Hello and welcome to the first official post of The River Blog! I guess we should get started, eh? I thought we’d talk a little about positivity.
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a problem with thinking negatively too much. It seems like, in today’s world, we focus WAY more on the negative than on the positive. Seems you can’t turn sideways without getting yelled at for your political opinion or shirt size or which way the toilet paper roll should go on the roller. (For mercy’s sake, just let me use the bathroom in peace!) Even our sense of humor branches more and more heavily into self-deprecation and crude jokes. And y’know, I think that affects us over time. We start to really believe that the world is mostly a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad place, and the “good” things in life are really just little illusions that let us forget the awful “reality” for a while.
But you know what? That’s ridiculous! The idea that the bad things in life are more “real” than the good things in life makes zero sense. Just look at any major disaster and count how many hero stories come out of them. Light actually seems to shine brighter when dark things happen. To me, that seems to indicate that the light is more powerful. Maybe we just need to be reminded of that once in a while.
So I invite you to pause with me for a few minutes and remind yourselves of some of the positive things in life. Maybe you have an awesome family member who’s there for you in hard times. Maybe someone did a random act of kindness for you at the store. Maybe you really, REALLY like dogs. (Like, REALLY.) It can take a little retraining of the brain, but I think if we let ourselves, we can start to turn our defaults away from the negative and back to the positive.
Here’s a little something to get us started today. I hope to post more encouraging stories like this going forward, both from the news and from my own life. My prayer is that someone (even if it’s just me) will find a little more light in their day because of it! =)