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Meandering Monday about the Reality of Perception

Are you a glass half full (optimist), or a glass half empty (pessimist)person? Or as George Carlin used to say, “The glass is too big” (complainer?) kind of person? Or maybe you’re a “The glass is half full of hemlock” one (a realist, perhaps?)?

So much of life is ruled by how you choose to see things, rather than how they actually are. People grow up in war zones but somehow keep living and growing, while people born with a silver spoon in their mouths complain about their food being cold. Does he have a right to complain? Of course. We all have free will to decide how we are going to react to our circumstances. We can complain or we can tolerate, withstand or rebel.

I’m convinced that each of us is put here on earth to learn – to grow – to persevere. It is pointless to look at someone else’s life and be jealous – none of us knows what trials another person is going through, and fantasizing their lives to be more perfect than our own does a disservice to both them and us.

If it’s true that you can tell a lot about a person’s character by how they treat people who can’t give them something they need, what better way to test a person’s grasp of life’s lessons than to give them everything they want and see how they react?

Still, we do our best under adversity, when the lion is chasing us as we flee toward  a tree. It’s not about whether we make it up the tree in time, but about what we think of the experience. Do we wish it was someone else that got et? Do we wish we had listened to a wiser one and not come out into the field? Or perhaps that we had brought a spear? Do we bemoan the difficulties in our lives, or revel in the chase – glory in life itself?

Some people never stop complaining, while others never stop moving forward. I choose to not tip my king. I will not go gentle into that good night – they will have to drag me kicking and screaming when it’s time (well, maybe not screaming – I’m not very good at that.) Just saying…


The release weekend is over for “Reining Cats and Dogs.”ReiningCatsAndDogsCover

Empress Isabella continues to increase her hold on power with the help of her Slobberer allies. It’s up to our Champion of the Empire and his friends to do something about it.

“Reining Cats and Dogs” is a speculative fiction novelette, and is the seventh of the Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories, following “Purr Mission”, “Nipped in the Butt”, “Cat and Mouse”, “Baastards’ Revenge”, “Imperial Purrogative”, and “Cats Out of the Bag.” It’s available at several online retailers, including (but not limited to):




William Mangieri’s writing – including his previous release “Cats Out of the Bag” – can be catsoutofthebag2coverfound in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
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• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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