A Song for Employees

We’ve all been through that frustration with a bad boss, a bullying coworker or anyone who’s just a pain in the ass. This was a favorite video of mine when I posted it on my Facebook profile a long time ago, and I was just reminded of it today.

I read that the man behind the song is also a pastor, so this is sanctified for all y’all sensitive to foul language, LOL. Enjoy!

RIP Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

We lost a phenomenal woman today.

Like many young black girls, the first time I was exposed to Maya Angelou was through her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings which was required high school reading. Hearing the stories of my dad’s upbringing in the south, and the annual road trips there to visit my own relatives, I could relate somewhat to the story of a young black girl born in St. Louis who grew up in rural Arkansas by her grandmother during the years of brutal segregation. Who later grew up to become a dancer, an actress, director, activist and most notably a writer.

I imagine much of Maya Angelou’s poetry and writings served like a soundtrack to the lives of many african americans. While browsing YouTube, I came across this video that I haven’t seen in many years. The movie adaptation of “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” It’s dated, given it was shot in the late 1970s, but has a cast of well known black actors/actresses of the time.

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Put the phone down……for a minute.

I recall one occasion where I almost lost my iPhone. I wasn’t paying attention & left it in the computer lab at my job. Lucky a coworker found it and returned it to me. Another time I didn’t lose my phone but it froze and I couldn’t get it to function again. Fearing it was broken, I took it to a local Apple store where an employee did a simple move and reset it for me. Those moments remind me how we become so dependent on a small piece of technology that without it, we seem lost.

One of the only times when I didn’t feel connected to the phone is during travel & vacations. And that is only because I was in places where cell phone reception was unavailable, such as aboard a cruise ship. Or overseas in countries with sporadic reception unless I wanted to pay exorbitant roaming charges.

But how truthful and accurate is this video? We get so focused on tweeting, face booking & instagramming every moment of our lives, we sometimes forget to live in and enjoy the moment.

RIP Nelson Mandela

We’ve lost an icon today. Along with other major civil rights figures like Martin Luther King & Malcolm X, no one can deny the influence that Nelson Mandela had on the movement around the world for social justice.

While the accomplishments and contributions of MLK and Malcolm X are undeniable, I only knew about them from reading books, hearing the stories my family told and watching archival footage of civil rights marches. Mandela was another story. What made “Madiba” different from the others is that unlike the others, Mandela was one of the only activists whom I was alive to witness in action.

I came of age during the height of the struggle to end apartheid. I watched the news of anti-apartheid protests in South Africa, that sometimes turned violent & deadly. The grass roots struggles in black communities in the US to pressure the US to denounce apartheid. Remember the boycotts here in the US against corporations that did business with the apartheid gov’t in South Africa. When Mandela was released from prison after spending 27 years in captivity, his first visit to the US after leaving prison, the ticker tape parade for him in NYC, the concert in his honor at Yankee Stadium.

Then there was him being elected president of South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Amazed at the news footage of the long lines of South Africans who waited in line for days just to vote for their first black president. Can you imagine a man, a black man especially, going from being an inmate in prison to the presidency happening in the US?

I could go on forever, but I’ll end with one of my many favorite quotes from him.

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

The 9 to 5 life as told by magnets …

This was inspired by the previous blog post by my friend Nicky over on D’NALI

Everyone has had that moment at work where you’re driven to drink, smoke or otherwise engage in your favorite vice. It makes you pause and get philosophical, question the meaning of life, wonder why are you doing this, have all sorts of should’ve, would’ve and could’ves run through your mind.

I’m here to tell you, you’re not the problem. Maybe you just work with idiots.

My coworkers sometimes wonder how I’m usually calm and don’t let the BS that happens in the workplace get to me. Lots of people have a morning ritual before they start work. Some recite prayers, chant, do yoga or have their favorite cup of coffee.

I, on the other hand, keep a magnet collection. It’s a spillover from my habit of collecting refrigerator magnets from the various places I travel to as mementos. I’ve been admired at work for my sense of humor and in light of that, I’ve created this shrine of magnets in my locker with a variety of humorous sayings that I get to look at each morning.

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Each magnet I bought is based on either an experience I’ve had or friends of mine at work have had. Or I just simply found them to be funny. To highlight a few of my favorites …

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Several people from Marilyn Monroe to Eleanor Roosevelt have been quoted with coining this phrase. I don’t know who originated it, but most of the women in the workplace whom I and other folks remember fondly, or not so fondly, have all engaged in some bad behavior in one form or another. The only well behaved woman that immediately comes to mind that has made history is Mother Teresa. And saints like her are guess what? Rare.

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On the other hand, these folks are worse than the ones with vices. Their virtue usually being judgemental of everyone else and their perceived vices. I prefer not to focus on these folks ’cause they drive me to do this …

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For the record, I don’t take any medication. But this one is just one of those magnets I found funny. For one, it’s poignant because I work in a pharmacy. And two, when you deal with crazy patients and at times crazy coworkers, breathing deeply and a woo-sah ain’t always enough. Sometimes you do feel like you need to pop a xanax or two, or maybe a bottle.

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I can appreciate this one ’cause I’m a former avid coffee drinker. But we got a few folks who take that java indulgence just a little bit too far. There’d be a number of meltdowns on the job if our in-house Starbuck’s coffee shop were to ever close down.

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I originally bought this magnet for a friend, but found it so funny, I decided to keep it for myself. Who hasn’t had to deal with fake bitches pretending to love you while twisting the knife they plunged in your back at the same time? After a long day of dealing with fake bitches who behave badly or are judgmental, if you haven’t downed a couple of xanax or a pot of coffee you’re probably asking yourself this …

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I kinda regret not buying this one, but if anyone sees it, let me know where I can find it. ‘Cause who wouldn’t want Morgan Freeman to narrate their life?

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Nigerian senate proposes legalizing underage marriage

Recently heard about the proposal in the Nigerian senate to legalize marriage for girls as young as 10 years old. Came across this youtube video from a Nigerian singer, Stella Damasus expressing outrage at the senate. I don’t have anything to add, she pretty much sums up everything I would have to say in response.

Some words to live by…….

She’s just not that into you…….

This one’s for all the sistas who’ve ever been sexually harassed on the streets. I love how this brother named “Vision” breaks it down so well for the dudes who can’t handle rejection.

The single woman

Another old chain email that was forwarded to me. Enjoy!

In a brief conversation, a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question…..

“What kind of man are you looking for?”

She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asking,

“Do you really want to know?”

Reluctantly, he said, “yes”

She began to expound….”As a woman in this day and age, I am in a position to ask a man what he can do for me that I can’t do for myself. I pay my own bills. I take care of my household without the help of any man. I am in the position to ask, ‘What can you bring to the table?’ ”

The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money.

She quickly corrected his thought and stated, “I am not referring to money. I need something more. I need a man who is striving for perfection in every aspect of life.” He sat back in his chair, folded his arms and asked her to explain.

She said, “I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection mentally because I need conversation and mental stimulation. I don’t need a simple-minded man. I amd looking for someone who is striving for perfection spiritually because I don’t need to be unequally yoked….believers mixed with unbelievers is a recipe for disaster. I need a man who is striving for perfection financially because I don’t need a financial burden. I am looking for someone who is sensitive enough to understand what I go through as a woman but strong enough to keep me grounded. I am looking for someone who I can respect. In order to be submissive, I must respect him. I cannot be submissive to a man who isn’t taking care of his business. I have no problem being submissive….he just has to be worthy. God made woman to be a helpmate for man. I can’t help a man if he can’t help himself.”

When she finished he spiel, she looked at him. He sat there with a puzzled look on his face.

He said, “you’re asking a lot”

She replied, “I’m worth a lot.”

Used vs. Loved

While clearing out some old email at work today, I found this gem that was forwarded to me long ago. Hope you enjoy!

While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 year old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father…..with painful eyes he asked, “Dad when will my fingers grow back?”

The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions……..sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written “I LOVE YOU DAD”. The next day that man committed suicide.

Anger and love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But the problem in today’s world is that, people are used and things are loved.

During this year, let’s be careful to keep this thought in mind:
Things are to be used, but people are to be loved. Be yourself. This is the only day we have. Have a nice day, best regards.

Watch your thoughts, they become words
Watch your words, they become actions
Watch your actions, they become habits
Watch your habits, they become character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny

I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder.
God bless you; I hope you are having a wonderful day!
If you don’t pass this on to anybody, nothing bad will happen; if you do, you will have ministered to someone. The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

Stay faithful and be grateful

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