Right now as I'm typing this, there is a 2500 acre wildfire burning about 35 miles from me near my hometown growing up. I have friends whose kids are fighting the fire. People have been evacuated. I have spent nearly the entire day watching a Facebook stream of smoke pictures and quiet exchanges of news. This is the environment as I set out to convince you to embrace being less negative.
It feels a daunting task and I have difficulty knowing what to say.
"Just because bad things are happening you don't need to feel negative."
Even I want to punch myself in the face just for thinking it.
I think, "What would I say to someone who had someone in danger because of the fire? If I had to give them advice, what would it be?"
And that's when I realize. It is times like these when it is most important to be positive. What I would say to them is.
"Try to stay positive. Focus only on them coming home safe and sound. I know telling you not to even entertain the notion of them being injured will bring it to your mind just like telling you not to picture a penguin. Get that penguin moment over and go back to picturing everything as turning out alright. Keep your language positive. Think of Mother Teresa. Don't say I hope no one is hurt; say I hope everyone will be fine."