Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What's with the attitude?

Posted by Mandy at 6:47 AM
I was walking through WalMart, boys in tow, yesterday morning after dropping off Madison at school. We were having a really great time! We went to the "Christmas Shop" section and literally looked at every single thing in there. Isn't that the best?! We finished up there and headed to grab diapers... passing the women's clothing section to get there. They had several shirts hanging up with frowny or mad or frustrated looking faces on them. One said, "I think it's cute that you think I'm listening" and another said, "When I said I liked you I was lion." (a lion pictures on the front.. ha ha) Does anyone else ever get really tired of seeing this stuff? I mean, seriously.. if you're attitude is SO negative that you feel the need to display it across your chest perhaps you should seek counseling or a more positive way to get those feelings out! It's like people are just totally accepting and satisfied with having a chip on their shoulder and have no problem telling everyone around them to "watch out." What's the message you're trying to get across? "Don't approach me." "I hate people" "I'm mean" "I'm in a bad mood.. permanently"?? If you just like the shirts with sayings and pictures on them.. why not pick the ones with the big yellow smiley faces on them that say "SMILE" on them? One with a picture of the cross and an uplifting Bible verse on it? Or the infamous "Peace" shirts with the oh so groovy peace signs across them? I just wish we as a society would think more about what we put out there for the public to see. No wonder Americans can be so depressing and rude and unhappy! Sometimes I wonder if people think that smiling at a stranger is just something old fashioned or "fake" people do. So, my good people, let's all try to think about what kind of person we're presenting to the world when we walk outside of the four walls we're in right now. And, trust me, I'm aware that I can sometimes have an attitude.. but I do genuinely TRY to be humorous about it. Laughing about things is my way of trying to get over it, or lessen my negative feelings about it. That's why I tend to call my friend "Silly Me" (sorry, I don't know how to link you!) when I'm frazzled over something... she tends to do the same thing. I called her just yesterday to vent a bit about my wonderful hubby and we ended up laughing quite a bit about our men in general... THAT'S what we all need. A friend that helps pull you out of your slump instead of joining in the gripe fest with you, telling you how RIGHT you are, how awful your husband is. That, to me, is a sign of a good christian friend. One with a good attitude, that you know you can call to vent about your husband to and you KNOW they know you still love and adore your man and they think nothing less of him and can help you laugh yourself over it. That's what we all need, a good laugh. Every single day. At least a real smile everyday. lol So, as you step out into this big grand world, double check what message you have, literally and figuratively, written across your chest and what impact it might make on the people around you. And ask yourself what impact it is you're on this earth to make. Thank you and goodnight. ;)

6 comments:

Allison on Tuesday, 06 November, 2007 said...

I hate those shirts! And as an (ex) teacher, I hate them even more probably! It was always the kids that didn't need to be wearing them that wore them! :(

Jennifer on Thursday, 08 November, 2007 said...

That was soooo very well said. All of it. Keeps you thinking.

dean on Thursday, 08 November, 2007 said...

mandy... thanks for stopping by my blog! i've had your post pulled up in my browser ever since the day you posted it (i like that little feature in jeff noble's comment section that shows the commenter's last post on their own blog... that's how i found you and this post :-) anyway, i have so many tabs open in my browser i let this get lost in the shuffle and when i saw your comments on my posts, it reminded me to high-tail it back over here!

i dont know if you're familiar with the "happy bunny" stuff (t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc), but its in this very same vein. very very sarcastic, cynical and hateful. my step daughter is very into this stuff and it's very frustrating to me. i want her to have a more godly attitude toward others, especially now that she's grown and has a job and recently married. she'll be raising kids one day, and i dont want her passing this attitude on to her children.

as a former youth minister i've seen through the years how kids' attitudes toward each other have degenerated into putdowns and insults, even at youth group meetings. if kids (and grownups for that matter) come to church and can't expect to be treated with more dignity or respect than they get from the world, we're really in trouble.

silly me on Friday, 09 November, 2007 said...

thanks for the mention, you!

i agree - as i already did earlier!

must laugh. 'cause it's just more fun than griping!

Allison on Friday, 09 November, 2007 said...

Hey Mandy, I was trying to figure out how to email you and I guess I'm dumb because I don't know how! Anyway, I was basically just curious about your recoveries from your c-secs and all that. :) Thanks!
Allison

Rosjuane on Friday, 09 November, 2007 said...

Ugh anyone ever notice that for like forever Brittney Spears wore these shirts like everyday? Look where she is now....

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