It’s easy sometimes to get buried under all the negativity in the world around us. We struggle to get through the day and lose sight of the good things that are still in our lives. Our minds are constantly bombarded with the problems of others and the carelessness of those who are more concerned with their own desires than how what they do might be affecting others. A simple commute to work can many times be a stark example of this.
Where this is truly detrimental is when it comes to your work. I have a day job, but it has been a dead end road from the beginning and no amount of positivity will change that. Where I find this topic applying to my own career is in the writing that I choose to do for this blog. As a political and philosophical thought provoking platform, there are a lot of negative things that I end up going over in an attempt to bring common sense and reason to as many people as possible. It is quite easy to make every article a complaint against modern society. That really isn’t where I want to be.
There are many things that need to be said, and many of those things are going to be negative, but at the same time there needs to be a balance that focuses on the many positive things. No one wants to spend their day mired in articles telling us how doomed the world is, especially when there are so many reasons to be hopeful for the future. Even this blog is an effort in hope, not just that some of the bad trends in our political landscape will be reversed, but also that some of the things I pass on here will be helpful to people who need it.
Many times the situations in our lives are beyond our control, but the one thing that we have control of every moment of the day is our attitude and what we choose to focus our attention on. It can be difficult at times to hold a balance between addressing important issues and wallowing in how bad we see things being. We can’t ignore the problems of the world, because they will just get worse if we don’t do anything about them, but it is critical to keep the proper perspective when rolling up our sleeves to do the hard work.
When it comes to our chosen profession, much of the negativity comes from not seeing the fruit of our labor, especially if we work in a profession that has a lot of negativity associated with it. That might be from a boss or customers or any number of other sources. For this blog, it is mostly the people I find to be crazy or incompetent who stand out as targets for highlighting why things are the way they are. A bit more balance is required.
There have been many posts since I started that focused on more of a self help style of writing, and I hope to continue doing more of that to balance out the political articles that have dominated the list recently. It is important for all of us to have a positive attitude, because no one really responds well to constant criticism and a good attitude can sometimes address a problem far better than pointing out flaws. Many times the problems we have with others is simply resolved with a bit of positivity.
Ultimately, it is up to us to decide our path forward. There might be limiting factors, but we can always push in the right direction regardless of the circumstances. Eventually we will find at least the peace of knowing we did things right, even if we don’t necessarily get the results we were hoping for. Never ignore the things that need to be addressed, but we must always remember to balance the critical nature required to deal with those things with an equally positive mindset to prevent a descent into depression or anger. This can apply to anything in life.
How balanced is your work? Do you spend most of your time dealing with negative people, or struggling to keep a positive mindset? How do you deal with this kind of environment? We can make our lives much less stressful if we can find a way to balance out this kind of dark energy with a lighter side. Happiness and contentment can be as much of a choice as anything else, but it requires a bit of focus and effort to make it happen.
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