Thursday, August 3, 2017

To help or not to help.. that is the question.

Welcome to a place... where Words Come Alive!
So, as anyone with kids know, at some point in life, you lose ownership of the TV. And you get to watch and actually enjoy these animated movies.
There is one I actually enjoy because it teaches kids to spell - Its Called Word World. The animal characters put letters together to form words, and then the word morphs into the object. Pretty cool. And of course, there is always a moral of the story. Which I generally think makes sense.

Except one episode which left me a bit unsettled.... It was an episode about Halloween.
And no, it is not about whether we should celebrate it or not.... it is about the animal called Sheep and her ability to give. So sit tight.... and listen to the story.

Sheep, who is a kind hearted creature is preparing for the talk of the town Halloween party. Sheep is well known for having the best costumes, and this year is no different. Sheep has already planned what she is going to create as her costume - she wants to be a Fairy! Sheep plans to use her letters to create a pair of wings, a crown, and some pixie dust to help her fly.

Sheep gets a-talking with Goldfish, who has no clue what to wear for the party. Goldfish wishes out loud that she has the pixie dust, so Sheep, ever so kind hearted uses her pixie dust to create a wonderful costume for Goldfish. Ta-da! Goldfish is now a spooooky witch, complete with the hat and the broom. Goldfish says a million thanks! and Sheep responds - You're welcome Fish,  Happy Halloween.

Knock Knock - Bear is at the door. Bear is going as a Fairy princess and has the lovely pink princess ball gown, but no crown!!!! How on earth can she go without a crown? Her outfit will never be complete. But look! Sheep has the perfect crown, and she wishes she had the crown too. Cue in Sheep - she offers her crown to Bear. Bear is happy and thankful, and Sheep says - You're welcome Bear! Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The. Surprise

Hi. There is a gentleman to see you at the lobby; said the receptionist.

Very strange. I typically do not have visitors just show up at the office. Usually they would call, or book an appointment.

I craned my neck to see if my assistant was nearby, so I could ask her to go badge the 'gentleman' in, but alas, she had gone out for lunch and would not be back until lunchtime was over.  Some people grab a quick sandwich at their desk, others go downstairs to the cafeteria for a quick bite, but not my assistant. She always goes out for lunch, no matter how tight her schedule is. As she says - it is the one hour I truly have to myself, and I am going to enjoy every bit of it.

I envy her. I am typically the type that schedules meetings over lunch time, or use that 30-45 minutes to catch up on my emails.  As you can imagine, I end up munching on some unhealthy snacks, drinking copious amounts of coffee and caffeinated drinks to power on through the day.
I know, I know, it is not the right way to live. I have promised myself that I will start doing something healthier next month. Wait.... did I say that last month as well?

Now, back to the visitor at the reception. Who on earth could it be? Typically the people that show up unannounced fall into the following categories:-

#1: Old acquaintances looking to catch up ... They usually start with 'I heard you are now working here, so I decided to just drop in to say hello.... Usually harmless

#2: Long lost and usually distant relatives. They usually start with ' I saw you in the newspaper and I could not believe it that you are here. Your mom (or dad) would be so proud of what you have achieved. Come, let me pray for you.

#3: The job seekers: Ma, please help me, I need a job and I am believing that you can help me.

#4: The marketers/suppliers: I have a new show/program/print magazine/ that I would want you and your company to sponsor. If I can have a moment of your time....

#5: The askers who desperately need financial help. With chilling stories of neglect, suffering, and impoverishment.

#6 The scammers.  Who come talking a big game of investments that quadruple in a second and show you multiple proof of how it makes sense to invest in this scheme, or this Garden property or this transport or farming business.

In any case, there is only one way to find out. I drag my eyes of my computer screen and make my way down to the lobby. I fiddle with my phone in the elevator, as everyone does, usually to avoid eye contact and small talk.  I am very comfortable in silence, and I wonder why some people feel they have to always fill it with meaningless chatter - and it is usually about the weather. Oh the forecast said it is going to be sunny all week.  Oh really! What an absolute surprise! Yawnnnnn.

This Thing Called LIFE. Vanity. Upon. Vanity

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