Thursday, August 6, 2015

Quirks or Perks

The late Richard Carlson, the writer of the wonderful Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books, once spoke about the interesting quality of most people to talk about the bad stuff in their work and life more than they talked about the good stuff.

Carlson said they were talking more about the quirks than the perks.

Why are we like this?

It could have something to do with my can-never-be-proven theory that we are made up mostly of water and water runs downhill so maybe we have more of a tendency to move downward than upward. I know it’s crazy, but it’s fun to think about.

Maybe it’s gravity; maybe it’s that we are embarrassed to talk about the good stuff—I really don’t know.

But, you might listen to yourself over the course of the next few days. Do you tend to talk about the negative stuff in life more than the positive stuff?

If you do, you might want to remember the old saw that, “Telling other people your problems is a waste of time. Half of them are sorry for your troubles, but they have problems of their own, and the other half are glad you’re getting slammed.”

Are you talking about quirks or perks?

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