Today my grizzle - and yes I'm going to indulge in one - is about how often society (generalising here but I'm allowed cos it''s my blog...) prefers to take a negative view than a positive one.
e.g. I say I'm open and vulnerable. You say I'm needy. I say she's intuitive. They say she jumps to conclusions to quickly. I say you're spiritually open. Someone else would say you're a fruitcake.
Why do we do this? Why can't those ''soft'' characteristics be considered strengths not weaknesses?
Similarly the person who is discerning is labelled picky or intolerant. The one with really strong boundaries is described as inflexible or judgmental. High energy equals wired. Low energy equals lazy. Laid back is considered unmotivated. Brave is too easily translated as foolhardy. Can't win!
I've also heard it said that the negative way we describe others is usually more a reflection on what we think of ourselves than what we really feel about them.
Here's an idea...what if for 2012 we made a conscious effort to do less labelling and more accepting? Would it change the way you felt about other people? Would it change the way you feel about YOU?
Which words would you use to describe yourself... the positive ones or the negative ones? Why?