It doesn't get a lot better than right here, right now.....
Ok, ok, I know this isn't 'news' per say but I consider it to be a kind of meta news. News about news to help put in context all the fascinating stuff that comes at us from all over the world thanks to NowPublic and the various other forms of media out there. There is a lot of incredible research going on right now about human happiness that ties together the realms of spirituality, neuroscience and psychology. The moral of the story seems to be to appreciate the present moment and everything you have rather than worrying about things that cannot be changed in the past and future. It is likely that if you have the time and resources to be sitting there reading this you are probably much more fortunate than the vast majority of the world's population.
When you look at our lives closely, especially in the context of the rest of the world, and even more importantly, in the context of history, the vast majority of us are very lucky, indeed.
In fact, if you’re Canadian and healthy, you truly have very little to complain about. Yet complain we do! Too often, the littlest of things are blown out of proportion and affect our dispositions dramatically.
It’s amazing that we can tune our TV’s to the goings on in Iraq, the suffering in Africa, and the displacement in New Orleans, then be in a foul mood for hours because of construction on our street or the fact we can’t find a babysitter.
I believe it doesn’t get a whole lot better than right here, right now. Yeah, my taxes are a little high. Yeah, it’s awfully cold in January and February. Yeah, my hair’s turning grey. But in the big picture, does any of this stuff really matter that much? For most of us life is not only good, it’s getting better. Don’t let the naysayers and the negative media fool you—by almost every measure our lives are dramatically better that at any other time in history.
From literacy rates to calorie intake to life expectancy to average net worth to educational opportunities to sizes of homes to penetration rates of luxury goods, it’s truly hard to find bad news. Yet we not only find it, we focus on it, stew on it, and let it overwhelm us emotionally.
Interestingly, many of my friends are truly dealing with legitimately big problems, cancer for example. Yet they’re often the ones who have perspective, who realize how, with health, life is, in fact, fantastic here in Canada.
In summary, I believe in perspective and my perspective is, “I’m one lucky guy.”
For This I Believe, I’m Dave Chilton in Waterloo, Ontario.