News from right here in Virginia where VOICE, an interfaith coalition of 50 faith organizations, has managed to get pledges of $30 million from a number of big banks, including Bank of America, to help families in local counties who lost their homes in the 2008 foreclosure crisis.
This is one of literally thousands of good news stories that receive virtually no attention in the mainstream media. Viewers’ appetites tend towards darker fare. But we can always find bright spots if we look for them.
What are we looking for? It’s customary to expect the worst and get it! After all, we’re bombarded by negativity. It takes effort to avoid succumbing to a gloom and doom outlook.
One simple strategy is to embrace the power of our looking. It turns out that we tend to find what we’re looking for. The very act of looking for it makes “it” - in this case, good news - more visible. We’ve all experienced this. You become interested in purchasing a Toyota Prius and suddenly you see them everywhere!
This has been called the “expectancy field.” Regardless of how grim things get, there’s nothing stopping us from expecting the best, rather than the worst. Those who do get pleasantly surprised!