Sunday, July 24, 2016

In my little corner of the world

I was talking with a friend the other day and she made the comment, “It’s hard to stay positive with all the negativity in the world.” She went on to say that she watches the news every morning to stay abreast of current events. I think that’s admirable. But it’s not for me.

I seldom watch the news but, every morning when I turn on my computer, the big stories of the day flash across my screen. I can decide whether or not to read them. Then, I sign in to Facebook and I’m inundated with what’s currently going on in the world. I can scroll past those posts or choose to read them. With few exceptions, I ignore all of the above.

Why? Because I think my friend’s statement is absolutely true and I don’t want any unnecessary negativity in my life. Like most people, I have enough challenges in my little corner of the world, things that could and would steal my joy - if I let them. I don't need to take on any more. Too much negativity affects my writing productivity. A happy writer is a productive writer. At least in my case.

Many years ago, I made a commitment to myself to be happy and I’m determined to do everything I can to honor that commitment. If that means missing out on the latest plane crash, mass murder or other tragedy so be it! Terrible things have always happened and, unfortunately, they probably always will. My knowing about them won’t change that but it could put a damper on my day and my spirit.

Each of us has to do whatever it takes to stay positive. What works best for you?