Most people I know have dreams they would like to realize. I have, DO YOU? Many are looking for some measure of achievement in their lives. I am, ARE YOU? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you would first have to take control… OF YOURSELF! Yes, you will have to practice self-discipline. Without self-discipline, your dreams and goals will never become a reality. They will remain just dreams.
Self-discipline is not easy to achieve in our “do it now,” “on the fly,” digital world. No matter how much talent you have or how many opportunities come your way, without self-discipline, you are lost. Author H. Jackson Brown Jr. put it this way, “talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forwards, backwards or sideways.”
Self-discipline is necessary. How, then, do you cultivate an attitude and environment of self-discipline? And increase your chances of achieving your dreams? Read on!
We must realize that persistence and patience, combined with self-discipline and self-control, will allow us to achieve our dreams.
Take Responsibility — Control Yourself
A lady enters a store and picks up a can of fly spray. Then, turning to the store clerk, she asks, “Is it good for wasps?” The assistant read the label on the can and responded, “No, madam, it will kill them.”
Heard on a public transportation vehicle in Orlando, Florida. “When you exit the bus, please lower your head and watch your step.” “If you miss your step and hit your head, please lower your voice and watch your language. Thank you.”
A man died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter greets him and says, “Welcome. Come walk with me, and I’ll show you where you will stay.”As they walk along the path, he notices clocks on the Golden Fence of Heaven. He asks St. Peter, “What are all those clocks for?”St. Peter replies, “They’re clocks for every person in the world. They click once for each time you lie.”When they reach where the man is staying, he asks out of curiosity, “I didn’t see any clocks for politicians. Where are they kept?” St. Peter calmly replies, “People here use them as fans.”
Robert was talking about buying a house, “There’s no great skill involved in buying a house these days.’ Said Robert to his friend. “All you need is a lawyer, a real estate agent and an oil well.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Touch base with a long-lost relative. A lot has changed in your family. But, there’s much to be happy about.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: You have the answers others are looking for. Step up with confidence. Let your voice and opinion be heard.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Sometimes the heart knows best. Let your intuition be your guide concerning a budding new romance.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Keep your head up when making a business decision. Ignore those doubtful sources of information. Use common sense.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Spending could get out of control if you are not careful. Frugality is called for. At least in the short term.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your current relationship is stalling. Take charge, inject some excitement into it, and watch it flourish.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A full social calendar is hard on you. As we go through the fall, keep some time just for you.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: When considering an offer of a new position, ask yourself, “Will it take time away from my family?”
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The next few weeks will be hectic. All will be well, take a deep breath and go for it.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The pressure on your time seems to be building. But don’t neglect your children. They need you most.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Be persuasive, not aggressive. Using force to get what you want will backfire. So nice and easy does it.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: You started an exercise routine. Now keep it up. You should never be too busy to look after your health.
We often come across things that have unusual names. When we do, we usually have no idea how those names originate. Here is one of those names that may need a little explanation.
The topic is…The Poop Deck.
The Poop Deck is the roof of a cabin built at the rear of a ship(the “aft” or “stern”) and forms part of the superstructure. The name originates from the French (La Poupe) and the Latin (Puppis), meaning “stern.”
Technically the poop deck would be the stern deck. In a sailing ship, the “poop cabin” was also known as the stern or “after” cabin. Its roof, usually elevated, acted as the poop deck. The craft would be steered from the quarter-deck, immediately in front of the poop deck, by the helmsman. The high position of the poop deck at the stern provides an excellent place for observation.
Today, functions, once carried out on the poop deck, are now performed from the bridge, usually located in the superstructure. The picture shows the quarter-deck, Immediately behind (aft) of the mainmast, complete with the steering wheel(Helm). The poop deck brings up the rear(stern).
Al’s barn burned, and his wife, Susan, called the insurance company. Susan told the insurance company, “We had that barn insured for fifty thousand, and I want my money.” The agent replied, “Whoa there, just a minute, Susan. Insurance doesn’t work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of what was insured and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.” There was a long pause before Susan replied, “Then I’d like to cancel the policy on my husband.”
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