Ray's musings and humor

Better now than never

“Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow”

Give it a try

The people I really appreciate are the doers. While so many of us sit around discussing all the reasons we should not do what might be done these folks just get up and do it. Just think of all the things that might have been built and problems that might have been solved if someone hadn’t waited until the time was just right and never got started. I don’t think there really is a status quo as nothing stays stagnant for long so those that stand still are soon left behind.

One of my faults, well maybe not really a fault, has been my impatience with inaction when organizations fail to address their challenges. I think it was hockey player Wayne Gretzky who said “You will never make a shot you don’t take,” I am glad that for most of my life I accepted the challenges without waiting to be sure I would succeed.

Here is a poem by Edgar Guest that is a favorite of mine


            It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so “till he tried.”

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face.

If he worried, he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed:

“Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it.”

But he took off his coat and took off his hat

And the first thing he knew he’d begun it.

With the lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,

Then take off your coat and go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That cannot be done, and you’ll do it.


It always seems impossible until its done.

Nelson Mandela


Top 10 Reasons God Created Eve

  1. God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.
  2. God knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote.
  3. God knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him.
  4. God knew that Adam would never make a doctor’s appointment for himself.
  5. God knew that Adam would never remember which night was garbage night.
  6. God knew that if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle childbearing.
  7. As “Keeper of the Garden,” Adam would never remember where he put his tools.
  8. The scripture account of creation indicates Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.
  9. As the Bible says, “It is not good for man to be alone!”
  10. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched His head and said, “I can do better than that.”


Twenty Something  — The cost of a sitter for Saturday night.


Standing on the tee of a relatively long par three, a confident golfer said to his caddy, “Looks like a four-wood and a putt to me.”

The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a 4-iron then a wedge.

The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.

So, giving in the caddy handed the gentleman the four-wood he had asked for.

He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.

Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, “And now for one hell of a putt…”


Never read the fine print. There ain’t no way you’re going to like it.


Leaving a plush night club one evening, a miserly gentleman walked past the doorman without tipping him.

Never the less, the doorman helped the man into a taxi with a flourish and said pleasantly, “By-the-way, in case you happen to lose your wallet on the way home, Sir, just remember that you didn’t pull it out here.”


When cashing a check at a bank, the teller asked me if I wanted large bills. I had to tell her no, they won’t fit in my wallet, just give me the regular size.

Max Moore


A young man and a priest are playing golf. At a short par-3 the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole my son?”

The young man says, “An 8-iron, Father. How about you?”

The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards. The young man says, I don’t know about you Father, but in my church when we pray, we keep our head down!”


“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girl friends.”

Benjamin Franklin


Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Hopkins ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he’d been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.

That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired. He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position. Hopkins wrote, “The climate didn’t agree with me.”


While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.

 Helen Keller


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments on: "Better now than never" (1)

  1. what a great quote

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