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Staying On Track

There will be a time when we come face to face with the day-to-day decision making that is part of our lives. A time when the course we set for our life is no longer taking us where we set out to go. Just as a ship gets pushed off course by the wind and currents, so does our life and, just like that ship, we need to make course corrections. At this point you may realize that you need to make adjustments in order to reach your chosen destination. You are wondering how to get back on track, to reset your course and end up where you want to be.

Here are a few guidelines that can help you get yourself back on track again:

  • Get a pad and pen and on the left of the sheet write a list of the “Things I Want”.
  • Then on the right hand side write out a list of the “Things I Do Not Want”.
  • Under the left “I Want” column make a list of “What I Have To Do To Get What I Want”
  • Then under the “Do Not Want” column  “What I have To Stop Doing To Get What I want”

Now analyze the lists, prioritize each list down to the four or five most important items of each list. Don’t worry about the items that are not at the top, they should fall by the wayside as you deal with the priorities you set. The answer to keeping on track is contained within those priorities, FOCUS IN on them, ACT on them and you will soon find you are back on track. This exercise should be undertaken at least once every year, preferably twice.

To Stay On Track; Focus On What You Want

The BRAINTEASER – Medication

Which combination of pills will the patient have to take next time?


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Traffic Lights Camera

A man was driving down the road. He passed a traffic camera and saw it flash. Astounded that he had been caught speeding when he was under the speed limit, he turned around and, going even slower, he passed by the camera. Again, he saw it flash. He couldn’t believe it! So he turned and, going at snail’s pace, he passed the camera. AGAIN he saw the camera flash.

He guessed it must have a fault, and home he went.

 Four weeks later he received 3 traffic fines in the mail, all for not wearing a seat-belt.

Editors Quote Book

“Man  is so made that he can only find relaxation that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labour by taking up another. ”

—  Anatole France

Last Will and Testament

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room discussing a “Living Will.”

“Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.

Trivia Quiz

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1. What popular Canadian quiz show does Adam Crowe host?
Cash Cab.
2. What is the most sacred river in India?
The Ganges.
3. What is the birthstone for the month of April?
The Diamond.
4. In which European city would you find the 'Bridge of Sighs'?
5. In what spy movie would you find the character Harry Lime?
The Third Man.
6. What animalis the symbol of the US. Republican Party?
7. In Baseball. How many sides does the 'Homeplate' have?
8. He was the first black man to play Major League Baseball?
Jackie Robinson.


Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES (Mar 21- Apr 19):  An emotional problem needs to be handled with sensitivity. Don’t shy away from your obligations to others.

TAURUS (Apr 20- May 20): Your plans are somewhat chaotic. Take a deep breath and remain positive, You will emerge from the chaos.

GEMINI: (May 21- Jun 20):  Your partner has your best interests at heart. They need you to give them a break. Let them show you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):   An invitation leads you to a new romantic interlude. Don’t try to push things along, go with the flow.

LEO (Jul 23- Aug 22 ):  A tricky situation is proving hard to handle. Let someone in on your dilemma. Two heads are better than one.

VIRGO (Aug 23- Sept 22):    Focus on your goals. Some are within reach, other will require a little more effort on your part.

LIBRA (Sept 23- Oct 22):  Change is in the air. Get ready to meet new faces and open your mind and heart to new ideas.

SCORPIO (Oct 23- Nov 21):  Take some extra time to take care of a loved one. They will find great comfort in your caring.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.21):   You need additional help. Call in the reserves, you can’t do everything yourself. Team work makes the dream work.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan 19):   Your will power is losing it’s steam. The resolutions you made just four weeks ago are falling by the wayside.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):   Reminiscing with with old friends is good for you. But don’t dwell in the past. Pursue those new dreams.

PISCES (Feb 19- Mar 20):   A new love interest seems receptive to your advances. Don’t move too fast. Nice and easy does it.


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Gender Assignment?

  1. Ziploc Bags- They are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
  2. Copiers- They are Female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm them up again. It’s an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.
  3. Tire- Male, because it goes bald and it’s often over-inflated.
  4. Hot Air Balloon- Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it, and of course, there’s the hot air part.
  5. Sponges- Female, because they’re soft, squeezable and retain water.
  6. Web Page- Female, because it’s always getting hit on.
  7. Subway- Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.
  8. Hourglass- Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.
  9. Hammer- Male, because it hasn’t changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it’s handy to have around.
  10. Remote Control- Female…… Ha! You thought it’d be male. But consider this-it gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.

The Windy City

According to History, the origins of Chicago’s famous nickname are not entirely clear. The most obvious explanation is that it comes from the frigid breezes that blow off Lake Michigan, and sweep through the towering skyscraper canyons of the city’s streets. However another theory holds that it was coined in reference to the predisposition of it’s politician’s to talk at length and who were deemed to be “full of hot air”. The name was already well established in print by the 1870s, several years before the 1890 article by the New York Sun newspaper editor Charles Dana, who is often credited with popularizing the Windy City” moniker. Chicago is also referred to as The Second City, in reference to it being the second largest city in The U.S.

Two Tramps

First Tramp: “One day I am going to have a house in the country with seventeen bedrooms and no bathrooms.”  Second tramp: “No bathroom?”

First Tramp: “That’s right, I’m going to be filthy rich.”

The Last Word

The quickest way to get a child’s attention is to sit and look relaxed.

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