Monday, December 21, 2015

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” Shakespeare

When I read Tom Stephenson's last post discussing i.a. approval, I thought: "Oh no - that's what I wanted to write about today!":
"I think that I don't do enough of this - it is far easier to say what you don't like than what you do. It is a myth that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile." 
That was exactly what I was thinking about my new blog. I noticed, looking at my three drafts - done in advance for "a rainy day"- that all three themes were - resentful, though always with a dollop of irony.
Is the short form tempting, or is it seeking approval by my followers, or is it simply easier to moan or grouse about something? The manners, the money, the state of affairs... 
I enjoy that in other posts, but this isn't me! Of course I see a lot that doesn't please me, I do not live in a bubble and my name is not Pollyanna, but I try hard to see what is good in our life.
Gladly I was born at a time when there was no abundance - I say gladly, because it was so much easier to be thankful for something you got after waiting for a long time (or you produced it yourself -  I like to work with my hands too), and to cherish it thus more and longer.
As in every blogger's life there is sun and rain in mine too - but I choose what I talk about.
And - as every woman knows: "The quickest facelift is a smile" :-)


  1. Like you I like to look on the positive side of life- being miserable in my posts just isn't me but I do admire those that can do it successfully - everyone has their own blogging style and maybe write what their followers expect them to write.

    1. Dear Elaine, I feel understood! Of course there a many ways to write - but the older I get the more do I try to be myself, less influenced and impressed. Or better: I like to be impressed by beauty, an eye for the fascinating masterpieces of nature and poetry.

  2. I'm enjoying your new short burst blogging, Britta. There! I said something nice!
    Like you and Stephenson, I also tend to find fault. It is hard to say something nice without sounding saccharine and insincere. It requires specificity, which is always difficult, but seemingly more so when being complimentary. As you note, negative criticism can be expressed with humor. I'm not sure how well positive comments can accommodate irony.
    And as the media keep proving, there's no market for good news.

    1. Dear Shawn, thank you! The short form is new to me, and I have to find my way. At the moment I am already thinking whether it would not be easier (for all of us) if I put it on "Joy of Living" too, instead hopping to and fro.