What was I thinking when I decided to begin writing a blog? Really? When I decided to undertake this task I just knew it was going to be fun and exciting, but I didn’t realize it would be more difficult than writing the 40 page final project for my Masters degree. Who knew that trying to develop content was so difficult; I didn’t. I can say with great pride, when it comes to writing for the blog, I am “consistently inconsistent”. This must change and change immediately.
PEOPLE LISTEN UP AND PASS THIS ALONG PLEASE! I’ve been told that this has been in the news in the past week, but please read and inform others.
Today I received a telephone call from a woman who said her name was June Smith and she was calling from the IRS. In her message she said not to ignore the call. Ok, IRS, don’t ignore the call so I called back. When I called back she asked me if I had an attorney I said no, for what. She then informed me that I had recently been audited and now legal proceedings were happening against me for back taxes owed in the amount of $3900 and some change. Immediately I asked her what was she talking about and I told her that I had not received any documentation about any of this. She said that within the next hour the documents would be sent to the court and legal proceedings would begin. I’m still telling her that I don’t know what she’s talking about and I’ve never received any documents. She started some sort of countdown by saying within the next 50 minutes legal procedings would begin and what don’t I understand. She said I would be blacklisted for the next 5 years meaning, no drivers license, passport, credit cards, bank accounts, personal items, etc would all be inactive or seized. I’m constantly telling her that I don’t understand what she’s talking about and no one came to my house with any documents. She said someone came on October 11, 2014 and no one was home to sign for the documents. I said wait, it’s August; she said what; I said it’s August so no one could have come to my house on October 11, 2014 she hesitated and said on August 11, 2014. Okay, long story short I asked to speak to someone else because I didn’t understand her because if her accent, she asked what I don’t understand. I said I file joint returns with my husband, she said something else that I don’t remember and then hung up on me. By now I’m a nervous wreck and calling my husband in tears telling him to come home now. IT WAS/IS A SCAM! This number 202-506-9236.
I contacted the IRS and it’s been reported.
While pulling weeds today, and I tell you there are a lot if those buggers, it occurred to me just how resilient they are. You spray, chop, pull, dig, spray some more and what do you get….. more WEEDS. We can learn something from these troublesome plants. What could we possibly learn from a weed you might ask? Well, I believe we could take notes on how persistent they are. We could apply that persistence to our own lives when we are pursuing our purpose. Just think, whenever things don’t go as you had planned or those times when you want to throw in the towel, how persistent and resilient the weeds are. No matter what happens they keep on coming back; they keep living. Don’t through in the towel, keep coming back again and again just like the pesky bothersome weeds.
Live, Laugh, Love
Around 5:30 this morning I was awakened from my sleep with a the overwhelming feeling of fear. This feeling of fear did not come from any sound that I heard, but it came from the dream that I was having. In this dream there was a woman who was being constantly abused by her husband. I could see everything that was happening to her and feel the undescriable fear that she felt. Her fear of not wanting to go home or be alone with this man because she never knew what was going to happen. It did not matter what she did or how she did it, he was never satisfied. Even when she did things exactly as he asked, she was subjected to some form of abuse. One scene from the dream that stands out vividly is the husband dragging his wife through the house as she screamed and wriggled trying to free herself from his grasp. Although it was only a dream for me, it was all too real for the woman. There was nothing that I could do to help her because I was only a spectator.
While this was just a dream for me, this scenario plays out too often in real life for so many women, children and men; that’s right men are subjected to domestic violence as well. Here are some interesting facts: An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year; 85% of domestic violence victims are women; one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Having worked with more than 200 women and children who were subjected to some form of domestic violence, I can tell you that the affects can be long lasting. However, there are people and resources out there to help victims of domestic violence. If you or anyone you know is in a relationship that is violent or has the potential to become violent, please let them know that there is help and they can leave the situation.
Here are a few resources:
http://www.thehotline.org/ The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Surviving Domestic Violence:
http://www.ncadv.org/ National Coalistion Against Domestic Violence
As always remember to Live, Laugh, Love