Does anyone else feel like they're caught in a downpour of doom and gloom lately? And no, I don't watch TV or follow any mainstream news outlet. I'm talking about the relentless barrage of negativity that seems to sneak its way into my Google and Twitter feeds, feeds which I thought I had curated to offer an objective, informative and uplifting view of the world.
Everywhere I look, there's talk of recession, the climbing cost of living, a looming AI apocalypse, rampant conspiracy theories, the ongoing COVID travesty, wars and polical unsettlement, global warming and the list go on... It's enough to make your head spin.
Can we just hit the pause button, just for a moment? Long enough to catch our collective breath and remember to appreciate the good times? To cherish our friends and family, and soak in the beauty of the world that surrounds us? To marvel at the magic and mystery of the universal laws we've discovered and the ones we're still exploring, and to recognize the progress we've made from our cave-dwelling ancestors to the marvels of global connection we achieved today? To immerse ourselves in the mystical elements that whisper in the wind and ripple in the water all around us?
When the gale-force winds of apocalypse seem to howl at my door, I lace up my shoes and go for a hard run. The hard breathing and rush of adrenaline tipically clear my mind and help me gain perspective.
But then, sweaty and exhausted, I often find myself pondering - why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we let ourselves be swept up by all the negativity? Who holds the reins to this runaway narrative? And more importantly, how do we take them back?
Simply turning a blind eye, pretending everything is ok, or running until you're ready to collapse - none of that really solves the problem, does it? It's like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg.
So? I'm all ears.