Ray's musings and humor

Some days are not easy

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.

Danish Proverb

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A couple of days ago I took my car in for what I thought was some minor repairs only to find out that I had a catastrophic problem that would cost more than $3000 to repair, that on top of probably another couple of thousand for stuff I had put off. Needless to say this was quite a shock especially when I learned that the problem made my auto unsafe to drive. So once I got past the “woe is me” stuff my wife and I realized the only solution was to replace it with something new.

If you remember the other day I said something like “In every adverse situation there is a complimentary opportunity,” the idea is similar to  “It is an ill wind that that blows no good.” So being me I thought about this situation and realized that if I would have taken better care of myself, I probably would not had my recent open heart surgery and if I had not had the surgery I would not of canceled my wife’s and my two week cruise, and if I had not of had to cancel the two week cruise I would not have had the available funds to put down on a new car. I felt better but I still find it hard to view my cardiac problems as positive events.

So far the car is smarter than I am with all its features but I am sure I will get use to them. So I now get better mileage, up to date electronics and a car with no defects. In fact it came with a 20 year warrantee which means I am covered until I will be almost a hundred years old; I may decide to quit driving before then.

In my case the knowledge that life goes on keeps me focused on not wasting time crying over spilt milk. Here are thing’s to think about when encountering a setback:


Points to Consider When Things Go Wrong

The difficult times in life help us appreciate when things are going smoothly.

Look for the learning opportunities in every adverse situation.

Decide whether you will allow your experience to make, or break you. Depending upon how you choose to perceive it, it could go either way.

Be prepared to accept the worst, should it occur. When you have prepared yourself mentally for the worst, it rarely ever happens, and if it does, it seems less so because you are better equipped to handle it.

Cultivate faith, courage and resilience. The more of these qualities you arm yourself with, the lesser the impact of the adversity.

Remind yourself that adversity is part of life. To Accept adversity, helps you overcome it.

Overcoming adversity is one of our main challenges in life. When we resolve to confront and overcome it, we become expert at dealing with it and consequently triumph over our day-to-day struggles.


Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.



A friend of mine heard this on a pre-flight announcement from an American Airlines pilot: “On our flight today, we will be flying at 34,000 feet. To give you an idea of how high that is, we would be able to fly over 50 Empire state buildings stacked one on top the other.

“Our speed will be about 500 miles per hour. That is just over the muzzle velocity of the standard military .45 pistol.”

“We will be pushed along by two Pratt and Whitney JT-8D-200 turbofan engines. While thrust to horsepower varies with altitude, the total 40,000 pounds of thrust is greater than the combined power of 10 D-9 diesel locomotives.”

“In other words, we’re faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and as always, your Dallas based crew stands for truth, justice, and the AMERICAN way of life!”


All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism.


A guy had told all of his friends about the great steak he’d eaten downtown the day before. A group of them decided to head down and see if was really as large and delicious as he was making it out to be. The group was seated in the back of the restaurant. After looking over the menu, they ordered and waited, hungrily, for their large, delicious pieces of gigantic steaks. To their collective disappointment, the waiter brought out some of the smallest steaks they’d ever seen.

“Now see here,” the very embarrassed guy said to the waiter. “Yesterday when I came down here you served me a BIG, juicy, steak. Today, though, when I have my friends invited, you serve small miniature steaks! What is the meaning of this?”

“Yes, sir,” replied the waiter, “yesterday you were sitting by the window.”


“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.”

Maurice Chevalier


A distraught young couple, as yet unmarried, sought advice from their rabbi. “Rabbi, it’s terrible,” said the man. “We’re not getting married for three months, but every day we feel the overwhelming desire to have sex. How can we stay within the laws of Judaism?”

“Orange juice,” the rabbi answered.

“Orange juice?” asked the woman. “What do you mean? Before?, after?”



You know you’re growing older when …You begin to realize that your parents were right, after all.!


It´s a summer holiday weekend and a man walks into a butcher shop which has a sign in the window saying “Ground Sirloin: $2.29 per pound” The man says, “I´m having a cookout this weekend. I´d like 5 pounds of your ground sirloin, please.”

The butcher shakes his head and says, “Sorry. I´m all out.”

The man, disappointed goes down the street to another butcher shop and asks, “How much is your ground sirloin?” The proprietor replies, “It´s $3.29 per pound.”

“Three twenty nine!?!” exclaimed the customer. “Just up the street he sells it for $2.29 cents!”

The butcher smiles calmly at the gentleman and asks, “Does he have any?”

“No. He´s out of it right now.”

“Well,” says the butcher. “When I don’t have any, I can sell it for $1.19 per pound!”


Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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