Did the title of this blog grab your attention? I hope so, because I wanted to talk about something that Iím sure weíve all noticed. Itís a growing trend and it stretches as far from little kids in pre-school to grown adults who claim to teach their children how to behave politely. Itís called rudeness.
Oh sure, it can be labeled in many different ways, but it all has the same effect. Have you ever witnessed it? Iím positive you have. It can be found in a grocery store, a city park and even on the World Wide Web. It comes in many forms. When in person, a rude person can use their body language, hand gestures and facial expressions to get their anger across. That Ė in my opinion Ė is the less severe of the occurrences. One of the most brutal forms of abusive behavior seems to be found on-line.
The internet has become a stomping ground for bullies who I used to believe did their dirty work on the playground. Sadly, it seems that with the growing trend of social networking sites some people have found themselves to be larger than life, ten feet tall and bullet proof, and honestly too many have used their keyboard as a vicious and vile weapon. My only question is, why?
Now, donít get me wrong. This isnít to bash the ďmean peopleĒ of the world. Nor is it to say that I am a perfect individual who has only spread joy and sunshine to others. Truthfully, I donít believe people are mean per se. I do however believe they are human, and with that come all sorts of emotions. We are a unique species in that we have the ability to think things through.
Even some of the most intelligent animals act more on a primal basis than they do on emotions. This same ability is what makes us amazing creatures, but at the same time can make us spiteful in our actions. Like with any life form, we must mature as we age. Even a fine wine which has been aged to perfection can have a hint of bitterness to it though.
Before I get too far into this allow me to explain something of utmost importance. I am not perfect, far from it in fact. I have been guilty of tons of character flaws and social blunders in both my personal and professional life. Like everything else in my life, Iíve tried to learn from those mistakes and be a better person for them. Does that mean that I canít still make the occasional error in judgment? Absolutely not! I am a sensitive woman who has a thin skin sometimes. When you combine that with being a writer who is very tapped into her emotions you are bound to slip up from time to time. However, with all that being said I make a conscience effort every day to watch for signs that I may be slipping back into old habits. I do this because I know all too well how it feels to be on the receiving end of someoneís nastiness. In turn, I remind myself that I must try to never to reflect negative energy onto others.
Some of you may be thinking at this point, okay, hold on here, negative energy? What is this some sort of mumbo jumbo about auras and karma? Well, Iím not talking any mumbo jumbo I can assure you. To further this let me ask, how many of you have been having just an okay day?
You know, one of those days that isnít bad, but isnít necessarily good either? Then someone shifts your mood in one particular direction based on how they treat you? How many of us have gone from so-so to down-right miserable because of someoneís treatment towards us? It can really be a downer to have someone do this to you. More often than not we donít see it coming and it completely blindsides us. However, if you flip the coin around and look at it from the other angle someoneís treatment of us can have a wonderful effect if their words and actions are positive. Who has had their mediocre mood turned into an outstanding one because of the smile someone brought to your day? Whether with kind words or gestures someone truly can turn a frown upside down!
I suppose at this point I should summarize my thoughts and get to my point of this guest blog. Many of you who are reading this are probably authors, and Ė I hope Ė that our main goal is to bring a little bit of happiness to our readerís lives through our stories. Arenít our stories just another form of entertainment? Instead of being on the silver screen, our tales are told on paper. If we hope to spread joy, should we not also do so with our daily actions? This brings me back to something I mentioned earlier, social networking sites. On the internet there are some ones available for people in all walks of life to enjoy. With these various avenues available to us sometimes people can forget their decorum. Sadly, manners can all but be forgotten when dealing with others on-line. This is what troubles me, on both a personal and professional level. I know it may sound a bit cheesy and even a little too naÔve, but why not just be nice? Does everyone remember that old saying, ďif you donít have anything nice to say then donít say anything at allĒ? Well, as kindergarten as it sounds I say itís darn good advice!
My hope is that everyone reading this post reminds themselves to take a moment before they react to others. A single second can make the difference in how you may respond to someone. I remind myself of this daily and make sure that I give myself that much needed moment so I donít let my feelings or emotions control how I behave. Do I always succeed? Nope, but I sure get back up on that horse every time I fall.
We each have our own unique gifts to share with the world, just as we have flaws which we try to hide. With both we can find ourselves in a dilemma. If you find that feeling of rudeness creeping up on you, please take a moment and remember that all others are human as well. They breathe just as you, they bleed just as you, and they cry just as you... before being the cause for someone else's pain or tears, instead spread the most contagious action of all... kindness ~ You will be glad that you did.
Nicole Morgan was an avid reader who kept having one recurring problem. Ideas of stories kept popping into her head. Today Nicole is an author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. She tries to place strong emphasis on the charactersí emotions while also throwing in some spicy and hot love scenes. Her alpha male of choice will more often than not have a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
While still trying to stay true to her style, she is finding her writing is evolving as she takes on new and uncharted territory for her. There are many areas of erotica out there that she hasnít had a chance to really delve into just yet, but she is anxiously looking forward to doing just that. She currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region with her fiancť who has shown her a real life version of happily ever after.
The Callaway Corporation recently bought the high-end resort property Jenny Jacobson manages. In that time, they have micromanaged both her and it into the ground. With no budget for repairs she does most of the work herself.
In the middle of a plumbing emergency, Beck comes to her rescue and fixes the problem, saving her from further disaster and costly repairs. Despite her best attempts, she cannot seem to get away from this man.
Regardless of her cold treatment toward him, he turns on his charms. Will his cocky arrogance mixed with his sexy smile break down her tough exterior? If so, what secrets is Beck keeping that could ultimately ruin any chance they have to find happiness together?
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