Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Defending Pollyanna ...



Am I ashamed to admit to being a "Pollyanna"? Should I be? Is it a positive or negative label? Recently I have had a few conversations on this very topic. In my perfect world, people are friendly, helpful and genuine. In the real world things are much different. I try my hardest to surround myself with the positive, uplifting people, but sometimes I see the other side and it's not pretty. There are self serving, rude, bigoted and hateful people. With all the negative things happening all around us, how do we cope? Do we all throw on our rose colored glasses and forget it exists? I know there I days that I want to, but that's no solution. So how about we take a page from the book Pollyanna and implement our own version of "The Glad Game". Simply put, let's make our world a better place like Pollyanna did to Beldingsville, Vermont.

Out with the negative, in with the positive!

 Who's with me? 

Join me fellow Pollyanna's!

We may just change our little corner of the world!



"Keep on the Sunnyside"...

There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view
[chorus] 
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life
Tho' the storm in its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear;
Storm and cloud will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour alway
Who keepeth everyone in His care.
*Written by Ada Blenkhorn in 1899

40 comments:

  1. i'm on the same page, paige!

    xo
    elyse

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  2. I whole-heartedly agree! People have asked why I don't blog about the crummy things that happen to me. My reason is that I don't want to remember those things! I want to remember the happy things that happen in my life. And I love to surround myself with people who are positive and try to see the good in others.

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  3. I'm so with you, Paige. I have always thought about playing the "Glad Game" with my kids at school. After your post, I may start that tomorrow. Thanks for the post, and I shall follow you.

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  4. I ADORE Pollyanna ~ my friends always tease me about 'playing the glad game,' but I just can't bring myself to focus on the sad things in life, anymore.

    As they say, life is short. We might as well make it a sweet one, too ;)

    xoxo,
    Nat

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  5. I'm with you all the way!
    Those negative people, who ever they are? Are just missing out! It's a shame. Life goes on... One day I hope they can join in.
    xxx oo Liz

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  6. I found your blog from a friend of a friend--you know how it goes;-) Anyway. . .I am so a Pollyanna! and whiners and complainers --oh! they just irritate me so much! I would rather be all alone than in the company of such! What will the "negativity" accomplish? Why not look on the sunny side, expect the best from people, assume the best of people? I'll play the "Glad Game"!!!!!

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  7. Paige,
    Aside from having a fabulous moniker, you have a great point of view! I've been "accused" of the same--as if it's a persoality flaw. I'm proud of it and try to hold on to my rose-colored glasses with all of my illogical might! I'll try to post my views on my blog later today or tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
    Paige

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  8. I totally agree. I read blogs for the great and wonderful things people are doing, not to hear the negative

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  9. I am definitely with you on this one, Paige! I've had a Pollyanna button on my blog for a couple of months now (sent me by another kind blogger!)...I just love her & her sweet philosophy.

    I don't like blogging the negative...there's no need! There IS a need share the beauty and positive things in life that we find, as you do...I think people tend to forget how much there is in the world of the good and beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing this today--I'm with you!

    Julie

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  10. Love Pollyanna! :) Wish more people were Pollyannas.

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  11. I never thought myself a Pollyanna, but your post resonates with me, as I prefer to live life and see people as what you described "friendly, helpful and genuine". I tend to be shocked when it's otherwise, though sometimes I curse myself for my naivete. I'm in with you on this, so. :D

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  12. Love it...Sometimes can be hard to always look at the bright side, or only think of the nice things to say or forget the snide comments- BUT boy is it worth it when you see how you made someones day-giving out that compliment or a smile for no reason.
    IT truly makes you happier-and draws those kinds of people in your direction.
    Have to say this is Why I love Blog Land- Everyone is so nice-kind-complimentive-supportive..
    It Is Wonderful
    Thanks for the reminder to be kind.Just to be Kind
    Karryann
    (p.s.happy to follow you)

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  13. I found your blog through WWC and I am right there with you. We should definitely defend Pollyanna, I like Pollyannas ! This is why I like blogland. I can just visit the blogs that make me smile and pretend to live in a Pollyanna world :) I'll play the glad game with you and all other positive bloggers :)

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  14. Hello - I dont usually leave comments on posts such as this. I live in Brisbane, Australia and have recently either directly or indirectly experienced extreme devastation due to our terrible weather patterns. So many people I know have been affected or know someone that has been. It has had a huge impact on our family, professional, social and economic areas of our lives. Yet, those who have lost so much, have so much to give. In my small way, with fellow crafters, we are trying to help those who have lost much, with much that we no longer need. It is fabulous being part and witness to the positive vibes of life, friends, family and . . . complete strangers. Rita

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  15. Love your post and agree totally! In the past I've been told "Oh don't be a Pollyanna." Well I am ans I'm proud of it. Wish more people would be and the world would have a more positive attitude!
    You rock!

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  16. Hi Paige, I'm new to your blog but not to Where Women Create. I agree with you! Your post reminds us to look for the good in everyone and to surround ourselves with others who feel the same way.

    Oh, and Pollyanna is one of my favorite stories!

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  17. I'm with you Paige.
    Too much negative energy being
    spread every day, I like to lighten the mood with a smile or compliment wherever I go. Looking on the bright side is a strength and sharing positive energy just keeps it growing in my life.
    Happy to be a Pollyanna...
    Peace,
    Donna

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  18. I love your art. I'm a pollyanna, too! Robin

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  19. I totally hear you..........love this!
    There is so much energy in the happy and positive.

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  20. I am very HAPPY to find this group of Pollyanna's such as myself! Read her as a child and that's what everyone called me! Still positive today and proud of it! Thanks for this great post!

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  21. I agree totally. I try very hard to be a positive happy person. There is enough sadness in the world.

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  22. There definitely needs to be more Pollyanna's in this world. Love it! Dawn

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  23. Life is to short a gift not to be a Pollyanna. I feel that a smile to each and everyone you meet could make all the difference in their mood for the day. I'm with you heart and soul.

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  24. I came over from WWC and I now am following you. I so agree, I just Love Life, a wonderful happy life. Yes crummy things happen, but I know I'm happier in a much more positive environment. That's where I tend to stay.
    Huggs, Nancy

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  25. Be Positive!!
    ( it is actually my email, my blood type, and my license plate! ) I guess I qualify for being someone who always tries to look for the good in people, and The bright side! I would join you with this absolutely!! Hee hee!
    :)

    Yeah! Smiley people Unite!!
    I unfortunately giggle alot to!... LOL

    ~Vanessa
    RhinestoneContessa.com

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  26. I want to join the club! Yeah for some positivity for a change. Jumping up and down with glee.

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  27. Pollyanna was my favorite movie, hands down, growing up. I learned many life lessons that still influence me today.

    I applaud you!!

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  28. totally in on this one. I love being a pollyanna.
    We have a choice every day. Every moment of every day. A choice to be a happy, glass-is-half-full pollyanna or . . . not. I choose happy. I'm not trying to make light of people who are struggling through a crisis, or hardship. But on your run of the mill, average day, I can choose happiness, and I do. ♥

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  29. Now emerging from the darkest period of my life, may I say Pollyanna had it right all along! Here's to harboring only good thoughts, and letting our thoughts be our guide. Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!

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  30. It's about time I found your site, Paige! I love, love, LOVE this! Though I am not as Pollyanna-ish as I should be, I do think the world could use more of them. Rose-colored glasses are always in fashion as is being kind, positive and happy.

    P.S. The last two lines of that song are my favorite.

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  31. Who else has read the book? I did for the first time last year, and it's really amazing. (The movie is good stuff too.)

    I want to practice looking more on the bright side. :)

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  32. Keep on the sunny side!!!!!!

    I'm in for sure! My father (85) sings this all the time...as my mother sits and smiles at him. It's a way of life, it's how I was brought up! Hugs, Heidi

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  33. Beautiful post...I love Pollyanna and the sunny side of life.

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  34. I hapen to adore Pollyanna and your blog by the way.
    I love the "Glad Game".

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  35. finally got my blog posted--hope you visit!
    http://hodgepodge-home.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-defense-of-pollyanna.html
    thanks again for sharing!
    paige

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  36. There was a time that a group of people called me Pollyanna (and didn't even know my real name). I totally took it as a compliment! ;)

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