Good Rules to Live By: Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership

Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership


1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

–Dr. Kent M. Keith

I think this is important to share.  It is often so difficult to do what we know is right.  I will be referring back to these lines when I feel  I am in in need of  solid unbiased advice.  Simple & plain.

-MS

P.S. I found these words on the blog of  Marriagecoach1, at http://marriagecoach1.com/. He shares  excellent advice on marriage, relationships and sexuality. It’s honest, to the point, no holds barred & fantastic!

The Last Kiss Stings – Poem (5/.26.12/Poem 1)

Here’s the first poem to my Poetry Project: The Last Kiss Stings. It is definitely a work in progress. The devil line is really bugging me, and I’m working on the two lines before the last, they don’t seem to have much of an impact.

Here’s the audio of my reading:

Here’s the poem:

The Last Kiss Stings

 

Like

150 proof in one shot down the back of your throat,

the residual tingly sting atop the tongue

that drives you to suck the roof of your mouth for relief,

the inner blaze forcing your eyes wide shut, nostrils to flare,

ooooh the better to taste you with

my dear,

nerve provoked by the strut of your body,

the fire in your belly

rearing your coy barefaced-devil

who needs just

one

last

kiss

while your bloodstream

soaks up the spirit

and it flows through you,

exercising itself

freely and finally

as it’s leaving,

releasing itself

as cool fluid down the side of your face.

 

And then gone.

Hope You Enjoyed!

Constructive Criticism always welcome!

-MS

Friday Fictioneers: The Light (5.25.12/Week 1)

So I’ve stumbled upon the Blog of Madison Woods and discovered her fabulous idea for Flash Fiction: Friday Fictioneers! It seems like a great way to generate ideas, and receive opinions, praise, critiques, etc. from fellow writers.

The goal is to write a 100 word story inspired by a picture that is posted every Wednesday. On Friday, everyone posts their stories, and we indulge in everyone’s short pieces. It definitely sounds like fun!

Her Blog:

www.madisonwoods.wordpress.com

Here is the inspiration:

Here is my story (or play, since it’s only dialogue), and I’ve added audio, just in case you want to listen:

The Light


“Don’t go.”

“I want the Light.”

“Fuck Brown, the sun is shining!”

“Calm down, your bursa copulatrix is showing.”

“You know I lost Blue to that light.”

“Blue was already lost, even after you tried to find her with your aedeagus.”

“I’ve apologized. Let’s talk, again.”

“No more words. I’m going.”

“It’ll kill you!”

“Then I’ll die.”

“And me?”

“You’ll live.”

“That’s dramatic.”

“Yup. Now, come with me or watch me leave.”

“No.”

“Fine. I was born alone, and made to fly, not to hide behind brick walls and be held back, by you.”

“I’ll miss you.”

“I Hope so.”

*The End*

Hope you enjoyed!

(Open to Constructive Criticism , of course)

-MS

 

Feel Good Music: Music That Makes Me Happy, Maybe You Too!

Plinky Prompt: Name a Song That Always Put You In a Good Mood

I live for music, so this is a great Plinky prompt! There’s not “a” song, but many songs that do the trick. If you need to be stimulated into a good mood, choose your medicine (listed in no particular order):

1. Music – Eric Sermon & Marvin Gaye

2. I Would Die 4 U – Prince

3. 49 percent – Royksopp

4. Nah Let Go – Gyptian

5. Adorn – Miguel

6. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

7. Beautiful People – Chris Brown

8. Fool For You – Cee Lo Green

9. Free – Graffiti6

10. Count Your Blessings – Nas & Damian Marley

11. Touch The Sky – Kanye West

12. Pleasure Principle – Janet Jackson

13. Million Dollar Bill – Whitney Houston

14. Rock With You – Michael Jackson

15. Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol

16. Praise You – Fatboy Slim

17. Nfana Ibaga (No Problem) – 2Face Idibia

18. Right Now (Na Na Na) – Akon

19. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

20. Lose Myself – Lauryn Hill

21. Precious – Esperanza Spalding

22. Do For Love – 2Pac

23. Turn & Wine – Vybz Kartel

24. Cold War – Janelle Monae

25. Powerful Stuff – Sean Hayes

26. Valio La Pena (Salsa Version) – Marc Anthony

27. Each Other – Kelly Rowland

28. We Found Love – Rihanna

29. Yamaha – The Dream

30. Girls Dem Sugar – Beenie Man ft. Mya

31. Feeling Good – Nina Simone

32. Fireflies – Owl City

33. When Love Takes Over – David Guetta Ft Kelly Rowland

34. End Of Time – Beyonce

35. When We Fall In – Sean Hayes

36. Good Love – Mary J. Blige ft. T. I.

37. Be – Common

38. Number One – R. Kelly

39. My Prerogative – Bobby Brown

40. Escapade – Janet Jackson

41. Love You Long Time – Jazmine Sullivan

42. Good Life – Kanye West

43. My Sweetie – Wale

44. Umi Says – Mos Def

45. There Goes My Baby – Usher

46. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

47. Love On Top – Beyonce

48. Sunshowers – M.I.A.

49. Still not a Player – Big Pun ft. Joe

50. Give Me Everything – Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Naya

I could keep going, but I had to stop somewhere. LOL

I had fun writing this! I’m definitely in a good mood now!

 Let me know your favorites, or pick something you’ve never heard, tell me how you feel!

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-MS

Flash Fiction (Drafts Only)

I often find that a short piece of Flash Fiction serves as a great seed for longer short-stories, and possibly a novel (if writing a novel ever interests me).

So I’ll use this space to share those Germs:

I aim to post at least one 1-3pg story a week, whether I think it’s complete or not. Especially if it’s not.

It is my goal to become comfortable knowing that my work has been sent out into the world and that my head will not explode as a result!

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With that said,

Any poems I post are IN PROGRESS and I consider them DRAFTS, unless stated otherwise!

I’d like to be officially published somewhere, someday, so I’m saving Final Drafts for my Hopes & Dreams!

Feel free to leave comments praising my genius, hate-mail, constructive criticism, knee-jerk reactions, etc.

Just don’t judge me too harshly based on what you see here. None of it is polished!

-MS

Poetry Project (Drafts Only)

I am bad HORRIBLE at completing poems and laying them to rest without feeling the need to tinker, tinker, tinker…

So I’m starting the Poetry Project:

I aim to post at least one poem a week (as time permits), whether I think it’s complete or not. Especially if it’s not.

It is my goal to become comfortable knowing that my work has been sent out into the world and that my head will not explode as a result!

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With that said,

Any poems I post are IN PROGRESS and I consider them DRAFTS, unless stated otherwise!

I’d like to be officially published somewhere, someday, so I’m saving Final Drafts for my Hopes & Dreams!

Feel free to leave comments praising my genius, hate-mail, constructive criticism, knee-jerk reactions, etc.

Just don’t judge me too harshly based on what you see here. None of it is polished!

-MS

Plinky Prompt: What Are Your Favorite Foods to Throw on the Grill?

Summer Grillin’

Kabobs

The grill adds something magnificent to most foods! That smokey delicious flavor and the oh-so-attractive grill lines! Yum! My mouth is watering for a summer BBQ riiiight now! My favorites: Chicken or shrimp kabobs with onions, peppers, & tomatoes; hot dogs, which are normally anything but gourmet, but the Grill adds magic to them; cheeseburgers (minus the pink slime); and some good old fashion corn on the cob! My side dish: potato or macaroni salad, no relish, pleeeeaasseee! :)

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-MS