I don’t read magazines a lot. Somehow I can’t bring myself to sit and read through all the ads and articles in a magazine. I like books better…….no commercials! However, I’ll admit that many magazines have great articles and I know that Dan gets much of his knowledge of current trends and future predictions from avidly reading a huge variety of them. So while recuperating from the exhaustion of another live event here at our place I plopped down in my favorite chair, leaned back and began leafing through the September issue of O Magazine. Now I realize some of you are going to tune me out right now because you have some issues with Oprah. But without going into all that let me just say there are always some very interesting, thought provoking and insightful articles in that magazine.
So I came across an article by Martha Beck titled, “In Praise of Rose-Colored Glasses”. That caught my attention right away because Dan and I have DEFINITELY and frequently been accused of wearing those glasses. Ms. Beck talks about how the world is buzzing about everything going to Hell in a hand-basket. But she goes on to say that she has gone through stages of trying to feel guilty for not buying into all the misery that surrounds our world, our country, our neighborhoods and ourselves. She says “….over the years I have seen what leads to positive change and what doesn’t. I have become sort of a joy hound.” She says that we give more attention to the bad things in our lives than the good ones—a phenomenon known as a negativity bias.
I hung on that phrase. In fact, I have had it hanging in the recesses of my mind like a cobweb for a couple days. Mulling it over. Are we truly programmed that way from birth? I feel sure we could debate this issue on both sides for a long time. However, it got me to thinking about the mindset of all the people who attend our live events here at the Sanctuary. I saw so many smiling faces of people who were not mired in the pits of despair but who were using their life stories to impact others in positive and encouraging ways. I also witnessed a lot of passion and hope in this group of participants. It was a great group. Ideas were flowing right and left and it was incredible to see how eager they were to give input to each other. And it was also good to see that many of them had already DONE something. They may not have gotten the success they ultimately want but the fact that they had actually DONE something puts them ahead of the norm. And it is to be commended.
Ms. Beck is right if you read the newspapers….watch the news channels…..listen to the radio talk shows…….the world IS going to Hell in a hand-basket by the world’s standards. But I will continue to wear my rose-colored glasses and help others tint their OWN glasses by giving them hope, inspiration and encouragement. I want everyone I come in contact with to recognize what we color our world with determines our attitude and our outcome. If we allow the common world view to tint our glasses…….and our hearts……….we will be living in a world of DARK. I like my world better.