There are times in life when we feel that no one cares about what is happening to us, that there is no one out there to give us the help we need. So we make noises complain, settle down in our recliners and wait to be proved correct, right?
Wrong! When we most need help, we should make a more significant effort unless we are looking for a handout rather than a hand-up. Robert Schuller coined the phrase, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”
If we make a more significant effort to help ourselves by taking a positive and active role in our lives, we will be surprised how much help is out there. Assistance will not come knocking at our door. We must go out and find it. When we become active, we show others that we care about our situation and that we’re willing to do something about it.
The solution to our problem is found, mainly through our willingness to change, take action, and go the extra mile. We will then attract to us those that can help us to achieve our objectives.
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”
A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, a man approached him and asked, “Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?”
The little boy replied, “Sure! Just go straight down this street a couple of blocks and turn to your right.” The man thanked the boy kindly and said, “I’m the new pastor in town. I’d like for you to come to church on Sunday. I’ll show you how to get to Heaven.”
The little boy replied with a chuckle. “Awww, come on… you don’t even know the way to the Post Office.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Spend time with one who is lonely. Some encouragement and understanding will bring about significant changes.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Pay attention to dress and behaviour. What you see is what you get. Don’t be taken in by excess frills.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: When problem-solving on paper, make sure your communications are understood. Leave nothing to chance.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Flattery will get you nowhere with certain people. Keep your distance until called upon to move closer.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Compromise is the key to the perfect partnership. Financial matters come to a head. Everything is looking good.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Some are not willing to commit to your business concepts and goals. Avoid them in your future business ventures.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The near future may bring added finances. Look for alternative investment strategies. Weigh options carefully.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A friend opens up to you. A good heart-to-heart will benefit both of you and allow you to move forward.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Co-workers display Child-like tendencies. Bring them up to speed with gentle authority and some mature reasoning.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Romantic dinner could spark a new relationship. Don’t be in a hurry. Let nature take its course.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: A new project will require more than patience on your part. Show creativity in your endeavours.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Use the wisdom of an expert to accomplish a difficult task. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
In mid-20th century America, a typical circus travelled from town to town by train, performing under a huge canvas tent called the “big top.” The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was no exception: what made it stand out was that it was the largest circus in the country. Its big top could seat 9,000 spectators around its three rings; A coating of 1,800 pounds (820 kg) of paraffin wax dissolved in 6,000 US gallons (23,000 L) of gasoline. The standard method of waterproofing at the time.
On July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, the worst tragedy in American circus history occurred when the tent catches fire during a performance to a crowd of 6,000 to 8,000, mainly women and children enjoying the afternoon matinee. The majority of the 167 deaths and 700 injuries being caused by people stampeding out of the exits. The cause of the fire was never determined. Some believed it was arson, others that it was a carelessly tossed match. A picture that appeared in several newspapers of sad faced clown Emmett Kelley holding a bucket of water led to the event becoming known as “The day the clowns cried”.
A man appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. “Have you ever done anything of particular merit?” St. Peter asked. “I can think of one thing,” the man offered. “Once on a trip to South Dakota, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn’t listen. So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker, smacked him in his face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. Then, I yelled, ‘Now back off, or I’ll hurt you all!’’ St. Peter was impressed. “When did all this happen?” he asked. The man replied, “Just a couple of minutes ago.”
If you are seeking peace of mind, first listen to your heart.