Harder Hearts

People often opt for hearts of stone when they fear that the hearts they have will be broken.

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Lower Than Dirt

If your loved ones respect you, they shouldn’t put you down.

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Wear A Diamond With Your Soulmate’s Carbon

Fire the little devil on your left shoulder and let the little angel on your right one retire.

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What Do You Call Relatives Whom You Do Not Know?

Strangers.

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Smiling Faces Sometimes

I did loss prevention for a luxury retail store in Century City, California in 2007. I was employed by a security company. My scheduler advised me not to converse with any of the customers or sales personnel. I planned on following his advice. I met another loss prevention associate, the store’s manager, and most of the sales people on my first day. Agnes, a member of the sales team, seemed to take a liking to me. She asked me all sorts of personal questions and even offered me food (which I didn’t take). This transpired when there were no customers in the store and we were just standing around. I did not want to hurt her feelings by telling her that we weren’t supposed to be socializing. Her friendliness was overwhelming. She continued to initiate conversations with me as the days went by. Agnes kept a smile on her face the entire time. I found out that she lived with her boyfriend across from a Metro Red Line stop. I relied on the Red Line to go to and from work. One day, a customer transaction prevented the store from closing at the usual time. I missed my bus as a result. I was going to have to spend the night at Union Station because there was no way for me to get home. The only way around this was to get a ride. I explained this to Agnes and asked for a ride to the Red Line stop near her apartment. I saw evil in her eyes. The smile was gone. Then it returned. She agreed to give me a ride. We had a nice conversation on our way to the Red Line stop. She dropped me off and I thanked her. When I came to work the next day, I was surprised to find out that Agnes and a female coworker had reported me to the store manager for always asking them for rides. I was fired by phone after that shift. Agnes’s friendliness had compensated for the fact that she could not stand me. She was scared to death of me from the moment we met. This ordeal was a learning experience. It taught me to reduce my socializing with coworkers to “hi” and “bye.” It taught me to say “hi” and “bye” to coworkers in the exact same stone-faced manner. It taught me that smiling faces sometimes tell superb lies. The Undisputed Truth’s Smiling Faces Sometimes (1971) is a song that you should take to heart. Friendliness must not be confused with friendship.

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The Sad Truth

People, who are “friends” with everyone, are all too often friends with no one.

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Teammates

It is illogical to be a team player when your teammates are also your opponents.

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Every Time

Falling in love is a risk. An educated risk is the best kind to take. Signs can tell us of dangers that lie ahead. A sign is not meant to be realized in retrospect. Stop on red. Janet Jackson’s Every Time (1997) relates the fear of getting hurt from a bad fall. It reminds us that the heart can break like a bone. It just takes much longer to heal.

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A Little Bit Of Wisdom

If your sweetheart will give you strands of hair with no questions asked, a yes is pretty much guaranteed when you pop the question.

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Bet I Can Make You Smile

Never trust a man who doesn’t lie.

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