I wrote a little piece for the local paper recently about the power of the words we speak and think during this time of high adventure! Take a look and pass it on...so we can quickly flatten the curve of negativity that is sweeping this nation even faster than the virus.
KERI WILT: Changing the Narrative, One Positive Word at A Time
My truth: The last few weeks have been hard, really hard. Like tear-producing, panic-inducing, on my knees in pleading prayer hard. But at some point each and every day, the storm clouds continue to part just enough for me to see what my friend and New York Times best selling author Katherine Center calls, “The Bright Side of Disaster.”
There is always a bright side you know. But for many of us, focusing only on the disaster is starting to become a nasty habit.
As a result, it is starting to feel a bit like August in the grocery store, when everyone you see seems to begin their greeting by complaining about the obvious, “It sure is hot outside!” Except the new line, now said from 6 feet away, is something closer to, “This is crazy. I hate this.” And unfortunately, this equally obvious statement is almost always accompanied by a head hung low, shaking side to side, and a face reflective of only the disaster.
But what if we had the power to change this daily narrative? What if we could use our words, mere words, to provide a bit of bright sunlight for those who can’t seem to find it right now?
My great-great-grandmother Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote in her book The Secret Garden that, “thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.”
Our words, both the ones we speak and the ones we think, are powerful. And how we speak to each other and to ourselves during this time, especially matters. And what we say over and over, is how we will see it.
I have been meditating on this idea quite a bit lately and am committed to doing my best each day to change these daily conversations. Won’t you join me?
Some Ideas To Combat the Negative Narrative Virus:
-Challenge yourself to begin ALL conversations with a positive statement. Chat first about the good things that are happening all around you.
-Try to curb your use of words like: crazy, hate, sucks, and ridiculous. Having trouble breaking the habit? Then take it a step further and create a “corona curse” jar that collects a dollar from anyone who uses these negative words.
-Consider even renaming this time we are in, by calling it a time of high adventure, excitement, exploration, reflection, or reinvention. Or begin referring to it instead as an awesome opportunity for community, for family, for fresh starts, and even for fun.
-And for goodness sakes...SMILE when you come in contact with people. Your face may be the only positive thing they see all day, so make it count!
Together, we can flatten the curve of negativity and help to point people to the bright sides one by one.
If you enjoyed it, please pass it on to others who may need to hear it’s message. And take a peak at some of the VLOG’s that echo some of this same sentiment and other lessons I am learning along this new path.
Blessings and Blooms,