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Cautionary Tale

This morning, I was awakened by the sounds of faint knocking on my door. After an unsuccessful bid at trying to ignore this knocking, I got up to address this incessant early morning disturbance. As soon as I discovered the identity of my Sunday morning knocker, a voice that eerily sounded like Oprah Winfrey recited a Maya Angelou quote I once heard her say on her show; “When people show you who they are, believe them.” I don’t remember when I first heard this quote on the Oprah Winfrey show, but I do recall how instantly I resonated with the gist of this quote. Indeed, for much of my life, this quote has functioned as somewhat of anchor in my life, steering me away from the precarious forces that have threatened to swallow up my identity and mental well-being.

Sadly, my Sunday morning knocker has failed to grasp what is at the heart of this quote, that is, the truth that repeated behavior is not an anomaly but rather an insight into an individual’s condition. My Sunday morning knocker and many others refuse to acknowledge that the truth of an individual lies not in what they say, but instead lies in their repeated behaviors and patterns. Masking the reality of these repeated behaviors and patterns quite often requires an inordinate use of one’s time and faculties, which, in the end accomplishes little more than blocks the path to introspection. Ultimately, failure to grab hold of this succinct truism may result in years of heartache, disillusionment, and oh yes, early Sunday morning visits to unsuspecting friends and family.


About musingsnyc

I'm a self-professed iOS app addict who loves reading, writing, surfing the Internet and my hometown, New York City. In 2000, I graduated from the City University of New York, Hunter College, with a degree in English (writing concentration) and Political Science. In August 2009, I received an online MBA degree with a specialization in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. For the past 8 years, I've worked as a Paralegal in the Immigration Law Unit of one of the largest not for profit law firms in New York City. Prior to my work as a Paralegal, I worked as a Traffic Coordinator and Assistant Account Executive in a New York City based Hispanic advertising agency. Throughout all of my different work and school experiences the one constant has been my love of writing. As long as I can remember, I have been jotting words down in notebooks, pieces of scrap paper, and just about any surface where ink would not dissolve. I have always been eager to share my thoughts and opinions about what is going on in the world and my personal life via writing. It would be a dream come true if I could channel my love and passion for writing into a full-time or freelance opportunity. My goal is to share my thoughts, opinions, life experiences in a thought- provoking and entertaining way with all that drop by. I love interacting with people and thus would love and greatly appreciate all feedback via the comments section of this blog.

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