As life throws curveballs and staggering headlines flood the media more than ever, GMP wants to know how you respond to negativity.
Work, home and family can be stressful. It can be so stressful that we feel like we’re swimming in a sea of negativity with no lifejacket. At night, we come home to read about the latest criminal, drug deal, terrorist attack or social injustice in our newspapers. We often turn on the nightly news, just to be flooded with more negativity.
It’s almost as if negativity lurks at every turn–like it’s waiting to poison our minds and seep into our souls. We tell ourselves the journalists and reporters who write these toxic headlines and report on the top news stories every night are just doing their job. It’s likely why we turn the TV off, or post irritated, angry statuses on Facebook.
Then, we turn around to find the unexpected knocking on our door–sickness, disease, financial debt, accidents. death. The list goes on and on. Society teaches us to move forward through our trials and tribulations, so much so that we push them down into our gut and try to justify the way we feel without even realizing we’re doing more harm than good–to ourselves and those around us.
It’s difficult to separate struggles at work, home or anywhere else when there are curveballs being thrown at you from all directions. At that point, the search for a response–be it negative or positive–becomes an individualized journey. You might even come face-to-face with a few demons on your journey, but you know they’ll continue to cloud your judgment until you respond.
So, the burning question still remains: How do you respond? How do you respond to so much negativity that you feel as though you’re being buried alive?
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