Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you. ~Elsie de Wolfe
I’ve never really liked “reality TV,” but for a long time I didn’t really stop to think about why. However, I’ve had some time to consider it lately as I’ve been sleeping poorly because of “reality life.” I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because people aren’t nice to each other. In fact, they are encouraged (by the producers, I guess) to be downright rude and mean. After the week I’ve had (which is only 3 days over), I don’t need more of that kind of behavior, I need a WHOLE lot less!
Like many people I could stand to be a lot nicer myself. I’ve also been a lot more conscious of who I spend my time with because I’ve found it’s easier to BE nice when I’m with nice people (obvious, huh?). But even with intense focus and concentration, I still have a hard time being nice to everyone, every day of the week.
It really helps to remind myself of how fortunate I am. I am so very grateful for many things that others may take for granted (air conditioning being a BIG one). Of course, it’s easier to have that “attitude of gratitude” if you’ve actually been without aforementioned AC. But then I went to see “Sex and the City 2” with some friends this weekend and I found myself getting snarky about their lack of gratitude for their privileged lives and their “ugly American” travel style. In other words, I was being hateful about them not being nice….go figure!
As I continue on this journey to the Land of Nice, I’d be delighted to hear how you stay “sweet as pie” when the mud is being flung in your general direction. And I promise to appreciate each and every comment.