In preparing to write this blog, I was trying to find a picture to post at the top to emphasize something that has often troubled me. Many of the posts on AR and other blog sites along with the media always seem to get the most attention from the bad news and not so much on the good. When I looked for the picture that expressed my concern, I found it almost immediately. Once again BAD NEWS is emphasized.
What is it in our make up that makes us crave the down side of almost anything in life? We all profess to want to stay positive and be around positive people, help others, we want better for our kids, ourselves, the economy, the government. The list goes on and on, yet in the same breath, we tend to do a lot of the opposite.
Maybe it's the sensationalism in the dark side of things or the suspense of not knowing what will happen next. Could it be that we like to see how bad someone else has it so we feel better about ourselves? I don't know the answer.
I reviewed all of the posts I have put on AR and found this to be evident. If my post concerned a possible problem, everyone flocked to the post at nearly 5x the rate of a positive, uplifting or encouragement post. So, now I'm confused as to if we all feel that if it is good information, while it may be great advice, I don't need to respond or if it is bad news or a trying situation, we just need to respond to help or offer advice.
While I say all this, please do not take it out of context. If someone is in a pickle, the advice, support and encouragement is certainly welcome. I just think that if we (and I mean the human race) paid less attention to all the bad news and focused on the good we'd be in a better place. After all we have never heard of a serial do gooder. We can certainly get into bad situations on our own without having it compounded by spreading the gloom faster than we can finish this sentence.
Staying positive through difficult times will make you stronger and successful. Experience is not measured in time, but in the ability to overcome our failures.