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More on positivity

If you recall, back in May, I linked to a post by Nick Miners about being positive. I linked to the post because it struck a chord with me about how it is so easy, what with everything going on around us and in the world generally, to be negative all the time. After a few years of things not going so well in my own corner of the planet, I had been generally trying to look on the bright side, and Nick hit home.

Nick’s been following up on the theme. Yesterday, he asked for examples of positivity from his Twitter followers. A mutual friend, Paul Dunning, responded. Paul, like me, is a designer by trade, and his interests are wide-ranging. In the past few months, he has been documenting the unique letterforms used by the local authority in his home town to name the streets. He is now creating letterpress blocks from the typeface, and I suspect a digitised variant won’t be far off.

I had a think, and while I am pleased the modelmaking work has taken off, I felt my positive contribution was Invicta Shutterbugs. I was really pleased with the way a regular local photowalk gathered interest, and how it’s led me to make new friends. Sadly, we haven’t figured out a way to share the resulting photography in a central place yet—something that bugs me and will need to be sorted out if the walks are to continue into another year. Anyway, Nick suggested the modelmaking would be more interesting, so I put some thoughts down and emailed him. You can read them on Nick’s blog.

I’d like to thank Nick for highlighting the need for positivity in our world. With the media churning out, and literally thriving on, bad news it is so easy to let yourself fall into the pit of despair. Realising there’s a lot of good about, and working away at making life better by having a more generally positive attitude to many things, can only make the world a better place.

On positivity | Nick Miners Photography

I am, by nature, a “glass half empty” kind of person. There are times when I struggle to see the positive side to anything. There is much about life, my life in particular, for which I ought to be happy, but I still find myself in the company of that black dog from time to time—as many posts on this blog bear witness.

My friend Nick has written on his blog about being positive, especially in the light of events of the past day or so.

Negativity is easy. I see it as like falling into a pit; letting gravity do its work, you fall in, with nothing but the pit and negative people in sight, wallowing in the outrage. I see it all over – look at these AWFUL wedding photographers, and these HILARIOUS poor people at Wal-Mart. Yes, it might raise a smile, but the overriding feeling is one of negativity, almost celebrating the fact that we are not one of these people. Yet how do we know that these photographers are not happy, making a living doing something they enjoy, regardless of what we think of the results? Or that the people in the aisles in Wal-Mart are at ease with themselves enough that they feel the can go out shopping in those ill-fillting clothes without worrying about being judged?

via On positivity | Nick Miners Photography.

He’s quite right, of course. Read the whole post, and then you can join me in trying to look on the positive side of life again.

I could blame the media, with their ever-increasing desire for grimness.  That is, however, a bit of a cop-out. I don’t believe we actually need so many rolling news channels, but that’s another story. Yesterday’s “news” coverage of events in Woolwich came about as close as I have ever seen to showing someone actually being hacked to death live on TV. 

It’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see there are agendas being promoted all over the media. Sadly, there are plenty of people who lap up the ‘news’ and let it guide their own agendas. More people really need to wake up and see the media, the news media in particular, for the propaganda machines they have become.

It’s not easy, this climb to positivity, but it is worth every step. It starts by not believing everything you read in the papers or see on your TV. Learn to see behind the curtain, to see the mighty Wizard of Oz for what he really is.