Hitting A Home Run
We’ve heard it in the post-game interviews, that question from sports commentators, “How did you hit that home run? Give us a play-by-play.” Followed by the equally inane answer by the player. Who, fearing that the honest answer will not be enough, gives us an elaborate, meaningless rehash of what we have just seen.
We all know people who are unhappy with life and what they are getting out of it. They blame the government, their union, professional association, co-workers, competitors, the banks or international trade. Anything but themselves.
Five years later, many of these people will be singing the same tune; only some words may have changed. The life they lead will be the same, and they will still be unhappy. They will have a negative effect on many people; “misery loves company.” The reason they are that way is that they are not participants in life; they are spectators. They do the work they are doing, but they watch the changes happen, not make them happen. To have a life in which you are happy, you must play the game.
So, how do you hit a home run? The answer that the ballplayer didn’t give was the simple answer, “I stepped up to the plate, focused, swung the bat, and the rest is history.”
Sometimes you’ll hit a single or double, and occasionally you will hit a home run. But nothing happens until you participate. Only then will you become a winner. We are all meant to be winners; we can all be winners. All we have to do is step up to the plate and get in the game.
You can do it – because YOU are a winner!
Dad, where did I come from?” asks eight-year-old Jimmie. Dad was surprised that his eight-year-old was asking the question. He was hoping to wait a few more years before he would have to explain the facts of life but thought it was better a few years early than a few days too late. So, for the next two hours, he explained everything to his son. When he finished, he asked his son what prompted his question, to which his son replied, “I was talking to the new boy next door, and he said he came from Toronto.”
“…….The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Don’t pay attention to the gossips. They are seldom correct and generally have only half of the facts.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Dicker with the dealer before making a large purchase. Don’t be tricked into making an unwise decision.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Pay a little extra attention to your health care needs. Don’t neglect your well-being.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Great possibilities lie in store. Be more enthusiastic – for great things are yet to come.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Do not rely on outmoded equipment and ageing data to give you a contemporary answer. Dig deeper and ask for help.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Consider finances before committing to helping others. Don’t co-sign or guarantee anything.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: It will require sheer willpower to achieve your current goal. Stick to your guns, and don’t let others steer you off course.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Your big plans may have to be changed, but some changes can be for the better. Look at the positive side.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Shop for lucrative, tax-free investments. Your accountant will not have good news this year.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: You have ample reason to feel optimistic about your relationships. Love is in the air.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Putting your best foot forward now will help you dig in your heels later on. Strut your stuff.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Investing in your home will pay great dividends in the future. Look into refinancing and refurbishing.
A professor at a small university was giving a lecture on The Philosophies of Life to the student body. To illustrate one particular point, he gave a balloon to every student, who had to inflate it, write their name on it and throw it in the hallway. The professor then mixed up all the balloons. He then informed the students they had five minutes to find their balloon. Despite a hectic search, no one found their balloon. At that point, the professor told the students to take the first balloon that they found and hand it to the person whose name was on it. Within 5 minutes, everyone had their balloon.
The professor proceeded to explain to the students: “These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people’s happiness and help them find theirs —- we’ll find ours too.
At their granddaughter’s wedding reception, the DJ polled the guests to find out who had been married the longest. That turned out to be grandma and grandpa. Then, the DJ asked them to give their best words of advice to the newlyweds. Grandma said they should get used to saying, “You’re probably right.”, Grandpa thought for a moment and then said, “She’s probably right.”
“I have good news and bad news,” a defence attorney told his client. “First the bad news: The blood test came back, and your DNA is an exact match with the sample found on the victim’s clothes.” “Oh no,” cried the client.
“What’s the good news?” “Your cholesterol is down to 140!”
Rushing into the doctor’s office, he shouted, “Doctor, I think I am shrinking.” The doctor calmly responded, “Settle down; you’ll just have to be a little patient.”
Mary and Jane are old friends. They have been married to their husbands for a long time; Mary is upset because she thinks her husband doesn’t find her attractive anymore. “As I get older, he doesn’t bother to look at me!” Mary cries. “I’m so sorry for you. As I get older, my husband says I get more beautiful every day,” replies Jane. “Yes, but your husband’s an antique dealer!”
The greatest gift you can give another person is
Hope and Encouragement.