The word is ANTIDOTE
Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts”
When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, do you stumble through the day, all grumpy and gray or do you look for the sun? Do you look for an antidote?
My Story on Antidote
What’s new? These days it seems like many unsettling things are what’s new. Bad news catches up to us even when we try to shelter ourselves from it. There's social media platforms, news alerts on our phones, television and radio broadcasts, or just general conversations with family, friends, or colleagues. You can't escape it. Or, can you?
Today, I listened to the morning news far longer than usual. Fifteen minutes has been my limit since the first fifteen minutes usually capture the headlines. Today I hung in for 25 minutes, resulting in an overload of negative national and global news. I could feel the tension rise in my body. Usually, my morning yoga class calms me. This morning I knew it would take much more.
So, if you believe that the universe is listening and sometimes answers your call, please read on. Because that is the only explanation I could come up with this morning. My phone had alerted me to view one personalized photo recap video after another. Videos titled “Best Friends”, “Portraits”, “Holidays”, and “Favorites” kept popping up. Usually, I receive one video recap on my phone every week or so, but six or seven in a row on the same day? That has never happened until today.
The antidote to the bad news of the morning had arrived. Warm and meaningful memories were brought to life with the swipe of a phone screen and the touch of the play button. There were no wars in the background, no crashing market reports, no protests, and no crying children. Instead, there were smiles, milestone days and nights, weddings, births, anniversaries, local trips, international trips, sunsets, and more.
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” came to me in the form of videos on my cell phone screen this morning. They lifted my spirits in every way possible. Bad News? What bad news? I received the gift of the antidote. It was something that counteracted the bad news I had heard an hour earlier and took me to a happier time and place. Did it take away the bad things happening in the world? No, but it gave me the ability to put things in perspective. I had received the gift of remembering all the meaningful people and places in my life. That is what allowed me to move on and face the day ahead.
If you or someone you know has lost sight of all the good in your life, it might be time to talk to a Life Coach. I hope you will reach out to me. Thank you for reading my blog and checking back next week for my “Life In A Word” blog posting.