December 06, 2023
BG’s Positively Speaking
“Life Is What You Make It!”
If you are like me(and I suspect many of you are), you will have repeatedly heard the phrase used in the title above. But is it true? The longer I live, the more I feel inclined to disagree with the often repeated statement. It is often said as a well-meaning, somewhat cautionary ‘word of wisdom’ from those who (supposedly) know better.
In reality, life is NOT what we make it. We did not make the life we are living, even though we are the ones living it. The truth is that life will happen despite what we do or not do. We have no control over what life will send us, only the outcomes of those circumstances. Let’s face it! We are going to mess up sometimes. It’s inevitable; we can only control the degree of a ‘mess’ we will create.
When ‘push comes to shove’ the life we live is not “what we make it,” but it is; “what we make OF it .”So, if we are to make something of our life, then we must inhabit it. We must live, breathe, wear, taste, and be committed to it. Life is not meant to be a casual stroll; it is an adventure, a journey that requires us to take action and run with it. I recently heard someone describe life this way; “LIFE IS NOT A SCRATCH AND SNIFF TEST.”
The next time you think, “Is that(this) all there is?” realize that you are in control of the outcome. Re-commit yourself, believe in yourself and make something more OF your life. One last point … Keep Smiling, for there is so much to smile about ………..
Even If it’s only the ‘MESS’ you just made!!
A man and a woman who have never met find themselves in the same sleeping compartment of a train. After the initial embarrassment, they both sleep, the man on the top bunk and the woman on the lower. In the middle of the night, the man leans over, wakes the woman and says, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m freezing, and I was wondering if you could possibly get me another blanket?” With a glint in her eye, the woman leans out and says, ” I have a better idea. Just for tonight, let’s pretend that we’re married.” The man says happily, “OK!” AWESOME!” The woman says, “GOOD .… Now, get your own blanket!!!”
“I Guess They Didn’t See It Coming!”
Editors Quote Book
“Plans are only good intentions, unless
they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
— Peter Drucker
Can You See Me?
An Englishman, a Frenchman, an Italian and a German are standing on the sidewalk watching a street performer. The street performer noticed that they all had poor eyesight, so he asked them whether they could see him, and they responded: “Yes,” “Oui,” “Sì,” “Ja.”
A guy is walking down the street with his friend. He tells his friend, “I’m just a walking economy.” His friend replies, “What do you mean?” “It’s like this: My hairline is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and the combination of these factors is putting me into a deep depression.
(Click Question For Answer)
For Amusement Only
ARIES (Mar 21- Apr 19): A social invitation is offered; attend with a determination to enjoy it. Romance heats up. A favour is returned.
TAURUS (Apr 20- May 20): Holiday planning slows your project. Get a team together and focus on getting the essential things.
GEMINI: May 21- Jun 20: Have consideration for an elderly relative. Your attention and caring will be appreciated and duly rewarded.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Keep an open mind to some constructive criticism. Someone is Trying to help you. Show you appreciate it.
LEO (Jul 23- Aug 22 ): Your holiday travel will need adjusting. A minor delay will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
VIRGO: Aug 23- Sept 22: Wedding Bells could be in your future if you play your cards right. Unless you decide to “fold em”.
LIBRA: Sept 23- Oct 22: Being honest with others starts when you are honest with yourself. Take a good look in the mirror.
SCORPIO (Oct 23- Nov 21): Take a hike in the woods or go skiing. Enjoy the pleasures and exhilaration of the winter season.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec.21: You are at your best when times are at their worst. Adversity pushes you to new heights. Just don’t look down.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: At this time of year, we are at our most generous. It’s in sharing our blessings that we get the most pleasure.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: When tension mounts, try to stay calm and relaxed. Your even temperament will be your saving grace.
PISCES Feb 19- Mar 20: Avoid impulse spending. When gift shopping, choose as if you were the person receiving it.
A Reassuring Answer
The Speed Trap
A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a gaggle of cars all travelling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got nailed with an infrared speed detector and was pulled over.
The officer handed him the citation, received his signature and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me who were going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?” “Ever go fishing?” the policeman suddenly asked the man. “Ummm, yeah…” the startled man replied.
The officer grinned and added, “Did you ever catch all the fish?”
Facing the Competition
A new hair salon opened for business across the street from the old established haircutters’ place. They put up a big, bold sign which read:
“WE GIVE SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS!”
Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign:
“WE FIX SEVEN DOLLAR HAIR CUTS!”
40 Years Of Marriage
After 40 years of marriage, the wife had not received a gift for Xmas, birthday, or anniversary since the first Xmas. So she took her husband to the counsellor. After explaining this to the counsellor, she looked at her husband with tears. She asked, “Why do you treat me this way?” he husband said, “I am a very practical man, so when you use the first present I got you, I’ll get you another.” The counsellor asked, “What did he get you?”
The wife bowed her head and whispered, “A cemetery plot.”
The Last Word
It doesn’t hurt to swallow your pride occasionally,
it’s not fattening.