Electric Fences and Your Tongue (poetry)

Some things go together
And some things don’t:

Creamed corn and tennis shoes?
Applesauce and mayonnaise?
Chocolate pudding and lima beans?
Rabbit fur and axle grease?
Turtles and tire tracks?
Piano keys and my friend?
Leather and thumb tacks?
Green beans and light bulbs?
Brains and my cousin?
Splinters and teeth?
Cow manure and bare feet?
Chuck and up?
Sandpaper and bottoms?
Tartar sauce and jelly?
Root beer and refried beans?
Lemonade and sauerkraut?
Greasy hair and a hot date?
Electric fences and your tongue?
Marshmallows and microwave ovens?

Like I said,
Some things go together,
And some things don’t.

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BelieveDo (ch 19) – Living Through Expectations

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 19

So often we get so caught up in living up to expectations that others set for us.  We get so accustomed to this type of living that we eventually lose touch with reality.  This is “living the BIG lie” – not being in touch with yourself and being dishonest to your own beliefs.

There are people reading these words, right now, that have lost their grasp on reality and just need to look within to break this vicious cycle.

A WARNING to those who break the cycle:
…You might find yourself alone drinking a cup of coffee, instead of with the normal morning gathering of fans…

The best part about this, though, is you get the opportunity to regain yourself.  Everyone – at some point – feels like they’ve lost touch with reality.  This isn’t hard to do, because we all want to be accepted by our peers or to obtain some certain social status.

“One of my personal challenges in living through expectations was trying to live up to the standards my parents set for my sister and me.  Getting a college education was not optional.  I felt this was something I had to achieve, just to exist in this world we live in.  That was a lot of pressure I carried around with me, because I had no idea what I wanted to do in this giant world that we are all supposed to go out into and just start living in.  I think early on I lacked discipline and dedication to committing to selecting a career or pursuing a degree in a certain discipline.

Now, I look back and I realize I made a choice to live up to those expectations.  Not once did I ask why getting a college education was so important in my parents’ eyes.  The examples they set for me seemed very normal, and I thought that they were the same expectations everybody else my age was living with.”    – Isaiah

Are you living up to expectations set by some outside force? Have you lost touch with your own personal reality?  Stop – and take time to evaluate how you are truly living.  Stop letting others determine what your expectations in life should be.  Get in touch with your own reality.

Live through the expectations,
and keep on living!

Booger Pie (poetry)

Booger pie
Wouldn’t be so bad
If it weren’t so salty.

A sprinkle of this,
A dash of that,
And all of it goes together.

Serve it warm
Or serve it cold
Still neither one is better

Maybe sugar
Is the trick
To balancing out the flavor.

Or could it be
That boogers are meant
For eating from your fingers?

Which would you pick?

…P.S. – My son says “crunchy ones” are better.

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Death Hordes Upon the Town (poetry)

Into the ways of evil walk
The men from all abroad
They sample fare from here and there
With none so fair as all.

And with the wispy wind does blow
A lifeless cast of death
They beat upon the chests their own
And cringe no more, beset

They’ve come to maim, to cut, to kill
And wreck all goodness here
The hordes have set upon the town
To end all lifeblood dear.

From North, from West, from East, from South,
The deadly droves are brought
To do the bidding of the one
Who sends against the sought.

The day of peril has come on
It seems to know no end
But we shall see by morning’s light
If life will come again.

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A Glance Across the Room (poetry)

A glance, a smile
Across the room
Coffee shop fades away

Into the mind
A story goes
And brightens up her day

She had been lost
No hope could see
No lover’s arms surround

In a moment
All could change
A love twinge may be found.

Now in the room
Sits perfect chance
To start with hope anew

To find with luck
His smile as well
If only could be true

She looks but sees
He has removed
Himself from place across

Her heart now falls
In broken mess
Upon the floor in loss

Dreams are dashed
She will return
To evenings all alone

Sit and wonder
What comes next
To anguish and bemoan

She starts to leave
And looks outside
At day now without care

Then some words
Do greet her ears
“I did not want to stare”

She turns and sees
To her delight
Her hoped-for standing near

“I thought you’d gone”
Is her reply
It leaves her mouth so dear

His grins release
His love inside
“You had me with your smile.”

Now, years have pass’d
But love still flows
“I do” well past the aisle.

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BelieveDo (ch 18) – Enjoy What You Do

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 18

In the midst of working towards your goals and achieving your dreams, it’s important to enjoy what you do.  Because, if you don’t enjoy it, what’s the point of even doing it, really?  Sure, we all want to get things done and check them off our lists, but if we approach work from the attitude of rote action, we’re no good to anyone.  Life is too short to simply go through it on “autopilot.”

Besides, there are already plenty of people who do jobs and work at things that they don’t enjoy.  So, break the mold!  Do something you enjoy, and enjoy what you do!

“One morning at ‘first breakfast’ (before going to milk the cows), my dad allowed me to see into his life a little more.  We were talking about careers, work, etc.

Midway through starting to take a sip of coffee, he set his cup down on the table and semi-stared off into space.  Then, he looked at me and said, ‘Do something you like, and you won’t wake up every day feeling like you’re running into a brick wall, head first, for forty years.’

Ironically, when I’ve run that idea by different people, I’ve gotten lots of different responses:

•    ‘If I did what I love to do, I’d be broke.’

•    ‘If you do what you love to do, then it’ll become work, and you won’t love it, anymore…’

•    ‘Hobbies are for what you love to do.  Work is called ‘work,’ because that’s what it is.’

•    ‘If I did my hobby as work, then what would I have to look forward to on the weekends?’

…and finally…

•    ‘Absolutely!  I’ve done what I love to do for thirty years – and still love it!’

For a while, I thought that if I could match up people I asked with occupations that they didn’t like, then I would figure out a magic formula.  It finally dawned on me that it still goes back to individuals and their personal likes and dislikes – how they were made – and what they were created to do.  I started looking for the gleam in people’s eyes or the lack thereof.

Years later, I came across the book, Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow.  As I flipped through the pages, my dad’s comment to me at ‘o’dark-thirty,’ years before, came running back to the front of my mind, ‘Do something you like, and you won’t wake up every day feeling like you’re running into a brick wall, head first, for forty years.’”   -Marty

Enjoy what you do!

Would Be Sweet (poetry)

Grey clouds sit
On demons’ wings
And fight
with my mind nigh

They cause in all
The wakeless dream
And fight
with thoughts aside

If rustle roused
And caused to me
Heart to beat

The end would not
Sit by and wait
Would be sweet

But, alas
‘Tis not the way
Of all
For me to taste

But love still waits
Withholds and tight
Of all
Will give no haste

Is peppered here
Within my mind
The dulled
And muted clang

Of rounded reach
To nothing touch
The dulled
Bell hardly rang

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BelieveDo (ch17) – Your Life Counts!

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 17

Why do I keep encouraging you to BELIEVE in yourself, to BELIEVE in others, and to DO positive things?

…Because your life counts.  You count!  So many times, people act as if what they do doesn’t matter, but it does!  It really does.

When you wake up in the morning, the day is fresh, you’re renewed, and you have a new start of making everything happen that you want.  Ultimately, the only deadline that you have is the one of your life ending.  Otherwise, every other deadline that you face is self-imposed or someone else-imposed.  When you realize that, then you’ll have a whole new perspective about what you do and how you do it.

You’ve probably heard people ask the proverbial question, “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you attempt?”

If they truly believe in the concept behind that question then they ought to ask, “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you complete?”

You may think, “That’s just semantics…the difference of only one word…attempt vs. complete.”  True, and the difference of one word is just like the difference of one degree when it comes to boiling water.  Water at 211° Fahrenheit, you have really hot water, but at 212°F, you can move ships around the world!

When it really comes down to it, the only difference is one degree, one word, one idea – but it makes all the difference in the world.

When time seems to stop for you on a daily basis (time doesn’t really stop…it’s a mental thing…), what do you do with those moments?  Do you maximize them?  Do you enjoy them? Do you even realize that they’re occurring?

Most of the time, people don’t even realize that it’s happening.  Most just joyfully or blindly go traipsing through the day without realizing that the universe has opened itself up to them and is giving them a glimpse of what could be possible.

So, the next time that the world stops for you for a moment, take that opportunity to “get off the merry-go-round” and reflect on what it is that you’re supposed to realize.

There’s a special moment in each of your days that pretty well determines what the rest of the day is going to be like.  When you see that there’s greatness in the midst of that moment, you’ll start maximizing those opportunities when they briefly appear.

Stop letting them get away!  Grab onto them!  They were meant for you!

Your life counts!

BelieveDo (ch 16) – Do Something – Don’t Just “Plan”

…from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 16

Lack of action is one of the greatest killers of success.  Some people are great planners, but they rarely follow through on what they “planned to do.”  Sound familiar?  How many lists of “things to do” do you have lying around your house?  Right now, go and get one of them.

Have it in hand?  Okay, pick something on the list, and go do it.  When you’re done, come back to this page…

Did you do something on the list?  If so, great!  Cross it out.  According to the 80/20 rule, you just proved that you’re part of the 20 percent of society who does 80 percent of the work, because you actually DID something.

Planning and planning and talking about doing something – without ever actually doing it – is enough to drive you batty.  A couple of my dear friends suffer from this condition.  They have great ideas, make detailed lists of things they’re “gonna” do, but never DO anything with them.

To me, that’s like planning a fun road trip without ever executing the plan.  How frustrating would that be?!  For example, if I’m going to drive from Charlotte to Atlanta, I don’t stay in my driveway, looking under the hood.  No!

Sure, I check the fluids, the tires, and everything else.  THEN, (here’s the key) I get in the car and DRIVE.  As long as I keep going, later that day I’ll be in Atlanta.  In order to get to my destination, I have to stop planning and start driving.

The same thing holds true for life.

Do something.

BelieveDo (ch15) – Living with Perceptions

…from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 15 (selection)

Perceptions have become the ruling factor in everything we see or believe.  Perceptions set the standards by which others judge us.  Most people don’t realize the power perceptions have in the business world, as well as in daily interactions in our communities.

“Often, we find that perceptions can be false, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that they have a major influence on our success.

One situation that comes to mind, was going to a car dealership and trying to get assistance.  My wife and I had just come from the water slide, so our attire was very casual.  We stopped at a local dealership to look at a new truck, for me.  I had my eye on a new Ford F-150 Supercrew.

Well, as life goes, we walked around the dealership for about 20 minutes before anyone approached us or even asked if we needed any assistance.  Once the first contact was made, the salesman began showing us everything except what I went there to look at.

Finally, I told him I wanted to look at a new F-150 Supercrew, and his response was, ‘Those are pretty pricey vehicles.’

I replied, ‘Really?  How pricey are they?’

We slowly made our way over to three rows of trucks, as if we were wasting his time.  We test drove an XLT version with cloth interior, and my wife said, ‘No way.’

I then asked him for a Lariat – with all the bells and whistles.  He looked at me in amazement, like, ‘What does this guy know about our top-of-the-line truck?’

He was reluctant to pull one out for a test drive.  We finally got to drive one, though, and my wife and I knew that was what we wanted.  Well, the color we wanted was three rows in, so more drama started.

The salesman asked if we were ‘serious about purchasing a truck,’ because it would be a large task to move the two rows of trucks to get to the one we wanted.  I looked him sternly in the eye and said, ‘If you want to sell a truck tonight, you better start moving trucks.’

The drama didn’t stop there…  We went inside to do the paperwork, and they pulled our credit – their attitudes changed 180 degrees! All of sudden, I became ‘Mr. Whittaker’….and the salesman quickly asked, ‘Would you like something to drink?’

There still was one big problem.  That dumb guy was catering to me, instead of to my wife, and that was when his night became very hard!

I was filling out paperwork, when my wife asked to ‘assist’ me…the rest was history.  She took control of the situation and informed the salesman that she would be purchasing the truck on her own, because she had a job and the credit score to do it.

I just shrugged my shoulders and said, ‘Talk to her.’  The end result was – I was getting my truck.

Well, the contract came out from the finance office, and it was off by sixty cents a month.  My wife demanded they do the contract, again.  The finance guy lost his mind, but regained it when he realized she wasn’t joking.

She even made them fill the truck up with gas, before we drove off, waving a sarcastic ‘Thanks, guys!’   -Isaiah

Perceptions controlled this whole transaction – without a doubt – at several junctions.  Think about this the next time perceptions become your main focus.

Be careful of perceptions.