There is a battle between the negative and the positive, and sometimes those negative folks do everything they can to pull down those who have a positive spirit...And my friend, if there is one thing that I know about negative people, it is that misery loves company. Negative people love to recruit. These misery evangelists are working hard to bring others into their fold, so we must work even harder to spread our gospel of positivity.
Aren't we all guilty of being negative from time to time? Kim Bearden, author of Crash Course, is right when she says we love to recruit when we are in our negative moods. Misery loves company. I suppose I am sort of a passive-aggressive when I get this way, wanting people to see my side of things.
And yet, there are some who don't see it when they are negative all the time. It's easy to wind them up and watch them spin around the room, casting sparks off of themselves willy-nilly, shooting them toward random targets. They curse. They long for after-school drinks. And yes, they recruit.
We must search for ways to recover from the downs. We know that we are down, and we understand that it feels better to be up...but we sit idly, stewing in negativity. It is a battle that doesn't make sense.
Then, there are people who are sappy sweet on the outside - giving off a false positive - and tart on the inside. They project Good mornings all over the place, but by the lunch period they fill a completely negative role. Often these are the teachers who are frustrated over a particular student who has failed to react to their sap.
How can we be truly happy? How can we appreciate the students who sit before us in those little chairs every day? What can we plan? To whom can we vent? There's no reason to fake our smiles if we have genuine ones. We don't accept negative attitudes from our kids, so why do we allow ourselves to be so permanently discouraged.
Optimism can be the hardest lesson to learn.