Lately I've been listening to Air America on my car radio (liberal/progressive talk radio). Since I lean more to the left in my political views, I find it easier to listen to than conservative talk radio, as I agree with more of what they're talking about.
But even if I find it easier to agree with, I still find myself frequently having to turn it off or change the station. Yesterday, driving in silence after feeling compelled to turn it off yet again, I was noodling over what that was all about.
Ultimately, it's because much of politically oriented talk radio - both liberal and conservative - is focused on, "What's wrong with _______." There is almost never a celebration of things going right. There is almost never a recognition of the immense good being done in the world. And all that focus on what's wrong starts to drag me down.
The key measurement in talk radio (and other media) seems to be, if it raises your blood pressure, turns your face red and makes you splutter and spit, it must be good entertainment.
I don't have any illusion that I'm going to change that - certainly not with a blog post. But I can plant a seed to counter it that some of you might carry out into your lives.
Reinforced by the media, looking at what's wrong with the world has almost become a habitual perspective. And habits don't change without a concerted effort. With that in mind, I'd like to challenge you to start a new daily habit. Every day, make it a point to ask yourself, "What's right with the world?" Go out of your way to reinforce a positive view.
Maybe you do it first thing in the morning to set the tone of your day. Maybe you consciously scan the newspaper for positive stories. Maybe you keep a what's-right-with-the-world journal, much like keeping a gratitude journal. Maybe you start a what's-right-with-the-world blog.
However you do it, you just might be amazed at the degree to which what you focus on shapes your image of the world.