Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Something Nice to Say...

Remember that old saying... If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all?.

I was reading the blog of a female living in the middle east the other day. How I got there, I have no idea. But I was looking at the pictures of the beautiful architecture and reading about the history of some of the buildings and the stories about them that have continued for hundreds of thousands of years.

I admit that I was hesitant to read the blog because I figured it would be political and I'm sort of all washed up on politics lately. I figured it would be that way because there's so much upheaval in that part of the world right now.

But I was wonderfully surprised to discover that it wasn't political really. It was just an account of her daily life, the place she lives, the people around her. And it was beautiful.

Then while reading some of her comments, I read one by an American who said they were tired of reading blogs by Americans where all they do is gripe about how something isn't going well or what's not good right then. They went on to say how surprised they were to find someone who lived somewhere, in a time and place where there was surely plenty to complain about, who instead shared the beauty and joys of daily life instead.

And I thought... Gee, I really need to think about that. I need to stop complaining so much. Sure I worked from 9AM to 10:30PM yesterday, but at least I had a job and apparently business is good if I'm working so late.

I'm usually an optimist anyway. But I decided to try an keep my attitude a little more positive. We'll see how long it lasts ;-)

On a positive note, I didn't get any writing done yesterday, but I did find this:

Pretty eyes!



Nicole Reising said...

It is good to be put in our place once in awhile, isn't it?

I love little reminders like that which you came across. And I'm really, really glad that you shared, as I needed that right now. The last few days I've been fighting the, woe is me, woe is me syndrom (I'm normally an optimistic person even in the worst of times- unrealistically at times I've been told but still that is the normal me). So in truth, I've got it great compared to lots of people.

Thanks April! Cole

April said...

Thanks, Cole...

I too am victim of the woe is me syndrome.

I guess sometimes writing about it here keeps me from complaining about it every other minute, so in a way it's just a release. But still, it's important to keep perspective!