The last few years have been hard, really hard. I have witnessed more anger and hate than I’ve ever seen before in my life. And I include myself. I’ve definitely been angry, and I’ve hated.
But here’s the thing. Anger and hate are toxic. They’re poison. They don’t do anything but make you feel awful. And it seems that the more people stay in their informational bubbles, the worse it gets.
I’m not saying I believe in “both-sides-ism.” In other words, I don’t think both sides are equally to blame for what’s been going on in society. I think one side has been particularly bad. And I also don’t think that “badness” can or should be ignored, regardless of the source. It must always be confronted and called out.
I’m drained. I need an infusion of “good,” and I need it constantly to maintain my sanity. And that’s the reason for this blog. The goal here is to focus on all things good, emphasize positivity, and avoid negativity. I just really want and need some peace, kindness, and joy.
Whether it’s a good Twitter post or video like this:
Or a good book like this:
Or a good dog like this:
Or a good place like this:
I’m really writing this blog for myself. I need it to help me keep my thoughts centered on what’s good. But if others stumble upon this site and it helps them too, all the better. I welcome anyone who needs some good in their life. My hope is that each post on this blog will leaving you feeling better than you felt before.
This is a big deal for me, because anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a naturally positive person.
When I was a kid, I remember the first time I heard someone say, “You can do anything in life that you want to do.” I immediately said, “That’s not true. You can’t jump over this building right now.” I really wish I had someone there that I looked up to who would have told me, “Wait a minute. Don’t take that so literally. Understand what they’re saying.”
But that’s the way I’ve always been. I always look for the flaw in something, I watch for what I consider to be “the lie,” or “the catch.” I’ve always focused on the negative. And I really don’t like that about myself.
So to all of a sudden try to write a blog where the emphasis is all positive… well, that’s going to be different for me. But that’s what I need.
I also should say that while I want to write about good books, good dogs, good music, good people, good movies, good places, etc., I’m quite aware that nobody is perfect, and nothing is without flaws. I get that. I just don’t want the “bad” to be my focus. My primary intention is to focus on what’s good in the world and inject it into my veins. Maybe the good will multiply like I’ve heard it does. I hope it does. I believe it will.
Let’s see how it goes…
Oh, wait… just one more last negative thing before I do this, just to get it out of my system…
I don’t like bananas.
There, okay, let’s do this…