The wiser I grow, the more I know that it’s about ideas, idealism (sometimes) and being true to yourself. The more ideas that are generated, problem-solving ideas, the more negativism comes to bear and everyone who has never had a positive thought in their lives comes out of the woodwork. They just say “no” and attack people.
That’s how it goes, I know. We work hard to solve problems, big and small. All we can do in the end is be true to ourselves.
Picture two people seeing a home to purchase. One sees the bones of the structure and sees possibilities. The other doesn’t like the color of the paint in the guest bathroom or the chandelier in the dining room. You’re buying a house. If it takes $200 to make it a house you love, do it! Solve the problem. See the big picture.
And the big picture is more than you realize. It’s not your home, it’s the US housing market. It’s Greece putting world markets in freefall.
So we don’t care that the wall in your prospective dining room is yellow and you want it to be green. Just do it. Whatever it is, do something positive, rather than closing yourself off to any new ideas about anything.
Supreme Court Justice? Hey, we’ll have the Supremes right there but don’t know that they’ll be singing everyone’s tune. Arizona’s racial profiling law? Well, if I had a Latin surname and was driving in Arizona as a US citizen, I’d look for another state where being of Mexican origin wasn’t cause for being pulled over and searched while my kids were in the back with seat belts and child safety seats.
Ideas, cooperation, new ways of getting along with each other. That’s what I do. And it’ll be the end of me. But only after another fifty years. So stick around. Cheers, Dee