"How Does THIS Affect US?"
and or Optimize The Positive Impact for US?"
We are often using the above questions in response to media reports. The recent Irene storm was one of these typical examples of a media frenzy and when we did ask these questions.
We get a few days of nothing but Irene in the media, and then they go on to the next big thing....
It is all important, and we don't want to create the impression we are not sensitive to the troubles and problems of others, but it leaves many under the impression that this is what the world is all about, and clearly it is not.
Here in Victoria BC (for example), while our media was full of Irene and how the East Coast was preparing for and experiencing this big storm, Here in Victoria, the sun was out, we had a near perfect weekend, and many enjoyed the parks, beaches and trails of the community.........(or what we call an average day in paradise).
The point being, yes it is important to be informed and aware, but don't let stuff that has no real impact on US, affect US.... In fact we would suggest to make that a kind of a Filtering Question on all news and media "How Does THIS Affect US?"
The "THIS" is the event, the action, report, the media announcement, both the good and the bad etc.
The "US" are your direct and indirect loved ones, your family and friends, your block, street, neighbourhood, job, city etc.
If "THIS" affects your "US", take every possible step to eliminate and or minimize any negative outcome, and or do as much as possible to optimize any positive outcome for "US".
Let's test this for a moment; "the media reported" during the past month in North America and parts of the World, on these events:
- A near total collapse of the American governments ability to agree on anything and how to pay its bills, and a political stand off that (according to the media) paralyzed North America.
- A melt down in the Financial World, with record swings in a variety of the stocks, bonds, gold, currency etc. etc.
- A near financial and political collapse in Italy and Spain under their financial troubles.
- Hurricane Irene "potentially" wiping out the East Coast of the USA and Canada.
Now, we are never going to change the objectives of the current media trend (big hype, sells lots of advertising, at least that appears to be the current business model in the media).But what we can and need to do, is ask the filtering question, ("How Does THIS Affect US?") add local context, local impact, local solutions, and local opportunities and inspiration for the benefit of those that are left wondering how to move forward and determine how to proceed with one Action Question......
So when you Apply the Filtering question ("How Does THIS Affect US?") to the above events...... what is your response and what if anything was your action plan from each of these previous events.....
During the same time in which these 4 rather Big events happened, we received and reviewed nearly 500 very positive and inspirational reports and articles, from 100's of members in our Active Rain Community all over Canada and the USA filled with Good News, and reports Real Estate and Economic Recovery taking place in cities, counties, neighbourhoods, provinces and states everywhere.
From what we gather from many of the writers and their truly positive and inspirational content, that many communities are really not in any real trouble at all, and in fact things are improving and happening all over the continent.
Often it seems that many communities and people are affected most by the perception and mis or half information created by the "established media". Creating the impression that a disaster or event elsewhere is having a real and immediate impact locally. This is off course not true but the affects of the media "frenzied reports" leaves doubt, lingering questions and diminished confidence in ones future well-being..
There is no question that there are issues and we have all experienced the impact of the recent economic, political and environmental events in some way, However after the past month, in a way we can now look at all those events and say.....
We have already Survived the Mayan Prediction of the End of the World. (oops they where out by a Year).......
Conclusion....... We Can and Will Conquer any and all Challenge that Comes Our Way!