The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


C’est la vie! Déjà vu…

Here’s to a happy (and safe) July 4th everyone!   It’s a 3-day weekend for many; 4-days off for some.  And here’s 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 many 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, oui?  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 is today, it will likely change tomorrow 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 and Home of the Brave!  Vive La France!  (Which of course is America’s way to say, “Thank You” to the French.)

Our political leaders remain fodder for daily humor – but beware:

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

Will Rogers

As we know, 2015 is a highly charged year of politics… magnifique!  (Which is French for, “What else is new?”)  If we took all of the money spent on political commercials, including those mud-slinging, character-slamming, negative-messaging, ugly blasts from all those special interest groups, we could take as much paid vacation as the French.  A la mode!  (Which of course is French for, “I’ll take my vacation with ice cream too, 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 though.  I suppose the price we must pay for this great freedom is listening to someone’s outrageous commercial, yes?  Sacrebleu!

So 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; our outstanding leaders; the support 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; oui Mon ami?


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