Yup. This is a thing now. If you’re curious as to what falls into The New Negative…
What I’ve highlighted above will be important in a minute. But lemme be straight, even though I call it The New Negative, I understand the message. Loathe am I to quote our country’s Worst Lady – er, First Lady – but the message of her Be Best campaign and this Dallas Yogi are eerily similar.
Well, they are the same, at least in spirit. Until five posts later, my Instagram Yogi posted this
I mean, come on.
But, lest you think I’m going easier on a yogi versus a de facto hypocrite…I have said nothing to either about how their action made me feel.
I sat still and sipped my coffee and thought about the message while Sheryl Crow played at the cafe.
Be Best is a simple idea, with entirely unsurprisingly vague follow up. Maybe the meat of that campaign is the examples the Worst Couple – darn, did it again! – set for us as a bar to be better than.
But when you give a behavior a name, you set a different and specific bar. Something to focus upon to indeed, become better. In that regard, I like this Toxic Positivity thing.
If recent events and years have taught me anything, it’s that self improvement is a journey, not necessarily a fixed destination. Which is why I actually liked that one of my sources of motivation made such a basic error.
It proves that we are moving together on this journey, helping each other up along the way when we stumble. I think it’s too easy to assume that someone is at the finish line encouraging us to join them, but that finish line keeps moving.
As a former runner and current misanthrope, I don’t need to tell you that I prefer solo sports. One of the things I enjoyed doing on a run was talking myself into mini-goals.
Run to that next tree.
Pass that runner a block ahead of you.
Make it across this intersection before that car hits you.
That was fun, it got me there. But sometimes that runner I passed would turn right around and pass me back.
That could be a real “wah-wah!” moment, but instead of being de-motivated, I would just tell myself
Welp, now you’ve gotta pass that person again…
Even though this was usually my motivator
Anyway, I’m not posting today, am I? It’s not a weekend and I gotta work on other writing stuff. So I better wrap this up. Here’s what I’ll leave you with:
Sometimes these movements have consequences that reach across time. I hope this isn’t one of them.
Hollywood without Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor makes me sad.
There, I said it.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t think they should be held accountable for possible crimes or inappropriate actions. Joaquin Phoenix seems to be doing ok…why is that fair?
Congress working without Al Franken while our President presides unpresidentially every day seems like a gross incongruency.
But I hope in both cases we have learned that due process is one thing and Buzzfeed justice is another.
I am completely over woke. It went from a catchphrase to a…well, this
way too easily. And fairly unchecked, if you ask me.
From a woke culture to a bunch of thugs with microphones and twitchy trigger fingers. And this bothers me in regards to Toxic Positivity because while I’m writing this, If It Makes You Happy by Ms Crow comes on
…and that’s some Toxic Positivity, right there, y’all.
But I want to hear it.