By Vernalee
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The O’Jays had a song in 1972 called the “Backstabbers.” Their song referred to romantic backstabbers. The O’Jays called them “low down and dirty” and harmonized that “smiling faces sometimes tell lies.” Oh yes, I’ll drink to that! Leaving the romance frontier, needless to say, there are tons of office backstabbers who sit next to you in their cubicles and offices. Let’s call them your office roommates. They converse with you daily (skinning and grinning). Socialization is their thing! Unbeknownst to you, they are plotting your demise. If there is a promotion for grabs, their “Mack truck” maneuvers will run over you. Attempts to destroy your reputation is not far behind. Please don’t leave opened containers of food in the cafeteria if you want to live to speak about the taste. They are treacherous; you know! In a clandestine fashion, backstabbers carry their knives behind their backs aiming at yours. Your self defense is limited when you cannot see your attacker. That is why the “back” is a perfect area to attack. Clever, cowardly, sneaky maneuvers, I’ll say! Although there is no frontal view of the weaponry, your “frenemies” aim to destroy you with calculated stabs. Unfortunately, many who have fallen at the hand of the backstabber didn’t see the dagger until they were hit, because the attacker has a glowing 100 kilowatt smile from ear to ear before the tragic blow. The vicious backstabbers will not only stab you, but turn the knife if given the opportunity. Of course, annihilation is their goal. Don’t feel bad, the best of us have been fooled by those smiley faces. Learn from experiences and don’t get stabbed twice! Self preservation is the first law of nature. Outsmarting the attacker should be your “Thriller in Manilla” goal! Learn the “rope a dope” techniques and psyche them out. Watch videotapes of fights from the greatest, Muhammad Ali!
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