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I’ll be back

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.”


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I have been getting a lot of e-mail lately commenting on my absence from the local scene. While it is true that I have been reclusive in the last month or so, I view my hibernation as being only temporary. In the next few weeks I will benefit from some restorative procedures as well as a cataract operation. I expect to then return and again become mobile with only the natural pain that accompanies a long life.

What I hear from friends and acquaintances coupled with some limited outside activities with my wife adds some luster to the gray days. So the sun still shines internally and I will be back soon from my extended rest period.

Here are some tips I picked up from the Livin3 blog that I think has merit for guys like me.

Don’t Give Up!

You surround yourself with the right people.

The right people in your life will uplift you and spread positivity all around. A good life will include positive people that can help create a joyful and happy life that you are seeking. Think about the saying, “misery loves company”. When you have negative people in your life, you tend to attract negativity more than you would like.

You don’t complain much anymore.

When you complain about an issue continuously, you’re putting in more energy into something negative then you should.  Instead of complaining, you should take the steps of rectifying the situation constructively. Daily experiences can be mundane and successful people know this already. Live in a space of gratitude.

You learned the importance of saying “no”.

Saying the word no can be hard sometimes, especially when you don’t want to let anyone down. However, having self-love is a success. When things do not make you happy or does not serve a purpose in your life, it is okay to say no.

You accept what you can’t change, but change what you can.

Throughout life, there will be things that you can’t change. Once you realize that you can’t change everything, then you become more acceptance in your life and be more happy. On the opposite, there will be things that you can change for yourself, accepting the negatives that are changeable.

You understand failures and setbacks are a part of growth.

Setbacks and failures happens. You will not win at everything. Life has victories and losses and what you can do with setbacks and failures is learn from experience. Use these as a stepping stone and not as a threat to bring you down.

You do not fall victim.

Your life experiences come from how you make it. Life doesn’t always happen to you and to become successful in this mindset is to not have negative things in life keep you down. You should rise up and conquer.

You look on the bright side of things.

Disappointments in life will happen and will always be there if you look at it in that way. A negative experience should be used as a learning opportunity and should not be wasted.

You’re not looking for other people’s approval.

You’re learning that you can make everyone happy. Society always judges people and it is unrealistic. What you know is that you can love the person that you are and stay true to yourself.

You are happy.

Happiness within you is the ultimate success. You know that things be positive and you have optimism no matter what is thrown at you. If you are happy, then you are definitely succeeding in life.


“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”



A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says, “I’m on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it’s today..”

The bartender says, “Well, since it’s your birthday, I’ll buy you a drink. In fact, this one is on me.”

As the woman finishes her drink, the woman to her right says, “I would like to buy you a drink, too.”

The old woman says, “Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with two drops of water.”

“Coming up!” says the bartender.

As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, “I would like to buy you one, too.”

The old woman says, “Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.”

“Coming right up,” the bartender says.

As he gives her the drink, he says, “Ma’am, I’m dying of curiosity. Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?”

The old woman replies,

“Sonny, when you’re my age, you’ve learned how to hold your liquor. Holding your water, however, is a whole other issue.”


Every mile is two in winter.

George Herbert


A company president who had been given tickets for the performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony couldn’t attend, so he passed them to his Total Quality Management consultant. The next morning, when the president asked the consultant if he had enjoyed the concert, he was handed the following memo:

  1. For considerable periods, the four oboe players had nothing to do. The number should be reduced and their work spread over the whole orchestra, thus eliminating peaks of activity.
  2. All of the 12 violins were playing identical notes. This seemed unnecessary duplication, and the staff of this section should be cut drastically.
  3. No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that had already been played by the strings. If all such redundant passages were eliminated, the concert could be reduced from two hours to twenty minutes.
  4. If Schubert had attended to these matters, he would probably have been able to finish his symphony after all.


A seminar on time travel will be held two weeks ago.


Preparing for a family vacation, my sister-in-law and her husband

explained to their young children that they would be sitting in the

car for a very long time. The kids were told they would not be

arriving at their destination until after dark, and were warned not

to keep saying, “Are we there yet?” After a few minutes of peaceful

driving, their five-year-old daughter asked, “Is it dark yet?”


“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”

Mary Anne Radmacher


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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