I heard this expression on the radio and fell in love with it. It, unfortunately, captures my feelings about the pandemic.
My universe is filled with bad news. I can’t avoid it. I just need to open my eyes and open my ears. It is everywhere, and it crowds out alternative information. My local papers try to compensate by having a regular good news column. It seems so forced. I don’t read it. It isn’t presented as news but more as a column filler.
This can be overwhelmingly negative on my soul. That is never a good thing – especially if I can avoid it. So, the first thing I do is actively look for positive news items hidden in the stream of negativity. I then reinforce the behaviour of whoever provided that opportunity to me.
For example, going to movies in theatres is not a typical pastime anymore. One of the largest cinema chains overseas has suspended all showings. The third-largest cinema chain in the United States is filing for bankruptcy. Oh, I’m falling into the trap of spreading bad news. It is so easy to do.
I enjoy the movie reviews by Chris Knight in the National Post chain of papers. He goes way beyond telling me he likes the movie. He connects it to cinema history, the historical times, backstories of the personalities, etc. Even if I never see the movie, my regular “Knightly” fix brings joy to my heart. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t surprise me if the paper stopped printing his writings because folks aren’t going to movies much anymore.
I wrote a letter to the editor with a positive message about the movie reviews. I wanted to say thanks. I was out there still reading reviews of movies I would probably not see for many months. They actually printed my letter! Oh, joy.
Suppose you are an older adult. I know it takes more energy to seek out and support a healthier balance on the negative/positive continuum. It takes even more effort to purposefully support or contribute to a more positive reflection of our times.
To be clear, I’m not pretending we should look through rose coloured glasses. But, by being mindful of the beneficial aspects of not absorbing negativity, we can be happier. Those loved ones who surround us will appreciate it.
So give this a bit of a think. Identify one negative news story about the pandemic, and then find a positive thought amongst your pandemic thoughts. Here comes the critical part. Share that positivity with another. You will both be the better for it.
I’m curious about your thoughts. Please leave your comment. I read every one.
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