"...and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands..." ...1 Thessalonians 4:11
A guest post today from Feisty Debra. シ
In our former town (nearby), a luxury apartment building was built along a branch of the river.
But oh my goodness. Folks on that town's Facebook page (which I read for fun and nostalgia of our days there), are complaining like huge, think-inside-the-box babies--
"Giant eye sore. Can't wait for sand fly season. Bahahhaha."
"Scenic view of.....sand flies and brown water. Luxurious."
"Rent ranging from $1300 to $3200. Friggen joke."
"They are in the wrong area for that."
"The low end rent on these is higher than my mortgage for a house on an acre of land."
"No thank you, if i could afford that price in rent, I'd buy my own house! Not be stacked on top of each other like sardines. And what happens when sand fly season really starts booming?
"Who can afford $3,200 monthly rent????"
"Those seeking a sanctuary city with their drug money they brought with them. Sorry! I’m cynical at times!"
"Yep, more expensive, yet cheaply made and poorly designed mass housing."
"Junk on the river."
"I got a feeling it isn't going to make it just my guess."
"They supposedly have a Waiting List??"
" Is it just me, or is it leaning to the right a tad?"
Oh for goodness sake! A few wrote positive comments, including two folks who'd already signed up to live there (one, a widow. I'm thinking both must've felt hurt over their fellow citizens' critical opinions.), but most commenters spouted their negativity.
This stuff makes me nuts.
I could rattle-on as to why, but I'll keep it short. What unnerves me most are the prideful assumptions that--
"Everyone should feel and live exactly as I do, otherwise they are foolish idiots."
I mean, seriously.
Do we all need an acre? Can each of us keep up with a sprawling yard? (Not me, Honey. Maybe I have just 2 more years of being able to handle my smallish plot.)
What about we seniors who live more easily inside a smaller home?
And what about the folks who don't wish to pay our ridiculous New York property taxes? And how about all the extra $$$ a house requires so not to fall apart?
Not to mention whatever happened to people being able to spend their own money in a kind of home they like/need? Or free enterprise, for that matter? Being able to invest in an apartment building if that's what one chooses?
Man, those negative, whining comments. The desire to snatch away peoples' rights! It felt like listening to a crowd of control freaks and, well, no thank-you. I'd rather stay home, think outside the box and happily watch while others use their God-given rights to live in whatever home best suits them.
And oh yeah, mind my own business.
"Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few." ... Ecclesiastes 5:2
"Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun."
---Don Miguel Ruiz
"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." ... Galations 5:9 (This also explains why I won't be pals with those who criticize everything. I just can't take that risk of being poisoned.)
A couple positive comments about that new apartment building--
"Holy crap....the negativity and nastiness is sickening!!! Can we give this place a chance....ya gotta start somewhere people....it could very well be the start of something good for that neighborhood!!! Chill everyone!!!"
"Love it. This should attract new people to our area who wouldn't normally look at ___ as an option to live in - either for retirement, or to be right on the water with access to amenities and all the membership perks of the place. A lot of other communities in the area have something similar to this but no waterfront to sweeten the deal."
"Sounds beautiful and I’m thrilled they built it. I would love to see the inside. I don’t think it’s an eyesore at all. If anything it improves it."
Complaining! Oh how scary when it becomes a habit we can no longer control.