The Naysayers

Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me

There are some things that never get old. I resurrect the timeless, old comedy skit, “Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me” for your enjoyment. If you are not familiar with this, it was a popular segment of the 1970s TV show “Hee-Haw.” That probably doesn’t sound too cranium-enriching, but it really was a clever show (and skit) that hit home on common everyday life challenges. In the end, we all had a good laugh.

Of course, the common element is feeling sorry for ourselves. I always marvel in watching someone “drive over” their life problems, and then throw it in reverse, just for good measure, to make sure they haven’t missed anything. I offer the example of an associate I know who has had my ear on numerous occasions. I had to chuckle when I recently saw her at an event, animated and face furious as she was undoubtedly informing a captive listener on another story of “life done her wrong.”

Aside from hitting her with a PAS stick, I don’t know how you wake these people up. They are creating their own little black hole of despair, which others want no part of. It’s one of those things that you can’t tell someone, like they have bad breath or B.O. How do you say, “Hey, you are a real Debbie Downer and you need to snap out of it!” (sorry to all the Debbie’s out there, I know some really nice ones :)).

Maybe this is a wake up call to YOU. Someone hasn’t told you to your face that all of this “poor me” bit is really “poor us” for having to listen. I’ve had some very well-meaning people in my life tell me I am a real party pooper at times (thank you, my lovely children). If you have read anything about Law of Attraction or building your positive energy, this is NOT it. I’ll leave you with a quote from my man Willie:

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

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