People continually pass judgment on one another. You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places. I have never understood this. What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable? In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things. They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance. The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food. I have never been a person to eat take away at the office. I always brought my lunch. I really didn’t care what others thought. While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work. I saw a cute story about a set of twins. One twin was quite popular and had her own group. Her sister was quiet and shy. The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister. They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress. Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom. He said it was about time they knew the real score. The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant. The popular twin was failing. The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea. She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well. The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister. The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister. A valuable lesson. Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone. You could someday be in their shoes. In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone. It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Have you ever known anyone that seems to have infinite excuses? No matter what happens they have a variety of reasons for why something didn’t occur, the lie of why they may not doing something, or why they made a mistake. It’s never ending. When people had to go into work, they always had a high number of reasons why they were late. Rather than do what they should to make the effort to be on time. Parents always have infinite excuses to their children It’s a bad example. Let’s say you are in an area of snow. You promise to take you kids out to play and then it begins, the infinite excuses or even better you say we will do it tomorrow. When tomorrow arrives, there are new reasons. It doesn’t matter. When you don’t want to do something, say so. If it is your children, then go out and keep your word. It’s a bad example. If you blow all your paycheck on drinking and gambling, rather than give the infinite excuses your family is sick of hearing, stop. If you can’t, then get a second job so you have no free time. In the Good Gus series the children did have excuses but they were also called out on their mistakes. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has literally an infinite amount of excuses by the thieves and family members who rob others of their inheritance. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
During this time of stress, quarantine, isolation, etc. there are people around the world who are displaying selfish behavior. They are demanding to be released from their homes, eat in restaurants, go to clothing stores, etc. These people have no consideration for others, or anyone in the medical profession. The instant they become sick they want immediate treatment. How would they feel if it was their parent, child, friend, or even spouse who contracted the virus over the selfish behavior of another person? Anger would surely top the list. In Spain, the children were only recently let outdoors to play but not with other children. In my neighborhood, there are kids riding bikes but keeping their distance. Their parents are with them to make sure they don’t display any selfish behavior. We all need fresh air and more people are walking in the mornings now but keeping their distances. I made Irish bread for three neighbors, one of whom is James McGee, the Davis cup winner, who is here in the states to make a video and do tennis coaching. When I came out of my door to give the bread, the neighbor who agreed to give James his loaf, it was a difficult handoff as she didn’t want to get too close to me. There was no selfish behavior in the Good Gus series. I never wanted to set a bad example. Although, Bad Bart was somewhat selfish but Sheriff Gus straightened him out. It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Nothing is always easier. People often think it is, but its not. Taking the shortcut because a person thinks it’s easier generally ends up with the driver or walker becoming lost. People do this all the time at work. They may be working on a project and think that by cutting corners they are taking the easier way. As we have seen in the auto industry, that is never the case. If that was true there wouldn’t be nearly as many recalls not to mention fatalities because they took the easy way. I can never take the shortcut particularly in driving as I will get lost. Children frequently see their parents take shortcuts on all sorts of things in life. They watch their parents lie to get out of work, cheat on their taxes, con others to get what they want, use sympathy to get their own way, etc. All bad examples of showing children that what matters is a good moral compass. It’s important to teach our children that just because something is easier doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right thing to do. Students, particularly in high school and college think nothing of cheating. It’s so much easier than studying. Partying is more fun. In the Good Gus series, there are continual examples of right from wrong, and striving to do the right thing. As many of the stories will show, what is easier may not always be correct. The series is available online at Kindle, Nook, Waterstones and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.