If you haven’t read Kent M. Keith’s The Paradoxical Commandments, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. If you were looking for the origin of these commandments and the connection to Mother Theresa, look here: The Mother Theresa Connection.
In my reflection of events in 2015, I do find the commandments paradoxical. Let’s take a few highlights for a spin.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
DK: You are on a JetBlue flight. The woman sitting next to you in Coach removes her shoes, her stockings and then places her feet up on the seat in front of you. She wiggles her chubby toes to air out her dogs. (In case you were dying to know, she had a nice pedicure. The toenail polish was a pretty baby blue matching her fingernails. And there was no visible toe jam.)
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
KMK: Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
You come home from work, its late, it’s been a long (very) day. You are eating dinner, alone. Your head is down. (Important to note: Head Down.) Your spouse of 30+ years looks over from the couch, sees Gaps, and asks if you’ve considered Rogaine. You lift your head, your mouth is full – you try to validate if you just heard what you think you heard. You chew. You swallow, and then ask: “Excuse me. I didn’t hear what you said.” She repeats it crossing the “Red-Line” of no communication during the first 10 minutes of the King’s decompression zone. You reel from two scuds to the chest, elect to drop your head down with no response and finish your dinner. For the next 123 days, you start your day each morning staring at the mirror assessing the speed of the backward march of your hair line. [Read more…]