April 29 2020 10:30 AM

It’s easy to get lost in negative news right now, but don’t forget to embrace the good moments, too.

What’s greater, a positive or a negative? A plus one or a minus one?

Mathematically, positive numbers always progress in a positive trajectory. The same is true about communication and attitudes. As we see so many things changing all around us and hardships galore, it is really easy to share the negatives in life and forget about the positives.

Soon after restaurants and schools were shut down, milk was being dumped down the drain. Not far off from there we see flocks and herds thinning out across the U.S. This information must not be overlooked, but at the same time, it should not take the driver’s seat to your life, either.

On social media it is so easy to click and share anything that comes across our screen. A lot of times I see information that I find important and do the same thing; I click and share. However, there are so many other things going on in my life, and in many other people’s lives, that are great and should be shared as well, if not primarily.

For example, over the last few weeks I have gotten the opportunity to spend more time with my kids. I was given the gift of time. We as parents miss out on so much of our children’s lives while they are at school, and now we have the opportunity to be present when normally that period of time is nonexistent. I’m not saying they don’t drive me crazy, but I love the little boogers.

I am not an optimist by nature; I am more of a self-proclaimed realist. I realize that being positive is not going to make the sick healthy or put the milk back in the tank. However, sharing positive images and stories on social media can do a lot of good for those stuck at home. Sharing positive messages can do a lot for the mental health of others as well as yourself.

Today, I challenge you to post something positive that has happened to you in the last week and see where it leads!

Tyler Ribeiro

Tyler Ribeiro is a fourth-generation dairy farmer born and raised in California. He is currently partners with his father at Rib-Arrow Dairy in Tulare where they proudly ship their milk to Land O’Lakes. Tyler is actively involved in the dairy industry, holding leadership roles in various organizations locally and across the United States.