Off-Topic and Religion Related

12 06 2008

Ugh, I don’t like using this for overly personal reason, but I’m effing annoyed as hell and need to share it with someone.  Anyone.

Warning: Discussion of religion to follow.  So if you’re a person of faith (ANY faith) and tend to be close-minded and judgmental (which is another topic in itself), please either refrain from reading this or refrain from commenting.

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My mother is a wonderful woman with an addiction to chain emails.  🙂  Yesterday she sent me one with the subject of “Prayer for Barack”  or something like that.  I generally open them all, because…I’m quite often bored.  I open this one.  It’s just a general Christian chain email with prayers, Bible passages and such.  I noticed that a random stranger had commented on the fact that this email had been sent using several different business/organization email addresses.  He made a silly comment about organizations not promoting a single candidate and I replied (accidentally…oops) to all on this chain mail about how that was an unnecessary and silly comment to make.  This opened the “holier-than-thou” floodgates.

I’m a huge believer in the power of religious convictions.  I mean, with the state of the US and world, how could you not?  Even the most adamant atheist would have to say that religious beliefs have power in people’s lives.  However, I’m also a huge believer in religion being a personal experience and journey.  Well, the people on this email list OBVIOUSLY don’t think that way because for the entire day, I have been deleting email messages sent to me about how God’s love could help me, Bible passages about the power of prayer…blah, blah, blah.  I’m sick of people assuming that I should think a certain way about religion because I’m black, or I was raised Methodist or a whole slew of other ways people can classify me.  My personal religious journey—which is still happening to this very moment—is just that: PERSONAL.  And I just wish that everyone else could respect that.  If you, as a Christian, would like for me to “live in God’s light” or “see the beauty of His works” then hopefully, all I have to do is look at your life and see how wonderful it is.  I don’t need for you to shove anything down my throat or into my brain.  Just lead by example.  That should be persuasion enough, right?  You as a Christian should be the best billboard for His goodwill and blessings.
This whole stupid situation was started because, yet again, I forgot that the whole world is filled with closed-minded individuals and being able to make a comment about anything is forbidden.  AAAAAAAAAA!  My comment wasn’t even about Christianity or the prayer, or anything religious.  I just spoke my mind to the wrong crowd.

Or I can just chalk it up to the fact that the man who made that pointless remark is a McCain supporter.

I’m done.  No more personal tirades for awhile.  Promise.

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How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity

28 04 2008

My mom’s always forwarding me chain emails. I think she sends them because she enjoys emailing me—and maybe because she thinks they’re funny. 80% of the time they are funny. So, I’d like to share one with you. This is the type of stuff I would do just because people already think I’m strange….

18 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. Page yourself over the Intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.

3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

4. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it ‘IN’.

5. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

6. In the memo field of all your checks, write “For Smuggling Diamonds”

7. Finish all your sentences with “In Accordance With The Prophecy”

8. Don’t use any punctuation.

9. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify that your drive-thru order is ‘To Go’.

12. Sing along at the opera.

13. Go to a poetry recital and ask “Why the poems don’t rhyme?”

14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood.

16. Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, Rock Bottom.

17. When the money comes out the ATM, scream “I Won! I Won!”

18. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling “Run for your lives! They’re loose!”