Another prompt: Favorite quote

I love quotes. I’m surfing Pinterest constantly looking for them. I copy some in Evernote. I read all my books with a pen so I can underline anything which strikes me as meaningful. I even have books of just quotes. I love words. Mine, yours, so many. Writing is beauty.

But one of my favorite quotes is from Mohammed Ali “Float Like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

It’s kind of funny but it’s also kind of an easy way to understand my approach to work, dating, debate, etc.

I always start out nice, trusting, super open. Because of my sense of humor and vulnerability which I openly share so my mistakes are on display, people often underestimate my intelligence. When they do that and double cross me, I sting and I sting hard. I do it with all the facts I keep stored in my mental file. I enjoy it because when I am at that point, I know I am running circles around them. Just like my dad, I just sting, sit back and enjoy the show.

I’m way smarter than people give me credit for- both emotionally and intellectually. Never let my silliness fool you. Yes, I have confused my bedroom closet with my bathroom after a night of drinking but that doesn’t make me dumb. I’m just drunk and I share the foibles because we all have them. The world would be a better place if we had the courage to share more of ourselves with others. There’s so much more common ground than we think.

But don’t think you are going to fool me because you think I won’t notice. It’s always better to just play everything straight with me. It goes more smoothly. Once I’m in fight mode, I’m not coming out of it until you’re the one on the floor of the ring. And like Ali, I enjoy the crap out of that victory and will rub it in your face.