The Gift of Grumpiness

EeyoreI have often told people their personality is a gift from God and that their goal in life is to discover the gift and use it to the glory of God and for the benefit of humanity.  People sometimes object that their particular personality seems more a curse than a gift and they often wish they could be more like others they admire.  It is true that the gift of personality is also our “curse” because from it comes our potential to do good as well as our limits and the possibility of doing harm to others.  But there is hope for the personality challenged human.

Australian researchers have now discovered the blessings of being grumpy.   Among the findings of Psychology Professor Joe Forgas:

GrumpyIn contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.

While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking

“Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world.”

The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments … a “mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style”.

So the next time you are self-aware enough to realize your own grumpiness, remember it is a personality gift and the right time for you  to think, analyze the world, make decisions, and write effectively!  

No wonder some of us blog so often.

Glory to God for All Things Ode 3 Illustrated

Akathist:  “Glory to God for all Things”   

by Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tryphon (+1934)

See Ode 2 

Ode 3

It is the Holy Spirit Who makes us find joy in each flower –

the exquisite scent, the delicate color —

the beauty of the Most High in the tiniest of things.

Glory and honor to the Spirit, the Giver of Life,

Who covers the fields with their carpet of flowers,

crowns the harvest with gold,

and gives to us the joy of gazing at it with our eyes.

O be joyful and sing to Him:

Alleluia!

IKOS 3

How glorious You are in the springtime, when every creature awakens to new life and joyfully sings Your praises with a thousand tongues!

You are the source of life, the destroyer of death. By the light of the moon, nightingales sing, and the valleys and hills lie like wedding-garments, white as snow.

All the earth is Your promised bride awaiting her spotless Husband.

If the grass of the field is like this,

how gloriously shall we be transfigured in the Second Coming, after the Resurrection!

How splendid our bodies, how spotless our souls!

Glory to You for the warmth and tenderness of the world of nature.

Glory to You for the numberless creatures around us.
Glory to you for the depths of Your wisdom–the whole world a living sign of it.

Glory to You: On my knees, I kiss the traces of Your unseen hand.
Glory to You, enlightening us with the clarity of eternal life.

Glory to You for the hope of the unutterable, imperishable beauty of immortality.

Glory to You, O God, from age to age.

See Ode 4