How easy it is for the glass to appear “half empty”.
I listen to many people who simply admit they cannot talk about politics. I ask them, “Why?”, and I get an answer something like, “I just get too upset and after awhile, I get so angry, I just need to drop it all together”.
If we look at the activists that we listen to and admire, (For me Rachel Maddow comes to mind) we see them day after day. It appears they never need to drop out for long periods of time and they seem to be able to keep an “up” flavor to the never-ending stories and examples of greed, hypocrisy, lies, cheating, injustice, sexism, racism, homophobia, and…and…and…I am hyperventilating here.
So how do some activists do it? How are they able to read, research and report on all the ills of the world the flesh and the devil, day after day, while maintaining a lightness, and even a smile?
It is because they are able to stay in touch with a certain playfulness behind the dark cloud of an insane world. You can bet that this same attitude of playfulness is not only expressed in their moments before the camera or debate, but this same lightness is part of “who they are”. It pervades all the moments of their life.
So, do you have this attitude? How do you deal with the constant negativity that comes with observing lies and injustice? Take the quiz below. It is not the least bit scientific or meant to be taken too awful seriously. Yet, it may give you a glimpse at your own attitude of playfulness in your life.
Try it and see. You can only score “ok” at the very worst. So, take the quiz and enjoy yourself.