One of the things that I do as part of my normal daily routine is reading newspaper. This is usually the first thing I do in the morning besides work (yes I get up early in the morning and work, which is the part of the assignments I’ve undertaken).
I have always been an early morning person. Years back, when I began the habit of reading newspaper daily in the morning, I realized that while I would wait for the newspaper anxiously every day, first things to read as I started reading were sad, sensational and disturbing news, which is what’s found on the front page – Bomb blasts, accidents, rape, crime, so on and and so forth.
Having read for a few days, I felt a sense of negative energy and disturbance reading those type of stuff. I found that this experience of reading negative news first thing of the day was making me unintentionally negative, worried and insecure. At the same time, I observed that the last page which is usually sports page is full of news related to success, wins and accomplishments, reading which I feel happy, cheerful and inspired.
As time went on, I’ve developed this habit of reading newspaper from back to front instead of front to back. This way, I began reading positive and inspiring news first and sad news at last. The habit still continues and this is how I read still (last page first and first page last).
As I observed, the front page of a newspaper talks about people’s failure while sports page is last page but it tells about people’s accomplishment. Most people start with news of failure and that’s what they think is happening around them. Many times, so many of us do not find the time and opportunity of reading till the last page. We read the first couple pages that are full with negative news and we consider that’s reality, not knowing the various positive and inspiring things, that too are happening if we taken time and opportunity to read about them.
This is what we do in life too.
Look at our daily conversations and meetings at home, office, bus/railway station, petrol station or what so ever.
Most times when we meet people at first, we notice the negative part of them and the context for all conversations afterwards settles up from that point.
When we bump into failures, we consider it over and do not choose to explore the successes that lie in exploring further.
When we hear no for what we suggested/proposed/expected, we think its real and the sad news stays in our minds forever.
When we are stopped or discouraged by some individuals/groups, we consider that true and do not choose to explore the potential of accomplishing it that existed.
Here’s the thing: If life is the newspaper, we’re the editor and chief. Just like an editor gets reports and news from various places and then he has this power to choose what does he want to keep for publishing and what does he want to discard, we’ve got this power as well to choose what do we want to publish in our life’s newspaper – sad, negative and distressing news, or happy, optimistic and positive news.
No matter how much so ever you’re distressed, scared, disappointed, failed, afraid, unsure, insecure, restricted or limited. At any point and situation of your life, you have this power to choose whether you’d like to discard those disempowering pieces, go further and accomplish that matters to you or you’d like to accept the negative news and publish it in your life’s newspaper.
How to publish a great newspaper of life?
Here are the tips to keep your life’s newspaper inspiring, motivating and positive:
- Get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state –
Surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.
- Mind your thoughts – You are one of the 5 people you spend most time with. Keep your thoughts clean, optimistic and positive.
- Choose to explore – When you get failure, take that as a lesson and opportunity to grow and make your urge of reaching to destination more stronger.
- Gratitude– When you talk, meet, see and find people and situations, be grateful about them. Try to see the side that you can be grateful about. If you choose to see, you’ll realize that the practice of gratitude is possible even in the most difficult times.
The power to write your future lies with you.
So what headlines would you like to have published in the newspaper of your life? Remember that the choice and responsibility is all yours!