Empowerment

Empowerment · August 17, 2019
I have a friend that I would like to tell a story about. His name is Mr. Schlemiel. Now what makes Mr. Schlemiel so special is that he is one of those people that has lots and lots of Tsuris, but amazingly enough, he had never experienced CrankaTsuris. The reason for this is quite simple. He just spends his entire life letting people take advantage of him, and he always just thought that was the way it always was. He just did not know any better. But, one day, believe it or not, he woke up, and...
Empowerment · July 30, 2019
Yes. As a kid, I watched professional wrestling. It was a chance for me and my older brother to bond. We would watch the matches, and afterwards, my brother got to try out all of the wrestling moves on me. The sleeper hold does not really put you to sleep, but I did discover that it made it awfully hard to breathe. My favorite matches were the tag team matches, and the best tag team matches to watch were the ones that involved wrestlers who pretty much wrestled as a tag team: The British...
Empowerment · June 22, 2019
CrankaTsuris Kyrptonite. We all know what that is. Somebody, usually a family member, will say something, or do something that triggers a very big CrankaTsuris. There is even anxiety before you face this because you know it is Kryptonite, and you happen to come from the planet, Krypton. Unfortunately, it is not only that. When you arrived from Krypton, you did not come with all the super powers. Superman, oddly enough, was never curious about Kryptonite. So what if, in the previous episode, he...
Empowerment · June 15, 2019
I was doing a seminar on negotiation a number of years ago with a bunch of defense lawyers, and I want to share with you the "hypothetical" assignment I gave to them that was going to be part of our discussion. Rather than using a legal factual scenario, the "hypothetical" was one that everyone had experience in, and thus, I suggested that, because of this, it should be no problem for any one of them to work out the issue raised. "So, imagine you are in a relationship, or don't imagine, but...
Empowerment · June 06, 2019
In The Last Surviving Dinosaur, the word "Tsuris" is described not to mean those "minor daily inconveniences", but rather "major life changing traumatic events that have brought on suffering that has never been experienced by anyone since the beginning of time." But the truth is for most people, when they talk about their "Tsuris," it really is about those minor daily inconveniences. I know how I am when it comes to this. Sometimes, the world is burning and I can be just fine. Other times, I...
Empowerment · May 28, 2019
I wrote this story six months after my mother, a Holocaust Survivor, passed away in September 2017, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, one of the most holiest days of the year. I am a long distance runner, and while stories always somehow flew into my head, in the months after my mom's passing, I could only hear her voice. It was a syrupy voice. She never talked in conversational tones, but rather, in proclamations. There was always a slight pause between the phrasing for perfect comedic...