I read something recently that sent me off on a round of what if thinking. I love what if’s.
What if we obsessed about the good stuff about ourselves and the world instead of the not so good? Whoa. Now there’s some juicy food for thought.
How many times a day do we decide how we feel about ourselves? How often do we obsess about our shortcomings, mistakes, wrong turns, and the poor decisions that reap unfortunate consequences? What if we stopped all of the self-defeating nonsense and obsessed about the good stuff instead of the not so good?
Years ago, a homeless man with the helmet and placard gave me an important message (If We Can Dream It, We Can Build It). Odd though he was, he was a harbinger of truth. He told me two things I need to remember: stop listening to my own negative thoughts, and stop listening to the negative thoughts of others.
We as a collective humanity are being bombarded mercilessly by the ceaseless, unrelenting proclamations of the bad news heaped upon us, both by ourselves and by the media—the same media that is owned, operated, and controlled by gigantic, powerful conglomerates that dictate what news we are to be fed, those who seem intent upon brainwashing us with fear for profit, and that invade our sanity with images of gun wielding extremists who frighten us into thinking that their intention of claiming their human rights at the expense of the rest of us will drag us into a civil war.
We need to stop listening. We need to change the channel. We need to stop subjecting ourselves to brutal fear mongering and turn our focus to stories of good news instead, such as the owner of the high-end restaurant, Eleven Madison Park in New York, who converted his business from feeding the fortunate few who can afford it, to feeding the needy through a nonprofit organization that serves leftover restaurant food to those in need.
What if we stopped watching and listening to the news? What if we sent a message that we will no longer support fear mongering by subjecting ourselves to negativity? What if we demanded good news instead? What if we took our power back and called the media to task for their actions and the role they play in keeping our nerves jangled and our hearts aflutter?
What if we stopped all of the self-defeating negativity about ourselves and the world, and obsessed about the good stuff instead? What if we replaced our bad-news cravings with a desire for upliftment? What if we realize that as we let go of fear, fear will let go of us.
We have the power. We can claim it. Will we? I will. Will you?
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).