I try to be very understanding, and if not I am always forgiving, because my Bible says if I desire forgiveness I must forgive. Not always easy, but when I think about the consequences of withholding it , I don’t even want to be a part of it. However, I am not perfect, and occasionally I have found myself on the wrong end of a laugh at someone else’s expense. After all, how badly can it offend someone if people get a chuckle out of a silly mistake. As it turns out I was about to find out.
So what to do when you are faced with a real life, honest to goodness incident that actually requires complete stupidity, and total absence of any thought at all? Is it ok to laugh?
If something has occurred that you have never even heard mentioned in your lifetime and yet now someone you are very connected with has personally been involved in and you know all the details. Do you tell?
Sometimes when we are feeling a little low on the intelligence pole, someone does something that absolutely makes you feel like Albert Einstein on his best day. An act that defies all logic and leaves you with several options. You can exploit it, cover up an offense ( the biblical way), or just go with the flow and laugh with the crowd.
Well I was privy to such an act just recently and even as I write this, I am laughing at the picture in my head of what this looked like. Although I promise you not much laughing was going on at the time of the incident. More like crying . However, we know that time heals all wounds, so after much prayer and contemplating, I feel it’s ok to share. Just so you all are aware, I have full permission to share this highlight of a most memorable event. So here goes. You decide whether or not you could let this go, or slide, even forgive?
Not so long ago there was this guy who woke up around 2:30 am, and hungry. Not such an odd event for him as he is known to sleep little and snack much during the night. This particular time was unusual only in that he was still a little groggy as he made his way to see what the fridge had waiting for him. Just a tad more unsteady than usual, and more hungry too. So he spots in the freezer some White Castle sliders, which are irresistible no matter what time of day when cooked right, who can argue that?
I am trying to tell it exactly as it happened with details, so I will say that he got a tray that was ok for the microwave and placed it on the counter ready to hold the sliders as they were cooked. The tray and sliders were sitting on the kitchen counter between the stove top and the sink. Before cooking them the man realized he had not stopped to use the restroom as is customary when he woke up at this time and the urge was too strong to wait. Still holding his drink and his cell phone as both were in his room next to him when he got up, naturally he set the items down since he did not care to bring them into the bathroom. So, as would make sense, the drink and phone are gently set down on the tray by the sandwich, so they would be protected from the sink/ water next to them.
Always the perfectionist and some may even say a bit OCD, he still would not allow himself to go to the restroom until he had done the traditional laying of the paper towel over the sliders, lest he run into the problem of not cooking them just right. After leaving the items on the tray and using the restroom, he got snagged by a headline on the laptop across the room which had the national news on. So, he wanders over and checks it out, after all this guy is a writer like us and if a good post opportunity presents itself, he is on it. After a few minutes he heads over to his snack to prepare it with every intention of enjoying it while finishing the story,
Mesmerized by the story on the internet he quickly grabs his drink off the tray ( you cannot microwave coke cans) and carefully places that tray with the covered sliders in the microwave for exactly 77 seconds , which despite what the package says is exactly the right amount of time to cook them if you want them to taste like real sliders. In the blink of an eye he is twirling around back in the office chair by the computer to continue the very important story on the news, just awaiting the aroma of the burgers to come…seconds pass, more seconds pass and many more… he smells no aroma of cooking sliders…. just an eery silence approaching.
SNAP, CRACKLE, POP!
No aroma, the noises start, the flickering of the microwave begins, and he knows now what has happened. What an idiot, he thinks to himself! He must have left a fork on the tray before cooking the food. Oh, man. He rolls that chair to the oven faster than you can say Samsung– before the buzzer goes off, hoping to salvage the burgers, yet at that very moment one of those goosebumps all over, throat gets dry, hair stands on back of the head moments occurs and a blank slate is all that’s on his mind. He opens the door to the microwave, he has lost his appetite, forgotten what was on the news and is sweating profusely. Consciously he can’t grasp it but something is wrong,- oh so very wrong.
As he kneels before the microwave, in somewhat of a praying, yet almost fetal position on the floor, he comes to realize that there is no fork in the microwave. Oh, how he wishes for a fork. yet he is aware that the flames coming from the tray could not be burning from a fork. You know the whole metal doesn’t burn thing …
At this point he looks over his shoulder at his desk and spots the box to his recently purchased Samsung Galaxy 7 cellular phone. Holding back tears but also prepared to run around the house and scream like a 2-year-old, he composes himself, and puts the flames out. He glances at his phone and realizes he failed to do step three when preparing sliders; #2 is place paper towel on sliders, and #3 is remove cell phone from tray.
Always the optimist he thinks -WARRANTY!
But that thought passes. He moves quickly into the justification phase. ” Heck I have had that old thing for months now” then onto the flat-out denial phase of ” I have been wanting a new phone anyhow, no big deal.”
The people-the only people who got to see the roasted ghost of a phone were supposed to have mercy as he was a good customer . Instead he finds himself in the middle of a drive by mocking as he parades through the Metro PCS store to see if anything could be saved. Apparently the manager, (despite a request for privacy during this time while he mourned) decided to let the other employees in on his little laugh so they could all enjoy it. In front of the other customers the manager shouted not to dispose of it in any of his trash containers, because of any possible danger with the microwave/battery issues.
If you all, or any of you were thinking it would be okay to laugh or spread this around the office then you have absolutely no heart. I mean how could you let someone, an innocent man, a good and hard-working man
like me suffer for this? I mean let anyone suffer like this? It is painful enough I have to go through something like this. Pretty soon your 10-year-old daughter is telling her class about it. You never know.
This could happen to anyone. No matter who you are. So please do not relish in the fact that this actually was last Saturday morning and in my home- I was the guy in tears on the floor. I was dying to find a way to blow another 100 bucks I didn’t have anyhow, I swear.
Being the forgiving person I am however, I chose to forgive myself this time.
How embarrassing. But yes it is true. I am facing it head on. My therapist says denial will just delay the healing and therefore delay my children from wanting to be seen with me in public again.
One request I have for closure purposes, is that you all stop asking me to sign your cell phones. To me this is no joke.
Oh and don’t act all haughty taughty, as if you have never nuked a phone. Actually in my opinion any phone advertised as ” smart ” would have come with a built in microwave alert system anyhow.
With A Forgiving Spirit This Christmas,
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Mike Carey alternative Solutions 4 Health & Tj from Dont Label My KId!
I made a quick audio update ( both links above, but had a few problems on one of the times I tried to open, you may have to download first but if its more than a few minutes just let it go, as it is jut an update and I will be dong these from time to time…tj
You all are in for some very exciting news! If you have received this invitation you are a part of a special group of people. You are special to us in that you are followers of Mike Carey – Alternative Solutions 4 Health, or TJ -(Dont Label My KId) and Mike have teamed up! That’s right we are joining forces to reach some goals and accomplish some things that have never been done before. We want you all along with us. Much is happening in the way of change and we have some exciting things in the works.
We want the people who have been supportive of us to get some too.
(Notes- It has come to our attention that a fairly large group of bloggers were included in this private invitation who may or may not be followers of Don’t Label My Kid! Or Mike Carey .)
(After checking into it we found that you all actually are considered by WordPress to be followers of Don’t Label My Kid! via what I call the ‘ “undercover follower” method lol which I actually learned is an option that I was unaware of. The other possibility is you register so much on the site you are considered followers.
Either way you are blood.
Just come on home – make it official-go click follow on this site. You do have to do that to take part so if you could make sure you all are ” legal” by like tomorrow we can stop the confusion…..And now we return to our regular programming. .)
With Mike’s incredible knowledge and gifts in areas of health and the mission of DLMK to serve a huge group of people worldwide who are desperate for help in the areas of mental, behavioral health and addictions it seemed a match made in heaven to team up and meet the needs of the total person in ways that have never been done. AS4H and DLMK have one thing in common.
Success rates that are at least double or more of many of the options available. That is not to say there are not very talented people working in our areas because there is. We have a unique chance to make sure that all components that a person may need in treatment, we can help with and using the same team, same model and same philosophy. Not all have that advantage.
Beliefs in how and who in treatment are absolutely identical. Both are believers in getting to the root issue; both believe in as natural of a healing as is possible; both are committed to a return to normalcy asap. Sadly the country we live in supports financially those who keep people sick. It pays very well.
The goals of physical treatment centers and other care is already in the works. As matter of fact we will be talking with a major insurer in Florida about helping fund treatment centers! At this moment right now we have a goal to get services out to the world through virtual means. Mike can do what he does and the whole team can each help in reaching out to the world. However one thing holds us back.
It is very expensive technical work to build a portal as we will using the Don’t Label My Kid! site as a platform. The site today has followers from 60 countries. The cost to make this happen is huge but not as a team. You are part of our team. It’s not a one-sided team and that’s why nobody else but our followers got invitations. As we succeed, you succeed. Why pay an outside investor a ton of money to help us when we can work together and meet all of our needs?
With that said – in order to reach who we need to reach we will need help. So we are asking that you take a hard look at what is in front of you right now and consider getting involved to the extent that are able. We think no matter what level you are supporting us he return will far outweigh any monthly investment. When we need to add some service providers to our database who do you think we will utilize?
That’s right – you.
In closing I will give a quick example or two. The placement of your blogs name on a separate page on the website goes to anyone at any level. Think about this. How much would it cost for a newspaper as or magazine/radio ads -100? More ? Even then you must hope and pray that people hear or see your ad at the very time they need your service.
Our followers are made up of people like you same demographic. That’s gold. The potential reach for your name in a day could be 500k- you see DLMK has followers that have 100k each! So it’s a great deal. Please jump in, Today is the kick-off let’s do it up!
Here is our Commitment to You –
**For those come on board now, we will do something to show you our appreciation. We provide care for the total person here . We make sure that whether it’s a general doctor, a psychologist, an addictions specialist or any other type of care, that we have the best of the best.
So, to those who become any level as a founding member -we have you covered for any crisis needs in your immediate family. Free.
The 3 subscriptions are below are simply select what is best and sign up…
(We do have a few limited partnerships available. These are NOT for the average blogger or small business owner . The investment and commitment are much greater and suited for large set ups. People looking make some high level career advances with other projects we are working on and things like that. They are listed after the 3 below.)
***THIS JUST IN- PLEASE READ*****Mike Carey and I just spoke Today is 4/29/2107 at 10:40pm Eastern Time.
Mike has told me to take away the hours of consulting that go with the package if you are a Founders Club Member…Instead, when you become an active member now AT ANY LEVEL– He said PUT NO LIMIT ON IT!!! This means by subscribing you are on Mike’s List Of Clients and you NEVER have to pay for his service..
He also said as a small token of his appreciation to those who are serving, or have served in the military Everything ( all of his services) are on the house and the same goes for those in Christian Pastoral ministry or retired from it.
Finally, if you want to become a member but cannot afford 25.00$ / Month we will offer scholarships if you can provide proof
. We also exchange services for memberships-if you have a skill we can use, or a product we can use..
Thanks in advance for trusting us and becoming Founding Club Members !
Don’t Label My Kid! & Alternative Solutions 4 Health Founders club
~ Status Options~
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*** Note – If you are wanting to bump up to GOLD but cannot afford it? Bring us 5 new members at any level and you got it .
(They must become followers of either Mike, Tj or both to be eligible.)
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3- Founders Group Member Tag for your Homepage
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NOTE! Want to become a Platinum member without the extra 50 bucks? No problem, bring us 5 Gold members!
1-Your Blog Featured on Separate page with Founders Members only
2-Access to private database of services
3-Founders Group PLATINUM Member Tag for your homepage
4-1 Guest post on the DLMK site per quarter to share your blog’s mission or post a blog of your choice (these will be highlighted and recognized as a Guest Post From Founding Member-available only to Platinum members)
5- 2 hours per month of personal consultation from an actual team member to help you identify the appropriate service for you or a loved one’s personal situation.via email or phone and if the situation calls for it.
100% confidential and no longer available to non followers.
The Executive Access – Boardroom Access Partners
We are also offering an entirely different type membership. They are Limited Partnerships – meaning only 10 of each are being considered at this time. The positions are for those who are aggressively pursuing some specific goals in a business, career or any pursuit that would require high-profile connections or simply need to do more than run a small business, and need the help of a larger group to help them to the next level.
We designed these slots with a few things in mind. One is to help some of our own followers achieve their goals, so in the future they can pay it forward and continue the mission that we have started. Another is to help us achieve our financial goals so we can begin doing what we do best, help others. The financial investment for the Executive is 500/monthly and the Boardroom is 1000/month. It is the highest level of commitment on both sides that exists.
In some ways these are open to what the two sides can do for each other. We have the advantage of being able to be flexible and creative.
The primary differences between the two is one has access to the board of directors on certain issues and has a voice and even a vote on issues related to the services fund-raising project. The Boardroom Access partner is that person.
There is a process to discuss either of these. If you are interested contact Tj to set up a phone conference -firstname.lastname@example.org.
occasionally we will have a need for a staff member and offer it out as a regular position. Right now we are looking to fill a few part-time executive assistant positions in exchange for platinum memberships .
We hope you find just the right opportunities so we can see you grow while we grow!
thanks Mike Carey and Tj Petri
Well, I thought after 4 years maybe I should introduce myself… to my ” inner circle”.
What you are about to read is all true folks- except for some rumor about the home in the background of the picture of my wife and I -being my ” Guest House” – Right… On a Social Workers salary? Not!…
Its actually just our own humble abode. We cannot afford ” guest houses”.
Ok, alright – just got a” friendly” nudge from my wife (ouch) to tell the ” whole ” truth. So It’s actually the Biltmore Hotel, and ” technically speaking” we used our life savings to spend 2 nights there 12 years ago… Whats the big diff?
Some people are just dream-killers.
Anyhow this really is my story in a snapshot… ..
This has been a long stretch for me in the area of multi-tasking and frankly I need to laugh and kick it light today- and If I need that I am sure many of you do as well. So all day today I will stick with only humorous and short posts..
If things workout I might even reach down into my mailbag and close my eyes to pick a few random letters to DLMK! If you all have a preference btw then let me know you would like Mailbag more or less often, or what you enjoy the most..
I cannot seem to find anything I want or have left to force feed down your throats anyway-( I mean in a gentle way) lol
So lets see I will kick the day off with a personal favorite – The armed granny..
I’ll admit I woke up today feeling a little insecure and a little selfish. I decided to look up the most popular post of my blog in the year 2016 and reblog it. I know , I know it is a little egotistical. But it gets….worse.
I also forwarded a few inspirational posts to my own email. Plus I pictured myself when I was an administrator at my most successful program turning my name badge upside down so only I could see it.
I thought about going against all I hate and digging up every award, recognition, accomplishment, degree, and making an ” I love me ” wall in my office.
I was very surprised to see that not only was Glass House Syndrome the most popular, but by almost double of every single other post.
As I read through it again I realized it poses a lot of questions that we all need to answer about life and how we treat each other. I’m hoping that’s why it was popular.
However I shared the post with my own mother, who said it sounded ” preachy” ..
Can I consider that ” verbal abuse” or what? You can file a lawsuit for that, right?
There must be a disorder in the DSM-VI that I can carve out in there somewhere.
Check it out . I need some feedback.
I see you are in support of this Trump philosophy. Maybe you should take a closer look at the man. Billionaire? Right. You fail to mention he has 3 corporate bankruptcies under his belt. Who cant pull that off?
He is taking advantage of his position and using this country for his own gain. Doesn’t the man have any morals ? Is he aware that each time he gets in front of a camera or writes anything he represents this nation, our children included?
How do we explain the exploitation of this sort to our children who are trying to make a daily impact on for the good?
He seems to be able to sleep very well even while abusing his authority and basically making his own rules up. Writing his own paychecks basically. And he seems to be in it in part just for the publicity.. Where are his morals?
Psychiatrists of America
Rev Albert Sharpton
Miley ( anywhere with anyone) Cyrus
Mr. Barry Obama ( medal of honor recipient )
Thank you all for checking in. I realize that Trump is not the only one to accomplish billionaire status. There are almost 1200 others in the WORLD who have ridden that train Thats almost , like .00001% of the general population. My bad.
As far as publicity , I think it goes with the job. And YES Reverend Al, I kept my promise to post your name first after any companies, and YES, I did send your secretary a copy.
I resemble a recent post on your log implying I have demettia. I resemble that post .Too.The only reason I didn’t come out in public much in my 6 years at the white house is .well I’ll get back on that. Anyways,
And shuffleboard is so much fun.
Please dont use my ” they wanna put y’all BACK in chains ” comment to the black audience as a platform to make fun of me.
I love those people. As far as I see it they should have every right us whites have.
So again, please cease from gossiping about me.
VP Joe Biden
Sunny Days Retirement
My apologies Mr Biden. It was a shotgun reaction on our end. And sir, shake a leg on the shuffleboard.
I ran across this picture in one of your old posts . So you think its humorous that 3 men offer up their own firearms to Cher? Suicide is funny?
Jack Kevorkian Jr.
Dear Mr Kevorkian,
I am in total disagreement with those three men. Personally I would never offer up my firearm and an expensive hollow point.
Just one problem there imam-
NO MORE 3 BILLION DOLLAR RAMADAN CASH PRESENTS FROM THE USA! GRAB A SHOVEL.
Courtesy of Donald Trump.
Mr Trump to y’all.
Do you not get it that Obama was much better then Trump? Personally I have benefitted more from Obamas contributions to his country then anyone. By a long shot..
The very reverend Al $harpton
DLMK!- I can see how an American president would be seen as a threat to you. But it is what it is.
It is appalling to me to see the selfish motives of Donald Trump . As president we expect him to act presidential. Treat the white house with respect. Honor your wife. Dont spin things and participate in corruption. I feel sick . If only the white house walls could talk.
William Jefferson Clinton.
DLMK- Mr Clinton, not each president can be the role model you were in the white house. We understand that you honored everything from Hanukkah to Monica while there. Let’s work with what we have .
Trump may be a good businessman but he has no right to force prayer time if desired in school and force his beliefs on us. And just because he happens to be straight does not give him any right to judge us and our preferences. He’s trying to separate the sheep from the goats I guess but he isn’t my judge.
I think what the president is really trying to avoid is an influx of goats under the roofs of American buildings. Or as you all may call them ” Strip Clubs ” .
You dont have to like country to get this song…anyone ever been there though?