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BG’s Positively Speaking
We have all heard the idiom, “Like a Bull in a China shop.”. It describes someone who enters into something totally unprepared to handle the situation. They fling themselves into the centre of whatever it is. Creating havoc, confusion and often destruction. Then they leave others to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess and solve an even bigger problem than before their intervention.
People who behave like this are ‘undisciplined.’ They have little, if any, concern for others or their feelings. Not only are they self-centred, but they are also rarely, very rarely, successful people.
A primary characteristic of successful people is “Discipline,” particularly “Self-Discipline.”
They need that discipline:
- to keep their emotions under control.
- to remain calm when things go wrong.
- to retain control of the situations they face.
- to not seek to blame someone for what has gone wrong.
- to be able to focus on solutions.
It also requires discipline to learn and retain the information needed to become disciplined and successful. So often, on our way to becoming successful, we are called on to do things we don’t want to do, but they are things we must do. That is when our discipline meets its most vigorous test. Putting this principle into practice will make us feel happier and more content. Probably because we feel more in control.
In the end, discipline strengthens our character. Our character determines our success as a professional or someone who cares for those around us.
Discipline yourself to be the person you can ultimately become
Did You Know
- Six-eight-stud Leggo pieces can be combined in102,981,500 different ways.
- Houseflies hum in the key of ‘F ‘
- Jello, hooked up to an EEG, registers movements virtually identical to the brainwaves of a healthy adult.
The Blinking Light
On a recent flight, an older woman kept peering out the window. Since it was dark, she could only see the blinking wing-tip light. So finally, she rang for the flight attendant. “I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I think you should inform the pilot that his left-turn indicator is on and has been for some time.”
Editors Quote Book
“Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.”
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For Amusement Only
ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Don’t look back. Act on your decisions, and don’t procrastinate. Instead, go forward doing the best you can do.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Get your priorities in order. There is not enough time to do all you want. So put your needs before your wants.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Your long-term goals will have to be adjusted. Don’t despair; all things change with the passage of time.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Don’t get bogged down with discussing the small details. Follow your intuition, and take a leap of faith.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Don’t forget to budget your time while budgeting your finances. Time is money, and organization is the key.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Some secrets cannot be kept. Take charge of a bad situation and save someone from getting in over their head.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Two important things in life are Health and Finances. Being the wise person you are, both look well.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Handling money seems to be a challenge. Seek the help of someone you trust to help sort it out.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: There is a cloud over your home life. Don’t let some minor problems develop into a significant storm.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The next few weeks could be hectic. Changes in your work schedules make life challenging for the moment.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Start laying the groundwork for your future NOW. Your future success lies in being prepared; make today count.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: You are making too many demands on yourself and others. Lighten up; not everyone is a workaholic.
Whatever Happened To …..?
Ronald McDonald (The friendly clown): There was a time when Mcdonald’s had a stable full of characters headed by Ronald McDonald. Their purpose, along with the playgrounds at many locations, was to attract families to Mcdonald’s restaurants. Ronald was created in the early 1960s to help the chain sell hamburgers. New characters joined Ronald in the fictional community of McDonaldland, and from 1970 through the 1990s, the gang appeared in TV commercials, videos, and even a comic book.
Mcdonald’s had what was probably one of the most successful marketing campaigns ever. They were now entrenched as a place to take the kids. However, times and the marketplace were changing, and Mcdonald’s wanted to focus on the adult market. Attitudes were also evolving. There was controversy over promoting fast food that leads to obesity. In the information age, we have become more informed. At Mcdonald’s, they decided to wind down the children’s characters, slowly retiring them. After 50 years as the face of the hamburger chain, the clock was also ticking for Ronald McDonald.
In August 2016, the “creepy clown” scare set in across N. America. Scary encounters were reported in many locations, some innocent pranks, others more menacing. Nevertheless, children were reportedly frightened at the sight of a clown. A lobby group had long requested that Ronald and other clown images that scared some kids be retired. So by the end of 2016, Ronald McDonald was officially retired. His name lives on as part of the Ronald McDonald Charities.
- Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time. —Norman Ford
- Never trust a man when he’s in love, drunk, or running for office. —Shirley Maclaine
- Never board a commercial aircraft if the pilot wears a tank top. —Dave Barry
- Never argue with a doctor; he has inside information. —Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding
- Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level; it’s cheaper.—Quentin Crisp
- Never be in a hurry to terminate a marriage. You may need this person to finish a sentence. —Erma Bombeck
A Deep Conversation
Murphy and O’Toole were on their way home from a funeral. In keeping with the mood of the day, they were discussing the uncertainties of life. “sure I’d give all I have to know where I was going to die.” said Murphy. “And what good would that do you?” asked O’Toole. “Well, one thing for sure, I wouldn’t be going any where the place, ever.” said Murphy
The Last Word
Always speak the truth, but leave the room immediately