Have you ever noticed how incredibly negative people are? Maybe you are a negative person yourself. If so, quit it, because it's getting on my nerves. I was out with a group of people recently, and when they asked what was going on in my life, of course, I told them about the house hunting/house finding/house buying/house selling stuff. I told them that after MUCH looking on our parts, that we had finally found a house we were happy with. That got some excitement...until, I started talking about the house. You know, the house we were excited about buying? I heard, "Oh, a pool? Pools are a lot of work". I heard, "Pine trees? They are a lot of maintenance". I heard, "The laundry room is in the basement? Oh, that's too bad. I hate lugging laundry baskets up stairs". I even heard someone say that the town we are moving to is "going to hell". Lovely.
Then, they started to bombard me with their "when I tried to sell my house" horror stories. I sat there, just trying to enjoy a meal that I didn't have to cook, feed an impatient toddler, or clean up, thinking "Shut up! Shut up! Would all of you just shut up!" Sometimes adult conversation is overrated.
Why is it so hard for people to just be positive? Positive about their lives and positive about others? It starts to become like a competition with some people. They have to one up, or one worse, the next person's story. Like if I say, "Oh crap! I just got a splinter!", they will say, "Once I got a splinter, and it became infected, and I ended up in the hospital for weeks!" If I say, "Finances are pretty tight right now", they will say, "I had to declare bankruptcy last year, and my car was impounded, and we lost our house". If I say, "I hope it warms up soon, and stops raining around here", they will say, "When I lived in X, it rained for 30 days straight once, and we had a 6 inch flood in our basement".
I am totally sick of it, but I think I have a plan. It goes like this... If I say, "My stomach has been bothering me a little", and they say, "Once I got food poisoning, and I had to go to the ER", I will say, "I know someone who got food poisoning, and... THEY DIED!!" If I say, "My back is sore from picking up a heavy toddler", and they say, "I broke my back once, and was bed ridden for a month!", I will say, "I know someone who broke their back once, and ...THEY DIED!!" If I say, "I haven't been out to see a movie in a while", and they say, "I haven't seen a movie in years!", I will say, "I know someone who didn't see a movie for years and years, and...THEY DIED!!" That just might shut them all up, I'm thinking.
So, since I am a big fan of P-O-S-I-T-I-V-E thinking, I would like to say this for the record. There are people coming to look at our house on Saturday.
They WILL love our house.
They WILL love our house so much that they WILL immediately make us an offer.
They WILL make us an offer that we are happy with, and we WILL accept their offer (well, probably after countering).
Everything WILL go smoothly with the entire process, and we WILL make a nice chunk of cash from the sale.
We WILL make such a nice chunk of cash from the sale that we WILL have money left over to spend on our new house.
Everyone WILL agree with me that this will all happen, and WILL NOT give me their doom and gloom, sky is falling, what if's, "realist" opinions, and we WILL all be happy and do a dance of glee.