Are you tired of all the negative news?
Wars, calamity, drama, trauma, and offensive sound bites from a bitter election. These are the stories that make headlines. Rarely is good news deemed newsworthy to broadcast.
In the year leading up to the election for U.S. President, we couldn’t escape the daily deluge of disparaging remarks. Some of us began to question what happened to humanity, character, and respect. Viewing the world through such a negative lens makes it appear a pretty dark place. But is it really?
We have to remember that only the most shocking stories make it through the news funnel. If we focus solely on what makes headlines, we’ll end up with a skewed sense of reality.
It’s much like feeding on a steady diet of junk food. An unhealthy diet leads to an unhealthy body. Consuming viral news without a clear perspective leads to an unhealthy mind. We must be careful what information we allow in and what we choose to focus on.
A Choice of Perspective
Harvey Mackay said, “When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.”
Good news may not produce high viewer ratings, but good things are happening all around us. To keep the day’s headlines in perspective, it may help to consider that somewhere out there today:
- A newborn draws her first breath.
- Someone offers a meal to a homeless man.
- A toddler takes his first step.
- A family gives a stray dog a home.
- Strangers provide funding so a remote village can have access to clean water.
- A little boy takes his first solo ride without training wheels.
- A weary patient hears the words “in remission.”
- One person extends a helping hand to another.
- An artist takes the stage for the first time.
- A runner laces up and heads west to raise awareness for a cause he believes in.
- A researcher works feverishly to find a cure.
- The quiet girl in class finds her voice.
- Someone picks up the pieces and begins again.
- Neighbor helps neighbor.
- A volunteer makes a difference.
- An entrepreneur starts her first business.
- A son calls his mother.
- Opposing sides find common ground.
- An innovator has an idea.
- A group of people build a school in a foreign land.
- A coach says, “Well done.”
These moments won’t make the evening news. Reporters won’t be there to capture every detail. The stories won’t go viral. Yet, in someone’s life, this news is no less important than what scrolls across the bottom of the screen.
We have plenty of problems, serious problems, and it is not my intent to diminish the impact of such a consequential election.
I simply ask you to take a look around. The evidence is everywhere. Humanity is alive and well. People far and wide are doing good and will continue to do good; therefore, there is hope. It’s all a matter of perspective.
What good news do you see today?