Me: How’s Mike? Is he working tonight?
Friend: He’s off for 2 or 3 days. He works the graveyard shift.
Me: And why do you call it the graveyard shift? I think the night shift is better.
Friend: I didn’t come up with that phrase. That’s what they call it if you’re still at work after midnight.
Me: I know you didn’t come up with it. It’s just that ‘graveyard shift’ sounds a bit pessimistic while ‘night shift’ is like an optimistic option.
This is an excerpt from a chat I had with a friend last week and something in this conversation piqued my interest: how we humans are wired to accept negativity as a norm.
Almost everywhere we go and everything we do, we encounter negative situations. They could be failures, rejections, disappointments, heartbreaks, etc. And as a result, we’ve built up a form of mental cushion to accept the effects of these situations and/or failures, even before they happen. This cushion is called pessimism. And even most people that call themselves realists are tilting towards pessimism.
While pessimism may breed fear, lethargy, and acceptance of defeat, optimism gives us hope and the drive to push on regardless of what comes our way. No one single person on the planet is finding things easy. Successful people are those that are hopeful and keep fighting to reach their goals.
Today, I’m talking about this topic because of the onset of the Covid-19 disease. There are lots of fake, unverified and panic-oriented information being broadcast all over the media about the epidemic. People feel self-gratified and well-informed spreading pessimism. I’m not saying we shouldn’t inform our community about the virus, but let’s spread helpful information.
The human heart is very jumpy, hence spread caution instead of fear, optimism instead of pessimism and positivity instead of negativity.
At the time of writing, there have been over 100,000 confirmed infected cases and 3,000 deaths. What most people are not aware of is that over 55,000 patients have recovered according to Worldometer.
In these trying times, let’s endeavor to spread messages with love and refrain from spreading fear and panic.
As a reminder, we should;
- always wash our hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizers.
- try as much as possible to stay away from crowded places and avoid too much contact. If possible avoid handshakes.
- cough into our handkerchiefs which should be disposed off immediately and in cases where hankies are not available, cough in your elbow.
- leave any area where you’ve heard of observed someone coughing.
- wear masks in locations on high alert or risk. Wearing masks can be quite tricky and dangerous, so this video by WHO explains how to properly wear and dispose one off.
- limit visits and work from home if we can.
- stock up food and medicines.
- avoid smoking and alcohol consumption as these are risk factors to contracting the coronavirus.
- seek medical help when we observe any of the symptoms of the disease.
Like I said earlier, let’s stay positive and be optimistic. We’ll overcome this plague in no distant time. Medical experts all over the world are working round the clock to develop a cure as soon as possible.
Enjoy your weekends and do share this blog as it could teach someone an important lesson.
Please use the comment section. I’d really love to know your thoughts on this topic.