Archive for April, 2015

PostHeaderIcon An empty wagon makes the most noise!

By Vernalee
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It never fails and is a scientific fact that an empty wagon always makes the most noise. Even if it has no contents, it shakes, rattles, and rolls! You can often hear it long before you see it. Amazingly, people are no different. Generally, those with no substantial substance are the loudest. Even when they talk, there is no conceptual rationalization or meaning to the content of their speech. Their actions generally follow suit. No kidding! Pulling from my years of wisdom, I have a solution for those “noisy, no content meaningless folks!” Here goes – keep your “empty” self moving down the road but in the opposite direction from me and mine. Besides, I abhor ignorance and fools! What a toxic combination! The farther they are away, the better!
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PostHeaderIcon It’s refreshing when children act responsibly

By Vernalee
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I find myself frequently seeking opinions from my two adult children on various subject matters. Although this may constitute a role reversal, my children provide sound advice. Hmmm! Wonder where they got that skill from? Any idea? Hint: The apple never falls far from the tree! Anyway, their caring spirit goes far … and they are incredibly bright. I am exceptionally pleased at their comprehensive thought processes, answers and problem solving techniques. Their responses reflect profound intellectual depth. It is always stimulating when parents receive solid guidance from their children. It validates that your teachings paid off. Yes, they have long moved from my lap to my heart. However, they are still my babies. Somehow, we Mothers keep them there! So, it’s wonderful when adult children function like mature responsible adults! Some parents are stuck with the opposite … Kids who never grow up! Yes, I guess that I am bragging; they are the best …. but the greatest thing is – I am still the boss! Hello!
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PostHeaderIcon How balanced are you?

By Vernalee
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I am a firm believer that you get back what you put out. What goes around, comes around! Even if I am wrong, you feel better when you follow the goodness of your heart. There will be times that your heart and mind may fiercely battle each other with you in the middle of the crossfire. It is an ongoing balancing act. But life has a way of working things out, especially your equilibrium and reasoning. For starters, you can stop asking people to do things for you that you know that you wouldn’t do for them. Why should others walk a measured mile for you when you won’t step out an inch for them? Such actions are not only annoying, they are hypocritical. Keep doing what is right. It’s the better choice!
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PostHeaderIcon Will you be the first?

By Vernalee
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I am about to reveal a fact that some folks have forgotten about themselves! Drumroll please! – You make mistakes! You are not perfect! – Once that fact is truly acknowledged, what will you do the next time you misstep? There is a fallacy that the first to come forward, apologize or say, “I’m sorry” loses their position of dominance and is classified as the weakest. Quite the contrary … Being the first doesn’t demonstrate weakness, it expresses strength, courage and recognition of the issue. It also lifts the weight of the issue off your back and conscience. Wow, I feel lighter already; don’t you? Stop worrying about who comes forth first. Concern yourself with being the “bigger” person who does the right thing! You can be the bravest, the strongest, and the happiest – if you apologize, forgive, and forget. Don’t just take my word! Try it! You’ll be the first to see it!
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PostHeaderIcon The Gates of Heaven swung open ….

By Vernalee
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In John Chapter 14, Jesus said:
1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 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.
3 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.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
When we lose a loved one, there is an emptiness, a void. It hurts!
Because of Jesus’ love and preparing a way for mankind, we can see our loved ones again. What a joy and privilege that will be!
I dedicate my writings today to my wonderful dutiful children, Scooter and Phoebe Lee. Let the memory – of your beloved Daddy, David Lee who departed this earth to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 9, 2015 – stay in your heart! Your Daddy guided your hands and taught you so many things. Strength was one of them. I pray for your strength in his absence from this earth because he will forever live in your hearts. I am proud to be your Mother and thank you for loving and taking care of your Daddy! May God bless you!
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PostHeaderIcon No, this is not the Wild, Wild West! It’s North Charleston, South Carolina!

By Vernalee
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Thank goodness for videos. They can validate any situation. Such validation occurred when a bystander took a video in North Charleston, S.C. Recorded from his cell phone, the world witnessed a policeman gunning down an unarmed man. Shooting someone in the back requires no explanation. It is what it is! Cold blooded murder! The technology of the cell phone made the shooting transparent. You don’t have to take anyone’s word, when you can see it for yourself! Seeing a person gunned downed like an animal is horrendous to watch and chilling to the soul. You can’t escape the chill bumps! My sympathies to the Scott family and other similarly situated families where senseless violence has taken their loved ones. Witnessing that type of brutality is a memory that the video will preserve and keep alive! A picture is worth a thousand words! But there are no words that can justify this senseless act. It is a call to action including body cameras for policemen. The involved policeman was fired and charged with murder. Finally, the minds of the authorities processed what their eyes saw!
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PostHeaderIcon “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

By Vernalee
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“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela

“It’s too much; I cannot do it; it’s too weighty on my heart and mind; it is an impossible task.” How many times have you heard that or said it yourself? How many times have you wanted to just give up? When it is not easy and the answers are not at your fingertip, the job can become overwhelming; particularly when you want it to happen immediately. The beauty of accomplishment is that once all is done, you forget about its arduousness. As the late great Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Let that statement motivate you to move forward. You might be pleasantly surprised at what lies within. We often underestimate our inner strength and ourselves!
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PostHeaderIcon Put a tiger in your tank!

By Vernalee
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In the 1960’s, Esso had a popular advertisement called “Put a tiger in your tank” which was geared at convincing purchasers of the boosting capacities of their gasoline performance. One of the top Superbowl 2015 commercial showcased the Viagra pill jumping through hoops before it landed into a Fiat car. That little car’s performance was transformed instantly taking off at excessive speed. Zazoom! Drawing inferences from your wildest imagination, that is unequivocally the power of that little blue pill sexually! Improvement in performance for those men who need a boost is guaranteed according to the Pfizer pharmaceutical company! Mississippi Blues Singer Muddy Waters in his hit song, “Tiger in your tank” sang it best, “You give it a push and if the car doesn’t crank. You know that you need a tiger in your tank!” Nothing brings home the point like – Down Home Blues! Roar!
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PostHeaderIcon When one door closes, another one opens!

By Vernalee
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Opportunities come and go. Contrary to opinion, they do come around more than once; however, we don’t want to be careless when a phenomenal opportunity is staring us in the face. Waiting on another opportunity to appear should never be our path. Taking advantage of every single opportunity should be our focal point. When we cannot cash in on an opportunity, particularly a desirable one, frustrations and disappointments can easily fill our space. Sometimes the lack of accomplishing an opportunity can overshadow our true capabilities. Been there; done that! As tough as it may be, put on a happy face, stay determined, and keep going. There is no time to be in the “dumps.” That posture is wasted time and energies. Don’t be sad, be prepared! Another opportunity will come your way. Stay upbeat so that when the next door swings opens, you will be ready to maximize the opportunities as you walk in and capture their splendor! Out with the old; in with the new!
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PostHeaderIcon “One monkey don’t stop no show!”

By Vernalee
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It is highly likely that you have heard that expression before. You may have even felt the effects in your life. So what if a particular person or material effects are no longer in your life! You can and must go on. If you stop, the show doesn’t stops! You might have gotten lost in the shuffle; caught up in the moment; or immensely enamored by the other person’s charisma. It happens! So what! Why stop! I guarantee you that the person that you are stopping for isn’t stopping for you; they are likely continuing and bettering their game! So should you! Amazingly … The show will go on with or without you! Pick up the pieces; keep yourself in the game! You owe it to yourself! Don’t let a setback – set you back! I love comeback stories…. even if I am in them! They demonstrate perseverance and courage!
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