This has been one of those days when every bit of news seems to have been discouraging. Financial meltdowns. Global warming. Bush fires in Australia set by arsonists. Conflict, endless conflict in the Middle East. Strip mining in West Virginia. California budget problems. Salmonella tainted peanut butter in the US. Salmon not spawning in the California streams. On and on.
I'm grateful to know that the human mind is built to register and retain negative information as if it were made of Velcro. Keeping track of potentially threatening things has survival value.
Simultaneously, we're built to slough off positive information as if our minds were made of Teflon. In this way our minds can remain clear enough to hold on to the next piece of negative information.
I'm grateful to know that my mind works like that: Good news, forget it. Bad news, cherish it.
Today wasn't actually a bad day. It just feels like it was a bad day.
My doctor didn't call to tell me or anyone in my immediate circle that we've got a new and serious malady. My bank didn't fail today. It rained, but didn't flood. My car started when I turned the key. I didn't get into a collision. The lights stayed on. My computer, a Macintosh, worked flawlessly all day, as it always seems to do, and I've grown accustomed to that.
I got to the gym. My wife made dinner and I did the dishes; my belly's full and the kitchen's clean. I'm about 10 minutes from brushing my teeth and going to my favorite chair by the fire to read a new book I started yesterday titled, A Guide the Good Life by philosophy professor, William B. Irvine.