‘Being negative’

20131120_133239Talking about problems isn’t ‘being negative’. As anyone who’s ever had to deal with grief, or loss, or addiction, or anger will know – the first and hardest step is admitting that there’s a problem. Facing up to it means you can understand the nature of the problem, start to unpick what is really wrong, and find a way sort things out.

Talking about problems openly, publicly, and on social media isn’t ‘being negative’. It’s useful. It tells other people you’re interested, and want to work to find a fix. It lets other people know that they’re not alone, that they’re not the only person facing the problem. At its simplest, this can lead to people pointing you in the direction of something useful. Or to other people deciding to take a stand, now they know other people care. At its best, it can bring people together to find a way to work together.

Talking about problems isn’t ‘being negative’; it’s one of the most positive things you can do. Talk about it, gather people together,  and work out how to make things better. Everything starts with a conversation.

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