I’m easy like Sunday morning

Lionel Ritchie made famous this chorus in his song “Easy.”

“That’s why I’m easy
I‘m easy like Sunday morning
That’s why I’m easy
I’m easy like Sunday morning”

The irony of this song, filled with this chorus, is it is about him leaving a woman who is trying to make him out to be what she wants, not who he is. He no longer wants to fake it. Ritchie sings so beautifully, we lose the meaning of the words beneath the melody of his voice.

I think many of us do this in life. We hear words without paying attention and people in positions we should trust end up lying to us. They sound so smug or convincing, we believe what they say, when in fact they are lying. We are easy like Sunday morning, as we don’t want to be bothered with digging into the facts or considering alternative views.

The truth is a commodity these days, being used only when it supports an argument the speaker or writer favors. People who frequently are untruthful do so with impunity. To me this is an arrogance that we need to address, but those who do, get vilified by sycophants of the deceitful person.

The easiest thing to do is let it slide, saying everyone lies. That may be true, but that is part of an overall strategy of those who lie the most. Convince everyone that lies are prevalent, that all institutions are bad and all media is making stuff up, to hide that the strategist is doing more of that than anyone else. The fact the former president has a very difficult time with the truth is not a surprise. What is a surprise is the number of people who lie for him to cover his lies. Lying is modus operandi.

So, we should do what my boss repeated to me, “My Daddy used to say, believe half of what you read and nothing of what you hear.” That may be on the extreme side, but the point is well taken. Question things and read other sources to verify the facts.

When a very untruthful talk show host says January 6 was a “false flag” operation, read further. When a former president continues to beat on his chest about his Big Lie that the election was stolen, read further. When people use labels or name call to support their argument, read further as people usually resort to such when their argument is poor. When people are smug or overbearing with their opinions, read further.

Be easy with your Sunday mornings. Enjoy that large cup of coffee or tea and extra time of leisure doing what you want to do. But, don’t be an easy target for untruthful people. To be frank, they expect you to be.

24 thoughts on “I’m easy like Sunday morning

  1. You are so right on all counts, my friend. Annnnndddd … for the first time in several months, you have planted an earworm in my head! You know I love Lionel … I shall be singing this one today! Heck, might even do a music post one day soon!

  2. Weird that I’m reading this today, after this morning hearing a homily that started with loving a person for who they are and not who you want them to be or think you can change them to become. Is the universe trying to tell me something? Ha. Cheers, Keith! 🙂

    • Betsy, who knows. I have found that sometimes we may be more receptive to a message when we hear it more than once. To be honest, I intended to write a different post until I saw the lyrics between the chorus. What is the old line from Oscar Wilde, be yourself as everyone else is taken. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: One thing that surprises me is the power of cognitive dissonance. In essence, when confronted with facts to refute a belief, the dissonance or disharmony is so great, the believer will seek out false sources to reiterate their belief to save face. He or she would rather believe a lie than admit being wrong. With so many sources of misinformation, it is easier to find corroboration to the lie.

  4. I have to confess Keith….
    During my long days in one job I viewed the Truth as dangerous, it only caused more grief. Presentation and massaging the situation was what it was all about, both to management, my staff and the public (Think ‘Apocalypse Now’ without the violence)….the trouble was I became good at it, too good and got detached from The Reality of the Outside world, which was not quite willing to play my game…not a happy combination.
    Salutary.
    Good post Keith, folk should take heed.

    • Roger, I don’t know, the truth requires some finessing as well. I had a line I would use with a client to tell them they were doing something that could get them in trouble. If you think about it, I am telling a paying client they are screwing up.

      I would say “I would be remiss if I did not tell you…” Not one client fussed up at me for saying this, although I had to take a few deep breaths before calling them or telling them in person. Keith

  5. Keith, I feel happy how with the anniversary of the 45th presidency passing your blog’s have returned to the style i loved which initially attracted me, well well written and thanks

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