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October 18, 2023

BG’s Positively Speaking

Depending On Luck?

Of the many studies and surveys on the subject of retirement financing, there is one that I read a few years ago that has stuck with me. The topic of the study was Retirement Financing in Canada. The survey asked Canadians HOW they were financing their retirement. I was amazed that over 60% of Canadians hoped to win the lottery or receive an inheritance. They depend on luck.

Now, I understand that luck can happen to anyone at any time. But you can’t depend on it! Stephen Leacock once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” You have to go out in life and sow some seeds, putting effort and investing in yourself and your talents. If you work hard and give luck a chance to “knock” on your door, you will better prepare yourself for retirement.


Now, there’s no guarantee, but luck occurs when preparedness and opportunity come together. If you are not out there working on your own behalf. You have shut, locked, bolted and barricaded yourself against luck coming to your door by learning new skills and improving the ones you already have.

When you’ve opened yourself to luck “knocking on your door,” you may not “get lucky” in the generally accepted meaning of the phrase. But, you will reap all the rewards from the investment and effort you have put into yourself…you will have made your own “luck.” This is the most rewarding kind of luck you can experience, and if the saying “much attracts more” has any truth in it, your “lottery ship” may still come in. One thing you can be sure of is that you should…

NEVER Depend On Luck Alone!

Alberta Bound

At the urging of his doctor, Bill moved to Alberta. After settling in, he met a neighbour who was also an older man. “Say, is this really a healthy place?” Bill asked.”It sure is,” the man replied. “When I first arrived here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed.” “That’s wonderful!” said Bill. “How long have you been here?”  “I was born here.”

A Pointless Sign

The only way this “Upright” sign works is if you…

Lie on your back and suspend the sign “horizontally” above you!

Postal Communication

Bernie got a phone call from the post office today… complaining that his dog is attacking a mail carrier on a bike. Bernie told them, “It can’t possibly be my dog… he doesn’t even know how to ride a bike.”

Editors Quote Book

“Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of thier own”.

— Doug Larson

Points to Ponder

  • I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
  • Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it’s a useful plant.
  • Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
  • Life is sexually transmitted
  • If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”

Trivia Quiz

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1. In which province would you find Canada's first coal mine?
Nova Scotia.
2. What two Canadian provinces don't border on salt water?
Saskatchewan & Alberta.
3. Steve Martin debuted in what 1979 movie?
The Jerk.
4. What is Israel's intelligence agency called?
The Mossad.
5. How long would it take to hard-boil an Ostrich egg?
Four Hours.
6. In spring, where would you find N. America's largest display of Tulips?
Ottawa, Ontario.
7. What was Boeing's first commercial jetliner?
The 707.
8. Who wrote Anne Murray’s 1969 hit song 'Snowbird'?
Gene MacLellan.


Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Before changing your mind, examine the motives of those around you. Your ideas and thoughts are right on target.

TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Be careful when giving out advice. Others could misinterpret, and a much larger problem could develop.

GEMINI May 21-June 20: Volunteer for a worthy cause. Your help and expertise will mean so much to less fortunate people.

CANCER June 21-July 22: Your partner presents some new ideas. Be prepared to defend your thoughts and your point of view.

LEO July 23-Aug 22: Give more of yourself to your children. Spending more time with them this week would be a good start.

VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Open yourself to someone who needs you. You may realize you need them as much as they need you.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Giving a supporting hand to those close to you has its own rewards. The weekend could bring a surprise.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Something you have been keeping secret is made public. Be honest about why you kept a closed mouth.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: A new opportunity knocks on your door. Your career path could change overnight. Is it what you want?

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Don’t take a gamble with your health. Get professional advice. A night out with friends opens a new door.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Old habits die hard. Ask yourself if some are holding you back. It’s an excellent time to make changes.

PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: A stubborn relative is proving challenging. Back down just enough so you can start negotiating.


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The Guardian Angel

Walking down the street, a woman hears a voice: “Stop! If you take one more step, a brick will fall down and kill you.” The woman stopped; a big brick fell in front of her. The astonished woman continued walking to the crosswalk. The voice shouted, “Stop! If you take one more step, a car will run over you and you will die.” The woman stood still; a car came careening around the corner, barely missing her. “Where are you?” the woman asked. “Who are you?”

“I am your guardian angel,” the voice answered.

“Oh yeah!” the woman said. “Where were you when I got married last week?”

The Words We Speak

___ When the King of France wanted a sturdy material for his hunting outfits, the weavers got busy and invented a new corded material they called “The King Cord in French it was called “corde du roi. Today, we know it as “Corduroy”.

___ During the American Civil War, General Burnside grew a set of mutton chop side whiskers. They were admired and copied by young and old alike. They became known as “Burnsides”. With usage and over time, they became known by the name we call them today, “Sideburns.”

K9 Assistance

A man arriving home from work was shocked to find his house ransacked and burglarized. He telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond.

As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the man ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps.

Putting his face in his hands, he moaned: “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!”

After Sundown

Bill and Ben were talking over the garden fence. Bill said, “Did you hear about our neighbour across the road?” ” No, what about him?’ asked Ben. “Well,” continued Bill, “He’s been staying up all night figuring where the sun went when it went down.” What happened?” asked Ben. “Oh, it finally dawned on him.”

Two Words

First-grade teacher: “There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is ‘gross’ and the other is ‘cool.'” Rachel: “Yeah? So, what are the words?”

The Last Word

Mistakes can be a roadblock or a stepping stone.
It’s your choice

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