Why Is Everybody Always Pickin’ On Me!?

believeHappy Friday, All!

Here’s to hoping your week has gone fairly well … or have they? I don’t know about any of you but I have had issue on top of issue plus issue for the past seven days! You know, sometimes people want to say and believe things like “It’s karma!”, or maybe “God won’t give you more than you can handle!” … Or how about, “If it don’t kill you, it’ll only make you stronger!” Choose one … any one!

One of the main components of Educational Excellence is spiritual growth. But of course, like many other things we have been inclined to believe, we have to believe in spirituality as well in order for it to work for anyone. One has to believe it exists, and that there is a certain abstract power of peace in being a spiritual being and handling things in a similar manner. This approach to life also involves believing in the “unseen” or in results that don’t seem so tangible or maybe even hard to reach or attain. Believing in what you can see is not a bad thing. But when one is struggling with a situation or an issue that seems insurmountable, it might be better to believe that circumstances will go better than it may seem mainly by being spiritual. At least, that’s the way it has been for me. What about you?

There are some days in my life when I feel like saying, “Why is everybody always pickin’ on me?!”, as the lyrics go in the Bloodhound Gang’s song of yesteryear. Then, there are days when I embraced the “Big Bad John” soundtrack from the Jimmy Dean movie of 1961. Do you think that other people … famous people … like the President or LeBron James ever feel this way? Which attitude or approach do you think one of them might choose? Is it really all in your mind how things turn out for any individual in a given situation? How about the basketball game when Michael Jordan scored 38 points while suffering from flu like symptoms to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz in game five of the championship series in 1997? Even he said at the end of the game, “Well, I don’t know how I did it … I just managed to pull it together.”

The victim mode is never a good one anyway though sometimes people use it to take the easy way out and not be held accountable for the outcome of their behavior. Well, it is 2013 and I am still fighting off flu like symptoms. I’ve got to get in the game and win this thing!

Have a great weekend!


John I. Cook, Director

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