Ray's musings and humor

Which are you?

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

Edmund Burke


I was at an Indiana Council on World Affairs dinner last night that included a presentation by an historian who just returned from Egypt last Sunday. She reported on her experiences and her on the ground observations during the recent uprising in Egypt. She also discussed the potential for positive change after so many decades of autocratic rule. In addition she shared her hope that Egypt’s forthcoming elections will result in new legislation that will remove laws that have sanctioned gender inequities in the past.

A question was asked near the close if she was optimistic or pessimistic about Egypt making positive changes and her reply hit home for me. She answered “I am optimistic, you can’t be an advocate for change and be a pessimist for if you are you might as well just stay home.” I may not have quoted her accurately but I think the concept is right on. As I thought about the many challenges we all face in our lives I again realized that if you are pessimistic as you work to over come obstacles it is highly likely that you will fail due in part to your belief that you will fail. In fact often the pessimist won’t even attempt try to overcome the barriers they face because they are so sure they won’t be able to.

I have had the good fortune to meet and work with many awesome achievers over the years and the one thing they have had in common is an intolerance of excessive negativism, these are the folks that go out and get things done while most everyone else is spending their time explaining why things can’t be done. Winners expect to win and most often they do and when they don’t they learn from the experience, reprogram and move on, ready to play another day.

I feel sorry for the pessimist for they seldom will get a chance to stand on the top of the battlements proudly holding the flag of victory and they frequently miss the good feeling that comes at the end of day from be able to reflect back on a job well done. Few of us get a chance to change the world but all of us get a chance to make it a little better. We face a lot of challenges in the world today but I am optimistic that we will survive. Why am I optimistic? I am because I know that there are so many of you, and others like you that don’t stand back, you roll up your sleeves and ask “How can help, show me what to do,” and my friends I am grateful that you do.


One must wager on the future. To save the life of a single child, no effort is superfluous. To make a tired old man smile is to perform an essential task. To defeat injustice and misfortune, if only for one instant, for a single victim, is to invent a new reason to hope.

Elie Wiesel


Why the Military can’t communicate with each other. . .

If you tell the Navy to secure a building, they will turn out the lights and lock the door.

If you tell the Army to secure a building, they will occupy it and forbid entry to those without a pass.

If you tell the Marines to secure a building, they assault with heavy fire, capture the building, fortify it and call for an air strike.

If you tell the Air Force to secure a building, they will negotiate a three year lease with an option to buy.


I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

Woodrow Wilson


There was a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies, and her mother told her no.

The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Veronica, we just have half of the aisles to go through—don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

Soon, they came to the candy aisle, and the little girl began to shout for candy. When told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry.

The mother said, “There, there, Veronica, don’t cry—only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

When they got to the checkout stand, the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there’d be no gum purchased.

The mother patiently said, “Veronica, we’ll be through this checkout stand in 5 minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The bagger followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her, “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Veronica.”

The mother replied, “I’m Veronica—my little girl’s name is Jenny.”


Garden Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.


I was browsing in a souvenir shop when the man next to me struck up a conversation. Just as he was telling me that his wife was getting carried away with her shopping, a brief power shortage caused the lights to flicker overhead.   “That,” he sighed, “must be her checking out now.


“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.”



A family who had just moved into a new neighborhood was anxious to make a good impression, but the neighbors seemed cold and made no overtures of welcome.  The mother of the brood was overjoyed when finally her youngest son ran in and announced happily, “Mommy, the lady down the street asked my name today!”

“Oh, how nice!” exclaimed the mother enthusiastically. “And then what did she do?”

“Then she gave it to the policeman.” said the boy.


If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison


This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.

He immediately phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?” and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.

George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”

Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the policemen said to George: “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”


“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

Earl Nightingale


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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