Friday, February 25, 2011
Speaking of the negative end of the spectrum, I recently had the unfortunate experience of working with one of the most miserable people I have ever met. Let's call her the Wildebeest to protect her identity. She was openly rude, condescending and disrespectful. Every experience I had with the Wildebeest was negative, even though I tried my best to remain diplomatic and emotionally even. She entered every meeting in attack mode, even when there was nothing to attack. This was frustrating, but she was my client, and sometimes clients act this way to make themselves feel important. However, I soon learned that this attitude was not confined to her work life. One day before a meeting, the group was making small talk about vacations. Wildebeest complained, at length, that she and her family just took too many trips to Hawaii. The Wildebeest ranted, "How many times can you go to Hawaii? I mean, aren't there beaches in other countries we could go to?"
Who complains about having to take a trip to Hawaii? Really? I can understand talking to your spouse about trying out a new vacation spot, but I do not understand complaining to strangers about this problem. If the biggest problems in your life are too many trips to Hawaii, and broken windshield wipers on your Range Rover, just keep your mouth shut.
I feel bad for the Wildebeest, because anyone who is the way she is cannot be happy, the people close to her cannot be happy, and that is a shame. Perhaps she should read my post about being a thankful person. She might just improve her life, and give those around her a little break.
The bunny in the photo really says it all. Miserable, angry, negative people - You suck and that's sad.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Even though we all gripe and moan about how difficult our lives are (like when it takes 45 minutes to get our delivery pizza instead of 30), we do have many, many things to be thankful for. Remembering the blessings in our lives can encourage us when times are rough, and humble us when times are great. Today, I am particularly thankful that I live in Los Angeles and it is 70 degrees in February.
And, being a thankful person can help save you from being a miserable, angry, negative person, which will be the subject of my next post.