Where do you fall? What are your thoughts? Based on these descriptors below, I choose to strive towards discerning. The cynics in my life over time have been damning, mocking and, frankly, boring. I used to think it was me...feeling uncomfortable, uncool, like I didn't quite fit. I realize now I was responding to the mockery, the condescension, and the disrespect. It's good to be rid of that negative energy.
discerning: raises her eyebrows...to let in more information and light.
discerning: loves the thrill of making up his/her own mind.
cynical: has already made up his/her mind.
discerning: wants to know better so she can do better.
cynical: wants to feel better, even if it makes him/her feel worse.
discerning: leaves space for your thing, my thing, and their thing.
cynical: acts like you're entitled to like your thing, but secretly feels that your thing is inferior to his thing.
discerning: takes a stand for what's personally true.
cynical: defaults to mockery.
discerning: can opt for dignity, good manners, and cordiality, but will blow the roof off the muthah, if need be.
cynical: likes to break things for the sake of it.
discerning: accommodates possibilities, and sometimes, the benefit of the doubt; but does not bend over. are we clear?
cynical: gets boring, real fast.