normally, yes," the lady said. "But he just broke his leg, and he’s waiting for me to take him to the hospital to have it set."


It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

James Thurber


In the presence of a client he wished to impress, a high-powered executive flipped on his intercom switch and barked to his secretary, "Miss Jones, get my broker!"

The visitor was duly impressed until the secretary’s voice floated back into the room, loud and clear and said, "Yes, sir. Stock or pawn?"


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

You are the guy who’ll decide where to go. ”

Dr. Seuss


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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