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I will be spamming this post over and over again, until I’m confident that THEY have read this! I am also working on an image to place in my user info page, along with what I have written below!

Playgirl's Achilles' Heel:

I have come across some people (not my LJ friends) who have judged my competence, intellect, and social status as inferior because of my limited skills in the English language. According to these people, if I do not excel when it comes grammar, spelling, or writing without using hundred dollar complex words, I am a low class idiot.

I have a tendency of pouring all my commas, colons, and semicolons into my salt and pepper shaker and just sprinkling them here and there when I write. Why? Because I’ll be damned if I know where they go. It has always been obvious to anyone who reads my journal that I never mastered the English language. Of course, it's important to write properly, but as much as I try, I just CANNOT, and I envy those who can. But this doesn't mean that I'm incompetent, stupid, or of skid row status either. Since some have placed me in the category of STUPID, I feel I MUST protect myself by bringing out some of my own talents. Sure, mine isn't in the English department as theirs is, but I do have some talents of my own.

I have a heck of allot of common sense.
I'm very good at finances.
I'm persistent for fighting for what is mine, or for what I want.
I have good work ethics.
I'm a great cook.
I'm a BIG TIME survivor.
I'm close to being completely computer savvy.
I am bi-lingual and am fully understood in both languages.
I can compete with the very BEST of college graduates when it comes to mathematics, particularly Calculus! And for those who find it impossible for a STUPID girl like me to do EXTREMELY well in Calculus, test me DAMN IT!!

Although, I ONLY have a high school diploma and not a college degree, I have managed COMPLETELY on my own to live just as well as college graduates.

I'm not angry, just filled with pain and sadness that they have found it necessary to show their superiority by snubbing, non-stop, their noses at me just because I'm a failure with English grammar!!

The words of Desiderata are words I have tried to live my life by:

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

- Max Ehrmann


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