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January 12, 2022
BG’s Positively Speaking
Getting To Know … ME!
During the time I have been writing these messages, I have often referred to how important it is to get to know the people that enter our lives. All of my adult life, I have been taught that to fully contribute to my relationships with others, I must learn “what makes them tick .”What are their goals and dreams? What type of personality do they have? What are their likes and dislikes? What are their greatest fears? We need to become aware of the myriad of details that make up the complex people in our life. The reasoning is that as we learn more about others, we understand them better. We gain their trust and confidence by letting them see that we are genuinely interested in them. That, in turn, leads them to open up to us and for us to offer them guidance, suggestions, or just a friendly ear.
I fully agree with everything I have just written. There is, however, another significant piece in the puzzle that is human relations and interaction. We cannot be “the best we can be” for others if we don’t make an effort to “Get to know our Self.”
What are our likes, dislikes, fears, dreams, ethics, morals? Where do we draw the line?
No matter how well we know others or how much we want to positively influence their lives, we cannot give them our best. If we have no clearly defined picture of who we are. So, suppose we want to be effective in our relationships. In that case, we need to define ourselves as least as sharply as we want to know those around us. Take some time and get to know yourself.
Say ‘Hello’ To Your Inner Self.
Death In The Family
Bubba and Jim Bob are having a beer when the phone rings; Bubba answers it and immediately starts crying. “What’s wrong,” asked Jim Bob, “Why are you crying?” “That was my mother; my father just died.” “I’m so sorry,” said Jim Bob. Bubba finally stops crying, then the phone rings again. After putting the phone down the Bubba immediately starts crying. Again Jim Bob asked what was wrong. Bubba replies, “That was my sister. Her father died too.”
A Visit With The Shrink
A man is talking to his psychiatrist….
Man, “I’m on the road a lot, and my clients are complaining that they can never reach me.”
Psychiatrist, “Don’t you have a phone in your car?”
Man, “That was a little expensive, so I did the next best thing. I put a mailbox in my car.”
Psychiatrist, “Uh … How’s that working?”
Man, “Actually, I haven’t received any letters yet.”
Psychiatrist, “And why do you think that is?”
Man, “I figured it’s because when I’m driving around, my Postal Code keeps changing.”
Editor’s Quote Book
“Vegetarian is an American Indian word for Lousy Hunter.”
— Red Green
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For Amusement Only
ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Devote yourself to one who really appreciates you. Your dedication will pay you dividends you didn’t expect.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Financial difficulties may be hard to overcome. But with determination and help from a friend, you will overcome…
GEMINI May 21-June 20: It’s time to grow your mind. Concentrate on expanding your knowledge. Think of the long-term benefits.
CANCER June 21-July 22: You would be wise to take advantage of the winter sales. Set some items aside for future use.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Your problems will not be solved with a new partner. A new face and ideas could help, though.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: A belated message is better than none at all. A catch-up letter would be very much appreciated.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A financial gain can be had if you heed the advice of an expert. Use discretion, no wild goose chases.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov.21: An unexpected meeting will add excitement to your life. Spend some time with the one you love.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: A burden has been lifted. You can relax and enjoy some of life’s pleasures. Savour the moment.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: You will achieve the best results if you avoid confrontation. Spend more time with your family and friends.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Make your decision and stick to it. Don’t second guess yourself. Procrastination holds no answers for you.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Mid-month social activities pick up. You may have to keep a watch on your budget. There’s lots of fun in store.
The Golf Challenge
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,” Stevies 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. When I get to where the ball landed, the caddy moves to the green or farther 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 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.”
Climate Change, Fringe Effects
In Aswan, Egypt, recent inclement weather — including “vicious rain, dust storms and snow” — has forced hordes of scorpions from their usual hiding places and into homes and streets. BBC News reported that three people have died so far from scorpion stings, and 450 have been injured. The injured are being treated with antivenom. Health officials have even had to recruit doctors who were on vacation to help with the influx of patients.
The Last Word
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of Cheques.