Living the Middle Life

In soviet Russia, the middle life is living.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Always try and see the best in people.

They might be wrong sometimes, not just in what they say, but in personality. They might have a disposition that isn’t perfect. But, no one is perfect. Not even myself. So why look at them as wrong? That will only cause pain. That will only cause frustration. That will only cause depression.

So why put yourself through that?

Look at them as someone who simply has a different disposition. Yes, they might be a little bit of a jerk, but don’t dwell on that. Don’t look at them as wrong; look at them as mistaken. As someone who hasn’t figured it out yet. And most importantly, see how you match up.

Always try and see the best in people.

Yet this is hard to do, when people don’t see the best in each other.

There are people, certain people, who always over-analyze the situation. Every time you engage in conversation with them, you can see them picking apart everything you say. Looking, evaluating, and deciding. Picking out exactly why you are wrong; picking out exactly what makes you horrible. Every time their eyes sweep the room, they are sad at how everything is terrible. And they do it all with a smile.

That is: they lie about it.

Their eyes clearly despise you, their eyes clearly are tired of people, their eyes look a little depressed, and their eyes are not looking at the best in people. Yet, their body language conveys a sense of happiness. Their facial expression perks up when you enter the room, except the void in their eyes, which grows dull. They want to put the best construction on things. They want to see the best in people.

But they don’t. They can’t.

They make up by pretending to be happy to see people. People they don’t particularly like. People they have so many problems with. Their body language says, “you are my friend,” while their eyes say, “you are socially inept,” “you need to grow up,” “you annoy me.”

Be careful when they are girls. An analyzing eyes portrays a sense of intelligence, and a smile is the prettiest ornament a girl can wear. intelligent and beautiful. Beware.

These girls will be the smartest and prettiest girls you know.

Always try and see the best in people.


  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger Heidi said…

    Paul, what is that about? :(

  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger Nat said…

    I'm skeptical that trying to see the best in people is what we are called to do. People do make real mistakes, have real flaws, and pretending those are something than what they are is lying. What we are called to do is focus on the good. I think.

    The way I see it, we are called to relate to our neighbors by the Gospel at all times except when we are specifically called to relate to them by the Law. So, for instance, if someone for whom you are responsible commits a misdeed, then it may well be that in that time you are called to rebuke or correct them. But if they do not, or they are not under your responsibility, then you almost always turn to the default, which is love and compassion and forgiveness.


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