Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, August 22, 2011

Are You an Evergreen?

Monday Musings on This ‘N That

We, of course, know what an evergreen is—a tree, right? Trees like pines, cedars, and firs and there’s even an evergreen oak. Evergreens stay green all year round, don’t lose their leaves as other trees do when fall comes. So, in essence we could say an evergreen stays the same, no pretense, they’re just what they are. They don’t change to adapt to circumstances as the chameleon lizard does.

Do you know any people who are evergreens? Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives a secondary definition of evergreen: something that retains its freshness, interest, or popularity. We know people like that, don’t we? And we’ve read and own books that are classics and fit that definition.

Do you and I fit that secondary definition? Do we retain “freshness, interest, OR popularity.” According to this definition, to be an evergreen you aren’t required to have all three traits; one or two would do. I equate freshness and interest with someone who has a positive outlook on life. Popularity? I think that’s sometimes a passing, temporary thing. But a positive outlook (freshness and interest) becomes a permanent thing once we get into the habit.

If you have studied sufficiently, instead of thinking, “Oh, I will fail the exam,” think instead, “But I may pass the exam.” If you start your day by breaking your breakfast plate, instead of thinking “From here the day has to go downhill,” think “It all has to go uphill from here.” Try positive thinking, it might just work and we’d be more pleasant people to be around.

Are you an evergreen personality? Do you want to be? Do you want to stay consistent, no pretense, be just what you are—every day? Will you try to be an evergreen, not a chameleon?

It doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” —Lucille Ball

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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