When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up. Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart. Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets. First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do? Where can they go? They are suddenly alone and depressed. They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react? I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you. In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out. It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better. Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time. Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face. It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward. In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories. Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions. If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong. It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed. For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone. She finds a picture of him with another woman. She instantly begins jumping to conclusions. She believes he is cheating on her. She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens. She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him. Then, one day he comes home with the woman. She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he tries to explain. He finally forces her to calm down. He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red. She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her. Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed. This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant. Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart. He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
My daughter posted a sign on Facebook that said: “Accusations from a narcissist are actually confessions.” There were comments of people agreeing with this statement one hundred percent. All narcissists use the same vocabulary and say the same words. The fact that the sign said that their accusations were confessions is amazing. If you have ever dealt with a narcissist you would understand. In the media, accusations are an everyday occurance. They throw them out there and then wait to see what happens. Sometimes they are denied, proven to be just false or a new form of accusatory lies appear and the dust settles on the original victim. This is a staple in politics. As the politicians compete with one another, they start with all types of accusations. Often when they are proven false they simply move on to new ones. If a person doesn’t have proof, they should not say things that are untrue just to hurt another person. That is really all it amounts to. The majority of the time it is nothing more than lies. It even happens in elementary all the way up to high school. Once the words are spoken, the gossip spreads and before long a student is hurt. It doesn’t achieve anything. For the person dealing with a narcissist, it gives them an opportunity to confront them and solve your issues. In the Good Gus series Bad Bart was accusatory towards Bob. However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem and proved that Bad Bart was wrong and that there was a different approach that could solve the problem. You can easily access the books online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who think nothing of making accusations. The book would be great for holiday reading. It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores. The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open. Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away. It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores. Businesses are dying because of COVID. It is not the best situation. I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season. I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other. I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination. I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty. Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy. The number of closed stores was shocking. Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way. In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores. As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Last year and again this year, particularly in the United States, the blame game is out in full force. It is highly visible in politics. It teaches the young that they don’t need to take responsibility for their actions as the blame game can be utilized to change the blame from you to someone or something else. It starts in school. The children who are doing really well are bullied by the less intelligent. They take their family and home problems out on the children who mind their own business. Then they begin picking on those students and when they are caught they start with the blame game. The other students are either scared, have been told by their parents not to get involved, or they just don’t care. Over time they seem to accept the harm to others without thinking twice. In marriages, when a partner is caught cheating their first reaction is to blame the other person. It was their fault because they didn’t pay enough attention to them, they made all the wrong foods, the house isn’t clean, the children are doing poorly in school or any other reason or excuse they can think of. There are many articles now discussing the current generation and their lack of taking responsibility for their actions. When the older generation was young, it was mandatory that we accept responsibility for our actions. That may be a factor in the increase in crime. They all believe they can get away with it. They are foolish if they think they will as there are video cameras everywhere. In the Good Gus series when anyone did something wrong, I was sure that they accepted responsibility for their actions. No blame game. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thrived using the blame game. It’s a good spring read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The pandemic has caused many issues including individuals who have lost confidence in themselves and their abilities. There are still many people out of work worldwide. They almost seem as if they have also lost hope as well. I know individuals attempting to obtain employment, but it’s now difficult for them. They once felt self assured and now they are unconfident, anxious, and in some cases scared they will not find work or be employed in the near future. The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us. It is often difficult dealing with the people who never lost their job during these times. They are frequently rude and extremely inconsiderate. I am particularly referring to any service industry. What also upsets me is that these people almost gloat over the fact that they are employed and the only thing that changed is they don’t drive to work any more. Times have certainly changed. People who have continued to work may have lost confidence in their ability to interface with clients again as well. It seems so easy doing meetings via the phone or the internet. People still do argue and disagree but it is just not the same. In the Good Gus series, there was no one who had lost confidence. I felt it was important that all characters were positive in every way. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who did their best to make sure other beneficiaries lost confidence so they could overpower them. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Lately, there have been a large number of bully videos on Facebook. The characters in the bully videos are quite cruel. I feel like there are enough negative things in the world without adding additional bully videos. In many of the short skits, the victims don’t win in the end. They seem to be defeated showing that it’s okay to be bullied as they won’t stand up for themselves. There is enough violence in the world without adding to it. In the bully videos the bullies just start in on unsuspecting individuals. They start out with nasty words, calling them names, cowards, losers, etc. Their victims try to walk away but they won’t allow it. The bullies push them and frequently, as it happens in school, their push their trays of food onto the floor or dump it on them. The other students just stand and sit around not helping or assisting the victim. I could understand if they were afraid, but rather than remain stationary, they should go for help. It’s not just in schools. They had a western with terrible violence. I couldn’t even watch it because it was so bad. There was one video where a poor boy was being shamed and bullied because he didn’t have a special sign on top of his car. It was somewhere in England. The dad witnessed it and that night he and the boy’s mum (his wife), built a wooden sign on his beat up station wagon. It said, “My child gives good hugs.” The next day when he drove up to pick up his son, the usual bullying was occuring to his son. The other cars had signs about the wonderful marks, skills, etc. that their child had. As the boy walked to his dad’s car all of a sudden it all stopped as he ran up and hugged his dad. Everyone stopped speaking. It was great! There were no bully videos during the Good Gus era as there was no technology. Bad Bart was a bully in the series but Sheriff Gus put a stop to him. The books can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are people who have extreme jealousy. Their actions, often negative, are usually triggered by their extreme jealousy. They frequently end up destroying their lives as they cannot control their extreme jealousy. Boyfriends and girlfriends act crazy if they suspect their partner is cheating on them. I knew a man who killed a person and ended up in jail for life over his extreme jealousy. There are people who just can’t control themselves or their minds. This behavior is how people win in disputes in court with divorces, contract arguments, and anything that involves someone doing better than another person. I have even seen in divorce that that one parent is so envious of the other that they will stoop so low as to buy identical gifts that the other parent purchased even though the child doesn’t need one. How many times have you seen people argue and fight with other individuals who have money and are wealthy? They use the old saying such as, “They don’t deserve to be rich,” They should give me their money as I don’t have any,” or “My life is empty and I should have their money to make it better.” None of this matters as the people with money, the majority worked hard and sacrificed to become successful. Have you ever noticed people who were poor, that had sudden extreme success and went crazy buying expensive large homes, cars, etc. ending up broke within a few years? They had extreme jealousy of the rich and famous so they tried to copy them, In the end, they had nothing. In the Good Gus series, I did not include extreme jealousy. I didn’t feel that it was beneficial to the young reader. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters with extreme jealousy primarily because of their greed. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Life is like a boomerang. Sometimes what you do comes back to you. There is an old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” For the most part it is true. There are people in life that appear as if everything is perfect. They seem to be able to do anything to anyone and there is never any recourse to them. However, things return in a negative way like a boomerang. For example, if a person cheats another person, they may think they are getting away with it. However, once they think they are clear, they become cocky. Then they continue cheating others until one person finally stands up to them and puts a stop to it. They may file a lawsuit, call the police or a government agency. Then the boomerang comes to them. For some individuals it comes in a big way. There are people who wish to get revenge but it’s never worth it. The same is true if you do things. They will come back to you. Sometimes it returns quickly and other times it can takes years. The point of all this is that it is better to do the right thing. That has always been the theme in all of the Good Gus series which is available on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who end up receiving the boomerang effect. It can be read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Do you hate the phrase, “I don’t know?” How often do you hear it? It frequently means I will not answer you or tell you anything so the “I don’t know” phrase is easier. Sometimes people genuinely don’t know. They may not have the data, unsure of their answer, or they are struggling whether to tell you the truth. The person who says that phrase frequently needs a better way to respond. If you ask a teenager where they are going you will hear those words. However, they always know where they are going so you know they are lying. When I was a teen, I was always discovered as to where I was going. I would start out with the truth, but then a few boys would come along. If one had a car, the girls I was with would jump in and take off. Of course, at that time, we weren’t allowed to ride with boys. I had a guardian who didn’t trust anyone and used to drive around until he located me. Plus, he knew all the neighbors and they were spies as well. If I told him I didn’t know I would see those boys, he would call me a liar. He was partly correct in that my girlfriend and I tended to walk past their homes in the hopes they would pop out and visit with us. In the Good Gus series, “I don’t know” was not a common phrase. I clearly showed in the stories that the boys, primarily, would head off knowing full well they had every intention of not listening. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available for your reading pleasure. It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.