Monday, October 1, 2012

Motivational Monday


SOME PEOPLE FIND FAULT
LIKE THERE'S A REWARD FOR IT.
(Zig Ziglar)

I think we all know someone like that, don't we? 

The trick is to not let them burst our bubble or sour our good mood. I hate to admit it but I let that happen way more than I'd like. It's an awful, awful feeling.  

But the older I get, the more I realize I only have so much time here on earth. So I ask myself, "Do I really want to spend any of that time with people who bring me down?" Well, duh. 

But it's more than that. The older I get, the more I realize how easily I can become that person if I'm not careful, if I don't watch my thoughts and my words, if I don't surround myself with positive, enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive people.  

Let's all try to limit our exposure - as much as possible, anyway -  to the fault-finders in our lives. And let's do our best to not become one ourselves.

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen! Yes, I know people like that. Rather not be around them.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex - if you can't avoid them altogether, then limiting exposure is the next best thing. :)

Simon Kewin said...

Yes, I know people like that and, yes, they suck the life out of you. It's easy to fall into negativity but it must be resisted!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Simon - I find I'm most vulnerable if I'm having a bad day or if I'm just out of sorts. Got to have your strength up to deal with those people. :)

Angela Cothran said...

That is hilarious! I love it :)

Emily R. King said...

Oh, this is so true. If you want to find fault in someone or something, you don't have to look far. Compassion goes a long way.
Good thoughts to ponder on, Madeline. Thanks.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Angela - glad you enjoyed it! :)

Emily - compassion AND patience. But the older I get, the less of the latter I have and I struggle to not be a fault finder and a negative person myself.

Julie Flanders said...

Yeah, unfortunately I guess we all know people like this. I can't understand it at all.

Just caught up with your post on the notes from the workshop. Sounds like it was a great one! Thanks for sharing. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Julie - I've got a couple more of those Breakout posts coming, one this week and one next week. I hope you enjoy those, too. :)

Tara Tyler said...

i fear my middle son is headed this way, mr pessimist! i try to help & be positive, but sometimes i get down...poor guy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Tara - you can only do so much. Being a good example, like you're doing, will help. It might be a phase, too, depending on how old he is. Heck, I still have phases where I'm gloomy. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I think I'm pretty optimistic. In general. It's only when I get tired that I find fault, so I make sure I sleep a lot!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Annalisa - you know, it is really easy to find fault and be cranky and negative when we're not at our best. An excellent reason for taking care of ourselves! :)