Daily Dose

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Right out of nowhere, my 8-year-old son Garrett asked me,


“Dad, why are there more bad things happening in the world than good things?”

“Why do you think that?”

“Well, every time I hear you watching the news it sounds like just all bad things are happening.”

I sat for a moment in silence. I thought about the negatively-slanted-media-bombarded world we live in. We all are getting our dim, dismal, daily dose of disaster, aren’t we?

What to do? Stop reading the paper? Stop watching the news, looking at the evening stock reports? Perhaps, but is there an alternative to living uniformed and ignorant? I believe there is. If our daily dose is our problem, could it also be our solution?

What if we developed a habit of injecting a little mental magic, some positive perception, some spiritual oomph into each day? We wouldn’t let a day pass without feeding our bellies, shouldn’t we also endeavor to daily feed our personal development, program our minds with possibilities, buoy up our hearts with optimism?

Grab a book, listen to a positive pod cast, watch a hilarious YouTube bit, phone an optimistic friend, subscribe to an uplifting blog. Develop a habit of getting your daily dose of power and possibility, brightness, hope and anticipation. Give yourself the gift that inoculates you from the setbacks and worries of our daily disasters. With that positive daily dose of energy and optimism, life will just get better and better and better.

“Hey, good job, Dad! Now can we go watch that cool Nova science program?”


8 Responses to “Daily Dose”

  1. 1 Hiawatha Bouldin Wednesday, November 19 at 11:11 am

    This is too true. I would assume that everyone has a few friends that have great things to say about their lives or happenings that surround them. We need to get in touch with these folks as often
    as possible. We need to view a great comedy, but more important
    we need to realize that there are things we can’t control and there are things we can.

    Our responsibility to make a difference (in the lives of everyone)
    has to be realized. Ask ourselves if we can change any of these things (alone or collectively). If we can, make an effort — if we can’t just let it go. We have so much power that we waste by suffering alone instead of rejoicing and working together.

    Get out and meet new people! discover your similarities and combined energy to make a difference.

  2. 2 Steve Olsen Wednesday, November 19 at 11:33 am

    Great message! Brad, what I hear you saying is that to counteract the dim, dismal,daily dose of disaster that comes at us each day we need to be proactive about creating and consuming our own dazzling, delicious, daily dose of delight! I’m with ya on that!

  3. 3 Bob Dougert Wednesday, November 19 at 5:49 pm

    Read your message after watching today’s 6 o’clock news about more terrorist threats, the stock market bottoming out, etc. Your message reminded me that there’s plenty of things going right that just don’t make the news, like coming home to a warm house, a loving wife and entertaining email. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. 4 Brad Barton Tuesday, November 25 at 10:38 am


    This is a great time of year to remember what my professional speaker friend Brad Montgomery calls “Ordinary Magic”. A warm home, loving spouse and cool technology fit neatly into that category.

    Thanks for your great comment!

  5. 5 Brad Barton Tuesday, November 25 at 11:29 am


    I love your antidote to the dim, dismal, daily dose of disaster with our dazzling, delicious, daily dose of delight. Bring it on!

  6. 6 Brad Barton Tuesday, November 25 at 11:40 am


    This idea of control is important. Why wasted time fussing over what Charles Swendoll calls the 10% of life that “happens” to us. It is far better to live in the 90% that we can do something about. Thanks for your fine comments.

  7. 7 Aubrey Barton Monday, December 22 at 2:20 pm

    This is your daughter speaking, and I thought this was truely ispirational. Thanks for when I am having my dim, dismal, daily dose disater you are always there to cheer me up. Thanks for being optomistic when I am not. Thanks for all your support in the desitions I make, and thanks most of all for changing my poopy diapers when I was little. You are truely the greatest.

    Your loving daughter,
    Aubrey Barton

  8. 8 Brad Barton Wednesday, January 28 at 11:34 am


    You are one of the great loves of my life. Thank you for being you. What a joy and blessing it is to be your dad.

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