Ray's musings and humor

My mistakes were great!

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein


I did it again! I learned long ago that it is not necessary to be right and in my case I have a track record that shows that I am more often wrong in my personal purchase decisions. Yep it was me who bought the Rambler American from a company no longer in business. I did choose to buy an entertainment console with an eight track tape player that soon became obsolete. I purchased a couple of RCA video disc players along with hundreds of movies on disc and when that went belly up I fell back on my beloved Beta VCR and again purchasing hundreds of movies only to see that fall to VHS. I loved sailing on the Rembrandt owned by a cruise lines that went bankrupt two days after I last sailed on her, which was better than my last sailing on the Regent Sun since its owners did not go out of business until three weeks after I had sailed on her. And now the industry is predicting the demise of RIM the manufacturer of my top of the line Blackberry smart phone.

I am sure you can see from these few examples of my track record that I am skilled at being an early adapter of products and offerings destined to fail. All a company would need to do instead of costly market research would be to provide me a test product and if I liked it they could abandon its production and do something else. But all is not lost my track record has taught me to roll with the punches and to appreciate all the enjoyment I got out of what I had before the end of its useful life. In fact my experiences have shown how unimportant things really are and that staying resilient always results in something just as pleasing filling the gaps.

I found these comments by the author of the Simply Blessed blog help to put mistakes in perspective, I hope you will too.

How Do You Live With Mistakes?

Short answer: you don’t. The question is not how do you live with mistakes. It’s: how do you live with courage? How do you live with stepping out on a limb? How do you live with taking risks? How do you live with moving out of your safety zone? How do you live with the backbone to say: I think I can try this new thing that I’m not quite comfortable with, but I’ll try it anyway. How do you live with that kind of adventuresome spirit?  How do you live with determination? How do you live with pluck and spirit? How do you live with tenacity? How do you live with just pure spunk?

Oooh, let me gather courage, risk taking, backbone, adventuresome spirit, determination and pluck and spirit, tenacity and spunk. Let me gather them at the helm of my sleigh and with a jolly glee say: on courage, on risk taking, on backbone, on adventuresome spirit, on determination and pluck, on spirit and tenacity… and spunk with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight!

Zig Ziglar once said something that floored me at the time. I had been raised with the old adage, if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all. A good many inventions we make use of today, not the first of which is the light bulb, might never have come about if it hadn’t been for the persistence of one man to hold a vision of what he wanted and let nothing deter him from that. That’s courage, that’s determination, that’s pluck and spirit…It’s all of that. Back to Zig Ziglar, he said: ‘anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly, until you can do it well’. Don’t you just love that?!


NOTE: I will be participating in an all-day revenue enhancement project tomorrow so there will be no daily published.


“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

Rita Mae Brown


I thought you might enjoy these excerpts from patient’s charts.

Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.

Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it had completely disappeared.

The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1983.


“Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.”

Irvin S. Cobb


A man once asked his Rabbi to Explain the meaning of “Talmudic Reasoning.” The Rabbi replied: “Well, it’s not too easy to explain, but I think I can demonstrate it to you and you will get the point. I will ask you a simple question and you give the answer.  Are you ready?”

The man was ready, so the Rabbi continued: “Imagine that two men come out of a chimney, one is dirty, the other clean. Which one takes a bath?”  The intrigued listener immediately replied: “That’s easy, Rabbi. The dirty one takes the bath.”

“Not so,” said the Rabbi. “The Talmud would explain that when the men came out, the dirty one looked at the clean one and saw a clean face.   Meanwhile the clean one looked at the dirty one and saw a dirty face.” A knowing look, complete with broad smile, flashed onto the man’s face. The Rabbi continued, “Now tell me which one takes the bath?”  The answer was quick and sure. “Now I get it Rabbi, the clean one takes the bath!”

The Rabbi looked just a bit unhappy, but he answered patiently, “No. You see, the Talmud would go on to ask: ‘How could two men come out of a chimney and one be clean and the other dirty?”


“A sobering thought: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?”

Jane Wagner


Morris had just had coronary artery bypass surgery a month ago and now is at the doctors office for his final follow up visit. Of course Morris wants to know when he can start having sex again. The doctor explains to Morris that he would be able to resume his sex life as soon as he could climb two flights of stairs without becoming winded.

Morris listens attentively and then says, “What if I look for women who live on the ground floor?”


The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.

Nolan Bushnell


One afternoon, a woman was in her back yard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. The woman could tell from the dog’s collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. But when she walked into the house, the dog followed her, sauntered down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and the woman let him out.

The next day the dog was back. He resumed his position in the hallway and slept for an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, the woman pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon, your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: “We have ten children. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep.


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

Elbert Hubbard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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