Occasionally I make the brave journey onto the Web to look at what people are saying, thinking and doing.
I discovered an interesting trend.
We have become a nation which is obsessed with complicating and bitching. Sometimes we blend the two.
We bitch about how complicated things are, or we go into complicated explanations about the source of our bad attitude and bitching.
I saw a blog advertising an article entitled, “28 Ways to Make Your Life Better.”
If someone gave you a recipe and told you there were 28 ingredients, would you prepare it?
Thus the popularity of hot dogs: put dogs in sauce pan with water, turn on heat, boil on high for three minutes, take off the stove, bon appetit!
Perhaps we’re just afraid of going back to the basics.
- Do people think it makes them look shallow or stupid?
- Do we fear we will be perceived as old-fashioned?
But since I fear that complexity will make me look like a simpleton, and simplicity has the potential of graduating me to genius, let me tell you the three basics of life that will get you through almost every situation. (I must apologize–there are not 28.)
But here we go:
- Try to be nice to people. And if you can’t, leave the room.
- Don’t lead with bragging. Humbly lead with your talent, taking a lower seat so that people can call you up to a higher place.
- Don’t buy, eat or pursue anything just because it’s popular. Stand back for a moment, wait, and see if it explodes, gives indigestion or suddenly plummets in following.
It’s not called “basic” because it’s less–it’s called “basic” because it’s been around for a long time, and has proven its quality to be more.
Thank you for enjoying Words from Dic(tionary) — J.R. Practix
Mr. Kringle’s Tales … 26 Stories ‘Til Christmas
“The best Christmas stories I’ve ever read!”
From the toy shop to the manger, an advent calendar of Christmas stories, beginning on November 30th and ending on Christmas morning.
We need a good Christmas this year.
Mr. Kringle’s Tales will help you make it so.