Hey friends, thanks so much for popping in today. I’ve got a lot on my mind, so I thought I’d share. This is one of those personal entries, so if you’re wanting home decor stuff, you may want to skip this one.
The truth is: We aren’t rich. We don’t come from families where birthday gifts are cars or better yet, boob jobs. Whoa did I just say that? Hand-me-downs are cool with us. We don’t have oogles of money to blow any way we feel like. Crap, we don’t have oogles of money period. And we probably never will.
But (yes, there’s always a but) we work hard and we are nice to people. At least we try our hardest to be. Have you ever seen this?
This is our saying! This is what we live by! We love this because both parts of this phrase are done by choice. Is this the key to success? We think so! Actually, there are a couple other sayings that we hold near and dear, but that’s for another day. I didn’t even know it was so popular, but it’s nice to see so many other people who have the same values.
The reason for my rambling is not to tell you how perfect we are, because believe you me, we screw up everyday. But we really believe in this saying.
Why, you ask?
Past Experiences Socially- Remember when I talked about bullying? My adolescent years could have come straight out of a movie: Girl is friends with popular girls. Popular girls are mean to girl. Girl cries and has no friends. Girl realizes she doesn’t want mean girls as friends anyway. Girl finds herself, makes new friends, and becomes the woman she aspires to be. Obviously we never forget our teenage years, but instead of looking back and thinking horrible negative thoughts, now I can look at that experience and think, “I never want to treat people like that!” I want to be nice to people. And sometimes it’s still hard work not to be bitter about those rough times, but if I choose to be nice (even to the people who were mean), I will feel so much better about myself. Always. It will get me further. It never feels good to be mean.
Past Experiences on the Job- Often times John and I reflect on where we are (in our careers) today. Overall, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve accomplished so far. More so though, we talk about what has gotten us where we are. Time and time again we tend to go back to the values that we learned because we started working when we were fairly young. We had our first jobs at ages 14 (John) and 15 (me). We worked because we wanted to buy our own stuff. Obviously, we weren’t thinking, “Oh I want to be an established grown up!”….it was more like, “I want to drive a car when I turn 16, so I’m going to work to pay for it.” Nothing was handed to us on a silver platter, so we learned how good it feels to earn a paycheck. It taught us the value of hard work. Not only that, but when you have a boss and coworkers, being nice is expected. No one likes an employee with an attitude.
Past Experiences at Home- Last but certainly not least, our parents and families are amazing examples of how hard work pays off. Growing up, we watched them go to work, come home, make dinner, work in the yard, etc. It’s all hard work. We watched them interact with people, and it doesn’t take long to learn that being nice gets you farther than being mean.
So far in our lives, both socially and professionally, this saying seems to hold true. So we’ll continue to live by it.
Our opinions might differ from yours, and that’s okay. Share your thoughts in the comment section, but please… be nice. Hehe!