Bankruptcy Of Prayers
I guess it’s my attitude that is keeping me from becoming a CEO, Arthur thought, smiling to himself during the presentation.
The motivational speaker had been hired by his employer, Allegiance Ventures, in preparation for what the handout called the challenges coming in the following year. A volley of words and phrases bombarded the employees gathered in the small auditorium. Stay open minded. Manifest positive vibrations. Love attracts love. Cultivate. Evolve. And Arthur’s favorite: Optimism is the key, Motivation the lock, and Success the doorway leading to Happiness. Or something like that.
Even a bible quote got thrown in: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” And finally, grasping the microphone for effect, the speaker concluded: Summing up, I encourage you all to follow the directive of those huge signs on the sides of Macy’s and Believe! If you want it — you just have to want it bad enough.
The entire universe is your Sears Catalog, merely for the asking! Co-create your reality with the Cosmos and take it forward. (Applause.)
Paul headed to the long table in the back of the hall where dwelled the uplifting coffee and the inspirational pastries.
What did you think of the pageantry? asked Leslie, a coworker with whom Arthur shared a similarly skeptical view of such positive thinking creed; Galvanized?
Well, replied Arthur, it certainly would have been nice to have parents who did all that successful praying in advance so I could have been born one of the silver spoon kids.
True, said Leslie, but you’d still have to, as the man said, focus your intentions to manifest the future. If nothing else you’d need to bring forth some skilled acrobatic lawyers to jump through all those high income tax loopholes for you. Here, have the last French cruller.
A month later, Leslie came over to Arthur who was having lunch in the company cafeteria. Hey, remember that pep talk in September? I just saw on the news that the Sears Universe has filed for bankruptcy.
Thirteen of thirty-one stories — 500 words or less, written one-per-day during December 2018 — The Hunt & Peck Parables PatchWord Quilt™©.
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