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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Philosophical Thimblese





Philosophical Thimblese






How many times have you heard people complain about their lot in life? They hate their jobs; they hate where they live; they hate the people around them; they hate their economic status.

 
Perhaps, it is not their lot in life they hate.



22 comments:

  1. You have a point here, JJ. Hateful feelings make life appear ugly. Fortunately, I'm pretty sheltered and surrounded by positive people. Love the Louis Armstrong! This is one of the best songs ever and the pictures are beautiful.

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  2. Roxy: I, too, am surrounded by positive people - and you are one of them. Thank you.

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  3. sometimes I wonder how people can choose to be so utterly miserable. It is hard to understand from the outside looking in. Sometimes I think maybe the fish on the 'goldfish' box that my kids love so much is right, optimism can be taught. Maybe it really is a skill.

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  4. Many people are very negative about what they have. However, if the look around, specifically to many parts of the world, they can see how unfair they are being (even for themselves).
    We have a "popular saying" in Portugal that says that nobody is happy with what he or she has, no matter what. Sometimes it is true, unfortunately.

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  5. CailinMarie: I believe it. Optimism can be taught, if one wants to learn.

    FanaticoUm: I always believed in being happy with what I have. In fact, what I want out of life is exactly what I do have.

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  6. Oh you are so right! When I have a problem with any of those minor things in life...it's on to another job or whatever! I also wish more people would leave their lives and cell phones at the door of work sometimes...otherwise it's far too much drama for everyone involved! Do you have any profound suggestions for times like what you mentioned? A workshop for something like that would bring in bundles of money! Just imagine!

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  7. Karen S: Yes. I think it is called psychiatry.

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  8. Just wanted you to know that I read this. Thank you for the comment on my blog. Right now I am actively hating cancer. Not sure that your blog can change that.

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  9. Just popping in to say hi!~Ames

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  10. I often wonder if negative, hateful people are feeling physical pain. If you're hurting somewhere in your body, it's not easy to belt out a song, or laugh at a joke, or be patient in traffic or just be a Pollyanna. Or maybe you just have to "Put on a Happy Face." Love that song... sing it a lot.

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  11. So, so true. I personally have found that the people who 'hate' everything are not that good at realizing that they are the one constant in all the situations that they 'hate'. Some type of that classic projection problem...

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  12. I definitely agree that having a positive attitude leads to a much healthier human being (and a nicer person to be around).

    But I also feel that if you want to make changes in the world, you have to make a sober assessment of facts and not delude yourself with false positivism.

    In Tunisia, Libya and Egypt today, I am sure there are a lot of people who hate their situation in life. It's inspiring to see some of them doing something about it.

    What do you think? Maybe not hate, but wouldn't you say anger can sometimes be a force for good?

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  13. To me i think its themselves there not happy with and they maybe complain because they don't have the confidence or the will to change all those things.Once you have negative energy around you its hard to step away from it and make those changes. You have to dig deep within yourself but people that really want to change will do. Nice to see you back jj. take care, dee ;-)

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  14. I smile every time I see your image of the man...it reminds me of a billboard we had around here, it was a man like from the 50's or 60's skinny and wearing a hat, he's tipping it slightly and the comment below said, "What if I swore less?" the image and the words to me anyway really stuck out...what and who was doing this marketing?

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  15. There's a phrase that goes something like "what you see in yourself is what you see in others." That's not quite how it goes but I feel it is a true principal: however you view yourself is what your mind more easily latches onto. Unfortunately, people who genuinely dislike themselves also have a negative view of the world round them. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  16. To Robin: It is FINE to actively HATE CANCER. I HATE ALZHEIMERS along with it.

    The grass is not greener on the other side - it is just different. Both sides have the same thing: you when you get to either. So - either try to be happy & find the silver lining or be miserable.

    =)

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  18. I actually feel quite sad for people whom feel this way about themselves. Often times they've not known or been taught how to be any different or they are a product of events that have happened in their life. No one can know or feel another persons pain.
    Optimism, seeing things through positive eyes, I believe is something that is learned from a very early age.
    It is hard at times to stay optimistic, it takes a lot of hard work, lots of positive self talk , great rationale skills & support!
    I have seen a lot of suffering in my life with my field of work & it is easy to see how some lives are affected in such a way that creates a negative attitude. When you see other people's unavoidable sufferance such as people who have been victim of disease (cancer, auto immune diseases etc), crimes and other horrible things such as .. sexual, physical & mental assault, repetitive bullying, the loss of a loved one, loss of normal body functions due to injury or illness or victims of tragic unforeseen events.... These kinds of events can change a persons mentality & quite understandably so. It is a struggle to stay optimistic, especially if they lack guidance & love from the right people.
    I myself, try fervently to remain as optimistic as is possible, I know that I possess all that require to be happy in life. I am loved & I love in return & this to me is the most important ingredient in life.

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  19. What a wonderful group of people to blog with, especially since this is such a positive group. I agree with so many of your comments, and I always learn from all of you.

    There is nothing I can offer Robin but friendship.

    I have always been taught to avoid anger. I have been taught to love, not hate. I have been taught, "Control your emotions, or they will control you."

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  20. I always think that if someone is really that unhappy with their lot in life then they should change it! There is no point in sitting around moaning about it...get out there and do something about it! Even if they can't change everything small things can make a big difference and there is always someone who will help, advise, push or drag them kicking and screaming :-)

    C x

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  21. Carol: I agree wholeheartedly!

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