If you missed my previous post about the outrageous desecration of ancient California Native American petroglyphs you might want to catch up here. I assure you I have no intention of continuing with themes related to negativity and odious behaviors, but based on a morning encounter with a billboard, I just couldn’t resist sharing what occurred this morning–a final emphasis on how much work goes into maintaining balance, while cultivating positivity!
It’s kind of tricky business to put yourself out there as a positive outlook blog–breathelighter’s primary focus is towards encouraging general well-being and the ways that I maintain balance, then this week I switched gears quickly and talked about being outraged. My natural set-point is balanced more heavily towards optimism, but sometimes I lose that perspective, despite my best efforts. Occasionally I realize that although I don’t very often lean into depression, if I’m not careful, I can swallow a heavy dose of cynicism.
It’s not my best trait. But when I don’t actively affirm more positive attributes in others I fall into a well-nursed negative and complaining tone.
I know to take responsibility for how I feed my emotions. It’s my problem if I listen to others complain, or digest non-stop media messages designed to elicit a negative emotional response. It’s certainly my own fault if I choose to be addicted to the daily news…most of it is rubbish.
When I realize I’m tumbling into the abyss of gloom, I usually know what works to lift me out.
So that’s what I was doing this morning. On the way to work I chose to keep the radio off, and as I was cheerfully listening to a favorite Christmas CD I pulled up to the first large intersection and quickly glanced to my right. Whoa! My head did one of those whiplash hard snaps! Where just yesterday a billboard promoting a local health food store stood mighty and tall right next to a “Christmas at Disneyland” advertisement, this is what I read.
Well, that will wake you up! It wasn’t even 7:00 a.m. yet! Even Christmas music can’t quite calm that jolt!
The San Gabriel Valley has the largest concentration of Chinese Americans in the entire United States. You can see the message is printed in English and Chinese. I won’t comment on the board’s content except to say that I feel ignorant of the issue. The billboard did its job in raising some level of awareness and I’ll fact check as soon as I’m able.
So where do I go from here?
I have an activist nature…I don’t ignore problems very well (not that I don’t sometimes try…)
I wonder if young people know of Helen Keller? She inspires me. As a deafblind social activist–did you know she helped found the ACLU? –she lived her own words: “Although the world is full of suffering it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
She doesn’t sound cynical, does she?
There are so many people doing really GOOD things to the benefit others.
I have been hearing some wonderful stories of examples of hardworking, committed people not necessarily actively seeking global change, but finding creative ways that make a difference right on their doorstep.
So that’s my focus for the rest of this week.
My next post will share a couple of stories highlighting people/places or things that inspire me. Maybe you’ll also enjoy the benefit of a little shift in focus.
I hope you’ll come back and be buoyed along with me.
And the music I was listening to on the way to work? Music always elevates my mood.
I’ve added a page at the top of the blog banner where I’ve listed some of my favorite holiday tunes. It’s just for fun. Maybe you can leave a comment there and let me know what you are listening to this holiday season.
I suggest we all turn down the noise! If you’re more disciplined than I am, try turning it completely off!