Over bitter

Or Craptastic* Is Not Cool So Get Your Panties Out Of A Wad

Have you noticed that criticalness is really popular these days? It’s actually more than just being critical; it’s the whole glass half empty option that has a hold on too many people. Whether it’s sarcasm (which I admit I use to its fullest…just not all the time and not over the top), bitterness, grumpiness or just plain unhappiness, we’re much more comfortable with people with bad attitudes than people who portray some sense of happiness. I’ve seen it in person and in every conceivable media outlet. People laugh at the snarky one and want to throw darts at the perky one.

I’m over it. And here’s where I get a little snarky myself.  (And I really don’t mean to be talking to anyone in particular …if you read yourself in this then there might be some work that needs to be done, but I’m pointing no fingers. Besides, the people I’d need to point my fingers at don’t read this blog.) I don’t care about your bad attitude or how funny you are while expressing it. Get over yourself and your downer ways. Ahem, really positive there Vicki, I know! Here comes the bright side…

I believe that thoughts can affect attitude, which can affect a person’s whole outlook on life. Wouldn’t it be better for everyone involved in your life if you’d look on the bright side of things, even just once in a while? I’ve found that this takes a while to get used to doing. I’ll probably never be perfect at it, but I am getting good. And my life will still be tough and have its hard moments (and to be sure I’ll blog about them with sarcasm abound), but I’m not going to constantly focus on the negative and I’m not going to become that bitter old crotchety woman that does nothing but bitch and moan. And if you’re nothing but critical now you’ve got nowhere to head except crotchety.

Here’s a good exercise. When you catch yourself being overly critical or sarcastic or moany then stop and think of something good to say about the situation you’re griping about. The people around you will be glad you’re doing this. Your friends, if you have any, will like you so much more. Unless they’re downers themselves and you all sit around having pity parties.

Just my two cents on one way to make it through life as we know it without making your own life as craptastic as you can. And we’re going to need as much positive thinking as we can muster with what’s being thrown at us… ahhh, getting down a little there. And now for something positive. I love stimuli…and foci and cacti and lots of words that end in “i”. See? That wasn’t so hard to do.

*Craptastic: crappy +fantastic = the idea that something is crappy but people should be proud of you or pity you or just focus on you darn it(!) because of it.

P.S. I’m sure I’ll regret posting this as my superlatives usually end up coming back to bite me in the butt. I’ll be a bitter hag next week for sure.

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9 thoughts on “Over bitter

  1. You’re quite right, I caught myself actually fighting a good feeling. Fortunately, I was smart enough to smack myself into the other direction.

    Had a perfectly good day as a result. 🙂

  2. You are so right about this. Example…. when I first started teaching (I believe my 2nd or 3rd year) I befriended another teacher who absolutely detested her job, the kids, everything. Her attitude began to filter over to mine and it wound up being the worst year for me. It finally dawned on me that her bad attitude was largely the source for my bad attitude. I quit letting that happen and started spending more time with those who had happier attitudes!

  3. Phoebe says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Personally, I “claim” the mind of Christ – God has given it me, so why shouldn’t I use it? I try to do this daily and it makes a difference!

  4. Rae says:

    Did you know that the latin for sarcasm is to tear flesh? Quit using sarcasm altogether.

    Think happy thoughts:)And with a little pixie dust we can FLY! 🙂 Sorry, peter pan fan.

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