Archive for September, 2014
If procrastination is one of your problems, remember you need to stop putting off for tomorrow what you can do today! The clock doesn’t stop ticking. Seconds become minutes; minutes become hours; hours, days; days, weeks; weeks, months; months, years; years, decades …..
Before you realize it, so much time has elapsed without you accomplishing what you desired. You can never recapture time or hold on to it. You may wish that you had done something years ago, but you always had a legitimate excuse to not move forward. Simply stated, You never had time to do it! We have heard that one liner before. You can utilize time wisely or waste it abundantly. Which will it be? The answer rests with you and the decisions that you make regarding Old Father time! Tick tock! Stop waiting your energies waiting for the perfect time! The perfect time may never come around. Follow the Indian (Cherokee ) proverb: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today!” Enjoy every moment of your life now! Tomorrow is not promised! Live, love, laugh!
In the late 1960’s, one of my best friends, Ida Lewis was killed in a car accident in Glen Allan, Mississippi. Her family asked me to speak at her funeral which was held in our high school auditorium. My teachers gave me the stanza of a poem to read. It was “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant.
“So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”
A beautiful poem … it is! Standing at the podium, I tried to be strong, but tears filled my eyes, tremors flooded my voice, and grief consumed my soul. Yesterday was no different when death walked through the door and suddenly carried my sister Jean home. Death is an eventuality of life. It is an unescapable foe. From dust we came and to dust we will return. Death is a foreigner whose land and rivers we never want to cross; but as surely as we live, we must die. As Christians, our blessed assurance is the resurrection. Jesus told his disciples….. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know The Way, the Truth, and the Life.(John 14:1-4) Our hope is that one day when we all get to heaven that we will see our loved ones again. The raindrops of our tears will subside as we sing, “What a time when we all get to heaven, what a time, what a time, what a time. When the saints of God are gathered around the throne.”
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Song: “What a time” by Edwin Hawkins
Hey guys, these are only proposals. Nothing is casted in stone!
Ray, why don’t you take your millions and start a production plant making rice cakes? Just food for thought!
Adrian, the tree cutting business may look enticing. You can cut off limbs and shred the “switches” leaving none for you to use.
To the masterful, public relations savvy NFL, money talks! You heard and listened when Anheuser Busch sent you a message! You were not about to risk the loss of those advertising dollars!
Yes, I said it! Tackle that!
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There is a local candidate running for top office. He is passing out campaign literature throughout the office complex using smart-alecky tactics. He has thrown his hat in the ringer for the firm’s “BIG CHEESE” post. The position comes with a lot of fringe benefits and perks. For example, he can unfairly order people around; secretively steal their ideas and present them as his; maliciously belittle folks; cosmetically look “Donald Trump” busy, threaten you and say “you are fired” all within the listening ears of the “hands off / let him do as he pleases” boss! He is a pro at disciplining you via emails (while copying everyone who has a company email address) for offenses you know nothing about; another example of his executive control / privilege. Because he is so out of control, the office team is anxiously waiting on the legal challenges – discrimination, retaliation, and harassment charges – to come flying through the door! Yes, the “Big Cheese” showcases his varieties by spicing up the outcomes – no different than a side of provolone, American, or blue cheese on a sandwich. What he doesn’t realize is that the workers see him as a piece of Swiss cheese. Oh yes, he has holes running deep inside his spirit and it externally shows! Stop the madness! Don’t poke holes into the man’s character. He has nicely perforated himself; all by himself! He is just a well done, over – cooked cheeseburger that nobody wants!
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Are the two of you on the same page?
Is he speaking your language? Are you speaking his? Are you listening to each other? Does what he says matches what he does? In other words, does he “walk the talk?” Comfortably, you should be able to take the “man in your life,” at his word. He can make you extraordinarily happy or disappointingly sad depending upon the outcomes of his behavior; the reverse can be true from you to him. Nothing beats a harmonious relationship. Keeping your word and living up to your commitment are foundational principles. If you can’t satisfy those terms, you may as well close the book altogether. However, if the two of you are lovingly reading in the chapter called, the “Three H’s – Harmony, Happiness, and Honor,” you are pleasurably on the same page!
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As prolific writer and author Mark Twain professed, it is imperative to stay in your lane. When you place yourself on someone else’s level of stupidity, you can easily become defeated because they, not you, are masters of the stupid, underhanded games. When you cross the line, you are out of your league and in their sphere of expertise. Stay within your comfort zone on an exceedingly high plateau so that your mind remains free… to grow, to excel, to prosper…to be you!
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Despite his superstardom, Lionel Richie proudly said that he was now being referred to “as Nicole Richie’s Father!” That distinction establishes the fact that your children have heeded your advice and that you have trained them well. I too am now being referred to as Scooter’s and Phoebe’s Mother. I love it! Growing up, my children felt that their connection to me kept them subjected to the scrutiny from old folks (my peers of course)! As such, they felt that their behavior was always under the spotlight. They could easily become victims of tattletales! Go figure! Now, the tables have turned! I am enjoying every minute of my newfound splendor when the crowd echoes, “Vernalee is their Mother.” Keep on doing it my dear ones as I am reaping the rewards of being a good parent! In fact, because of you, I have a younger audience to read my blog and my books! Children, you certainly have paid me back handsomely! Thanks for the extra change! Therefore, go tell it on the mountains that I am Mommy! Cha ching! God bless you! Happy Sunday!
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Stop criticizing others for bad qualities in their character that you have yourself! Your flaws are just as transparent as theirs! That is why, you should not throw stones. Remember, people can throw stones back at you and reveal the skeletons that you thought were hidden in your closet. You cannot hide “stuff” behind glass! As the old folks say, “Be careful about what you do and say. It might come back to bite you.” Ouch!
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Though the Wicked Witch of the West is a fictional character from the Wizard of Oz, don’t be surprised if you occasionally see a similar character gallivanting around in your midst on her broomstick. A colleague of mine recently reported a sighting of a Wicked Workplace Witch on her job site. She indicated that this witch terrorizes employees with her tactics. Included in her daily antics and mannerism are the emotional shouting matches. Belligerently talking to her peers, coupled with degrading insults are standard operating procedures. The staff routinely gets a break because she regularly travels to exotic lands while attending expensive seminars. Though broomstick travel would be cheaper and environmentally friendly, she uses Delta Airlines instead. Her broomstick is packed in her Louis Vuitton luggage that she parks at the Ritz Carlton. Her behavior is wildly bizarre and outrageous at work, but no one “checks” her; perhaps because she is in the executive suite. How’s that for negatively showing your subordinates how to professionally behave! So that the staff can be rescued, let’s call Dorothy and her crew from Oz. I hope that the Tin Man tags along! Throwing water on this workplace witch may do the trick! If she melts and fades away, the staff will joyously and triumphantly sing, “Ding Dong, The Witch is gone!” Let’s just hope that she doesn’t cast a spell and reappear somewhere “Over the Rainbow!”
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The countdown has begun. It’s like watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in NYC. All eyes are on our buddy who has embraced everyone with the utmost inferior and disgusting treatment. A top notched schemer, he has lied, cheated, talked to most folks like trash …. and escaped punishment. He has mistreated so many people. All reigns come to an end! Of course, no one is wishing him any harm (I don’t think), but all are watching to see his yellow belly cowardly disposition escape his presence when the ax falls! We are not in the Horseshoe Casino, but wagers are being taken that he cannot take a mini sip of his own medicine. He couldn’t swallow one ounce of what he has poured out! I am not a high roller, but I have a respectful $100.00 wager on the table. What’s your bet? Ante up! I don’t mind if yours is higher! We will have more $$$$ to spend collectively when we watch him “lay in the bed that he made for himself!”
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