Change of Pace: Good News

by Irwin Lengel
(Lakeland, FL)

Did you ever wonder if, by chance, one day you would turn on your television set and see nothing but good news? Same holds true with news seen on your computer!

Just recently I got to thinking about this and said to myself, will the day ever come that we can turn on these machines and be overjoyed with the news that would come pouring from them?

But, since that is not the case – leastways – not at this particular time in history, I tend not to watch the news. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t stuck my head in the sand or anything like that. I just refuse to start my day on such a bad note. We have too much to be thankful for here in this country.

So, this morning I decided, from this point forward, when posting anything, my postings will be about something funny, entertaining, and hopefully provide enjoyment to all those individuals taking the time to read my posts.

Some might think that in taking such an approach, I could be compared to an ostrich sticking his or her head in a hole avoiding any type of confrontation whatsoever. However, I prefer to think that I would rather write about positive things versus negative things.

I look at it this way - when I sit down to post something on this site – anyone staying in touch with the news be it local or national, has already seen enough of the bad things happening in the world today. Why should what I have to share add to that scenario?

I would prefer to think that individuals taking the time to read my blog postings are doing so because they too want to read about and think about happy, funny, and cute things thus bringing a smile to their face as opposed to always reading about something drastic that is happening in the world today.

I haven’t always been this way. Years ago prior to some unexpected health problems, I could have been considered quite the pessimist. But times change and let’s just say that this leopard did change his spots.

Ever since then and more recently it has been my desire to write and share my rants and raves with others. But lately I have been having a hard time figuring out what my niche might be. Let’s face it, if one wants to make it a point to share words of wisdom or whatever (our own personal rants and ravings) with others, those words of wisdom should be both informative and hopefully entertaining. Something people enjoy.

Personally I do not enjoy reading most of the news published today because for the most part it is all negative. However, I do read it to stay current with daily events both from a local and national level.

Do we need to know about this stuff? Sure! But, by the same token, too much negativity will do nothing but depress us. And as seniors, many times we have enough going on at one point or another in our lives that we have our own share of negativity.

I don’t know about you but I am not the type person that wants to wake up and read negative press day in and day out? So, bottom line is just this: If I am going to try and make it a point to write a blog post either daily or weekly, then it will also be my intent to make the effort of providing my readers with something they enjoy and look forward to coming back to.

I will keep this post short and sweet. So, in the words of one of my all-time favorite comedians, Phyllis Diller: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."

Until next time!

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Good News
by: Carol K

Irwin, you are so right! I agree 100% with what you wrote. I also do not watch the news. If a headline comes up on my computer I try to avoid it the best I can. I too think that as we are bombarded with bad news our brain eventually becomes overloaded and we can come depressed and expect the worst all the time. Looking forward to your posts, as always.

re. Irwins' post on good news
by: Linda Lively

Hip Hip Hooray for Irwin!!

I give you courage for saying what many including myself are feeling. It is so important for humans to maintain a balance. This balance is completely out of wack when all one reads and hears is negative, nasty, sickening reports on a daily basis. This does create gradual depression, fear and anxiety in people, which increases with the daily drenching of pessismistic reports bombarding us from all angles.

I will look forward to your writings and know that they will be enjoyable and entertaining. Kudos for Irwin!

live life
by: Anonymous

I've always done that but even more since I'm retired. really, with the internet you can find out any news you want when you want which goes for anything on tv with the invention of pvr. I think if the world is going to end or something like that someone will tell you........let's just live life!

Look on the Bright Side!
by: Sheila, Ontario Canada

You are so right, Irwin! My philosophy is to always look on the bright side, and remember that as you think so shall you be -- either miserable or contented, and who needs to be miserable?

I have a neighbour who worries about everything and everybody. I tell her: if you can help, then help. If you can't help, then put it out of your mind.

by: Wendy

Oh, I so agree, Irwin... couldn't have said it better!

My folks, age 88 and 89, watch NEWS all day long. They are down, depressed, and won't turn it off. Full of anxiety about mosquitos, coyotes, medical problems, food recalls, whatever it is at the moment.

It's really sad to live out life this way, Kudos to you IRWIN!

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