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The Sparker Without Spark

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Yes…I've been gone a while. Sorry. I promise not to wander away again!

But that's not what this blog is about.

Every once in a while, I run into a Sparker who seems to be filled with nothing but vitriol. They are angry. They know everything. You know nothing. AND they feel the need to yell at you about it.



I literally had a Sparker yell all in caps at me about something…and I just sat here looking at her post thinking, "Really? You feel the need to yell about that?"

So, then I went to her SparkPage…and she has two friends. I believe they are the two friends we are all given when we join. And I think to myself, "Self, that's why she only has two friends…because she's unpleasant and yells at people." She's been here a year…and hasn't made friends with anyone.

I could feel bad for her. I could wonder what it must be like to alienate everyone who you talk to. I could think to myself, "Self, would you like it if you were all alone?"

My answer would be, "No…I wouldn't like it if I was all alone…but I don't go around yelling at people."

So, what do you think Sparkers? Do we owe people who can't play nice with others our sympathy? Or do they have nobody to blame but themselves for their misery? Do you think being a mean person would some how affect their body image? Do you think having a grouchy attitude would be a stumbling block when it comes to weight loss?
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  • v JLPEASE
    Missing out on one of the most important benefits of this site is that person's loss. Just ignore him/her and post whatever you want. If someone doesn't like it they don't have to read it. Getting down on somebody else is just plain rude and inappropriate. emoticon
    904 days ago
  • v EGRAMMY
    All the advice says hang out with positive people. Amen
    911 days ago
  • v ROSEWAND
    The amazing aspect to Spark is all the wonderful
    people who are here. It is the kindest place I
    have ever experienced on the internet.

    The anonymity of the web often brings out the
    worst in people. Fortunately, it is rarely experienced
    here. emoticon

    It is best to just move on and connect with those
    who care. emoticon Spark is full
    of awesome lovely people. emoticon
    912 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2014 1:53:15 PM
  • v LOVINGLIFE45
    emoticon
    And as far as the nasty sparker, who cares there are plenty of us who care enough to be our best.
    912 days ago
  • v KATD13
    Just my opinion, on your questions:

    "Do we owe people who can't play nice with others our sympathy?"
    *Nope

    "Do they have nobody to blame but themselves for their misery?"
    * Not sure what causes their misery. But they don't need to share it.

    "Do you think being a mean person would some how affect their body image?"
    * No, mean comes in all shapes and sizes.

    "Do you think having a grouchy attitude would be a stumbling block when it comes to weight loss?"
    * I don't think so. Weight loss is about calories in / calories out.

    It's just a fact of life. No matter where you go or what you do...your gonna run into @$$holes. You can't change them, only how you react to them.
    912 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/26/2014 11:38:19 AM
  • v OLAFGLADANDBIG
    I have no opinion about your question, but I am very happy to see you. I was gone for four months or so and it made me sad that you were gone when I got back. I hope everything is well.

    I guess I do have an opinion. We don't owe anyone anything. That said, I find it hard to live my life if I can't develop an explanation for why people behave in the terrible ways they do. That doesn't mean I feel sorry for them, although it can, but it makes humanity seem a lot more redeemable, and that's an important value for me.
    912 days ago
  • v FFUSCO
    Yeah. Been there. It is probably best just to take a deep breath and look the other way. Not worth the energy.

    I had an experience a couple months back where someone actually wrote that this site was not the space for my posting of setbacks caused by poor thinking and a resentment or two that I had at the time. Basically, it was difficult for me to share to begin with, but somewhat cathartic, and then here is this stranger telling me to stop and not share at all.

    It bothered me for a day or two, but then I just deleted my original comment or blog, forget which, and her comment disappeared in to the ethers with it.

    For what it's worth, try just to ignore it. It only represents negative thinking that we on this site have no time or space for.
    913 days ago
  • v ANNIEONLI
    WELCOME BACK! emoticon

    I used caps - just because emoticon

    Honestly, there are some around here like that...sometimes, we have to turn the other cheek and do what you just did, see where they are coming from. Not everyone is pleasant all the time, and it would have been better for the person to just move on instead of being harsh. Who knows, maybe they will read this and have the point hit home.

    Don't let it dull your Spark!!!!
    913 days ago
  • v JUST_TRI_IT
    That's too bad. Someone was in a bad mood! The good thing is most of the folks you run into here look for ways to be supportive.
    913 days ago
  • v LILLIPUTIANNA
    VEGIBIKER, most Sparkers are nice people. But every once in a while you run into that person who seems like maybe they haven't quite caught the Spark. There are so many of us here, I suppose sooner or later a Grouchy McGrouchy pants is likely to wander into our midst.
    913 days ago
  • v VEGIBIKER
    I'm sorry you were yelled at - sounds like this person responded to you out of their pain - instead of from a place of understanding and friendship. I hope you've found this experience to be rare - and more importantly - are finding real friends who are willing and able to encouraging you as you pursue your goals. Hang in there!
    913 days ago
  • v LOSE4LIFE47
    That is so sad for people to be so negative & be hateful.
    913 days ago
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