Some time back, I read a survey on the subject of retirement financing. In the survey, Canadians were asked, “What are you doing to finance your retirement.” I was amazed to learn that over 60% responded that they were depending on winning the lottery or getting an inheritance. They were relying on luck.
Now, I understand that luck can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. But you can’t depend on it! Author and humorist Stephen Leacock once said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” In other words, you have to go out in life and sow some seeds, put some effort and investment in yourself and your talents. Give luck a chance to “knock” on your door.
Luck occurs when preparedness and opportunity come together. If you are not ‘out there working on your own behalf. Learning new skills and improving the ones you already have, you shut, lock, bolt and barricade yourself against luck ever entering through your door.
When you open yourself up to luck, you may not “get lucky” in the generally accepted meaning of the phrase. However, you will reap all the rewards that will come from the investment and effort you have put into yourself. You will have made your own “luck.” This is the most rewarding kind you can experience and, if the saying “much attracts more” has any truth in it, who knows! Your “lottery ship” may still come in. But one thing is for sure;
You Can Never Depend On Luck Alone!
“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”
Two young businessmen in Florida were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new store in The Villages. As yet, the store wasn’t ready, with only a few shelves and display racks set up. One said to the other, “I’ll bet that any minute now some old senior is going to walk by, put his face to the window, and ask what we’re selling.”
Sure enough, just a moment later, a curious senior gentleman walked up to the window, looked around intensely and rapped on the glass. In a loud voice asked, “What are you sellin’ here?” One of the men replied sarcastically, “We’re selling Dummies.” Without skipping a beat, the old-timer said, “You must be doing well. You’ve only got two left!”
A lady invited several people to dinner. At the table, the lady turned to her six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?” “I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied. “Just say what you hear Mommy say,” her mother answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Give of yourself to others this week. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Or the Salvation Army. It will be a good dose of reality.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Tension increases as the spring progresses. Take some time for yourself; you will enjoy the next few weeks better if you do.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Do not be afraid to tell someone special that you admire and respect them. A little praise never hurt anyone.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Don’t be tempted to do something you shouldn’t. Say “no” and mean it! Virtue triumphs!
LEO July 23-Aug 22: A good week lies ahead… you should be able to complete unfinished projects and obtain new ones. Good luck.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: A pleasant surprise waits for you at home. Old friendships can be renewed. Take a walk down memory lane.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Romantic interest shrugs you off. Don’t give up the ship! He/she may just be playing “hard to get.”
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Do not ignore obligations. They may be inconvenient at the moment, but you must live up to your promises.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Try out a new plan at work. If it doesn’t work right away, give it another try. Don’t give in to pressure from co-workers.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: You will be tempted to overdo the shopping this week. Keep your credit cards at home when you go out.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Enjoy the season with good friends as well as family. Someone needs your generosity this year. Be there for them.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Take a new relationship slowly, keeping yourself at a distance. There may be something you need to see that is not visible close-up.
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Tiger Woods and Stevie Wonder are in a bar. Tiger turns to Stevie and says, “How’s the singing career going?” Stevie replies, “Not too bad. How’s the golf.”
Woods replies, “Not too bad, I’ve had some problems with my swing, but I think I’ve got that right, now.” Stevie says, “I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right.”
“Incredulous.”Tiger says, “You play golf?” Stevie says, “Yes, I’ve been playing for years.” Tiger says, “But, you’re blind! How can you play golf if you can’t see?” Stevie Wonder replies, “Well, I get my caddy to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, I go to where the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green, or further down the fairway, and again I play the ball towards his voice.” “But how do you putt?” asks Tiger. “Well,” says Stevie, “I get my caddy to lie down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground, and I just play the ball toward his voice.”Tiger asks, “What’s your handicap?” Stevie says, “Well, actually – I’m a scratch golfer.” Woods, incredulous, says to Stevie, “We’ve got to play a round sometime.” Stevie replies, “Well, people don’t take me seriously, so I only play for money, and I never play for less than $10,000 a hole. Is that a problem?’ Woods thinks about it and says, “I can afford that; OK, I’m game for that…$10,000 a hole is fine with me. When would you like to play?”
Stevie Wonder says, “Pick a night.”
I was watching a cooking show the other day. As the show ended, they suggested freezing leftover wine as ice cubes to use later, in casseroles or sauces.
Leftover wine????? Well, Hellooo!!!
We all know that time changes everything. So, how come we are always surprised by change?