... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

You Can’t Fall from off the Floor!

Ever have one of those friends in your life who constantly can’t get “IT” together? When you think they have reached the lowest depths of humilation, shame and pathetic self destructive behavior, they pull out a shovel and dig a hole even deeper. You know the type I am talking about, they are constantly the victim of life’s most tragic catastrophes. When their number appears on your callerI.D., you know the conversation is gonna go like this…”No he didn’t!

“On Tracie’s recent visit home, we watched the movie, Bridesmaids. There is such a fascination with this wildly successful movie which brought in 288 million world-wide, because we can all relate to the main character, played by Kristen Wiig as Annie.

Annie was a beautiful and talented baker who lost her shop, drove a piece of crap car, was in financial duress,and allowed men to dispose of her likelast weeks stew.

Our blog readerswill often hear me site some of the massive self help books, shrinks, and life lessons that I engage and adhere to. I am not ashamed to admit it. I need and take all the help I can gather. You see, I believe that you have to commit yourself toCONSTANT self improvement. In other words- don’t look back, you arenot going that way.

Dr. Wayne Dwyer said in his age old best selling book, Pulling Your Own Strings, that there is no such thing as a well adjusted slave. The fact is, for those wallowing in self pity, they have indeed become slaves to accepting and expecting misery.

Itruly am blessed withan incredible network of close friends who are the most amazing support system a girl could ask for. I in turn try to be that same confidant in return. I don’t want to be the person who says,’I don’t repeat gossip, so listen carefully, or better yet, “I can keep a secret, it’s that—- I told that couldn’t”! So I asked permission of my friend to share her story albeit keep her anonymity. The fact is, her story is so common that I really didn’t even need to ask permission- like Annie from Bridesmaids, it could be anyone we all know.

Annie, like so manyuniversal women,( my friend included) could only validate herself by having a man in her life. ANY MAN…She could never break out and receive the good Karma that life will bring, because as we all know the definition of stupid is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

A good question to ask yourself…
Would you like to date yourself? (Oh, I will follow this one up for another blog).

So when my friend came to me this week, dumped, yet again, broke yet again, crying and fearful that she had to get to the doctors to get yet anotherSTD test, I screamed ENOUGH!

My friend didn’t realize that I was really D-O-N-E listening to the mishaps of her life. As weenjoyed coffee at Starbucks,she went on to share she had been too embarrassed to tell me the real reasonshe and “Larry Loser”got kicked out ofa hotel on New Year’s Eve.Larry Losertried to check in after midnight (for a two night stay) claiming that it was technically a new day, so he should only have to pay for one of the two nights. Really? The management all clamored around the front desk as he caused the commotion at 12:02 A.M.My friendwas mortified and security had put them out when Larry Loser got loud, abusive and indignant. So they spent New Years in the Dick’s Hamburger parking lot where he demanded she pay for the burgers and fries, after all, he had used his gas driving from the south end hotel they were booted from.

Under normal conditions, I would have ranted about what a cheap, sorry, pathetic #$%^! he was, but I refused to acknowledge it.

They say how you start the New Year, is how you spendthe rest of the year. When she told me this story, I could only pray this old prediction was not etched in stone! But, I just shook my head and said again, enough!

The Greatest Gift of all is truly finding love for oneself.I was raised to believe inmyself and this is the lesson that I am working so hard to instill in my ten year old daughter.

Exhausted by these tales, I told my friend to look on the bright side.Things were looking up, because You Can’t Fall from the Floor!

One of Tracie and my father’s favorite songs was when the legendary Lena Horne sang Believe in Yourself…

That is my message for today- I hope you do believe in yourself!
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