For the Real Roberta’s…

I must say that seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is a real skill. Last year, I participated in a “positivity challenge,” which required a positive response to the presence of negative energy for thirty days. It was challenging for me because not every interaction or energy transfer elicits a positive response, or a response at all.

On the flip side, I find it fascinating when people say, “I can’t believe [insert unpleasant occurrence] happened. It’s 2016.” Well ladies and gents, the spiteful individuals who carry out such shocking behavior probably rang in the New Year, and they are going to do it again in 2017. There are people who hate themselves so much that they inflict pain on others. Bad things happen, bad people exist. It’s been that way for centuries. 

If you ask me if the glass half-full or half-empty; I say, it’s subject to change. If you feel the same way, this post is for you. 


People who view the symbolic glass as “subject to change” instead of half-full or half-empty, are often labeled as Bemoaning Bertha, Evil Enid, or Negative Nancy, but that is so far from the truth. You’re not a negative, half-empty person. Instead, you are realistic and able to anticipate what’s next based on past experiences. You’re Real Roberta. You’ve mastered the art of critical thinking to discover truth. Nothing is permanent. Situations change. Life changes. Things happen. You’re not shocked or surprised when something enjoyable concludes or when negativity comes your way. You don’t live in a fantasyland.

As a Real Roberta, you’re misunderstood. While you’re deeply grateful for the joys and pains of life, you’ve also acquired enough life experiences to see through Bemoaning Bertha’s empty complaints, Evil Enid’s evilness, and Positive Polly’s blissful ignorance.

Bemoaning Bertha on Facebook:  “I hate when it rains when I have the top down. –feeling annoyed.”
New comment from Real Roberta: “Bertha, you should have checked the weather.”

Evil Enid on Twitter: “I just stole candy from a baby, and I liked it.”
Reply from Positive Polly: “HOW?! WHY!?! Who would do something like this?!”
Reply from Real Roberta: “Someone who doesn’t like herself.”

Positive Polly: “The world would be so much better if we all had ice cream!”
Commented on by Real Roberta: “Or if we all had equality, but tomato…tomaaato.”

Roberta’s commentary on social media isn’t negative, it’s the truth. Bertha, you have a smartphone, check the weather! We all know Enid has problems! And Polly, some people in this world have never eaten ice cream, so just stop.

If you’re a Real Roberta, OWN IT!  Don’t feign positivity or let your realistic view on life zap the joy out of priceless situations. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders. Put it to use! Share your perspectives with others, familiarize yourself with different types of people, be open to feedback, and learn as much as you can.

Speaking truth doesn’t dismantle positive outcomes, nor should it be confused with negativity. Speaking truth will set you free. Hey-you never know, somewhere down the line Bertha, Enid, Nancy, and Polly may thank you.

 

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