Positivity Overload reminds me of the Emperor’s new clothes. Excuse me.
Positivity is overplayed a lot of late. Negativity bashed ever since Corona virus became the topic of our conversations. One group flushing with positivity felt that any corona news was more toxic than the virus itself. The sanest way to stay alive was by shying away from mass or main stream media as well as social media. It is true to some extent, that fake news are doing rounds. We are all adults who can filter news as to what is real and what is fake. If it is indeed fake, we are free to dismiss it and move on. If it is real, we can still deal with it given our resources. We can learn from experiences or we can simply mute/block/delete data. As simple as that.
What is positivity to these faint-hearted. It is banishing reality, living in denial. Life is not an odyssey of good times alone. Positivity 100% is as much toxic as 100% negative outlook. In fact, it is the polar opposite. Staying optimistic acknowledging reality is a different scenario though.
In most cases, the negatively portrayed people are talking from their experiences. Theirs is cautious optimism, carefully cultivated in the face of adverse reality. To those who have been shock absorbers for a life time, it is natural to indulge in risk analysis before taking a step forward. In fact, the skepticism gets so ingrained in you that building of trust takes it own sweet time. But once the confidence is gained, the trust so built can be unshakable.
Negative portrayers are responsible people who weigh pros and cons. Their negative outlook is reserved to their closest circle, not for all and sundry. This is one tightly-wrung highly stressed bunch.
Overt positivity on the other hand is a privilege some are born with. Mostly the positivity proclaimers never are in the driver seat. These people delegate responsibility. Responsibility thus diluted, shirked or passed on to next level risk takers such as mostly spouse/family, the supposedly positive outlook ones can afford to stay upbeat retaining their composure. Stress level is negligible.
The same positive group also sometimes may miss out the everyday negativity they may be subjecting their friends and family to, with their (un)solicited
- opinion on superficialities such as clothes, etc
- opinion on others choices
- opinion on others faith and beliefs
- forcing their way/opinion on things/issues
- hijacking conversations, deciding conversations, steering conversations
- never self-doubting, projecting and oozing 100% confidence
- wanting to have the last word in every conversation
- believing the best in themselves and the worst in others
Negative outlook group at the best or at the worst, are sincere and ultra cautioners. . If you notice closely, the caution is for saving someone from something ugly and therefore never intentionally cruel. Theirs may be constructive criticism. Negative people still may not single out anyone for scathing attacks. The negatively projected are risk takers who are willing to try untested waters before anyone decides to take the plunge. The negative minded know their limitations and are super-conscious of reality checks. Lacking a safety cushion unlike the privileged, the dooms day prophets are aware of consequences and therefore plan ahead. They are listeners first. They seek clarifications for doubts. They don’t assume things and never take things for granted. Limiting damages becomes their utmost priority as they count in the risk factor. If it can help, they share their stories to trusted circle. Well intended, these cautiously optimistic unfortunately get labeled in return as ‘sinks.’
You may never catch a negatively portrayed friend talking you out of your party dress for wrong colours or whatever. The negative group has in all probability walked the difficult path. They have their priorities right. They know what matters and what is frivolous. For all their supposed negativity therefore, the negatively portrayed friends know what to vote up and what to vote down. Their negativity is all about prudence, never a judgment.
You may be a positive person totally if
- you have not stood in a PDS queue an entire afternoon
- you have not stood for hours for school admission or university admission for your kids in hot sun
- you have not taken a driving test in India
- you have not commuted regularly by city bus
- you have not tended to your inlaws or cooked for your inlaws or have had your inlaws at home with you
- you do not entertain/feed friends and family at home
- you do not look after others kids/babysit
- you do not cook/clean/iron on your own
- you have not lived life without a maid/driver/cook
- you have always had someone to run these aforesaid errands for you
- you are of the opinion that you can pay/substitute for humanitarian/physical works/services with monetary compensation
- you have never worked for a single day in your life (in the case of housewives) reporting for duty to someone hierarchically your superior, waiting with bated breath every month end for your salary to get posted.
- you downplay humanitarian/physical services
- you have not missed trains/flights and have been holed up in railway stations/airports for hours/days
- you do not share equal responsibilities with your spouse economic/familial or whatever
- you are kept in the dark on your exact family status
- you are not a decision maker in your family finances/businesses
- your spouse asks you to mind your own business
- you have not mingled with Indian crowds
- you have never been a part of the general janata living the average life of a fellow Indian citizen
- or in general YOU HAVE NOT STEPPED OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE ever in life…
Such a wonderfully positive feeling group is always 100% politically correct. On the record. To the dot. Very diplomatic. High up in their ivory towers, the cautiously optimistic people to them will always seem the sinks.
Well, the negative ones hardly bother. Otherwise, we won’t belong where we do today. For every step forward, we turn to look back two steps if we have trodden the right path, taken the right step. We value suggestions and welcome wise counseling. We have dealt with disappointments and failures. Most of all we do not live a life of mirage for others. We live a life for ourselves. Since we have had no pressure to impress anyone in the first place, and we dare with our negative approach, we are real and brutally honest.
There is hidden negativity in most of those who think they are positive people. What the heck, that is hardly my agenda.
The negatively stereotyped refuse to count the chicks before they are hatched. They wait to see the colours at the end of the rainbow. They do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. That is the final word.