By natural inclination, I am one of life's pessimists. It's one of the traits I most dislike about myself. Which is why I've started this blog. Because I'm not unusual. We live in a world that loves to focus on everything that's wrong; to celebrate the bad news.
This isn't to say that bad stuff doesn't happen. It does. And a lot of it. But when we only hear one side of the story, it starts to grind you down. You start to think nothing can be done, and turn a blind eye as a consequence (which is maybe why I've turned out to be a pessimist).
I want this blog to look at the world differently; to be an antidote to all this doom and gloom. Be a cynic; call me naive; say it's all too nicey-nicey. I don't care. I want to celebrate the good stuff for a change. But not all the good stuff mind. Trust me - there's just too much of it about.
Instead, this will be an unashamedly positive celebration of those small actions that can make a big difference. Whether as individuals, businesses or other organisations, it will focus on the things we are all able to do, sometimes with little effort, that can have a big impact on the world around us.
And I want your help. If you spot anything that fits the bill; or if you're on the receiving end of some small things that have made a big difference to you; or if you're actually doing stuff yourself (don't be shy!)...I want to hear about it.
Drop me a line here. Build on a post. Send me links and photos. Whatever might inspire the rest of us to get stuck in and do something ourselves. And I will blog about it. You might even want to link here, and encourage others to join in. There's even a handy sidebar image for you to use...
This is part of my self-imposed anti-pessimism therapy; one of my small things that will hopefully make a big difference. So let's just see where it all ends up.