I've been given a blog award. It came from Paul Michael Murphy over at Murphblog, who I consider one of the finest spewers in Bloganada. Thanks, Murph! Appreciate the positivity nod. I love Murphblog and would rather succumb to a knight's sword tip than go without reading it. But I have to be honest (because it's the best policy, and I consistently tell my students to endure this disgusting character trait, which--most of the time-- emits only positive ramifications) I have mixed feelings about the ubiquitous awards circulating within Bloggerville. Here's why:
1. There are too many awards.
When everyone gets one, they become meaningless, just like trophies have become meaningless in little league sports. When I played baseball and soccer and basketball, only the winners received trophies, and they were usually shiny and gold. On top was a sports figure holding a baseball bat or shooting a basketball. The bat always ended up breaking, but it was still cool to be the only team that WON a trophy. Keyword = won. For those parents out there who are thinking, "Well, my son/daughter got a trophy and he/she thought it was the best thing ever and it made him/her feel good," this is for you:
Life isn't about feeling good all the time. Life is about winning. Losing. And unfortunately sometimes tying, especially in Major League Baseball All-Star Games. Kids should be taught how to handle the euphoria of winning and the misery of losing. It only makes you stronger. In life, not everyone wins. In life, sometimes you lose. In life, sometimes you lose bigtime and have to deal with it. Again, what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.
2. Bloggers pass the awards around like condensating potion at a witches' Tupperware party.
3. The awards come with no prize money.
4. ShamWOWS! "The Germans always make good stuff!"
That being written, I accept this award with the positivity of these people and the smile of this boy.
In a society dominated by the scandalous, where the lead nightly news story is murder and mayhem that makes a Batman-less Gotham look civilized, where the freeway slows to a crawl because of crane necks looking for mangled cars and the remains of vehicular slaughter only so they can turn away in frightening disgust, where people flock to TV shows to live vicariously through others...
Keep Fighting the Good Fight
Keep The Glass Half Full.
Top Five Positive Bloggers, stop by to claim your ShamWOW!