I came across this article a couple of years ago, and am not sure if it still exists somewhere out there in web space. Unfortunately, I forgot to save the web link but I do know it was written by a news reporter named Jim Douglas. Call it a fluff piece, but it’s stories like this that make me smile and remind me that my soul likes to hear stories about triumph and love.
The media today seems to be negative in a way and our society gravitates towards it. All you can see sometimes in the media is pain rather than excitement, sadness rather than hope and fear stories trump love headlines. So what is it that we can do? While of course it is important to know what is going on around us, can we look for things that are good and decent as well? Could we have a headline that said: “Sisters happily reunite after 20 years” signifying hope and winning rather than “Sister stolen from family finally finds sister” where you already know the article is going to focus on the pain rather than the overcoming of it. It’s all a matter of perception sometimes. There’s this book called ‘Happiness Now!’ written by Robert Holden, which has a lot of cool insights into what happiness is, Robert gives this exercise:
How did you read this? What do you see? Some people would have said ‘Happiness is nowhere’, while others may have said ‘Happiness is now here’. You realise that this can apply in life. My partner and I could be arguing about something, but it’s a matter of perception, in the end we’re arguing the same answer just another way of solving it.
There was this speech given by this guy when I was in grade 7 that may explain this better. I don’t remember his name, or even what he looked like. But his message has stayed with me. He said, look around you, count how many blue chairs there are. Now open your eyes, how many red chairs there are? to our shock none of us could remember if there was even any red chairs. It was the perfect example to show us that we see the things we want to see, and in doing this we may miss out because we weren’t particularly looking. Could this happen to in life? Do we only see what we want to see and miss out on opportunities that could change the way we think for the better?
So what’s my point? Well maybe I’m going off on a tangent, but I guess what I am trying to saying is that, open your eyes, there is love in this world and in a time when so many people say is a horrible time to be born into.
I found the following article that I want to share you today, in an old folder I had saved on my computer 2 years ago. It was under a folder called ‘Collecting Positivity’, wherein I saved random funny articles, anecdotes or quotes that made me happy. There were dozens of articles in there, showing headlines in the media that were GOOD news. In future blogs, I intend to share with you some of those other stories too. But for now, here you go, I hope you enjoy the following article and when you’re done, did you feel happy like I did knowing that for those who truly believe in it, love can last a lifetime 🙂