It’s easy to get tied up in all the negative rubbish that comes our way. 90% of the news is bad news and is twisted and spun so we do not hear the whole truth. You do not have to look very deeply to discover thinly disguised bigotry in the way the news is fed to us.
I’ve never really been political. The climate of aggressive confrontation that comes with politics switched me off. Recently though I’ve been getting involved in a political party that is determined not to get tied up with all the negative campaigning that dominates politics in the UK. It’s a breath of fresh air meeting like-minded people who are genuinely concerned about equality, fairness and especially the world around us.
People were disillusioned with party politics. Now there are smaller parties on the rise that are offering what normal people are looking for. They are changing attitudes and their membership and support are booming. People are starting to see that voting for what they truly believe in can change their lives.
Of course, negative attitudes are not confined to politics. It’s easy to get trapped and dragged into a downward spiral of thought. We’ve all met people who, like many politicians, try to make themselves look good by running others down.
Even when times get rough we should try to remember to be grateful for a lot of things. It’s great therapy! One simple technique for taking the edge off negativity is to jot down every day five different things you really appreciate . Do this for a few days and the world doesn’t seem all that bad. Start off on day one with the big, obvious stuff like your family, the food on your plate, your dog and so on. The next day, find five new things and five more the day after that. Write them down in a note book. You’ll be amazed that you’ll never run out of things to write down. And, it will make you feel good.
Better still than writing them down, photograph them.
I went on a snow hunt. Living down here by the sea we get less snow than just a few miles inland where there is very different scenery. I love hills and mountains.
As I got up higher the roads were sometimes a little too challenging for my little car and at one point I drove up a hill and then slid back down again before I reached the top. Luckily is was a very quiet road.
I did manage to stop a few times and grab some images.
The Northumbrian scenery is one of the things that I am grateful for.
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