My friend tries to focus on the positive. Even in the face of the desperately negative he focuses on the teeny positive. On the day after he told me of his positive thinking on the desperately negative, he told me he had told a depressed person who he supervised –  his inferior –  that his inferior was lazy because he did not want to continue working at an 18-hour-a-day job with a lot of lifting and standing. (My friend is in the air-pump repair business and so is his inferior who he supervises.) The depressed person has a bad back and feet, my friend told me. The depressed person got sadder and sadder as my friend got increasingly accusing about the depressed person’s laziness.
“We can’t always do what we want to do,” my friend told his inferior, the depressed person. “You have to pull yourself together and just do it. What makes you different from everyone else? Everyone has to do things they don’t want to.”
My friend told me that the depressed person he supervised nodded.
Then my friend said to me, “Darn it! He just has to learn things can’t always go his way.”
The very next day, my friend said something else to me. “Darn it. He’s just different.”
“Heck! In what way?” I asked my friend.
“He’s just head and shoulders above every other air-pump repair dude on my staff. That’s what makes America great.”
“What’s that?” I asked my friend.
“That. That someone can get ahead like that just by being better.”
‘Oh,” I said.
My friend is flexible and inconsistent and always meets his deadlines. He likes to be called Wild Bill Bull. Even though his name is Dan.  He even wants his inferiors like the depressed person to call him Wild Bill Bull. You never know what Dan’ll say. I guess that’s why he’s called Wild Bill Bull.


About judyjablow123

In my youth I was a world class tournament golfer. I earned an MA in history at NYU, after which I knew I had had enough of academia. I have remained a student of history. I have a strongly personal - almost entirely negative- take on the contemporary pharmaceutical and mental health industries. That was the impetus for my Bluepolar blog, which will also include stuff on sports, history and anything else that strikes my interest.
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