The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


C’est la vie! Déjà vu…

Here’s to a happy (and safe) July 4th holiday week!   And, to our forefathers who freed this country from the British Empire.  Permit me to offer three things that helped them do it:  Leadership, Free Speech, and the French. 

Two of these three remain part of our everyday lives.  (Not sure what happened to the French?)  I know a lot of families with ancestors that immigrated to America from other countries.  I don’t know very many from France though, do you?  C’est la vie! (Which of course, is French for, “Their bad!”) 

The French helped us gain our independence; gave us the Statue of Liberty; and then said, “Bon chance!”  Thankfully, we still have our leaders to poke fun at, yes?  Managers and executives at our companies are frequent targets of humor, even though they mean well: 

But even top management types are mostly harmless when you get to know them.  Given lots of love, some even make good pets.

Rick Levine 

After a while all good employees settle in and get used to our managers’ idiosyncrasies, don’t we?   When our reporting lines change we don’t have to let it bother us.  No matter who our boss may be today, it will likely change so we should just focus on getting our jobs done, don’t you agree?  Cirque du Soleil!  (Which, of course, is French for, “Same circus – different clowns.”) 

At work, our (wine) glasses remain half-full.  (Oops – my faux pas!)  In America, our companies and our managers remain among the best of the best in the world.  And with France’s help during the Revolution, we are truly blessed to live in the Land of the Free; Home of the Brave!  Vive La France!  (Which of course, is the American way to say, “Thank You” to France.) 

Of course, our political leaders are fodder for our humor – but beware: 

The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.

Will Rogers 

As we know, 2013 is a highly charged year of politics… magnifique!  (Which is French for, “What’s new?”)  If we took all of the money spent on political commercials, including those mud-slinging, character-slamming, negative-messaging, fear-uncertainty-and-doubt blasts from all our special interest groups, we could take as much vacation time as the French.  A la mode!  (Which of course, is French for, “I’ll have my vacation with ice cream, please!”) 

Where does the money come from for all these commercials about more guns; more fracking; less privacy on behalf of more security; blah, blah, blah?  Brings to mind Lawrence J. Peter’s perspective: 

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.                                 

Freedom of speech is truly one of our greatest freedoms.  The price we must pay for this great freedom is listening to someone’s outrageous commercial, yes?  Sacrebleu! 

So I suppose as American citizens we should be patient – leading this country is not for the faint of heart.  And if these daily commercials resort to the same tired talk-tracks, well:  Deja Moo!  (Which of course, is French for, “The feeling that we’ve heard this bull before!”) 

So here’s to the USA; the support we received from the French; and our great freedom of speech in the Land of Opportunity.  Certainly, without this freedom I would not have the opportunity to write my little ditties.  And without these, it would be harder for you find something to waste time on at work; true Mon ami?


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  1. Bill Foss
    Jul 01, 2013

    I think that all political commercials should be required to be listed as “Deja Moo” after they are played the first time.

    • Gary
      Jul 04, 2013

      Great point coach! We all hold our watches up with the “moo” starts flowing, yes? Thx, GAP

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