Recently I’ve been in a bit of a slump. There’s so much negativity in the news, on social media, and even in casual conversations. I’ve been bummed out by everything in my daily life. I didn’t want to give into the negativity, but it was almost an obsession like, “let’s see what horrible things are going to depress me on social media today,” and away I would scroll! --Becoming more and more upset by every post I saw.
Every day I would wake up and read terrible things. I would see the blogs my like-minded peers would post about how terrifying the world is and how much more awful it would soon become. I would notice which of my “friends” were liking something that offended me. I would show up to work and just go through the motions, feeling powerless and sad. I would look around at all the people I interacted with and wonder if they were hateful and angry the way so many people were portrayed on the news.
One day I called my sister for a brief five minute conversation. I told her I might have to quit social media all together because it was bothering me so much. After that quick call, I realized I was being ridiculous. Sure, a social media detox might help for a bit, but inevitably it’s my mindset I need to change. Yes, there’s some upsetting news out there, but it’s not going to help for me to think about it obsessively. It’s not going to help for me to mope around because everyone hates everyone. So, I decided that I’m no longer going to let the weight of the news burden me. When I see things that outrage me, I will speak out and do what I can to help, but I’m not going to go down the rabbit hole of what a terrible world this is, because I realized something after that phone call.
There are good people in this world and I’m one of them!
There are SO many people out there who are caring, wonderful humans and I’m lucky enough to have several of them in my life and I’m lucky enough to BE one of them. Too often we don’t allow ourselves to recognize how awesome we are. There’s a stigma to acknowledging your own positive attributes. We’re afraid of what others might say if they knew we thought highly of ourselves or maybe we’re afraid to admit the good things about us because we’re worried that we’ll lose humility. There’s a huge difference in recognizing that you are a good person versus thinking you’re better than everyone else.
When you view yourself in a positive light you’re able to grow. You open yourself up to even more potential. Have you ever met someone and even if it was just a single interaction with them, your day was uplifted because of how kind and positive they were? I want to be that person and I want to be that person every day.
So that’s it. It’s that simple. I’m going to continue to be a good person. I’m not going to let things get me down, especially when I have no control over them. I’m going to stand up for the things I believe in, but I’m also going to continue to treat everyone I meet with respect and kindness, even if I don’t see eye to eye with them. I’m going to show the world that there are good people out there.
There’s no inspiration in being constantly dragged down by negative thoughts and ideas. If I want to contribute to the world I have to push past the negativity that it often offers. So if you’re like me and have felt a bit hardened lately, I want you to look inward. Are you a good person? I bet you are. Acknowledge it. Give yourself a high-five! Now remind yourself that while you’re a unique individual, your goodness is not a phenomenon. You are one of many. Draw inspiration from that and let your positivity shine! When you think about how many good, decent people there are, it’s not hard to be positive. If we can remind ourselves of this daily, our positivity will become infectious and we will truly make a difference.