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100 Words – Attitude Balance

You know, I would never wish to deny anyone the right to free speech… or prevent any individual from honestly speaking their mind… or expect roses, sunshine, and smiles all the time.

But I do wish there was a rule – or perhaps a strong social convention – that if one chooses to point out the negative, or complain, or criticize, they would be obliged to follow up with a sincere statement about something positive, an expression of gratitude, a word of praise.

A lot of rotten stuff happens in this world, for sure. I get that.

But how about some balance?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • styler1 July 11, 2012

    I just would like my daily life to have some balance. Less ups and downs. I’m sick of the seesaw.

  • Tweetsmom July 11, 2012

    Balance would be wonderful. It would be even better if people could keep the negative to themselves completely.   My mom always used to say if you don’t have anything nice to say you shouldn’t say anything at all! ♥

    • Classic NYer July 12, 2012

      The problem with that is that it hampers sincerity. It’s damaging to pretend something is all hunky dory when it’s not. I like the balance rule. Negative comments are welcome as long as positive ones are also present.

      • DawnStorey July 12, 2012

        Pretending is definitely not the way to go. Balance is often the best choice, I think!

    • DawnStorey July 12, 2012

      There are some people I definitely wish would do that!

  • jameshenry505 July 12, 2012

    Generally When matter comes of balance I generally feel personal life and professional life should be balanced. I wish I could be stay balanced between personal and professional life.

    • DawnStorey July 12, 2012

      I think a lot of people struggle with balance in that area – it’s a tough one!

  • BeckyCochrane July 15, 2012

    Words from a good manager: “Don’t bring me a problem unless you also bring me a solution,” taught me to do that within myself, too. I think that principle does help me get–or at least move toward–balance.

    • DawnStorey July 15, 2012

      I like that – I’ll have to remember that.


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