It’s been quite a while since I felt compelled to include a blog post in the “Memo to the Fertile Community” category, but what comes next fit like a glove and then some. BTW: credit for the blog post title goes to my guy.
There I was last week innocently starting my Sunday morning, feeling all it’s Sunday! I was about to pour a large mug of coffee and dive into The New York Times when … BAM. You can read what happened next at Open Salon along with some interesting comments.
I also encourage you to check out Loribeth’s post, The Dark Side of Positive Thinking, which highlights Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book: Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. I, too, saw Barbara interviewed by Jon Stewart and loved her characterization of the “empathy deficit” that exists in today’s society. Take it from one who knows, the right response when someone is going through a particularly rough patch is to acknowledge it, not try to minimize it. Minimizing bad experiences with a thinly-veiled redirect or worse, a partronizing pep talk about staying positive, only serves to make the person feeling bad feel worse.
Now go on and have whatever kind of day you need…