I had an acquaintance who was notorious for being in a bad mood and seemed to find pleasure in sharing all of her problems and maladies with other people. Quickly she became a person that everyone wanted to avoid. No one wanted to simply ask her how she was doing because they would be in for a half-hour-long list of complaints about various aches and pains, family and marriage problems, etc.. One day I witnessed my good friend Bob, ask this person how she was doing. My friend Bob is a spry septuagenarian who is the picture of good health and is always in an amazing mood. The reply Bob was given was the usual litany of ailments and horrible experiences along with a detailed account of her upcoming knee surgery that, in her opinion, would probably make her knee worse. Then something truly amazing happened. Bob said, “Well I’m sorry to hear that, but I feel wonderful”. This comment totally rattled her. She just stood there silent for a while. Then she began to talk about how her knee was not bothering her as much as it had been in the past and that she was looking forward to the surgery. Then she went on to describe some of the things that she hadn’t been able to do that she couldn’t wait to try after her knee replacement.
Misery is not the only thing that loves company. We must all share our good feelings too. Facebook and Twitter posts that throw out all of our frustrations about life can be funny at times, but I would like to challenge all of us to publicize all of the good things that happen in our lives. Consciously minimize broadcasting the negative things and Ac-cent-Tchu-ate the Positive!