Negativity is easy.
It’s easy to let your problems swallow you whole; to so thoroughly manipulate the way you see the world that you can’t see anything else. But taking a closer look at what you have, and remembering to not take things for granted, is hard.
In school, we learned that muscles must tear before they can grow bigger. This is appropriate, because the biggest failures are also the greatest learning experiences--if you can survive the embarrassment, which most people do.
Last week marked by one-month anniversary for working at the paper, and I felt obligated to write a column. But everything I wrote felt wrong. My new job is stressful--but if you work in journalism, responding to “how is your new job going?’ with “stressful” is our version of “yeah, everything is fine.”
The deadline to get my column in last week passed.
Yesterday, I sat at home in front of my keyboard, thinking about what I would try to write when I arrived at work. Nothing sprang to mind at first--then I paused, opened my email, and typed “Everything is fine” and sent it to myself.
It floated in my inbox, appearing at the top every time I opened my email, even if it was not true. But it reminded me to break out of my head. Now, I am writing my mantra and I hope you will too:
Everything is fine.
Kristen Inman is a staff writer at the Daily World. She can be reached at Kristengcdw@gmail.com.