Too much negativity!

“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.” – Anonymous

Interesting quote, isn’t it? It is one that was provided to me in the form of a prompt to get me to write. After thinking about it for a moment or two, I determined it is right. How many of us are not happy with the current state of affairs of our current legislative administration? Probably most of us, but how many of us are fed up based on what it is we are fed via the news be it the newspapers we receive at home, purchase on the way to work, watch on the television or see via whatever form of Social Media we currently use to access our news. Problem is – how true is most of what it is we are reading/seeing/ and hearing?

How many of us take the time to look at say a snippit from Facebook (news items are constantly popping up there) and believe it without doing more research into the matter. One of the problems as I see it today is that we are constantly being bombarded with news and I would venture to say that the majority of the news being presented today via any means is almost always 100% negative. How often do we see something nice that is happening in the world today? Not often I might add.

Perhaps we should all unsubscribe from the publications we receive until those in charge of publishing the news provide us with an equal serving of the good that is happening in the world today. I find it hard to believe that a planet the size of ours with the billions of people living on it thrive mainly on negativity. What about the positive things that are happening today? Surely in some small forgotten part of the Earth, someone – somewhere is experiencing “Happy” events. Why are these incidents not receiving the same treatment in the news today? Do they not report on those incidents? Are we so inclined to always be in need of a “fix” of negativity?

I recently posted somewhere that I am hesitant to move forward with this blog entitled “Lakeland Musings” due to the potential for receiving negative feedback (there is that word negative again) should someone read something I may post here that would be construed in a manner differently than what I had meant for it to mean. But – you know – I may just challenge myself to use this site to post nothing but happy, funny, crazy things if for no other reason than to have a place to go to where one can read an article and “smile” or perhaps even laugh at what was posted. Wouldn’t that be a novel idea? I know for a fact that I prefer a good dose of laughter at least once a day than I do a double or triple dose of negativity every time I pick up a newspaper, look at Facebook, or turn on the TV.

Stay tuned – I ain’t goin away just yet!


Be Flexible!

Be flexible

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Everyone’s situation changes constantly. Experience has taught me that the easier one moves with the changes, the easier our lives become. We may not like it at first but usually in the end all works out.

When we were younger we tended to resist change but only if we did not truly realize what the change was meant to do. Eventually, though, we usually came around to everyone’s way of thinking and accepted the change, if for no other reason than, to keep peace and not ruffle any feathers. This held true whether it was in the business climate and our jobs depended on accepting change or quite possibly something that happened within the family and in order to keep things civilized – one accepted the change.

But as we get older –leastways to my way of thinking – many of us take changes that happen today as a sort of “OK, time once again to roll with the punches.” I find that the older I am becoming, the less stressed out I become when something changes in our lives. I guess with age comes the knowledge that – as the old saying goes – “And this too shall pass!”

Our children are getting older and facing new and newer challenges every day. I sometimes wonder how they are accepting the changes that are occurring in their lives. We (my wife and I) just recently said to each other that we may think we know what the business environment is like out there today but the reality of it is that today’s working population, in all probability, face many challenges we may not have ever been exposed to. The same would hold true with our children’s children. My guess is that, and I hate to say this, today’s child is living in a much scarier world than that in which we grew up in.

Now, having said that, looking back at the recent election results, one would hope that since we have had a serious change in the political environment, the two parties could recognize that situations change constantly and that the easier one moves with the changes, the easier our lives may be. Wouldn’t it be nice if both parties would put their own (not the peoples) differences aside and work together to make this country what it used to be. How hard can it be to recognize that the people of this country, (myself included), want change. We would like a better education for our children, we hope to see the economy get better rather than worse, it would be nice if all Americans were able to have and afford healthcare. These are all possibilities if everyone would work together for the common good of all. But then, what do I know?