MY PET PEEVES
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I think it does us all good to once in awhile step back from the stuff of headline news and focus on things closer to home. This week, I want to share with you several of my pet peeves. Feel free to respond with your own and we’ll run those next week.
People with a compulsive need for attention. These are the folks who stomp around the house, much to the delight of people living below them. They are also the ones who cruise through their neighborhood with the car radio blasting or keep large dogs who bark at everything including their own shadow. They are also the ones who talk on their cell phones as if the whole world wanted to hear.
People who take emails for granted and do not respond to them with even a “thanks” or “cool”. They are also the ones who are usually short in the “Please” and “Thank You” Department. They see the world with a sense of entitlement bordering on the narcissistic and also believe that the earth is the center of the solar system, just as they are the nexus of their own.
People who make promises with no intention of keeping them. These folks belong to a subspecies known for its passive aggressive behavior. They will tell you what they think you want or should hear and then tell everyone else except you how they really feel. These people are generally cowards whose definition of vested self-interest excludes everyone but themselves. They spend most of their life watching the ink dry on self-authored sad endings.
Frightened people looking for a god they no longer believe in. They seek the Divine for protection and pay for it by surrendering their right to defend themselves. They look for leaders when they should be seeking companionship and they embark on an odyssey of approval instead of basking in the affirmation that is inherent in every good deed, however large or small.
All that having been said, I can honestly report that the cool folks in my life outnumber the other kind. God says we have to love everybody. But She NEVER said we had to hang with the lowest common denominators.
And on that note, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
12 REASONS FOR ODESSA
Hello from the shores of Black sea. While many of my Ukrainian friends on Instagram and FaceBook enjoy European holidays due to the European Union’s visa free regime, my holidays take me to Odessa.
I like this combination of gentle sea and the possibility of going back in the long history of this city to discover such amazing things as the Potemkin Stairs to the Catacombs.
Even in 1925, silent film The Battleship Potemkin was a total fake as that shooting never took place but this made the Steps very famous throughout the world. It is just another reminder that from early days, unfortunately cinematograph was frequently used to propaganda against the Tzar by the Bolsheviks.
But coming back to now, I just don’t see any reason to go from Ukraine in summertime as it is just perfect weather conditions here. So I am absolutely extending my stay in Ukraine. Here are 12 reasons why.
Have a good weekend Rusty
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
Motivation is very important. We can show love, respect for others, honesty in whatever we do, whether it’s politics, economics, business, science, law or medicine. With a good motivation we can help humanity through what we do. But if, for example, we use science and technology with a poor motivation they can bring fear and the threat of global destruction. That’s why compassionate thought is important for humankind.
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB