We have all had them, you’ve had them, I’ve had dozens of them. In fact, the longer we live, the more we will have. So what am I talking about? Well, it’s something we like to forget about, put it behind us and move forward. But as soon as we think it’s all behind us, “BANG,” we get hit with another one. I’m talking about “Bad Days,” one of those days when everything just goes wrong when you feel downright miserable? The kind of day you wish someone would just say something nice to you, something that makes you feel good?
Well, other people have those days too!
We very often forget this fact when we are having a good day. When we come across someone having their “Bad Day,” we tend to blame them and put them down as being “miserable,” grumpy,” “bad-tempered,” or just plain “mean,” we shrug them off and go on our way. If, however, we stopped and remembered how we felt on our “Bad Day,” how we wished for a positive, encouraging word from someone. We might just reserve our judgement of that person and offer them the thing they need most at that moment, an uplifting word of encouragement. Passing on our positive feeling to them, sharing with them some positive comments could make all the difference in the world to them. Remember how YOU felt on your “Bad Day”?
There are many sayings that we all know to cover such situations, though we conveniently forget them if it suits us. For example, “What goes around, comes around,” “We reap what we sow,” “Do unto others…”
If only we would take the time to help others on their bad days, the chances are there will be someone to help us when we have ours.
“The difference between time and money is this: You know when you’re out of money.”
Helium was up. Feathers were down. Paper was stationary. Knives were up sharply. Pencils lost a few points. Hiking equipment was trailing. Elevators rose, while escalators continued a slow decline. Light switches were off. Mining equipment hit rock bottom. Diapers remained unchanged. Shipping lines stayed at an even keel. Balloon prices were inflated. And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: It will be very obvious to others that there is nothing wishy-washy about you. You are ready to back up your position with action.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Once you focus on an objective, you’ll go all out to achieve it. The zest with which you proceed could bring you more enjoyment than attaining your goal.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: You’ll be very convincing in persuading others to go along with you. Logic seasoned with enthusiasm will deliver your punch.
CANCER June 21-July 22: You might find yourself spending more time on someone else’s project than you do on your own. The rewards will be proportionate to your intentions.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: The warmth you radiate will assure you a high rating with others. Things look especially attractive in the romance department.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Some exciting changes might occur in your commercial interests. A situation that appeared devoid of promise could take on new values suddenly.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: You will be endowed with energy and drive, but you may not want to get involved with anything mundane or too serious. Enjoy your fun & games.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: The wants and needs of your loved ones could motivate you to be more enterprising than usual. It is important to do all you can for people you cherish.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: You may need lots of activity to feel and operate at your best. Plan a schedule that keeps you on the move, or you’ll end up being very bored.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: You could be fortunate enough to reap gains from at least two developments that others have found unproductive.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Personal interests can be advanced if you use your drive and initiative. Make things happen instead of waiting around.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Even though you won’t be looking for challenges, they might seek you out. Do not be unduly concerned; pressure serves as the motivator for your success.
A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type. You could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked. He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there have been many winters passing with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun beats down on that old barn till all the paint’s gone, and the wood has turned silver gray. So now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he’s building down the road. He said you couldn’t buy paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.
It came to me then. We’re a lot like that, you and I. Only it’s on the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver gray too …. and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He’s doing. And as the years pass, He’s busy using the hard wealth of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons, to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy!
They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man’s house. And I reckon someday you and I’ll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.
And I suspect we’ll be more beautiful then for the seasons we’ve been through here… and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father’s house.
Montreal, July 17, 1972, A bomb, placed under a ramp at the Montreal Forum, explodes, blowing up an equipment truck and destroying 30 speakers belonging to the Rolling Stones. Montreal radio stations received over 50 calls claiming responsibility, but the bomber is never found. There were no injuries, and the concert went on as scheduled.
A husband and wife had a cannonball act in the circus. One day the wife ran off with the lion tamer. The husband was extremely dejected. The strong man asked him what he was going to do. The husband answered, “This is a disaster. I don’t know where I’m going to find another woman of her calibre.”
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