Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Colin at age 2

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Negative People

Are you a negative person? I have moments of negativity. I think my rant below kind of proves that statement. I think we all have moments of negativity brought on by frustration. But in general, I think my personality is sort of on an even keel. If I had to analyse my personality, I'd say that I'm quiet and more serious natured than silly. But I'm not overly negative by any means.

There are people out there who are negative on a regular basis. They are miserable, hate their lives, and have decided that if they are going to be miserable, then everyone else should be miserable too. They ooze misery from their pores.

When this particular type of poor attitude worms it's way into a group of people, a few things happen. Some buy into the misery. They climb aboard the misery ship. A once semi-normal person who had a decent outlook on life before becoming infected, will begin to exhibit signs of the misery disease. This happens to the vulnerable ones. The easily swayed. These weak minded people really don't stand a chance when a miserable person infiltrates the fold. Negativity begets negativity. If you think it's not contagious, think again. One bad apple can certainly spoil the bunch.

Then you have the strong minded people. These people have no intention of sailing off on that ship. They recognize the danger of that journey and fully intend to keep their feet on dry, positive ground. Unfortunately, these people still have to put up with the infected people until they do in fact, sail away. It's not easy. At all. And these people really never sail away soon enough.

Life is tough and it's getting tougher. Being negative isn't going to help the situation. We can all have little pity parties for ourselves in the privacy of our own .... well.. privacy. But the better person puts on a positive face when meeting the world in spite of the problems.

I'm going to try harder to be positive. I don't ever want to be one of those people.

And the truth is, no matter what the miserable person brings to the table in terms of knowledge, experience, or success, that person is still a cancer to the others who might have been even better had they not been led down the path of pessimism and disillusionment.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer Photos

Who has time to knit???

The Little Princess Clare

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Rant

I can't give my money away. Oh, right, I know you'll take it, but the question is... where are all the store clerks? I can't tell you how many times in the last few weeks I have walked in to a store intending to spend money and then walked back out after not being able to find anyone to wait on me.

Admittedly, I'm a tad impatient. But I have to say I gave it a fair shot on every occasion. I walked around. I looked. But no one. So I storm out telling myself they didn't deserve my business in the first place and I'll just go to such and such place to make the purchase. The problem is, I'm so frustrated by this point that I just say.. screw it and go home empty handed.
And believe me, I don't shop unless I need something. I'm not a hobby shopper. So it's doubly frustrating for me. If I'm there in the first place, it's usually desperation time. I've already waited until the very last minute to get what it is I'm there for. So, yes, this thing I have about putting things off until crunch time doesn't help my mental state one little bit when these things happen.

Ok. I know stores are cutting back on help because their revenues aren't the greatest right now. But it's a double edge sword, isn't it? They can't make any money if they don't have anyone there to take it.

I stood in line at the supermarket the other night for an unbelievable amount of time. I was sixth in line, and the line behind me was half way through the store. There was one lane open. I saw people with a few things sit them down and walk out rather than get in that line. I had to stay. We needed the food. But I SO wanted to walk out of there.

In case you haven't guessed, this whole situation is, without a doubt,

driving. me. crazy.