The Key To A Magnetic Personality
When I was a little girl, my dad told me a story that stayed engraved in my memory till this day. He said a wife once sat down and listed all the negative things that bothered her:
“Our daughter had a horrible car accident.”
“Our son failed his midterms.”
“My husband hates my cooking.”
The woman went to sleep with a heavy heart. In the morning, her husband found that piece of paper and decided to add a set of ‘buts’ to the list:
“Our daughter had a horrible car accident, but she bounced back and drives safely now.”
“Our son failed his midterms, but he didn’t give up. He studies harder now and will surely ace his finals!”
“My husband hates my cooking, but he really loves me.”
I learned three things from this simple story:
- The problem is not in having problems. It’s how we choose to deal with the problem that can create a bigger problem. (Read this part again. It sounds like blabbering, but I promise it makes sense.)
- There are three sides to every story: Yours, mine and the truth.
- What we learn in childhood greatly affects our adulthood. So make sure you choose your words carefully when speaking to your kids. (Thank you for always applying that rule Daddy, I love you!)
Anyway, it turns out this story is a manifestation of the secret identity that lies deep within each and every one of us. Perspective is a powerful tool! Like a magnet, it ultimately pulls you towards one of the following two categories.
The ‘But’ People
I want to say ‘pun intended’, but no, that would be mean and highly inappropriate. Plus it really shatters the mature image I promised myself to portray in this writing. Actually, the ‘but’ people aren’t so bad, they just confuse ‘realism’ with ‘pessimism’, and it goes something like this:
“I had a good time at the party, BUT the food was horrible and the table settings were hideous.” Or, “My husband got me flowers, a diamond ring and took me out for my birthday, BUT he spent half an hour on the phone with his mom. He’s so cold and inconsiderate!”
These people will acknowledge the positive things in their lives, but once they say them out loud, their teeth hurt and they quickly dump the negatives on you before you start thinking they’re happy and content. They’ll find a problem for every solution, a flaw in every blessing and bitterness in every sweet memory. ‘Hope’ is a foreign, dangerous enemy in their eyes, and ‘nit-picking sarcasm’ is synonymous with ‘funny’. Their ‘buts’ come in after every positive, which of course brings out their nagging side, and it’s us who have to pay the price for both their blessings and misfortune by listening to them complain about BOTH! I mean, for the love of God!
Okay, all done ranting (Sheeeeshhhhh)!
The ‘But-tered Up’ People
Consider yourself very lucky if you’re in contact with one of those, I know I am! Oh how these people butter you up with the sweetest, most soothing words, it’s hard to tell if they’re complaining about life or praising it.
“I lost my job and my house burnt down, BUT thank God I have some money saved. I’m so blessed!”
They’ll acknowledge the problems just fine, but they’re so blinded to the difficulties it actually makes your jaws drop. Their ‘buts’ come after the negatives, trailing hope and positivism. They just know it in their hearts that everything will be okay. That’s the only option on their table.
Which One Are You?
There’s no pessimist or optimist gene! Being cynical is a choice, and so is being hopeful. Take it from someone who’s been both, and knows the magnitude of each. You don’t have to be ‘over-the-moon, riding-a-unicorn-on-a-chocolate-fountain’ kind of happy to see the positive side of life. You only need this key; acceptance.
Accepting reality instead of expecting it to become the fairy tale you imagined it to be is truly the key. Because let’s face it, the grumpy, cranky attitude won’t change anything, except perhaps change you into the human version of a headache and repel everyone around you. Accept that life was never tailored to be perfect, and that whatever cards you’ve been dealt, about 90% of the world’s population doesn’t even have cards to play with!
Even if your life is a complete and total nightmare…One thing in it brings you and I immense joy and will always be the main reason why people become addicted to being around you…And that is…Your smile…