A society of negativity? Of people bothered by the success of others?
Why are we so against seeing people succeed...seeing them reap the benefits of hard work, great ideas, and, probably, a little bit of luck?
I live in a small community. As a teenager, I worked for a (previously) small grocery chain. A (previously) small grocery chain that is owned by a family (the Coborn's, look 'em up) and is now a very large, prosperous corporation.
Recently, I heard some people talking about how "the Coborn's own everything...I wish I could shop somewhere else, like Cub". ('Cuz Cub isn't a huge corporation?) There is a small part of me that feels like I was a part of the Coborn success...and I am very proud of (and happy for) the success that they have achieved!
I can say first hand that they are (were? I dunno, I haven't worked there since I graduated from college) a great company to work for and they are extremely generous to the community. Yet people are now negative toward them because of their success.
My husband likes to call it the "you can have it good, but not too good" mentality. Someone can be successful, but they can't be more successful than you.
I see this ALL OVER the blogosphere, too. Posts spewing negativity about this blogger or that...The Pioneer Woman, for example, is one of the ones that gets "picked on". I once read a post in which the author had nothing but bad things to say...I'm paraphrasing, but it was essentially, "how dare she (P-Dub) marry into a rich family, start a successful blog, write a book, blah blah blah when I can't make my house payment" then went on to say she wasn't jealous or envious of her.
Can we not be HAPPY for people when they are successful?
Can we not celebrate with them and cheer them on and support them on their way to success?
Negativity is poison...a bitter, nasty poison that serves no purpose.
I think we could all stand to incorporate more positivity into our lives. To seek out the silver lining, to be happy for the successes of others and to cheer people on on their way to success.
Okay, I'm done now. *steps off soapbox*