A Case of Grateful LOLiPOP

“Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.

Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).

I will, therefore, Tag Two Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.

You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).

You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.

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I was tagged by Beckie for the Topic of Laugh Out Loud and Angie for the Topic of “What does it mean to be gracious?” 

So l will respond to them both at once.

Beckie for the Topic of Laugh Out Loud

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Isn’t it funny how words appear before us? LOL, when did LOL come into being ? When did LOL become a thing of it’s own aside from being an actual ‘laughed out loud’ in real life … although we didn’t walk around going ‘LOL!’ because all we did was laugh out loud! Yet l have known people, l shit you not of actually instead of laughing [in real life], but of lolling!  But LOL, well that’s not just laugh out loud is it?

My mother used to text me LOL all the time when she first got her phone, and l rang her and asked her what she was finding so funny? She said she wasn’t laughing … l explained and she said ‘Oh no! I was saying ‘Lots of Love’. But LOL, can also mean ‘Lots of Luck’ –

Like l said it’s funny how we have these strange new acronyms LOL, BRB, WTF, WTH, LMAO, ROFLMAO, ROLF, YOLO [which confused the shit out of me when l first heard it!], OMG, OMD, IDK, IKR, FML, FTW, RTFM, TLDR, BYG … personally l only use a few and even now, l try to not use them … but you know sometimes it just serves and helps especially when you are AFK. UK?

Gotta laugh right?  Or is it just you gotta …

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Angie for the Topic of “What does it mean to be gracious?” 

My thanks to Angie for this tag, it’s not lost on me either to a certain degree the irony here.

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There are two words that are always being mixed up and confused – being gracious and being grateful – the former is to be tactful and considerate to others whilst the latter is to be thankful towards and in consideration to people.

At the risk of being flamed for what l write next, l think we are living in a world that is for the better part unfamiliar with the correctness of these two words and their terminologies – for sure we are now living in a world that seemingly doesn’t believe in these two that much anymore judging by the overall rudeness we see, hear and read everyday.

I could be considered ageist for believing that certain generations are more prone to be gracious and grateful towards others over younger and newer generations of society and its people – but it’s NOT just one generation of people of society – for l have seen a lack of graciousness and gratefulness from all generations.

I was raised to believe that being gracious was to be considerate to another and that to be grateful was to be thankful of another. That gracious people are polite, pleasantly mannered and considerate – both are very human and emotional components.

I try to be gracious to people each and every day, l don’t think it costs anything to be polite and mindful to people  and their feelings and or to be thankful to these people for what they may award into your life. If you are grateful for seeing the sun  every day for the warmth and enthusiasm it gifts you, then you can also be grateful to the joy and laughter that people can bring to your day.

In the most simplist form – l believe graciousness is to be compassionate to others. I believe a gracious person is also a person who is graceful to other people – who does not go out of their way with deliberation to hurt another’s feelings.

Some behaviours and values of this world have taken a slump in the last ten years l think … we seem to live in a world that despite being connected, isn’t about connection anymore, but is reliant on superficial values and desires and needs. We live in a world that is reputedly about relationships and contact and these also seem to be disappearing into obscurity. Every one seems to be on the take in one form or another these days … l have noticed it a lot in many different platforms. Although some cultures are more gracious than others.

What’s missing l think is ‘tact’, l think that society and more so people over the last fifteen – twenty years don’t understand tact, because ‘tact’ isn’t a digital learning process it’s a human component and it can be lost in the whole social digital technology arena through communication and misinterpretation or lack of understanding.

Graciousness is compassion, tact and understanding of people’s feelings – it is politness to people …. sometimes gracious people are considered gentle, and sometimes gentle people are considered weak … yet l personally believe that gracious people are the strongest people this planet has and it is more to the point that society doesn’t know nor understand how to react accordingly to the graces of these people.

It costs nothing to be gracious and grateful to people. The two words are different and yet they are the same … to be gracious means to be considerate to others whilst being grateful means being thankful of others.

Tagging … mm

Melanie of Sparks from a combustible mind

Di of Pensitivity 101

Cheryl of The Bag Lady

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  1. Tact is what I was getting at too. People have lost so much of it these days with everything out in the open and nothing “off-limits” to ask about. Good post!

  2. There’s always a method to my madness, even if I’m doing it behind my own back😉

    Thank you for accepting the tag and doing that thing with the words that you do so well. I am grateful for your graciousness.💌

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