It wasn’t just scientists who were interested in the moon. Families gathered their children and flocked to their back yards to see something awesome that won’t happen again for a very long time. In this age of living vicariously through your social media news feed, this experience was live and conducted in real time.
The Pope’s visit to America was widely covered by both mainstream and social media. Americans of all faiths and even non-believers followed as the Pope- mobile made its way through the streets of Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia. We hung on every painstakingly translated into English word. The image of His Holiness was blasted everywhere from memes to dish towels and even pizza.
At a wedding in Ohio, the father of the bride stopped the wedding procession and grabbed the hand of the bride’s step-father. Together, they walked the bride down the aisle. Tears and tissues followed at the happy occasion. More tears and tissues ensued as the public shared widely.
What is going on here? In the usual news cycle, if it bleeds, it leads. We see the devastation of natural disasters as the weather anchor stands in a flood of roaring water or hovers on the edge of a fire. We witness angry screaming as people shout about whose lives matter. We watch in horror as Isis executes journalists.
What’s different this week is that the leading news is full of positivity. We want to celebrate natural wonders. We want to listen to messages filled with love and kindness. We applaud people being treated fairly. We are encouraged by hope in the world.
The people and things that surround us affect our attitude. Watching and listening to negative people or events can bring us down. Likewise, surrounding ourselves with positive people and images can encourage optimism. The world needs more optimism.
There is no denying the awful events that occur in our world. There are important, serious issues that deserve attention. However, dwelling on endless horrific news footage doesn’t change things. When we stop watching and sharing negative ideas and images, they lose power. Isis has a platform; they know the world is watching their beheadings. What if we stopped watching?
The news that went viral this week confirms that we are tired of being fed a daily barrage of negativity. I don’t mean to be all Pollyannaish here, but this week’s more positive focus has been refreshing.
We want to hear and see something life affirming. When we do, it is going to go viral. If you don’t believe me, check your Twitter feed. Have your heard?
There is water on Mars. Hope wins.