We have all heard of the three “R’s,” which we teach our children in school, but what about the other “R’s”? The ones that are just as important and maybe even more critical. These are the ones that will ultimately decide our true success in life.
1) RESPECT…For Oneself:
Self-respect is the basis on which we will build our life; it leads us to make the right decisions, to resist the temptation to do wrong. However, when we do or say the wrong things, we destroy ourselves from the inside. As a result, we lose respect for ourselves and ultimately respect from others.
2) RESPECT…For Others:
Being considerate to those around you, being aware of their sensibilities will win you the admiration of others. Unfortunately, today there seems to be a kind of arrogance about being sensitive to others. Many people feel that if they want to do something, it has nothing to do with anyone else. They think they should be free to do what they want. This kind of freedom is short-lived, and those that practice it will lose more than they gain. Sensitivity and respect for others is the oil that makes our movement through life smoother.
3) RESPONSIBILITY…For Our Actions:
The actions we take and the words we speak are our own. We have the choice to do or say these things. However, we must be willing to be accountable for our choices. Taking responsibility for ourselves will earn the respect of others, and in turn, our self-respect will be enhanced.
When consistently practiced, these three “R’s” will lead us to a more rewarding, fulfilled life and allow us to develop a strong character.
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Be thankful that all is going well at work. Job satisfaction becomes apparent. You will be appreciated.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Listen to family members. Their ideas count, even if they may be a little far-fetched. Compromise, if possible.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Don’t make any financial decisions without doing considerable research. You are apt to get taken in.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Take a chance in love. Time is all you have to offer, and that may not be as long as you think.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Present your ideas to VIPs; originality is a plus with those in the know. Avoid those with negative feedback.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Keep commitments to co-workers. Don’t put off those promises that you made earlier in the year.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Great savings are to be had on home decor. Prepare to decorate in style. Showcase your talents.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A veteran co-worker may surprise you with his resignation. New opportunities may be discovered.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Good time to get away from duties at work. Take advantage of the opportunity and head out to new places.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Expect news of a blessed event. Join in the happiness of others, even if you are upset at their news.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Good luck is on the way. Capitalize on it and try to solve a puzzling mystery. Success is yours.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: You’ve reached a pinnacle. You’re ready to claim the reward. Celebrate with those who helped you get there.
A mother decided that 10-year-old Cathy should get something ‘practical’ for her birthday.
“Suppose we open a savings account for you?” mother suggested. Cathy was delighted.”It’s
your account, darling,” mother said as they arrived at the bank, “so you fill out the
application.” Cathy was doing fine until she came to the space for ‘Name of your former bank.’
Then, after a slight hesitation, she put down, ‘Piggy.’
A man walks into a bar, and he’s agitated. The bartender gives him a drink and asks what the problem is. All he says is, “all lawyers are idiots.” A man sitting in the corner shouts, “I take offence to that!” The upset guy asks him, “Why? Are you a lawyer? “No,” replies the man in the corner, ‘‘I’m an idiot!”
A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The trainer meets him before the race, saying, “All you have to remember is that when you approach a jump, you shout, ‘ALLLLEEE OOOP!’ really loudly in the horse’s ear. Providing you do that, you’ll be fine.” The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins, and they approach the first hurdle. Unfortunately, the jockey ignores the trainer’s ridiculous advice, and the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump.
They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers ‘Aleeee ooopi’ in the horse’s ear. The same thing happens–the horse crashes straight through the center of the jump. At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, “It’s no good, I’ll have to do it,” and yells, “ALLLEEE OOOP!” really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. There were no problems for the rest of the race, but the horse only finishes third due to those earlier issues. The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, “Nothing is wrong with me–it’s this horse. is it–deaf or something?”
In wine, there is wisdom! In beer, there is freedom!
In water, there are bacteria!