there are two kinds of people in this world (+ happy thanksgiving)


Joseph & I recently found ourselves talking about how there are two kinds of people in the world: whiners & doers.

The whiners are doomsayers.

They are cloaked in negativity.

The sky is falling (like right now). All the economies of the world are going to fail, tomorrow. Quickly followed by a Tsumani, earthquake, & tornado, floods, then fire–in that order.

We will be left to fend for ourselves, man against man, so get your ammo & watch out for the humans turned cannibals because that’s all that will be left to eat.

Whiners are mostly victims of their own little rain cloud that they choose to carry over their head all day long, showering drops of negativity all throughout the day.

The doers on the other hand, are creative, optimistic, & realize that so much about life is purely perception, perspective & attitude.

Doers focus on what they do have (not what they don’t); what they can do/think/feel. They realize that in so many, many matters of life, they have a choice.

A choice to embrace all the goodness around them, & they focus on that.

A choice to live in the present while also looking back to the past with gratitude for all the awesome learning experiences they’ve been afforded.

A choice to see the future as a place of exciting change, transformation, renewal, & improvement.

With so much crap going on in the world, it’s easy to become a whiner. But, DON’T DO IT.




Let’s make a pact, you & I. That despite whatever is going on in the world, whatever choices our neighbors, friends, & family members make, we’ll choose to be:

  • grateful,
  • humble,
  • present,
  • & optimistic.

And whenever you’re around a whiner, realize the best form of defense against becoming a whiner yourself is not joining in. Don’t succumb to the negativity in the name of “being realistic.”

Trade the gossip with praise for other people.

Trade the doom-saying for intelligent discussion based on constructive dialogue.

You HAVE the power to do, to be & to become a doer of good things. So choose to use it.

Sound good?







P.S.  I know many bring joy readers aren’t American (& I love that!), but we celebrate this little holiday called Thanksgiving (you’ve probably heard of it?). It’s tomorrow. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, because gratitude is where the good life begins, continues, & ends. Without gratitude, a life is rather shiftless & empty, no matter how many material comforts one may have.

Anyway, here’s a little gratitude quote for ya–hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

(And if you’re looking for last minute Thanksgiving recipes, checkout this post of 10 vegan & gluten-free tried & true Thanksgiving dishes.)

H.A. Ironside quotes #Thanksgiving #quote


  1. Vanessa
    on May 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm said:

    Not only did I thoroughly enjoy this post, because it’s so true, I have to say I really enjoy your style of writing. Your posts are worded just right and have such great flow. As a new blogger I appreciate reading your work not only for content but for the fact that it inspires me to work on my personal style.
    Thank you 🙂

  2. Laurie
    on November 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

    I’m late reading this post but love it. Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Kristi
    on November 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm said:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  4. Marly
    on November 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm said:

    What a lovely post, Janae! It’s so true that we need to focus on being positive and supportive with each other. Of course, there is always the healthiness of being real with people, showing your vulnerability, etc. But doing so with a sense of openness and willingness to explore options rather than a negative, closed view is so important. I hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!