Archive for April, 2015
According to the definition, to throw (someone) under the bus means to sacrifice another person (often a friend or ally), who is usually not deserving of such treatment, out of malice or for personal gain.
I hear this colloquial expression all too often. Though it is an idiom, its meaning is bigger than life. I am sure that it (being thrown under the bus) has happen to you; as it has me – quite a few times. (In fact, more than I care to remember). This act is unquestionably more serious than someone spitefully snitching or being a traitorous “Benedict Arnold,” although these actions are indeed hurtful as well.
To be thrown under the bus is a terrible deed, but to be kicked into the streets beforehand is bona fide cruelty. How can you not argue that this kick was intentional? Unquestionably, with the – egregious kick and throw routine – a person becomes mincemeat by someone purportedly that he / she trusted. Characteristically, without question, bruises appeared. The bus ran over its prey with no time for “Rodger dodger” avoidance. There was no time to get out of the way! It’s harrowing and terrifying! Constituting more than just target practice, a little kick hurts your feelings and your derrière! Ouch!
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Back by popular demand, this previously published blog post, slightly modified, was requested.
Jeopardy’s host, Alex Trebek is in the house! Ready! Let’s play Jeopardy! Occupation is the category. Remember your responses must be in the form of a question.
• Occupation for $ 200 – Alex.
He does no work, gets compensated handsomely, and nastily tells people what he thinks of them.
Answer: Who is Mr. Do Nothing?
• Occupation for $400.
He comes in late every day; intimidates the staff when he arrives; is frequently missing in action; is exempted from punishment; takes funds out of the cookie jar; starts arguments frequently; and pretends to be busy with no evidence of productive activity.
Answer: Who is Mr. Do Nothing?
• Occupation for $600.
He is a pathological liar; has emotionally stabbed people (in the back, of course); has vehemently insulted his coworkers on innumerable occasions; has routinely borrowed money from subordinates and after receipt of the funds threatened their job security.
Answer: Who is Mr. Do Nothing?
• Occupation for $800.
He is a troublemaker, name caller, a stoolpigeon; an employee that everyone dislikes but must tolerate because of his closeness to the man in charge (a boss that he negatively talks about behind his back).
Answer: Who is Mr. Do Nothing?
• Occupation for $1,000 Alex to finish the category.
He regularly laughs in your face and belittles you; is embarrassingly untrustworthy; takes food that isn’t his out of the refrigerator; has repetitively lied, cheated, and stolen; has harassed every single employee; is exceptionally ruthless but asks all to pray for his sins!
Suddenly, a puzzled Alex Trebek stops the game and says, “Contestants, I am sorry! Something is wrong with our monitor. No one person can have all of those lowly characteristics. That individual would be a devil in disguise.”
• Bingo Alex! You are right! We just call him by his earthly name, Mr. Do Nothing!
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Back by popular demand, this “Stuff We Talk About” blog post has previously appeared.
Two faced people … I know you know them. They are hypocrites and live up to the meaning of the title. They say and do one thing in your presence and are completely opposite behind your back. Of course, they are not to be trusted …even when you are looking at them! I find them to be despicable! What about you? Remember the sage advice of Dr. Maya Angelou, “The first time people show you who they are, believe them!”
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Back by popular demand, this “Stuff We Talk About” blog post is making its second appearance.
Our face denotes our mood. What we feel inside shows outwardly. It’s hard to disguise and hide. It would be lovely if your circumstances (or your changes thereof) allow you to put on a happy face. Graphically, a frown is just a smile turned upside down. Realistically, it is a showing of your inner self. Whatever you choose to show, it will be written all over your face!
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Do you really help people from your heart by committing total assistance and resources or do you give a token gift or nothing at all? With a token gift, you can pat yourself on the back and say that you helped a person in need. But did you do what you could? Most folks dress up their “giving” answer, because who wants to look bad! Regardless of one’s camouflage, God knows the real answer! God saw what you had, what you gave, what you kept, and what you could have given!
In 1 John 3:17, we find this scriptural admonition.
“If anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion on them… How can God’s love be in that person?”
Be true to thine self! You can be disillusioned.
You can fool folks; but you can’t fool God!
Happy Sunday! God bless!
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In the 1970’s, The Hues Corporation had a hit record that was climbing the charts called “Don’t Rock the Boat.” Though the lyrics spoke about love, it was a jazzy upbeat dance song. Underneath its meaning, the suggestive overtone is to assess a situation before you address, act, or talk. As the idiom (“Don’t Rock the Boat”) suggests – people get upset when we try to change a situation. Sudden and gradual movement can definitely tilt the boat. Being capsized is surely not the goal particularly if you can’t swim! However, as a “smartalex” recently said, “if you fall out, maybe you were not meant to be.” Their words, not mine; but a poignant fact…I’ll say!
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This month, April 2015, the NFL made history by hiring Sarah Thomas as its first female referee. A native Mississippian, Thomas is well experienced and certainly qualified to hold this post. Kudos to the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell! Great job …. but we still got our eyes on you! We are watching your every move since you made so many bad “calls” regarding domestic abuse last year!
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Why aren’t we women on paper money? Good question! Soon that may change. Leading the list of contenders to replace Andrew Jackson are Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Wilma Mankiller. I have a suggestion for Congress. Why limit women to the $20 dollar bill? Place us on other bills and we will make sure that our country gets the “change” that it needs!
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Good Morning followers! Let me introduce you to a group of folks that I define as the “lukewarm” people. You know and see them as frequently as I. Those are the ones who do just enough to get by. Their luke warmness protects them, but sooner or later their true temperature gets revealed. They play sophisticated games so that you can not ascertain whether they are hot or cold. For example, if you are hungry, they will feed you by giving you a slice of bread. No problem there at all! It is honorable, to say the least! Although they satisfied your immediate need, they could have easily provided a full course meal or contributed more. Needless to say, their cupboards runneth over! You can’t get mad with anyone for your problems. You cannot be disappointed because at least they came through! It is not your fault that they believe in the bare minimum. They are serial piecemeal specialists. “A little here; a little there” is there motto. They will truly never be inconvenienced for anyone other than themselves or their self appointed designees. Alright, stop feeling guilty that you ate their slice of bread or had to ask them for help. Stop feeling bad that they knew you had needs and looked the other way. Just don’t be like them! At the end of the day, the lukewarm personalities will be viewed on their own merit as will you!
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After a hiatus for a few days, I’m back! After returning and much to my chagrin, one of the first persons that I encountered was an arrogant “uppity” individual whose head was in the clouds! Though he probably believes otherwise, that elitist attitude will get him nowhere. Sadly, he thinks that he can do whatever he pleases. No rules apply to him … not even the laws of the land! Wait a minute! Am I processing this right? Does he think that he is better than anyone else? Unbelievable! Some of us are defined by who we are and not what we have! Hear, hear! He intimidates many by his presence. I hope that all of his money and possessions don’t slip out of his hands. If that happens, guess what? He will be just like us! Remember us! We are the people that he walks by everyday as he never utters a mumbling word! Are you kidding me? Speaking to regular folks is out of the ordinary! We are the people that he regards as beneath him. He will discover that we are the genuine people who have always been grounded. Strangely, he is looking at us eyeball to eyeball because he has descended from his vainglory and is at our level! How does it feel down here with us Mr. Big Stuff? You don’t have to answer. You will see that we will never do to you what you did to us! We have something that you never possessed …Class!
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