Let’s Get This Straight

Teddy Roosevelt coined the phrase…speak softly, and carry a big stick, like when he sent our fleet around the world during peacetime, just to let everyone know…don’t ever think we’re not ready.

Sadly, people who are kind are often perceived as assholes.

I want to set the record straight.

A brutal misconception if there ever was one.

My first chord always, is to be nice since that’s where the fruit is.

To pounce and criticize and rather than a stick, carry a chip, guarantees a rotten result.

HOWEVER…

Sometimes one has to shoot an elbow, as they say, to let it be known…don’t fuck with me Tonto because you’ll be sorry.

My father had no backbone, spending his short life cowling in my mother’s shadow.

My mother on the other hand, was a tyrant, terrorizing, controlling and often ruining the lives of others.  Sounds heavy, I know, but alas, holds much truth.

I like to think I’ve inherited both, but proportionately…not too weak, not too strong.

If I get mad, let’s just say, you better run for cover.

Kindness inside out isn’t weakness…it’s actually strength in gentle packaging.

What an idiot, look at her feeding people, helping the elderly, sharing what she has, but wait, what’s that she’s carrying…looks like a really big stick.

Get my point?

SB

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to Let’s Get This Straight

  1. I often have people tell me “why do you listen to these people?” “you need to cut that one loose” “you need to think about why you attract these people” My question is “Why do people care what I do, or who I listen to?” I think it’s odd that we can’t just do what we do without judgment. I also think people need to shut the Ef up!

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I think you are like the baby bear, just right. To thine own self be true!
    There are many examples of strong people who practiced kindness on a regular basis; Abe Lincoln, Mother Theresa, and my Pookie-Pie, to mention a few.

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  3. I worked for a guy who was kind. He drove his wife crazy by thanking telemarketers before telling them he was not interested and hanging up. You couldn’t let the kindness fool you though. Tough as nails underneath it all but kind. I know that sounds contradictory but it worked.

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  4. You have that perfect balance, Susannah.

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  5. That’s a good way to be. Kind of like Jesus. Kind and compassionate to everyone, but not someone to mess with. I’m pretty gentle, but don’t ever mess with my wife or anyone in my family or any of my students…

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