Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Half Full or Half Empty

I read a post the other day about my city and state. The author had nothing good to say about either and plenty of bad.

Some negatives in his list had some elements of factual basis. It was the extremely vitriolic nature of the post that was wrong. The author knew it and even apologized. But then he excused his diatribe because of his passionate opposition towards Oklahoma City.

I've lived in Dallas and Kansas City besides Oklahoma City. I think it was a privilege.

I am certain there were many problems. But I really cannot recall many right now. In Kansas City I recall that the river was a bit of a problem in that you had to cross a bridge and your choices were limited. In Dallas the traffic was always heavy and unpredictable. I'm pretty sure there were lots of others but I can't remember them.

On the other hand there were so many good things about living in Kansas City. I took a tour once of the fountains in Kansas City. Another time I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I had coffee with friends at the plaza. Many great restaurants that we tried and enjoyed. My favorite was this little place that had a pasta bar a couple of times a week. It was a great experience for me.

Dallas was great, too. It was different than Kansas City and Oklahoma City. There's a pace of living in Dallas that's different. There are unique businesses and shops all over Dallas that are amazing.

My church in Kansas City (actually Gladstone, MO) was Sherwood Bible Church. I had many friends there. I also had many friends from my work there and even after we stopped working together we got together a couple of times. In Coppell I attended Sandy Lake Road Baptist Church. I was really new there but was already being made to feel right at home.

The places were great but the people were better.

I've known people who complained about where they lived. It didn't really matter where they had come from but that place was the best place they ever lived and this new place was the worst.

I guess I'm not like that. Every place I've lived has been great.

I think it is the old half-full versus half-empty perspective things.


~Betsy said...

I say it's best to look at the silver lining, regardless of where one lives.

I lived in a tiny town in Ohio when Dave and I were first married. I was miserable there, but it wasn't the town that caused me pain - it was being so far from family and friends. Maybe the author is missing something and is blaming your city instead.

¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

This reminds me of the coffee commercial where they are celebrating people who look forward to each new morning. Then I think, of course they are, they are moments away from a major caffiene buzz.
Who wouldn't be looking forward to that? Lol!

That pretty much sums you up, my friend... you are a half full type of guy and I really like that about you.

For me, any place where I can be safe and feel loved is pretty much heaven to me. I know what it is like to lose a home and wonder where I was going to live the next month. It's frightening and it makes a person appreciate what they do have instead of what they don't.
Take care my half-full friend.