People crack me up, they waste so much time and energy being hateful when they could use half that to be nice and cordial. First, there’s my racist next-door neighbor who intentionally rushes out of her garage five minutes before she knows that I do, just so she doesn’t have to acknowledge me. I just sit there in the kitchen watching out my window laughing as I sip on my cup of tea. She damn near knocked over her garbage can the other day she was so frantic to avoid greeting me. People can be so petty.
My job moved me to Orlando from Chicago six months ago, and it’s been a struggle making friends in my complex, and being the only black person and single doesn’t help. All of the white and Hispanic husbands are so sweet to me; they rush over to help out when I have groceries or if I’m having problems with my lawnmower. The wives hate it! I’m single and living in a home just as expensive as the ones they live in, and for some people, that’s an issue. But what’s really driving them crazy is that I look good! Most of the women in my subdivision are stay-at-home moms, and many of them have let themselves go. Hey, that’s not my fault. Even though I have a full-time job, I still make time for the gym every day. Don’t hate, emulate, I always say.
I make it my business not to start my day by taking calls from gossiping girlfriends and family members with issues. I believe that starting your day on a positive note is critical. Besides, most of the time people are not talking about anything different from day to day; it’s a repeat of all the other drama they had the week before. Why should I waste my time listening to a problem you have no intention of correcting? And the few times I do listen, I’m usually multi-tasking. Half the time I’m focusing on something else while they’re yapping. “Umm-hum, for real, is that right?” Meanwhile, I’m working on a report for work or doing sit-ups.
I’ll be d*mned if I’m going to put my life on pause while they go on and on for hours about absolutely nothing! And as for watching bad news on TV, that’s not an issue because I don’t own a television. Why should I pay for cable when I can watch every show I like on my computer, without all the commercials? I dislike hearing bad news in the morning, and that’s all the news is. They find the worst stories in the country and replay them over and over again. And if there’s no bad news in the U.S., they will bring you a murder, suicide or bombing attack from overseas. What kind of way is that to start your day?
It has taken me 35 years to get some balance to my life, and I accomplished that by limiting the number of people I give my number and e-mail to and blocking anyone on my social network who is not in my circle. Having a peaceful life doesn’t happen by accident. You have to design it and then train people how to interact with you. My friends already know I’m not the one to call in the morning with drama. And as for missing television, it keeps unwanted company from coming over and getting too comfortable. If you’re not a reader, this is not the destination for you. Besides, who needs TV? I couldn’t stand it when the commercials were twice as loud as the TV program. That’s reason enough to get rid of cable.
By Michael Baisden
Excerpt from his book, Raise Your Hand If You Have Issues!
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