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BG’s Positively Speaking
When you’re Smiling
I doubt that anyone reading this message hasn’t had a day where they felt that no one cared about them. A day they longed for someone, anyone, to pass them a friendly greeting, or throw a simple smile their way.
On the flip side; How many times have you found yourself wondering, “What can I do to help that person?” The answer is easy, you can SMILE. This is a simple, no-cost action that you can take to help lift up someone who is down. Make it a habit. In the end, you are really helping yourself. Even when you don’t feel like it, the smile you give someone else will create a reaction inside you that will continue throughout the day.
I have been told that the face muscles are capable of over 250,000 different combinations of expressions. One of the most useful is a smile. Fulton J. Sheen used to say, “A smile across the aisle of a bus in the morning could save a suicide later in the day.” That quote is so very accurate. We all need the healing medicine “from the heart” that a smile, even from strangers, provides. And for some, that medicine can save their life. English essayist Joseph Addison put it this way: “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.” Don’t say you can’t make a difference! Don’t ever say you have nothing to offer. Each of us can give a smile spontaneously and sincerely. Its value may not be recognized, but be assured that it will be felt. Remember that old song that says, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” So make the world a happier place and……
Smile! Smile! Smile!
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Editor’s Quote Book
“Time is not a commodity that can be stored for future use. It must be invested hour by hour.”
— Thomas Edison
Heard on a Public Bus
Heard on a public transportation vehicle in Orlando. “When you exit the bus, please be sure to lower your head and watch your step. If you miss your step and hit your head, please lower your voice and watch your language. Thank you.”
One rainy evening, my husband, John, and I emerged from a restaurant only to find that he had locked the keys in the car. He insisted he could open the door with a wire coat hanger, so we went back to the restaurant to get one. There were none to be found. John ran to a department store a quarter-mile away and returned with a hanger. After a few attempts, he got the door open, and we climbed in. Soaked and cold, he stuck the hanger under his seat. With a smug grin, he said, “Now, if this ever happens again, I’ll have one.”
At the height of the gulf wars, the expertise of Red Adair (the well-
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For Amusement Only
Aries Mar. 21 – Apr. 19: Don’t leave things to chance. If you are not sure about some details, ask for help. Seek advice.
Taurus Apr. 20 – May 20: Some financial adjustments will create a little breathing space. Don’t take on more debt. Tighten the purse strings.
Gemini May 21 – June 20: Stand up for yourself. It’s the only way to move ahead. Toot your own horn. No one else will.
Cancer June 21 – July 22: Stop hesitating; it makes you a prime target. Be more direct and decisive. Hesitate, and you lose.
Leo July 23 – Aug 22: Think before you act. Be more considerate of friends and relatives. Be thankful for their encouragement and support.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 22: You don’t always get what you want. Don’t be disappointed when things don’t happen as you thought they would.
Libra Sept 23 – Oct 22: Take charge of the things you don’t want to lose. If something is worth keeping, it’s worth fighting for.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21: An addition to the family is imminent. Plan ahead to welcome the latest addition to your family.
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21: Be generous to the opinions of others. Listen to what they have to say. Their voices count.
Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19: Pressing matters at home will require you to postpone travel arrangements. Reschedule for later this year.
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18: Don’t give up so easily. Show your determination to reach the goals you have set. Be more positive.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20: Discontent is spreading among co-workers. You have the ability to quell the uprising before it boils over.
Did You Know?
Marriage (A Child’s View)
- How Do You Decide Who To Marry? No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. — Kristen, age 10
- What Is The Right Age To Get Married? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. — Camille, age 10
- How Can A Stranger Tell If Two People Are Married? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. — Derrick, age 8
- What Do You Think Your Mum & Dad Have In Common? Both don’t want any more kids. — Lori, age 8
- What Do Most People Do On A Date? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. — Lynnette, age 8
- When Is It Okay To Kiss Someone? When they’re rich. — Pam, age 7
- Is It Better To Be Single Or Married? It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. — Anita, age 9 (bless you, child)
A screenwriter comes home to a burned-down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks. “Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove had caught on fire. It went up in seconds. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is gone……..” “Wait! Back up a minute,” the man says. “My agent called?”
The Last Word
If we were meant to “POP” out of bed, we would all sleep in toasters.