Good News or Bad News Which Do You Prefer?

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Good News or Bad News Which Do You Prefer?


I don’t tune into the evening news. I find it utterly depressing and a complete downer.




I prefer to fill my day with whom I can learn from, be inspired by. Yup, I like to know the facts, but I also want to know how to face the next day with positive energy and be “armed” with a good attitude as my ammunition against the negative that pores forth from news stations; the barrage of negative that can influence every thought and make you feel powerless from moving forward. 




Let me ask you a simple question: who has ever died from not enough negative news? But, people have died FROM negative news. Look at all of the people who committed suicide when they heard about the great crash in the 30’s. You can change a life with positive news. You can move people out of darkness if they have something to grasp onto that is a positive reminder, that will keep them inspired and keep them going.




In the movie, Castaway, a man is by himself on an island for about four years after he survives a horrific plane crash. One of the things that inspires him daily, is a shapshot that survives of his fiancee smiling at him. He also makes a friend out of a soccerball washed up after the crash, aptly names him Wilson after the company that manufactured it. He talks to Wilson, he looks for the positive in a new friend with absolutely no affirmation that he will ever get off that island. He eventually gets off the island on a handmade raft and is found by a passing cruiseship. He is catapulted back into society with all of its angst. The one thing that kept him going he reaches for…his old girlfriend. She had married and had children. But, she never gave up on him. She kept his car, ready for when he came back. She never stopped loving him and he never stopped loving her. He tells her she is what kept him going—that simple smile and the love that it conveyed.


This is the kind of news we need to keep in front of us. Not the bad news, but the good. Because that is what will get you out of  bed to face each day.  Let’s keep inspiring one another with good news because it can feed upon itself. It’s your choice, good or bad.


Survival depends upon the good you can tap into, not the negative. Ask any survivor of concentration camps. Ask the parents of the Sandy Hook massacre. They have banded together and looked for what good can come out of their communal tragedy. They have created a "promise" to help keep children safe through positive and loving change. (Here is one verse:)

This is a Promise

"To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make
our community and our nation a safer, better place".*


 That is the kind of inspirational message that I would RATHER listen to.



*This story was brought to me by NPR’s  program on January 13, 2013.





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Valorie Stover, Realtor for Casta del Sol
Casta del Sol Real Estate / HomeSmart Everygreen Realty - Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo,CA, Active Adult Community!

I couldn't agree more. I listen to the first 5 minutes of the news then shut it off. They use fear words all the time. Have a great day!

Jan 16, 2013 12:33 AM #1
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I remain eternally optomistic. But even bad situations have rays of light that shine through. Like the parents of Sandy Hook banding together. My pastor said something on Sunday that I found to be almost profound, "We can't eliminate the darkness but the light permeates it. We must be the light."

Jan 16, 2013 12:38 AM #2
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR
Great post Gayle. I sometime turn on the evening news just to see what's going on in the neighborhood but I don't put too much time and energy into it. I love Castaway. I think Tom Hank did an excellent job on this movie.
Jan 16, 2013 12:42 AM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Valorie, in the last several years there has been a leaning towards throwing in a "feel good" story at the end of the newscast, but you have to get through all of the murders, etc. before that...not worth it to me!

Tammie~I ALWAYS look for the good, no matter what. Your pastor's words, "We can't eliminate the darkness but the light permeates it. We must be the light." absolutely inspiring! You could write a post about that simple couple of sentences.

Wika, one of my all-time favorite movies ever. I agree, Tom Hanks was very very compelling.

Jan 16, 2013 12:53 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-I think the majority of people prefer good news but I also know depending on someone's positive or negative outlook then even good news can feel like bad news to a person with a negative outlook on life. I caught that Promise thing this morning. I also received this video that is touching and uplifting. I have a book that pretty much says it all and that is

"Your attitude determines your altitude"    I am not a news watcher nor do I read the paper. Even with doing neither you find out about bad stuff. We just have to surround ourselves with people and things that uplift and inspire us daily.

P.S. Hope you got my e-mail. If not I will resend it.

Jan 16, 2013 03:25 AM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I hate the news, they very seldom get it right and do their best to sensationalize everything, making it so much BIGGER than it actually is/was..............accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.

Jan 16, 2013 05:53 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Miss Sharon~yes, yes, YES. Sharing inspirational phrases like what you did:"Your attitude determines your altitude" (love that) and what Tammie's pastor said last week--these are the reasons why I write pieces like this and why you do, too. (And Gary W.) Wasn't that piece on The Promise moving??


P.S.  I got your e-mail. I've been trying to keep up with getting my new listing everywhere along with doing some new marketing and today I left for several hours. I may tackle this tomorrow with Ron and Alexandra...thank you for your thoughts, very important info.

Roger, boy doncha KNOW IT. Remember the song by the Eagles called Dirty Laundry?  That spelled out exactly what you said here as far as sensationalizing. Some of us don't want to stop and look at the car accident or peek into someone's deepest issues laid out for all to see.

Cup half full!!! Always.

Jan 16, 2013 08:37 AM #7
Neil Pluister
RE/MAX Property Pros Minocqua Neil Pluister (715) 367-7270 - Minocqua, WI
Realtor Up North



Great Post!


Awesome picture of the house on the lake.



Jan 16, 2013 09:42 AM #8
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Hello Gayle! I am a news junkie, but I am also VERY much the optimist! Almost nothing gets me down and I can be positive even in the worst situations.

Jan 16, 2013 11:49 AM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Both realities can be equally valid. It is our choice what kinds we pull ourselve to. :)


Love and light,


Jan 16, 2013 12:24 PM #10
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Neil, thanks for the compliments!

Rose~that's why I have always liked you.

Laura, that's why there is Dark and Light!

Jan 17, 2013 01:01 AM #11
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

You are sooooo right my friend!  There needs to be alot more positive happy news out there!

Jan 17, 2013 05:09 AM #12
Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

I have always realized that you must first endure the darkness to truly appreciate the light.

Jan 30, 2013 10:23 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debbie, yup--totally agree!

Keith~a new face on my blog--thanks for the comment. I think it's succint and spot on!

Jan 30, 2013 10:52 AM #14
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