My Potatoheads: The news of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement this week made me realize how long it’s been since I’ve woken up to a positive news item. Think about it. When was the last time you woke up to news that you were happy about?
I feel like I’ve actually become a less informed person since last November, because I opt for frustratingly shutting off the news rather than watching it through (it’s no excuse, I know). I selfishly never want to start my morning with it, because it’s simply all bad. But upon waking up to the Royal Family celebrating love, and rumors abounding over when, where and what this royal wedding would be: I realized just how starved I’ve been — how starved we’ve all been — for good news of late.
Usually not one to take a “glass half full” approach, I uncharacteristically started to think about whether or not there were any good things that have come from the bad news being dropped on us by the metric ton…
I think all of the bad news this year, and the people that cause it, has spurred on movements like the #MeToo movement. I heard someone say on the news this morning that perhaps with a different President, people wouldn’t have come forward. It might have never happened.
I think all of the bad news this year has made me a less complacent person when it comes to looking at what’s wrong with the world. It’s made me less neutral, less tolerant of what’s offensive, and more passionate all around; something it’s done for all of us I think.
I think all of the bad news this year has actually made me a person who appreciates what some might perceive as “basic” or “cliché” or “cheesy” far more than before. Far more than before the world seemed to be coming to an end. It’s these pleasures that have actually made my work week calmer, and more enjoyable.
I think all of the bad news this year has made me grateful for the people in my life who move me forward not backwards. Who lift me up, rather than stymy me. I used to have more patience for the toxic: I don’t anymore.
I think all of the bad news this year has made me a nicer person in my every day. That can mean something as simple as looking a stranger in the eye and smiling when they ask for directions, rather than briskly answering and walking away. I think more of us are doing this lately, and it has a Pay It Forward effect.
I think all of the bad news this year has made me believe in Karma more, because there’s a lot of people I’m angry at.
I think all of the bad news this year has made all of us more creative in a sense, because we are all constantly pushing ourselves on how to express ourselves and get messages across that need to be heard.
It may seem awful to look at the bright side of bad news, but after a year of only deriving anger from it: It seemed time to draw a different hypothesis. Even if just for twenty minutes of one’s day.
Can you see the bright side of bad news? What has it done for you this year? I’d like to know.