Wednesday, November 28, 2012

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007

I found this in my inbox this morning and it made me think of several “friends,” folks who let their greed make them miserable when life doesn’t give them all they want, and they are hateful to others… and right now I have to work with a guy who is so mad that Obama was elected, he slams and bangs and snarls at everyone. Most everyone tries to find work in another room when he is around. We have had to make a rule that politics will not be discussed at this place… had to do this months ago.

It hurts me to see people acting hateful towards others when they don’t get their way, and there seems to be so much of it these days. If something doesn’t go my way, I try to move on and not make a public spectacle of my disappointment.

The world is filled with such beauty if we but open our eyes to it. OK, I am blessed – you know the beauty I can see right outside my window… some days I have to do a gratitude list to get myself back on track, and just the ability to be able to see that beauty outside makes me stop and think. Illigitimi non carborundum. If I let my disappointments blind me, they win, I lose. I don’t have to lose today.

Sorry, I guess I just needed to share this.

8 comments:

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It seems that some folks just don't know how to appreciate life.

troutbirder said...

Indeed. Another bonus of retirement I get to choose the people I hang around with....:)

Ginnie said...

I love the Vonnegut quote. I, too, am saddened by the hatred I see. Interesting to note that so much of it comes from the higher income folks. Greed, fear and hatred seem to go hand in hand.

ancient one said...

Really, Possum, I'm trying to be better... :) I've been too sick to fuss much. This cold still lingers and I just hate to go to the doctor. Husband went to get me some cough syrup and is insisting that I take it every four hours... I feel better... if I could just quit coughing.. Thanks for checking in on me..

troutbirder said...

I couldn't agree more....

judie said...

I thought of you last night Possum. I was watching one of those "pawn" shown and someone brought in an old, old, U.S. Post Office storefront, countertop style, with mailboxes attached; said they used to have them in railroad stations and I wondered if yours is going to have one.

judie said...

oops, pawn SHOWS.

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Happiness is just a state of mind. A state i love living in these days.
Grenville