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Old 08-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #29
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Personally I think negativity (and positivity) are like muscles. The more you work 'em, the bigger they get. I say this from personal experience of working through several very serious depressions in my life, and finally turning it around. I am a very positive person today simply because I work on it and chose that path, and this despite going through some tough trails in my later years. It's not easy, especially for folks who are 'naturally' wired to see the negative side of life (and our news media sure adds to that), but it can be done. There's positive in everything if you chose to see it, and if you chose to see it you'll learn to see the positive in everything. That goes for negativity too. The circle builds itself.
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Best way I have found to go from pessimist to optimist is to turn off the News...


There was a teacher I had once that said of all your problems, if you threw them in a big pot with everyone else's, you'd most likely end up taking yours back. I tend to agree..
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Personally I think negativity (and positivity) are like muscles. The more you work 'em, the bigger they get. I say this from personal experience of working through several very serious depressions in my life, and finally turning it around. I am a very positive person today simply because I work on it and chose that path, and this despite going through some tough trails in my later years. It's not easy, especially for folks who are 'naturally' wired to see the negative side of life (and our news media sure adds to that), but it can be done. There's positive in everything if you chose to see it, and if you chose to see it you'll learn to see the positive in everything. That goes for negativity too. The circle builds itself.
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Well, I tend to be overly optimistic, and as you know opposites attract so my wife's nickname at the job she had when I married her was "Doom and Gloom"

Some folks see clouds, some silver linings. I can't tell you why. I can only quote songs


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Life obliges us with hardships
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Well said, and put another way:
Excellent saying. I'll remember that one.
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Amen!
I've been doing that for the past couple of years, but I keep getting reminded everytime I go to the gas pump....
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I watch the new for the "What Now" effect.
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Personally I enjoy being a grumpy old phart! If you are negative about things and something good happens it's a plus!!
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I just find that as I get older, I desire to have fewer people around me. I have learned that a lota folks will, given the opportunity, disappoint. I used to have a back and forth if I didn't agree with a point of view. Now I just can't be bothered and disengage and move on too more important things. I think I've used up most of my tolerance and need to conserve what I have left.
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As we age, we often exhibit less patience with others and with situations that really get under our skin then when we were younger. Much of this has to do with maturity and the fact that we have many years of experience/s under our belt/s. It isn't that were are not always less tolerant, but rather, that we tend to "cut to the chase" and are less likely to "play games", but to deal with issues more quickly and decisively than in the years past. A natural part of the aging process, I believe.

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"Do you find some people always negative?"

No! Not at all! Nyet! Nine! Can't be. No way. Never! Not Possible!

Seriously, I think as we do get older we become much less patient with what we perceive to be stupidity. Although the best comment I have ever heard about stupidity is "Stupidity is a condition. Ignorance is a choice!" Most grumps are just being ignorant in one form or another.
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"Do you find some people always negative?"

No! Not at all! Nyet! Nine! Can't be. No way. Never! Not Possible!

Seriously, I think as we do get older we become much less patient with what we perceive to be stupidity. Although the best comment I have ever heard about stupidity is "Stupidity is a condition. Ignorance is a choice!" Most grumps are just being ignorant in one form or another.
I gotta remember that one!
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