Why you don’t need to be optimistic? Pessimism is better

Positive thinking had been perceived incorrectly a lot of times. The faith surrounding the idea of thinking positive is somehow failing. Unfortunately, everyone had begun to adopt the habit of optimism to ignore the reality of their life. Excessive positive thinking is putting the optimum in a box.

Why you don’t need to be optimistic? Pessimism is better

Despite popular opinion, there are some benefits to fostering a healthy degree of pessimism.

In which direction does your own personality naturally gravitate?

Reading paper books and journaling in paper note books.

A chill morning with some saintly coffee.

I think reading in the morning is a good habit to cultivate. So many humans have become so accustomed to mindlessly scrolling through digital feeds of information simply waiting for a moment of high emotion to propagate to a pseudo-network of others for validation, it is juvenile and demeaning. Taking moments for yourself to read on one subject or to merely write out your own thoughts can help focus a person’s mind and orient themselves for the day.

I challenge everyone to resist the urge to look at your phone in the morning and set aside time to read a traditional, paper-bound book and/or journal your thoughts on paper. You may be surprised at the results.

Current books of focus:

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  • The Proud Highway by Hunter S. Thompson
  • A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

It’s hard to believe it’s already August, time sneaks up on you like that. It feels just last week I signed my employment contract with the Questa del Rio News but it was actually seven months ago.

We are more than halfway through 2022.

Accountability & Governments

The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire in northern New Mexico is near full containment with efforts moving into recovery phases. Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham criticized the United States Forest Service in a press release, pushing for accountability from the federal agency.

Accountability.

It’s a word that is used often by reporters and pundits on a righteous mission for the truth but is also overlooked by the public. How does one hold a government accountable? What does it even mean?

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The word is so often used in the context of journalism that the example given in Merriam-Webster references public officials.

“An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”

It’s a concept that is somewhat contrary to human nature on account of the fact that most humans hate to admit when we are wrong. However; it is absolutely necessary in a supposed age of reason, an era of human history that is supposedly defined by our capacity for rational, empiricist, and deductive reasoning.

With this unfortunate fact of human nature in mind, to hold someone accountable means to call out the person when they do something wrong – wrong meaning an error in judgement that leads to an unpleasant event, saying something that is not true, holding one’s self to a different standard than that of peers, etc. Calling out inconsistencies, hypocrisies, and plain lies is the duty of reporters, journalists, and pundits in a supposedly free country that respects a free press.

How doe we hold a government accountable for its words and actions?

We keep open records (available to the public) and constantly remind our leaders (be they elected or appointed) that they have a duty to fulfill to the body politic.

Governor Lujan-Grisham calling out the U.S. Forest Service alleging out-dated prescribed burn plans is a good thing. In response to Governor Lujan-Grisham, the U.S. government not only approved federal aid to assist in fighting the wildfires on federal land in New Mexico but paused all prescribed burns pending a 90-day review. This is exactly the purpose of a free press, the bully pulpit, using influence in public spaces of discourse to apply rhetorical pressure on greater organizations.

It is important that the public (meaning all of us) maintain pressure on governments (municipal, state, and national) in order to keep them honest, performing tasks that benefit our society overall and not just individuals looking to make a profit. I think the bully pulpit and the willingness to apply force (including not acting when expected to act) is the only way to keep a government accountable to its people. All forms of politics rely on fear and leverage to force a stronger organization to act. This is the unfortunate reality of human relations.

SOURCE: <https://www.eosworldwide.com/blog/accountability-ingrained-in-company-culturehttps://www.eosworldwide.com/blog/accountability-ingrained-in-company-culture>

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires July 4, 2022, Daily Update — NM Fire Info

Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 725| Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights A […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires July 4, 2022, Daily Update — NM Fire Info

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire June 10, 2022, Daily Update

Acres: 319,841 | Containment: 67% | Total personnel: 2,685 | Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire June 10, 2022, Daily Update

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update

INCIDENT STATISTICS: Current Size: 45,605 Acres Current Containment: 95% Start Date: April 22, 2022Cause: Unknown Total personnel: 280 WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR  A red flag warning remains over the fire area due to high winds and relative humidity in the single digits. With the high winds forecast today, expect to see increased smoke within the […]

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 30, 2022, Daily Update

Acres: 315,223 | Containment: 50% | Total personnel: 2,989 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 30, 2022, Daily Update

Reminder – All National Forests in New Mexico Have Closures or Restrictions in Place Due to Extreme Fire Danger

All five National Forests in New Mexico have closures or restrictions in place due to extreme fire danger statewide. A RED FLAG WARNING is in place today, Sunday, May 29 until 10:00 p.m. The following links have details on the closures and fire restrictions currently active at all of New Mexico’s national forest locations. Lincoln […]

Reminder – All National Forests in New Mexico Have Closures or Restrictions in Place Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Sunday, May 29, 2022

Information Phone Line: 505-312-4593 Email: 2022.CerroPelado@firenet.gov InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8075/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2022.CerroPeladoFire Twitter: https:/twitter.com/SantafeNF WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR Although temperatures will be cooler today, a red flag warning remains over the fire area due to winds and relative humidity remaining in the single digits. Isolated fire activity within the perimeter increased yesterday but remained within the fire and all […]

Cerro Pelado Fire Daily Update Sunday, May 29, 2022

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 29, 2022, Daily Update

Acres: 314,750 | Containment: 50% | Total personnel: 3,001 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass Highlights: […]

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 29, 2022, Daily Update