Is That A Fact?
From time to time, we have all heard those ‘well meaning’ people who say, “That’s been tried, and it doesn’t work.” It usually happens just as we are about to start something. Other versions of this would be, “If they couldn’t do it, you won’t,” “You’re wasting your time,” and “It’s impossible.” Mostly, these ‘facts’ are just opinions of the people who voice them. For the most part, these folks are the ones who have little faith in you. They don’t want you to succeed where, perhaps, they have failed. If we are to be successful, one of the skills that we need to develop is separating the facts from the opinions. When we hear these types of comments, it should signal us, with a big red flag, to ask whether they are facts or opinions.
Become a seeker of the truth because our dreams and aspirations can only grow on facts. Just because someone else didn’t get it right doesn’t mean you won’t. Maybe there are some lessons you can learn from their lack of success, or it may just be that they gave up too soon. If the people in our history had listened to those who claimed it was “impossible,” we would not have many of the benefits we now enjoy. Like the tremendous advances, we have seen in travel, medicine, science and communication. Think back to the first moon landings and how primitive the communication systems were. Then look at the improvements we now enjoy. We take the failures of those who have gone before us and build on them. That’s how research works and development happens. Next time someone says “you can’t do that,” respond with…
“Is that a fact, or just your opiinion”
“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen”
A four-year-old boy informed his dad that he was going to get married
Dad: Wonderful. Do you have a girl in mind?
Boy: Yes… grandma! She said she loves me, I love her, too….and she’s the best cook and storyteller in the whole world!
Dad: That’s nice, but we have a slight problem there!
Boy: What problem?!
Dad: She happens to be my mother. How can you marry my mother!
Boy: Why not?! You married mine!
Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said Sven, “but we don’t have a ladder.”
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then taking a tape measure from her handbag, took a measurement and announced, “Twenty-one feet, six inches,” and walked away.
One engineer shook his head and laughed, “Typical woman! We ask for the height, and she gives us the length!”
Jim walks down the hospital corridor and walks into the surgeon’s office.”Can I help you?” the surgeon asked. “I keep thinking that I’m a moth,” Jim replied. “Well, you probably need to see a psychiatrist for that,” he said. “Yeah, I know,” said Jim. The surgeon looked confused. “Then… why are you here?” “The light was on.”
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Aries Mar. 21 – Apr. 19: Warm weather is fast approaching. Start planning how you will be spending those lazy, hazy, crazy summer days.
Taurus Apr. 20 – May 20: There is increased intensity in your relationship. You may feel pressured to make some decisions. Take your own time.
Gemini May 21 – June 20: Your funds are running low. Top them up with additional part-time income from a seasonal type job.
Cancer June 21 – July 22: A more meaningful ambition will surface and energize you. You’ll know what to do when the time comes.
Leo, July 23 – Aug 22: You will be on the road more than anticipated. Before heading out of town, put your finances in order.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 22: Your social calendar fills up. Replenish your wardrobe. You want to look your best when meeting new friends.
Libra Sept 23 – Oct 22: You are feeling overloaded. Take a break now, before you are forced to. The holidays are still some time away.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21: Move forward with caution. You need to do your due diligence before making any major purchase decisions.
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 21: Don’t sugarcoat your admonishment of family members. Set the record straight, truthfully, calmly and without malice.
Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 19: Not all things can’t be explained. Don’t get yourself in a knot over something that will not matter next week.
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18: A new career could be on its way. Seek advice. Decisions that you make now will affect your future.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20: Much love surrounds you. It comes from many directions, and you benefit in many ways. Appreciate and enjoy it.
Rosie buys a flat-pack self-assembly cupboard from her local Home Depot store. At home, Rosie reads the instructions carefully, counts the pieces, then assembles them in the bedroom. It looks really great, and she is delighted. Now, Rosie lives near a railway line, and as the train passes, the cupboard collapses. Undaunted, she re-reads the instructions and reassembles the cupboard. Another train passes, and the whole cupboard collapses again. Rosie is frustrated and thinks she must have done something “wrong .”So she ‘phones the customer service department. She is told That they’ll send along a repairman to take a look.
The repairman arrives and assembles the cupboard. Again, a train passes, and the cupboard collapses. Completely baffled by this unexpected event, the man decides to reassemble the cupboard and sit inside it to see whether he can find out what causes the cupboard to collapse. At this point, Rosie’s husband comes home, sees the cupboard and says, “Oh, that’s a splendid-looking cupboard,” and he opens it to look inside. The repairman, wondering how to explain his position in Rosie’s bedroom cupboard, blurts out, “You probably won’t believe me, but I’m standing here waiting for a train.”
Fred came home from college in tears. “Mom, am I adopted?” “No, of course not,” replied his mother. “Why would you think such a thing?” Fred showed her his genealogy DNA test results. He had no match with any of his relatives and strong matches for a family who lived on the other side of the city. Perturbed, his mother called her husband. “Honey, Fred has done a DNA test, and… and… I don’t know how to say this… he may not be our son.” “Well, obviously!” he replied. “What do you mean?” “It was your idea in the first place,” her husband continued. “You remember that first night in the hospital when the baby did nothing but scream and cry and scream and cry. On and on. And you asked me to change him.” “I picked a good one, I reckon. Ever so proud of Fred.”
Burial At Sea: If you are one of those that romanticize about being buried at sea, the company Eternal Reefs offers an innovative solution. It mixes a person’s ashes with concrete to create a “pearl”. To which loved ones can etch personal messages, hand-prints or (environmentally friendly) mementos. The pearl is then encased in a “reef ball” and dropped into the sea. Where it provides a new habitat for fish and other sea life, helping encourage a vibrant ecosystem. The circle of life at work!
Early Vacuum Cleaners: One of the earliest known vacuum cleaners was so large that it had to be hauled from house to house via a horse-drawn carriage. Its giant hoses were popped through the windows of customers’ homes. Then, a gas-powered motor generated the suction that pulled the dirt and debris into a glass container where onlookers could gawk at the volume of filth coming from their neighbours’ homes.
Life is too short to be serious all the time.
So, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me ….
…and I’ll laugh at you!