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BG’s Positively Speaking
It’s Always Too Soon To Quit
The biggest single reason for failing is because we quit. We quit trying, quit caring, quit dreaming, quit hoping, and quit loving. We will be constantly challenged in all areas of our lives, including our relationships with our spouses, children, parents, friends and associates and in our work or recreational activities
Many years back, I was trying to figure out why I was not meeting with more success. Nothing seemed to work for me, then during a conversation with a new friend. Who, as it turned out, crossed paths with me for only a short time, but just enough time to teach me a valuable lesson. After asking a few leading questions and listening to my responses, he said to me, “As I see it, you are quitting too soon. Success needs a chance to develop. You need to be more patient.” At that moment, I learned that if we are to achieve success, we must not quit. It requires that we just keep on “keeping on.” There is no quitting time; we must be prepared to go that extra mile. We must give our hopes and dreams a chance to breakthrough.
“Once a task has begun, never leave it till it’s done
Be the labour great or small, do it well, or not at all”. Unknown
Once we move down a path – marriage, profession or any other endeavour – we must not stop. If we are to find success, we must have patience and perseverance.
Some years ago, Dr. Seuss sent out his first book to a publisher; the book was turned down. He kept sending it out, and, finally, the 24th publisher accepted and published it, selling over 6 million copies. What if Dr. Seuss had Quit?
It’s ALWAYS too soon to quit….but it’s NEVER too late to start!
My wife had been giving me hints for weeks about her birthday present. Finally, the day before her birthday, she said, “I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in 3 seconds.” ‘Okay, I said, I’ve got the hint.” Was she ever surprised when I gave her a bathroom scale.
Editors Quote Book
“You will never see the end If you quit in the Middle.”
Can you guess who this young man is? Here’s a clue; He rose to international stardom as one of the new breed of “Method” actors.
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: A sudden move could lead to some painful results. Be wary of those with seemingly good intentions.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Protect yourself from those annoying mood swings. Keep them at bay and just go with the flow.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: You could be overreacting to some minor events in your life. Check your motives and your priorities.
CANCER June 21-July 22: A special meeting may require an overnight stay. Plan on sharing your space with a cohort.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Take care of indoor repairs and updating. Decorate your home as an investment in your future well-being.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your financial future is not as bleak as you thought. Counsel with an expert, take heed of their advice.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Being a matchmaker is not your forte. Don’t be surprised if your efforts are not really appreciated.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Don’t be put off by someone who claims a superior intellect. Your ideas and thoughts are just as insightful.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: A feeling of being ill should be tended to immediately. Seek out the help of a qualified professional.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Don’t dismiss an older friend eager to give advice. It could be more valuable than you think.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: This week brings good news. Share your joy and good fortune with those that are closest to you.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Going overboard on a shopping spree could prove hazardous to your pocketbook and to your marriage.
Behind The Scenes
Airplane: Considered to be one of the top ten movie comedies ever produced. It grossed its gross production costs in its first three days of release in the USA alone. Here are a few trivia facts about the movie.
- The exterior shots of the plane while flying use a sound effect of a propeller plane, despite it being a jet. A deliberate jab at the studio, who wouldn’t allow a propeller plane in the movie.
- The directors were friends with David Letterman and asked him to audition for the Ted Striker role. While they liked his reading, Letterman was uncomfortable at the idea of formally acting and was relieved when they didn’t offer him the part. His audition was shown on his talk show, much to his embarrassment.
- The Mustang, in the scene where Rex is being brought to the airport, belonged to Robert Hays. He got paid $35 a day for its use, and they used it for two days.
- Lloyd Bridges had a lot of questions trying to understand his character, motivation, and dialogue. Robert Stack pointed out that the visual gags were so frequent and nonsensical that no one in the audience was going to care. “Lloyd, we are the joke,” said Stack.
The doctor role was Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen‘s first comedic part. He later said he was delighted to get the offer, fearing that he was getting too old for anything but “elderly grandfather” parts. Instead, it led to Nielsen gaining a whole new career in wacky comedies like the Naked Gun movies.
The Words We Use
An explanation of the words and phrases we use in our everyday conversations.
Phrase: Having an ace up one’s Sleeve.
Meaning: To have a secret plan, idea, or advantage that can be utilized if and when it is required.
Origins: Back in the Day (The seventeenth century), Most people didn’t have pockets to store things, but fashion gave them oversized sleeves. Naturally, people found a practical use for those sleeves; they used them to keep things in. Unscrupulous card players found that they could hide cards in the sleeves and surreptitiously insert them into the game as and when it was advantageous. Over time magicians used oversized sleeves to conceal items and pull them out, seemingly from nowhere, to the surprise of their audience.
Common Usage: “Don’t worry, If this plan doesn’t work, I have an ace up my sleeve.”
A Woman’s Prayer
I pray for wisdom to understand my man,
for love to forgive him and patience for his moods.
Because if I prayed for strength,
he wouldn’t be walking around for some time.
A Winning Observation
Jimmy and Mike were waiting at the bus stop when a truck went by carrying rolls of turf. Jimmy turned to Mike and said, “I’m gonna do that when I win the lottery.” “Do what?” asked Mike. “Send my lawn away to be mowed.” came the answer.
As I was conditioning my hair in the shower this morning, I read my shampoo bottle. I’m now in shock! The shampoo I use in my shower, and it runs down my whole body, says, ‘For extra volume and body. Seriously why have I never noticed this before? Now I understand why I am so ‘Full figured.’ Tomorrow I am going to start using “Morning Glory” dish soap. It says right on the label, “Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove.” It pays to read the labels.
The Last Word
Don’t stare longingly at the door that has just closed.
Instead, stare expectantly at the one that is about to open.