Archive for July, 2014
It’s Monday! It is the beginning of the workweek for most. I am trying to get into the groove, but my excitement level is below par. The papers on my desk and the outstanding assignments are
mountainous. I am wading through the waters and the papers are decreasing alongside my energy level. Is this what I get for not working on Friday? Apparently so! The bright side is that with a little elbow grease, I will have it all together at a controllable level…at least until Monday rolls around again!
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The children are in the house! Chitter, chatter….the sound of their feet walking through your house. The sounds are deeper, because their feet are bigger! Their cell phones are ringing continuously as they walk from room to room telling you as the parent what to do. Funny! They’re adults now! Physically, they have moved out of your house; figuratively, they have moved from your lap to your heart! Over the years, your love and theirs have multiplied exponentially. But one thing hasn’t changed…..You still sit on the throne. You are still the parent! I declare ….There is nothing better than to marvel at your creations and say job well done! This Sunday, my daughter said, “Mommy, get ready for church!” In days of old, I had to drag her and my son out of bed and hear them individually say, “Do I have to go to church today. Give me ten more minutes. I am tired.” Wow …how the scenery has changed! Praise God that the foundation of serving the Lord remains intact! Sorry readers, I have to go! I hear the horn blowing! I don’t want to get left! Happy Sunday!
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Monday morning quarterbacks are the persons who criticize and provide commentaries on how and what they would have done differently from you … after the fact. I am sure that you know a few! Hindsight gives you 20 / 20 vision. Then, you can look back and see everything that went wrong and what you would do contrariwise the second time around. That’s great from an analytical point of view! However, one should never underestimate the people who are involved in the process when decisions have to made right then and there. For them, there is no looking backwards; there is no retracing steps. It’s using their best judgment at that particular moment. Making a decision when you are in the line of fire is vastly different from assessing a situation after a decision has been made. Though I am not a sports analyst, I do however give more credit to the quarterback who played the game on Sunday! At least, he threw the ball or was sacked!
I prefer the people who make the plays as opposed to those who call the plays! Action speaks louder than words. “Woulda, shoulda, coulda” folks are talkers not doers. Either they should get in the game, make decisions, or keep their mouths closed! That’s my “call!”
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The company picnic is more than food and games. It is more than the sack races and tug of war competitions. It’s a time of camaraderie; a time to bring all people together regardless of job titles, cultures and race; a time of reflections and realizing that all of the staff members are literally on the same team. Although I was impressed at the tenderness of the ribs and the deliciousness of the brownies (Yum!), I was equally impressed at the spirit of the people who cooked and pulled all of it together. It took time and effort, but it also took caring; people desirous of seeing a harmonious work culture and esprit de corps. Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Although Ford was not referring to picnics, his quote definitely applies! One of the picnic helpers said, “In order to lead, one must know how to serve.” He did more than serve, he inspired … all of us! His service is definitely worth imitating!
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“Life happily ever after.” …Those fairytale words bring such delight! After walking down the aisle, eternal bliss is your thought. Sharing life with the one that you love and all the pleasurable activities that accompany that process is foremost in your mind. Months and years have now passed. After a considerable amount of time together; after rearing the children and sending them packing on their way; after becoming somewhat financially comfortable… and the like, you are finally ready to do the fun stuff. Let’s see. How about vacationing in Paris looking out of the hotel window at the Eiffel Tower; walking on the Siesta white sand beach; strolling down Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive; or maybe just relaxing snuggled up at home for a restful, romantic evening ! All would be nice. Then, one day, some of your and his dreams are shattered. Illnesses, doctor visits, and the forbidden thought of all, a lifelong disability is diagnosed. Your and his life is changed forever! Weight is shifted and just like Atlas, you are carrying the world with his and your load on your back. With dedicated determination, you make financial and emotional ends meet. Miraculously, a light bulb illuminates in your head when you realize that your mate is suffering more than you. He has the disability; you have the responsibility. There is no comparison in the tradeoff. So at the end of the day, you do what your spiritual mind tells you. You adhere to your marital vows, “…in sickness and in health….” You will be blessed for fulfilling your spousal obligations because God’s eyes are upon you and sees your goodness. Life is a journey and the roads that we travel are “full of life!” This article is dedicated to those doing double duty. God’s speed!
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The combined word may not exist in the dictionary, but double liars exist in real life. Allow me to define the term. A double liar is a person who lies at least twice about the same thing particularly after being given the opportunity to tell the truth. Liars generally don’t change. They are so astute at the craft of lying that they cannot distinguish the difference between fact and fiction. Characteristically, it is pleasing to be wedded to the truth. The truth is so easy; lies are complicated and require monitoring and efforts.
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Yesterday, my son told me that he really enjoys reading my blog. Great comment! Then, he told me that it reminds him of a comic strip. Huh? “Mommy, it’s like reading Charlie Brown. You never know what you will see, but you can’t wait to read it.” I am enjoying this more and more, Scooter Lee, but I probably would have preferred my blog being compared to the Blondie comic strip. It is more apropos and age appropriate. However, in the scheme of things, the net results are the same. Either one will broaden my audience and have them returning to my site! I am glad that you are reading this on your own without me asking like the days of old! Haha! All kidding aside, Thank you son for your reading and comments; they are much appreciated! Now, let’s see what Lucy, Peanuts and Snoopy are up to today!
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“With gray hair comes wisdom.” True to form, that statement is symbolic, and accurate. However, I must confess and tell you a secret. As long as there is Miss Clairol hair dye, I prefer to rinse out the gray. I believe that I have grown wiser over the years, but I prefer to not let my gray hairs reveal my wisdom. My sage wisdom can be limited to colored brown hues running through every string of my hair! Who would discern the difference? Thank goodness for me being wise enough to make such an intelligent decision to cover those white hair follicles. Incredible thinking; isn’t it? That’s what gray hair does! Though the coloring is cosmetic; the wisdom still lies underneath!
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July 13, 2014 is Grandparents United for Autism Day. As a proud grandmother of an adorable 14 year old grandson who has autism, I would like to share with you a note from Jan Springer. She writes in her article, “Five Tips for Grandparents of a Child with Autism,” words that were very encouraging to me. I share them with you.
1. Expect the unexpected – Be prepared.
2. Change what you can and let the rest go (aka using the Serenity Prayer).
3. Savor the moments and make memories.
4. Learn to love the quirks; work with them and use them.
5. Be reliable and available, when possible.
I urge my followers in the Cleveland, Ohio area to Walk for Autism on September 14th. Get involved in Cleveland and your respective communities. Autism speaks. It’s time to listen! Happy Sunday.
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Are your Saturdays filled with chores? Picking up laundry, cleaning, washing, shopping…the list continues. Do you allow your Saturdays to become workdays… of sorts?
I am getting tired just thinking about everything I have to do today! That is why I have made an important executive decision. This will be my best Saturday ever! I have decided to do nothing today! It’s my rest Saturday after all!
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