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BG’s Positively Speaking
Get “Fired Up” !!!
In the late 1930s or early 1940s, a popular song by the Mills Brothers opened with the line, “I don’t want to set the world on fire .”The song had a great melody and beautiful harmony. Still, it was so laid back that it convinces you that the singers would never set anything on fire. It had that lazy – Sunday afternoon – sitting on the dock – eyes closed – listening to the water lap against the shore feel to it. The funny thing was it set the world on fire and helped to make the Mills Brothers one of the world’s leading vocal groups.
I am writing about this song because I have found as I go through life that there are people for whom this song could be their Anthem. They tend to live their life with the enthusiasm of a condemned man heading to the gallows, barely noticing the world around them. There doesn’t appear to be any spark in them. There are, no doubt, some things in their life that they take pleasure in, and they may have had more than their fair share of hard knocks, but life is hard for us all. We have to get over it and go forward.
To get more out of life and make a difference for ourselves and the lives of those around us, we need to put more into it. Build a fire within us and let it light the way. We must be prepared to be let down, get burned, and be disappointed while continuing to stoke the fire. It is from that fire we derive our enthusiasm. It’s surprising what you can do if only you will
Get Yourself “FIRED UP”!!!
Editors Quote Book
“Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.”
–Arnold H. Glasow
Where In The World?
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You are about to have breakfast on the balcony. What is the monument you are looking at, and where is it located?”
Young Billy was all smiles as he came out after his Piano exam. His mother asked him how he had done. Thinking for a moment, he answered that he thought the examiner was a very religious man. “What makes you say that?” asked his mother. “Well,” said Billy, “He kept putting his head in his hands and saying, ‘Oh my God.”
Out for dinner with his wife, Bill was getting irritated after waiting for an hour in an upscale restaurant. Finally, able to catch the waiter’s eye. “I want a bottle of your best wine,” he ordered. The somewhat aloof waiter asked Bill, “What year?” “Right now!” bellowed Bill.
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For Amusement Only
Aries Mar. 21 – Apr. 19: If you’re seeking a better opportunity, this is a good time. Use the business contacts you already have.
Taurus Apr. 20 – May 20: Don’t ruin your health by over-indulging yourself. A co-worker may turn out to be of great help to you.
Gemini May 21 – June 20: It’s time to examine some of your past relationships. You may have to cut loose some things from the past.
Cancer June 21 – July 22: You find yourself being more aggressive concerning affairs of the heart. Take a deep breath and wind in.
Leo, July 23 – Aug 22: You probably have more to contribute to a puzzle than you think. Those around you could use your help.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 22: A friend suggests something that could be costly. Check your finances before making a commitment to them.
Libra Sept 23 – Oct 22: You can grow closer to someone special by sharing something of mutual interest. Steer yourselves away from the crowd.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21: You may be approached to get involved in a worthy cause. Some volunteer work could prove beneficial.
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21: A far-away friend contacts you with exciting news. You are reminded of fun times from the past. Plan a visit?
Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19: News of a sought-after opportunity reaches you through a friend or the newspaper. Follow up the lead.
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18: You are more willing to stand up for yourself this week. An admiring friend is looking out for you.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20: Sometimes, it takes time for love to grow. Be patient and allow your love to grow and blossom, and it will.
Did You Know?
Years ago, a master organist performed a concert before a sellout crowd. In those days, someone had to pump large bellows backstage to provide air for the organ’s pipes. At the end of each section, the organist received thunderous applause from the delighted audience. At the end of the concert, the organist stood to announce his final number, saying to the audience, “I will now close by playing …..”, and announced the title of his final masterpiece.
Seating himself before the keyboard, he adjusted his music and checked the stops. Then, with feet placed over the pedals and hands over the keys, he began with a mighty chord. But the organ remained silent. An uncomfortable silence fell over the audience.
Just then, a voice was heard from backstage; “Say, WE.”
The Words We Use
(A brief look at the words and phrases we use in everyday communications)
Meaning: Very Poor, Living in Poverty
Usage: “After he lost his business during the pandemic, Robert went from being a wealthy man to being as poor as a church mouse.”
Origins: It appears that this saying originated In England during the 1600s. It started out as “Hungry as a church mouse .”At that time, churches had no kitchens or pantries with food. So, a mouse unlucky enough to live in a church would go hungry unless it re-located to a tavern or house. Over time the saying was changed, and “As poor as a church mouse.” was adopted in many countries worldwide.
Bill and Ben
As Poor As A Church Mouse;
Bill and Ben had spent the night at the pub and were deep in conversation on their way home. Neither of them was paying much attention to where they were walking when suddenly, Ben fell down a manhole. Not knowing what to do, Bill called down the manhole to Ben, “Is it dark down there?” “I don’t know,” responded Ben. “I can’t see anything.”
During the census, a lady was asked what her age was. “Let me see, she said; “I was married when I was 18, my husband was 30. He is now 60, twice as old as he was then. So, that makes me 36.”
The Last Word
Deal with the faults of others as gently as you would your own.