War. Financial ruin. Unemployment. Volcano’s. Strikes. Violence. Oil spills. Intolerance. Rogue nations.
The news seems determined to drive home what a negative, futile world we live in, and it’s hard to believe that we make it through a day what with all of the horrible things reported to us.
I’d be willing to bet that if you were to watch the TV news every day, it would change you. It would shift your perception so you see all the problems in the world, and notice all the problems in your life. It would draw your attention to the bad that people do and point out everything negative in your world.
The culture of the 24 hour news media is one of negativity, cynicism and drama. It’s a monster fed by some of the worst traits that we humans share, and its power to shift perception shouldn’t be ignored or underestimated.
Focusing on the negative, distressing, shocking and scandalous in life will only destroy your spirit. Focusing on what’s wrong reduces your ability to see what’s right. You see the dysfunction rather than the function, and over time this rubs off on your own choices and your own behaviour.
Garbage in, garbage out.
You make decisions based on what you don’t want, not what you do want. You move away from what you hate rather than towards what you love. Your life becomes a matter of survival and safety rather than an enterprise of meaning and possibility.
Your ability to make positive, meaningful change is buried under the weight of the world, and the cost is your spirit and your self-confidence.
But the news is not the world. The news is not your life.
Amazing things happen every single day. People make huge leaps of faith. People create wonderful things and have remarkable ideas. People connect to each other in ways that make us feel alive.
We are not isolated, scared and vulnerable; we are giants.