#248: Positive Smile or Negative Frown -- Your Choice
Thursday, March 04, 2010
I was listening to a gospel song this afternoon, "I'm Gonna Write a Song" and heard these lyrics:
“Folks sit around with their face in a frown and gripe about the way things are...
“Well, I’m so tired of complaining, so in my time remaining, I’m going to do my best to make the world a better place to live.”
The first line struck me as true of so many people today who indeed do wear a frown more often than a smile and who are overly generous with their complaints. Some people prefer to immerse themselves in negativity, like such an attitude is a cloak of honor they can wear proudly.
Why is this?
It seems to me that it takes more energy to be in and stay in a negative mood than to be in and stay in a positive one.
And, we do tend to attract that which we give off. Be negative and most people will not want to be near you. Oh, sure, the naysayers will flock around you like you were passing out free candy. But others will avoid you like the proverbial plague.
Be like the singer in the second line though: “Well, I’m so tired of complaining, so in my time remaining, I’m going to do my best to make the world a better place to live” and watch how other's reactions to you change for the better.
There is already far too much negativity in the world. We hear and read of it without ceasing. Let's stop any of our complaining and try to make the world a better place by virtue of our positive attitudes.
Regardless of your orientation, putting on a positive smile
or a negative frown
is up to you.
It's your choice.