Back in March, I started this site as a producer of positivity and hope for the masses. That goal is still incredibly strong inside me. I feel the burning urge to help people. I feel compelled to help people through my stories and experiences. Everyday, I wake up and check my statistics for the site. I am delighted that people are reading and commenting and enjoying this site. Thank you, by the way.
I am more than content to help people, in whatever small way possible. That being said, I aim to be a ray of positivity in peoples’ lives.
There is so much negativity in the world. It seems as if people are drawn to it. The more they hear about it, the more they want to participate in it.
People surround themselves with negativity through their everyday lives. And for those who do not surround themselves with it, negativity seems to seek them out.
A) FAMILY and FRIENDS
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have many positive and loving people in my life. These people have molded the man you are reading about today.
But, these people weren’t always there. I had to go through an intense sifting process to filter out the toxic people in life.
I suggest doing the same. Pessimistic people continue to suck the soul from your body. They want to complain, gossip, hate, negative-ate (a patented Leroy word) all their feelings on you.
You don’t need all that in your life. Cut them.
I BARELY watch television these days. This is partially due to the lack of time, but also because there isn’t anything to watch.
There are so few good (by ‘good,’ I mean positive) shows out there. The majority of them are crime dramas and news.
When I was growing up, there were shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Wholesome television shows with positive messages about family, love, and friendship. Now the biggest shows are about jealousy, backstabbing and meth.
When did we turn towards the dark-side? While these shows are ‘entertaining,’ negative messages are propagated. Through cinematography we consume so much negativity and hate.
C) THE NEWS
This is somewhat similar to television, except for the fact that the news is literally EVERYWHERE. It’s hard to escape it. I never ever watch or read the news.
This is not due to ignorance. Under qualified, stupid reporters that spread negativity reports the news. There is never anything positive on the news. No heroic stories? No Jimmy opening up a lemonade stand? No nothing.
“But how will you fit in?”
A new friend told me in high society, people would look down on you if you don’t know current events. While that may be true, I don’t really care.
My main question is “why?” To fit into some negativity small-talk box? To surround myself with all the negative people, I’ve spent the majority of life avoiding?
Personally, I find it a waste of time.
D) SOCIAL MEDIA
Cyber-bullying is all the rage these days. It is a huge problem. Back in my day (am I really that old?), kids just called me fat and pushed me around. It hurt, a lot. But I got over it.
There is a key difference between my childhood bullying and modern bullying. My bullying was unavoidable. I had to go to school everyday. Social media isn’t necessary. Delete it, you don’t need it.
Similarly, negativity is found in literally all over the Internet. YouTube trolls, Facebook arguments, and Twitter ‘beefs.’ Do not subscribe to these forms of avoidable negativity.
Use these ‘tools’ but do not get consumed by them.
Use the word ‘No’ more often. There is great power in that word. Take control of your life. Opt for ‘No’ to anything and anyone you do not want in your life.
Say ‘no’ to mindless meetings, negative people, social media ‘beefs,’ anger, and regret. Mindless television and news. Say no to all the negativity in your life. The moment you do so, you’ll notice an incredible change.
Life will be simpler, almost serene.
“When you have a tiny piece of shit in the soup, it doesn’t matter how much more water you pour in and how many more spices you put on top. There’s shit in the soup.” – James Altucher
Say ‘no’ when people try to place a little piece of shit in your soup.
Be bold, be free, and love on.