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Talk or Fight?

Fish or Cut Bait?

I was once told that everything I needed to know I learned in, or before, kindergarten. By then I had learned right from wrong and the rest was just judgment and balancing circumstances. In my own personal background, I have to believe that I learned some of my core values regarding honor, integrity, patriotism, and others by the time I was three. I believe that because my values in those regards are vastly different from most of the people I grew up around from the age of four on. I can only attribute that to the area I was raised in to the age of three and the outlooks of the people I had as my foster parents for those early formative years. What all that has to do with this week’s topic of “Talk or Fight?” is this: at some point in everyone’s life – and probably a lot more than once – a person has to decide whether they will stand up for themselves or be a willing (to some extent) victim. In pondering that decision, I started thinking about the personality characteristics of the people I know who obviously stand up to the fight, refusing to be a victim. Conversely, I also thought about the people I know who would rather not fight even if it means becoming a victim.  Continue reading

Prioritizing Valuable People In Your Day / Life

I will freely confess: One of my biggest pet peeves is when I go out of my way to help someone or do something in an effort to brighten someone’s day… and they sound aggravated that I had the audacity to interrupt whatever it was they were doing or whatever was going on at that moment.  As this just happened to me the other day – I made a phone call to someone whom I thought needed a friendly voice to improve their morning.  They were at work and when they answered the phone the tone of their voice was quite agitated.  I thought that it might have been because they didn’t recognize my voice (yes, I was/am arrogant enough to think they’d be happy to hear from me, especially if I was calling to cheer them up a bit) but even when I was sure they knew who they were talking to, they still sounded like I was an unwelcome and unappreciated interruption to their work day. Continue reading