Archive for March, 2015
A few days ago, a colleague asked me if I had ever eaten sardines. That question took me back about 45 years or so as I recalled the field chopping days in Mississippi. When the field hands broke for lunch, the delicacies that were sold were Vienna sausage, potted meat, and sardines (along with crackers, of course). Honey buns or cowboy cookies were dessert items. The field truck driver would find a shady spot under a big tree to escape the 100 plus degree heat as the workers lined up to make their purchases. The bare ground served as the luncheon table with the spreading of an outer garment as the tablecloth. Those sardines had a stinky smell, but they were needed nourishment and a way of life for many Black families who chopped cotton to put food on their tables. Some memories never fade even when they are ones that you wish to forget!
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It is easy to get caught up in the small details of any situation thus losing focus on the bigger picture. Sometimes, the smaller details must be handled before we can move on, but keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t lose focus of your final destination or on what has to be accomplished. Map out your plans so that you can have a concentrated vision! Stay on track! “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
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Are you in a war zone or in a middle of someone else’s dispute? When people are fighting all around you, how protected do you feel? Listen intently! When I heard a neighboring colleague say to his coworker, “The gloves are off,” so was I! Off and running I went! I wasn’t taking a chance getting caught in the middle of a crossfire between two people who wanted to “take it to the streets!” “Run Forest run”was my thought; my feet obeyed! When animosity is out of control and there is not an enforcing sheriff to enforce law and order, your alternatives are limited … if you hang around! Go ahead and call me a coward because I “got out from among them!” Why should I get punch when it’s not my fight!
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Gray hairs show years of living. As Proverbs state, “Gray hairs are crowns of glory.” Amazing wisdom they provide. The longer you live; the more you know; the more you have experienced. Listening to our elders pay off! Try it! After talking to them, you will realize that there is truly nothing new under the sun! They have most likely experienced or witnessed whatever you are attempting or undergoing. “Bought sense or learned sense” is the optimal catchall phrase. Do you want to learn from others’ experience or do you want to “buy” your sense and try everything yourself? As for me, give me that gray haired wisdom! I love sage advice. I dont mind learning. I have avoided “many a headaches” from those gray headed ones! My Mother has seen a “little bit of this and little bit of that” in ninety years. Her advice often saves me – time and energy, and in some cases … grief! It is not necessary or prudent to reinvent the wheel or learn the hard way! Call me a copy cat if you will!
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Whether those words were harmonized from the God -Father of Soul or echoed from a loved ones, get up / out and start your day! Don’t hug the sheets any longer; let that pillow go! Wake up early, mobilize early, and you will accomplish more. Simple math, right? Do what has to be done more immediate than later! Don’t let laziness rob you of accomplishments. Please don’t cheat and subtract hours from the back side! Is that motivational enough? Are you “up and at them?” Develop an action plan for your daily tasks. The earlier you start, the more you can accomplish. Time waits on no one! Truly, the early professional or entrepreneurial bird catches the worm, the promotions, and the profits!
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It has been said that “Life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you will get!” Similarly, children follow that same premise. As parents, we hope that they remember what we have taught them and not stray away from the foundation that was laid. We definitely want a return on our parental investment of teaching. Today, I am a proud Mother … or Mommy as my two adult children call me. I am watching my children lovingly care for their Daddy. I couldn’t be prouder! My love, admiration, appreciation, and respect for them extend taller than Mt. Everest! Proverbs 22:6 states “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Indeed, our training was planted in their hearts! They are walking on course. They are diligent doers! They haven’t missed a beat! Those two bundles of joy have become two adult children who would make any Mommy and Daddy proud!
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Being a southerner, I was always told that “The guard dog never attacks where the master doesn’t know.” Don’t be fooled! The guard dog in some settings is not a four legged animal. It is a person who may be a surrogate to do what the master doesn’t care to perform. When there is a guard dog walking around in your office, the boss is well aware of their moves. “Everyone bears watching” should be your motto. Although theoretically guard dogs, unlike watch dogs, are not trained to attack, they can! They have teeth that bite. So keep your “guards up” around suspicious creatures that you don’t trust. Follow your instincts! Your nose is usually not wrong!
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Push and pull. Both are 4 letter words. Both refer to movement. Both require similar energy. The direction of the movement is what distinguishes the two. A discernable difference is that we push objects away from us; while we pull objects to us! Movement in opposite direction never brings two people together. “Stop pushing me away” is a famous couple expression when disharmony finds a home in their space. Coming together requires movements in the same direction and not opposite paths. Why waste energy and time if that is your goal? You are no longer on the playground playing a game to see what team wins! Whether it is a casual friendship or a serious relationship, a push countered against a pull will not achieve harmony or balance if you wish to move forward. A continuance in opposite directions will only accomplish discord with someone “pushing your hot button” for a reactionary outcome!
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It took the words of a talking donkey with Balaam! What will it take with you! “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times,” were the words of the donkey. Numbers 22:28. Imagine hearing a talking animal! You would undoubtedly be terrified beyond belief! Words cannot describe it! Total obedience to God has to be not only reflective in our actions, but in our hearts and thoughts as well! One foot in and one foot out will never work. Balaam was torn between God and Balak. Don’t place yourself in a position of spiritual duality. See, be, say, and do what God wants you to do. Don’t be a jackass! Be obedient; show love! Happy Sunday! God bless!
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