Use Negative News to Create a Better Future
“Life handed him a lemon,
As Life sometimes will do.
His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade.”
― ‘The Optimist’ appeared in a 1940 edition of The Rotarian
“It is hard to make lemonade if you can’t even afford the sugar.” That is the gist of what I hear from people who think more pessimistically than I do. These voices seem to relish in pointing out how bad things are for a certain percentage of people. I try to lift a conversation up with optimism and they insist on bringing the tone down. Inevitably I deflate. There is nothing I can do or say to convince a person who fundamentally believes the world is in such a state. Optimism is impossible for some.
“After all, what are birthdays? Here today and gone tomorrow.” ― A. A. Milne, Eeyore
What is more troubling to me than pessimism is the lack of activity which follows. Particularly in the world we live in today, there seems to be a great number of people talking and not so much doing. What serves as activism is consuming ideas on social media and pressing the like or share button. We end up with a few, highly popular ideas being circulated and very little creative industry put to solutions.
To my way of thinking, if you want something to be different, you have to get out there and make it so. Sure, it is difficult, who said it was not going to be? What happened to ‘be the change you want to see in the world?’ When did it become socially acceptable to sit back and spew negativity at every positive thought that comes along?
I stopped following mainstream media years ago to avoid the doom and gloom which pervaded. That was an easy thing to do by disconnecting from television, radio and newspapers. As of late, social media networks are the news and they have crept into every corner of our digital lives. Even our email inboxes are not safe. There are not enough filters to keep negative news at bay anymore. What can be done about this? Is it important to stay vigilant against the tide of negative news?
With a plethora of information readily available, I see no need to spend time on consuming negativity. The important events of the world will become known to me, I do not need to seek these stories out. Instead, I work hard at emotional balance. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Here are some tips you can follow to stay positive in light of negative daily news:
- Control Your Intake
- Search out Positive News Networks, (Happy Eco News)
- Get Involved
- Understand Duality
- Talk About Your Feelings
- Practice relaxation
- Laugh often
It is not always easy to stay balanced, particularly in this covid-19 pandemic. If extreme care is not taken, the statistics of the day can leave you weeping. Having everyone falter under the weight of the present circumstances doesn’t leave the world a better place. We need most people to do the work of creating the future in new and wonderful ways, to lift everyone up. This is the inflection point to do better as humans.
If you find yourself surrounded by negativity, with people around you raising their voices about the injustice of the world, ask them and yourself, ‘what kindnesses can we create to lift ourselves out of this mess?’ That will make a difference. Channel the strong negative emotions into action. Use them to create a better future. If we all did a little of that each day, I think the world would be better off.
I believe the magic of a creative practice is anchored in how normal it is. Meaning it is part of a lifestyle, not something separate. I want all my moments to include the joy of creativity, not just the few weeks of a year when I can escape my normal life for a vacation. It seems so sad that we live such a stressful existence, most of the time, so that we require a recovery period. I truly believe we can ‘create a life we don’t need a vacation from’.
By pursuing a creative life, it seems logical that our level of wellness will be enhanced. As the DailyFinds this week have explored, there is much to be gained from practicing creativity. Enjoy these DailyFinds if you missed any of them this week.
- Do Positive or Negative Emotions Make You More Creative?
- Creativity equals resilience
- Emotionally intelligent bosses make for happier, more creative employees
- How to use your emotional intelligence to unlock creative thinking
- Why negative emotions can spark creativity
- What Emotions Help Creativity?
“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
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