I was recently introduced to the word (or is it a concept) Toxic Positivity. Not working in an office -well, who does these days? - I wondered if I might be missing some of the current trendy language. So what is Toxic Positivity? According to google Toxic positivity is the feeling of acting happy or cheerful when you're really not. It's that fake kind of happiness people say to you like “Just cheer up!” or “It'll get better, don't worry,” when something really bad happened to you.
I bring this up because I was wondering if I was in a state of self-induced you know what? The truth is that despite the state of uneasiness I feel about the election, I've managed to continue life! Imagine that. Yes, I'm checking the news more than usual. Yes, I want this to be over. And yes, I get the disappointment no matter what side of the aisle you're on.
At the same time, I've had some wonderful conversations this week. I've enjoyed learning with colleagues. I've even started working with some new clients. Today, as I was finishing up a deck on Storytelling in the Virtual Environment I'll be presenting next week, I found myself truly in awe of the amazing people - volunteers, founders, fundraisers and so many more - I get to work with. By the way, if you're interested (shameless plug coming up), HERE's the link to FPRA's Nonprofit Day - it's not too late to sign up.
So, I'll end the week as it started. Grateful. Committed to serving others. And looking forward to the weekend. I hope you are too!