Archive for June, 2015
How many of you are in the presence of folks who do little or absolutely nothing all day? Please don’t email me your response because it would overload the circuits! The do nothing’s walk around as if they are the kings of the jungle; giving orders and taking names. Their incompetence matches their laziness. They are infectiously contagious because their allies are also freeloaders. The do nothing’s have a non – discriminatory clause because they come in all races, genders, sizes, shapes, and colors. Remember, birds of the same feathers flock together!
They talk a good game as they acrobatically swirl in their seats at their desks. They haven’t picked up a pencil in years other than to thump it on their desk which substitutes for a drum set. Embarrassingly, they routinely show up late for meetings when they elect to grace their colleagues with their appearance. No dummies, they are computer savvy because they surf the Internet and play candy crush all day. Did I mention that they collect bets for all of the gambling pools? Wednesday is a big day, because they start planning their weekend. Long lunches and excessive breaks are characteristic. No one looks for them because they have so many hiding nooks making it too time consuming to locate them. They talk excessively, hang outside with the smokers, and lie continuously about things that don’t matter. Excuse me! I keep rattling on while you are preparing their incomplete weekly reports. Rather than deal with their foolishness, you just do them yourself. More work for you; less for them! What an unfair deal, but it keeps those spongers out of your hair; out of sight, out of mind. Let me stop talking about those do nothing’s because the conversation is much ado about nothing!
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Years ago, I attended a seminar and a demonstration left an indelible memory. It involved a person falling back with another individual catching her. Brilliant! Can it happen? That illustration became my model for what I felt people should want in a relationship, namely someone to catch them before a fall. That is a simple request to ask, but a huge compliance responsibility for the chosen partner to grant! The catcher has to be 100% committed; 100% dedicated. He is your safety net. Your reliance on him has to be met with his reliability, commitment, and performance. Don’t assume that because you have his back, he has yours! It has to be a heart felt and mutual covenant between the two of you. You have to really, really trust that individual; blind trust at that! Will his presence, heart, mind, and hands be there? Do you confidently believe and feel that the chosen person has your back? Otherwise, if something goes wrong, the ground will be your new home. Peeling yourself up off the concrete is not an easy task. Besides the fall hurts! Ouch! It is more than physical bruising, it is an emotional scarring that stings; a fracture that may depending on circumstances last a lifetime! Know for certain to the best of your comprehension who has your back! It is no guessing game; the repercussions of error are too great!
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In April 1972, singer songwriter Bill Withers released the mega hit “Lean on Me.” Many of us know the words and probably can sing it effortlessly.
“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on.”
We know that we cannot always rely on people to hold us up. They can and will let us down. We may think that they will be there for us only to be disappointed. Thank goodness that we can rest in God’s arms anytime, anywhere …
We have such an amazing God; an omnipresent Heavenly Father who is always there, who will never leave us. We can lean on him, pray to him, and ask for forgiveness – day in, day out. Several scriptures demonstrate God’s unchanging hand. Psalms 18:2 tells us that “The lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock in whom I take refuge. My shield and my horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Proverbs 3:5 advises us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
In 1 Peter 5:7, we are told to “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” Philippians 4:19 tells us “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” What a mighty God we serve! Lean on God! Leaning on God keeps us from falling.
Happy Sunday. God bless!
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“Amazing Grace” is a classic gospel song and our Prez classically sang it yesterday – James Cleveland style! Yes, he did! Though not a man of the cloth (although you couldn’t tell the difference as he spiritually and presidentially stood tall in Emanuel AME Church), our multitalented President of the United States of America eulogized the state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina with a delivery style that was as heartfelt as it was spiritual. In his stirring eulogy, he touched upon the tragic lost of nine lives, the confederate flag, gun violence, the need for the country to heal and deal with its racial problems, and the love that is needed to press forward. Yes, God’s everlasting grace was there yesterday as our 44th President, Barack Obama spiritually and eloquently “took the nation to church” on a Friday afternoon.
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There is an old saying that says, “Your eyes may be playing tricks on you.” So can people! Their presence can be exaggerated. Sometimes, you see things in them that aren’t there. It’s not that they are incredibly terrific or that their effects are spell bounding. Like a brain game, it’s easy to see a crooked line and regard it as straight when you see it frequently. It’s also easy to overlook a true photographic view when your kindness safeguards your revelations of realism. We sometimes see what’s in our minds, not what our camera flicking eyes project. We can easily look over or through defects. No worries! Eventually, your pupils will adjust to the light and the prisms of reality. It is then that you will see what’s actually there and upon doing so the sight thereof forces you to orchestrate your escape. When you pick up and leave the aura of deception, guess who pulled the rabbit out of the hat? You! And the band played on!
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Does your job have too many chiefs and not enough Indians?
In order to successfully operate, a company needs organization and a balance of power. It needs someone to give orders and someone to take them. Commands from multiple people who lack the authority present inherent problems. Is there clarity in the organizational lines of authority? To effectively and profitably move a company forward, defined lines of authority are essential. Someone has to do the work when the instructions are given! An imbalanced proportion results in chaos. If you don’t believe me, look outside your office door!
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So many debates have taken place over the confederate flag that they are too numerous to count. As they fly high on the flag poles in multiple states, they create as much controversy as the wind that causes them to circulate. South Carolina is not alone! The confederate flag can be seen on poles in states including Georgia and Mississippi. In fact, my native Mississippi took it a step further and formed a confederate mascot called Colonel Reb. Shame on you Mississippi! The mascot has since retired its appearances at “Ole Miss” games. Thank goodness for that! Regarded as a civil war relic and a banner for White supremacy, the confederate flag is once again dividing the people of this country along racial lines that the Civil War sought to unite. Currently, there are are nine states that offer vanity confederate license plates. Dylann Roof took a photo by his South Carolina confederate license plate prior to his recent killing of nine innocent people praying in a Charleston church.
Today: 2015 – almost two hundred years after the war, this country is still racially divided as some hold on to the detriments of the past that should be let go. As long as that happens, racial bigotry will be flying high whether it is on a flag pole or in our lives!
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The top ten most powerful 2 letter words in a phrase are as follows:
If it is to be, it is up to me!
To accomplish our goals, we must remove our excuses! The missing piece to the puzzle
rests in our hands. We have to make it happen for ourselves … “through any legitimate means necessary!”
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Protect your secrets; guard your words; be selective about who you tell what to … It’s common sense. You have heard it time and time again. If someone tells other folks business, they’ll tell yours! It doesn’t take rocket scientist intelligence to figure that out; it’s plain and simple. If you forget the essence of this idiom, remember the cute dog with the bone in his mouth. (Awww…Isn’t he adorable?)! Anyway, back to the subject ….if you tell someone who talks a lot your privileged information, don’t be surprised if it is heard elsewhere. It’s the personification of the “take and bring” theory.
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Father’s Day is here again! It’s a time to love, reflect, and rejoice about our Daddies. It can also be a day of sadness for those whose Daddies have gone to meet the Lord. As I lost my Daddy in my early twenties, I understand the pain, but I am immensely grateful of the many teaching and memories that my Daddy planted inside me. They have been embedded in my heart, my mind, and my soul. I cannot tell you how many times, his words have guided and instructed me. So although my Daddy no longer walks this earth, he walks with me everyday. There have been days that his arms have emotionally carried me and encouraged me. He may be absent in the flesh, but he is forever present in my mind. So I encourage all to love, honor, and bless your Daddies today. He is pridefully watching your every move with a stern view of protection – whether he is sitting across from you or gazing you from the heavens.
This article is dedicated to my children, Scooter and Phoebe Lee … and those who Daddies have passed. God bless!
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