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It’s so interesting to me that for 13 minutes the world stopped and many of the major networks covered the apology of Tiger Woods. It was interesting for 4 months that Tiger’s infidelity has been in the top news stories. It was more interesting that it although everyone would agree that the apology and the infidelity was none of our business and that is was a personal matter, that so many people decided to make commentary on the rightness or wrongness of the situation and how he decided to handle it.

I admit I watched the apology from Woods. I watched because I was curious of what it looks to be in a fishbowl and have your personal issues made everybody’s business. I wanted to see if he would change his mind and decide to rebel against having to own up to the world something that he didn’t really owe us. I watched to see the reaction of his mother and the pain of having to have her only son go thru this so publicly. Whether he meant the apology or not, I am sure it was not easy to stand there and do that. I’m sure any married couple knows the personal pain and embarrassment of having to deal with your personal issues just between the two of you. It is sometimes painful and embarassing to have to go to my own wife and apologize for something as small as being unkind and having to dig in deep conversations to find the origin point of certain reactions. I imagine doing something private so publicly is a problem.

This loss of privacy, unfortunately, comes with the territory of fame. Charles Barkley made the statement that “athletes don’t get paid millions of dollars to put a ball in a hole, they are paid millions of dollars because that is the price tag of loss of privacy.” He’s right, for some reason the public believes that because he is paid millions of dollars it gives us a right to comment on his life and get all the sordid details.

Here’s what I learned from “eyeing the tiger” and here’s a lesson you should be paying attention to as well:

“If any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.” -Galatians 6:1

Davidism #26- The lesson you should learn about other people’s missteps is “God show me what I don’t see about me.”

Every time someone’s business get made public, be they a celebrity or someone at your job, that is not an opportunity for your two cents about what they did was wrong, or how they should handle it. That is a time for you to look internally and see if you have any missteps in your personal life that you have let go on for too long and deal with them. And even if you don’t, you need to make it a point to stay alert to make sure you guard your integrity. What bad things people say about you don’t make it true, you make it true. Your job is to make sure that what they say is not true.


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casketAt first it seemed like a Halloween joke, but when I heard about it I went to Walmart’s web site and typed in caskets and sure enough there they were — caskets! We joke about them selling everything and it looks like they are trying to prove that they can. Walmart has the reputation of coming to town and putting the mom and pops out of business and it looks like old Sam Walton is trying to bury them too. Could Walmart also want to put up a fight against the mortician too! That’s cold-blooded! But you know what… I might tell my wife to look into getting me one of those Walmart caskets to save a few bucks.

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Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. He’s hilarious. Take a look!

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obk1I personally don’t understand the big deal. So what? The POTUS is going to talk to the kids. He’s not the Boogie Man, he’s less scary than that big rat Chuck E Cheese… So what’s the big deal?

Apparently, there are some people that think the president’s “Back to School” speech is some way to push his political agenda. But correct me if I’m wrong… kids still can’t vote. At least not yet. So I am really having a hard time understanding the hoopla.

So it introduces the question… “Is it the man or the message?”

And I am really starting to think it’s the man they are having a problem with. President George H.W. Bush did the same thing. (Even down to the “what can you do to help the president” assignment.)

Laura Bush was interviewed today saying that she believes people should cool off and “respect the president.”

So just in case you are wondering what he is going to say… Here is his speech—> Obama remarks to the kids

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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or know me at all, you know that my wife recently challenged me to only drink water as my beverage for the month of September when I mentioned to her that fellow Twitter friend and blogger, Milan Ford had mentioned doing the same thing. Well it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Apparently, someone recently found a FROG inside their Pepsi can. Glad I’m drinking water! That’s motivation for you. See story here

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plaxicoMy heart goes out to Plaxico Burress. It really does. I was at the gym this morning watching an interview on ESPN with him crying about having to go to jail on a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years for carrying a gun in public. Worse than that is he didn’t kill anyone… he shot himself in the leg. So he’s burying his head in his hands on the notion that he will be in jail when his new baby is born. Quite sad. However, I can’t help but NOT feel bad for some of these athletes and entertainers. Not because they are famous and I am jealous of their… “success,” but because these people won’t do what we all are taxed with everyday which is to simply THINK.

Why did Plaxico feel like he needed to carry a loaded gun to a night club for? What was he trying to prove? Why didn’t he think about the different scenarios on how that could have gone down? It’s a mark of immaturity for someone to not ‘pre-play’ the consequences of their actions. And this is precisely why I’m not going to give Plaxico a hard time this time. But only with the promise that he actually learns from this lesson. And mature.

I was really going to lay into Plaxico, then I discovered that Senator Ted Kennedy died. I recently saw a documentary on his life and I had become quite a fan of his as a person. He represented strength and shouldering the burden of his family during hard times. But these are words said of him in his latter years. He was considered a statesman at the last leg of his life, but when he was young he made the same stupid mistakes that Plaxico made. The senator was responsible for drinking and driving when he was young and it resulted in the death of a woman that was riding with him.

When people are younger or immature they fail to realize the “finality of decisions” that they make. So I hope that Plaxico, Chris Brown, Michael Vick, and others recently in the news  (not to single out these people)learn from that lesson as well.

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