Are things getting better or worse? Every day we hear stories of murder, corruption, injustice, disease, natural disasters, victimization, economic struggles, and war. Hooboy.
Though we get that negativity from the media, the media are not to blame. They are simply giving us what we have told them we want. They follow–consciously or not–the “if it bleeds, it leads” mantra because we respond to it. We love negative stories, they surmise.
But those stories we hear are not anywhere near the whole truth. Look around you. What do you notice? For the vast majority of us, most things work. The sun rises every day. The law of gravity has not been repealed. We have love, friendship, comfort, food, and shelter. We are free to express ourselves. The people around us–even strangers–are good and kind. They stop at the traffic lights and say “thank you” when you hold the door for them.
Yes, there are serious problems all over. And we–the good, kind people–will solve them. So choose. Do you want to reduce your focus on the negative and up your participation in the positive? If so then,
- Go on a news diet. Notice and celebrate–quietly and with others–all the good stuff.
- Read Peter Diamandis’ and Steven Kotler’s book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. It describes how good things are and how we are actually solving today’s big problems.
- Know where you are best able to contribute and then do that. Hint: if you are in your SweetSpot, then you are contributing perfectly.
It’s good and getting better, ya?
In your corner,