Rude comments, sneering, and cynicism are the common conversational tones of today. Most people like to feel clever, hip, cool, smart, or funny to come up with some kind of quick negative or dismissive response to the people and things around them. But we weren’t born like this.
If you watch how a child approaches the world you will notice they have a tendency to naturally greet the world around them with smiles, open arms, and laughter. Even after a child has suffered a number of disappointments or failures, they tend to get up, dust off, and keep trying.
Through the early teenage years into early adulthood most people lose this outlook completely.
Something causes us to lose this part of ourselves, but what? Is it hormones? Is it experiences? Perhaps trauma can sometimes play a part. There are a multitude of reasons and opinions but one thing remains certain – many people spend considerable time and money trying to get their “old selves” back later.
It all began the first moment you stopped being consistently positive and doubt began to enter your mind long, long ago. The first time you stopped believing in Santa Clause. It began the moment you realized the moon wasn’t made out of cheese. It was confirmed the minute you discovered peeing on an electrical fence doesn’t make you electo-man. It all began the first moment you started growing up.
As we age and grow, our experiences tend to dampen our belief in things. As we move through time, the shimmer we had in our eyes begins to dull. Much of it begins with our first taste of the small pleasures that can come with being a cynic, a naysayer, the only smart one in the room, etc. We all like to think we are geniuses surrounded by idiots in a tiny room with shrinking walls. We’re all wrong.
The age of the professional cynic has arrived. Mental health issues are at an all time high. Suicide and murder rates continue to climb. Anger, resentment, and bullying all have their roots in cynicism.
Please exercise caution in your interactions with others and the world. Make a new start. Believe that you can once again see the world as you once did, and you will. With each dismissive or negative comment you share about the world, the darker your own world becomes.
Look on the bright side. Always.
I will look on the bright side today, tomorrow, this week, and for all of the days that I can. I will do my best to refrain from making snappy, rude, dismissive, or cynical comments I typically enjoy.
Today I will make an effort to be positive and uplifting toward others.
Change has to start with someone. It might as well be me.