Ray's musings and humor

Tenacity pays!

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”

Vince Lombardi


It’s been quite a weekend. As most of you know we are in the middle of so called March Madness here in the US which is the huge basketball tournament held annually to determine our nations top college team. If you remember last year a little Indianapolis School, Butler University made it to the final game and missed the National Championship by one basket. It was called a Cinderella story for a small Midwest school to reach such heights and few thought that it would ever happen again. But here we are, Butler after losing their best player last year and taking awhile to really get going this year has again one of the four teams left in the tournament. They beat team after team, always the underdog, yet finding a way to win each game, often with only seconds to play.

They have done it by solid team play, never giving up and they have done it with student athletes who were passed up by all the big basketball powerhouses and they did it with a young coach. Their coach quit his job with a pharmaceutical company not too many years ago to work as a volunteer assistant coach at Butler and became the head coach not that long after and now while still young is leading his team to his second opportunity to go all the way to the top. It truly is the stuff that creates legends that will be long remembered. Those of us who live in Indianapolis bask in their glory. In fact tomorrow I will be attending a lecture at the home of the Bulldogs, Butler University  the place where dreams come true.

If that were not enough my granddaughter who had to miss one Gymnastic season as cartilage was replaced in her knee followed by months of rehab only to fracture a bone in her first national competition this season competed in one of the last meets of the year on Saturday. She was only healed enough to compete on the Balance Beam and on Bars but she did amazingly well taking sixth on beam and second on Bars. The thing that always impresses me is how she never quits, even during her toughest days she was working out and still was at the gym everyday. In three weeks she will compete in another national meet in Cleveland and I wish her well. Win or lose she will always be one of my heroes for she manages her time as well as anyone I know, has lots of friends, excels in school and still volunteers to help others when she can.

Oh by the way I did handle more than 700 of the e-mails that had backed up, I still have more to go but I’m getting there. One of them was from a colleague from my distant path that contains sound advice no matter what your beliefs may be. Here is what he sent:

1]  Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in  trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.

2]  So why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD  so large and the Rear view Mirror  so small?  Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.  So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3]  Friendship is like a BOOK.  It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary.  If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever.  If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold!  New Friends are Diamond!  If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

6]  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

7]  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8]   A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?”  He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!” 

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.


“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

Samuel Johnson


A salesman, tired of his job, gave it up to become a policeman. Several months later, a friend asked him how he liked his new role. “Well,” he replied, “the pay is good and the hours aren’t bad, but what I like best is that the customer is always wrong.”


I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.



A very nervous man, accompanied by his nagging wife, was examined by a doctor.

After checking the chart, he nodded and wrote the man a prescription for a powerful tranquilizer.

The man asked, “How often do I take these.”

“Let’s start off with once every six hours. But they’re not for you.” replied the doctor. “They’re for your wife.”


I’ve changed my mind a dozen times.  It seems to work better now.


While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 50 years ago.

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my classmate.

After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Central high school.

“Yes,” he replied.

“When did you graduate?” I asked.

He answered, “In 1952.”

“Why, you were in my class!” I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely and then asked, “What did you teach?”


It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.


There were two couples who played golf together regularly at their club, and on the sixth hole, a par four, the second shot to the green must carry 80 yards over water. One of the women, Mrs. Nesmith, for over a year, could never carry the water, and would always hit into it, totally psyched out by the presence of the water. Her friend in the group suggested that she might want to see a hynotherapist that could be of help in this situation. So the woman went to a hypnotherapist for four sessions.

During the sessions, the woman was hypnotized and the therapist would “plant suggestions” that when playing the second shot on the sixth hole, she would not see water, but rather a plush green fairway leading all the way up to the green.

Six months pass and a golfer at the club asked “Whatever happened to Mrs. Nesmith? She hasn’t been playing golf at the club for almost four months now.” The golfer was informed that five months earlier, Mrs. Nesmith had drowned at the par four sixth!!!


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.


Tenant: The people upstairs are very annoying. Last night they stomped and banged on the floor until after midnight.

Landlord: Did they wake you?

Tenant: No. Luckily I was up, playin’ my tuba.”


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”

Amelia Earhart


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

 Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.


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