The reality stands that drama sells. Drama creates energy, and people are drawn to it. Let’s take a look at some “creations” that come to mind. Misconceptions that have been created around us by someone to create a “wow” factor…despite the fact that they are just flat out incorrect.
How about this one…how many of the “witches” in Salem do you think were burned at the stake? The answer? Zero. Not one. Their fate was still horrible, and the events surely leave a mark on our nation’s history, but no one burned at the stake. They were hanged (another horrid way to go), and one was pressed to death by stone (also rather twisted). Incidentally, it wasn’t only women who were sentenced and executed…there was a man as well. And, sadly, even two dogs.
Here are a few more for you: A penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building won’t kill anyone, nor will it crack the sidewalk. Despite popular belief, Santa Claus was NOT created by Coca-Cola. A goldfish memory span actually lasts about 6 months (longer than most of the goldfish I ever owned). First cousins having children together doesn’t actually hold any higher risk of producing a baby with birth defects than a woman over 40 years old giving birth. The shelf life of Twinkies? Not 7 years…more like 45 days. Cinco de Mayo? Not created in celebration of Mexico’s independence…it’s a really long list.
This doesn’t even take into account the fake news going on, nor does it list out all the embellishments filling our every day lives. “Did you hear that…?” “Last time I heard, she said…” Or my personal favorite, “Well, don’t say anything, but…” All are recipes for rumors, untruths, and the potential to wreak havoc.
Sensationalism is all around us. It is in advertising, it’s in the news…the coffee shops and the bars, the internet, the gossip centers. It is surely at all family gatherings!! School hallways, workplaces, and the evening dinner table. Sensationalism, embellishment, drama, it’s in our everyday lives to be sure. Some of it is fun, in fact, much of it is. But as with everything, there is a healthy balance. A little bit here and there: fun and lighthearted. Constantly carrying on: not such a good idea. The issue, then, shifts from the drama surrounding us to recognizing the level of our own need for it. Some of us more than others, surely. Take a step back, take a deep breath and give this some thought next time you have a moment to ponder:
Two quotes, the first from everyone’s mother ever: “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say it at all.”
The second from Alice Roosevelt Longworth: “If you don’t have something nice to say, come sit next to me…”
Which is more suited to you? (I mean, be honest, you’re the one you are answering to…)
Remember, at the same time all this drama is unraveling around us there is an equal amount of good, and it is sitting in the shadows waiting for recognition. Be the focus shifter, and give the energy to the positive. Positive will build upon itself and create…more positive. All because of you, glorious you.