Saucy or Syrupy?

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OK, my venting is over.  I am back to the lovable me again.

Usually I recommend that people go back and read old blog entries, but in this case… it’s not worth your effort.

Anyway, if you read it you might get all riled up and someone would have to sedate you.  I want to save you from the embarrassment.

I promise to be more genteel today.

Humm… genteel doesn’t become me either.  For some reason the thought of being genteel makes me nauseous.

So, I’ll just be me… to your chagrin I’m sure.

As you can see from my writing thus far, I’m torn.  I don’t like being a venting angry person and I don’t want to be too loveable and genteel.

If I am really honest I’m generally a very nice person.  Historically, probably too nice.

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I was like one of those nauseatingly nice children. I was very, very well behaved and boring.
- Helena Bonham Carter

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Yes, that probably describes it… nice but boring.

Don’t get me wrong, nice is a good thing – a very good thing.  But if not careful the tendency is that if a person is nice they are vanilla.  I want to be nice but I don’t want to be vanilla.

The more I think about it, I want nice with spunk and personality.  I have no idea what flavor that would be but for sure it’s not vanilla.  By the way, I would appreciate any flavor suggestions.

Some people think that if you’re nice you can’t win.  You’re a loooossser!

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Nice guys finish last.

- Leo Durocher

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That’s not accurate at all.  If Leo’s statement is true then it means that only mean people finish first.  You mustn’t confuse nice with being non-competitive.

Also you must make sure you are playing the same game and that you have the same definition of “win”.

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Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they’re running a different race.

- Ken Blanchard, The Power of Ethical Management

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Remember… I am a fan… a big fan of being nice.  I even try to live by the motto of There’s always time to be nice.

But if we are not careful, nice can cross a line.

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The difference is too nice – Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
- Alexander Pope

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That’s interesting… nice as a vice, not a virtue.

If someone is too nice they may be perceived as being a person who stands for nothing or will not fight for anything.

So this begs some interesting questions.  Are you willing to fight for something?  If you do fight for something, do you have to be nasty and mean to fight?

To me the answers are simple… Yes and No… in that order.

I feel pretty good with this.  I don’t like to fight but I know what I believe and can take stands pretty forcibly when needed.

So I guess I am a self described nice person.

I would like to think that I am a saucy nice not a syrupy nice.

How would you describe yourself?

See you Thursday.

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