Ray's musings and humor

Never give up on hope

“Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive.

If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”

Erik Erikson


I had coffee with a friend a few days ago who works as a Mortgage Mitigator, someone who does what he can to help those about to lose their homes because of foreclosure. Most of the people he talks with have faced job loss, monthly payments that have exceeded their ability to keep up and who live in houses that have fallen in value and now are worth much less than what they owe on their mortgage. He reported to me that most of the people he talks to are good people, folks that always have paid their bills and want to keep doing so but can’t. Some are even old folks who have seen their pensions reduced or eliminated, their life savings depleted or staggering medical costs that have taken most of what they had.

This is the toughest job my friend has ever had. He talks to dozens of folks all over the country each week and is only able to help a few. He feels the pain of all the people that will find themselves without a place to live and who have reached the stage where they have lost hope. My friend feels that something must be done for these people but he does not know what that might be. It is really tough to let ourselves fall into a place where we see little or no hope for hopelessness results in giving up, unbearable depression and often severe illness  even death.

I suggested to my friend that I would be personally focusing on those I have helped so I knew I had made a difference for some and care for those I can’t help while trying not to reinforce hopelessness.

I left my friend feeling that I needed to be sensitive to those around me these days who are facing financial, health, or other problems so that I can share my experiences how hope has worked for me so often in the past. I have found that hope often provides us time and the motivation to find alternatives. If nothing else hope can result in our examining what is good in our lives and what things that are really not critical to our existence. In my heart I know there is little to life without hope and I also know that hope often provides the bridge we need to walk on as we move from despair to a happier day.

So won’t you join me and become a spreader of hope? Let the following help you understand why:

7 Characteristics of Hope

Hope lights a candle instead of cursing the darkness.

Hope opens doors where despair closes them.

Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst in them.

Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot be done.

Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of mankind.

Hope regards problems, small or large, as chances to discover new blessings.

Hope cherishes no illusions, nor does it yield to cynicism.



“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”

French Proverb


Kids who understand:

“Remember you’re never too old to hold your father’s hand.” – Molly, age 11

“Listen to your brain. It has lots of information.” – Chelsey, age 7

“Stay away from prunes.” – Randy, age 9

“Never dare your little brother to paint the family car.” – Phillip, age 13


Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.


In the world of physics, we’ve all heard of the “Doppler Effect” which causes train whistles to sound higher in pitch as the train approaches and then sound lower in pitch as the train recedes. There is, however, a lesser-known effect called the “Dopeler Effect.” The Dopeler Effect is the tendency of stupid ideas to sound much smarter when they came at you quickly


If at first you don’t succeed, you’ve failed again


A pastor went out one Saturday to visit his church members.  At one house it was obvious that someone was home, but nobody came to the door even though the pastor had knocked several times.  Finally, the pastor took out his card and wrote “Revelations 3:20” on the back of it, and stuck it in the door. {Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and him with me.}

The next day, the card turned up in the collection plate.  Below the pastor’s message was the notation “Genesis 3:10”. {I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.}


The strongest warriors are these two: time and patience.

Leo Tolstoy


The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of more food, but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

George Carlin


Make yourself at home! Clean my kitchen.


“My uncle in Detroit tried to make a new kind of car. He took the engine from a Ford, the transmission from a Toyota, the tires from a Cadillac, and the exhaust system from a Honda.”

“Really? What did he get?”

“Fifteen years.”


 “May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.”


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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