You don't have to look very far to find bad news. As I skimmed the magazines this afternoon at the checkout in my local grocery store, the headlines on several publications caught my attention, and unfortunately not for the good news they shared. A certain celebrity was pregnant by one man but in love with another. There was bad news galore about how this or that person was involved in something illegal or going through marital distress or caught up in drugs or arrested or how some young actor who has had stardom thrust upon them is out of control. The most eye-catching one for me, though, was how one celebrity is gradually changing his sex from a man to a woman. The headline stated that his wife is in denial about it, and his young adult daughter is struggling over it. Uh, ya think? I am sorry, but that is not good news any way you try to slice it up. Just ask his kid.
There are things happening in today's society that'd make my Granny Arnold turn over in her grave. I am not suggesting that we don't have tolerance for people or that we don't love them. I believe that we are to love everyone, but by no means are we to glorify their misbehavings. The bizarre has become the commonplace and, let's face it, many people including myself have unfortunately gotten a little more used to these outlandish happenings. Not that we agree with it, most of us, but it just doesn't surprise us anymore. We have been compromised. We see things happening today that my granny would've only dreamed about, and that's because she was having a horrible nightmare in the middle of the night. I guess a lot of those reports you see headlining magazines at the counter are mostly tabloids so you can't be sure that it's even true, but I'm sorry to say most of the time we find out that it is, indeed, true. Sometimes I believe that if we didn't have bad news we would have no news at all. The reporters would say they had nothing to report. Do you ever feel that way?
Life is too short to dwell on the bad. But the bad is thrust right in front of us every time we buy our groceries or turn on our televisions or computers. I usually try to buy periodicals that make me feel good and tell me good news. Like how easy it is to lose 10 pounds or reduce your blood pressure if you just take a walk every day. Or how beauty shines out from within, and everyone has beauty. Or how there are a few celebrities out there in tinsel town who are trying to do good. Even how to make an amazing meal or how to organize your house a little better. How about those people who are truly recognized for the good they do, most of whom we don't even know exist but are blessed to find out they do when we get a chance to read their amazing stories. I occasionally will buy a People magazine because I do enjoy reading about people. But not just celebrities. I enjoy reading about the ordinary, everday people who do extraordinary things and make this world a little bit better just by being in it. Those are things I can benefit from, and those are the magazines I choose.
Now, I am not naive enough to think that the earth spins around and everything in it is good and sweet and innocent. Far from it. And I know there is a time and place when we have to face the reality of not only the good, but the bad and the ugly as well. I just believe a constant diet of the bad and the ugly without the good will make you cynical to say the least. I believe it's far better to dwell on the good and the sweet and the happy than the bad news that is forced upon us if we decide to venture out of our houses into a world of uncertainty. It really doesn't matter if we want it, "they" are gonna make sure we get it. But I believe we have a civic and God-given duty to mankind to spread good, do good, and to look for the good in others. It is our obligation to the human race to spread a little joy so that people are able to tolerate the constant barrage of bad news happening all around them. Let's choose to read the stories that, hands down, make everyone and their granny feel better about the world in which we live and that show us there are still good things happening and great people in the world.
More times than not, I choose to read something such as the above featured magazine. This just happens to be the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Better Home and Gardens has been around a long, long time and just look at all the happy things on the cover! First of all, flowers -- who is not made happier by flowers?!! Then there are Valentine gifts to buy for your sweetie, recipes for brownies and recipes for stews...and that's just on the cover. Open the magazine to find a world of happy! This is the kind of magazine that brings joy and love into your day, and the world needs more joy and love. I will venture to say there is not one ugly or sad story in this magazine (I'll let you know when I finish it). Hats off to you, Better Homes and Gardens, and all the other publications that bring us laughter, smiles, hope, and something to dream about! Thanks for making our lives richer and happier and for finding the good in this world to share with your readers.
And thank you, my dear readers, for allowing this old-fashioned girl to speak her mind.
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