Everyone's a critic

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lately, I've noticed an abundance of negativity floating around. I think the weather is partially to blame (gloominess, gloominess, go away), but it goes beyond this. The negativity... it seeps. 

One of the many wonderful things about working with teenagers is that, for the most part, I really find them to be positive people. While they certainly have their moments (like the serious eye rolls I got today when I informed my students that, GASP, they have to take NOTES while reading Huck Finn), they tend to see the sunny side of things. I value that more than I could probably express to them. 

The major culprit as of late? Facebook. Seriously, people, what is WITH the negativity on Facebook? I get that we all have our moments, and sometimes we want to vent those moments, but I guess I come from the camp where Facebook is for fun and entertainment and pictures, not an endless stream of negative word vomit. Like I said, I'm no angel, and I certainly have my moments of negativity spewing, but it never ceases to amaze me just much negativity exists. 

The challenge that I'm undertaking (new season, new challenge!), and the challenge I'd love for you to undertake with me is attempting to be as positive as humanly possible. When I see negativity, I plan to combat it with positive thoughts, words, and gestures. Let's just try it and see what happens! For the next, I don't know, week, just try to avoid judgment, criticism, and negativity. And let's just see what happens. Because I have a funny feeling if we all just tried just a little harder, things would be just a little better. 


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