What I can change.

One of our favorite family pandemic activities is to walk to our neighborhood seven-eleven. My son enjoys the pizza, my wife will get Swedish fish, and I enjoy the seven elven brand of BBQ chips.

Across the street is an art gallery, and on the wall of the building is one of my favorite murals. Featuring this Maya Angelou Quote- If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change, it change your attitude.

This past week I found myself reflecting on this quote. I try to navigate through all the noise that comes from our news media.

I don’t like how the media is reporting information these days. It is bombastic and highly politized. Each day I get triggered by stories that affect my day to day. The quote helped me to develop a reframe.

I realized this. I am not a news producer/ or a newspaper editor. These are the people who put the stories on the air and make decisions on what gets printed. They are going to continue to print and televise that which makes them money, the messages they put out aren’t for me.

So here is my other option. Change my attitude. I can decide what I am going to read or watch, I am going to set boundaries and intentions or choose not to watch. CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and all the other print publications are not the producers of my attitude.

Rather than constant consumption driven by others, I can be a careful consumer who sets the agenda for what I allow and what I keep out. For me, the changing of my attitude is a way forward.


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2 thoughts on “What I can change.

  1. Hey Steven, I’m a fan of your longer posts with multiple ideas, of course, although I found this post really strong as it helps us see how a simple reframe can help us change something that we don’t like. It is uncanny that Seth wrote about the media as well yesterday https://seths.blog/2020/07/doom-scrolling/
    I think that the impact of the media during what is a difficult time for so many is worrying. For that reason, your post is so necessary and powerful. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. I really enjoyed how you started the story about your family’s trip to 7 eleven and then shifted to your main idea. It really worked well. I would’ve loved to have come back to your family’s story at the end to wrap it all up. I think this is a really beautiful little post with a lot of depth and hopefulness for your reader. Thank you for reminding me of the power I have over my own attitude.

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