My wife loves to watch NBC Nightly News. I'm not much of a news guy. While I know its important to pay attention to whats going on in the world, so much of the coverage is negative. Its hard for me to watch something where story after story is about crime, violence and people tearing each other down. However, my wife said to me that she loved NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt because they did a lot of positive and inspirational stories. I watch with her from time to time and she's right. Its definitely a more positive spin on the world. And I love that they always end with a positive note.
While I believe its important to be knowledgeable about even the negative things going on in the world, I believe its even more important to focus on what's going right. We should be focusing on places and things that make the world a better place. And most importantly we should be reaching constantly to understand and appreciate human beings who are doing good things consistently in our society. To often we focus our time and energy on negative people and stories about them. You rarely get huge interest in uplifting stories in main stream society. Feel good stories are largely outweighed by pop culture drama based crap.
Social media coverage has delved deep into the negative pool as well. For example, Twitter has become a tremendous opportunity for negative people to have a direct negative voice to anyone who is on there. Its just too easy to be negative these days and have that message spread across the world. However, it doesn't have to be like that. Because the same power behind negative words can be neutralized by the amazing power of positive words.
Now maybe you are reading this thinking...Darian, that's just wishful thinking to believe that positive words can overcome the negative influence of our news cycle and other things. And to that I say you may be right on a large scale, but you have the power to make a hugely positive difference on a small scale which could then be a big difference on a large scale.
Regularly I do my best to project a positive image and actions to my family, friends and staff. I believe that being in a leadership role in my environment gives me a great opportunity to be a light to others and to guide them towards a more positive way of living. And guess what, everyone reading this is a leader in some way in your own environment. If you have kids you are definitely the guiding example of what it means to be a positive human being in this world. YOU are one of the biggest reasons for your child's overall success. I always tell people...look at a person's parents and their friends and that will tell you quite a bit about why they act and live the way they do. YOU have the power to be a positive guiding light to others every single day.
And I promise you, if you spend more of your time being around positive people and doing positive things then you will grow a positive life. And the same can be said for negative things. If you spend time around negative people and do negative things then you will grow a negative life. Period. Whatever you do consistently...positive or negative...you will grow exactly that.
So, what's your choice? Will you go out today, tomorrow and beyond and choose good things regularly or bad things regularly? Ultimately, its up to you. No one else can live your life for you.
And here's my last thing. I have a challenge for my readers. If you don't do this already then give it a try. Have action to these two things everyday for at least one whole week. One, give everyone in your family at home a high five and hug every time you see them. After that tell them something good about them that will make them smile. You will have then provided the power of positive touch and positive words consistently to someone. Now, watch what happens to those people in your life that you pour positive touch and positive words into. Watch them blossom and grow in a beautiful light. Its truly amazing.
Thanks for reading my blog everyone. I am truly blessed and honored that many of you take the time to read my words. I'm giving you a high five and a hug virtually right now! Bask in the goodness of your day and be a light to others.
Until the next time...