Down the rabbit hole

When we fall down the rabbit hole, climbing out isn’t as hard as it seems.

It’s easy to get drawn into the negativity and drama. People have told me I’m too happy and should be more concerned.


With so much doom and gloom in the news, it’s easy to fall prey to perspectives promoting fear, hatred, and separation. All of which provide reasons to be afraid, cynical, and suspicious.

Why would I do that to myself?

Someone even sent me an article skewed by “facts” promoting judgment and hatred of another culture, telling me I needed to take a look at the real world.

I was initially angry, then humoured, then saddened as I dug deeper into the “statistics."

The so-called statistics meant nothing in light of the larger picture. The full perspective had not been shared, likely for good reason. Yet, people were willing to take it at face value, not looking further or asking an important question: whose interests are being served?

The person sharing the article felt these limited statistics were reason to dismiss concerns of the other culture. Sadly, this is not uncommon.

When we wear lenses of negativity, we’re often quick to assume the worst, and find more to be negative about. We’ll find more to support our own perspective; tending to look for things that support our beliefs and bias, blinding us to other facts.

While it’s important to be aware of world events, there’s wisdom in being aware of how far down the rabbit-hole we’ve been drawn. It’s important to wonder whose agenda is being served, and to dig a bit deeper.

I don’t wear rose-coloured glasses. I’m well aware of what’s happening in the larger world.

People lament there’s more bad news than good. That’s not the truth.

As I scanned recent headlines, the balance between happy and negative news was nearly 50/50.

The question is, which ones do I open first.

It’s about where I pay attention, and to which stories I give the biggest weight, or air-time.

Instead of focusing on negativity, I remember there’s more good in this world than there is bad.

I prefer to focus on, and be an advocate for, good. And what you focus on increases.

There was a time when I read every negative news story and spent the day discussing them, ruminating on why people were so mean, stupid, or dishonest.

My day was coloured by a back-drop of negativity, and I missed the good.

When I arrived home, I spent more time reliving the challenges from my day, ignoring all the wonderful things that happened. I gave more attention to challenges and problems, which were small, compared to all of the good thing.

I had a habit of negativity.

My health and happiness experienced the consequences.

Our bodies don’t know the difference between real and imagined. Every negative thought has a corresponding effect within the mind and body.

As the negativity grew, I felt depressed and cynical. My body grew sluggish.

The same is also true of positive thoughts. Positive thoughts create a cascade of beneficial chemicals within the body.

Think of a nice, yellow, juicy lemon for a few seconds, and you’ll salivate. The body responds to our thoughts, not just in noticeable ways like salivation, but also in ways we might not notice so readily.

It’s up to us which thoughts we choose to feed. It’s up to us which chemicals our cells are bathed in.

When I choose to focus on the negative, I am paying personal consequence for all the challenges of the world. When I do this, it affects my brain and body. My mind doesn’t work as well, my mood turns sour, and my overall health is affected.

Why would I do this to myself? How does this position me to make a positive difference?

I made a conscious choice to change my focus and change my mind. I chose to give more attention to the goodness in life than the negative. I’ve rewired my brain.

I’m grateful for the ability of the brain to change. With a more positive perspective, life’s become so much happier and my health is better.

This has not only benefitted me, personally, but has helped me to be more effective in contributing to make the world a better place.

Our tendencies of thought are just a habit. We can change our habits of thought by becoming aware of them. We can look for the good.

We are always at a point of choice. Making a new one surely helped me.

We all could use a little good news today.


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About the Author

Corinne is first a wife, mother, and grandmother, whose eclectic background has created a rich alchemy that serves to inform her perspectives on life.

Corinne, a registered nurse with a master’s degree in Health Science, is a staff minister with the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna, and a hospice volunteer. She is an adjunct professor with the school of nursing  at UBC Okanagan, and is currently teaching smartUBC, a unique Mindfulness program offered at UBC, to the public. She is an invited speaker and presenter.

From diverse experience and knowledge, personally and professionally, Corinne has developed an extraordinary passion for helping people to gain a new perspective, awaken, and to recognize that we do not have to be a slave to our thoughts or to life; we are always at a point of change.

Through this column, Corinne blends her insights and research to provide food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.

Corinne lives in Kelowna with her husband of 41 years, and can be reached at [email protected].

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