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May 5, 2021

Positively Speaking by B.G.

“To Thine Own Self Be True” – Part One

From time to time, people resolve to make changes that will transform their lives and the lives of those around us for the better. We spend time writing down our goals. Then we go about making the changes needed with a firm and positive attitude. Then somewhere, somehow, someway, we find ourselves in the same place as before. All our goals and determination lay in ruins; once again, we have failed to follow through. We have once again allowed life’s challenges, friends who don’t share our goals, our own lack of focus and our natural inclination to “take the easy way out” to rob us of what could be…if only!!

How can we change this pattern? What can we do to combat those elements in our life that keep us from fulfilling our goals and dreams? That keeps us from becoming all that we can be.

Well, here’s a thought for you – something for you to consider when trying to figure things out. When we set goals, we are, in effect, making a promise – not to our families, our friends or associates. Still, we are making a promise to ourselves. Therein lies our first challenge. Pledges made to oneself are by far the easiest to break, yet, if we are to achieve our goals, they must become the most important ones to honour.

The reason for their importance is that they are the very essence of the confidence we need to carry us to our goals. Self-trust is at the heart of all success. After all, if you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust. Each promise you make to yourself that you fulfill leads to more self-trust and builds confidence.

At this point, we should stress that there is a vast difference between a goal not yet attained and a goal given up on.

Part 2 Next Week.

The Mechanic and the Surgeon

A Lexus mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of an LS460 when he spotted a well-known cardiac surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was waiting for the service manager. The mechanic called to the Doc, “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?” The cardiac surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything that was damaged, and then put everything back in. When I finished, it worked like new. So how is it that I make $48,000 a year and you make $1.7M when you and I are doing basically the same work? The cardiac surgeon paused, leaned over and whispered to the mechanic… “Try doing it with the engine running.”

Left Brain or Right Brain?

If you see the girl sitting and the boy with his arms around her neck, you are Left-Brained.

Look again. In reality, it’s just the opposite. Now make the Right-brain work.

You will see that it’s the boy who is sitting, wearing a black polo. The girl has her arms around the neck of the boy, and she is wearing blue jeans. Still not convinced​? Then see who has hair in his arms and legs. Pretty interesting, isn’t it?


Our brain has two cerebral hemispheres that constantly interact, but each has specific functions. The left hemisphere breaks down problems and analyzes. the right is interested in everything and innovates. The ideal is to foster communication between these two parts of our brain. Sometimes our education, or temperament, will lead us to favour one side or the other.

Editors Quote Book

“Your challenge in life is to become the best you that you can be.”


Contemplating Retirement

As I was lying in bed pondering the world’s problems, I rapidly realized that I don’t really care. It’s the tortoise life for me.

  1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the mailman would be immortal.
  2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
  3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
  4. A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to exercise? I don’t think so.

I’m retired. Go around me!

Trivia Quiz

(Click Question For Answer)

1. Frank Sinatra called it 'My Kind Of Town.'
2. In 1900, the boxer rebellion took place in which country?
3. Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a Prince of what country?
4. If you are a practitioner of 'Prestidigitation,' what do you do?
Magic tricks.
5. What tool shares the same name as a popular puzzle?
6. Electricity produced by friction is called ___________?
7. What does 'Popeye' eat to gain strength?
8. This river runs through Egypt.
The Nile.


Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Be persuasive, not aggressive. Using force to get what you want will be counter-productive. Show some tact.

TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: You have all the answers. VIPs will be impressed. Don’t back down when asked your opinion. It is as good as any other.

GEMINI May 21-June 20: Use your intuition to guide you in romance. Sometimes your heart knows best.

CANCER June 21-July 22: Spending could get out of hand. Be creative with your shopping, stay home and stay safe!

LEO July 23-Aug 22: Be careful accepting a new job. It may be more restrictive than you expect. Take your family into consideration.

VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Limit your social activities to the bare minimum. There is much to consider in the next few weeks.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Do not ignore your health during this busy time. Keep on exercising, but DON’T take unwise risks.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Get in touch with a long-lost relative. It could be the best thing you ever do for them.

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Keep a level head when making business decisions. Don’t be influenced by outside sources.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Take the initiative in romance. Your current relationship is going nowhere….put some spice into it and watch it flourish!

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: If your social calendar is full, rethink what you are doing. Is this really the best for socializing?

PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: While this is a hectic time for you, do not overlook your children. Things will mean more to them if they can feel helpful now.             

Typographical Error

We apologize for the error in the last edition, in which we stated that “Mr. Fred Nicolme is a Defective in the Police Force.” This was a typographical error. We meant, of course, that Mr. Nicolme is a Detective in the Police Farce.”

From the Derby Abbey Community News, Derby, England

A different Blonde Joke

A blonde and a brunette, drinking tea when the phone rings, and the blonde answers it and immediately starts to cry. “What’s wrong,” asked the brunette, “Why are you crying?” “That was my mother; my father just died.” “I’m so sorry,” said the brunette. The blonde finally stops crying when the phone rings again. After putting the phone down, the blonde immediately starts crying. Again the brunette inquires what was wrong. The blonde replies, “That was my sister,” he said, “Her father died too.”

Time Lines

May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated the French army, despite being outnumbered and having fewer weapons. The military confrontation became known as “The Battle of Puebla” after the Mexican state where it took place. Although the French eventually won the war in 1867, this date became a holiday greatly celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican American communities- Cino de Mayo.

The Harmonica

“Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for my birthday,” little Joshua said to his uncle the first time he saw him, after his birthday. “It’s the best present I ever got.” “That’s great,” said his uncle. “Do you know how to play it?” “Oh, I don’t play it,” the little fellow said. “My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day, and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night.

Just Askin’

 A man was brought to a hospital with multiple fractured bones. The doctor in the emergency care unit asks him, “Are you married?” “No, I’ve been run over by a truck.” the man answered.

The Last Word

It matters not where you came from.

Where you are going is what really counts.

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