Monday, June 1, 2020

Outrage, shock and tears

Like anyone who saw that tape of George Floyd having the life "kneed" out of him by a cop, I have a mix of emotions.

Outrage
Fear
Sadness

When you survey the landscape of the scores of black men -- and women -- being murdered in the most horrid of ways at the hands of law enforcement.

Rifled down Armery by vigilantes in a dump truck, who killed him like a dog.

Put a chokehold on Eric Garner who yelled "I can't breathe" in his final hours.

Bulleted their way into Breonna's home and murdered her.  Later found out that the criminal they sought was already in custody.

Too often these "law enforcers" are exonerated.

Let's keep our eye on the ball and resolve to keep society's feet on the fire and get white people "woke."

And, let's be vigilante about Karens lying and using their privilege as a weapon to get blacks into the prison mix.

It's time for us to rise up.  Use the tools of the smartphone to expose and use our voices.

But do it with resolve but in peace.

Monday, May 18, 2020

My sermon - what a triumph

My brother pleaded with me to deliver a sermon on Mother's Day since the original speaker had backed out!

What a TRIUMPH!

My message was:  A WAY OUT OF NO WAY where I spotlighted women who had prevailed against considerable challenges.

The sermon was rhythmic and powerful.  The lesson of finding A WAY OUT ON NO WAY resonated with the congregation (the sermon was delivered via Zoom) and I'm still basking in the afterglow.

So, my Toastmasters training paid off.

It was a triumph! 

BRAVO!  ME!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Finding relief

I've had a condition for a year and it has caused much anxiety and frustration.  It is incurable and that hangs over me as a source of doom and gloom.  However, it doesn't end of death and that is some consolation.

But, it's left me in a total sense of despair.

But, then, I heard about a guy who had the same condition and is helping those with the disease.   While there is still no cure, he put me on a positive course.  He said to practice being calm and that will help allay the severity of it.

Throughout the conversation, I felt a sense of relief and a feeling of calm.

He was reassuring.

I got a new mindset and a sense of psychic relief that things will get better.

And that is a start toward a positive outcome.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Super Bowl???

Amid all of the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl on this ONE DAY, you must start to assess how to make everyday a SUPER BOWL for life.

Be positive.

Be kind.

Be upbeat.

Be inspirational.

Be aspirational.

Following these steps will make sure your life is a permanent SUPER BOWL!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Paying on time puts you at the front of the line and uppermost on the radar

Recently, a new staff member took my weekly order for an item I order frequently. She stated that I'd missed the deadline by an hour and she couldn't take it.

Humph, I thought.  Now, I'm a good customer.  I pay on time.  I'm always courteous.

So, I thanked her and called back and asked for my usual customer service rep, who'd been promoted.  Because I'm a good customer, I felt I should be accorded the trappings and benefits that reliability affords.

With no hesitation, he put my order in and confirmed with the e-mail.  Within 15 minutes, the former rep called back with an apology and with a promise to treat me with the type of respect and adoration that a long-time, faithful customer deserves.

So, there!

Monday, December 30, 2019

It is love

I love the holiday season.  Time for gift giving, renewing friendships and time to bask in the spirit of the season.

My favorite part is reconnecting with family.  I visit my sister in Arizona who also entertains her daughter, son in law and two beautiful children who make the yearly pilgrimage from their little cubbyhole in Chicago to my sister's spacious abode.

Being around the children allows me to see the wonderment of Christmas through their young eyes.  It's uplifting.  It's wonderful.

It is love.

And, ultimately, that is the best part.

Getting the greetings, hugs and love from family on first sight is so great.

It is love.

That is the essence of the holidays.  Being with family.

It is love.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Being adventurous

Well, I'll be off to Cancun on Saturday.  And, I'm up for a new adventure.

Three years ago, I explored the cave at Rio Secreto.  Awesome!

Then, two years ago, I was submerged into a tank and swam with the fish. Thirty minutes of eyeball-to-eyeball with fish.

Then, last year, I zip lined. Exhilarating!

ALL WERE GREAT ADVENTURES!

This year, I have a chance to commune with the Mayans in a late-night ritual where you chant, dance to drums and connect with others in a circle.  Mayan style.

All of this takes place in the rainforest.

The downside:  Everyone strips to their bathing suit.

Hmmm.  My body is not the best and I'm OLD.

But friends say, "Go for it!"  Throw your fat-shaming to the wind.

With that, I'm in.