I realize I may be alone in this sentiment, but it completely cracks me up when people in authority start lecturing their subordinates about being positive. It’s always in a meeting where the bosses will go on and on making their point about how crucial it is to be positive, i.e. agree with them. Usually these sessions are accompanied with small group activities where people are called on to come up with positive solutions to a certain set of problems, kind of like going to “centers” in kindergarten.
Often this is accompanied by exhortations to “think outside the box,” to which you dare not come back with “Exactly what box is this we’re supposed to be thinking outside of?” (Actually, I’d be more likely to say “Exactly what box is this outside of which we’re supposed to be thinking?” Not that the results would be any better, but it adds Smug Points, which I value greatly in these circumstances.)
Besides, no one is really listening anyway:
The reason I pretty much tune it out is because, one, it’s pretty darn condescending when you get down to it, and I don’t like being talked down to. There is an underlying assumption that we are not positive people to begin with, and that we need to be force fed this tripe. Be happy, I get it, no one wants to be around a big grumpus all the time. I understand, but don’t try to get into my head, it’s nobody’s business what goes on in there, except for myself and the 6 people on the internet who read this blog.
The last person who accused me of being negative was told, “No, I’m not. No, no, no, NO.”