Here’s the thing. I know you all grimace like Bella Swan when I start a blog post with here’s the thing. There are a billion quotes in the world about how to be a good person who makes friends and isn’t a butt face. I will share with you my top four.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
If you have something nice to say, say it.
If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Negativity spreads faster than herpes.
Okay, maybe I made the last one up, but it’s true. And now I’m going to call it a saying because I published it in a blog.
Now, I know that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I know that there are times when life just royally sucks. I know that there are times when no amount of positive thinking is going to help you worth a damn.
But walking into a situation with the automatic assumption that everything is going to be terrible never really helps anything. Why would you try to hate something just to hate it? How does that help anyone? Sure, you can say this is going to be really hard, I’ll be glad when this is over, or my personal favorite, well, I guess it’ll make a good blog. But unless you’ve made a bet that something is going to be terrible and you’re going to win a million dollars for suffering through whatever mess you’ve gotten yourself into, perk up!
And when the people around you are trying to be happy and make the most out of the hurricane you are currently finding yourself in, maybe don’t try to make them negative with you. I get the whole misery loves company thing, but misery doesn’t make things better. Righteous indignation, determined resolution, and maybe even the kick of anger to make you fight for change.
But constant miserable griping, whining, and bashing of the circumstances has never done anything but make the people trying to be your friend, co-worker, or comrade want to poke you in the eye.
Thank you all for letting me have a Saturday morning rant. Please apply the don’t be a negative Nancy soapbox to your artistic, political, and friendship endeavors.
Remember when you’re climbing a mountain it’s okay to sit down on the rock and cry, it’s not okay to hate the mountain you’ve agreed to climb. Why? Because someone might push you off of it.