I'm biting my typing fingers as I begin today's post, trying not to make it political. See what great self discipline I have? I only mentioned politics once already. :)
Even when things seem bleak and dark, it doesn't help to spread the message of doom and gloom. I have noticed that these feelings seem to spread like wildfire. I heard once that people tell other people about arguments they have had, hoping that they can get them on their side. I think those who spread doom and gloom are also looking for reinforcements. If they can get enough people to agree with them, then their view of the world must be correct.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't be realistic. We have to acknowledge evil, and fight against it whenever possible. But slandering others, or passing on information in order to get a reaction from people, doesn't help anyone. You know what I'm talking about. There is always someone who passes on unsavory news just for the shock value. And just maybe it feels good to get riled up about something once in awhile.
But overall, I think it is more wise, and more healthy, to focus on the brighter, more positive side of life. It doesn't help the situation to get others upset, or to dwell on negative thoughts ourselves. And just like "Pollyanna", we can always find something for which we can be glad. We can always find something for which we are thankful. For example, I have cursed the "squat" toilets here in China. I hate them with a passion. But over the past few weeks, I have noticed that my knees are getting stronger, and think there is a direct correlation to using the squat toilets. I can still vehemently dislike the toilets, but I don't have to complain, and I can find something about them for which I am grateful.
So before you pass on messages of gloom and doom, ask yourself if passing this along will accomplish any worthy goal. Will it encourage people to live better? Will it bring peace to the lives of others, or will it make them miserable? I think we have enough "gloom and doom-sayers" in the world already.
Let's hop on over and see what the other consortium members have to say about gloom and doom:
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar, , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit, The Old Fossil, our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)