Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 7 - 21 Day Challenge. Where is the love?

I'm traveling for work at the moment, so I'm out of my normal routines in the morning.  This morning after the gym I came back to catch up on some work and flicked on the TV to catch up on the news.  Back to multi-tasking rather than being in the moment.

Now I must admit it's been a while since I watched news on TV, particularly morning news.  It's no surprise that I consume most of my news online through various site, blogs and other sources.  It's just more efficient and I can spend longer drilling into the things that interest me, and less time on the things that don't (like sport.)  Because of this there were certain things that jumped out at me while watching the news. Mainly that it was just so negative.  While I was expecting updates on political topics (both local and global) there was instead, story after story of people's shame and downfall.  Stories about tragedy.  Stories about death.  Stories about footballers doing stupid things overseas (will they every learn?!?).  It seems like the main purpose of the news was to demonstrate what a sad state society is in.  There was no balance.  There was no impassive factual reporting about decisions being made around the world that affect the lives of millions.  Rather it was all human interest stories, that in my opinion, had a negative and destructive bent.


So, to take my mind off the negative this morning I'm asking - where is the love?  Where are the things people are doing that are good around the world?  What is happening in your community that is good and uplifting?  Who do you know that is doing something to make the world around them a better place?  Think about it.  There are a lot of people working to improve things on a global, national and local scale. Whether it be running orphanages in Zimbabwe, or opening a food co-op in your local area to support local farmers.  People are looking to make an impact - big or small - and make their world a better place.  Where are these stories?  The mainstream news is not likely to tell anyone about them.  It just doesn't sell. However we have an incredible opportunity to share through social media (Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs) the stories of those we know making a difference.  We can spend a few minutes to give them a shout out & a thank you.  We can create our own network of news and influence if we make it a priority to share the positive with others.