The more dirt you throw, the more ground you lose. — Tennessee Wisdom. (thanks to Davis Liles)
Modern political wisdom, and I’ve heard it said by some of the best, is that negative campaigning is the most effective. I’m sure I’m wrong, but I don’t buy it. What’s really at play is that it is easier to articulate a negative campaign than to come up with a vision and reason for people to vote for you rather than against the other person. But that’s enough for politics.
What is more important is that we learn not to lose ground in our own life by throwing dirt at our own circumstances, our workplace, and our neighbors. It’s easy to cast stones, it takes a lot of effort to let them drop from our hands and turn away. Haven’t you known someone who is so negative, so into blaming and criticizing others, that they make it difficult to be around. I certainly have and it is easy to get caught up in negativity.
As a child I used to love playing in the mud, and after doing so my grandmother would make me take off all my clothes outside the house and she would wash me down with a hose and make me wash my clothes in the sink in her carport. While I was performing this last chore she would always remind me that “mud ain’t good for much, except getting stuck.”