This morning I was busy trying to talk myself out being busy...of doing housework. I didn’t completely succeed. I weakened. I succumbed and ended up doing a light load of laundry. Also I lifted the broom and waved it around a bit. I thought of going for a ride on it, but decided against that idea...for now.
While being busy trying not to be busy I worked out that I probably, unintentionally in most instances, read, watch, hear and catch glimpses of the world’s news on a daily average of four hours...give or take...if I took the time to add up the time spent!
It would be similar for most of us, I suppose. Every which way we look, we’re inundated with news – the good, the bad and the ugly...and the very ugly.
There’s far too much of the latter three.
However, among all the mayhem and horrors are the positive, inspirational stories, which abound with goodness, bravery and empathy.
Relating stories of individuals reaching for the stars, fulfilling their dreams, win or lose; some pushing themselves beyond the point of human endurance.
Unselfish actions and random acts of kindness touch
our hearts, often making us question our own values in life. We don’t hear enough of those stories. Too much emphasis and repetition is placed upon
the negatives...not the positives. Not enough light is shone upon the good. Too much light is placed on the bad. Surely, the latter is not beneficial to one’s frame
of mind....I know it’s not beneficial to my own.
It's so easy to become weighed down by the heavy burdens the world thrusts upon us. Also, it's easy to become cynical, if we allow ourselves to be. We must train ourselves to look beyond the evil-doers. Train ourselves to open our hearts and minds to those inspirational people who each moment of each day selflessly give of themselves to the betterment of others.
I find cynicism, as well as bitter, nasty sarcasm to
be very destructive to one’s well-being...
We should learn to give praise where and when praise is due. We should not allow ourselves to fall into traps filled with derision and harsh criticisms.
Unfortunately, many find the latter easier to do than the former!
Graphite sketch and acrylic painting...by me