Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nobody likes to be around a grump

Grumpy Bear from the Nelvana episode, "Ho...

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Sometimes stating the obvious is the only way to go.  Times we try to make life and relationships much more complicated than they need to be.  If you are having a hard time relating to someone and you care to make a change why not start with your own attitude toward that person.  It seems that we can always make room to be civil to the annoying telemarketer when the phone rings, but with the people that we care about they get the raw ugliness of our spirit.  Sometimes just making a simple attitude adjustment is all the world. 

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (HCSB)

Hmmm.  A little kindness will go a long way.

A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
Proverbs 15:1 (HCSB)

You see it does no good to let your irritations hang out.  Being a grump and pointing out someone's faults (or even thinking about their faults) is about as likely to make them want to be around you as to be around a skunk.  Your attitude stinks. 

"But they started it."  Come on now did you learn to get over that in the sand box days.  Probably not.  I know that if I do not remind myself I easily fall  into this kind of thinking. 

So give it a try.  Love, patience, kindness, and gentleness will go a long way toward making things better. 

God Bless You


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