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October 11, 2023
BG’s Positively Speaking
Hitting A Home Run
In the post-game interviews, we’ve all heard it, the inane question asked by sports commentators, “How did you hit that home run? Give us a play-by-play.” This is followed by the player’s answer, who, fearing that the honest answer will not be enough, gives us an elaborate rehash of what happened.
Now, we’ve met people who are unhappy with life. They blame the government, their union or professional association, their co-workers or competitors, the banks or international trade. Anything but themselves for their lack of home runs.
Five years from now, they will probably be singing the same tune, only some of the words may have changed. Their lives will be the same, they will still be unhappy, and they will have a negative effect on most of the people they come in contact with. “Misery loves Company.”
The reason that life is not fulfilling is because they are not participating; they are spectators. Oh, they do what they must, but they watch things happen. They don’t step up and make things happen; they complain after the fact and ask why nobody informed them first. For life to be happy, you must participate in it. You must play the game.
So, how do you hit a home run? The simple answer that the ball player didn’t give is… “I stepped up to the plate, focused, swung the bat and the rest is history.”
Sometimes, you’ll hit a single or double; 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 all can be a winner. All we have to do is step up and get in the game.
STEP-UP: show the World YOU! are a WINNER.
Editors Quote Book
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always
stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”
— Michelle Obama
A REALLY “GLASSY” NAME
An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in her paintings that were on display. “Well, I have good news and bad news,” the owner responded. “The good news is that a gentleman noticed your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. I told him it would and he bought all 10 of your paintings.” “That’s wonderful,” the artist exclaimed. “What’s the bad news?” “The gentleman was your doctor.”
After presenting his wife with her birthday gift, a new robe which fit her perfectly, she asked, “How did you know what size to get?” “That was easy,” he replied, “I found the measurements you gave me a few years ago. Then added 10% for inflation.”
A prominent politician was pleased and proud that the local sandwich shop in a town he was visiting had named a sandwich after him. He was somewhat less happy after he found out what was in it. “Mostly baloney,” said the proprietor
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For Amusement Only
ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Don’t withhold some information that is important to someone you dislike. Put yourself in their position and act accordingly.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Act confidently, even if you don’t feel like it. Put on a good show, and others will accept it.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Explore all options before committing to one project or person. Take a good look before you leap.
CANCER June 21–July 22: A good friend proves to be a valuable asset. Don’t abuse their willingness to help. Show your appreciation.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Get yourself organized and don’t commit to any new projects. Clear up your current obligations before moving forward.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Review your current debt load. You may be getting in over your head. Better to be safe than sorry.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A valuable lesson from the opposite sex can be yours. If you choose to take it. And learn from it.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: When contemplating a change at home or work, consider your partner’s opinions. Ask their advice.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Learning new things is essential to your future. Continue to seek knowledge from other sources and contacts.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Share your ideas with those who can put them in motion. You will be recognized for your contributions.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Do not be in such a hurry to experience all that life offers. Take time out to smell the coffee.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Changes in your lifestyle are in order. Create some excitement in your life. Take some risks. Put some ZEST into it.
A driver is pulled over by a traffic cop. The Cop, approaching the driver’s door, was asked, “Is there a problem, Officer?” The Cop says, “Sir, you were speeding. Can I see your license, please?” The driver responds, “I’d give it to you, but I don’t have one.” “You don’t have one?” The man replies, “I lost it four times for drunk driving.” The policeman is shocked. “I see. Can I see your vehicle registration papers, please?” “I’m sorry, I can’t do that.” The Officer says, “Why not?” “I stole this car.” The Officer says, “Stole it?” The man says, “Yes, and I killed the owner.” At this point, the Officer is getting irate. “You what!?” “She’s in the trunk if you want to see.” The Officer looks at the man, slowly backs to his car, and calls for backup. Within minutes, five police cars show up, surrounding the vehicle. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half-drawn gun. The senior Officer says, “Sir, could you step out of your vehicle, please!” The man steps out of his vehicle. Asking, “Is there a problem?” “One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.” “Murdered the owner?” “Yes, could you please open the trunk?” The man opens it, revealing nothing but an empty space. The Officer says, “Is this your car, sir?” The man says “Yes” and hands over the registration papers. The Officer, quite stunned, says, “The officer claims that you do not have a driving license.” The man reaches into his pocket, opens his wallet, and hands over his license. Looking puzzled. “Thank you. However, one of my officers told me you didn’t have a license, stole this car, and murdered the owner.” The man replies, “I bet the liar told you I was speeding, too!
Lesson In Logic
A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic. “Here is the situation,” she said. “A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help. His wife hears the commotion, knows he can’t swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?” One student raised a hand and asked, “To withdraw all his money from his savings account?”
The Last Word
People say money is not the key to happiness, but I have always figured
if you have enough money, you can have a key made.