“Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshiped and fondled like a priceless diamond.” – Hunter S. Thompson
Perusing the news online this evening, I noticed something peculiar. What I noticed probably isn’t new to people who keep up with the news regularly, but it was to me. I scrolled down the page of Top Stories, of which there were five.
Story 1: contact was lost with a plane carrying 239 people.
Story 2: trouble in the Ukraine.
Story 3: Oscar Pistorius murder story.
Story 4: how daylight savings time can negatively affect your mood.
Story 5: Phil Jackson is thinking about coaching the Knicks.
So, out of these five, the most positive story was speculation about whether or not Phil Jackson wanted to coach the New York Knicks. I wouldn’t consider that negative or positive, really, but the other four I’d feel pretty confident about labeling less than positive. This is the stuff we consume daily. It’s sincerely no wonder that our outlooks lean toward the negative so often. Turn on the 6:00, 10:00, or 11:00 news. I doubt what you will see there will be much different.
It’s easy to feel like we’re consumed by negativity, which then makes it easier to excuse our own negativity. The news is going to tell you about murders, crime, general sadness in the world, and things in your community that are potentially hazardous. It’s up to you to seek out better news. I’m not advocating for the ostrich syndrome here, I’m merely stating that it’s worth seeking out the good in an effort to not succumb to the bad. I’ll get you started:
The good stuff is there. You just have to find it. Reading and watching negativity is certainly easier. However, I found those three stories in less than five minutes.
Seek out the good stuff. It’s worth the effort.
Have an awesome Friday,