No One Likes a Frowny FacePosted Friday, September 30, 2011, at 3:02 AM
These are my bright sides. Gavin, Nathaniel and KaeLynn
Frowny faces are everywhere! (Yes, I am posting another tiresome generalization!) We see them in the grocery stores, on the freeways, in the drive-thru lanes of fast food places. They have been spotted lurking in parking lots kicking tires or leaving notes on windshields.
About the only cheerful people on TV are those individuals who report the weather. They get positively giddy about approaching thunderstorms and cold-fronts.
I have been feeling like a frowny-face lately. Instead of counting my blessings, I have been caught grumbling about my lot in life. I have a job; a great husband and three wonderful grandchildren, friends and family. So what is my beef?
Oh my gosh! I am a frowny face! Quick! Turn me upside down! I hate losing my temper or thinking bad thoughts about people and I have even yelled a few choice words at the idiots who cut in front of me in traffic.
Sometimes it is very difficult not to have a frowny face. Doom and Gloom are everywhere. Some days, you just feel like Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh! Your tail has already fallen off once and you are sure that it will fall off again.
Wait! There is hope! You can get your smiley face back by exposing yourself to the Bright Side!
The Bright Side consists of individuals who view their life as though their glass is half-full. They are cheerful even when they are in pain or worried. They carry the sunshine with them wherever they go and share it generously with anyone that they meet.
The Bright Side has children who are able to reach out and touch your heart with their sense of wonder. They are not afraid to give strangers their most radiant smiles! They find amusement in the simple things like; dirt, sand, crayons, coloring books and bugs.
They can make friends easily but simply saying, "let's go play".
My Bright Side are my three grandchildren. They light up the room when they come running into our home. Each one has been a blessing to me and my husband, David.
Sometimes it is your faith that keeps you on the Bright Side. Or being able to help someone else whose burden is far greater than yours.
Eleanor Roosevelt once quoted. "It is only the view from which you sit that makes you feel defeat, Life is full of many aisles, Why don't you change your seat"?
So today, I am changing my seat. I am not going to sit in the back row hiding dark or plant myself in the middle. No, I am going to march quite boldly up to the front row and make my presence known.
And if I cannot speak to inspire, I will keep my mouth shut. No more whine and cheese for me! I am turning my frowny face upside down!
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.