It seems that everywhere I go lately all I hear is negativity, and blogs are no exception. The other day I read about the restructuring in the publishing industry on at least four different blogs. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to add to the Chicken Little mentality. If you want to know more, the facts are easy enough to find.
I understand why people post this stuff, and if you’re one of those people, don’t think I’m dissing you for it. I’m just saying that I think there’s a distinct drawback to doing so. It makes me feel hopeless every time I cruise my blogging circuit. And there’s enough for a not-yet-published author to feel bad about when reading the blogs of agents, editors, and published writers. It’s hard enough, facing the realities of making it in this profession. Why do I want to subject myself to more negativity?
There’s another problem with propagating bad news. It creates panic in the general population. This is the same process that has caused the stock market to do its roller coaster impression these past few months. People hear about the jobless rate, the auto industry, the housing market, and every time a tidbit of bad news is announced, the Dow takes another plunge. Well, I’m here to tell you something. The Tao is mightier than the Dow. We don’t have to be slaves to the stock market, and we don’t have to be slaves to bad news in general.
Forgive me for going all Pollyanna on you, but how about a little good news? How about the fact that I saw gas for $1.69 yesterday? Sure, the price of gas is an indicator of our troubled economy, but why not look on the bright side? We can now afford to drive to work. The farmer can afford to buy fuel for his tractor and ship his produce to market, which means we can stop paying so much for groceries. If I’m doing the math correctly, I calculate a 250% savings in gas from its all-time high price of around $4.23 a gallon just six months ago. Isn’t that worth celebrating?
It’s time for us to take control of our thought process. It’s time to develop a little yes-we-can mojo and reverse this downward spiral. If spreading bad news is enough to deflate the economy, then spreading good news should be enough to stimulate it. I challenge all of you to find something worth celebrating and start talking about it. I think we’re on the verge of some very powerful positive changes in this country. And if you happen to be stewing about all the damage the current administration has done in the past 8 years just consider this: Maybe that’s what was necessary to create the momentum that swept Obama into the White House.