Ray's musings and humor

You can do it

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”

Thomas Carlyle


I have been lucky over the years as I have been asked to do many things I was not confident I could do. Fortunately my impatience to get started never allowed me much time to decide I could not do what needed to be done. The amazing thing I learned over time was that I could successfully do more than I had realized I could. As the years went by my confidence grew and I became more willing to tackle difficult assignments.

I don’t think I am all that special; I just went ahead with the tasks at hand and did my best, just as you do. The following excerpt from an article I received from the folks at PositvelyPresent could have written about me.

Take action. Get it done.

The most important step in building self confidence is simply to take action. Working on something and getting it done. Sitting at home and thinking about it will just make you feel worse. Simple. But not always easy to do. To make it a bit easier, here are a three of my favourite ways to make it easer to take action:

Be present. This will help you snap out of over thinking and just go and do whatever you want to get done. This is probably the best tip I have found so far for taking more action since it puts you in a state where you feel little emotional resistance to the work you’ll do. And it puts you in state where the right actions often just seem to flow out of you in a focused but relaxed way and without much effort. One of the simplest ways to connect with the present moment is just to keep your focus on your breathing for a minute or two.

Lighten up. One way to dissuade yourself from taking action is to take whatever you are about to do too seriously. That makes it feel too big, too difficult and too scary. If you on the other hand relax a bit and lighten up you often realize that those problems and negative feelings are just something you are creating in your own mind. With a lighter state of mind your tasks seems lighter and become easier to get started with.

Really, really want it. Then taking action isn’t something you have to force. Taking action becomes a very natural thing. It’s something you can’t wait to do.


“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”

Peter T. Mcintyre


How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?”

* Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a burned-out bulb?

* Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

* Dachshund: You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp!

* Rottweiler: Make me.

* Lab: Oh, me, me! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I?

* Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

* Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

* Irish Wolfhound: Can somebody else do it? I’ve got this headache…..

* Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?

* German Shepherd: Alright, everyone stop where you are! Who busted the light? I SAID,”STOP WHERE YOU ARE!!!”

* Cat: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So the question is: How long will it be before I can expect light?


“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

Mark Twain


Jill:  What’s so funny?

Mary:  Didn’t you hear the conversation between those two guys at the next table?

Jill:  No, what was it?

Mary:  Well, the one right behind me just told his friend, “I finally put my foot down!  I told my wife that either the cat goes or I go!  By the way, is it all right if I sleep on your couch tonight?”


Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done.

Sam Ewing


The following is supposedly a true story relating to an actual guide and his response to questions.

Swiss mountain guides who always do the same trails can get tired answering the same questions over and over.

An English tourist was giving his guide an especially hard time with silly questions. They were walking through a mountain valley that was strewn with rocks, and the traveler asked, “How did these rocks get here?”

“Sir,” said the guide, “They were brought down by a glacier.”

The tourist peered up the mountain and said, “But I don’t see any glacier.”

“Oh, really?” said the guide. “I guess it has gone back for more.”


“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”

Napoleon Bonaparte


An elderly lady was stopped to pull into a parking space when young man in his new red Mercedes went around her and parked in the space she was waiting for.

The little old lady was so upset that she went up to the man and said, “I was going to park there!”

The man was a real smart aleck and he said, “That’s what you can do when you’re young and bright.”

Well, this really upset the lady even more, so she got in her car and backed it up and then she stomped on the gas and plowed right into his Mercedes.

The young man ran back to his car and screamed, “What did you do that for?”

She smiled and told him, “That’s what you can do when you’re old and rich!”


She said: I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.


She said: I called my local home improvement store for a simple piece of advice.

“I know the sheetrock is nailed to the studs,” I said to the guy who answered the phone, “but how do I find the studs?”

“Put an ad in the personals column.” he suggested.


“The Law of Avoiding Oversell” When putting cheese in a mousetrap, always leave room for the mouse.


Two Jewish businessmen met at a resort. One who had recently retired was describing his life, “I get up late in the morning. I have a fantastic breakfast and then I lie down on my veranda and relax. I go inside for lunch, have great salads, the best coffee, and I go out and lie on my veranda again. When it gets dark I have a great dinner with the finest wines. I smoke a Cuban cigar. Then I go lie on my veranda again.”

The other Jewish gentleman acknowledges that this is a life to be envied. Later he reported the conversation to his wife.

She asked, “What’s his wife’s name?”

Her husband said, “I’m not sure, but I think it’s Veranda.”


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie


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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