Friday, April 25, 2008

Whine not

It's amazing how much negativity gets batted about on the intertubes. At least half of the articles and blogs I read nowadays could assume an alternate title of "XYZ Sucks!!!!" What good does it serve? Live your life. Try to feel peace. Remember that the venom that you spew, even if in support of a noble cause, propagates more of the same. Venting is only productive up to a point, and then it just turns into whining.

I want to hear about the good things that happen in your lives. I can't resist a creative story. I can't keep reading, however, that my car isn't hybrid enough or that the other side are idiots because they are too liberal/conservative/gay/Christian/what-the-fuck-ever or that America's corporate evildom is dooming the entire world to futility. Yes, the world is full of injustice. It is no worse than it has ever been. We are dealing with our own unique set of problems just as those in the past have done and the unborn will also have to do.

Now if only the media would take this to heart.

JACC, I love hearing about how you enjoy something as simple as Pappys.

Chelene, nakedness and Spike Lee make me smile.

Beckeye, I adore your obsession with Michael Johns.

Tanya, I'll keep reading Alexander's blog in your absence because he is the most clever and fun baby ever.

Metro, your creative posts help me aspire to be a better writer.

Mur, you come up with the most random and clever posts that make me chuckle.

Pugs, I miss your more personal posts.

Amanda, I look forward to reading about Mexico!!!

Kevin, it's good to read about you and Jody and the new stage in your life.

And now I'll contribute a bit of my own.

Here's a flowerbed we built in the back yard a few years ago. The dark orange daylily is coming back full-force.

There's some cleanup to do, and notice the hole where Ripley can't resist an occasional dig. But this is the view from my office window and it is quite tranquil when things are in bloom. It gives me something to look forward to. I think we can all use a little more of that.


ginger b said...

I have a rule of thumb on this one. If I can't turn my rantings into a funny story, then I keep them to myself.

Funny = Win for All
B!tching = Annoying for All

Slave to the dogs said...

Hey Ginger, thanks for stopping by! I like your rule, may I borrow it? I know I'm guilty of whining here myself and you're right, it is annoying.

chelene said...

I still bitch occasionally but I try to keep it to a certain time of the month. Rome wasn't built in a day. :)

Slave to the dogs said...

Chelene - don't we all bitch at that time of the month? It's when it becomes a theme that it's depressing.

justacoolcat said...

I'm so jealous of your flower bed. We had snow this weekend! Snow!
And for the record, those fucks at Pappys made us wait for our food even though we called ahead.

Slave to the dogs said...

JACC - don't think you can circumvent my requests by relegating your negativity to the comments section. ;) We actually had some snow too but it didn't stick.

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Pugs said...

I was actually going to start up a personal blog. Funny you should mention that. I may do that in a few weeks. Right now I'm enjoying making comments on other's misfortune or lack of any common sense :) in my blog.

Metro said...

I am deeply complimented.

I sometimes get tired of negativity and try to post a happy piece.

I mean, rage at the injustice of it all is difficult to sustain in a hot tub.

However, I do feel that sharp criticism is a valid technique of argument. The more so because, in fact, it IS worse than it ever has been. But I won't argue that here.

However, that's no reason not to count the blessings the FSM has showered upon me.

(Although why He made it snow last week as I was about to set out my tomatoes is one of those ineffable mysteries.)

However, I am always grateful for cogent blogs to read.

Slave to the dogs said...

Pugs, I'm looking forward to reading it. I do find your "tittybits" interesting even if I can't manage to keep up with them all.

Metro - re: FSM, don't you mean She? ;)

And sharp criticism can be effective as long as it doesn't veer into hyperbole. But, as my presidential candidate of choice puts more eloquently than I do, I think people become weary of such tactics when they are constantly assaulted by them.

Megan said...

I am definitely guilty of whining at times. But I try to balance those bits with happier things.

A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of whathaveyous...

Slave to the dogs said...

Hey Megan! We all do it...for my own part I need to keep it from being a theme.

Lucille said...

Thank you for this post. I had a bad day at work and I have been allowing my anger to fester all afternoon. Thanks for reminding me to be positive.

Slave to the dogs said...

Lucille, you're welcome! I've been too negative myself lately. We all need to be reminded of it sometimes.